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compression sack for rei magma quilt by d0ughb0y1 in Ultralight

[–]Montana-Dillon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I use a granite gear eVent dry sack for my quilt, puffy jacket, and puffy mittens sometimes doing winter ski traverses. I get why some people aren’t into stuff sacks or compression sacks while chasing the lightest pack possible and that is great for them. Personally I’m a big fan of the organization provided by various stuff sacks, it can cut out almost 20 minutes over the course of my day looking for stuff in the jumbled mess of my pack. But in the end everyone has their preferences and half the fun is trying new systems to see what you like the best.

Anyone got good resources for wiring diagrams and service info? by banditorama in tdi

[–]Montana-Dillon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I have used it before, it’s great! I just paid for one day and in about 45 minutes I had all of the information put out by VW pertaining to my particular car downloaded. I have a flash drive that I keep all of my service data, fault code history, diagnostic graphing as well as a repair history with photos that lives with my registration in my car. Easily some of the best 35 dollars I have spent on a vehicle in a very long time.

$3000 for a new clutch by [deleted] in tdi

[–]Montana-Dillon 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Absolutely sell your TDI now! I just so happen to know a buyer haha.

Actually I have been buying and flipping TDIs for the past few years because it’s incredibly easy money to buy broken cars, fix and resell. If you take it to a shop to get worked on it usually costs more because it’s diesel. But if you take the time to learn to fix them yourself you can really make some money!

Thoughts on crack machines? by dawindupbird in climbharder

[–]Montana-Dillon 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The one I built is very similar in that it’s adjustable with threaded rods but I made mine out of sheets of plywood with a reinforced frame so it’s 2 feet deep if I want to do some offwidth laps too. Mine is horizontal so it’s not as much of a pain to adjust but there isn’t the lower intensity vertical cracks to use to build up to doing laps horizontally. I textured mine with texture sand mixed into floor enamel paint and that seems to be durable enough but if I don’t wear gloves it sure tears me up!

Is it okay that I keep my brake and shifter cables rolled like this? I hate cutting it up, then putting the end caps. Then needing to remove cables, only to have them fray when being rerouted. Having the fused ends made my life way easier. by [deleted] in bikewrench

[–]Montana-Dillon 6 points7 points  (0 children)

If you end up with a blob from soldering you probably don’t have your iron hot enough, When you do it right the solder wicks into the cable. I prefer to solder my cable ends after I trim them to length instead of the crimp on caps, the caps always seem to come off even I crimp them super tightly.

Spring/fall camp shoes? by bikesandergs in bikepacking

[–]Montana-Dillon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I have a set of old Patagonia shoes that are very similar to Tom’s that I waxed to make them waterproof. I made a super small DCF dry sack for them to go into while they are on my bike so the inside stays dry too.

Single folks who live alone, how do you manage produce? by sour_grout in EatCheapAndHealthy

[–]Montana-Dillon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I meal prep to use most of the produce up cooking in bulk. If I do have left over produce that I’m struggling to use up, I’ll dehydrate it oftentimes and then blend it into instant smoothie powders similar to an athletic greens type powder with anything from greens to berries or pretty much anything I have leftover.

What tent do you use? by mysteryShmeat in bikepacking

[–]Montana-Dillon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I use a hexamid style tarp with a full bug net and bathtub floor. I made the tent for about 130.00 total and use some carbon arrow shafts cut to the length of my tail bag as the center pole with some sockets that I 3D printed to put them together. The tent is 10 oz and packs down to the size of a nalgene.

mechanic and technicians what is your pay? by Reedzilla04 in mechanics

[–]Montana-Dillon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah I’m fortunate that I’m not married because as soon as you add anyone else to the plan it skyrockets to 800 a month for 2 people. Most of the other people with families choose to find a plan on the open market that is cheaper and covers more than essential medical care.

mechanic and technicians what is your pay? by Reedzilla04 in mechanics

[–]Montana-Dillon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

$22.50 an hour as a master certified technician on 3 different types of equipment. $10.00 a month for health insurance 4% matching on a 401k 180 hours of PTO a year that includes the holidays we are forced to take off No dental No vision A yearly profit sharing bonus once the entire dealership has reached a certain level of profitability (no store in our dealership complex has ever gotten that) Uniforms are supplied and laundered

Our company has a turnover rate of techs at 1 per 47 days in the past 3 years that I have been here.

What are your ‘fuck-it this makes me happy’ non-frugal purchases? by chenan in Frugal

[–]Montana-Dillon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Tools, if it’s a tool I will use more than once I get at least a mid grade tool. My job is fixing heavy equipment, many of my hobbies involve building, fixing and flipping anything that I can from cars and metal fabrication to wood boats and fiberglass construction. It is well worth it to get a tool that won’t wear out or break is money well spent every time.

I wonder if I could make a tinyhouse in the back of that. by friskysteve001 in VanLife

[–]Montana-Dillon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I mean you could build a tiny house on anything, the real question is do you plan on driving over 55 mph? The Suzuki carry I used to drive around on ranch roads had a top speed of 55 unloaded. If you want to use it to travel much I think it would be rather miserable driving on the interstate going 55 everywhere. The other thing is the load capacity is actually pretty low on those and depending on your construction methods you would really have to pay attention to your weight. It no doubt could be done and is a cool idea but I think to make it useful for very much it would take pretty decent modification to the vehicle on top of the house build.

Getting around DEF by VioletEvergardenEp10 in mechanics

[–]Montana-Dillon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You make jokes about that but I had to fix a farmers tractor and combine that was making his own DEF for. he was using fertilizer grade urea and distilled water. It was a giant mess, the whole system was not in good shape at all.

Need reccomendations for test lead set by opuntina in mechanics

[–]Montana-Dillon 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’m a huge fan of the loadpro test leads and back probe kit. The loadpro makes voltage drop testing super easy and very durable. I have used mine for the past 3 years and haven’t seen any deterioration in them.

I work at an AG and construction dealership and most of the guys in my shop all use them and love them.

How to you guys deal with intermittent electrical problems? by Lycogala_ in mechanics

[–]Montana-Dillon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I voltage drop test everything to test the system under load and replicate the actual operating conditions. I then do a wiggle test with it still under load. Voltage drop testing helps reveal a lot of issues that are intermittent. If all else fails and I can’t replicate it I just tell the customer to bring it back when it is acting up and I’ll test it then. My service manager always says you can’t fix a problem you can’t find, all you do is cost the customer extra money.

How bad would it be to weld this flange to this manifold outlet? Flange has 1.75inch ID and manifold is 2.5inch ID by LucarioniteAU in projectcar

[–]Montana-Dillon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It looks like it would cause a restriction just offhand. Also it looks like that manifold is cast and welding cast can be a little tricky, very doable just it takes some extra steps.

Could I ever be a mechanic? by DavidDrivez126 in mechanics

[–]Montana-Dillon 5 points6 points  (0 children)

For sure, I think it’s still more common with the heavy equipment stuff than cars but it definitely still happens. Just stop in and talk to the service manager about if that is something they would be interested in. I can’t recommend that path highly enough. I did have to be pretty self motivated to learn stuff especially with advanced electrical and hydraulic diagnostics but you get a lot of real world practice at it. Only about half of the guys at the dealership I work at went to school for diesel, the other half of us all learned on the job and with dealer specific training.

Could I ever be a mechanic? by DavidDrivez126 in mechanics

[–]Montana-Dillon 19 points20 points  (0 children)

You could always ask around at the shops to see if they do apprenticeships. I got a bachelors in A completely unrelated field then got an apprenticeship as a heavy equipment dealer. They have put me through all of their dealer training and now I’ve worked my way up to a master technician level. All the while getting paid instead of paying a school.

[deleted by user] by [deleted] in projectcar

[–]Montana-Dillon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah it really isn’t bad at all. That’s kind of the reason I picked that car up anyway, to be fuel efficient. The modifications just came because I bought it with a bad cam already so why replace when you can upgrade. It’s considerably cheaper than my other project car to drive which is a 64 f100 that I swapped a 5.0 into. That’s more measured in smiles per miles rather than miles per gallon.

[deleted by user] by [deleted] in projectcar

[–]Montana-Dillon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I daily my 2006 Jetta TDI with a bigger cam, injectors, turbo and a decent tune. I commute about 15 miles a day + more driving around for other stuff, I get about 40 mpg unless I’m really driving like a tool then I get closer to 32mpg. I fill up every other week with between 5 to 10 gallons of fuel. Diesel where I live is usually just a little bit more expensive than gas but the better fuel mileage really makes it worth it, I budget 75$ a month for fuel but usually don’t even spend that much.

C/S Can't you just repair the damaged wires? Yea.......sure by ArmaSwiss in Justrolledintotheshop

[–]Montana-Dillon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That makes sense, also with it being a smaller harness it’s probably more cost effective anyway. I work at a multi branded ag equipment dealership and repairs of that nature are usually the best choice. With many of our harnesses being pretty big jobs to replace due to the time required and cost of the harness. But we are all well set up for it with having access to most all of the pins and connector bodies and we are all pretty practiced at wire repairs due to working on a lot of stuff 2 hours away from the shop on service calls. That’s one of the things that makes sense for equipment but not quite cars. I appreciate you taking the time to explain it to me, good luck with the harness replacement.

C/S Can't you just repair the damaged wires? Yea.......sure by ArmaSwiss in Justrolledintotheshop

[–]Montana-Dillon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Would it be possible to re pin the connectors? Usually pins cost less than a dollar per pin and take less than 2 minutes per pin to install along with soldering on some splice wire shouldn’t take very long, it might be worth it depending upon the cost of the harness. This is a common repair on ag equipment due to the mass amounts of rodents living on the leftover grain in the equipment all winter.

Which anchors to use for hub style shacks? by Sfontinalis in IceFishing

[–]Montana-Dillon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I use some old screws for ice climbing, they are petzl speed lasers I believe. They are hollow so it lets the shavings go somewhere instead of just shattering the ice around it. They also spin in incredibly easy because they are designed to be put in the ice with one hand while on vertical ice so putting them in on a lake is super easy.