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Old 07-25-2011, 07:53 PM   #1
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Spit Shine on the Hensley

March 2011, Moosetags posted that he refurbished his Hensley, he did a super job, (http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...ift-75239.html) and he inspired me. I powder coated some removable parts and painted others after sand blasting.....no orange though as I am in the grey only period of life. Not as nice Moosetags, but here's my before and after.

PS: After skinning my shins (to the point of having to hop around like the "Real McKoy" and explain the tears in my eyes to my spouse) if I leave the stinger on the receiver I push a foam cold cup holder over the stinger and cover it with a boot.

Thanks Moosetags.....what are we going to refurbish next?
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Old 07-25-2011, 09:53 PM   #2
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Thumbs up Looks good!!!

Interesting shin-saver.....

Do you leave your haha installed thru the winter?
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Old 07-26-2011, 01:11 AM   #3
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Stinger Elegance

Your stinger cover has that "cautionary/beware" look to it, too.

We bought and pulled our Safari, 28' Denver/Anchorage last October. It snowed the day after arrival. I did not remove the Hensley or store the AS inside/undercover last winter. Which was a mistake because I couldn't work on it much. I had it winterized it in Denver, pulled the batteries in Anchorage, and spent the winter shoveling snow to the door..... which didn't make any difference as the locks were froze tight.

I have a few more honey dews to complete on the AS but most of my wish list is complete for this year. We hope to find covered storage for this winter.

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Old 07-26-2011, 06:36 AM   #4
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Finally...someone who just may get more snow than we do...
Wish for indoor storage also, hate to look out and see it buried...

Have always removed the haha thru the off-season, did clearcoat, and sprayed the black with bedliner before installation. Still looks pretty good.
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Looking good.

I will be doing the same to my Hensley this winter, so I have a few questions.

How did you decide which parts to powder coat? Besides the normal greasing is there other maintenance to be done or inspecting of certain parts for refurbishing or replacement? The bearings.. etc

Our trailer purchase was kind of spur of the moment and we won't be using it till next year, so I don't have any Hensley experience yet.

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Post #293 on this thread explains what I did before install.http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...e-26279-3.html

I decided against powdercoating as it would require disassembly.(not something I wanted to do on a new unit), If you are going that route there are posts on the haha thread that explain the overhaul procedure. That thread was an invaluable resource for me when I was going thru the install.

Most Important, keep the WD bars greased and the Zirks adjusted properly, the end of spring nub's should protrude slightly into the bar mount. Too far and the end will shear off. All strut bar mount holes should be ROUND.

Do NOT lube the internal threads on the jack bars as they won't hold a setting when underway. I have disassembled for cleaning.

If you don't have the manual you can download it at the website.
http://hensleymfg.com/wp-content/upl...row-Manual.pdf


Good luck...keep us posted!!!

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Nice.

Make sure those chains are routed correctly. BETWEEN the spring bars and under the main hitch head. In the bottom right picture one of them is okay and one is outside the bar. You'll shift a frame bracket or bend a strut if the chain grabs the hitch head and doesn't let it rotate.




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