Monthly Archives: November 2010

Predator Japan’s New Facility

Predator Japan’s new facility is now open! After a recent fire which was started from a neighboring building, the installation shop is now open with a state of the art facility. We are excited to be a part of Sky Auto and Predator Japan as the premier source for all your Hummer needs while in Japan. Please visit Predator Japan at  http://www.skyauto.co.jp/

Predator Japan

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West Coast Customs Film Shoot on Discovery HD

Predator teamed up with West Coast Customs, Dell Computers, Alienware and Marines Special Opperations 1st Battalion for an upcomming TV show on Discover HD called Steet Customs. In this eppisode Ryan Friedllinghaus from West Coast Customs calls Ryan Wilson from Predator for the ultimate Hummer H1 build for Alienware. This eppisode is guaranteed to be exciting and will air early in January 2011. Check back for more information on the air dates and times. You wont want to miss this!

Check out the pictures in our Predator Gallery.

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H1 Overheating Issues

We get phone calls daily and several vehicles in each week in regards to H1 Hummers and overheating. One of the most common causes of your Hummer running warm and in some cases overheating is because of a clogged cooling stack. The unique 45 degree angle of the cooling stack allows for a debris to collect between the A/C Condenser and the Radiator. A quick inspection may not reveal whats buried on top of your radiator. The technician must be diligent and thorough with the inspection. It is best to unbolt the condenser from the cooling stack and carefully lift out of the way. Be extremely careful as A/C condenser is under pressure and can be harmful to both the technician and the environment if a line is cracked and refrigerant is lost.

If a clogged radiator is found, the top half of the cooling stack must be carefully removed so that full access can be obtained to the radiator. This can be done without disconnecting your coolers but again, care must be taken.

Once you have throughly cleaned your cooling stack, you should see a noticeable difference right away.

Hummer H1 Clogged Radiator

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Hummer Differential Field Repair

One of the most over looked areas of off roading is field repairs. What happens if you are 30 miles away from civilization as we were yesterday at our off road facility in the California desert and the front differential detonated? Obviously you always want to travel with a buddy vehicle for safety and support. Even with a buddy vehicle it is extremely important to be able to perform a field repair if necessary.

We were traversing a remote location of our off road training grounds when a spotter noticed the front diff leaking oil. Fortunately we noticed it right when it happened and the impact on the environment was non existent as all lost fluid was recovered.

In this situation a spider gear snapped off two teeth inside the diff and was lodged between the ring gear and the diff cover resulting in a punctured diff cover.

This required a visual inspection as we weren’t sure what was going on inside. We began by removing the Under Carriage Protection, and then loosening the brake caliper to gain access to all the bolts on the diff cover. We were short a few tools including the drain plug Allen so we had to crack the cover open slightly to contain the spill into a water jug that was cut open. After removal of the cover, we found the cause and determined that we were very fortunate that the teeth were on opposite spider gears! This meant that they would not skip causing complete failure.

The next step was to clean up the diff and repair the hole. A quick repair was made with JB Weld.

Getting the oil in was a little tricky because of the lack of a funnel and even worse, access to the fill hole because we did not have an Allan wrench big enough. We improvised using several Plastic Zip-Lock bags from out lunches filled with the recovered oil. After filling the bags, we sealed them and carefully placed inside the diff. This allowed us to reinstall the cover without oil loss. Once we began moving, the gears would tear apart the bags releasing the gear oil into the diff.

After getting the diff cover back on, we reinstalled the caliper and were off to civilization.

All in all, we were very lucky we didn’t have to leave the Hummer. The total repair took about 4 hours working with minimal tools and improvising with the tools on hand.

The lesson learned is to rereview your tools and supplies. Bounce your list of tools off a few Hummer friends and see if they have any additional items or fluids you have overlooked.

You can never be too prepared!

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Glenn’s Alienhummer

I contracted a conversion company in Utah to do my conversion. They kept my Hummer for 4 months and did not touch it. On a weekend in June I flew out to Salt Lake City and stayed in a motel. The Hummer was delivered to me without seeing who brought it the next morning. I immediately took off driving it to Predator on Saturday. I did not have working AC and it was over 120 degrees on part of my drive. My route took me through Las Vegas and Death Valley. I was near heat exhaustion for 5 hours of the trip. I arrived at Predator about 6pm and got a cab to the airport and flew home the next morning. Predator was closed at the time. I contacted them Monday morning and they slotted me into their schedule. My Alienhummer was delivered to my door in September with enormous power and terrific air conditioning. I only had one problem with it that was conversion related 6 months later and Predator came to my aid with flying colors. The Alienhummer has survived two fires and that is one of the reasons I had it converted. I am very happy with it. It’s been a real adventure owning this vehicle for 13 years. I will be installing Predator high performance rotors and pads in 2 weeks since I have had many braking issues over the years. My two wishes are that Predator would design a new caliper system and open a facility in New York. I have been on many adventures with the Alien but this one was the wildest.

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