I changed the alternator and fan/water pump belt, which was shedding rubber and intermittently squealing horribly. I did find that the alternator pulley squeaks a little when you spin it, so I won’t be surprised if the horrible squeal comes back. The alternator is under the AC compressor for some reason, and impossible to remove from above. Yay.

I also have a leaking exhaust manifold to pipe flange gasket, and I got a replacement, so I doused the bolts in liquid wrench, but there’s so little room to get leverage on them that I gave up. I’ll try again today, but I might pass that job onto the muffler shop that I’ll be tasking with making this thing drone less on the highway.

Finally, I took the spare tire cover off, and discovered what is probably the original spare. I was also surprised to see another alloy, instead of a steelie.

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Luckily this thing unlocks with the ignition key

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Cover back on for now, to keep protecting my vintage Michelin. So yeah, there’s your very small Raider update. Oh and last weekend I finally put the sway bar bracket/clamp on, so now it turns left just as well as it turns right.