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Bkennedy's SAS and Rebuild Thread

Discussion in 'Offroad Projects' started by BKennedy, June 4, 2013.

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  1. FR-425

    FR-425 Used to be a road here. Elite Explorer

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    Oops, didn't mean to post that, the link doesn't work either.. .. :(
     
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  3. BKennedy

    BKennedy Elite Loser Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Buddy's TJ...Done!!
     
  4. Kirby N.

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    I agree. You can get great performance and ride out of a 3" or shorter lift on a tj. The jump to anything more requires a lot more parts to get it to work properly. But honestly, a 3" lift with away bar discos will out wheel most rbvs including heavily modded ones. My wife's tj with 30s and a 3" lift would almost ramp 1000. (Super frustrating to wheel with when my ex had years and thousands and all it had was a cheap lift). The short wheel bases have the quirks, however.It is pretty tough to beat a lj. That's why I have one. The xjs are great platforms too, but I can't stand the unibody. To be honest if the Comanches came in an extended cab I wouldn't have a ranger.
     
  5. BKennedy

    BKennedy Elite Loser Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Gratuitous picture of neighbor's cute Jeep.
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    He likes the look of the Explorer so much he got the same wheels. Funny thing about those Jeeps; it took us two days to R&R the front axle, and two hours to do the rear.

    Little air filters on breather ends. I was concerned about one-way air flow, but could breath through them, so they should be fine.
    Rear Diff. Lots of room up behind and above the rear axle for a air tank.
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    Front diff and transfer case breathers on firewall. I figured if I get into that deep of water, I will have a lot more to worry about than water in fluids.
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  6. BKennedy

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    Took the Explorer out fishing today. Went to a spot I haven't been in at least a decade, and there were "no dogs" signs all over (love the City of San Diego). Ended up at Fiesta Island, which is located in Mission Bay. Its the only beach left you can park on, and have a dog off-leash.
    Quivera Basin, where I was planning on going;
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    Fiesta Island, where I ended up going;
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    This dummy was spinning donuts in the dirt (also illegal) and ended up stuck at the water's edge. He was buried up to the frame on the left side. I was nice enough to winch him out. The pic is post winch.
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    Caught a bunch of rays and sharks, and one little baby kelp bass. All in all, a decent day.
     
  7. zukman

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    You went fishing without us????!!!!!:(
     
  8. BKennedy

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    I did. Lately, I have been going a few days a week, when the mood strikes. Usually, I just walk down the hill to Miramar Lake. A 17 pound largemouth was caught there in April.
     
  9. zukman

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    So now your saying size matters? lol But still you could have called! lol even got a new kayak
     
  10. BKennedy

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    Need some opinions:

    I am permanent mounting my air tank and compressor. Its a Puma 12 volt and its large. I can mount it in one of two locations. Either, the compressor can mount into the fender well under the interior panel as shown below, with the tank underneath where the spare tire used to dwell (tank doesn't fit where I had hoped in front of the axle), or I can keep the compressor mounted to the tank and just mount both in the old spare tire well.

    Pros/cons with both locations:
    Inner Fender compressor, spare tire well tank: Cons; it will be loud in the cabin area, I have to run a bunch of wiring and hose, and it might have overheating issues. The plan if it goes here is to cut a 4" circular hole in the interior panel directly above/around where the cooling fins are located. Will still need to make some type of removable cradle for the tank to help protect it from the elements, and be able to remove the auxiliary battery that is also under there.
    Pros; it will be protected from the elements, and sit upright.

    Compressor and tank in spare tire well: Cons; compressor will be exposed to the elements, compressor will be on its side (don't know if that's an issue), will have to construct some type of case that allows air flow but protects unit from the elements, and is easily removed to remove auxiliary battery.
    Pros; compressor and tank will be as built, no need to run extra hose, wiring up will be a breeze, just one relay with a "on in run" wire to activate, only need to relocate the regulator/hose connection to a more accessible location.

    Opinions / Suggestions???

    Pics of inner fender mounting location:
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  11. Rick

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    Underneath presents another problem. Sucking water into the compressor during deep water crossings. I had that issue with first ARB compressor which was mounted under the truck.

    BTW, don't forget that any hardware going through the wheel well will potentially rub on the tire if you stuff that far.
     
  12. gmanpaint

    gmanpaint It's Always Something! Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    I would run the compressor inside, for protection. I agree with it getting hot inside. They get hot enough to burn you after just a few mins of running. I would be nervous with it inside there. Can you mount it on top of the cargo well trim panel, or does have to be hidden?

    For the cabin noise concern... Here is an out of the box idea. I have seen a dead quite setup with a 1" shop vac tube attached to the air output on the compressor that goes thru the body with a small breather filter to baffle the sound. Where to route that on Ex? No idea, but thru the corner of the roof could work. :scratch:
     
  13. BKennedy

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    Thanks, keep them coming. I love informed opinions.

    If it goes inside, it has to be inside the right-rear quarter fender well. Not for hidings sake, but because sometimes I pack the cargo area full and go on week long off road trips. There is no where else to put it that will be out of the way. I could put it where there is a recessed storage area with netting, some models have a sub-woofer in there. I use that to store oil and trans fluid. I could open that up and put a metal screen across the opening to give it plenty of air and space to run cooler.

    If I went through a water crossing deep enough to get it wet in the spare tire well, I would already have water inside the passenger compartment. I ran a ARB compressor inside the frame rail back there for years and never soaked that, and it was lower than where I am thinking.

    No stuffage, tires don't go to the top of the wheel well.
     
  14. BKennedy

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    Does a compressor that is not running still get water inside of it? I was going to make it a on in run/demand set up, but could easily wire in a switch.
    Or should I just say screw it and leave it portable?
     
  15. Rick

    Rick Pumpkin Pilot Staff Member Admin Elite Explorer

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    I can't say for certain. Give the manufacturer or distributor a call and see what they have to say.
     
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    How about mounting them on their side? Would gravity put pressure on one side of the piston causing it to wear faster?
     
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    I don't think it would be signficant.

    "Boxer" motors like the VW and Porsche all operate with their pistons moving horizontally.
     
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    I think if I mout the compressor where the recessed storage is, I can mount the tank in front of it in the inside of the fender. It would solve most if the issues, if it fits.
     
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    That would be a slick place for it.
     
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    The arb had a removable filter for the intake. I removed mine and plumbed in some clear tube and put the intake up higher. I am sure you could piece something together to move your intake? I mounted mine to that flat plate accross from the battery that almost looks like a battery tray in the engine compartment.
     
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    The other issue is if smack a wall and push that area in on the body, that thing is toast.

    Don't ask me how I know this:shifty_ey
     

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