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bbowe last won the day on October 31 2018

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About bbowe

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    Last seen on the side of a milk carton!
  • Birthday 12/06/1974

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  1. bbowe

    Got moles?????

    I had a slow week while it was dry last week too. My daughter said we killed all the dumb ones and have just the smart ones left. Same thing, I brush the mound off and put my hands in the hole to find out which way it goes. Then I put the probe in there to see what it is. Even though the mound looks the same, a lot of them don't go more than 8" and then stop, or it hits a root where they are eating all the stuff off of it and don't go any further. I've never caught one in those spots. The holes that go two directions are where I have success. Still make sure you open the hole up and leave it open then probe around for the tunnel. Then stick the spade in about 6" from the tunnel and make sure the probe through the hole touches the spade in the tunnel so that you know you are in the middle of the tunnel. Also spade down about 1" past the bottom of the tunnel so that when you set it the bottom of the basket is below the tunnel. Also clock the basket so you don't set two of the wires right in the middle of the tunnel. The moles can't see well so they won't even notice it if the wires are out of the way. If it was a fresh mound and the end was opened it'll catch them in a few hours when they try to go back and close the holes. They are territorial so once you catch one you have to go to a whole different area to get another. Mine seem to each have their own set of roots. The ones that were in the middle of the field away from the trees and bushes it turns out my locust trees had a mile long rhizome going through there that they were after. Broke that apart with the ripper and hopefully will keep future moles out of there. I lost track but I swear we are in our 20's now. Just pulled two fat ones out yesterday too!
  2. bbowe

    Got moles?????

    Yes very good find. Thanks Hoss! I got two of them and if I stay up with it they'll catch em within an hour of loading. If I wait too long they seem to go deep or something. Swear I need a wifi version that texts me when sprung so I can reload and get another! I put the compactor on the backhoe and shake the ground for a bit to get em all pissed off. First mound up gets a Gopher Getter next to it!
  3. bbowe

    My 2020 KW definitely a Friday truck!

    That's usually not a factory problem. They subassemble the whole thing from tip to elbow in a jig that holds them straight and clocks them the right way. It puts the u-bolt nuts right in front of you and makes it real easy to tighten the hell out of them. At the factory they just grab the whole thing with a crane and set the bottom elbow flange clamp in place and then tighten the muffler bearing to the cab. You can't mess it up. But when the truck gets decked or put on the T680 transporters for delivery the transport co takes the upper pipe off to make height. It then gets reinstalled at PDI. That's probably where it goes wrong. The 7" pipes are a mother to get tight, and I swear the wind grabs them and turns them. The 7" on the side of cab of a sleeper 2.1M truck are even worse. I only get them right myself about 50% of the time. If the stack and the pipe below it aren't in a straight line then it isn't set in that double saddle clamp right and it is going to rotate no matter how tight you get it. So gotta ask.....How do you like the shifter/engine brake stalk on the new truck vs the old? How about the trailer brake valve?
  4. bbowe

    Project “Queen Ranch” OBS F350

    The black DTMs are great. They are small and easy to work with and easy to change around when you change your mind on what you are doing. They only do 16-22ga wire and 7A though, but are great for LED lights and stuff. Bigger than that then you have to step up to the DT, which is the same deal but do 14ga and 13A. Their splices, err "Bussed Feedback Receptacles" are great. You run a bunch of wires into one connector and then just one out to splice them all together. It's all sealed instead of stacking 8 ground rings on a bolt or doing a whole bunch of wires out both ends of a butt splice. The closed barrel terminals are half of what makes them easy to work with and probably 2/3 the reason you pick a Deutsch in the first place. The wing terminal versions aka "open barrel" aren't much fun. If I had to do wing terminals I'd get the stuff to do Tyco (especially if you own a Jetta) or Weatherpacks or something. Thankfully the Deutsch patent ran out and we aren't stuck with just the $300 closed barrel crimping tool anymore. It's still the best for small production and/or shops doing stuff for other people, but the small guy can get a knockoff kit now. I took a chance on this one and it seems to work fairly well: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A6AS55Q/ref=oh_aui_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  5. bbowe

    Winter weather

    If I was still your engineer I'd have it fixed already! 😀
  6. bbowe

    Winter weather

    Don't hit the down button on the Jetta's windows when they are frozen........Didn't even realize that was a problem and broke both of my front ones in about 2 seconds! 😞 Darnit!
  7. bbowe

    Headliner out and sunroof leak fixed?

    Those tubes are silicone, so any sealant that shrinks when it dries or that reacts to the silicone and makes it shrink or dry is going to put you right back to where it was. Mine factory had two dabs of glue that hardened and caused the same daylighting situation and leak. I pulled the tube out, cut that hardened end off, slid a short piece of stainless tube inside of it, slid it back into the sunroof fitting, then clamped it down with a spring clip (like a heater hose clip). Leak free for two years. Haven't put the headliner back in for 2 years either though.....☹️ https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0006NAU24/ref=oh_aui_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  8. bbowe

    Little Projects

    Those little lights are addicting. Started off with a few here and there but then 160 some lights and a couple all nighters under the truck later I still have about 10ft to go!
  9. bbowe

    Jetta Headlights

    Yea MK5's got it easy. Get some E-code projectors and drop a D2S HID kit in. https://www.ecstuning.com/Search/SiteSearch/mk5_jetta_projector_headlight/ I put some Morimoto's in my MK4 and it is insane, but same thing - lower than I'd like. 😞 Spent forever with the Beamaligner and a bunch of shims but it just can't get there and be adjusted right. The car's too low. But I can see every droplet of rain hit the pavement and I swear I've seen the seeds falling out of the tumbleweeds!
  10. I think Dodge already did their three recalls didn't they? This one is for trucks, busses, probably chassis cabs, that have the two real big cans. Same thing as the Dodge recalls though, -replace scr can, ditch ammonia sensor, install software, and probably change out the DEF sensor to the concentration type. Basically puts everybody at 2016 emissions level.
  11. bbowe

    WTB tool box

    Our electrical engineers seem to like their Tool Vault boxes. They seem to be holding up just fine in everyday use but theirs are really only holding hand tools and wiring stuff. I think they are annoyingly a foot too tall though. But still might be worth a look? http://www.strictlytoolboxes.com/tool-vault-tool-boxes.html?source=nav-bar
  12. bbowe

    I'm ordering a new 3500

    That CARB retrofit DPF in regen burned up half of Yakima a few years ago. That was the fire at that Monestary. The DPF maker says the turbo died and filled it with oil while everybody else says they hold too much soot, overtemp at regen, then shoot out molten pieces of substrate. That wasn't their only fire, but they've since been sued out of business so they aren't a problem anymore. Do they wrap all of the pipes on the DEF pickups? The DEF trucks have so much insulation wrap that I don't think the pipes could ever start a fire. Still, we take all the covers off at the start of harvest so you can see if anything accumulates around the cans. That area gets blown off every night when the combine gets it. They won't regen at idle but the last couple years of Cummins trucks will do some sort of desorb where it'll elevate idle and make a bunch of heat off and on - even with the switch off. Makes me nervous so those ones get a disc'd spot to park in at the edge of the field and we bring wheat out to them if they want to idle for A/C. Supertruckers that make it out to the cut gotta shut their trucks off. Even with farmer pipes we used to burn little gas trucks down all the time in the 80's and 90's but haven't claimed an emissions truck yet. Last year I had a close call from a real hot air disc brake rotor (too much ATC use going up) and touching stubble when parked that I wasn't expecting but that's about it. I caught it before the wind did but always keep a shovel and water cannon in your truck! Now the combines with DPF's now I don't know how that is ever supposed to work. We don't have one and I've never been around one but still, what a recipe for disaster. Our 03 without all that stuff was always a nasty fire starter in itself. After awhile we had removed every guard & shield it had, deleted the muffler, wrapped the pipes, etc, and thought we had it set. Then it had a stint four years ago in one of those real staticy thunderstormy weeks where it started like 6 fires in two days. Crop insurance guy hired a Deere rep to come out and wouldn't cover the next one until we do what he says. Well the guy plopped down like $13K in TIB's and updates to do. It was a whole bunch of funky shaped new shields, air intakes, fan drives, turbo guards, and stuff like that. Someone had obviously sat down and done a bunch of CFD on the back of that machine. Put it all on and haven't had (a combine) fire since. It is a serious dust storm back there. I'd imagine they highly engineer the wind through the DPF machines as well. That doesn't really answer the pickup question but mine's been deleted since 08 and the only other diesel pickup in our fields is an 01 Ford and the old 93 first gen, so no experience there. I should start a thread on that 93 - I hate that truck but holy crap is she a tough old girl. Can't help but attach a pic of one of the 6 fires.......to say I had that ol Challenger pinned is an understatement!
  13. Heh, been there with the security tool. In my pissedoffedness I did the whole set on same day Amazon. Paid way too much for a bunch of them I didn't need but I find now that I use them in the shop and don't touch the ones in the car. Keeps me from losing the car one in the shop scramble. https://www.amazon.com/TEMO-Wheel-Removal-Socket-Adapter/dp/B018MPNPY2/ref=pd_sbs_263_5?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B018MPNPY2&pd_rd_r=66D4XFZR23J4S12XM7WC&pd_rd_w=DhZBY&pd_rd_wg=2PjHZ&psc=1&refRID=66D4XFZR23J4S12XM7WC To replace the one kept in the car on the cheap you count the splines and can go to dealer with the "new number" in the link below. Or I ebayed cuz I didn't need it right away and I can't stand being "triaged" just to get to the freaking parts counter at our dealer here. http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?4111080 Count carefully....... at 19 splines I forgot where I started a couple times! I had to screw around on ebay quite a bit to finally get there too. Search for "VW wheel lock key with XX splines" and I finally had a good list to work from with just the tool and no Chinese lug bolts. Hood looks good from here!
  14. Might be the right color? https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/pts/6141315989.html
  15. bbowe

    ALH turbo options

    I went with a plain ol VNT 15 at ID Parts for $800 + the free install kit and then bought the braided oil line and return line from Bora. Short of the Mahle turbo they have for $100 less, everything else was well into a grand by the time you get all the adapter pipes and stuff. I got a new intercooler from Bora that I swear was $100 but I can't find it there now. Mine was losing oil at 235K and I futzed around with it for a good three weeks. Shaft felt fine from under the car and I even went so far as to put a screw in the bottom of the intercooler to drain easily and fairly often to try figure how much was coming out. Then one day I went to pass someone, got some good boost going in 3rd, then lost them in a big grey cloud and the car just kept going! I got the runaway stopped pretty quick and a tow home but still it seriously f-d that little car up bad. There was oil inside everything and caused myself a whole hell of a lot of extra work. If I knew then what I know now I woulda just bought a stupid turbo right at the start, changed it in an afternoon, and been well on my way. Once I got my old turbo on the bench I found you could push the shaft a good 3/8" from side to side. So especially with a race pipe, park it and don't touch it till you have new turbo in hand. Don't forget to drain your intercooler before going anywhere. If you do chance it my bet is it's gonna happen to you going from 26 to 90. That spot is the perfect setup for it to suck up some oil so go easy on it there!