O K PacoA couple shots I forgot to share of the new tanks fitment.
I can't impress enough how well this tank design is.
The Lowe inboard edge is shaped to accommodate the larger drive line. The top of the tank is channeled for the harness. All cross members share the same clearances.
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Besides the two tank saddle straps, a new cross member supports the front portion of the tank.
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Another impressive design accuracy is the accommodation of the fuel cooler. It reminds me of the Ferrari inspired air intake to promote air flow. You can also notice the sump tank design with drain plug (outboard).
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At this point we also installed two new rear Bilsteins B8 5160 shock with reservoirs to match the new fronts.
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More later, my furry kids need a long walk...
The Bilstein 5100 I replaced use a .500" piston rod diameter. The new B8 5160 utilize a .550".Hello All
Sure looks like small piston rods on the shocks. What is the rod dia. ?
Thanks Paco. Been thinking about new shocks on the Duramax Dually. I know, I know, it is a truck. However will the Bilsteins make it ride better when not pulling trailers. ANYBODY ?The Bilstein 5100 I replaced use a .500" piston rod diameter. The new B8 5160 utilize a .550".
I believe the new shocks in conjunction with the airbags will be absolutely fine. The rig will creep over rougher terrain.
I wanted the upgraded shocks for faster washboard travel where the pistons would cycle faster resulting in heat build up. The added fluid in the reservoirs would prevent excessive heat. Ive been running the 5100 on the land cruiser and the GMC without any damage to the .500" piston rod.
The higher end shocks use a 7/8"(.875") piston rod but those are designed for jumping. Comparing the piston rods of .550" to the .875" Pro Baja shocks designed for air time is a difference of .325".
I really think I'll be ok.
That said, Im all ears and open to critique.
I've been running those 5100 since late 2005 without a problem. I normally pull decent trailer loads and the ride has been good both pulling or empty. I added the airbags to level the truck when pulling trailers.Thanks Paco. Been thinking about new shocks on the Duramax Dually. I know, I know, it is a truck. However will the Bilsteins make it ride better when not pulling trailers. ANYBODY ?
You'd dig our hike then. 3.6 miles one way, so a 7.2 mile hike round-trip. There's about a 2 hour layover at the midpoint destination. The bar ;-)Looks like an awesome hike. 2100 calories burned, not sure if tuna and rice would have worked for me. I would have needed a big mac, fries and a chocolate shake.
It was a beautiful day. Yeah, I usually don't eat much when doing physical work. For dinner that night I had a 1/2 can of chicken soup mostly because I ate so late after dropping off at the freight dock.Looks like an awesome hike. 2100 calories burned, not sure if tuna and rice would have worked for me. I would have needed a big mac, fries and a chocolate shake.
Man back when I used to drink, after a hot summer hike, I would hit up a convenient store for a tall boy bud light Clamato Chelada. Those were the bomb!You'd dig our hike then. 3.6 miles one way, so a 7.2 mile hike round-trip. There's about a 2 hour layover at the midpoint destination. The bar ;-)
Hey, it's a numbers game. We know we're gonna drink those beers either way so the hike to and fro is still good for us. It's sorta like getting a diet coke when you order your big mac and large fries. Sorta the opposite of parking near the gym doors
One day soon, I hope to visit and explore the north followed by a juicy steak. No horse for me though! No throttle or brake= I'm out!Sounds like my kinda hike. When we go to Custer SD, we hike up to Harney Peak (7244 elevation) with 3.5mile up hill both ways. I prefer to ride the horses up there, wife likes to hike. I make her take me to the Alpine Inn for steak and beer.
Like you brother, I do have a sweet tooth. The wife has to hide all sorts of "diabetes" from me only putting out what she calls "thoughtful portions", otherwise a whole bag is my idea of a thoughtful portion. hahaHello All
You guys are way to ambitious. Great that you go the distance you do. Some days I may get in a mile or so. Others days nothing at all. Need to push away from the table sooner, and have been away ( haven't quit) from the alcohol for quite a while. However I still do my part for the team effort during holidays with the pies, cakes, and candies.
Everyone keep on keeping on, and have a great day.
She's a keeper brother!I used to do daily hikes alone. Wife went with me once and completely ruined me ever wanting to go alone again. Yea, I'm whipped for that lil girl, my best friend. And the only way to get her to go.... beer on the end of a stick dangled in front of her. Symbolically, of course. I've never been so fat.... or happy ;-)
Lastly, the same bracket should be leveled to match the tank in the opposite direction. This will keep the tank parallel to the post when mounted. Aesthetics is equally as important as quality of building anything.
Here you can see the tank sitting on the table is slightly off favoring the left line.
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Matching the bracket level to match the tank.
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After burning in the bracket and ready for prime and paint.
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One of my past posts "Tips" on long term paint storage was to use a noble gas to displace any air (oxygen) prior to closing the lid on a paint can.
Hear's a good example of that. This can was last closed back in 2009 and at 1/3 full, the paint required a quick stirr followed by a slight reduction for spraying with a dash of lacquer thinner.
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For you guys that have MIG welders, purging is a simple as unlatching the wire feed roller, inserting the tip of the torch holding the lid over the can of paint while triggering the gas into the can of paint. The inert gas is heavier than air and displaces the atmosphere in the can with the noble gas. Simply put, no oxygen (oxidizer) equals longer shelf life. In this case 12 years. Any paint in the lid groove MUST be cleaned for a proper seal prior to employing this technique or your noble gas will leak out reducing your shelf life.
I have one more TIP for anyone relying on wind...
If you find you're dead in the water (DIW) aboard a sail boat with collapsed sails due to zero wind. The solution is to mix paint for outdoor spaying! Every time I mix paint for spaying the wind starts to blow. It's become a running joke between my neighbor and I. All kidding aside the accumulator's finish turned out pretty good. The flat black will match his power unit.
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Just waiting on a HSV-08 valve, then install the rest of the components followed by mounting the tank to the post.
I try to remember to capture the completed install and perhaps a short video of the system working.
Thanks for following along and have a safe and productive Friday!