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Old 03-22-2009, 10:12 AM   #31
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Whoa! Where does that "grasshopper" reference come from? Star Wars? Yoda? I keep hearing it, and I suppose I understand the meaning, but where....? Burt Reynolds and Sally Field in "Smokey"?
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Old 03-22-2009, 10:33 AM   #32
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That said, there is an old "rule" about tires to not change the rotation of a tire after it is "broken in" one way.
The "old rule" was introduced (or became widespread) when radial-ply tires came out. Apparently steel belts take a 'set.'

Check the owner's manual for an old car made during the bias-ply era, and you will see a five-tire rotation pattern. The new manuals in the radial era have two individual front-rear patterns, with the spare sometimes included on one side if it's not a doughnut. I prefer NOT to rotate the spare, as I hate to have different tread wear on either the steer or power axle. (With front-wheel drive, I'm not as fussy about what keeps the back bumper off the pavement.)

I personally wouldn't be as fussy with drive duals on a bus as I am with singles on a RWD car. I would not reverse radials, but would have no qualms about reversing a bias-ply tire. YMMV

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Whoa! Where does that "grasshopper" reference come from?
In the "Kung Fu" series, the main character, Shaolin monk Kwai Chang Caine, has flashbacks to the monastery in China where he was trained.
"Grasshopper" is the name old Master Po called him as a child.
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Old 03-22-2009, 01:46 PM   #33
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Re: Jacking Up The Bus For Tire Change


Thank you, guys. At least I had the meaning of "Grasshopper" kind'a right. Never saw that show.
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I asked this very question when I bought the tires (fresh recaps) for my bus. The shop told me not to reduce the pressure by more than ten percent, no matter how lightly loaded I run.
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Old 03-22-2009, 05:17 PM   #35
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Well.... My personal opinion is that painting a brake drum is a total waste of time and money.

I do understand the urge to do it. You just discovered that rust-colored part and something inside you says that it is the narstiest looking think on Earth. But once the wheels are back on, you won't see the drum again. Spend your time and money on something you will actually enjoy when you use the bus.
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Old 03-22-2009, 06:23 PM   #36
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Uh boy. I hoped that spelling it out would make it go away. LOL

Here's my answer: If you wirebrush anything, wear safety goggles.
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Old 04-22-2009, 12:43 PM   #37
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Re: Jacking Up The Bus For Tire Change

kinda reminds me off the old days when we ran 5 slot aluminum mags and you had to paint the drums orange or red cause you could see them through the slots.Problem was couldnt wait for the paint to dry so on went the wheel and when it was time to take it off again the wheel was stuck to the drum..... ahh the good old days
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Old 04-27-2009, 01:49 AM   #38
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????????? this is an optical illusion!
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Re: Jacking Up The Bus For Tire Change

yeah well i use a high lift jack for my trucks and a 12 ton bottle jack from home depot for my bus.

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Yeah...anyone who seats a bead with ether should be arrested. It can easily maim or kill the person who dismountes the tire at a later date. My boss had some nice scars from that.
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