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skyking

Lifer
Nov 21, 2001
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Yes you have to get a bag of those pushpin parts and just keep it in the glove box because you're going to trash one now and again.
 

skyking

Lifer
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I took the 20-ton tilt trailer in for a set of eight tires. One of the ones on the inside was just about blown it had to have broken up on my last trip with the excavator.
 

RearAdmiral

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Exactly and those stupid push pins break pretty easily too, I had to remove 5 of them to get everywhere,
First world problem I know
What new car do you have that requires the wheel to be removed for the oil filter change?
 

skyking

Lifer
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I bent up a piece of galvanized metal for Father-in-law's pickup that dumped oil right on the crossmember. Drilled a hole in it and hung it on a nail in the shop.
 

Torn Mind

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Had to do a brake job from 11p-3a.

Managed to get the job done with no c-clamp.

Gonna see if Duralast Elites are worth it. Autozone's warranty covers even normal wear and tear. Ah, the benefit of being fat with Wall Streeth money(check its stock price).
 

skyking

Lifer
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I adjusted the tracks on the JD 120 excavator yesterday. They have less than 100 hours on them and are still breaking in.
 

bbhaag

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Jul 2, 2011
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Not really wrenching but over the weekend I did install some life improvement mods to our new Maverick. Started with the OEM tailgate assist then moved onto the MRT hood struts yesterday and today I finished installing the OEM floor mats.

Tailgate assist in place and working good. Was kinda a pain to install but not to bad. My wife loves it
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Next up is the hood struts from MRT. These took around 45 minutes to install and now I don't have a hood prop in the way when I'm working in the engine bay.
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Last thing is the OEM floor mats. We have a gravel parking lot at work and I knew after one day the carpet ones were going to get nasty real quick so I ordered these.

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Passenger side
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BoomerD

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My F150 came with the OEM Ford rubber mats. I replaced them with Husky X-Act Contour mats. Better coverage, hold more muck.
 

bbhaag

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My F150 came with the OEM Ford rubber mats. I replaced them with Husky X-Act Contour mats. Better coverage, hold more muck.
Yeah I thought about going after market like Weathertech or Husky because of better coverage but I didn't like the look of them. This is my wifes truck anyway and the gravel lot at work is about as sloppy as it will get other wise it is just trips from parking lots into Kroger, Costco, Kohls, ect.
It's not like she is out on the farm or on the job site tracking through mud and clay for hours all day then getting into the truck in the evening.
 

RearAdmiral

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Changed my wife's serpentine belt on her 2011 Rogue. Bit of a pain in the butt but mostly because there was no way I could remove the tensioner and another pulley and replace them. There is basically zero room to remove these parts. Even the mechanic in this video has a bit of trouble. I gave up on replacing those two parts and just put a new belt on. I'd have to go buy what this guy uses, which was a long handled flex head 1/4" socket, which are apparently not the most popular tool.

Oh and I also saw her inner CV boot was busted on the passenger side as well. I don't want to change that so I guess I'll have my mechanic do that during the inspection.

 

BoomerD

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Yeah I thought about going after market like Weathertech or Husky because of better coverage but I didn't like the look of them. This is my wifes truck anyway and the gravel lot at work is about as sloppy as it will get other wise it is just trips from parking lots into Kroger, Costco, Kohls, ect.
It's not like she is out on the farm or on the job site tracking through mud and clay for hours all day then getting into the truck in the evening.
Hell, me either. For us, sand from the beach (and dog hair) is our main "contaminant." That shit gets EVERYWHERE.
 

bbhaag

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Installed a TruXedo Lo Pro tonneau cover on the Maverick today. It fits well, looks good, and the install was really easy. Took me all of 30 minutes and the only tool needed was a 1/2" wrench.

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BoomerD

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Installed a TruXedo Lo Pro tonneau cover on the Maverick today. It fits well, looks good, and the install was really easy. Took me all of 30 minutes and the only tool needed was a 1/2" wrench.

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My F150 came with ine of these installed:


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It's easier than the old solid tonneau cover that came on my 05 F150, but still kind of a PITA. Knowing what I do now, I think I should have pushed to have it removed from the truck before I bought it. (Truck was the "showroom queen" and was loaded with all kinds of accessories, features, add-ons, and gizmos. But...it was the only one anywhere in the Puget Sound region that had the features I DID want. (3.5l twin turbo Ecoboost, 6.5' bed, Lariat package)
 

maluckey1

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This morning I fixed the timing chain rattle on my 30 year old , Nissan 240sx (s13 convertible). It's been getting worse over the last year or so, so figured that I'd delete the two upper guides (Nissan says they're not essential) and check the tensioner. It now sounds MUCH better, and it's one less thing to worry about later.
 

skyking

Lifer
Nov 21, 2001
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Back in January, a loader operator for the site contractor backed into our company dump truck and did it dirty.

It took forever to get an estimate but I finally did all the legwork on parts and got a reputable shop to give a quote. The responsible company cut a check a few weeks ago and I ordered a new hood and grille and hinge, for starters.
Yesterday I took off the old hood and got it prepped to put back together. I had used the grille to hold the destroyed hood together, and once I pulled it off it lost some integrity :D


This only worked because that is a Cat branded ratchet strap.


Today I took one side off the shipping box, slid the hood out a little and then used the forklift to get it into position to bolt up. I still need the new bumper, headlight trim rings, and it all has to come off to go to paint. I had to get it together to do a job tomorrow.
 

BoomerD

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Feb 26, 2006
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Back in January, a loader operator for the site contractor backed into our company dump truck and did it dirty.

It took forever to get an estimate but I finally did all the legwork on parts and got a reputable shop to give a quote. The responsible company cut a check a few weeks ago and I ordered a new hood and grille and hinge, for starters.
Yesterday I took off the old hood and got it prepped to put back together. I had used the grille to hold the destroyed hood together, and once I pulled it off it lost some integrity :D


This only worked because that is a Cat branded ratchet strap.


Today I took one side off the shipping box, slid the hood out a little and then used the forklift to get it into position to bolt up. I still need the new bumper, headlight trim rings, and it all has to come off to go to paint. I had to get it together to do a job tomorrow.
Fckn operators... :p
 
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QueBert

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Not an automobile, but I got brave and tried to replace the rear tire on my Ninebot Max scooter. I HATE tubeless tires on scooters. I can't even describe how difficult the shit was. Doing the heater hose on my old Taurus when I had zero idea what I was doing was easier and way quicker. I am flabbergasted at how much struggle this was, and while I suck at wrenching. It's tough enough the local cycle shop that does repairs all day told me they wouldn't do it, said it was too much of a pain but wished me luck while they laughed at me. And after I FINALLY got the damn tire on, the bead won't seal. Segway gets a 0/10 for repairability. It makes no sense why something as simple as replacing a tire should be this much work. Also had to unhook 2 tiny connectors to get the cable out (motor's in the wheel) Getting those cables plugged back into the circuit board's going to be a nightmare.

This is the 1st, and probably last thing I own that has a tubeless tire. And a big selling point is "Tubeless, they're OMFG super flat resistant!" Yet I got an unrepairable flat after 3 measly months or barely moderate riding.
 

JEDIYoda

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Fortunately you earthlings had all the parts at Auto Zone!
I had to take apart my Dylithium field generator and replace the omgatron discombobulation enhancer!
 

skyking

Lifer
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I talked to the body shop and they said they could turn the hood around in a week, so I removed all the lights and hardware, removed the hood and have it back on a pallet to take to the paint shop.
 

skyking

Lifer
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The hood is probably done at the paint shop, I will get it tomorrow afternoon, after I remove the boom assembly from the 120 excavator.
I got the boom lift cylinders removed and one taken to the shop for a seal repair. I capped and plugged all the lines in preparation for removing the boom.


I will rig the pin so I can pull it out with the mini excavator and a sledgehammer for persuasion.
 

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