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Old 06-17-2014, 12:57 PM   #1151
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Re: Bean's New Dip {PROJECT ZR2}

Bumper air tanks are pretty common, but normally they are round pipe bumpers which are easy to turn into air tanks.
Old 06-17-2014, 01:20 PM   #1152
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I know that people run them there on bagged trucks, but on a truck dedicated to offroad use, those bumpers are designed and made to take a thrashing for a reason, right?
Old 06-17-2014, 03:37 PM   #1153
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Quote: Originally Posted by aaronweisler
I know that people run them there on bagged trucks, but on a truck dedicated to offroad use, those bumpers are designed and made to take a thrashing for a reason, right?
I DO see the point you're making here, however, given that you've made your point, you've contributed to the design process and now there's no way he can make his bumpers hold tanks without ensuring that they're adequately protected. Unless he starts on designing without checking S10 forum.
Old 06-17-2014, 03:50 PM   #1154
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Plus its not like the bumper is super thin unless the hits something full force I doubt there will be issues
Old 06-25-2014, 04:09 AM   #1155
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above all those "issues" turning them into air tanks, comes the biggest one and that is having to strip the paint off to work on them....i could do it, but honestly IMO its more trouble than its worth, and in the end since i use them for recovery i dont think it would help out much being there is 150 psi of air in the bumper WHILE i being pulled on via winch or snatch strap. if they were tube bumpers sure, but not this shape....i will probably do dual 2.5 gallon tanks in the bed or something....just have to plan things out.

speaking of giving the bumpers a beating... cant scrap out this car and leave it alone, am i right? We ended up shooting it up with my AR15 and some .45 too. amongst other various calibers. I gave the car a light tap, but if it had more weight the damage would be more....still plenty though considering the door striker frame is pretty thick.


Currently uploading a video, may post it tomorrow since its still uploading but we went to the creek for the first time in forever....its way overgrown and a few trees fell over blocking our path resulting in us to go through some thick brush....got a few hefty scratches from it too.
Untitled by bean4dip, on Flickr

of course did some buffing to remove all of them. wont bore you guys with pics of that..
Old 06-25-2014, 05:11 AM   #1156
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Used the bubba rope at the end. best money spent on a rope IMO. We will have a lot more interesting 4x4 videos later but this was a last minute trip.
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Nice! From the camera angle it looked like you was going to take the top off your truck when you went under the bridge
Old 06-25-2014, 06:56 PM   #1158
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Sweet Video!
Old 06-26-2014, 10:14 PM   #1159
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Nice videos! Love the truck man
Old 08-28-2014, 06:47 PM   #1160
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Been a few months since i updated my thread but i did some MUCH needed repair work on the Z, and of course some light 4x4.


First things on order were some energy suspension poly bushings for my leafs.


the stock ones were pretty bad after i pounded out the seized shackle bolts. i also accidentally spun the bushings in the housing since they were seized. so that let my leafs creak severely and pop a bunch anytime the springs flexed.


I went ahead and got to work fixing the problem after putting it off for a year.




all the old stuff. U bolts were a tad seized so i cut them off and put on the ones for my sonoma from when i lowered it back in 2008 or so.


after all this i FINALLY have zero popping from my leafs . it was pretty bad considering you could feel it on the floorboard pretty damn well. I dont know why i procrastinated on replacing them but they just got progressively worse.

Not much of an update but i was pretty busy with work lately.
Old 09-04-2014, 04:04 AM   #1161
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Nice poly mounts! my 35s will probably do the same to my bushings :/
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Yup, new bushings are definitely something i should have done a LONG time ago.....also this.

yay LEDs. finally bought some white ones for the map lights and footwell. i updated the license plate leds to some high output leds vs the regular led that was in there. I should work on the other instrument lights and convert them to blue as well.
Untitled by bean4dip, on Flickr
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Those are really bright. Where did you get them? Looks good.
Old 09-13-2014, 08:17 AM   #1164
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just on ebay, i assume, my buddy has the same look, its stupid cheap, like $1 a bulb and they brighten the shit out of your interior, same with the overhead light, lights up the whole back
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Actually they are from superbrightleds.com. Spent about $60 for 4 LEDs. I was thinking about cheap ones but wanted bright.... Kinda get what you pay for on led quality.
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Yeah chinese ebay LEDS suck. I've got a set of Samsung LEDs that I got from ebay that are ok, but not anywhere near that bright. Thats just plain impressive.
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Wow thats ****ing bright
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Few more shitty night pics.

Tag lights. running lights on for comparison i suppose.


This is with the led removed from the housing.


Interior lights & map lights.


You can see the reflection off the camera lens of the led board by the brake pedal. basically a 9x SMD led panel with a 194 connector.
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Wow!
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More money....spent $360 for some new brakes and rotors today.

Didnt go fancy drilled/slotted since that will probably suck for 4x4 with sand/rocks getting in there. but did get the best i can get locally....duralast gold. normally i stay away from duralast, but some of their products are nice, like their cap/rotor for our trucks being all brass. either way i decided to go with their rotor since all the other parts stores around here just had the cheap value rotors for $30,



Looks odd being black, but hey works for me.


after a few good stops the coating wore off. I used wagner thermoquiet ceramic pads all around. also noticed on the passenger rear i have a slight axle seal leak. guess it will be rear wheel bearing and axle seal time soon.
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Those new Duralast Gold Rotors are supposed to be pretty awesome.
Old 09-15-2014, 01:03 AM   #1172
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I made the mistake of using the Duralast basic rotors when I did my rear brakes last time and they are pretty badly warped. Granted they are not the "gold" rotors. Next time I replace the pads (Soon I think) I will get different rotors.

Truck looks good
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I like those coated rotors- keeps the other parts of the rotor from going rust colored after the first rain.
Old 09-23-2014, 12:48 AM   #1174
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Did i mention to you guys that i HATE RUST?

yup, all i wanted to do is simply take my weathertech floor mat out, and dump out some dirt/dust that had accumulated then go into town to a buddies house (its was 7:30PM).... BUT NOOOOOOOOOO, there had to be some condensation under the floor mat and the carpet was wet....wtf heater core?? pulled back the carpet and found this nice thing looking at me.


so i wondered, did it rust via the ebrake cable grommet? then rust it on its way down? or from the bottom up? i ended up picking off the top layers to see what is going on.

There is a cab mount directly under this rust spot. i also found a 3/8" size hole that was factory drilled through the bracket. i put my water hose on jet and washed the area and looked up on top, i found a tiny crack was seeping water through the floor. so it happened to rust from the bottom of the truck up . The cab mount is solid with zero rust though....maybe from the past owner there was mud caked in that bracket and caused this cab to rust in this spot...who knows because the frame bushing mount is solid with no signs of rust... anyways i got my screwdriver and kept poking around where i saw the water and broke through.

So obviously i cant go to a buddies house knowing a rust hole is on the cab floor right above the cab mount. heck i probably cant sleep at night knowing that. so i did the obvious thing...

WTF is all i can say....i dont know if i can say the rust started from here!!! i need to figure out if water got in the cab some other way possibly. but everything under the carpet showed no signs of water dripping in the cab (like dust being disturbed from water dripping)

I cut back more of the top layer of steel and was very happy to see that the cab floor steel was fine (what the body mount welds to). but the top steel had started to flake and rust.

So being that the bottom layer is the structural part, and the top layer is the cab layer, i decided to weld in a patch panel on the structural part first. Notice the edges on the top layer is pretty thick, thicker than what the steel should be since the rust is making it flake/expand.

I cut out a nice patch panel out of 1/8" plate i had laying around and snugly inserted it into the hole i cut out.

My MIG welder is currently at a buddies house so i had to TIG weld it. honestly it was pretty awkward welding in this position. but at least i can control my heat input 100%.

welded up. I didnt run a constant bead, but jumped from one 1/2 side to the other. i was not concerned with warping the floor since it was a small piece and the steel is plenty thick enough to not warp in this location.

I ground it all smooth to make 100% sure i had no pinholes from welding. but with TIG its pretty hard to not notice....

Now, i did NOT fix the top cab steel (double layered). reason why is i would have to cut back more of it to get to clean thick steel, but if i were to do that and weld in a patch panel i would have a double layered piece again which could hold moisture and rust out all over again. so i decided to use some 3M undercoating on it all since really the structural part is all that matters in this case. I could care less about the very top layer. either way i think this was the best option to repair this due to GM double layering the steel in this location. at least now with water not seeping in constantly it should not spread. Plus that 3M stuff is like tar and does a pretty good job keeping things sealed.


I still dont fully understand where the water came in to cause this rust, but its such a localized spot for a window seal leak to cause it, that and being its on a raised part of the floor. only way i can think is somehow the rust came in from the bottom.... anyways, got done at around 10:40PM, not too bad but still something i really didn't feel like doing all of a sudden.
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I've never seen rust JUST right there.

Only along the firewall seam and of course the entire floor pan up here in the salt belt.

I agree, it came from the outside.
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man that would bug me as well. finding some rust or other problems months/years down the road of owning the truck. good job fixing it right away though, looks good.

on a side note do you clean your weather tech floor matts with soap/water when your washing your truck or do you use interior cleaner on them? im curious because I've just been using interior cleaning stuff on mine. ( they haven't seen a lot of mud yet )
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^ both actually. Depends how clean I want them. Interior cleaner makes them like new again but soap and water does a decent job as well.


Looks like I found the source of the water. Well rust at least. Guess it started rusting out inside the kick panel area where the 2 layers of steel meet. Then it rusted from the inside out up to that point on the floor. Ended up shooting some 3M undercoating where I see a seam in the cab as little to no sealant. Or then again it may not suppose to have any. Either way that is where the water got in and the rust started. I'm going to look into it more tomorrow and see what I can do about sealing it up.

At this point I've done all that I can. Only real way to fix it is to cut the entire cab corner off and weld a new one. Practically I would rather swap cabs. Not crazy bad rust in that area but def the source.
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someone could have spilled brake fluid or even coke and left it.
if you had a blazer I woulda said the rear washer fluid hose might be leaking (mine kept popping in that area after a couple replacements...)
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^That's why I replaced my entire hose back to the rear...

Wow. Thats weird Beandip...
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My ZR2 floor looked similar, probably from all the times I drove it with wet and muddy feet.

The weathertechs will probably stop it from getting any worse. the new cab I put on has perfect floor boards I should get some of those mats
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i was just thinking of how we used to get coke bottle pics. so how is the new(er) job ? they must not have many things you can hold between your fingers?

sorry to derail but i was loading flats of drinks into the shop fridge and was laughing to myself
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Yeah so far i love my new job. would be cool if i could take pics but we are not allowed to. it can be pretty challenging sometimes finding a broken wire and the wiring numbers are hard to read on the older machines. but its all part of troubleshooting. of course other times we have thick 3" steel being bent like a pretzel when something goes wrong. machines are capable of producing 300,000 lb of squeeze force on the tire molds as well. We get a rotating shift schedule and get 7 days off (which we get paid for). essentially work 16 days a month but pays well over 3x more than my last job.

like i said i cant take pics but these are from google images. older machines are relay logic and wired similar to this mess.


The newer equipment is a lot neater but controlled by control logix 5000. we also have some machines that have automax running them.


Quote: Originally Posted by TokoDragon
The weathertechs will probably stop it from getting any worse. the new cab I put on has perfect floor boards I should get some of those mats
from what i found out it wasnt from this sadly.
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