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Old March 18th, 2015, 10:21 PM
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Can someone ID this part? Fell from heaven, ended up under D90

I was putting the RT fender back on the truck and I heard something hit the ground. Looked underneath and found this part.....anybody know what it is? I didn't take it off or remember seeing it.....89 D90 RHD 2.5 petrol....I am in the middle of a suspension lift, replacing all bushings and tie rod ends, shocks, springs, etc.
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Old March 19th, 2015, 12:54 AM
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I have a box of parts that I find under mine all the time. Literally a box and everything seem ok so good luck! I have no idea tho, sorry.
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Old March 19th, 2015, 01:03 AM
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I think it's one of the many extras they put on these cars to mess with the owners down the road... It looks like some kind of spacer though, is it brass??

Just aim a flashlight around and look for a shiny spot, that taper looks like it fit in somewhere since its also shiny.
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Old March 19th, 2015, 02:17 AM
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I think that's the brass cone that holds the front end in place
.... or was it the engine keeper ?
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Old March 19th, 2015, 05:48 AM
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Looks like part off one of the breather fittings like on top of the axles, etc
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Old March 19th, 2015, 07:52 AM
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Looks like a larger version of a fitting I used to hook up the mechanical oil pressure gauge in my rig.
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Old March 19th, 2015, 09:17 AM
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Could easily be something a mechanic dropped by accident into a crevice of the truck and never found. Discovered an engine mount bolt that way once....
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The stuff around the perimeter might give a clue.
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Old March 19th, 2015, 10:42 AM
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I'm guessing it came off the carburetor at some point. Maybe during a replacement? I can't think of any other brass bits that small.
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Its a bushing for the fetzer valve. It holds the ball bearings in place.
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Old March 19th, 2015, 11:22 AM
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Maybe part of a radio antenna? it's awfully shiny to have been lost in a crevice for ages.
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I think that's the brass cone that holds the front end in place .... or was it the engine keeper ?
hamster cage spacer. Without it Richard Hammond will escape and the truck will no longer scream as it climbs the face of a dam.
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All good thoughts....I've looked at every parts diagram on the truck and can't seem to find it. I did rebuild the carb last week, it runs great now, so not sure it's off the carb. Antennae was a good thought, but it doesn't show on the parts diagram. I was hoping it was the axle breather, but it doesn't look like the one's pictured for sale.


Hopefully someone will recognize what it is....before I find out the hard way.


I've noticed that most fixes on these imported trucks follow a certain sequence of being repaired:
1. If it leaks, put silicone on it.
2. If it won't stay, put a screw in it, not any screw...it has to be a shiny silver self taping type, 1/4" preferably
3. If a screw won't fit, superglue it
4. Cover it up with bondo or fiberglass, especially on the outriggers, you want them looking smooth
5. If none of the above works, then try to drive without it
6. Finally, if it is a necessity, put a used part in
7. Never, ever buy a new part




Here's a pic of the axle breather.




What's the part number for that Fetzer Valve?
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Wild guess here, but has your truck had its dipstick tube replaced? Kind of looks like the ferrule from the dipstick tube...the one that loosens over time, letting the dipstick tube sit lower and lower until "H" is <5 quarts. Ask me how I know this.
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Wild guess here, but has your truck had its dipstick tube replaced? Kind of looks like the ferrule from the dipstick tube...the one that loosens over time, letting the dipstick tube sit lower and lower until "H" is <5 quarts. Ask me how I know this.
Nice...the rest of the answers are nonsensical...my guess is the flux capacitor...don't ask me how I know...please...

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I was putting the RT fender back on the truck and I heard something hit the ground. Looked underneath and found this part.....anybody know what it is? I didn't take it off or remember seeing it.....89 D90 RHD 2.5 petrol....I am in the middle of a suspension lift, replacing all bushings and tie rod ends, shocks, springs, etc.
Did the truck ever have some kind of air suspension? To me it looks like the slip part of the air line...
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Dipstick is actually removed at this time, waiting on a replacement. The ferrule is still on it.


Part fell from the engine bay of the truck and ended up directly under the front bumper. Double it had air suspension.


It's very clean on both ends and inside. No oil residue. Doesn't smell like gas. Not sure where else you would use a brass fitting like this.


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While scouring parts diagrams last night to find out what this piece was, my wife asked me what I was doing. I was too embarrassed to tell her I was trying to ID a part from a photo, which could be a bonnet buffer, the brass bushing from the speedo drive gear, a brass housing insert for a bolt, or some type of spacer for a rotating thingamajig....

It really needs to warm up so I can go out in the garage and work on my rover!

Or, I need to get a life!!!!
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While scouring parts diagrams last night to find out what this piece was, my wife asked me what I was doing. I was too embarrassed to tell her I was trying to ID a part from a photo, which could be a bonnet buffer, the brass bushing from the speedo drive gear, a brass housing insert for a bolt, or some type of spacer for a rotating thingamajig.... It really needs to warm up so I can go out in the garage and work on my rover! Or, I need to get a life!!!!
Just don't say "rover porn!" It doesn't translate well to wife-ese! ;-)
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While scouring parts diagrams last night to find out what this piece was, my wife asked me what I was doing. I was too embarrassed to tell her I was trying to ID a part from a photo, which could be a bonnet buffer, the brass bushing from the speedo drive gear, a brass housing insert for a bolt, or some type of spacer for a rotating thingamajig....

It really needs to warm up so I can go out in the garage and work on my rover!

Or, I need to get a life!!!!
Just tell her you are trying to ID the parts falling off your truck.. That'll make her smile..lol..
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