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February 2010 Long Term Updates

Posted in How To on February 1, 2010
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HMF Polaris RZR-S Exhaust
The HMF exhaust we installed to our Polaris RZR-S eight months ago is still running and looking brand new. After putting 20 miles on it, the exhaust settled into a smooth deep tone yet still remained quiet enough to hold a conversation while driving. The kit includes new header pipes, which means it will take you a little time removing the rear half plastic on the vehicle. Aside from its performance, the exhaust is all stainless steel, made in the USA and looks great.

Power Tank 10-Pound Tank
Our candy blue Power Tank has been to hell and back. We first had it loaded on to our Tundra mounted to the cage with the Power Tank Super Bracket. We then moved it to an F-150, and lately have been using it to run power tools in our garage. The 10-pound tank is the perfect size for dual purpose needs. The SuperFlow HPX regulator always gives us an accurate reading. Aside from the very first use, the tank has been on numerous desert trips with plenty of air to fill several tires. This is a never-leave-home-without-it option for us.

Odyssey Battery
By now, we hope to heck that you've heard and/or tried out a drycell (sealed) battery of some sort. Just the mounting benefits and zero battery acid spill potential is enough for us to love them. Unfortunately, just because a battery is considered "sealed," doesn't mean it will outlast a standard "wet cell" heavy-duty battery, even though you'll be paying a higher price for any battery with a dry cell certification. The Odyssey battery line has really been a winner for much of our staff over the last number of years though. We have a few Odyssey batteries that have been drained, recharged, left dormant, and abused over the last six years without failing us. The brass terminals that come on most of them not only add a feel of quality, but also make excellent terminals since they can accept standard battery cable ends, and/or any ring terminal that a 7/16 bolt will fit through, since there is an included 7/16 bolt that threads into the top of the brass terminal. The only downfall we've found is that the Odyssey batteries are among the most expensive on the market.

Dorman CV Boots
On our '04 Toyota, we've had trouble with our factory Toyota outer CV boots. The hard plastic boots leaked even when brand new and clamped with OEM CV band clamps. A solution was found in a set of Dorman Products Uni-fit CV boots. These CV boots are made of soft neoprene that seals better than the hard plastic used by Toyota. The boots came with a set of CV clamps and a packet of grease. We used the Dorman grease, but chose to use the hose clamps supplied with our Total Chaos extended axles. The Dorman CV boots stopped the leak, and they've been holding up fine ever since. We special-ordered the Dorman CV boots from a local parts store. The Dorman part number is 614-003, and fits CV bells that are larger than 3-5/8 inches in diameter.

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