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General Discussion / Re: Changing out shocks
« on: September 10, 2021, 05:34:33 pm »
Thank you for posting it. Very Much appreciated!!

General Discussion / Changing out shocks
« on: September 10, 2021, 01:22:12 pm »
A bit of info that will help anyone swapping out shocks. I just changed out the front shocks on my rig. Itís always been known the drivers side is tough to change and most learn new words in the process. Thereís a boot inside to remove that helps gain access but itís still a bit of a challenge.

Now attempting a diff approach I went to harbor freight to buy a few offset box wrenches to try. While there I found a 8 in 1 dog bone wrench with open socket type ends. All of $10 and with it I was able to change out the drivers side front shock taking only 5 mins longer than the passenger side and no frustration.   I wish I could post a picture of the wrench.  Anyone wanting a pic to assist in finding one of these wrenches send me a note and I will email you a pic.

Iíve replaced the Carburetor, replaced plugs, filters and the other day the starter. Mine has 347 hours on it and Iíve never done what your referring to.

Myself I wouldnít bother with it but if I were to take it on.   To remove the entire exhaust only requires disconnecting the hanger strap and loosening the u bolt clamp directly under the gen set itself.  All of a 3-4 min job. From there you could set it on a work bench and use something like kroil oil to loosen the plugs in question. 

Warning if you have never used Kroil oil take heed.  Do NOT use this without gloves. Itís called the oil that creeps for a reason. You do not want it in your skin.

Thatís the approach I would take if I were so inclined to attempt this maintenance procedure.

General Discussion / Generator Starter
« on: September 07, 2021, 04:38:34 pm »
This is just an fyi. Replacement of the generator starter requires the generator be lowered from the RV and slid out to remove the cover and then remove the starter. You do not need to remove all the connections, just the fuel line, Positive cable and ground as well as one multi line connector next to the solenoid. Easy peasy. The main line back to the Rv is long enough to drop the Gen Set. slide it out from under the rv and remove the cover. You also need to remove the exhaust which is all of a couple of u clamps.

Now if you have a motorcycle lift or a friend with one and you have levelers this is a 90 min job taking your time. If you don't have levelers this is going to be a real chore. The lift is 5" at its Lowest point. The gen set is about 14 1/2" tall.  Once you have remove the 8 bolts and lower it you will need to use the levelers to raise the drivers side to 20" from the Bottom of the side to the ground to be able to clear the gen set and remove the cover.  Once you slide it out its 4 bolts to remove the cover and 2 bolts and one nut to change out the starter.

All in All.. Easy Peasy

General Discussion / Re: Electric ice chest
« on: September 04, 2021, 09:25:35 am »
Bob, interesting, thank you for the info.  Please post how it works out once youíve used it for a while.  Iím assuming youíll fill it with pre chilled drinks. Iíll be curious how well it keeps things cold.

General Discussion / Re: Electric ice chest
« on: September 03, 2021, 04:58:17 pm »
Lucky, that aside, they're kind of a pain to deal with as heavy as they are. Look great  though.

General Discussion / Re: Electric ice chest
« on: September 03, 2021, 11:47:12 am »
In an accident the cabinet doors are going to all be flying open. There is plenty to fly at you from the rear.  Their adults, Iím not the safety police. To each their own.

General Discussion / Re: Electric ice chest
« on: September 03, 2021, 10:01:18 am »
Bangorbob.  Thatís interesting. Size wise does it fit ok between the seats? Keep things cold enough( assuming pre chilled) ? And just 12 volt or 110 as well? For that price I wouldnít expect everything.  I m pretty surprised one can be had for under 100.

General Discussion / Re: Electric ice chest
« on: September 03, 2021, 09:57:51 am »
Don, I get it but neither is the passenger getting up and walking around in a 6 ton vehicle pulling another 2 tons at 65 mph.  And letís be honest No one pulls over and stops every time someone wants a bottle of water etc.. 
 Itís much the same on how we worked in the sand box, Russia and so on. Every plan has flaws, itís a simple matter of risk management. Heck think of the list of risks we all take every day! All Iím saying is a cooler between the front seats with a couple of string cheese and some bottles of water is not even close to the greatest risk we take just heading out on American highways.

General Discussion / Re: Electric ice chest
« on: September 02, 2021, 04:40:50 pm »
Not sure how something against the back of the seat could fly forward. Was curious Bruce if youíve found one that could fit between the seats?  I could see a safety benefit not having my better half unbuckling and walking back to get a cold bottle if water while weíre driving .

General Discussion / Re: Rear Hub Liners-Reminder
« on: September 02, 2021, 02:32:40 pm »
Dave, I have yet to find a state that didnít have some crap roads. I hit one in Texas a couple years ago that ruined a ball joint. After getting thru the area we saw a report by the sheriffs dept marking the route as dangerous.  All in all though Iíve hit some really bad roads in every state.

General Discussion / Re: Rear Hub Liners-Reminder
« on: September 02, 2021, 09:20:36 am »
Iíve seen a couple of rigs now that the owner has painted the rims, added lug covers and beauty rings.  Looked good and probably done for this reason.  Iím thinking Iíll go this route. Long as it looks decent standing still it will look awesome at speed, being you canít see wheel covers, fancy rims etc at speed anyway.

Itís on my to do list right after replacing the water pump, gen starter, macerator, house batteries and all 4 shocks. Iím forgetting something Iím sure but itíll come to me sooner or later

General Discussion / Re: Bilstein Shocks
« on: August 30, 2021, 10:31:12 pm »
I went supposed high end and installed Koni FSD. The rig rode lighter but only because my wallet was light after paying so much. One failed at just under 40,000 miles and ruined a new tire. One of the rears on inspection appears to be leaking.  This time around Iím installing Gabriel fleet line. Are they any goodÖ not a clue but I do know paying more doesnít guarantee a damn thing.

General Discussion / Re: Best place to sell a toad??
« on: August 23, 2021, 07:42:01 am »
Ron, thatís really interesting. On my keep TJ LJ Iíve towed it almost 20,000 miles now and havenít experienced this. Could be the different turning radius of the rubicon maybe?

My keep weighs twice what my smart car did and it tows so much easier. Not in acceleration and stopping obviously but in all other aspects of tracking and turning etc.

General Discussion / Re: Best place to sell a toad??
« on: August 22, 2021, 08:10:34 am »
Another good place thatís free is the IRV2 classifieds.

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