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Old 12-17-2011, 10:44 AM   #71
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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?.
They are very small (maybe 1/16" or so), perfectly round, smooth, ceramic beads. They look like little pearls in the bag. By themselves, I doubt they would do any damage to the inside of a tire, especially since the ten ounces they add to the tire is comprised of what looks like several hundred beads.

When they add the beads to the tire, they just throw in a pre-measured bag. The bag keeps all the beads inside the tire during the mounting process, but is designed to break apart during the first few rotations of the tire. The beads will then disperse to balance the wheel. Pretty cool, actually.

I recorded the entire tire change on my iPhone and once I have edited the footage I'll post it here.
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Old 12-18-2011, 11:10 PM   #72
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Front axle = 7820 pounds. Rear axle = 9860 pounds. This puts the current CG at 155 inches behind the front axle (wheelbase is 278 inches).


So far, so good!
Formula? Please...
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Old 12-18-2011, 11:10 PM   #73
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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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Old 12-18-2011, 11:18 PM   #74
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Front axle = 7820 pounds. Rear axle = 9860 pounds. This puts the current CG at 155 inches behind the front axle (wheelbase is 278 inches).


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I googled "how do I calculate my vehicle's center of gravity" and found this link: Jeepaholics Anonymous. I just inserted my own numbers and arrived at the results above.
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Old 12-19-2011, 12:37 PM   #75
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Front axle = 7820 pounds. Rear axle = 9860 pounds. This puts the current CG at 155 inches behind the front axle (wheelbase is 278 inches).


So far, so good!
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I googled "how do I calculate my vehicle's center of gravity" and found this link: Jeepaholics Anonymous. I just inserted my own numbers and arrived at the results above.
Thx... got it!!
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Old 12-20-2011, 12:26 AM   #76
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Still working on the video of the new tires.

In the meantime, I dismantled the box over the generator and started disconnecting the genset so I can remove it from the bus. It already looks much bigger in here without that stupid box taking up floorspace. I'll patch the hole with leftover plywood from other parts of the previous owner's interior.



Can't wait to find out how much this thing is going to cost to ship once I list it on eBay.
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Old 12-22-2011, 03:15 PM   #77
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Contrary to what I've previously stated, the rear of the bus is not sagging. Not one bit. I measured the height of the frame rails at the front and rear axles and they are exactly the same. It turns out the sag is an optical illusion created by the driveway's curvature and the size of the front and rear wheel arches relative to each other. I'm sure the weight of the Jeep will eventually depress the rear springs, but I've located a local shop (Tampa Spring Company) that can build helper springs or even a brand new spring pack if necessary.

Family has been visiting this week, so progress is limited. I'll probably get back to work in earnest starting this weekend.
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Old 12-22-2011, 06:59 PM   #78
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... I measured the height of the frame rails at the front and rear axles and they are exactly the same. ...
If that's the case gutted, it musta been quite a taildragger when it was a bookmobile.
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Old 12-24-2011, 10:46 AM   #79
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Here's the video I made last week of the new tires being installed on the steering axle:

http://youtu.be/7y07PnqqtiY
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Cool vid,thanks
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