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Everything posted by G B L

  1. I am with you on the snow worthless of the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8s
  2. The hard part of the rack is the Silver rails There are several Company's that make crossbars that will fit the Silver rails. You will find what you need keep looking.Call the Tech Line at thule and yakima. some one there will help you out. Keep us posted on the search!
  3. It could be the pads braking in, or Ford's changing the pad material spec. Be careful about the Dust covers. They will make the brakes run hotter and that could affect the pad life and or the wheel bearing life. If is really is a bother a different set of pads would eliminate the problem.
  4. The Real question before a switch is , Did they put the reinforcing in the door opening for both sets of hinges or are they Vehicle specific. The hinge mounting location are reinforced. The 270 doors would be a nice feature. On the Gen 1 it looks like it is the hinge and the magnetic door stop that would be needed.
  5. This is what Page 134 of my owner's manual say's. I think the rating has more to do with Vehicle stability then any other factor. Maximum Load Weights Do not exceed the following maximum roof rack load weights. Maximum Load lb (kg)* Variant Wagon - short 132 lb (60 kg) wheel base with panoramic roof panel Wagon - short 165 lb (75 kg) wheel base with metal roof panel Wagon - long 165 lb (75 kg) wheel base Van 165 lb (75 kg) *Evenly distribute the load on the roof rack.
  6. Nice Job keep us posted on the Electrical hook up and the Gremlins that you may find
  7. They have been around for along time .In lots of things , as the quality of the materials gets cheaper and cheaper. The use of Cvt transmissions will rise.
  8. Nicely stated MLB1 The sudden loss of traction reminds me of the 1965 Peugeot with the Michelin X tires I had along time ago.
  9. My rig just turned 51000mi, Will do the Trans flush soon. Although you can't change the filter the trans drain plug makes the fluid change easy . 13 Qts will clear the fluid nicely .
  10. Cool should be a lot of fun
  11. Very nice. Where is this journey going?
  12. The wagon came with a very nice back up camera. the only thing I would add is a tiny wiper to keep the dirt off!
  13. The height will not change the reading much. When you do the trans oil change you will see. I am about ready to do the trans fluid for the second time.
  14. It is but better than under the back seat!
  15. I have used both products and the Corrosion Free is much better and more durable.
  16. An all-wheel drive would be interesting. Once I Adjusted the Head lights they are very good. A less awkward Traction control switch would be very nice. I like the sliding load floor Idea.
  17. Looks like it is coming together very nicely.
  18. Don did you check the trans fluid while you were under there?
  19. The tires TPMS tool is available from several company's. When you put the TC in learn mode you trigger the sensor from the left front around the car ending at the left rear. The tool will give you the tire pressure and the sensor Id number and the battery condition. The 245/55/18 is 1.2 % bigger on the circumference, but gives up 23% on the side wall height . The Change will not be great. Make sure the tires have enough of a load rating for the TC..
  20. There is a Canadian product (Corrosion Free ) which is a very waxy oil spray that provides a very good flexible coating . It seems to soak into the surface rust very well.
  21. This is the one I am running, I suspect that the Compressors of both units are very similar, with the same power requirements. During cool down and if the unit gets hit by the sun the amount of power increases alot. https://www.amazon.com/43-Portable-Compact-Refrigerator-Freezer/dp/B0012EGZ9S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1497129469&sr=8-1&keywords=Edgestar+Fridge
  22. The 900 watts are going to require lots of batteries. Most house sized Solar panels 36X54 "s put out just over 120 watts. Watts are Watts no mater what the voltage. I have a Edgestar Fridge, Freezer and it works very well. It Draws 5 amps and it too will drain the battery.
  23. If you do a good job , and Air out the TC There should not be a problem. The insulation as much to keep the Van cool as to keep it warm .