Replacing 1991 Isuzu Trooper Shocks Without Removing the Tires

I have needed to replace my shocks on my 1991 Isuzu Trooper for several weeks now and didn’t get around to it.  They have been making a hissing sound when I go over bumps and the ride has gotten noticeably worse.  If you aren’t quite sure how shock absorbers affect your car’s ride, this video from the 1930’s does a really good job of breaking it down:

Then I helped a friend replace most of his suspension on his VW GTI and that gave me the boost to finally make it happen!  Since I had just put my jack away, I decided to see if I could do the work with the tires still on.

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The installed shock

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Proxmox Virtualization Server Part 1: AMD Athlon 5370 Mini-ITX

Setting up a cheap and low-cost home virtualization server for Proxmox.

Background

I have used Proxmox at work for setting up small servers and liked the fact that it was free and seemed to “just work” without much hassle.  Currently there are three Raspberry Pi’s for file serving, downloading, and streaming content over my local network and I wanted to add a Plex server, Zoneminder, and Nextcloud.  I also like to try out new ideas and virtualizing makes this very easy to quickly try something out and delete it if I realize it’s not what I’m looking for.

Purchase List

I was shooting for a budget of under $300 and almost made it.  At work I’ve installed several used HP Proliant DL360 G6 Servers with 24 cores and they are plenty fast, but use more power than most of my house, and sound like a Harrier taking off.  I looked into Intel processors, but didn’t think the cost justified the horsepower and wanted something fairly low-power too.  I found out that AMD had just released a new Athlon 5370 APU that had a maximum TDP of 25 Watts and had enough power to run Plex transcoding @ 1080p with some room to spare.

Not a bad score for $53

Not a bad score for $53

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Magpul SGA Stock on Mossberg 500

I wanted a relatively cheap shotgun to use for shooting slugs and also doing some skeet, so I purchased a Big 5 model Mossberg 500 on sale for around $300.  This one came with an 18.5″ barrel and a 28″ barrel, but is one of the cheaper options that has a hollow plastic buttstock and one-piece fore end.  This makes shooting it a little uncomfortable and it has a very hollow, cheap feel to it.  I upgraded to a Magpul SGA and made some small modifications for comfort.

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DIY Brass Wet Tumbler

To save around $100, I tried to make a wet brass tumbler myself.  I might take another stab at a direct drive model in the future, but the belt drive works well enough for now.20161105_171435 Read more ›

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FTP Server Behind pfSense

Setting up a FTP server behind a pfSense firewall to allow remote backups and uploads.

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Kreg Mini DIY Jig

A much cheaper way to cut pocket holes with a Kreg Mini jig.
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Floating Nightstands with Box Miters

My sister called me and told me that their new bed had pull-out drawers built into the bottom.  To not block the drawers, she wanted some kind of nightstand that floated above them and sent me three pictures of ideas she had found:

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Custom Berretta AL-2 Titanium Charging Handle

I have an older Beretta AL-2 from the 70’s that’s a pretty nice shotgun and even with the plastic buttpad, absorbs the recoil quite well.  I picked it up in a pawn shop for around $400 with no issues other than a small nick in the fore end.  My only issue was that the original charging handle was a tiny sliver of sharp steel that you could barely get your pinkie finger on.  I was inspired by all the really cool aftermarket accessories that are out there for Benelli shotguns to get a nice, big, knobby handle.

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