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Project MULE - Expedition build on a 1991 1500 4x4 Suburban

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Ya know... You gotta have a little fun in life.

 

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Updates:

 

Well, I've been busy with our business and botht the wife and I have got back into dual sport bikes so thats been eating up a lot fo our time.

 

During our trip to Minnesota Bridget decided to back into a very old very large oak and bent the swingout spindles so I am slowly trying to remove them from the bumper without hacking the bumper up. This initially is not going as planned since I did to damn good of a welding job. :doah:

 

The 3/4 ton springs we got earlier this year were real soft... like half tona soft so I was able to warranty them out last week and I upgraded to 1 ton springs. They sit about 3" higher now but once we get the drawer system built and the rear bumper re-assembled it should drop back down.

 

Engine project:

It's waiting until tax refund time. The heads are bagged on my shelf and the block and crank are at the machine shop with all the machining done (except the decking). I was able to get the correct ECM from one of the guys from the Gearhead efi forums that EagleMark runs.

 

Body:

We will be repainting the body in White with a single stage Urethane with a black trim. Kind of getting the color scheme idea from Larrys Polarbear. We hope to be painting the body once it warms up.

 

Interior:

The switch panel was fun but we need more room for camera gear and other items while on the road so I am going to redo the switch panel and make it more conservative. but add more USB power ports.

 

The drawer system is still being worked on but it looks like now the drawers will only go forward enough to the back of the back seats. Since we have got back into Dual sports bikes we have been going to more bike events with friends in the Mule so we have decided to keep the back seat. That shortens the over length of the platform in the rear.

 

Tires:

Sometime in the spring. Still locked on the Cooper Discoverer ST MAXX in 315-75-16

 

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Thats pretty much it for now.:

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Supposed to be a great tire!

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which bikes do you have?

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which bikes do you have?

 

I have a 2008 Honda XR650L and Bridget has a 2003 Suzuki DR200SE

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Been a while since I posted, Everything has been running fine and the truck has been doing great... until now. Started getting a howl in the rear. Found the rear left axle seal was leaking. Pulled it a part and it was not pretty. I got 6k miles on these new National bearings and seals and this happens! I still have to pull the right side to verify that side is still good.

 

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talking with the manager at O'reilly in the morning.

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Pulled the pass side yesterday and found it was starting to do same thing. Scored a whole other axle for $50 and Oreilly is warranting the bearings, seals and the brake shoes. so I am just out time and a couple extra qts of gear oil I had on the shelf.

 

not sure what caused it. bad batcj of bearings, not enough fluid. did the seal leak and cause the fluid to get low enough. I drained 1.5qts of a 2qt diff so whos knows. I will install these shafts then pull them in 1000 miles and check then.

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Hey Rob, are the bearings made in China?

 

G :cool:

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God knows these days. I got SKF bearings and National seals. the trusted mix I've used for years.

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