RG Colorado - owners check .

Drover

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My RG Colorado is a DEC 2012 model, it has 110,000kms on it and today while giving it a service I happened to notice that the air box is starting to fall apart, the fittings for the 3 bolts which hold the lid on , one has a split and another has broken away from the housing..............whether heat and stress has taken it's toll I don't know but I'm not impressed, Zip Tie to rescue and all is good until I can source another or a totally differn't air box.

So if you have a Colorado which has a few miles on it give the bolts on the cover a look see, the lower one on mine was the one that broke away.............super glue doesn't work either...

Off to find a wreckers soon I think............for an air box not another vehicle, okay.........
 

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Must be a one off, if so why me ?????????.................$164 will see me with a replacement airbox on Thursday, at that price it better not have so much as a scratch on it, small price to pay to stop dust or sand getting inside I suppose...............might even put some pics up after.

Can only agree with you @Smergen , it is a mongrel design, blocks the oil filter, bend hose to change oil or air filters, just like a Jayco,lack of thought in design.......
 

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Here's some pics of the operation.........................all went well except there was one bolt, as usual, the design for the airbox was by a relative of the fella who designed the Mini I think......................a ratchet spanner was all that could do it, just......otherwise I needed to remove the header tank and the steel mounting frame for it............

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Showing the missing mounting lug, it had snapped clean off, once I had cleaned up the thing I noticed that the box had some grinding marks on it where the lid fitted and I believe it may have been a bad mould, since it would be out of sight no problem I suppose....The lid on the new unit fitted way easier than the old one also. The section with the grind marks is just above the word old in the pic.

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All back together, no spare parts left, all good, also pointed out where the oil filter is hidden...
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PS: Also found the power steering return hose which runs under the air box was giving the inner guard a good polish, while it has a sleeve over it I fitted some thin rubber between it and the guard just to be safe....I do not want to remove the airbox again.
 
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Drover

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Fuel Filter Changing ................. the RG has dual filters with the pump combined in the unit and its slung under the vehicle, pax side on the chassis rail, steel bracket, alloy housing so the filters have a screw on cap made of plastic with a 27mm socket needed to remove the damn things, so today one decides to break, the bolt shaped bit of plastic just went , cursing as the first filter I changed was a bit yucky after 20K so must have picked some crap fuel last trip, luckily the screw on end caps are available, so have 2 with filters in the mail, $41, next week I can get viscous as I try to remove the broken one, probably have to take the pump off but at least its still running as I didn't get over enthusiastic.................... 170,000km so the plastic bit has had a good run I suppose................... My sump plug (not plastic) is still the original as well so cant see why they are supposed to be changed each service.
 

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Replaced the damaged fuel filter with these https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/233250676929?ViewItem=&item=233250676929

unlike my normal filters these come with the end cap and found them to be a lot less brittle than the old units, will buy the whole unit in future I think.

To remove the damaged one I welded 2 x 6mm lugs of reo rod 20 mm apart onto a big heavy old 12" spanner, drilled 2 holes in the plastic filter housing and tapped the special tool into place and with a bit of heave hoing it unscrewed, thankfully..........

Pic showing the two filters......... fuel02.jpg
 

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Changed my 2012 Rg for a MY2018 last year, love it! it's got all the bells and wistles that others don't have and costs a darn sight less.
P.S. Don't know how to update my profile to reflect the new truck