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  #51  
Old December 1st, 2007, 06:09 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve Rupp
My dream truck has 89 rangie swivels on it.

Sorry Rupp... I'll be pulling those out for you soon

One step closer to your dream...
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Old December 2nd, 2007, 07:18 AM
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And... a few hours more...





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Old December 2nd, 2007, 04:25 PM
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And yet another couple hours...





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Old December 2nd, 2007, 04:30 PM
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As to the reason why all this started....





Not a very difficult repair... but I looked at it as a chance to mount the low rack.
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Old December 2nd, 2007, 07:34 PM
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Very nice
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Old December 19th, 2007, 06:51 AM
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Well, after a day of rain the interior is still dry. *whew*
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Old December 19th, 2007, 05:20 PM
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Did you sell the old rack?
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Old December 19th, 2007, 06:35 PM
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Yes sir. It was picked up last weekend.
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Old May 7th, 2008, 10:23 AM
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My disco is also looking a little different now:


The SD rack is off:


Here's why:




I've got Aaron syndrome.
It actually broke in threee places but the pics of the other spot didn't come out.
I plan to repair rather than replace.
I've never felt like my rack was overloaded all the time, but I think that vibration, moisture and weight just took their toll over time. I may reinforce all of the interior intersections.

So glad I added this the last time the rack came off:

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Old June 22nd, 2008, 10:08 AM
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Rather than bail on the broken SD rack I decided to repair it and beef it up a bit. My rack has seen a lot of use. In fact it belonged to John Bradley Smith at RTE before me, so it's been subjected to everything from a flop in Death Valley, to the Squeeze in Anza Borrego, trees along the Dusy Ershim and countless forklift flex shots.

The SD rack is definitely good but I always wondered why it didn't break sooner. The pinch and weld technique creates some pretty weak points in the rack and when you look at it the cross members are pretty thinly distributed. I figured upgrading the rack would be a good little welding project for me. I decided to repair the cracks and also bolster the rack with a number of new sections of tubing where I thought it needed it the most.


I used this little baby Lincoln:


It doesn't look quite factory but it's not as jungle-gym'ed out as I thought it might be:


I did the heavy reinforcing up front where most of the breaks were and added another two laterals in the middle and rear:


It took a pounding in Mexico last month and so far so good...



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Old June 22nd, 2008, 11:16 AM
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Cool.

Notice much difference in the weight of the rack?

Driving in Mexico is looking comparatively attractive right now (that's ~$2.60/Gal for Magna Sin and ~$3.29/Gal for Premium):
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Old June 22nd, 2008, 03:48 PM
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Jack Quinlan
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The rack is definitely heavier, but hellifiknow the difference when it's all loaded up.
Heavy and tippy before. Heavy and tippy after.

When I had the rack off I finally got around to swapping out my old loud aluminum flooring for the piece of starboard I had cut a year ago. This time around there were no home depot u-bolts and I had nice stainless omega clamps and counter-sunk allen bolts. I also wrapped the mounting points in pieces of rubber to dampen vibration and reduce noise.
Big difference.


Mexico would be attractive for fuel if the stations weren't running dry or turning away US plates. So many people in SoCal are bouncing the border on fuel runs they can't meet the demand. The big deal is diesel. $5.15/gal here in San Diego and $2.09 across the border.

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Old June 22nd, 2008, 05:40 PM
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Looking good Jack.
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Old June 22nd, 2008, 06:13 PM
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Looking good Jack.


Feeling good, Louis.
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Old June 23rd, 2008, 04:53 AM
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Can you post more information on your flooring? More pictures, etc...

Is "starboard" the same stuff they use on pontoon boat decks?
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Old June 23rd, 2008, 08:24 AM
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Can you post more information on your flooring?

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Old June 24th, 2008, 07:56 AM
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Jack, how do you have your waffle boards mounted?
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Old June 24th, 2008, 08:39 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by JSQ
When I had the rack off I finally got around to swapping out my old loud aluminum flooring for the piece of starboard I had cut a year ago.

Jack,
Are you getting rid of/selling your old loud aluminum flooring? I have a DII SD rack but I think it would still work.
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Old June 24th, 2008, 08:44 AM
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Jack, how do you have your waffle boards mounted?





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Old June 24th, 2008, 09:17 AM
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Thank you Jack. Is that an SD mounting system, another company, or custom?
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Old June 24th, 2008, 09:23 AM
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I had those made up locally.
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Old June 24th, 2008, 09:27 AM
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Leggo of my Eggo.

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Old June 24th, 2008, 10:31 AM
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Would the Starboard be comparable to the Rhinopro flooring? I've never seen either.

http://www.offroadtuff.com/DiscoILRNADS238.htm
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Old June 24th, 2008, 11:55 AM
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After last week's heat spell, last night, I took the D-90 for a cool evening drive and noticed lots of rattle coming from the starboard. It never had any kind of rattle / noise problem before and when I went up there and checked, there was a definate play with the flooring.

My guess is all that heat caused the floor to expand and shrink enough to cause the clamps and bolts (or the holes) to loosen little bit.

I will see if tightning the bolts will get the rattle out.
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Old August 4th, 2008, 03:20 PM
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speaking of Eggo...

I was organizing some old photos... and ran into this one:

sandladders.jpg

I think I was 5 or 6 years old. I need to find out who used these sand ladders.
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