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Offline Greenbank GV

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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #120 on: December 04, 2017, 01:36:32 PM »
neat install,  some slick ideas too.

get it finished! :)

I'm trying - still a long way to go but it's really good knowing that the progress is happening.
I am happy to claim the credit for blatantly stealing any and all good ides involved  <ii>
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #121 on: December 04, 2017, 07:25:15 PM »
Ideas are one thing, making them happen is another
Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards

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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #122 on: December 05, 2017, 12:08:32 PM »
Ideas are one thing, making them happen is another

And therein lies the credit that is solely mine. Any poor execution of said ideas is in no way a reflection of the original idea or the originator  rofl
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #123 on: December 05, 2017, 03:28:16 PM »
You're doing pretty damn well
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #124 on: December 05, 2017, 05:10:03 PM »
i dont see any issues with the ideas or the execution
Hunting for bigger tyres so I can get over myself.

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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #125 on: December 06, 2017, 12:15:28 PM »
Naw shucks  :-[ just don't look at the welds.
It's been a learning curve! Luckily there are lots of knowledgeable folks with very capable cars that I can steal ideas from.

Still need to decide on a colour - thinking possibly back to the light blue factory colour. The aqua/green respray is only a top half job so the engine bay and underneath are still blue - except for all the black/blue steel where it's been chopped, sliced and diced  rofl but I've still got a lot to do before then.
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #126 on: March 03, 2018, 08:49:06 PM »
A couple of big steps today... well, one and a half steps.

Used RD88 locker was put in the housing to go in the front diff. All in and set up nicely, then tested it and pppsssss air leaker. Seems the one servicable part I didn't order a replacement for (piston seal) isn't sealing. So before that goes back on the car the seal will be replaced.

The new (woohoo) RD208 locker went into the the housing smoothly, lined up nicely then tested.... fine. This will go into the rear diff after doing diff breathers and then the rear will be back in the wheels again!

Massive thank you to a certain diff specialist for the knowledge, skills, contraptions and patience.
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #127 on: March 05, 2018, 08:50:02 AM »
nice!

I hate doing diffs,  does my head in
Hunting for bigger tyres so I can get over myself.

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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #128 on: March 05, 2018, 12:39:30 PM »
Lucky there was a guru doing the tricky stuff, I'm like a monkey using a rock for brain surgery!
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #129 on: March 06, 2018, 11:40:44 AM »
Lucky there was a guru doing the tricky stuff, I'm like a monkey using a rock for brain surgery!
Spoken like a true Suzuki owner.  -h00k-

Great progress gentlemen.

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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #130 on: March 06, 2018, 12:09:42 PM »
Some of my best work is done with a log and the back of an axe
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #131 on: March 06, 2018, 12:26:21 PM »
thats what she said.  oh  ....  wait..
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #132 on: March 19, 2018, 03:51:48 PM »
Some serious work this weekend gone... it was fun waving the grinder around and making noise!

Using 50 x 150 x 3mm rhs. This centred the cutout for the winch rope nicely but looked like a barn door from the front so a taper from the mounting bracket (outside the chassis) up the car corners softens it. I'll also sweep it back at that point too. Then a sharp corner back to the wheel arch.
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #133 on: March 20, 2018, 11:16:35 AM »
The good ‘ol milk crate airial photography aye... ;)

Coming together now.

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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #134 on: March 20, 2018, 02:45:53 PM »
The good ‘ol milk crate airial photography aye... ;)

Coming together now.

Haha yup that was a handy bit of kit. You can sit on it, stand on it, trip over it... so many uses!
There's still a lot to do the front with the sweeps and turns I want plus cutting the tunnel (which I'll plate all around the inside) for the winch. Then I have to start doing some research on lights and choose where/what to use.
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #135 on: April 05, 2018, 11:07:30 AM »
All but the winch tunnel done. Oh and closing off the ends at the wheel arch but I want to mock up the tube flares first to check positioning. There's a good chance once it's all positioned there will also be a bit of sheet on top to fill the gap from the bar to the grill.
Special thanks to Mark for putting in some time and welds that will actually hold.

It'll be finished in classy rattle can black.
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #136 on: April 09, 2018, 10:44:09 AM »
Front bar done! Still have to trim and close the side wings but that will be done in conjunction with the tube flares.
Thanks for more helps maestro
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #137 on: April 22, 2018, 06:12:12 PM »
More progress! Made up the rear bar this weekend. A couple of errors and a mercy dash by Sammie to get more gas and wire (what are the odds?) from Bunnings but I'm calling it done.

It still has a bit of excess length into the wheel arch. My thinking is the sabe as the front bar in leaving the excess until I see where the tube flares will need to mount. Likewise painting will be done once the flare mounts are sorted.
1999 SWB Grand Vitara 1.6L
1988 and a half SWB SJ50 soft top - project
'03 Range Rover HSE