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Old 07-16-2012, 10:07 PM   #241
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Congrats on the new rubber. Make sure your alignment and front end are in good shape. My left front tire was toast by the time I got to California. My alignment is off so it didn't help my tire much.
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Old 07-16-2012, 10:27 PM   #242
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You sure did the right thing. I had a brand new (10year old )tire come apart at 70mph on the fwy in Bakersfield one July--it took out the right inner fender,the right door, the driveshaft and the tailgate on my Suburban. I rode my folding bike off the fwy and found parts to repair the drive shaft-not a lot of fun. All the sparks from the steel belts on the pavement before the total blow out were quite a show though
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Old 07-16-2012, 10:31 PM   #243
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While the bus drove great after the tires were replaced, I will have the alignment rechecked.

Also...
Does anyone know how to determine what kind of shocks are on the bus?
The dealer said he needed "a number" off the shock, but I didn't see any labels or anything on mine. Is there an imprint or something? I may have to get out a flashlight and my reading peepers to see it if that's the case. Any clue how to determine the 'number' would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-16-2012, 10:42 PM   #244
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Shocks usually have a stamped number on them. Since todays parts "professonals" all worked at K-Mart yesterday they haven't a clue where to look for your shocks--or even what a shock is--110 volts?
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:33 AM   #245
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TygerCub,
your bus looks great! Your thread is my wife's favorite, nice job on the deck also.
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Since todays parts "professonals" all worked at K-Mart yesterday they haven't a clue where to look for your shocks--or even what a shock is--110 volts?
I used to have Jensen Healeys, occassionally I would go into autozone or advanced, etc. to ask about parts, the conversation would go something like;
Pro: who makes Jensen?
me: what do you mean? Jensen made Jensen, its like asking who makes Ford or Chevy.
Pro: You must mean Austin Healey, my computer doesn't show any, what did you call it?, Janson? You gotta have a Austin Healey.

Good luck on finding parts! Try NAPA truck parts, if they can't help, they can point you to someone who can. Been going through the same with my old IH
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Old 07-17-2012, 10:02 AM   #246
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if no number, the parts house for otr trucks can easily match them up. of course, they always have lots of chrome stuff, and led lights, etc in the main display area...
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Old 07-17-2012, 10:14 PM   #247
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Grrr. Just got back from my friend's house. He showed me how badly my rear passenger's side tires are out of alignment. It's pretty scary to see the threads of the bolts mostly on one side, and less than 1 thread on two of the five bolts on the other side of the rim. Tomorrow after work I'm heading back to the tire place to make them fix it. That's shoddy workmanship and downright dangerous considering how far I plan to drive. What amazed me was I couldn't tell the tires were wobbling that badly. But now that I'm aware of it, the shimmy seems more noticeable.

Grrrr. Why can't people take pride in work anymore??????
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Old 07-17-2012, 11:14 PM   #248
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That is just plain ignorance on the part of the tire shop. You spent a lot of money there. They should respect that and SURELY make good on the wheel alignment. That just irks me that they did you this way.
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Take good pictures of what they did. How far did you drive on those tires. Make the shop replace them with new ones if they are chewed up at all. If they give you a hard time, file a complaint with the state bureau of automotive repair or whatever it's called in your state. Costco did that to me once. I was even more angry when I went back because of their stupidity. They didn't seat the tire all the way. Long story. Not important.
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Old 07-18-2012, 06:17 AM   #250
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if wheel not seated properly it is quite possible that some of the thread on the wheel stud have been flattened. have them remove the wheel and you, not them, carefully inspect the studs, as they would have to replace them.
or just demand they replace all the studs...
mistakes do happen.
thats why i pretty much do my own tires. 22.5 ones are hard for me to dismount now...
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