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Old August 30th, 2013, 05:33 PM
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Exmoor Lock and Folds in XS. Might need some help installing these bad boys.



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Old September 5th, 2013, 06:50 PM
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Stuck at half a suspension install.
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Old September 6th, 2013, 11:44 PM
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I never learn...2 hours of planned wrenching always doubles when I work on this truck. Nothing seems to ever quite be "bolt on."

1. Holes on RTE rear upper mounts were smaller than the bolts.
2. Before mounting the rear lower RTE shock mounts, I had to chisel and grind the factory shock bushing cups from both top and bottom of the mounting ear. Lovely.

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Drove over to Georgetown tonight to shake her out. Bumps are more controlled, but it still reminds me its a farm truck. I'm afraid to get her off camber till I get the extended bump stops on her and figure out what exactly is stopping downward travel (hope not the shocks). I did get the Terrafirma Rear Cone and Bottom Coil Retainer on.

Lift was exactly 2 inches at the rear and about 4 in front. No noises or vibration at speed, but I do have a new annoying whine at exactly 30-32 MPH on throttle. Weird.



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10" of downward travel as shown above.


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Chisel/Grinding cups off. There were four spot welds on each cup.



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RTE rear upper mount after some drill press action. I plan on removing all this to paint the frame when we move. (Garage and work space waiting!!!)



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Installed.



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Not so kosher... The old tailpipe fell down on the rear axle burning through the breather line and ABS wire. Guess its a good time to get that Landy Lubber kit.





And finally, it looks like the bushing for the trailing arms and the rear upper ball joint limit travel greatly. Guess thats more of a question than a fact. . I may replace with some QT A arm mount and can't remember the name greasable/custom trailing arm bushings from the UK.
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Old September 7th, 2013, 12:06 AM
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And for tomorrow's fun:



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Wipac LEDs for rear with flasher . Stepper Motor and gasket. And removing the inward facing seats in the loadspace.
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Old September 7th, 2013, 04:16 AM
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1) route your breather towards the passenger side of the truck on the axle (away from the exhaust).

2) the trailing arm bushings are not/should not limit any of your travel. I was running stock bushings before (as you are from the pic) and just recently switched to red polybush. Prob about the same travel with these, and I'm just running a sleeved stock trailing arm. While it can't hurt to get castor corrected rear arms or fancy rear arm mounts, none of us really run them and more than likely what's limiting your travel is your driveshaft. If you're running a stock shaft I'd bet that it's binding at the front Ujoint (on the rear shaft)....this is why most folks switch to a double-cardon. That said, I'm still running a stock shaft, and the "binding" I referred to generally only happens when both rear tires are at full droop (which doesn't happen in 'nature' all that often).
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Old September 7th, 2013, 09:24 AM
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Thanks Jason. I'll try that with the breather.

I guess Im not super interested in crazy flex, just thought since Im replacing the bushings and joint, I might as well. Makes sense that the driveshaft is the limiting factor. I hear the double cardan stuff is more likely to cause trouble though? Im happy with what its got now.
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Old September 7th, 2013, 11:21 PM
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Dude... this is looking great. You've been busy!
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Old September 8th, 2013, 12:04 AM
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Dude... this is looking great. You've been busy!
Thanks! Ive been having coolant leakage problems that Ive tried to ignore but it puked on me again today. So ordering up a genuine heater core. Didn't get crap done thanks to that and college football...
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Old September 8th, 2013, 08:34 AM
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[QUOTE=SMac;465599T..... and college football...[/QUOTE]

How 'bout them dawgs!!

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Old September 8th, 2013, 10:53 PM
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How 'bout them dawgs!!

UGA '88

This was a fun game: Ok...I was having a bit too much fun obviously. UGA/BSU at the Dome, Kickoff Game two seasons ago. After Coach Petersen, I'd rank CMR as one of my favorite CF coaches.
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Old September 9th, 2013, 08:38 PM
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Good lord, this Wipac LED set is killing me.

Nothing works as it should. Kill me now.

Yes, the brake light is lit. Problem is, Im taking the picture.....



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Old September 9th, 2013, 08:56 PM
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Is it not plug and play?

What troubles are you running into?



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Nothing works as it should. Kill me now.

Yes, the brake light is lit. Problem is, Im taking the picture.....



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Old September 9th, 2013, 09:03 PM
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Good lord, this Wipac LED set is killing me.

Nothing works as it should. Kill me now.

Yes, the brake light is lit. Problem is, Im taking the picture.....



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Tons of batches came to the US wired up backwards. Try reversing the wires.
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Old September 9th, 2013, 09:12 PM
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Is it not plug and play?

What troubles are you running into?
Nah, not plug and play. I'm not even going to describe in detail what's going on...wierdness, probably a combination of reversed wiring as Josh pointed out below, possibly bad Flasher, and possibly wires loosened by me working back there. And I don't have a multimeter with me. Arg.

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Tons of batches came to the US wired up backwards. Try reversing the wires.
Yeah, I'll try that. I think I pulled some wires somewhere...my driver's side light won't come on after I wired the passenger side light, which comes on with brake...and the driver's side indicator won't even light up.

I quit until I can get ahold of a multimeter.

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Do you know which ones are wired backwards....the turn indicators or markers or both? I guess I could try running power to each wire from the battery and see.
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Old September 9th, 2013, 10:34 PM
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The brake/tail lights were the issue. But you'll also definitely need to do the flasher relay for your flashers as well. Pain in the ass job in a 1997 with the console, but necessary. Do continuity checks throughout your install to ensure that the pins associated with your tail lights/head lights are correct. If they are already, then something else is wrong in your harness.
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Old September 9th, 2013, 11:07 PM
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Not doing the fronts yet, just rears. It was fun pulling the center console and propping it up to get to the flasher. I was sent the 3 prong, but I'm reading I need the EP26 4 prong to keep trailer light functionality. But this 3 prong should work the lights...

I'm gonna say I'm in for a harness easter egg hunt.
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Old September 10th, 2013, 08:28 PM
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I get out to the truck this morning and it is completely dead. Unwired the inop LEDs in the rear, made sure none of the 4 7.5a fuses were blown, made sure the original flasher was installed, and tried to jump it. Absolutely no response from the truck. After 25 turns or so, truck fires up like normal, but the battery indicator is on. After 15 minutes of running at intermittent rpms, battery light still illuminated. Now, headlights don't work and drivers side front marker doesn't work. High beams will come on when headlight switch is on and i press to the momentary bright position on the signal stalk. And still have a dead battery. And my tail lights are disconnected.

And as I pull the center console out further, the rats nest continues to grow.

I'm about to pay someone to do this. Yup, I just said that. I don't even know where to start. Who needs spending money? Need this done by Friday, noon.
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Old September 10th, 2013, 09:06 PM
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Can you dump the LED's and go back to your old lights? Put the electrical stuff back the way it is until you have more time to chase it down?

Problem with hiring someone... they are going to have to chase down the issue too which could be 5 min or 5 hours... or maybe even not.
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Old September 10th, 2013, 09:19 PM
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eh- just bring it here...I'll sort it for you over the next month or so...lol...sorry its a PIA for you! It'll clean up, you just need some altitude from the problem...you're too close.

Of course if you're just sick of it I have 10K and a case of MRE's...wanna trade! lol!!!
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Old September 10th, 2013, 09:23 PM
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Can you dump the LED's and go back to your old lights? Put the electrical stuff back the way it is until you have more time to chase it down?

Problem with hiring someone... they are going to have to chase down the issue too which could be 5 min or 5 hours... or maybe even not.
Yeah, Im done throwing a fit. . Thanks for the suggestion, unfortunately thats probably what ill do until i get back from this trip.

You know what else is irritating; trying to find a live in nanny/au pair. Utter garbage. Yeah, random comment, I know.

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eh- just bring it here...I'll sort it for you over the next month or so...lol...sorry its a PIA for you! It'll clean up, you just need some altitude from the problem...you're too close.

Of course if you're just sick of it I have 10K and a case of MRE's...wanna trade! lol!!!
Other than curry, there isn't another food I cant stand worse than Meals, Ready to Eat. Besides, knowing you, you won't break into your apocalypse stash for another Rover!

Anyone got a BMW GS they'd like to sell? I need something more reliable.
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