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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

 

 

a new fridge!

A few months back, our fridge packed it in – fortunately we had a second fridge and figured that we could get by just using the one fridge. Well, after a few weeks, we decided that one fridge was not enough.

So the research began, and after some shopping around, we decided that we would up the budget a bit and had a new Samsung fridge delivered.  Was able to get a next day delivery, so that evening, I ran a new water line into the kitchen to supply the fridge water & ice dispenser.

All was good until I realized that the fridge was not going to fit through the front door (or any other door) of our older house.

Front view of Samsung fridgeSo the fridge was delivered to the garage – and the next day, after removing all the doors and door fronts from the fridge, and the screen & main doors from the house, the fridge was in the house! Great! Until another Homer moment…. the entrance into the kitchen was too narrow as well!

So, out comes the reciprocating saw, so quick work of the entrance and the fridge was finally in place.  It fit perfectly into space where the old one was – but this new one has way more space – almost 26 cu.ft. in a 30″ opening.

A little more work than anticipated, but  well worth it!  Love the space and functionality that the new fridge gives us.

Staun Tyre Deflators

Staun Tyre DeflatorsPicked up a set of these Staun Tyre Deflators  –  and looking forward to getting them all set up, and using them for the first time!.  They feel pretty heavy duty – and seem pretty straightforward to set up.  Here are the instructions from the package – more or less ;^)

1. deflate a spare tire to your preferred deflation pressure.

2. with lock ring and adjusting cap wound down, screw your Staun Tyre Deflator onto the valve stem making sure it’s clean and threads are in good condition.

3. Loosen cap (anticlockwise) until deflator pops open, then immediately tighten cap to the position where air stops exhausting.

4. Turn lock ring up to adjusting cap and tighten.

Now that the deflator is set to the preferred deflation pressure, adjustments can be made if necessary at the rate of 3 psi per half turn of the adjusting cap.

If the tire pressure, and the deflator setting is within 8 psi of one another, a manual start of the deflator may be needed. Just pull the center pin up to start things up. Keep the deflators clean and dry, and do not interchange components (I wonder why?).

After tires have been deflated, remove the deflators. Don’t wheel with them on!