Building an Adventure Van

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Geek, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. drc42

    drc42 Rally Dreamer

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    On that subject, is there a way to recalibrate the speedo so it is accurate with the larger tires? I am thinking I will go with similar tires once my stock ones wear out. I am way to cheap to do it while there is still good rubber on these.
  2. tommu56

    tommu56 Long timer

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    In a pinch I have used a socket head cap screw full threaded nut and 2 washers to set them in confined spaces.

    On the cap screw and spin the nut up against the head add washers and insert.
    Insert in the hole holding the cap screw still wrench the nut down (gear wrench helps) compressing the insert till it is clinched.


    tom
  3. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    you might could make some extra $$ with that riv-nut tool there Geek.

    Talk to your LBSes. You'll get frames in with loose riv-nuts and the shops don't have any way to repair em.

    M
  4. drc42

    drc42 Rally Dreamer

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  5. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    I finished my taxes this weekend... I can now resume spending :rolleyes

    House batteries & charger are 1st on the list.

    Does anyone know if the Odyssey brand batteries are actually better?

    [​IMG]

    They target the Optima batteries I was considering specifically with their marketing
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    "Featuring rugged construction and packed tightly with pure lead plates, the non-spillable AGM design ODYSSEY battery protects against the shock and vibration that can quickly destroy other batteries. And the pure lead plates mean more power—twice the overall power and three times the life of conventional batteries—up to 400 cycles at 80% depth of discharge!"

    I don't mind spending the extra money if I'm getting maximum aH per pound on board and the things are going to last longer...

    Looking at two models in their marine lineup:

    34M-PC1500 = 55lbs = 135 minutes @ 25 amps = 22 hours @ 2.5 amps
    31M-PC2150 = 78lbs = 205 minutes @ 25 amps = 34 hours @ 2.5 amps

    .. or two 34M-PC1500s = 110lbs = 44 hours @2.5 amps.

    "Useable" would be 50% of these numbers....

    :scratch
  6. CodyY

    CodyY ADVenture Capitalist

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    If you were gonna insulate on a budget for noise, what materials for roof and walls?

    I dont have LLP money.
  7. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    weight weight weight!!!
  8. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    USPS lost my rivnut tool :becca

    Frustrating because the forecast is in the 60s this weekend and was hoping to get a bunch done on the van.

    Having another one overnighted... we'll see if it gets here tomorrow or not. I'll deal with getting a refund on the missing one later :patch
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    Shouldn't you be out making pictures that make is tell you "you suck" or something? :lol3
  12. Sheep Shagger

    Sheep Shagger Show me your fleece

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    I'm no battery expert, but everything I had read indicated that the thicker the lead plates the better, for just about everything except weight.
    Also seems to be one of the main reasons 2x 6v golf cart batteries are so common in RV's, the lead plates are a lot thicker making the batteries last a lot longer.
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    Sheep Shagger Show me your fleece

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    I got one of those free ~15 years ago, it works so well it's all I've ever used.
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    Not to hijack the thread, but my clutch is here, but I forgot to order everything else... damn work.. oh fedex delivered it in two days. :evil for $3...
  16. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Geode: I always appreciate your input; If you were me... and you want 150-200 ah... what batter(ies) would you buy?
    House battery.. couldn't care less about cca. Budget secondary concern - best solution 1st concern.

    :lurk

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    http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=18148556&postcount=1727

    you can use a regular bolt too

    tom
  18. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Thanks Tom; I'm going to give that a try.
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    Just remember to hold the bolt and spin the nut the threads aren't strong enough to pull it self up the bolt.
  20. Mr. J

    Mr. J Banned

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    the philosophy of that advice is good to hear from time to time (reality check)

    i know i get caught up in minutiae on a daily basis!