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Old 07-20-2019, 09:11 PM   #826 (permalink)
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Next item to look at is the vibration from 70 MPH on up, Next days off I think I will have the balance checked on the driveline, if it's good I'll have to start looking for angle issues,
If all of that (balance and angle issues) is good and you suspect it could be tires etc. check out Centramatic wheel balancers. I got 150K from one steer tire. The other side ate a piece of steel @80MPH/80K lbs long before that many miles.
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Old 08-06-2019, 08:57 PM   #827 (permalink)
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Check out Centramatic wheel balancers. I got 150K from one steer tire.
I hadnít heard of centramatic wheel balancers before your mention. I have been running counteract's balance beads for about a decade now and have been happy with them in my light duty trucks. Do you have experience running both or know how they'd compare? The beads are much less expensive.
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Old 08-06-2019, 09:28 PM   #828 (permalink)
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Centramatics make a world of difference. I personally would think they would clash with balance beads but could be wrong. I know we ran them on tour buses at a couple places I worked. Had tires replaced on a 45 passenger Prevost. The shop left the centras off as they said” those are junk”. Driver didn’t tell us until a week later that it had a vibration. Informed me about the centras being in the luggage compartment. Made the tire shop come out and reinstall them. Vibration gone afterwards. Have them on my personal toterhome and love them.
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Old 08-07-2019, 12:28 AM   #829 (permalink)
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Centramatics work. So well in fact that I suggest checking your tires more often for damage. They work instantly and constantly so you could lose a couple treadblocks and not know for a long time as my buddy did or get a big sidewall bubble and not feel it till the tread starts separating like I did.
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Old 08-07-2019, 06:28 AM   #830 (permalink)
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I am constantly learning new stuff and seeing people built projects so out of the box they defy logic. I feel normal with you guys.

I had never heard of Centrimatic Balancers but after watching the videos and doing some research I am going to put them on my RV when I replace the tires on it. It may cost me being as how we won't be putting truck driver mileage on it, but having a smooth ride will be worth it.

And Quality RV tires aren't cheap.
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Old 08-12-2019, 08:13 AM   #831 (permalink)
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Amazing work!!!
Did you get the vibration issues sorted out yet?
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Old 08-13-2019, 03:00 PM   #832 (permalink)
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Amazing work!!!
Did you get the vibration issues sorted out yet?
I had the rear section of the drive line re-balanced, then run the truck through the gears while that part of the D-line was at the shop, just to check the front section & everything in front of it, even with some operating angle & nothing to counter it the front section was smooth to 85 MPH (on the speedo)

After installing the re balanced rear section the vibration was much better, & only vibrated a little from 75-84ish, if you pushed past 85 mph it started smoothing out again,
This lead me to believe it was now an angle issue, I had tried dumping the rear suspension air while the vibration was taking place, just to see what effect the pinion angle had, lowering the rear ride height points the pinion more downward/horizontal, rather than at the transmission,
but even dumping the air made no difference,
I actually found that I needed to raise the rear ride height up for 5th wheel plate purposes, & lucked out with that making another big difference in the vibration issue, the last test drive I took it on, I run the truck up to 85 MPH & did not notice hardly any vibration,

Since getting the hood on & playing with drive-lines, I really haven't messed with the truck much, mostly working on getting the old truck back together,

I did haul the buggy with the new truck to an off-road event in Oregon, up by Salem,
Everything seemed to work good,
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Then this last week I got to work fitting up a real 5th wheel plate, it looks like the end of the month I will be back up to the Portland/Salem area picking up another pole building, so I need to make sure the big trailer hooks up & is ready,
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Old 08-14-2019, 07:37 PM   #835 (permalink)
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As for the driveline vibration, there is a company that makes a centramatic style ring that clamps to the rear of the driveshaft and has a heavy metal liquid solution inside to help take the vibration out.

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Great progress. My Dad, son and I all drool over this truck.

FYI centramatics made no difference I could tell on my Excursion.

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