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Old 12-08-2011, 02:16 PM   #61
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I've used these in various places around the bus, metal, not rubber, don't meet any bizzaro specs or anything that I know of but they work fine and are inexpensive -


Both came from Ace - the one on the left from the hardware 'drawers' they have a bunch of different sizes and as you can see just pop into the hole - probably not waterproof if that's a concern, but a little bit of RTV would fix that. Cost less than a buck.
The one on the right is just an 'extra hole' plug from the plumbing aisle. Cost a couple bucks, come in a coupla sizes, are usually installed in sinks and made waterproof with a bead of caulking.
If you want rubber, Ace would most likely have them, I know they have rubber 'corks'.

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Thanks! I'll check out the local Ace.
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Old 12-08-2011, 06:52 PM   #62
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I need to plug an unused hole in the firewall under the dash. It's 1-3/4" diameter and it looks like this: MOCAP LDPE Sheet Metal Hole Plugs.

Anybody know where I can buy one of these in a single pack? The online sources that I've found sell only huge packs of 25, 50, 100 or much more. I tried locally at Harbor Freight, NAPA, Carquest, AutoZone, etc.

Ck the electrical dept.
We use those and similiar plugs all the time in electrical panels and boxes.
The ones w/ rubber are water proof... (as manufac says)
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Old 12-08-2011, 07:36 PM   #63
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Lol...I'll give you one website...www dot mcmastercarr dot com

Anything and eeverything you could want,I believe they give this catalog to engineers when they start college
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Old 12-08-2011, 07:40 PM   #64
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Lol...I'll give you one website...www dot mcmastercarr dot com

Anything and eeverything you could want,I believe they give this catalog to engineers when they start college
Way ahead of you on that one. That site does have everything, but the cap plugs I was looking for come in a minimum package of 50 pieces. I only need one!
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Lol...I'll give you one website...www dot mcmastercarr dot com

Anything and eeverything you could want,I believe they give this catalog to engineers when they start college
Way ahead of you on that one. That site does have everything, but the cap plugs I was looking for come in a minimum package of 50 pieces. I only need one!
I guess that's how ebay started
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Old 12-10-2011, 01:11 AM   #66
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Just my two cents.
If the hole isn't in plain view why not use one of those expanding rubber plugs you can get from a car parts store?
Stick it in the hole and crank on the nut to expand it.
You could remove it later for an emergency repair on your engine if needed?
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Old 12-14-2011, 06:37 PM   #67
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Just my two cents.
If the hole isn't in plain view why not use one of those expanding rubber plugs you can get from a car parts store?
Stick it in the hole and crank on the nut to expand it.
You could remove it later for an emergency repair on your engine if needed?
I'd like to be able to cut a small hole in the rubber caps in the event I need to run a wire or whatever to the under-hood area. I do have a line on a local source for these parts. I'll find out soon if it pans out.
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Today I got the rig weighed on a local truck scale. The scale was located at a bulk mulch retailer and he was kind enough to let me drive it over the scale for free. I weighed the front and rear axles separately so I could figure out the vehicle's center-of-gravity.

At this point, the rig is as close to an empty weight as it ever will be. Based on these numbers I'll figure how much I can add or how much more I need to remove.

Front axle = 7820 pounds. Rear axle = 9860 pounds. This puts the current CG at 155 inches behind the front axle (wheelbase is 278 inches).

Adding the Jeep's CG to a point about 24 inches behind the bus rear axle moves the bus CG to 180 inches behind the bus front axle. Still one hundred inches ahead of the rear axle, and that's before I remove the rear and side walls from the garage area (removing the 1/8" thick aluminum sheets will probably cut another 200 pounds from the weight behind the rear axle).

The fresh water will eventually be located near or slightly in front of the bus CG.

So far, so good!
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I bit the bullet and bought two new front tires and bought a third tire for a spare. I talked the tire place into selling me a spare wheel rim for half price and they also mounted the spare tire for free.

The tires are all Kelly KSR1 255/70-22.5 and I had the tire shop install Dynabeads in all three. It rides much nicer than before, so the ride previously was affected by a really bad balance condition, or maybe the wheel rim's concentricity was slightly off (a not uncommon problem with Dayton-style wheels) or maybe a combination of the two. While it was on the jacks, the technician pointed out that the right front wheel bearing is slightly loose, so I'll have to take a look at that. The left front brake also drags just slightly. That can't be good for fuel economy or brake endurance.

Total price tag for the three tires, wheel rim, beads, three new valve stems, and labor was just under $1200. Ouch. At least this is something I'm not likely to have to replace for a very long time as I'm certainly not going to wear them out by driving too much.

(I've updated the original post with the new cost figures.)
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and I had the tire shop install Dynabeads in all three. It rides much nicer than before, so the ride previously was affected by a really bad balance condition
I am curious about the Dynabeads. I have seen tires that show internal erosion (rubber dust) from just regular use. Has anybody seen how a tire looks inside after using the Dynabeads for some time?.
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