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Northern Virginia Roll Call

Discussion in 'Virginia' started by r6hokie, Nov 17, 2011.

  1. Jul 21, 2020 at 5:58 AM
    IPNPULZ

    IPNPULZ Well-Known Member

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    Behind Enemy Lines.....
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    going to be fun!
    I did tell him that was a $10 part
     
  2. Jul 21, 2020 at 5:59 AM
    Greg.Brakes.Tacos

    Greg.Brakes.Tacos Don't Feed the Animals

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    $10+Van arrival+technician+diagnostics+time on site = $375
     
  3. Jul 21, 2020 at 6:02 AM
    IPNPULZ

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    He was there 15 minutes didn't even put the gauges on the system....
     
  4. Jul 21, 2020 at 6:10 AM
    Greg.Brakes.Tacos

    Greg.Brakes.Tacos Don't Feed the Animals

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    Front Diff Spacer Removal = pretty straight forward, right?

    I plan on doing at least one preemptive PB blaster soaking of all the bolts/nuts that are involved in the weekend suspension, UCA swap and removing diff spacer, bolts and putting in stock bolts (already in hand).

    I know removing the UCA thru bolt requires some bending and manipulating on the inner fender liner area, but hoping to get it all done in a few hours early Saturday morning and get it over to firestone for lifetime alignment service (figure I'll have to have screenshot print outs with the LCA adjustment instructions, along with the UCA settings).
     
  5. Jul 21, 2020 at 6:16 AM
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    These help A LOT for UCAs. I bought some just for it. Really allows you to crank back that sheet metal.


    https://www.amazon.com/IRWIN-VISE-G...37353&sprefix=sheet+metal+vice,aps,156&sr=8-2
     
  6. Jul 21, 2020 at 6:20 AM
    crashdb

    crashdb Dangerous with an angle grinder..

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    Stuff that my wife thinks I don't need.
    What Randy said.

    Also be careful on the passenger side not to catch that bundle of wires for the air conditioning. Ask me how I know this thing.
     
  7. Jul 21, 2020 at 6:21 AM
    EatSleepTacos

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    Yes definitely this. Unclip the wiring from the fender and be mindful of anything else in the way. Sometimes I have to unbolt a couple little brackets.
     
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  8. Jul 21, 2020 at 6:25 AM
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    That sucks, but I try to put myself in their shoes also. They have to make a living and their expertise and experience is worth it. With that said, this is a little steeper than I like.
     
  9. Jul 21, 2020 at 6:27 AM
    Greg.Brakes.Tacos

    Greg.Brakes.Tacos Don't Feed the Animals

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    Good deal, between my tool stash and my FiL's garage, and shipping container "parts and pieces" storage, we should have enough.

    Yeah, my BiL was like, wtf was Toyota thinking with the thru bolt design/location?!? He followed up, You're replacements came with thru bolts and washers, right? Because we're cutting those!
    -Sadly I responded, nope, I could order replacements, but figured we could put in the elbow grease and get them out!!
     
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  10. Jul 21, 2020 at 6:31 AM
    Greg.Brakes.Tacos

    Greg.Brakes.Tacos Don't Feed the Animals

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    Dude my one buddy is a plumber and often when we would mtnbike on the weekends, he'd be on-call...often after explaining how much a Saturday, or worse Sunday van in the driveway alone cost, and how he wasn't making that that money...just what the company policy/rate schedule was, often they'd just call back Monday, but a few times the calls were more emergency based.

    Anyways, glad it's fixed, sorry they hit you that hard in the wallet...I have electricians, carpenters, welders/pipe fitters, and plumbers as best friends of 20+ years now...but no HVAC friend, so so sadly I cannot get HVAC work done for beer and pizza/home made meals.
     
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    This week sucks. I'm headed back up to PA next weekend and the next week and a half are gonna crawl.
     
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    Let me know if you find a firestone in the area thats any good. They basically told me last time to go away because I had a lift. The 18 year old tech didn't want to hear that maybe he wasn't experienced enough to know what he was doing.
     
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    You forgot the 200% mark-up on the part.

    I was an HVAC tech through the nineties, so well aware of how it all works. Felt bad when I had to charge someone for a 1 hour minimum when I got there and found someone had switch the t-stat off, so literally a 30sec fix. Luckily for me, I had 40hr week contracts with our commercial clients. So 99% of my calls I ran were to them. I did not work for a company where I only got paid based on what I billed. Every now and then I would run a residential call in customer. Hate those and always tried to cut them a break. For techs that only get paid based on what they bill, they have to (over)charge to make up for the time they are not running calls.
     
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  14. Jul 21, 2020 at 6:38 AM
    Greg.Brakes.Tacos

    Greg.Brakes.Tacos Don't Feed the Animals

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    Well I'll be going to the closest one which from the in-laws is the one in Sandston.
     
  15. Jul 21, 2020 at 6:44 AM
    Greg.Brakes.Tacos

    Greg.Brakes.Tacos Don't Feed the Animals

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    Bro-in-law did his wifes Heep there last fall and said it was only like $140 or so, and assuming they don't listen to my recommendation/setting preference, they'll at least get me good for a "standard" setup...that's when I will likely end up testing a local off road mechanic shop not far from me in West Point/Mattaponi
     
  16. Jul 21, 2020 at 6:44 AM
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    I have not tried that one yet. I think I have been to just about every firestone on the south side of the James :rofl:I finally found a place called Bach alignment and frame that understands trucks with modified suspension.
     
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  17. Jul 21, 2020 at 6:46 AM
    Greg.Brakes.Tacos

    Greg.Brakes.Tacos Don't Feed the Animals

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    http://balchalignmentandframe.com/
    These guys??? How much does an alignment run if you recall
     
  18. Jul 21, 2020 at 6:47 AM
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    Whats the name of it? I'm not sure if I told you already but I grew up in Quinton.
     
  19. Jul 21, 2020 at 6:48 AM
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    80$ is what they charge me. They actually don't use a alignment machine. The tech does it old school.
     
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  20. Jul 21, 2020 at 7:04 AM
    Greg.Brakes.Tacos

    Greg.Brakes.Tacos Don't Feed the Animals

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    Hot Rides 4x4 is in Mattaponi.

    Don't think I remember/recall you mentioning it, but Balch is only 32 mins via rt 150 to get 301/us 1 vs. hopping on 95.

    Might be a better option for overall desired end result.

    EDIT: Damn just saw they're M-F operation. Perhaps I'll find a way to get to them M-F, but with my 90+mile daily commute, I imagine alignment of some sort, even an DIY IS required for safe driving operations.
     
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