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by Bret Schmerker
Sat Oct 12, 2019 1:00 am
Forum: ELECTRICAL
Topic: Retrofitting trailer wiring on a 1997 Safari
Replies: 2
Views: 549

Re: Retrofitting trailer wiring on a 1997 Safari

:peep: Update: Information from etrailer.com has 20 - 1.0 WH - Ctr HM Stop Light and 1650 - 2.0 WH - Trailer Ground Return. That means another circuit retrofit, this time from the engine compartment to the jack compartment: I see need for a distinct circuit-breakered "Hot At All Times" power supply ...
by Bret Schmerker
Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:37 am
Forum: FOR SALE
Topic: 96 Lifted, Locked, AWD, Safari in Tacoma
Replies: 3
Views: 125

Re: 96 Lifted, Locked, AWD, Safari in Tacoma

O:) 3.73:1 with an EATON® Detroit Locker® retrofit would be correct for the Hydra-Matic®/General Motors 4L60-E - I've got the same R&P on an open diff on my M11006. Down here on the edge of the Central Valley (CA, USA), I've researched a stick-shift retrofit and already decided on upgrade axles; I b...
by Bret Schmerker
Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: AUDIO / VIDEO
Topic: Safari SLE upgrade-speaker question
Replies: 5
Views: 293

Re: Safari SLE upgrade-speaker question

#-o Update 3: After checking depths of products at CRUTCHFIELD®, I am forced to rule the Rockford-Fosgate® POWER speakers out of further consideration - have to cut the Rear A/C evaporator outlet conduit to clear the T1462's motor, meaning an instant air leak. PowerBass® is a new alternate vendor, b...
by Bret Schmerker
Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: AUDIO / VIDEO
Topic: Safari SLE upgrade-speaker question
Replies: 5
Views: 293

Re: Safari SLE upgrade-speaker question

:fball: Update 2: I went directly to the Shop By page at Scosche.com and the PDF my last Reply has been superseded! Shop By Vehicle -> GMC -> Safari -> 1997 shows the Front Door and Rear Dutch Door as sized for 6-3/4" speakers; SCOSCHE® now sells the SAGMT95B adapter pair for 6-1/2" speakers. The 4"...
by Bret Schmerker
Sun Sep 29, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: AUDIO / VIDEO
Topic: Safari SLE upgrade-speaker question
Replies: 5
Views: 293

Re: Safari SLE upgrade-speaker question

:-k Update: I ran across a brochure PDF from Scosche indicating that the stock speakers are actually ø7" for the front doors and rear Dutch doors. I'll have to measure the screw-holes to see whether ø6.5" or ø6.75" aftermarket speakers will work in terms of solid mounting. The 4"x6" for the D-pillar...
by Bret Schmerker
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: BODY
Topic: Passenger door, BOTH handles broken. How open?
Replies: 6
Views: 2302

Re: Passenger door, BOTH handles broken. How open?

#-o Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but I found the root cause of the handle breakage: Unfortunately, General Motors committed an execution flaw in the very latch assemblies of the M-body cab doors. Not enough meat on the release pawls to allow for wear. Early 2019, I replaced the outside driver-d...
by Bret Schmerker
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: EXTERIOR
Topic: New aftermarket headlights installed.
Replies: 4
Views: 1923

Re: New aftermarket headlights installed.

HID H4 replacements are only as good as the housings you install them in. If the reflector has poor focus and cut-off, then you will blind oncoming drivers. But if the focus is correct, they can work extremely well. HID's do use a single filament like the halogens, so they can work well if the hous...
by Bret Schmerker
Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: MEMBER'S VANS PICTURE/VIDEO POST
Topic: First post, first Astro'Fari 2004 AWD
Replies: 4
Views: 918

Re: First post, first Astro'Fari 2004 AWD

\:D/ LED relamps are a good thing, provided that they're properly selected. For my 1997 M11006's interior relamp-in-progress, I selected the PILOT® IL-194W-1 for five of six map lights (too bad Pilot Automotive hasn't seen fit to manufacture an IL-194R-1, as I wanted one map light red); the PILOT® I...
by Bret Schmerker
Sat Sep 07, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: CLIMATE CONTROL
Topic: AC not blowing through upper vents
Replies: 41
Views: 18267

Re: AC not blowing through upper vents

:bounce: For those of you who need to re-plumb the HVAC controls side, I had the same problem my 1997 M11006 with those too-thin plastic lines - and upgraded the whole controls system to 3/16" fuel hose! Precaution against crankcase vapors, and I found reinforced rubber to hold up better in the long...
by Bret Schmerker
Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: AUDIO / VIDEO
Topic: Safari SLE upgrade-speaker question
Replies: 5
Views: 293

Safari SLE upgrade-speaker question

I am currently looking over several manufacturers' offerings for upgrade speakers for my 1997 M11006. The 4" x 6" positions in the D-pillars are a known and well-supported size in the automotive aftermarket; but the 6" positions in the cab doors (full-range or multiaxial) and Dutch doors (woofers) a...
by Bret Schmerker
Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: BODY
Topic: Swapping out Rear Doors on my 1999 Astro Cargo Van
Replies: 12
Views: 5151

Re: Swapping out Rear Doors on my 1999 Astro Cargo Van

@dme30 Ye look in a variation of my fix! I recently acquired a 1997 GMC M11006 (Safari SLE, dual optional benches, swing-out midship windows, Dutch doors aft) set up as a passenger wagon when I's actually after a commercial vision van (with fixed midship and aft side windows and a dual tailgate with...
by Bret Schmerker
Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: WANTED!
Topic: Looking for a new van.
Replies: 31
Views: 8661

Re: Looking for a new van.

Sorry to come so late, @timelessbeing , but any progress on the replacement-truck hunt? I recently acquired a 1997 GMC M11006 to replace a completely-worn-out Ford E-250 that's too big and heavy for my operating budget anyway, and I've no vehicle to spare. To my knowledge the first downsize commerc...
by Bret Schmerker
Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: WANTED!
Topic: WANTED: manual trans swap parts OR complete 4/5-speed van
Replies: 1
Views: 1494

Re: WANTED: manual trans swap parts OR complete 4/5-speed va

The New Process Gear 4500 is a shoehorn at best. Mighty fat, as it's sized for full-sized trucks and vans. I'm also looking at a stickshift contingency for my 1997 M11006, and I've identified the TREMEC® TR-3160B as probably the best for the chassis; it's rated for 400 Nm (325 ft-lb) input torque, ...
by Bret Schmerker
Sat Nov 24, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: ENGINES GENERAL/PERFORMANCE
Topic: oil cooler manifold and line removal
Replies: 46
Views: 21006

Re: oil cooler manifold and line removal

:cheers: This Topic gave me an alternative approach! I'm already laying a contingency for Derale® 9000-Series engine oil, power-steering/Hydro-Boost, and transmission coolers for my 1997 M11006. Since I've all sort o' room betwichst the radiator and the fan, I could use dual D13614's, the transmissi...
by Bret Schmerker
Sat Nov 24, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: COOLING
Topic: How to get rid of Dexcool (long)
Replies: 10
Views: 20980

Re: How to get rid of Dexcool (long)

:cheers: Good read here! My 1997 M11006 has a new Valucraft/Duralast main coolant pump (AutoZone, 1 yr, warranty) (the previous one, apparently a boneyard pull from a 2005 date, seized at 211,xxx miles), and I see SuperTech™ Universal Yellow (available at Wal-Mart, currently the price leader in univ...