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Well gang, I finally got out to the tire shop now that the weather has settled, social distancing and all (I sat out by the road 'working remote' while the guys swapped the tires).  I'd warned them ahead of time that the bus had an air bag suspension, still had to yell at one of the guys to get his head out from under it before they'd blocked it up.  I'd just about convinced myself to stick with the 11r24.5s, but had a last minute change of heart and decided to go for a set of 285/75/r24.5s instead, so I might be breaking new ground on that size here.  Went with a quartet of Double Coin RLB400s (485rpm) on the back and a pair of Firestone FS561s on the front.  Now I can actually drive the thing without worrying about popping a tire off, yay!
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Bus Topics ( click here for quick start! ) / Re: Basement Paint
« Last post by freds on Today at 12:40:39 PM »
I would like to replace my plywood, but it has about two inches of sprayed foam on the underside, so a much bigger project than just replacing the plywood.
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Bus Topics ( click here for quick start! ) / Re: Coach retreival
« Last post by Dave5Cs on Today at 11:21:25 AM »
Except there is no Septic tank their Scott, LOL ;)
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Bus Topics ( click here for quick start! ) / Re: Basement Paint
« Last post by Dave5Cs on Today at 11:19:03 AM »
With the rubber Mats you will attract little horses also and then have to muck out the bays and buy hay, I don't know??? :o
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Bus Topics ( click here for quick start! ) / Re: Basement Paint
« Last post by chessie4905 on Today at 10:57:12 AM »
Keep in mind of condensation between rubber mat and aluminum floor
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You know to go really light with the paint at the mating surfaces for the fasteners?

Too much paint allows the fasteners to be tightened up, then the paint squeezes, and the fasteners are now loose.

One of the things that came out of the government research into wheel-offs back in the 90's.

Happy coaching!
Buswarrior

I hadn't heard of that. In that case I'll probably just tape the mating surface before I start. I figured the torque would crush any paint out as it was tightened.
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You know to go really light with the paint at the mating surfaces for the fasteners?

Too much paint allows the fasteners to be tightened up, then the paint squeezes, and the fasteners are now loose.

One of the things that came out of the government research into wheel-offs back in the 90's.

Happy coaching!
Buswarrior
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Got this one too. One more to go after work and the wheel is off. Hopefully its one of the easy ones...

Working from home is pretty nice when you can spend your lunch break working on the bus.
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Looking at what i can see of that wheel, if it was me i would bite the bullet and buy all new steel wheels, studs, and nuts and then never ever let anyone use an air gun when putting tires on. 

Somebody definitely had some fun putting them on. I did the math on what kind of force I had on it when it snapped and its somewhere in the mid 2000 ft lbs territory. I managed to get two more loose a few minutes earlier with that and some heat. At first I figured they must just be rusty but once I brake them loose then are finger loose after half a turn.

 I'd love to replace them someday but for now that's considerably out of my price range. Since I've been cooking the paint a bit I might clean them up and paint before I put it back together. I've driven it less than 40 miles since I bought it so I'll want to drive around some and find out if anything is going to ruin my day before I start buying the nicer upgrades. Once I get the airbag replaced and some new fluids in it the next plan is to surprise my parents by showing up with it.


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Bus Topics ( click here for quick start! ) / Re: Basement Paint
« Last post by oltrunt on Today at 08:52:19 AM »
Just a heads up on the horse stall mats. I used them for sound attenuation in my genny box (works great) but I discovered that while they looked like solid rubber they actually were made of ground up used tire rubber vulcanized into sheeting that has a crystalline composition that let water pass through.  That is not a problem with my usage but I don't think I'd use this particular material under my water tanks. I don't know if all horse stall mat is like this but it would be smart to check.  Jack
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