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    I am a Project Chief Inspector and a Welding Inspector for Cross Country Pipelines and Compressor Stations. I also build Power plants, Chemical Plants, Refineries, and Paper mills. I help you have Power and Heat...

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  1. I still Laugh when I see this one...lol

  2. I had read that Jeep wasnt ensuring that the Smaller than micro Blade type fuses and relays and breakers werent fully seated... I got mine in March and checked mine yesterday 2.5 months later and I had 46 fuses or relays or breakers that I heard snap into locking position... the half sized mini blade fuses are different than normal and snap into position... Remove the cover and press down on them I bet a few click...
  3. Frame welds... Between May 7, 2018 and Aug. 21, 2018, Jeep’s Toledo North Assembly Plant used frames with an “off seam [track bar] weld location” to build up to 18,055 new Jeep Wranglers. The result, Jeep says in its NHTSA Safety Recall Report, is that likely around 720 vehicles (4 percent of the recall population) have track bar brackets that could potentially “[separate] from the frame.” This sounds like something you’d never really want to happen to your vehicle for a number of reasons, but Jeep identifies that it could possibly lead to reduced steering response and even a crash. The first step for dealers is to lift the vehicle and check out the build date code on the frame. If that number is greater than or equal to 126 and less than or equal to 156, then the vehicle was built in the May 7, 2018 to Aug. 21, 2018 window, and its owner should be offered a loaner car as the Jeep gets inspected further. Vehicles with frame codes in that range will then have their track bar bracket welds—both the inboard and outboard ones—cleaned. From there, with the steering wheel cranked to the left to help give better access, dealers will paint the vehicle’s three-digit VIN to the outboard frame bracket, and take a picture of both welds like so: The first step for dealers is to lift the vehicle and check out the build date code on the frame. If that number is greater than or equal to 126 and less than or equal to 156, then the vehicle was built in the May 7, 2018 to Aug. 21, 2018 window, and its owner should be offered a loaner car as the Jeep gets inspected further. Vehicles with frame codes in that range will then have their track bar bracket welds—both the inboard and outboard ones—cleaned. From there, with the steering wheel cranked to the left to help give better access, dealers will paint the vehicle’s three-digit VIN to the outboard frame bracket, and take a picture of both welds like so: Those pictures, along with the frame build date code, the vehicle’s VIN, and the dealership’s information, will be sent to a “Track Bar customer care representative,” who will take a close look at the welds’ positions. If the representative looks at the photos and determined that the welds are in the right spot, then the Jeep is all set, and no repair will take place. But if he or she finds one or both of the welds to be out of place, dealers will arrange to have a “Technical Weld Specialist” come to make the weld repair. But before that can happen, the dealer has to take some stuff apart. Those pictures, along with the frame build date code, the vehicle’s VIN, and the dealership’s information, will be sent to a “Track Bar customer care representative,” who will take a close look at the welds’ positions. If the representative looks at the photos and determined that the welds are in the right spot, then the Jeep is all set, and no repair will take place. But if he or she finds one or both of the welds to be out of place, dealers will arrange to have a “Technical Weld Specialist” come to make the weld repair. But before that can happen, the dealer has to take some stuff apart. Those pictures, along with the frame build date code, the vehicle’s VIN, and the dealership’s information, will be sent to a “Track Bar customer care representative,” who will take a close look at the welds’ positions. If the representative looks at the photos and determined that the welds are in the right spot, then the Jeep is all set, and no repair will take place. But if he or she finds one or both of the welds to be out of place, dealers will arrange to have a “Technical Weld Specialist” come to make the weld repair. But before that can happen, the dealer has to take some stuff apart. To prep the outboard weld to be repaired by the weld specialist, dealers are asked to disconnect the battery before lifting the Jeep, remove the left front wheel, undo the track bar nut and bolt shown above, and then take the track bar off of the poorly-welded bracket on the frame. From there, Fiat Chrysler says its “Technical Weld Specialist will perform the repair on the outboard weld.” There are no further details on how exactly the specialist will conduct the fix, but clearly the job will involve welding that bracket back onto the frame somehow. Fiat Chrysler told me via email simply: “Weld will be made to comply with specs.” Once the weld specialist’s job is done, dealers will bolt the track bar back onto the frame (with a new nut and bolt), throw the wheel back on, lower the Jeep, torque down the track bar nut to spec, and then give the vehicle back to the customer. That is, unless the inboard weld also needs to be fixed... Repairing the inboard weld is significantly more involved than fixing the outboard one. In addition to lifting the Jeep and removing the left front wheel, the air dam has to be taken off, and four steering gear mounting bolts have to be removed (to get the steering gear box away from the bracket weld location) after the track bar has been unbolted from the frame bracket:
  4. So Wed Night...
    Low of 45 degrees, they said on weather station like fall temps we only had three days of summer weather so far...
    Its My effect on the Jet stream again...
    :) Follows me like a bad habit...

  5. I installed my new CB in My JL its large thats an understatement But I love it ... My fire stick was snapped so thats another reason I never liked them 5 days old garbage wont happen again... I added a steel whip styled one and read below for the details...or just check out pics Ill add one of new ant style tomorrow... So I took that beast of a new CB the LX 29 to a CB radio shop... When I walked in I thought dear god what a mess a literal path through all the clutter of radios CBs ant mounted to a test stations meters gauges, Oscilloscope, and thats exactly when it hit me, this IS the guy I want working on my CB and ant set up...It looked like a mad professor worked there... I explained the Fire stick was snapped for whatever reason and told him I bought the Wilson 3500 with pre loaded coil at base, installed it all and I keep getting the Ant warning message on my CB and Since it has a calibration for SWR I couldnt understand it...well sometimes you have to step back and take a wider look at something to see the entire picture... He says, nope your SWR calibration is to get the radio as close as possible to the Ant, not for the ant to be any length he says I bet Im gonna have to cut but lets adjust it up slightly and then check and see... Ok Doc- kinda reminded me of a nuttty professor...so Im game... plus he is jammin to ACDC thunderstruck how could it be bad... So he sets it and we test, then still same warning he says let me grab my swr meter and we will sort this out... If the swr is higher at ch 40 than 1 you cut ...I think I got that right but you dont cut too much or the 1 starts to rise to high so its a balancing act... between the two... He got me set up cut about 2" off the overall height and I look him square in the face and say...Hey, you know how to pump these things up? He looks at me and thinks and says yea I can bench test it and tweak some settings... Its against the law to broadcast higher than 5 watts, the radio comes rated at 4 watts however...what they dont tell you is that the factory settings on most CBs now is set to 2 watts and an 8 watt max...in english that means when you key the mic (hit the trigger) the watts go to 2...only...when you speak it modulates the frequency to 8 watts, this is for most CBs out there even a hand held will be from 1-2 watts keyed and modulate up to around 6 watts or so...depending on the brand... Basically he says yes I can tweak it up and boost your output- I asked how much he said let me check it first but you have a great radio modeled after the original trucker ones with all digital so give me an hour and come back Ill let ya know I asked how much are you charging he said Ill do it for 50 flat cash, for both ant calibrations and radio tweaks I said you have a deal... I return in 45 and my radio is already sitting on the guitar amp laying in the middle of the floor...and I asked your done already huh? he replies yep, He says Its a good radio I was able to go from 2 keyed 8 modulated up to 8 keyed and 30 modulated...what...No way...yep, the swr is also at like .3 he said I cant get it lower without the lower channel rising...cool beans...I said.... Then I asked ... Do you have some other CBs for sale here? He says well I dont have any new ones in stock right now, however I have some used ones if your interested I said I need two smaller set ups if you have them not everyone wants such a beast in their jeeps they like to move their seats more and not have a giant box mounted somewhere... He shows me two older uniden with green led and noise cancelling and only a squelch and volume setting 40 ch and I asked you tweaked these ...he looks at me and says yep...already done, I asked what are these tiny ones pushing... he said they were pushing 2 watts and 8 modulated like yours stock, I tweaked them but I can only get 8 and 25 modulated out of these...Im like that high...yep he says...I said how much 90 each with mics ant mount and mic...with 18' coax ...so I bought them... Basically he bumped mine up to 4 times the transmission power and the other uniden's 3 times their transmission power, he reminded me it wont improve reception but you will broadcast 4 times further...I said Ill take the deal... I had already paid cash for him fixing my ant and the tweaks on mine plus extra 10 for him doing it right away on a Saturday and he stopped everything to work on my rig... All I can say is with ant properly tuned probably the best 50 bucks I have spent in a long time for my unit to be tweaked up... I told him Ill send my buddy Monday to get his ant Adjusted by him I drove 77 miles each way and the reception seemed cleaner and it will reach out...if I could hear them they replied when I asked for radio check and they said it was clear as a bell... Love it... Ill snap some pics after we do his install and run a couple test. he had a hand held unit and we only could get a 1/2 mile away so I have a good bench mark using the streets in the town here...stay tuned Ill return back to update when we get it all sorted... I am totally happy with my set up... He even persuaded me not to buy a black with red coil styled like a firestick citing they snap and they dont broadcast for crap he sells a slim line pre loaded wire set up and said I did good all around with my selections... Cool...
  6. Mark

    Off Road Rim Financing

    I think she was stuck with them because they said they were free
  7. Well I broke Facebook again...
    Seems if you misspell something which I never ever do and you try to correct it right now you cant edit the post...
    Geez FB Sux...

  8. Here is a way to get to my You tube channel where I video most trails I run...

    I got better from when I had just started and Moved up with equipment like GO Pro Hero 4 which I currently run

    For some reason I cant get a static address from You tube but you can follow this link and that will land you on my You tube page in sorts and there are 232 videos I have uploaded since I started wheeling 2.5 yrs ago...

    Its boring in many and some show me stopped for periods of time but they are all there along with some like coming down the backside of Black bear pass at night which not many people can say they have done...at some places you have a foot or so between you and an 800 foot shear drop off...

    Other times your thinking why doesnt he give up and stop trying... keep watching and you will see...
    I make it no matter what but I may have to take 15 runs at it to clear a boulder and you may not be seeing that im adjusting the wheel or slowly moving my jeep kinda like a typewriter to gain leverage or whatever to get past the obstacle...

    Never the less I get moved all around in the cab despite seat belts and hand grabs and dead man foot pedal and was sore after wheeling Moab from all the jerking and rough terrain...
    I enjoy what I do if your bored check a few out...
    Never know which ones you will like or not... This was a week ago and my videos are in 4K but to be able to upload I have to degrade them...

    Ill add a few more links below but once there I think you can see my video list and trail list and click accordingly Ill add some of the ones I like for now...

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxtSORVxF0A1WX9wIkwOXDkpA5jJuojXh

  9. Add a Phone Number to Your Facebook Account
    A current mobile number helps you reset your password easily, find friends, see relevant ads, receive SMS notifications and more. Only you will see your number.
    2,191 of your friends added a phone number.

    Great Try FB...
    You dont need my phone number your a web app.... you fooled 2100 of my friends but not me not today...
    go mine data elsewhere...

  10. I donated...

  11. If you travel or want to track states you have visited or highlight states you want to travel to or through use this interactive map then save it in a format on your computer or phone you like ...
    https://www.amcharts.com/visited_states/?fbclid=IwAR1a0QYGYZLbDa8MoI8wMKGILemfGSwF9EXnInAuemsYNIbqzYj6KpUb6fM#

  12. I remember mamma always said and just like that Forrest it went from winter at high of 55 one week to summer the next week with high of 87 and completely skipped spring....
    well my momma always said getting pissed about it don’t do no good and later I learned that’s because of the medulla oblongata...

  13. Mark

    Underwater Photograpy ...Video

    I bought the GoPro Hero Black number 4 just recently I made the videos from this past weekend using them and its stability control makes it crazy smooth now...it was solid mounted and looks like it was floating...I love it and the quality I have to degrad for uploads the originals are 4K and stunning color...
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