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  1. baipin

    DIY Super Singles

    You have the 335/80r20 Pista's, right? I've heard they're suited for 8.5" to 9.0" wide rims - any reason you went with 10"? I'm curious what your total wheel weight will be and what the axleshaft size is - if you think the larger size will at all be a problem? Good work though! Were the adapter...
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    2021 Subaru Crosstrek MT - Traction Control - Maybe/Maybe Not.

    On older Subarus Forester SJ XT, it did indeed. At least for that era of Forester, it was a well known "trick". Maybe still is.
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    Canadian Hino Ranger FT 4x4 Crewcab

    Very cool indeed! Really curious to know the shaft diameter, ring and pinion size, on this beast! Do these have 17.5" wheels? 20's? Something else?
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    Canadian Hino Ranger FT 4x4 Crewcab

    Very cool to see the axle up close! I wonder how large that ring gear is? Putting my guess around 10.5" ;) I find it interesting that all of the current and former Japanese trucks used closed knuckle designs when that has been done away with by North American manufacturers, pretty much after the...
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    School Me on Heavy Trucks

    OP; can you clarify what you mean by "heavy trucks?" Like others have said, what you want may be closer to the light truck side of things (though that isn't true either, as a lot of these are legally, "medium duty" class 4 or 5 trucks, not "light duty" trucks with the exception of some Japanese...
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    Canadian Hino Ranger FT 4x4 Crewcab

    Interesting! I've been looking to upgrade from Humvee 16.5's, bought from militarytires.ca, to a 335/85R20's but have been unable to find anything with a reasonable date code in Ontario. Were the eBay ones here in Canada as well? Do you know anything about your front axle, by the way? As far as...
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    Canadian Hino Ranger FT 4x4 Crewcab

    David, very cool rig - it's one helluva unique one! Am I correct that you got the 5 ton Titan wheels from militarytires.ca? I recognize that photo from their site. Where did you get the Pistas from? I haven't found a Canadian supplier for those... Was it CSM in the States?
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    1959 GMC Adventure Bus Build

    Damn, a whole inch eh?! Wouldn't have thought it'd be that much. I've been following your build - I'm a fan of it! I was under the impression that all MPT wheels bead profiles were the same, regardless of if 335's or 365's were going on. Guess not eh? Given the inability to source new date code...
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    1959 GMC Adventure Bus Build

    Thanks man - I appreciate all of that! Interesting story how I got started with all this, actually... My grandfather was a cobbler and fabricator in a small town in Ukraine, then moved to Alberta, then Ontario, where I grew up. He did the same job all his life - over there and over here. Spent...
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    1959 GMC Adventure Bus Build

    Been busy with the holidays, and fabricating bits and pieces for this bus. Nothing major to show yet, but here's what we have for now: I finished up the truss on my front axle... the gussets for the inner C's were refined a bit, and a stainless strip was added a month ago, to the bottom to...
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    MB 1120 Coming to America! Purchase, Build and Now Travel!

    No-Ox-Id is the paste I use and would recommend to anyone. It's cheap, effective, and a little bottle goes a long way. I've used it on all sorts of connectors including on 280Ah cell terminals/bus bars and it performs wonderfully.
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    International 3800 adventure bus build

    Just wondering, but have you considered skinning over the body now that the windows are out, and adding new RV windows instead of the old school bus ones? I can say from plenty of experience with bus windows - both my own and helping friends with their bus builds, plus the skoolie community...
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    1959 GMC Adventure Bus Build

    Thanks for this. The Pistas are interesting, just can't find them up here very often. XL's are out. I just checked and the 12.50R20 variety actually have 170lbs less capacity per tire than my current H1's. Yet again the H1's seem to be the best well-rounded bet, all things considered. Worst...
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    1959 GMC Adventure Bus Build

    Yeah, the larger wheels do look better, have more capacity, 43" XZL's should be fine for the D60 axle with the uprades, and they prevent me from having to regear the front axle - which is a nice bonus. Colony Tire has great stuff though I'm at the behest of whatever I can exchange with...
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    Tire Suggestions for 4x4 School Bus

    Those stem guards look tacked on. Wonder if you could just grind 'em off? Could be an interesting option...
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    1959 GMC Adventure Bus Build

    Thanks for the nice words about the project, guys. I appreciate it. (y) I haven't had much of a chance to work on the bus. Work keeps me busy. However, i did have a chance to weld up a battery fixture for the LiFePO4 cells. This will maintain some light compression on them which increases...
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    Tire Suggestions for 4x4 School Bus

    It essentially is a Super 60 now, I'd say... :P Smaller, low pinion ring gear, yes... but a load bolt to prevent deflection. I could upgrade to 70 ring and pinion, but I need to put funds elsewhere in the build and it's more than strong enough for my needs, anyways. The inner C's have been...
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    1959 GMC Adventure Bus Build

    We talking 75-80 kilometers or miles per hour? ;) If miles, absolutely not! If kilometers, yeah, I'll take it on backroads around 80km/h or 50 mph. Class 8 trucks are speed limited to 105km/h up here, so I have little reason to go faster than them on the freeway... The 335/80R20's look great...
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    1959 GMC Adventure Bus Build

    These tires have a 4,540lb load capacity, so they're more than sufficient as the "weakest point" I think. Curb weight is approximate, but it should be between 9500lbs and 9700lbs as a shell with the engine, trans, t-case,axles; everything but the interior conversion/solar. This is based on a...
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    1959 GMC Adventure Bus Build

    Thank you, I'm excited! Thanks! I have a Dana 80 that I was planning on using. The problem with this is it's about 69" wide from wheel surface to wheel surface. Not wide enough for Humvee tires as is. I'll have to either use spacers (e.g. Stahl Steel) or recenter my humvee wheels. I'm...
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