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Forum: Van Body 09-18-2020, 01:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,043
Posted By MadScience
I was hoping that such a filter could be mounted...

I was hoping that such a filter could be mounted on the intake side to prevent the AC evaporator from filling up with dust, ash or other debris. I've had all but the evaporator out from the outside...
Forum: Gadgets and Accessories 09-16-2020, 01:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 217
Posted By MadScience
Huh. I may well have a bad one as well then. I...

Huh. I may well have a bad one as well then. I have to admit I was never all that concerned about the leaking.

I've actually gone back to just pulling the cores by hand. Even so, I'm more annoyed...
Forum: Engines and Drivetrain 09-15-2020, 04:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 357
Posted By MadScience
I would certainly pop the cover. That could be...

I would certainly pop the cover. That could be the bearing, but it could also be more substantial damage. More substantial damage sounds like metal pieces in a very heavy duty blender. Which sounds a...
Forum: Gadgets and Accessories 09-15-2020, 03:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 217
Posted By MadScience
I've used one, and yes, they leak anytime the...

I've used one, and yes, they leak anytime the core is unscrewed.
Forum: Projects, Modifications and Known Issues 09-15-2020, 03:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 187
Posted By MadScience
I got mine done at an AC shop a while ago. They...

I got mine done at an AC shop a while ago. They made it sound like no big deal at the time, but they've obviously done this many times previously.

IIRC they used a fan clutch wrench with a slot...
Forum: 4x4 12-11-2019, 12:54 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,164
Posted By MadScience
I don't have a Quigley, but still have a cut-down...

I don't have a Quigley, but still have a cut-down and re-welded tank. I've put 24.mumble gallons into it on a number of occasions and have not dared run it much lower. It may have as much as another...
Forum: Gadgets and Accessories 09-26-2019, 02:22 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,429
Posted By MadScience
I have not tried any of these myself yet. I'm...

I have not tried any of these myself yet. I'm still trying to figure out which product to upgrade the one on our dog to, before Verizon's 2G CDMA is turned off. This is how I know that in theory at...
Forum: Gadgets and Accessories 09-24-2019, 02:40 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,429
Posted By MadScience
You don't just have to look for vehicle trackers...

You don't just have to look for vehicle trackers anymore. LTE-M is changing this space pretty dramatically right now. Way lower power requirements than GSM and plan options around $50 per year.
...
Forum: Projects, Modifications and Known Issues 09-06-2019, 11:13 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,453
Posted By MadScience
On something that size, I'd really skip the cost...

On something that size, I'd really skip the cost of 4x4. I'd add ground clearance, a part-time (air or electric) rear locker and perhaps a winch and call it good.

I see converted class C's every...
Forum: General Sportsmobile 09-06-2019, 10:53 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,160
Posted By MadScience
FWIW, I carry a 275/70R18 in the stock location....

FWIW, I carry a 275/70R18 in the stock location. IIRC I may have bent the tabs up a bit, I don't think I'm fully maxed out either.

That's a 33 1/2" tire, and wider would just hang down a little...
Forum: Online, Craigslist, eBay and Local Ads 09-05-2019, 09:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,102
Posted By MadScience
Agreed. The unknown and something we here don't...

Agreed. The unknown and something we here don't really care about is just how built that 6.0 is. That could be a $20k motor with minimal run-time on it. By the same notion I have no need or desire...
Forum: Online, Craigslist, eBay and Local Ads 09-04-2019, 10:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,102
Posted By MadScience
The price does seem a bit steep for the remains...

The price does seem a bit steep for the remains of someone else's project.

There's actually a lot of novel stuff there though:

What are those headlights? Are those just generic projectors...
Forum: Online, Craigslist, eBay and Local Ads 09-02-2019, 10:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 676
Posted By MadScience
There's a bid on it now, killing the "buy it now"...

There's a bid on it now, killing the "buy it now" option.

It's not my top choice for a layout, but could be a good deal for someone. I have to admit that buying it and doing a 4x4 conversion did...
Forum: General Sportsmobile 09-01-2019, 04:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,004
Posted By MadScience
If someone was to somehow balance the entire van...

If someone was to somehow balance the entire van on it at once, the capacity of the jack still wouldn't be my primary concern. From a safe distance that would be an amazing feat.

Realistically I'm...
Forum: General Sportsmobile 09-01-2019, 01:25 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,004
Posted By MadScience
After watching a bottle jack punch through the...

After watching a bottle jack punch through the plywood I had under it, on a sandy shoulder, just as I was getting the first nut back on, I resolved not to put myself into that situation again. I...
Forum: Engines and Drivetrain 08-29-2019, 04:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 976
Posted By MadScience
Also, if it's low, then either your pads have...

Also, if it's low, then either your pads have worn substantially, or you have a leak. Either way, just topping off without investigating the other bits is something I'm no longer willing to do.
Forum: Engines and Drivetrain 08-29-2019, 04:10 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,407
Posted By MadScience
If so, re-bleeding should help. I ended up...

If so, re-bleeding should help.

I ended up picking up a knock off vcm to cycle my pump, but honestly it doesn't run it any more than just hitting the brakes on a sufficiently slippery surface...
Forum: Engines and Drivetrain 08-28-2019, 03:15 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,495
Posted By MadScience
Here are my notes on programming the Dakota pulse...

Here are my notes on programming the Dakota pulse translator:

tires revs / mile 630
axle ratio 3.73
4r100 tooth count ...
Forum: Engines and Drivetrain 08-27-2019, 11:54 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,495
Posted By MadScience
Hah, if the 99 4r100 had a vss with the lower...

Hah, if the 99 4r100 had a vss with the lower resolution, then that finally explains my van! I always suspected that there was another converter hiding somewhere.

I'm using a Dakota Digital SGI-5E...
Forum: 4x4 08-23-2019, 10:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,531
Posted By MadScience
I thought that as well. Right up until I had the...

I thought that as well. Right up until I had the shock all the way on and couldn't get the gear wrench off, because there wasn't enough room above the shock stem.
Forum: 4x4 08-23-2019, 03:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,531
Posted By MadScience
That nut is a pain, but a rack won't make a...

That nut is a pain, but a rack won't make a difference in access.

The best way I found is to come in with a wrench from the side above the tire while standing next to the van. Then it's mostly...
Forum: General Sportsmobile 08-23-2019, 11:29 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 15,691
Posted By MadScience
I suspect that this is a big part of it. There...

I suspect that this is a big part of it. There are so many outfits converting sprinters these days, and if/when #vanlife hits some sort of a recession it's going to be rough in that market space....
Forum: 4x4 08-22-2019, 06:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,531
Posted By MadScience
Thank you for sharing your rationale! I was...

Thank you for sharing your rationale!

I was guessing that it made more sense in the taller lifts. And yes, I really didn't love going back to fiddling with the upper nut on the stem mount.
Forum: Engines and Drivetrain 08-22-2019, 02:15 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,407
Posted By MadScience
Correct, the ABS or brake light staying on...

Correct, the ABS or brake light staying on indicates a fault, it can be as simple as a bad sensor. However, they come on when you start the van as a part of the self-test. If they don't come on at...
Forum: 4x4 08-22-2019, 01:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,531
Posted By MadScience
Interesting; I had installed similar brackets,...

Interesting; I had installed similar brackets, and a well respected socal shop explicitly had me switch back to stem mount shocks.

I had installed them after pulling rubber grommets from cheap...
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