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    LMTV M1078 Transmission Fluid Change To ATF Write Up

    It's in my Common Issues document, here in my signature.
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    LMTV CTIS Question

    Realistically, they probably aren't very easy to kill. Military electronics have to meet extremely rigorous specifications (e.g. temp, overvoltage, polarity, EMP, EMI, etc.). But we have a member ( @Stellaevil who I haven't seen in a while), that worked at Spicer, and said that there are...
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    LMTV M1078 Transmission Fluid Change To ATF Write Up

    A good summary. There is a lot of talk about the ATF fluid change as if it is an important, or even necessary, upgrade. Some people feel shifting benefits from it, others notice little change, and some have "placebo effect" when they do/don't have it but think the opposite. What this suggests...
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    LMTV Hitch Extension Kit installed!

    Yeah, it looks like SteelSoldiers shrunk the resolution. I'll see if I can convert them again, or try to figure out why it was failing. At least a decent copy of them is safe for now. As for scanning them, the best he could do is to make sure he scans at the highest resolution his scanner...
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    LMTV Hitch Extension Kit installed!

    Even if he scans them to PDF, you will not be able to enlarge without loss of clarity. That is only true if you output a PDF from the original source (e.g. CAD), and that program was able to do so in a vector format. Long story short, all you would get is a PDF of these same images, with no...
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    LMTV Hitch Extension Kit installed!

    @INFChief 's scans...
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    LMTV Hitch Extension Kit installed!

    I'd definitely like to see a copy, if you can scan them. If you can't upload them, PM me.
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    PTO winch help

    The transmission is "cooled" by a heat exchanger below the radiator, using engine coolant. So it's normal operating temperature is the engine's temperature... 200F+. The temp may not be a symptom of anything. Even though you only drove a mile, it typically only takes my truck a few miles to...
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    LMTV Hitch Extension Kit installed!

    It's been 2.5 years now since we installed it. I'll try to answer your questions, but some of it I don't remember. That in itself is a good thing, because that means it went together fairly straightforwardly, and there are no memorable events (e.g. "spent 10 hours trying to pound a part into...
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    Renewing NOS cab bushings-- is that possible?

    I'll believe it when I see it. Engineering this kind of stuff and having it made is what I do for a living (everything from prototype / low volume, to mass production), and I have an entire machine shop of my own in the garage. Most/many shops make their own tooling, so that's not really...
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    Renewing NOS cab bushings-- is that possible?

    Something just doesn't add up. If they are running it on an automated machine, you're going to pay tens of thousands of dollars for a machined metal mold, but then part cost goes down to material cost basically (because there is so little labor to work the press, besides a few hours @ $100/hr...
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    Renewing NOS cab bushings-- is that possible?

    I explained all this in a previous post, and came up with similar, but higher, ROM numbers. Now you're seeing why my bushings are priced the way they are, even without make much/"any" profit on them. Though I think your numbers are overly optimistic. There's really no way to cheat/shortcut...
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    Renewing NOS cab bushings-- is that possible?

    It's not just the UV, though that does accelerate things. (In their installed location, I doubt they are taking much beating from UV.) Elastic materials don't like to be held long term in a compressed or elongated state. Think about rubber bands that you have left stretched around something...
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    Renewing NOS cab bushings-- is that possible?

    Correct, the OEM are Shore 80A. Most "performance" bushings are harder (e.g. 90A), both to further limit movement but also to get increased mechanical properties (e.g. tensile strength). Solid bushings are not advisable. The rubber bushings provide tolerance and movement between the major...
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    Renewing NOS cab bushings-- is that possible?

    There are a number of factors at play, including the Shore A hardness. Generally, the harder materials have higher tensile strengths, so they should resist splitting and tearing under pressure better. Aftermarket polyurethane bushings that are marketed as "high performance" typically use...
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    Renewing NOS cab bushings-- is that possible?

    If you're doing Shore 80A hardness, I recommend PMC-780. https://www.smooth-on.com/products/pmc-780-dry/ These thick urethane rubbers, and to lesser extent the silicone rubber, really trap a lot of air bubbles. Ideally, you need a vacuum chamber to degas them. You might be able to make do by...
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    Renewing NOS cab bushings-- is that possible?

    If you're not going to make too many of them (e.g. <12), a cheaper tin-cure silicone mold rubber will do. Be careful not to tear the mold while taking the castings out, as the tin-cure silicone is not as stretchy and resilient as the platinum-cure (which costs significantly more). You'll...
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    Huck bolt removal tool

    As for removing the huck bolts, the nut is only crimped to the bolt in the narrower portion of the nut. If you use a cut-off wheel to cut into the side of the nut just outward of the hex-flange, until you cut all the way through the bolt, the nut will come off leaving a short stub of the bolt...
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    make retainer cables

    I have used these on many personal and commercial/military projects: https://www.mcmaster.com/lanyards/create-your-own-lanyards-not-for-lifting/ I have a pair of these crimpers, which also work pretty well: https://smile.amazon.com/IWISS-Swager-Crimping-Fishing-Lines/dp/B00NJH8QXO/
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