Discussion in 'General 4x4 Discussion' started by CHUAH1, Jul 31, 2011.
Diff done, no more howling!
Getting ready for Septembers outing.
Took it out to play with some of its siblings
which ones did you buy, I am about to buy some- interested in your thoughts.
Mine came from southern cross fabworks in Qld.
Very happy with the quality
He currently has an unpainted set for the pathfinder without the checker plate for $400 in his clearance sale if you are after a set
Time to build a swing out kitchen into the back of the trailer. Stay tuned.
Well it was last week and the week before we did this and this....Oodnadatta Camp Drafting and Camping at Aringa Waterhole SA.
Well this was several weekens back....
Isn't it awesome being in the middle of no where?
Good time of year to out that way.
It was perfect weather. Absolutely beautiful.
put some new boots on. 285-75-16 Khumo MT51
Sprayed my white sunraysia's black;
First all gave them a good wash with dishwashing detergent to remove any grease .
Then taped up the nuts , valve and taped around the rims .
Then gave them a spray.
They turned out well i reckon .
Looks tuff Bomber.
Started working on "Project Aux Power". Making a power box to sit on the wing of my drawers. Wanted to make something that I could easily remove and put in a new car. Will post pics of setup when complete.
I should do something one day. Did a temp 3 years ago and thats the way it stayed.
Took me 12 month to Reno my bathroom once. Now evertime I do something handy the wife jokes and asks if it will take a year
I've been meaning to get a winch for a while now, and finally got one on Friday.
I have a Tuff-Pull (Tirfor style) cable winch, but it is too much like hard work. Most times I have used it I only needed to pull forward about 1m to get out of trouble, but the whole rolling out the full 20m of cable, rigging straps and shackles, running cable through the winch, taking up the tension, pulling 1m, running cable back out of the winch and rolling it back up again and stowing everything away gets a bit tiresome. It does improve your driving though, anything to avoid going through that rigmarole .
I bought a 12K Carbon Winch, was tossing up between a 11XP Runva Premium, but the week before I planning on actually buying it the price went up $250 . Carbon had similar specs, similar warranty, was $80 cheaper and I found a place with them with a promo $250 light bar as a free gift .
Fitting it was a bit of a learning curve as I haven't done a winch before, I'm also away from home so don't have access to most of my tools and stuff, which is a bit of a pain. In the end all I needed was a hammer, sidecutters (to trim up all my zip ties) and 4 or 5 spanners/sockets.
I was all tooled up to pull the bull bar, but found that pulling the grill out gave enough room to drop the winch in from the top. 5 plastic plugs and 2 clips and it was out. So much easier.
So, after putting it in, pulling it out, reinstalling, etc. I tried wiring it up, but access to the terminals was a pain... so I pulled it out again. It was so much easier to connect all the cables with it on the bench... unfortunately I don't have a bench where I am at the moment, so was working on a sheet of cardboard on the floor. The gearbox got rotated so that the clutch was accessible from the access holes in the bull bar and while I was in there I chucked in some extra grease.
The motor housing with all the cables attached and ziptied/bundled together so they don't rub then dropped into the gap and was bolted down. The cables had enough length to reach the battery, although I do want to add a isolator switch in the near future.
The control box bracket didn't put it in the location that I would have liked and fowled the bull bar if mounted on the front and mounted on the top you can't actually connect the control cable due to the grill mount bracket. It does have a wireless remote which I will use until I get around to rejigging everything. If the wireless remote dies at an inconvenient time, 5 plastic plugs and 2 x 10mm bolts and I can connect the control cable.
The fairlead is a good design, it is reverseable and offset, so if your cable slot doesn't align with the winch you can flip the fairlead and use the alternate bolt holes to make it line up.
All up it took me about 4 hrs (including lunch), but next time I come to service the winch it will be a lot quicker. To take it out again is quite simple; 10 bolts and 5 plastic plugs. Tomorrow I will take the ute out and wind the cable on under tension so its ready to be used in anger.
I started our reno when my youngest was born. She is now 12
Rome wasn't built in a day .
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