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Old 06-11-2019, 03:32 PM
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Originally Posted by fyrstormer View Post
Two thoughts:
1) At least the bolt can't fall out by accident while the car is driving.
2) Could you reinstall the bolt from the other side so the next guy doesn't have the same problem?
Car probably wonít last long enuff for it to need another set of shocks. From watching my coworker working on it. It wasnít too bad pulling the control arm bolt. Itís just one of those things thatís a head scratcher. While avoiding the possibility of the bolt falling out is a good reason. For us on the repair side it just looks like they did it so the job would take longer, at least in book time. Allowing dealerships or repair shops to charge more.

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Old 06-11-2019, 05:50 PM
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Ford did something like that with Ford Contour control arm bolt. I think the whole subframe had to be lowered to remove control. Thankfully Ford didn't do that on the focus.
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Old 06-11-2019, 05:51 PM
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I go through antenna tubes like mid- grade cookies. I like to use long clear old ones sometimes, lol
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I go through antenna tubes like mid- grade cookies. I like to use long clear old ones sometimes, lol
You still use the tubes? Under the body
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Old 06-11-2019, 06:50 PM
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You still use the tubes? Under the body
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Old 06-11-2019, 10:52 PM
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Originally Posted by fyrstormer View Post


All of my antenna tubes are short enough to hide under my RCs' body shells.
Love that graphic. Fortunately, I'm fairly low level shop floor personnel, so I'm only disturbed by fellow colleagues for work related issues (new documents/machine errors/handover/takeover between shifts. But switching off entirely is probably going to result in a poor impression of me....

Antenna hiding is only really possible in my on road cars. The rest of them have low profile bodies over the antenna mount. This means antenna tubes and caps get it in the neck, sadly.
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Old 06-12-2019, 01:41 AM
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Car probably won’t last long enuff for it to need another set of shocks. From watching my coworker working on it. It wasn’t too bad pulling the control arm bolt. It’s just one of those things that’s a head scratcher. While avoiding the possibility of the bolt falling out is a good reason. For us on the repair side it just looks like they did it so the job would take longer, at least in book time. Allowing dealerships or repair shops to charge more.

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Just make sure the control arm bolt is re-tightened to spec AFTER the car is lowered and then re-lifted with its weight sitting on its tires. Otherwise the control arm pivot will be locked into the wrong position and the rubber seal will be permanently twisted when the car is supporting its own weight, and the rubber seal will tear, the grease will leak out, and the pivot will wear-out very quickly. This was a huge problem with early-2000's Volkswagens; most of the shop mechanics didn't know about this extra step (or didn't care) and people's control arms would get loose and rattly every 20,000 miles or less.
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Old 06-12-2019, 01:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Sir 51D3WAYS View Post
Love that graphic. Fortunately, I'm fairly low level shop floor personnel, so I'm only disturbed by fellow colleagues for work related issues (new documents/machine errors/handover/takeover between shifts. But switching off entirely is probably going to result in a poor impression of me....

Antenna hiding is only really possible in my on road cars. The rest of them have low profile bodies over the antenna mount. This means antenna tubes and caps get it in the neck, sadly.
I have a wide variety of vehicles and I don't have trouble fitting the antenna tubes under the bodies. If absolutely necessary, I can heat the tube with a cigarette lighter for a couple seconds to soften it, so I can bend the tube a little to help it stay under the body. But I haven't even needed to do that much work to hide the antenna tubes in years.
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Originally Posted by fyrstormer View Post
I have a wide variety of vehicles and I don't have trouble fitting the antenna tubes under the bodies. If absolutely necessary, I can heat the tube with a cigarette lighter for a couple seconds to soften it, so I can bend the tube a little to help it stay under the body. But I haven't even needed to do that much work to hide the antenna tubes in years.
Good idea. I've used CA glue with success before, to glue the antenna to the mount. A small drop all round is all that's needed. I kinda want to do what you suggested to my YZ4, but I'm scared the tube will swivel and end up tangled with the rear belt.... I've had belts attempt to saw their way through motor wires.....


Having a cold sucks big time. When I come to power the flu virus will be forcibly eradicated, along with insects. Also on the ban list are most vegetables, chicken wings and plain flavoured potato chips. And weddings. Which I have another invitation to....

Atleast I have today off work....
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My house is getting new roof. New home owner insurance company required it.
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How annoying, I'm ill but I have overtime to do.... Should I say no?
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Originally Posted by Sir 51D3WAYS View Post
How annoying, I'm ill but I have overtime to do.... Should I say no?
"whatever your career can handle" was a common expression around my old workplace.
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Originally Posted by Sir 51D3WAYS View Post
How annoying, I'm ill but I have overtime to do.... Should I say no?
Most roofs have a 20 year limit. At a minimum mine was 20-25. It could be 30 years old.
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