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Bolted the Front Wheel to the Nose ForkBolted the Front Wheel to the Nose Fork
This is looking good. I'm hoping to have the RV sitting on it's wheels sometime this next coming week.
Here are the steps I tookHere are the steps I took
First, I greased the wheel bearings with the red goo recommended by the instructions. Once again, I forgot to take a picture. This picture shows the U-634-1 axle hubs inserted in the rim on top of the greased wheel bearings.
The longest part of this building session. Looking for the @#$% parts.The longest part of this building session. Looking for the @#$% parts.
I found everything shown in the picture but the big washers. In the instructions, the washers are named "062 25783054". For the life of me I couldn''t find those damn washers anywhere, so I went back to my list of bags and parts, and just happened to notice an entry named "Washer 062" in Bag 933. Then I went back to my parts cabinet looking for Bag 933 - Washer 062 and found the washers.
Found a conversion tool for converting Foot Pound to Inch PoundsFound a conversion tool for converting Foot Pound to Inch Pounds
Jes'' luv that internet. I needed to convert 7-10 Foot Pounds to Inch Pounds and found this conversion tool at ScienceLab.com.
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