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Re: Underneath the Beast; a Tour of the Dark Side

Tue Aug 07, 2012 12:16 am

DaveinOlyWA wrote:that is what i have used for years. not sure of the rating on them but i found it to be a quick and easy job. nowadays, it takes me about 20 minutes but in my younger days i could do it in 12-13 minutes rotating all 4 tires.


Thanks for your reply Dave.

I was a bit worried hence asking the question as the 1.5 ton Harbor Freight rapid jack limit was close to the curb weight of the Leaf (approx 3,300 pounds).

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Re: Underneath the Beast; a Tour of the Dark Side

Tue Aug 07, 2012 12:54 am

mxp wrote:I was a bit worried hence asking the question as the 1.5 ton Harbor Freight rapid jack limit was close to the curb weight of the Leaf (approx 3,300 pounds).
That would definitely be a concern if you were trying to lift all four wheels with a single jack. But I think there would be much more serious balancing/tipping concerns with a strategy like that. :shock:

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Re: Underneath the Beast; a Tour of the Dark Side

Tue Aug 07, 2012 6:27 am

mxp wrote:
DaveinOlyWA wrote:that is what i have used for years. not sure of the rating on them but i found it to be a quick and easy job. nowadays, it takes me about 20 minutes but in my younger days i could do it in 12-13 minutes rotating all 4 tires.


Thanks for your reply Dave.

I was a bit worried hence asking the question as the 1.5 ton Harbor Freight rapid jack limit was close to the curb weight of the Leaf (approx 3,300 pounds).


only one tire goes off the ground...not to worry ya, but i HIGHLY recommend you not lift more than 75% of the rated. so if rated at 1.5 tons that is only 3000 lbs. i would go no more than 2250 anyway. besides, by lifting one tire on a 3300 lb car, the actual "balancing" force is only 400-500 lbs onto the jack. lift the entire side with two jacks and the entire force is only about 300 lbs per jack and the higher you jack up the car the lower the resting force on the jack and so on...

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Re: Underneath the Beast; a Tour of the Dark Side

Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:15 pm

TonyWilliams wrote:Drive motor, looking aft:


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Looking right to left; Right half shaft leaving gear box, aft of motor. Steering rack and pinion is aft (left in the picture):


Whoa. There's a a scan square on there. Whyyyyyy?

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Re: Underneath the Beast; a Tour of the Dark Side

Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:34 pm

Mauileaf wrote:Whoa. There's a a scan square on there. Whyyyyyy?


Normal warehouse inventory control?

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Re: Underneath the Beast; a Tour of the Dark Side

Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:21 am

Mauileaf wrote:Whoa. There's a a scan square on there. Whyyyyyy?

Scan it ant find out :lol: Looks like a normal QR code to me. Probably the VIN and/or inventory information.
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Re: Underneath the Beast; a Tour of the Dark Side

Mon Oct 29, 2012 5:11 pm

Thanks for all the photos! I thought that it looked more like this:

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Re: Underneath the Beast; a Tour of the Dark Side

Thu Feb 28, 2013 6:46 am

Thanks for the pics. Let the mods begin. it's like starting the hotrod age over again. We can't even get to 100 mph just like the early 50's. Hot Rodding will be wild and unpredictable again, that is so cool.

You can see the aft motor mount in this pic also; there are three, and they are HUGE for such a tiny horsepower engine. - The torque is only 207 lb. ft, but it comes full on at 0 rpm. In addition there is no softening of the application of torque like a clutch or torque converter. Remember the Tesla/Lotus conversion started out with a 2 speed transmission but they axed it because it kept breaking.

If a 225/55-R18 tire and wheel combo could fit in the wheel wells, the top speed would rise from 92 to 102.6. Not sure what effect it would have on range, handling, and the ECU. I just hate the fact that it gets the lowest top speed "black mark" in the CD road test summary.

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Re: Underneath the Beast; a Tour of the Dark Side

Sun Mar 10, 2013 4:33 am

ALF wrote:Thanks for all the photos! I thought that it looked more like this:

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I think that's the beginning of a PHEV F150. Just put the new compact 1.0L 123HP ecoboost up front and a 60-80KW battery in between.

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Re: Underneath the Beast; a Tour of the Dark Side

Tue Sep 24, 2013 2:51 pm

I hope you got it all back together LOL

Nice tour that many of us would never see. I'd like more of the battery pack and electronics myself. :mrgreen:

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