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by Herbie
Tue Sep 15, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Van Campers
Topic: Herbie's Astrolander/ZMB build thread
Replies: 91
Views: 77727

Water System Updates

I'm long overdue for some updates! Rather than wrestle with trying to remote-link a dozen images here (since I keep failing at that), I'm going to just post a couple teasers and point you to my blog entry: https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/ACtC-3dp5ZYi2Itj0rmZYAUDNO7qB0ENJL3JU5bRZEqToTZxqS2JOxjcB...
by Herbie
Fri Sep 04, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: INTERIOR
Topic: Driver's Seat Flip
Replies: 5
Views: 239

Re: Driver's Seat Flip

The worst part about this mystery is that now I wish MY driver's seat had this.

I agree it'd be less useful for most folks, but since I have the pop-top, folding the driver's seat would make it convenient to help climb up into the upper bunk...
by Herbie
Thu Sep 03, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: INTERIOR
Topic: Driver's Seat Flip
Replies: 5
Views: 239

Re: Driver's Seat Flip

Huh. Weird. I checked both your 1998 and my 2003 owners manual. Both mention a fold-forward latch for "Non Touring Bench Seats" under the Front-Seat section (1-4), but neither talk about it on the bucket seats, etc. I've also looked at some of the marketing material, etc. without a clue: https://www...
by Herbie
Mon Aug 31, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSION
Topic: What did you do to/with your van today?
Replies: 2529
Views: 428716

Re: What did you do to/with your van today?

Sounds like a lot of good work, Gunther!
by Herbie
Thu Aug 27, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: BRAKES
Topic: Complete change of rake fluid (2005 AWD Astro)
Replies: 22
Views: 8240

Re: Complete change of rake fluid (2005 AWD Astro)

AP, I saw a noticeable improvement from switching to Hawk LTS pads, also.
(But yes, basic maintenance items are key also.)
by Herbie
Thu Aug 27, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: ELECTRICAL
Topic: LED 1156 fittment issue and fix - reverse light upgrade
Replies: 1
Views: 51

Re: LED 1156 fittment issue and fix - reverse light upgrade

I'm intrigued, but pictures no worky! :/
by Herbie
Wed Aug 19, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: BRAKES
Topic: parking brake adjustment & locking clamp
Replies: 5
Views: 806

Re: parking brake adjustment & locking clamp

I wonder what is causing your lack of holding? I've adjusted my cable maybe twice, once when I put the lift on like 10 years ago, and once after a brake service some years later. Never had it fail to stay adjusted. I don't doubt you're having problems - just wish I could figure out the mechanism of ...
by Herbie
Wed Aug 19, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSION
Topic: What did you do to/with your van today?
Replies: 2529
Views: 428716

Re: What did you do to/with your van today?

Yes indeed! Still working on little projects here and there (just fabbed new awning brackets to raise my ARB awning up a bit more - the bag was occasionally fouling on the slider door). I owe my build thread a general update, just to sync up. We have toyed with selling it, only to be able to get a s...
by Herbie
Wed Aug 19, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: DRIVETRAIN
Topic: Differential gear ratios
Replies: 11
Views: 18958

Re: Differential gear ratios

The chart says it all, but I'll echo with my own endorsement. I'm running 245/70-16 (about a 1/2" shorter than yours) and I'm very happy at 4.10. "Reliable" isn't really a problem until you get to the very short ratios or running a TON of power. Anything in the 3.23 to 4.11 (or even a bit shorter) r...
by Herbie
Thu Aug 13, 2020 9:08 pm
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSION
Topic: What did you do to/with your van today?
Replies: 2529
Views: 428716

Re: What did you do to/with your van today?

Fixed, sorry. Google photos still resists direct linking...
by Herbie
Thu Aug 13, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSION
Topic: What did you do to/with your van today?
Replies: 2529
Views: 428716

Re: What did you do to/with your van today?

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Putting my new vinyl cutter to good use...
by Herbie
Thu Aug 13, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSION
Topic: Tool Tip for Factory Lugnut/Winch Tool
Replies: 3
Views: 107

Re: Tool Tip for Factory Lugnut/Winch Tool

Agree that the lugnut-size hex head on the factory jack just makes so much damned sense. I'm in the middle of trying to put the tool kit on a diet (hence pulling everything out and going through it), and I'm thinking I'm going to go back to the factory scissor jack, and maybe just weld up an axle tu...
by Herbie
Wed Aug 12, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSION
Topic: Tool Tip for Factory Lugnut/Winch Tool
Replies: 3
Views: 107

Tool Tip for Factory Lugnut/Winch Tool

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/ACtC-3dp05u0fGhAc_fuLHByG4tHQdcpIrEPyrhmLsPzWXqlbkTaa0TMT7x8LGKNr2ouz-PowbBtxwX-JYNC1SCeek-2D4EZOA8BMgAN2ulRK048zUPbHCHcdzdT3W2DaIM_YJfkFiuTUX5j4TxdeAgOFb4a1g=w800?.jpg So I was going through the tool kit in my Van today and realized I'd neglected to post about ...
by Herbie
Mon Aug 03, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: WEBSITE PROBLEMS/SUGGESTIONS/COMMENTS
Topic: SUGGESTION: likes
Replies: 1
Views: 73

Re: SUGGESTION: likes

<Goes to 'Like' this post> ...
Oh, right.
by Herbie
Wed Jul 08, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Topic: New Member - UK
Replies: 4
Views: 258

Re: New Member - UK

Welcome Jon. I never knew these were sold in the land of the rising sun. Yep, the Astro/Safari has a surprisingly strong following in Japan. Bordering on fanatic-levels of support there, in that wonderful Otaku way that so many Japanese sub-cultures manifest. Of my meager number of instagram follow...