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Old 04-02-2021, 03:24 PM   #22841
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Received my SKP exhaust manifold yesterday to replace my cracked one.

So I'll start by removing the 02 sensor. Then the 12mm nuts up top. Then move to the collector at the mid pipe.

EDIT - Deerhurst, I use hi-temp antiseize grease in these areas for proper torque and removal. But thanks for the suggestion!

To update my post, I cut open the Rock Auto tape they use on the shipping box today and inspected my SKP exhaust manifold. To my dismay, the upper right corner mounting ear for the bolt hole was broken off during shipping. Sadly, there wasn't a lick of packing material for cushioning and/or protection of the manifold. A thin walled box was used also. Instead of a corrugated box made to handle weight. So I went to their website and filled out a Return Claim form and packed up the manifold VERY WELL to prevent further damage going BACK to their warehouse(Arizona, I think.) I included the manifold, plastic bag the manifold was inside of, any necessary paperwork and returned all of the gaskets, nuts, bolts, broken piece, the SKP box that the manifold was inside of the shipping box and used it as packing/strengthening material and asked them to reuse the packing material I used to return the damaged item. I also reinforced the walls of their box and the bottom of their box with other pieces of a cut up box I had to shore up any weaknesses of the original box. I even used a folded up stiff cardboard drink carrier help the thin walls. Along with taping the holes punched into their box with clear 2.5" wide clear moving tape. I attached the Rock Auto prepaid label for free FedEx shipping and I dropped off the package at the local shipping center and went back home. So now I sit and wait for the replacement part.

Sigh...
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Old 04-02-2021, 04:46 PM   #22842
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Old 04-03-2021, 04:00 AM   #22843
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Received my SKP exhaust manifold yesterday to replace my cracked one.

So I'll start by removing the 02 sensor. Then the 12mm nuts up top. Then move to the collector at the mid pipe.

EDIT - Deerhurst, I use hi-temp antiseize grease in these areas for proper torque and removal. But thanks for the suggestion!

To update my post, I cut open the Rock Auto tape they use on the shipping box today and inspected my SKP exhaust manifold. To my dismay, the upper right corner mounting ear for the bolt hole was broken off during shipping. Sadly, there wasn't a lick of packing material for cushioning and/or protection of the manifold. A thin walled box was used also. Instead of a corrugated box made to handle weight. So I went to their website and filled out a Return Claim form and packed up the manifold VERY WELL to prevent further damage going BACK to their warehouse(Arizona, I think.) I included the manifold, plastic bag the manifold was inside of, any necessary paperwork and returned all of the gaskets, nuts, bolts, broken piece, the SKP box that the manifold was inside of the shipping box and used it as packing/strengthening material and asked them to reuse the packing material I used to return the damaged item. I also reinforced the walls of their box and the bottom of their box with other pieces of a cut up box I had to shore up any weaknesses of the original box. I even used a folded up stiff cardboard drink carrier help the thin walls. Along with taping the holes punched into their box with clear 2.5" wide clear moving tape. I attached the Rock Auto prepaid label for free FedEx shipping and I dropped off the package at the local shipping center and went back home. So now I sit and wait for the replacement part.

Sigh...
Damn. Good thing you looked at everything. Some people just take a glance at what they received and then it sits around until they decide to install...and then AFTER the return window closes THAT'S when they find out there is damage.

It's always a bummer anyway when that happens. At least you caught it in time.

You guys ever watch those TV shows where they full-out restore some car or truck for probably a TON of money...and secretly wish your truck was the one being restored? I sure have.

Motor Trend TV show was showing these 'Gear Splitter' units that give you overdrive in every gear, manual or automatic trans. They say if they don't list your model, they can make you one for the same price. So I had to look at the website, of course. If you had 3-4 grand, might be nice on a Nissan truck. Lot of money, though. I guess you get more power, too. They say they can turn a five speed trans into a TEN speed with this unit. Push button in the cab activates/deactivates it in any gear. It mounts on the back of the tranny, and in two piece drivelines it replaces the carrier bearing. The driveline must be shortened after the installation. I don't understand it all but it sounded cool as hell. One thing they said was that if you are in fifth gear @3000 RPM, the unit will drop your revs to 2300 and you are able to keep the same speed. I imagine this would boost your gas mileage on the highway considerably. I don't understand the 'more power' feature, but they showed that some pro race cars are running the unit.
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Old 04-03-2021, 05:48 AM   #22844
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Yes, I was very disappointed. The damaged shipping box tipped me off that I needed to inspect the part carefully when I unpacked it. It looked like someone just picked the part and threw it into a box and sent it on its way. It took 4 days to get to my door from the day I paid for it. Me being me, I do not like leaving money to chance or "left on the table" for any reason. But I paid for that part and it was my money they were playing with. I got that "sinking feeling" when I went to slice the tape open. So when I didn't see any packing material(foam peanuts, bubble wrap etc.). I knew I had to look at the part carefully. I had a similar experience with U.S. Postal Service. I bought a very expensive jet pump for my jet ski from a guy in Guam. He packed it and shipped it in a small weak ass box with almost no packing material to protect a nearly $1k component. Understand that after you pay for an item. You're basically "floating" that money during shipping. No matter the amount or insurance coverage(which it had). It's the hassle and wasted time with claim forms, other paperwork, include all pertinent information or your claim will be denied, and then dealing with the carrier for final payment for damage(s). It all takes time and effort and really annoys me.When you could just have the item(s) that you already paid for and need! I get folks make mistakes, don't want/have the time/inclination to do a good job in protecting the item. But dang. Come on! Throw some of those pink peanuts inside to protect against customer claims and losses. Much less rendering a vehicle useless until the replacement part arrives.
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Old 04-03-2021, 05:58 AM   #22845
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Last time I had a broken item shipped to me, it was the Post Office guy who broke it. I was coming out the door to get it and this idiot THROWS it on the concrete porch before I can reach him.

It was a hundred dollar headlight assembly for the wife's 98 Pathy. Sent back, blah blah. Two weeks later they got me another and in one piece. But you are right, it wasn't packed all that well either.

These breakages in shipping are happening more all the time. Since the pandemic started, the smaller companies are rushing orders and taking short cuts. Everyone is ordering damn near everything online and shipped to them much more than just a year ago.

Hey...Amazon has pairs (front and back) Nismo license plate frames for $16 and free shipping. They are usually 25 a pair. I couldn't resist that. But to get free shipping you have to order at least 25 bucks of stuff from Amazon. So there is that.
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Old 04-03-2021, 04:06 PM   #22846
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Yeah, that jet pump cost $850 and I had to send it out to the specialist for a proper repair. I also had him do a service and inspection on it. The guy I bought it from said he "Already did a service on it." The specialist told me there were some items of concern and they need to be corrected. had him correct the items and now its ready to be installed and ripped on! But the mounting ear for the bolt hole was also broken off like the exhaust manifold had. So delicate spots on these items REQUIRE extra padding and protection from damage.

I've never witnessed a delivery person hucking a package. But man if I ever do...

I'll look into those license pates. Thanks!
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Had a little time after work today, so I bolted driver's seat down and started installing my Xterra shifter mounted cupholder. Will have to pull the large silver cover to get all the mounting screws in place.
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Old 04-04-2021, 11:44 AM   #22848
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I have HAD it with sitting around the house. Headed out for the Olympics next Friday...no work until the following Tuesday. Coming back on Monday. Been collecting all this stuff for the past year to make camping more like staying at the Ritz. I will raise a toast with Bushmill's to everyone while I'm up there.

I think winter is finally over. I have all my rabies (okay, COVID) shots, so I'm ready to go. Where? The place I call the 'High Lake' most likely.





I haven't been out of this house except for necessary stuff for nearly a year. That crap has to end, and I mean now.

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Popping off some caps always makes me feel better too!

I love that camp fire pic!
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With current ammo costs doing a little plinking is now very expensive!II've gone to airsoft for training.
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