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by vadimivanovich
Sat Mar 28, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: G Wagen Technical Forum
Topic: Torque Values & Torque Wrench Recommendations
Replies: 12
Views: 173

Re: Torque Values & Torque Wrench Recommendations

It's an impressive copy of a Proto, who I believe supplies Snap-On. They mix up suppliers a lot though, so who knows.
by vadimivanovich
Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: G Wagen Technical Forum
Topic: Torque Values & Torque Wrench Recommendations
Replies: 12
Views: 173

Re: Torque Values & Torque Wrench Recommendations

I own Snap-On torque wrenches because they are well made, can easily be calibrated, and hold their value. That said, the newer Harbor Freight and other chinesium torque wrenches have been tested back-to-back against other big expensive brands, often outperforming them. They certainly do look like th...
by vadimivanovich
Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:40 am
Forum: G Wagen Technical Forum
Topic: gauges
Replies: 31
Views: 277

Re: gauges

I buy VDO just to match the brand on the original cluster. I'm not particularly pleased with their quality of late though. Those Bosch gauges are less expensive and look great! They even have a similar bezel so the look is compatible. It appears they have fewer gauge options than VDO, but probably s...
by vadimivanovich
Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: G Wagen Technical Forum
Topic: Kingpin bearing replacement disaster...
Replies: 45
Views: 474

Re: Kingpin bearing replacement disaster...

No re-shimming! That's only necessary if you've changed steering knuckles or lost the original shim placement. Replacement bearings are dimensionally accurate for applications like this.
by vadimivanovich
Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: G Vehicles FS/FT/WTB
Topic: 1980 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 280GE RARE Manual Transmission
Replies: 7
Views: 230

Re: 1980 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 280GE RARE Manual Transmission

Clearly nothing more than a parts vehicle, or a body-swap candidate. As an early G, it has the skinny drive shafts and early electrical bits. The spare tire carrier probably fell off on the road. It's amazing the tires are holding air long enough to snap a few photos.

Such a sad sight.
by vadimivanovich
Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: G Wagen Technical Forum
Topic: Kingpin bearing replacement disaster...
Replies: 45
Views: 474

Re: Kingpin bearing replacement disaster...

Not if he put the brakes back on.
by vadimivanovich
Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: G Wagen Technical Forum
Topic: 606a idler pulley strut
Replies: 5
Views: 90

Re: 606a idler pulley strut

Yeah. Just release the spring, slide the belt off the pulley, and when you swing the shock out of the way of the water pump pulley you can remove the lower bolt. Upper one's easy.
by vadimivanovich
Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: G Wagen Technical Forum
Topic: Kingpin bearing replacement disaster...
Replies: 45
Views: 474

Re: Kingpin bearing replacement disaster...

Ooooh, yeah. No worky.
by vadimivanovich
Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: G Wagen Technical Forum
Topic: Kingpin bearing replacement disaster...
Replies: 45
Views: 474

Re: Kingpin bearing replacement disaster...

I don't know if they are available, but standard shim stock is, and can be cut to size. I hope you kept the sun's in their exact original locations. Each shim may have a different thickness and you need to keep careful track of them. I also recommend using a non gardening sealant on the king pin cap...
by vadimivanovich
Fri Mar 27, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: G Wagen Technical Forum
Topic: Kingpin bearing replacement disaster...
Replies: 45
Views: 474

Re: Kingpin bearing replacement disaster...

With everything apart: put bearings into races with plenty of grease to "glue" them in place. Install the washer shields. Slide the steering knuckle into approximate position making sure the shields stay in place. Poke your fingers into the lower king pin hole to get it fairly well lined u...

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