Wednesday, May 26, 2021

New Group 27 battery, oil change & tire rotation...

 New Group 27 battery, oil change & tire rotation... yeah, I know, boring but necessary.

A few years back @malteaserunner posted up his new group 27 battery & I thought it was a good one to get next time a battery was due. So we are at that point after the frig would not go through the night without shutting off & slow starts on cold mornings which is like 40* degrees in Cali... it was time.

OReiley's is my local auto store so it's just easier to go that route, their AGMs have served me well since the last set went 5 years with one warrantied after 2 years in 2018. If money was no option I would do the group 31 Optima blue tops at $360 per but got these Super Starts for $199 per.

The cool thing about this battery was the separated bolts for extra cables.


Part # 27MAGM
As you can see it's a Marine grade 900MCA with 175 min reserve.
61.5 lbs
The start battery is a 24RPLT
710CCA  875CA 110 min reserve.
44 lbs.

Just to note I have a Blue Sea #7611 to keep them separated incase the frig drains below 12v.

Just for log entry the oil change was at 210,022 miles. Last change was a year & 4 months ago at 205,054. I daily drive about 15 miles per day so that is a lot of cold starts. After looking at the oil it was time... it was very dark & had a burnt smell to it.

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Install of the Delta VS Icon 2.0 Icon air bump & Delta brackets

 I havent posted in awhile, well cuz absolutely nothing has happened since the Dusy Ershim trip last year.

With 4" of uptravel I hit the front bumps more often, to remedy this issue I made a impulse purchase... I got the Icon air bumps & brackets from @Delta VS .
They add a .25" of lift by the way.
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I added a .5" shim to bump them down to match the 1" bump stops that I had.
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Since I have moved the axle forward 1" via the eimkieth weld on drop brackets I've been fighting right side coil to frame rub.
Moving the axle forward made the coil banana a little bit. The Dobinsons banana more than the TourFlex coils.
To fix this I need to get an adjustable front panhard bar to re-center the axle, but untill then I removed some of the conflicting metal from the frame..
More caster will give less banana also.
This rubbing can be mitigated rather easily, I will show with pictures.
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Can you say :banana: ?
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Below is a before pic of the rub area on the frame.
See the paint marks?
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After grinding...
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Here is the TourFlex coil, these sit better.
I still need to get a front panhard bar.
Im looking for a good used one.
As for a new one, does anyone sell them with rubber bushing rather then poly?
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