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Well I found my first issue. So yesterday when I picked it up I noticed when turning there was a tick, tick, tick. Kind of like when I was a kid and would put playing cards on my bike and the spokes would hit them. My first thought was the tags that are zip tied to the steering colum. So today I cut them off and noticed the noise was still there. After some investigation, number one, these new rangers are put together a lot better than the old one I had, and number two the steering shaft after the electric steering motor is rubbing on one of the vent hoses. Unfortunately they are so well put together there is no looking behind the dash or getting your hand up in there to try and feel what’s going on without taking the lower dash out.
 

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The back of the driver seat being "flimsy" is due to the seat being adjustable (slides front to back). The side bar to hold you in is screwed onto the back of the seat with 2 screws, 1 is threaded and the other is a lag bolt. If you want to make the seat more firm at the cost of losing adjust-ability as well as losing the side bar..... You can take the seat back off by taking out the 4 bolts that attach the seat back to the lower cushion. Then take off the side bar by removing the 2 bolts that attach it to the back of the seat cushion. Then you can slide the seat bottom all the way back, hook the top of the seat back into the slots on the frame like the passenger seat is (metal tabs on the back of the seat cushion slide into slots on the frame behind the seat between the cab and bed), and slide the seat back onto the seat bottom post and re-secure the 4 bolts that attach the seat back to the seat bottom. It will be solid as a rock but you will not be able to adjust the seat forwards and backwards anymore and you will loose the side bar as you cannot make the seat back engage in the slots in the frame with the side bar on unless you were to modify the bar (id cut out a notch with a grinder or Dremel and it still may not work).
 

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Thanks rangerman! I’m going to check that out after lunch. I’m fine with not having the bar as it has doors on it. Adjustability would only be nice for my better half and since she never adjusted the 900, she will never know the 1000 was adjustable 👍🏻
 

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If anyone is interested I fixed the issue with the vent hose rubbing on the steering shaft.
1. I took the screws holding the lower dash out. This allowed the lower part of the dash to drop down. 23CC5CBF-585D-4BDA-AA1F-C51776F68886.jpeg
2. They I came up with a plan, my hope was I could flip flop the two hoses that are right there. Luckly it did appear that this would improve the vent hoses routing.
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3. Then I cut the zip tie off the lower vent hose and untwisted it from around what I think is the air intake hose. As you can see there is plenty of hose in there. My next plan was to cut some off if it wanted to kink off the hoses.
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4. Next I just put a new zip tie on the vent hose. After that I grabbed another ziptie and wrapped it around a set of wires and the intake hose that was causing the rubbing just to make sure it stayed out of the way.
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5. Then just put the lower dash back in and your good to go. I’d be interested in knowing if mine was done wrong or if this is how all the Northstars are being assembled. Here are a couple more pictures with the dash storage plate thing removed to make sure the hoses fit ok.
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Let us know what you come up with. It’s difficult to get your head bent around to check it out, if you use a camera it makes it easier to look under there
 

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Let us know what you come up with. It’s difficult to get your head bent around to check it out, if you use a camera it makes it easier to look under there
Do you think if left that would have ended up wearing a hole in the vent hose? The defrost vent on the drivers side in my Northstar barley blows any heat out unless you close the other vents! Kinda a pain when you need your defrost
 

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Mikenorth,
I would say 100% it will wear a hole in the vent hose. Mine was rubbing pretty severely. I’ll check my driver side defrost vent next
time I’m in it.
 

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So I may have identified another annoyance/issue. I am very OCD about certain things, and this is one of them. When I shut (fully latched) the driver door I get what I would call a rattle that sounds like the glass is somehow loose. It’s very easy to hear when the passenger door is open because the force needed to shut the door is lower. I wouldn’t think much of it if the passenger side did the same, but the passenger side shuts more like a dull thud. I primarily notice this when the window is rolled all the way up. Anyone else notice this?
Edit: I’ll get a video of both sides closing and post if if the camera can pick up any dofference
 

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i only notice it if the window is not rolled up all the way. it is very hard to shut the door all the way if the window is not open due to inside cab pressure .
 

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I agree, the cab is sealed well and closing the doors all the way takes some force, unless a window is down a bit. I haven't notice a rattle in either door when the windows are rolled up.
 

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It's very easy to bump the window crank with your arm when getting in too. I've noticed the window being cracked open just a bit several times...maybe that's causing the "rattle"?
 

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Ya these cabs are so air tight you almost have to slam doors unless window is open a bit the should of put a one way vent like on vehicles, to de pressurize cab, may have to go to an auto wrecker and see if I can find something that would work.
 

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I got one for ya: try and check the oil/find the dipstick on the Northstar. Then try and find the oil filter to double check it’s tight.
 

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I've done the "find the dipstick thing" but haven't checked the oil filter yet. Putting this stuff where we can get at it just can't be that hard.
I think that the re-routed exhaust on the Nortrhstar is casuing the dipstick finding issue. Now as far as the oil filter goes - that is a compressor issue,
 

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I think that the re-routed exhaust on the Nortrhstar is casuing the dipstick finding issue. Now as far as the oil filter goes - that is a compressor issue,
I did the oil on mine a week or two ago and thought it was going to be a real pain in the ass to get to the filter but surprisingly from the driverside it was actually pretty darn easy to get on and off. The dipstick is a joke though. I'm kind of surprised it hasn't melted yet.


Edit: crap I didn't realized I posted in the 2018 thread, thought this was one on the 2017 northstar I was looking at.
 
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