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dc46-failOur old vacuum was on its last legs – a canister type Kenmore, and after hearing from so many people how much they loved their Dyson’s, we bought one.   Crazy expensive they are – the model we purchased was $550.

In the 3 months that we’ve had it, it’s been a frustrating machine to use – the power head keeps stopping, and with a couple hairy pets, the canister seems to fill up in no time at all.

The power cord is only about 15 feet long, so in our average sized 1950’s era home, we have to unplug, and plug it in 3 times to complete the main floor.

There is an assortment of attachments for the vacuum, but unfortunately, none are attached to the vacuum – we keep them all in a rubbermaid that is stored in a closet.

hoover-winSo, after 3 months of frustration, I decided to buy a new vacuum – this time it was a Hoover WindTunnel model – it was on sale at London Drugs for $130.  This one has a 25′ cord, so only  have to move the plugin twice to complete the main floor.  It came with a couple attachments, that clip right to the upright vacuum, so they are always handy.  The power head hasn’t stopped once yet – and the canister is at least twice as large, which is great!

The Hoover is a little bit noiser, and weighs a couple pounds more – but I think the pro’s far outweigh these cons – and the price is 1/4 the cost of the Dyson!

Warranty is over – upgrade time?

I’ve had my Jeep for a few years now, and this year the warranty expires – so I think that a lift is in my Jeeps future ;^)

Ever since getting it, I’ve always felt that the suspension sounded noisy – and thought that might have just been ‘a Jeep thing’ – but suspect now that an aftermarket lift will resolve that. I’ve also been gradually wearing the front bumper away – well, trimming/cutting it back as trail damage gradually does its thing.

I really like the aluminum bumpers that Genright now has out for the JK – although I wish they had provisions for the factory fog lights. Still need to get around to upgrade the main headlights – the headlights are not great from the factory – sometimes they seem downright dim. On the JK Forums, there’s an upgrade path that seems very popular among many of the forum members by Daniel Stern – and IPF also has an upgrade kit available. A couple people around here have gone the LED route, although that seems a little too pricey for me at this time – we’ll see – they are coming down ;).  For the time being, I’ve simply replaced the factory H13 bulbs with Silverstars.  Wish I could find Silverstar Ultra’s in an H13 bulb. My list ;^)

* new wheels  (DONE! Bought a set of Pro-Comp steel wheels)

* 35″ tires (Ended up buying a set of lightly used BFG M/T KM’s – price was too good to pass up)

* bedline plastic grill

* bumper (There’s a Genright bumper, and a Poison Spyder one that I like)

* on board air

* wire in CB and VHF

* 3.5″ to 4.5″ lift – not sure what brand yet

 

Replacement Hinge Bushings

The rear doors on the Jeep were getting pretty stiff and not closing properly, due to deteriorating factory hinge bushings.

Found a company in Canada called TMR Customs that machines delrin bushings for the JK for $50 (for a 4 door JK).  They showed up today, and I was anxious to get them installed.

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Last weekend I took the doors off for the first time ever (abt 5years), and they were a bear to remove.  I ended up using a floor jack to lift the doors out of the hinges.  While the doors were off, I removed the hinges from the doors, sanded the bubbling factory paint off them, and then repainted using bed-liner.  Looks pretty good I think. Just have to do the bottom half of the hinges next, but that might have to wait til next spring 🙂

Anyway, this time, the doors were much easier to remove – I was able to just lift the doors off without having to resort to the floor jack 🙂

I drilled out the old metal shims and plastic bushings that were jamming up the doors with a 1/2″ drill bit, cleaned up the pins and hinges, and the new bushings pressed into place nicely.

The doors dropped back in nice and smooth, and the doors are working better than ever!

New wheels!

Well, after almost 5 years, the tires that came with my Jeep have been replaced, and along with the new (to me) rubber, I replaced the alloy rims with a set of Pro Comp steel ones – and I’m no longer using the TPMS valve stems that were in the factory rims.

I think TPMS is a pretty nice feature – however, in the Jeep Wrangler, I think the implementation is pretty flawed.

  1. Only a light saying pressure is low – but no indication of which tire is low.  I had a 2005 Jeep Liberty with TPMS, and it told you which tire was low.
  2. Aluminum valve stems that cannot be replaced without replacing the entire TPMS assembly in the tire.  I had one assembly replaced because the stem had corroded to the point where there were only a couple threads of the needle valve keeping air in – the rest of the needle valve was exposed.  Not a comfortable situation to find yourself in when you’re planning a road trip.

corroded valve stem wheels on! Rubi's got new shoes!

Here’s a shot of one of the tires with the new wheels.  The new tires are the same as original equipment tires –  32″ BFG MT’s.  The new steel wheels are Pro Comp Rock Crawler Series 98 rims in flat black.  I also got wheel caps and new lug nuts, in chrome (the shop didn’t have any black ones in stock).  I think they look pretty good!

Record Cabinet

I’ve had a fairly large collection of vinyl that has been sitting in cardboard boxes for quite some time. Decided to dust off the collection and build some better storage for it. Researched on-line and found some excellent plans from the Audiokarma forum.
VERTGRAIN

 

casterThe casters I used are urethane wheels with precision ball bearings, rated for 275lbs.  Perhaps a little overkill, but they work great!

I used 3/4″ oak veneer plywood for the cabinet, and stained it with a combination stain/poly.

Pretty pleased with the results – will have to build another one to hold the rest of my collection!

Holds about 400 albums
Holds about 400 albums