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charlie_brown

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Now doing some prep for a summer fun run.
I installed some hub centric sleeves on the dana 44 front hubs while i qas preping the front corners. These things fit great and hold the rim good. I did find a good crack on the passenger side swing set.

I have had a problem with a fuel leak around the top plate so i dug into it this time. Wow...... My 20 year old cell is de laminating at the top.
So i called fuel safe to order a new bladder. Say what?? They change sizes in 2006 and dont make the old size anymore other then custom and even though they made this comon size for 20 years....no one has records of it so now its a custom. Even thou the new standard bladder is only a 1/2" wider. Not sure if that will cause a problem. All fuck.

I did by a new cell last year to start preping fo a v8 swap. It is a 41 gal. But to put it in, i will have re-back half the truck. Shit. Was not ready for this yet.

I have been trying ro get hold of harmon cells but after a day and a email, 2 calls, nothing yet. I may just order tubes and start cutting
 

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GahnRacing

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My experience with Harmon wasn't the best. The shop guys seem to be up to date with customers jobs and what's going on, but the receptionist seems to be a lost cause. She was very hard to work with.
 

85yota

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I would buy the fuel safe can and have a sheet metal shop make that can 1/2in wider if itll fit. Harmon wanted 1500 for a new 40 gal bladder for my cell. Fuel safe as about a grand
 

charlie_brown

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well, Harmon has still not answer the phone or responded to social media DM, phone mesg, and e-mail. makes it hard to want to do business with them even though i could spend a day and drive there and do business in person.

men while, i have still been communication with fuel safe. they finally told me that it would not be a problem to use a bladder that is 1/2" wider when all other dissensions are good. so i just order one. this way i can still go out and have fun for 6 months/year. then i will sell it and install the 41 gal i have in my shed.

mean while i am more serious about getting the parts together and getting a new designed i want to do for a new back half.
 

charlie_brown

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It os the old style with just the 2 tabs. Passenger side one of the tabs is cracked. I was never a fan of this style but just kept an eye on it. I am either going ro fix it with drilling a hole on each side,weld, then make a "hat" gusset across the top or check with dave on his new set up with the bolt on bracket.
 

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charlie_brown

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So a little bit of a post baja 500 fun run damage repair and prep for the next run.

truck is ready to go on a run now but i did order a new swing set from dave threat ms. my current one is his 1st gen and it had the supper wide spacers which i never got so i just been ruining a stack of washer. it has been on my list to drill out and sleeve them but never got to it.

the new one is his current set up with the bolt on plates and like my old ones, i order it with uni balls instead of a bushing pivot. it will get installed in a month or so. mean while, i already fixed the crack.

i also bought a eagle one jack 3 years ago to mount on my truck some where. i have not been able to find a easy place to mount it with out my weak ass arms raging it off the bed sides. I could just mount it in the bed but on trips to baja, it would be covered up and hard to get to. i do carry a small bottle jake and one of the large scissor jacks but not sure if i trust that thing. any ideas?

the new fuel cell is 1/2" wider then the can. had to work it a bit. i hope it does not create any problem. thats the difference from the old size to the newer size. they change a bit in 2006.

here is a break down of the post 500 repair and prep fo another trip.

new fuel cell bladder and fuel filter, miss. hardware. $1200.
new AC compressor. the wire going in my old one vibrated apart. $700
new tire to replace one with sidewall plug $250
4 corner prep/grease/brake/drive plate check $100
flush power steering fluid, pan change trans, engine oil, check diff. $200
new AC vent, new limit strap on one side (got in the tire). $50
miss. stuff i forgot like air filter, diff filter, cleaning supplies. $50
total $2550
extra cost for new swing set about $1k + changes i will make to it and powder coating and while at it i will re-powder coat the tie rods and new alignment. $150

been driving it to work a few times as a shake down.

i have never added this shit up. i just do it and have fun. dame, this shit is pricey.

anyways, i am ready for the next trip. looking for a baja summer trip, then petes camp poker run.
 

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sirhk100

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Senior Brown!!! You have one of the trucks that's seen some decent use over the years. Have you had any issues with the front D44 spindles/hubs over the years at all? Anything done to modify or improve them over stock beyond the hubcentric caps you added? Just curious...

Thanks,
Khris
 

marcytech

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Senior Brown!!! You have one of the trucks that's seen some decent use over the years. Have you had any issues with the front D44 spindles/hubs over the years at all? Anything done to modify or improve them over stock beyond the hubcentric caps you added? Just curious...

Thanks,
Khris
i hear he mixes taco sauce from baja in with his bearing grease for extra viscosity
 

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