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2 hours ago, J2DXPLR said:

They are gorgeous!

Thanks!  They are a lot of fun.. when they are not broken down.. ;)

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Took my rig into Joe's shop for some maintenance. Betty Lou has about 96k  miles on her so it was time for the plugs and the PCV valve to be replaced. Joe has a guy named Vince working for him now and he's the one that did the work.(Joe's out of town) While they had it he did an inspection and found the front and rear diff fluid needed replaced along with the transfer case fluid. I figured he had it so may as well just have him do it. He asked about coolant swap and since I had it done a short time ago I passed. Everything else looks good. When I picked it up he said he forgot that I said no to the coolant flush, started that job then remembered I passed and just finished it. He did not charge me for that, which I appreciated.

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8 minutes ago, shellback91 said:

Took my rig into Joe's shop for some maintenance. Betty Lou has about 96k  miles on her so it was time for the plugs and the PCV valve to be replaced. Joe has a guy named Vince working for him now and he's the one that did the work.(Joe's out of town) While they had it he did an inspection and found the front and rear diff fluid needed replaced along with the transfer case fluid. I figured he had it so may as well just have him do it. He asked about coolant swap and since I had it done a short time ago I passed. Everything else looks good. When I picked it up he said he forgot that I said no to the coolant flush, started that job then remembered I passed and just finished it. He did not charge me for that which I appreciated.

 

Joe must still be hanging out in Colorado, eh? What'd you think of Vince?

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7 minutes ago, 4x4tographer said:

 

Joe must still be hanging out in Colorado, eh? What'd you think of Vince?

Joe is back out in Colorado. I talked with him mid-week last week so must have left a few days ago. I did not know he would not be doing the work until I dropped it off, not that it affects anything because the work needed done.  Vince seems like a good dude. Friendly, thorough and seems to know what he is doing. If Joe hired him I think he's gotta be a good mechanic.

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Added a buddy for my Jeep today! $1800 off Facebook marketplace. 

 

Came with solar and new battery, articulating hitch, 7 foot smittybilt canopy. 

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8 hours ago, English Al said:

Added a buddy for my Jeep today! $1800 off Facebook marketplace. 

 

Came with solar and new battery, articulating hitch, 7 foot smittybilt canopy. 

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score!

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That seems like a really good size for a trailer. 

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4 hours ago, WILL E said:

That seems like a really good size for a trailer. 

Yeah for what I need its perfect. Nice and light so don't even feel it behind the Jeep. 

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Let me know if you wanna do a quick test run with it through BULLDOG.  I could head out pretty early in the morning.  We can stop for a quick snack and get the heck out before it gets too warm. 

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I put together a 4 tire inflator (and perhaps deflator) system.    Pretty easy since I already had a compressor and tank mounted as well as a quick disconnect on both the passenger and driver sides.  I've been moving from one side to the other and filling each tire one at a time. 

 

There are lots of videos on how to do this as well as some premade kits.   I didn't need or want a premade kit because the hoses were going to be way too long. 

 

I knew I was going to use Haltec H-5265 Standard Bore Lock On Air Chucks.  They are expensive (about  $10 a piece) but every video that used them just loved them and I do to.  They are only 'open' when attached and they attach quickly and very solid.   So I can fire up the compressor before starting, I don't have to wait till all 4 tires are connected. 

 

I tossed together a spread sheet for different options. hose and connector options. 

 

The hose and connectors (T connectors or manifolds and hose ends) were surprisingly expensive, especially the 1/4" NPT male connectors for 3/8" hose.    And hose typically came in 25 feet (too short) or 50 feet (too much hose).      Poking around I found that Harbor Freight sells 'remnants'.   These are 8 to 15 feet long (most are closer to 8 feet) but come with the male ends already attached.   They're just 7 bucks each.  

https://www.harborfreight.com/38-in-x-8-ft-15-ft-rubber-air-hose-remnant-60356.html

  

I picked up 4, cut them down to size and used these brass barbed fittings.  

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C26JJR2?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details

 

So overall I got away pretty cheap and the hoses are easier to store since they are just the right size.  

 

A quick test in my garage has me believing this is a few minutes faster than filling each tire one at a time.     Deflating I am not so sure, I used one of the deflaters that removes the valve from the stem and those work really quick. 

 

When it cools off a bit I will do a comparison and write a thread with  lots of details and pictures as well as the comparison  results. 

 

 

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