ordered tire pressure/temp gadget and ODBII thingy for the other stats I want to know in real time. Fun!
“The Pug” got new shoes.
Kumho Crugen HT51 LT stock size in a load range E. My stock Vanco’s were C (Commercial) rated und lasted about 45k miles.
Love this tire! Smooth as butter - instead of the loud “Kaboom” driving over road seams or small potholes with the Vancos, it’s now a subtle low “Thump”.
$800 out the door
Kumho Tire | All-Ways. Go With You
What year is your van? Did you hear 3 clicks when winching up the spare?Finally got around to testing out the spare tire winch etc.... Glad there was a full sized spare identical to the other Nexens. Was surprised at the black wheel rather than silver as on Van. I guess that allows someone to know which is the tire without TPM.
What's in the tank?I mounted a Jerry can to the back of my van. My first attempt was a bust. The mount wiggled easily and with a full tank I am sure it would have deformed the panel.
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My second attempt was a bit more work welding a rack to spread the moment arm over 2 feet vs. 5". I recycled one of the holes for the new mount. The other three are sealed with a bit of butyl sound dampening.
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I mounted it with VHB tape after minor bending so the pads conformed to the sheet metal. Later I'll drill out the holes and through bolt it, but given how strong the bond, I think it might just hold with a full tank (~40#). I kind of wished I made the pads twice or three times as big then completely skip the bolting.
Regardless, the frame doesn't wiggle at all. I can't see/feel any deflection when I grab the can holder and yank.
I decided to stand on the frame (sort of a ladder) and it held my weight. So I jigged up and down a bit, still barely any flexing of the door panel. But, BANG, the adhesive gave way. After cleaning up the mess I through bolted the frame to the door (along with the adhesive).
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Its a 2022, and true confessions time : I have not read the manual so did not know anything about "3 clicks". The winch worked great - no sticking as some reported and I snugged tire up as tight as it seemed to need. Note that I was only using hand wrench to lower and lift - power tool is unnecessary. Only thing I found weird was the extra long safety cable that was attached to the tire hoist hanger bracket - why have two stainless steel cables side by side - surely if one corrodes the other will too?What year is your van? Did you hear 3 clicks when winching up the spare?
That's hilarious, 007's overnight stealth bag with extra "protection" 😁Larry B - This is what I was planning for the back of the Van; ;-)
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The member who suggested reflectix said his has survived for two years so far. Apparently there isn't enough heat under the hood to damage the plastic. There's a lot of plastic under that hood. Even the intake manifold is a big hunk of it, though certainly way less meltable than the reflectix.I'm surprised the heat didn't melt the plastic bubble wrap inside.
If it hadn't already been done before I wouldn't have thought it a good idea to put flimsy plastic bubble wrap on a hot engine.I had visions of a Reflectix s'more (since I didn't have any on hand to test), so I went an Aldi's oven liner