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Old 09-30-2018, 08:00 PM   #51 (permalink)
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Spent the weekend getting the front Moog 880's Springs in the 2in shock extenders and the Caster camber adjustments in and tweaked..pretty darn close to PERFECT!!

Love the stance!! 2in in the front..4in in the rear!!

New springs ride so much better and the progressive rates really work amazing with the stock valving on the fox shocks!! I could have probably gotten it all done in 2 hours but I had to bend back my sway bar bracket when it was used as a tow point and I went slow and steady (tore my hernia mesh doing the rear springs so I'm taking things slow till I can get in for a fix)

Also spent some time playing around with the Drone...you really need a co-pilot.. I wrecked the drone twice and put the van in a ditch once..


Dronie (selfie drone shot..dji spark has cool pre-programmed stuff!!)

https://youtu.be/bbN_PBua93s

Auto follow and tapped the pass to left function (into tall grass and a tree..but she flew back to me and landed!!)


https://youtu.be/ItwmV1IjFjM

Auto follow me..elevation change messed with it..and watch till the end you see me slide the passenger side into a muddy ditch..(dumb move)

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Old 10-01-2018, 05:58 AM   #52 (permalink)
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When you do the SAS. Do you plan on keeping it coil sprung? Or is this just too get some more ground clearance until then. Also anymore done to the interior. If I remember right you were gonna mount tv and game system, lighting.

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Old 10-01-2018, 06:54 PM   #53 (permalink)
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When you do the SAS. Do you plan on keeping it coil sprung? Or is this just too get some more ground clearance until then. Also anymore done to the interior. If I remember right you were gonna mount tv and game system, lighting.

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Yeah these are the springs when it goes solid axle..

Inside ended up not going with the t.v...the kids all play their tablets and such and my smelly step son had to get booted out of the van on the 4th of July because he was using the USB charger for his phone and smelled terrible..(teenage funk)..so the idea of them hanging out inside smelling up where I would be sleeping pretty much finished off that idea..

I will probably do some lights this winter..ive slowly been adding coat hooks and little things..so it probably will always be in some form of tweaking..such is the builder way!!

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Old 10-14-2018, 07:31 PM   #54 (permalink)
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Played with the Drone some today..no new updates other than I gotta put 2 new calipers and at least 1 new rotor on...only made noise for 4 days till i lost brake pressure...im always so good about keeping an eye on stuff and maintenance...

So, lets all agree I take care of my vehicles.. I probably spend TOO MUCH time playing with them..a month ago I put new shocks and lift springs on the back and 2 weeks ago on the front..i thought the weird vibration was my aggressive tires rounding back out after Ford's weird suspension turns them into saw blades..

Lost brake pressure tonight after one of Columbus panic stops because people are on their phones not watching the road...so I figure I popped a line..get home to this!!! Inner part of the brake rotor I have looked at numerous times in the last month is COMPLETELY GONE!!

I'm beginning to question the shop pictures that claim people dont pay attention to their vehicles..

Videos today

Auto follow mode

https://youtu.be/CNXcI0BNtWk

Found out you can move the drone around and it still follows

https://youtu.be/5KU0oUjYxRg

Cool auto pan

https://youtu.be/ix5EfDSW5hk

Spark Drone Pan and land.

the drone was telling me the battery was low and it wanted to return to home.(1/4 mile back It must know how much battery it uses and changes the auto return home battery setpoint. it still had 40%



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Old 11-17-2018, 06:27 PM   #55 (permalink)
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Wanted to pop in for an update!!

Well the LED on low dont melt driving snow. But on high they will!! Slowly...

I have had time to do oil changes and some cleaning..

Biggest news was a flawless 1300 mile trip down to EXPO EAST 2018 and after 4 fun days playing in the mud!! Met some old friends and some new friends..got some cool swag and enjoyed the seminars and movies!!

Pics from the adventures lately!

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Old 12-14-2018, 09:25 AM   #56 (permalink)
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Last weekends winter camp!! Little buddy heater with top down stayed 60* inside on low!!!

I'm always amazed where this heavy 2wd van will go!!!

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Old 12-15-2018, 08:05 AM   #57 (permalink)
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Sounds like its working out pretty good for you man. Always good to see someone getting use out of a project.
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Old 12-31-2018, 03:04 PM   #58 (permalink)
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Finnaly tracked down my dome light issues!!

The fuse would randomly blow then I couldn't get the lights to turn off...after 3 attempts to diagnose a nicked wire or a bad door sensor. I started pulling wiring out and looking at it..

The 4ft section from the side door under the passenger door looked odd and I found it fused together...

While we were at it we added some more lighting to the walls.


Also picked up a new to us JKU for off-road and reducing miles on the van..its nice..6spd hard top..but the Yolansa is still my baby!!

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Old 01-26-2019, 07:08 PM   #59 (permalink)
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Well ran across a fantastic price on some DUBS with decent 33s on them..Lexani chrome rims (3500lb load rated)

They will look AWSOME...but I gotta put wheel spacers on the back as the 12in wide rims rub the inner fender and are super close to the leaf springs...

So it will have to wait a few days...

Oh...and my Twin brother got me a new coffee mug for Christmas!! Southern Comfort tastes good inside it!!!



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Old 01-26-2019, 09:17 PM   #60 (permalink)
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Those decent tires look roached out and like 20% tread max.

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Old 01-29-2019, 04:48 PM   #61 (permalink)
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Probably 40%. But the rims were what I bought..i wasn't happy with the selection in 16s and wanted some more wheel for the ride..new tires in the spring either way..

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Old 01-29-2019, 04:50 PM   #62 (permalink)
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Shot caller...baller...20 blades on the eco line...

Need the rear spacers to get it wide and not let those 12in treads rub the inner fenders.
Then I can trim front door side fenders...

Jumped from 30.5x9 to 32.5x12 and I can already tell the steering is more responsive with less sidewall!!

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Old 01-29-2019, 06:24 PM   #63 (permalink)
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Actually looks pretty good. Would look better with a SAS. Just saying.

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Old 02-07-2019, 03:52 PM   #64 (permalink)
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Wheels make the ride..shes on 33s vs 30..12in wide vs 9...and no more narrower track rear axle..shes square..wide and sexy!!

My buddy came over to help me (I had 2nd hernia surgery Friday and wife threatened to kick me in the 29 staples if I do anything this time while I heal)

Yolanda needed 2in rear spacers on to keep the wide slicks from rubbing the springs and inner wheel well (Also ford van rear axles are 2in narrower stock. It makes them turn tighter at low speed but the need more corrective steering on the road. The widening of the rear axle makes them drive better less driver effort)

(880s front springs complete f350 rear spring packs with bushing eyes cut off added to factory E350 main leaf spring (6 leads total). 2in front lift 4in rear lift. Fox 2.0 all 4 corners)

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