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by Bret Schmerker
Sat Nov 23, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: ELECTRICAL
Topic: Retrofitting trailer wiring on a 1997 Safari
Replies: 4
Views: 973

Re: Retrofitting trailer wiring on a 1997 Safari

:-k Update 3: One thing I'll need for a watertight, flood-proof connection for harnesses such as the Pollak® PK 11-998 or equivalent? A properly-specificated CANNON® connector set through the bottom of the jack compartment. With two pins needing 100 max A current capacity, two pins 50 max A, and the...
by Bret Schmerker
Sat Nov 23, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: TOWING
Topic: Hitch for '03 Cargo
Replies: 4
Views: 442

Re: Hitch for '03 Cargo

:bounce: I did some advance research on receivers for my M11006 and found two acceptable models offered by etrailer® . Ye know about the DRAW-TITE® Model 75122 (3500# gross / 350# tongue weight-carrying; 6000# gross / 600# tongue weight-distributing), incidentally my first choice on fit for an exten...
by Bret Schmerker
Sat Nov 23, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: AUDIO / VIDEO
Topic: Safari SLE upgrade-speaker question
Replies: 8
Views: 1110

Re: Safari SLE upgrade-speaker question

:guitar: Update 6: After researching a bunch of items at Parts Express® , I've a fallback shortlist in the event that the Kenwood® woofers my previous Reply cannot be obtained à la carte. The GOLDWOOD® GW-6024 should fit the cab doors and Dutch doors with minimal modification to the nacelles. The La...
by Bret Schmerker
Thu Oct 24, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: AUDIO / VIDEO
Topic: Safari SLE upgrade-speaker question
Replies: 8
Views: 1110

Re: Safari SLE upgrade-speaker question

:axe: Update 5: KENWOOD® packages the best sub I have found for a 7" GM location as of 24 October 2019 in a duplex component group: The eXcelon® Reference™ XR-1703HR, which includes two 25mm silk dome tweeters in surface-mount "bullet" enclosure plus two 12 dB/octave LC crossovers. The ø6.5" woofer ...
by Bret Schmerker
Sun Oct 20, 2019 2:45 am
Forum: REAR AXLE / DRIVE SHAFT
Topic: G80 & GT4 for 2004 AWD Astro Conversion
Replies: 33
Views: 2839

Re: G80 & GT4 for 2004 AWD Astro Conversion

:bounce: As a side note for those considering ancient GM axles with 3.73:1 R&P (RPO GT4), I already looked at the 1955-series GM 8.400" dropout used on Chevrolet and Pontiac passenger cars through 1963 and would not recommend it for those needing a locker; EATON® supports the 8.400" only with a Posi...
by Bret Schmerker
Sat Oct 19, 2019 4:03 am
Forum: TOWING
Topic: Trailer wiring for your van.
Replies: 29
Views: 30431

Re: Trailer wiring for your van.

:-k Addendum: Pollak® is actually expecting the following AWG and colors for the PK 12-907: 1609 - 14 GN Trlr Tail Lic Run 1618 - 14 RD Trlr LH Stop Dir 1619 - 14 BR Trlr RH Stop Dir 1620 - 14 OR Trlr Ctr Stop 1624 - 14 YL Trlr B/U and Surge Brk Defeat 1639 - 12 GY Trlr Batt Chg Rly 1642 - 8 BK Trlr...
by Bret Schmerker
Sat Oct 19, 2019 3:35 am
Forum: OFF TOPIC - We have SMURFS!!!!!
Topic: R.I.P. T.Low you will be missed
Replies: 7
Views: 1337

Re: R.I.P. T.Low you will be missed

:-({|= I originally went with the GMC M11006 to replace a Ford E-250, on my own. E-250 was beyond my ability to support - too heavy, too gas-guzzling. Hadn't known about T.Low or his medical condition at the time, and I ran into this Thread: :usa: TOM "T.LOW" LOWELL END OF WATCH - 17 October 2018 18...
by Bret Schmerker
Sat Oct 19, 2019 3:22 am
Forum: OFF TOPIC - We have SMURFS!!!!!
Topic: Astro/Safari Replacement Has Arrived!
Replies: 11
Views: 4593

Re: Astro/Safari Replacement Has Arrived!

=; I don't consider the Metris a successor to the General Motors M-body mid-van. Parts for the Metris, being the Mercedes-Benz® it is and engineered to survive running for at least an hour flat out on the Autobahn (DEU), probably cost thrice as much as for any of the CHEVROLET®/General Motors City E...
by Bret Schmerker
Sat Oct 19, 2019 3:06 am
Forum: TIRES
Topic: New set of tires YES!!!
Replies: 1
Views: 151

Re: New set of tires YES!!!

\:D/ What make, model, and size format tires? I'm in the process of getting my M11006 on the correct size, already landed one pair of IRONMAN® RB-12's in 215/75R15 100S for the steer axle at Tred Shed® Tire Pros (50 Bliss Avenue, Pittsburg, CA 94565-4938 USA). (The drive axle's shod with undersize t...
by Bret Schmerker
Thu Oct 17, 2019 3:03 am
Forum: AUDIO / VIDEO
Topic: Safari SLE upgrade-speaker question
Replies: 8
Views: 1110

Re: Safari SLE upgrade-speaker question

:swords: Update 4: Things have gotten really interesting now! The previously-unconsidered KENWOOD® apparently has exact fit transducers in the eXcelon® range. The woofers for the KFC-XP184C two-way component package should drop right into the nacelles still occupied by GM 19116641 and/or 19116642 (a...
by Bret Schmerker
Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:45 pm
Forum: FRONT AXLE / DRIVE AND CV SHAFTS
Topic: Torsen front differential anyone?
Replies: 32
Views: 10958

Re: Torsen front differential anyone?

=D> Congratulations on a successful Zexel Torsen® snow test! The dual-drive differential as engineered by Vernon Gleasman in the 1950's, with its crossed-axis helical gears, is a Chinese puzzle even to depot repairmen. But the Torsen Type 1's behavior under unequal load resistance sold Unionauto AG,...
by Bret Schmerker
Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: TOWING
Topic: Trailer wiring for your van.
Replies: 29
Views: 30431

Re: Trailer wiring for your van.

:cheers: Thanks for keeping everybody up to date on this Thread. I'm currently researching a fuse and relay block backport to my 1997 GMC M11006, and the trailer prep harness contains the following circuits: 9 - 0.8 BR Tail Mrkr Lic 18 - 1.0 YL, Left Brake-Turn 19 - 1.0 DGN, Right Brake-Turn 20 - 1....
by Bret Schmerker
Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: OFF-ROAD
Topic: No spare tire on my dutch doors, what about fuel cans?
Replies: 32
Views: 17655

Re: No spare tire on my dutch doors, what about fuel cans?

:cheers: Thanks for the advance info for modding my M11006 for trailering. I've laid contingency for an upgrade spare-tire winch to handle 40 max # for reserve strength enough for a ø15"x7" ALCOA® rim and LT235/70R15 110Q all-terrain (immediate plans only involve a P215/75R15 100S full-service spare...
by Bret Schmerker
Tue Oct 15, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: ELECTRICAL
Topic: Retrofitting trailer wiring on a 1997 Safari
Replies: 4
Views: 973

Re: Retrofitting trailer wiring on a 1997 Safari

:fball: Update 2: Hella AG manufactures a satisfactory solid-state relay in Mini ISO Relay H41773001 (Part Number 9 317 739 87), an SPST-NO design rated for 20maxA@12VDC. Whether six or eight needed depends on the trailer socket, but Painless Performance manufactures the best candidate for the trail...
by Bret Schmerker
Sat Oct 12, 2019 1:00 am
Forum: ELECTRICAL
Topic: Retrofitting trailer wiring on a 1997 Safari
Replies: 4
Views: 973

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 ...