ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Fluff > Shiny things
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rating: Thread Rating: 19 votes, 5.00 average. Display Modes
Old 02-24-2013, 05:48 PM   #331
jdiaz
.
 
Joined: Feb 2002
Location: Flyover State
Oddometer: 32,061
Wait. You can't adjust the shock damping from the driver's seat?




Don't start taking shortcuts now.
jdiaz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2013, 04:49 AM   #332
Laconic
Hard Core
 
Laconic's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2007
Location: Moran Nation, NC
Oddometer: 15,879
That's going to be one tight suspension.
Laconic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2013, 07:40 PM   #333
Hodakaguy OP
NorthWest Adventure Rider
 
Hodakaguy's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Location: Eastern WA State
Oddometer: 2,017
Received the new Lemforder upper ball joints today.

After reading about Lemforder ball joints having more range of movement than the Febi units I had purchased I decided to give them a try.

Here's a picture of the Lemforder joint on the left and the Febi unit on the right.




Now lets test the range of motion. The Lemforder unit is in the rear and the Febi joint is in the front. I'm holding the Febi joint all the way up since the boot is wanting to make it spring back down a bit. Looks like a good 10+ percent increase in range of motion over the Febi joint.




Now lets see how the factory grease looks!

As a review this is the factory grease in the Febi Joint, almost dry! There is no excuse for this from a factory new part, if you are using the Meyle or Febi brand joints make sure you re-pack them with grease before installing!




And the factory grease in the Lemforder Joint, 100% better! It's fully packed with extra grease packed inside the boot. The grease felt good and it was packed well so I just sealed it back up. :-)




Installed.




If your going to replace the upper ball joints I would recommend picking up the Lemforder units.

Hodakaguy
__________________
NV 2012 - In Memory of the Crewmen RR: CLICK HERE
Adventure Is Out There - NV RR: CLICK HERE
Riding Through History - NV RR: CLICK HERE
And Then There Were Four - OR RR: CLICK HERE
My VW Syncro Westy Build Thread: CLICK HERE
Hodakaguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2013, 10:27 PM   #334
maloryII
more north, more wet
 
maloryII's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2008
Location: Tacoma, WA
Oddometer: 3,687
kinda meh on the Syncro and I think for the money involved a Defender 130 would be a way cooler solution

BUT

BUT

goddamn if this isn't a lesson in doing it fuckin' right. love this thread
__________________
2006 KTM 950 Adventure

"The pen & sword, in accord."
"It's never over in a Rover."
maloryII is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2013, 05:13 AM   #335
Xtremjeepn
Motorhead!
 
Xtremjeepn's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2008
Location: SaddleRock, Colorado
Oddometer: 1,717
Eek

Quote:
Originally Posted by maloryII View Post
kinda meh on the Syncro and I think for the money involved a Defender 130 would be a way cooler solution
You're obviously askin' a different question if a Defender 130 is the solution to the same thing a Westy Syncro is
__________________
Cole Ford<----my iPad app ...and iPhone version.....Android Tablet version

06 KTM 950 Adventure(The Fainting Goat)
FOR SALE 02 F650GS DAKAR
FOR SALE 2 KLR650s http://coffeemotorcycleswine.blogspot.com/
Xtremjeepn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2013, 07:59 AM   #336
oregoncoast
Racing Like a Noob
 
oregoncoast's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2007
Location: Duh!
Oddometer: 4,415
Quote:
Originally Posted by maloryII View Post
kinda meh on the Syncro and I think for the money involved a Defender 130 would be a way cooler solution





oregoncoast is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2013, 09:13 AM   #337
JNRobert
Breaking Wind
 
JNRobert's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2003
Location: Bay Area, California
Oddometer: 9,556
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hodakaguy View Post

Total suspension porn


Love this thread
__________________
Crusader of Slack
JNRobert is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2013, 09:53 AM   #338
Slimie
Beastly Adventurer
 
Joined: May 2004
Location: East Debon
Oddometer: 1,065
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hodakaguy View Post



Hodakaguy
I'm not sure you should be covering all that lovely work up!

Beautiful, inspirational work. Thanks for taking the time to show us all.

-Simon
Slimie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2013, 10:42 AM   #339
koncha
.
 
Joined: Feb 2005
Oddometer: 10,044
Quote:
Originally Posted by maloryII View Post

goddamn if this isn't a lesson in doing it fuckin' right. love this thread
This thread is an inspiration for the abolition of half-assedness.
koncha is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2013, 04:26 PM   #340
Hodakaguy OP
NorthWest Adventure Rider
 
Hodakaguy's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Location: Eastern WA State
Oddometer: 2,017
Thanks guys! It's been a lot of fun so far, ready to drive it now

Some more progress today. Not a lot of pictures...but progress.


Ready to install the new T3 Techniques end link urethane bushings.



And Installed. NOTE: If you are installing new end link bushings it's a lot easier to have the anti-sway bar unbolted from the bus during install. Install the end link bushings and tighten them up, then install the four bolts holding the anti-sway bar to the body. I ended up removing the four bolts then re-installing them since I had previously mounted the anti-sway bar.




Installed the passenger side shock, spring, mounted the shock reservoir (they are provided with rubber spacers that fit into the channels), and torqued all the ball joints, bolts etc.




More to come soon!

Hodakaguy
__________________
NV 2012 - In Memory of the Crewmen RR: CLICK HERE
Adventure Is Out There - NV RR: CLICK HERE
Riding Through History - NV RR: CLICK HERE
And Then There Were Four - OR RR: CLICK HERE
My VW Syncro Westy Build Thread: CLICK HERE
Hodakaguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2013, 07:27 PM   #341
Xtremjeepn
Motorhead!
 
Xtremjeepn's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2008
Location: SaddleRock, Colorado
Oddometer: 1,717
Wicked

Lookin sweet! Good job !!
__________________
Cole Ford<----my iPad app ...and iPhone version.....Android Tablet version

06 KTM 950 Adventure(The Fainting Goat)
FOR SALE 02 F650GS DAKAR
FOR SALE 2 KLR650s http://coffeemotorcycleswine.blogspot.com/
Xtremjeepn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2013, 07:28 PM   #342
a1fa
Riding Nomad™
 
a1fa's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2006
Location: Arkansas
Oddometer: 13,502
Sexy craftman jacks!
__________________
Learn to ride. Ride to learn.
a1fa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2013, 03:10 PM   #343
Hodakaguy OP
NorthWest Adventure Rider
 
Hodakaguy's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Location: Eastern WA State
Oddometer: 2,017
Quote:
Originally Posted by a1fa View Post
Sexy craftman jacks!
Those jacks have held up great and are super handy!

Hodakaguy
__________________
NV 2012 - In Memory of the Crewmen RR: CLICK HERE
Adventure Is Out There - NV RR: CLICK HERE
Riding Through History - NV RR: CLICK HERE
And Then There Were Four - OR RR: CLICK HERE
My VW Syncro Westy Build Thread: CLICK HERE
Hodakaguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2013, 03:14 PM   #344
Hodakaguy OP
NorthWest Adventure Rider
 
Hodakaguy's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Location: Eastern WA State
Oddometer: 2,017
Time to start getting the brakes installed.

I'll be installing a set of Front CV Protectors but thought I would mock up the brakes to make sure everything fits.

I wanted to upgrade the front brakes on the bus since it's a heavy vehicle and the OEM brakes are marginal at best. I went with the VanCafe Big Brake kit which is a Audi based kit, You can save some money by piecing it together yourself but in the interest of time I just ordered the kit.

Some Stainless Steel hoses to replace the worn out OEM rubber units, should provide a more solid pedal feel.




New stainless steel dust shields.




Kit came with 285mm vented rotors to replace the OEM 250mm solid units.






50% greater pad contact surface than the OEM pads.




Installed for mock up.






Everything fit up perfectly with proper clearances etc. The one thing I don't like about the kit is there is no tab to hold the hose/metal tubing to the caliper. Instead they provide you with a snap tie to keep the hose from flopping around......Hmmmm

Well the snap tie just isn't going to cut it. The Audi calipers have a pre-tapped hold to accept a bracket but the VW bracket is the wrong angle. I did try swapping the VW brackets left to right and they do fit on the Audi calipers that way, but the brackets are to short and they stretch the brake hose at full extension.

Stock bracket at red arrow below.




I'll fabricate new brackets before going any further.

More updates soon.

Hodakaguy
__________________
NV 2012 - In Memory of the Crewmen RR: CLICK HERE
Adventure Is Out There - NV RR: CLICK HERE
Riding Through History - NV RR: CLICK HERE
And Then There Were Four - OR RR: CLICK HERE
My VW Syncro Westy Build Thread: CLICK HERE
Hodakaguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2013, 05:37 PM   #345
RickS
Gnarly Adventurer
 
RickS's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2006
Location: Altus, OK
Oddometer: 494
Wow, nice build. I have never heard of a 4x4 bus. Learned something new today. Actually I do not thinking had ever seen one, but I will pay attention and look at one in person. Makes me want to work on the 57 Chevy
RickS is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 12:41 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014