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I member! Good to see you working on the old girl! Bummer on the hoses, are you installing new thermostat too? Make sure you don't use that shitty "fail safe" brand. Member?

Bummer on the battery, you tried bring it back with a trickler? The AGM I got after the first one from AutoZone has been great (I mean it does its job, right?). I still need to see why my starter is getting heat soak, but it hasn't failed me yet and starts strong when cold. Didn't realize that Johnson controls made both brands, but I'd believe it. No idea if they both have that funny spiral design inside.

What kind of water proof case did you want? They're like a million styles and you can buy weatherpack relays too.


I charged it out of the truck and I've driven the truck distances multiple times and it just wont hold a charge. It started slow, as they tend to. A month or so ago the truck cranked slow. I was originally blaming the problem on the truck - thinking I had a short or something somewhere killing the battery. I drove the truck to and from work one day last week, unplugged the battery as soon as I got home, plugged it in a few days later and it cranked once and stopped, so clearly the battery. Its 6 months out of warranty... And yeah Johnson controls bought Optima years ago, shortly after which their reputation fell apart. I suspect you're right that there's only 1 or 2 manufactures behind all the various brands of AGM batteries.

I bought a new thermostat, hard not to replace it while I'm this deep and the one in there is old.

I just want a plastic case, decent water seal on it, with 8ish relays, and a pigtail coming out of the box. Maybe with weatherpack relays, its gonna be under the hood so it can't hurt. No switches or anything. A box, with a good sealed lid, 8ish relays, wire. Simple.

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November 28th, 2016, 2:59 pm
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I just bought a redtop with both posts styles for $150 shipped off amazon. Iv'e had a secondhand yellowtop in the 68 for almost 3 years now getting nothing but long cold periods between uses and it's still a badass. I figure at $150, I'll run the redtops in anything i buy a battery for until they piss me off. My battery holder is for optima only so i'm really boned.

If you don't destroy your old hoses and radiator, save it and i'll add it to the race bronco spares for next season.

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November 29th, 2016, 4:54 am
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I'm considering a red top :/

I saw that hella relay holder. I'd like it pre-wired to help with water tightness. Not thrilled on the price either. Honestly it's more like I've convinced myself a certain thing exists and cant find it!

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I was looking for the same thing for relays. Painless came out with a nice one for jeeps with a switch panel. I think they sell it without the switch panel now but it's crazy expensive. I am plabing to build one out of a junkyard xj box following this guys plan.
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Only thing that worries me is the cat 5 cable since the wires are so small. I am going to use 20 or 22ga for that part.

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November 29th, 2016, 9:27 pm
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It better be painless to install because its a bit painful on the wallet!

https://www.amazon.com/Painless-57005-T ... ail+rocker

I'm not ready to spend JK like money yet :mrgreen:

I've read a bunch about junkyard relay boxes and such. I'd rather spend <=$100 for something that's not 20 years old and that I had to hack together, but that may be where this leads...

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I almost bought an ARB dual compressor with 100%duty cycle to replace the York, but then even the sale price was almost half the price of a ARB cooler and I want one of those more than I want to replace my cheap compressors. Ruffstuff really seems like the only place keeping prices reasonable and they're not always that cheap either!

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I've also thought about getting a decent electric compressor to supplement the CO2 tank. I've almost pulled the trigger on the mid-size 100% duty cycle via-air a couple times.

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December 2nd, 2016, 3:40 pm
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Can you run a York on your Fords?

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Can you fun a York on your Fords?

Find I assume? You can, but the kicker for us late models is the serp pulley. I actually just sold my setup on pirate a while back, because I had replaced my AC compressor and I wanted that back for the honeymoon.

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I run a York on my '91 Bronco and still have my AC (which I need to repair at the moment). Made a conversion pulley by welding V-belt pulley onto my serpentine power steering pulley, then made a bracket to hold the york that can be adjusted to tighten the v-belt. Works great.. :D


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I've thought about the York a time or 20... And its always ended at thinking :mrgreen:

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I also cleaned up some wiring so its a little less shit-tastic under the hood. Installed a new adjustable thermostat for my E-fan, working nicely.

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I run a York on my '91 Bronco and still have my AC (which I need to repair at the moment). Made a conversion pulley by welding V-belt pulley onto my serpentine power steering pulley, then made a bracket to hold the york that can be adjusted to tighten the v-belt. Works great.. :D


^This is what I was asking, one of my Scout II friends did something similar. He did a double pulley on the first York, then a short belt to the second York.

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The Ford/Full Size crew has done both ways. Some run a double pulley to maintain stock AC, mounting the York off to the side. Others have bought a York serpentine pulley to completely replace the AC compressor with the York.

I have neither, where the AC compressor was I've got this real nice pulley that does... absolutely nothing :mrgreen:

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Hhmmm

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Dual redtops?! You fancy

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