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Posted by: gudgeonpin
11-17-2020, 03:21 AM
Forum: General Maintenance & Troubleshooting
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I've had an intermittent (ok, mostly on) ABS light for about a year.  So, I've been wondering why.  The other day, I was looking at the inside of the driver-side wheel for the millionth time and noticed two connectors that were not connected to anything.  At first, I thought they were mates (short optimism), but then saw they are both male connectors.  
Tucked up in front of the wheel on the driver side with a bundle of wires- there is a plastic anchor as well that isn't anchored.

Anybody else see this on their vehicle?  This is a 2017 Venice.  Other than the ABS light, it runs just fine.

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Posted by: Vector-BFC
11-09-2020, 05:52 PM
Forum: Suspension & Wheels
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2020 VVBJ, 7,800 miles, could maybe get another 500 miles out of the stock front tires. I'd guess I have another 1,000- 1,500 miles for the rear. I am going with Federal SS-595 All-Season Radial Tire - 225/40R18 88W. Seems the only difference is tread pattern. Not a bad price on Amazon, local tire shop will charge $15 a tire for mounting and balancing.

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Posted by: Vector-BFC
11-05-2020, 11:25 PM
Forum: Suspension & Wheels
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I got 7500 miles out of the front tires. I ordered two (Stock) replacement from Amazon for $160. $15 each for a local shop to mount and balance. $190 total is not bad. Looks like I'll get another 1,000 miles out of the rear.

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Posted by: Jrchapel
11-04-2020, 03:44 AM
Forum: Ask a Site Question
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Hi all,

Curious to see if anyone has had issues with the Blackjack Venice windshield being shorter. I’m right at 6’ and am really not interested in using goggles or having to wear sunglasses every single time. Thank you!

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Posted by: Dave71
10-22-2020, 05:59 PM
Forum: Venice Chat
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New owner.  Purchased new 2021 Venice Oct 7, 2020.  1.  Had an engine check light on when I picked it up.  Mechanic turned it off with his OBD Tester and told me they all come from the factory like that and have to be reset.  Light came back on after refueling for my 240 mile trip.  I got home and used my own OBD and got several real codes causing the light to stay on.  Removed hood to check fuses.  Learned there is no 2021 Owner's manual available.  My fuse panel on the 2021 model does not match the installed fuses on the 2020 Owner's Manual which is online and can be downloaded.  Contacted the dealer and they would not guarantee that I could drive it safely to return it for repair.  I used my Roadside Assistance and shipped it back to the dealer.  They only guarantee $200.00 per incident but shipper said they billed them for $1,486.00 to ship it.  So I expect a 1,286.00 dollar bill from Roadside Assistance even though they told me on the phone they would pay for it.   Getting the hood off is easy, getting it back on with those floating U-Nuts took me an hour.  Learned that the only way I can get spare parts is through the dealer and they can not be drop shipped directly to me.  So far...I've drove it home and it has been a 34 thousand dollar paperweight since.  I have seen safety recalls on the 1.5 turbo engine used in this model...but since I can't tell which year the motor is by the VIN, I don't know if they are applicable or not.  Vanderhall...please get your act together and give your buyers some help.

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Posted by: Vector-BFC
10-16-2020, 03:37 PM
Forum: Exterior & Cosmetic Mods
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I'd like your opinions. I want to be able to access the oil dip stick without removing the hood. I am thinking of installing these vents and making the left one removable.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SCVG4SP/ref...UTF8&psc=1

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Posted by: MLA
10-13-2020, 11:16 AM
Forum: Venice Chat
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I have a 2018 Venice with @ 900 miles on it. The Speedometer, odometer & turn signal indicator stopped working. Vanderhall sent the dealer a new Speedo and that did not solve the problem. It's been sitting in the dealer shop for 4 weeks waiting for Vanderhall to instruct/help the dealer solve. My wife is not comfortable driving it without the turn signal indicator working. Any advice on how to get Vanderhall to solve the problem?

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Posted by: EmoryBores
10-11-2020, 12:47 AM
Forum: General Maintenance & Troubleshooting
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Mine were:/ I picked it up and drove it 2 hours home from the dealer and didn't realize the brakelights were stuck on until I put it in the garage for the night. Annoying and dangerous.
I'm a life-long tinkerer, but try not to be the "if ain't broke, fix it until it is" type. Anyhow, long story short, I figured it was unlikely that the switch was bad, so I worked back from there. If I manually worked the switch (under the dash worked by a pin on the brake pedal), the lights would go off too. I noticed that it was close to working right, but seemed to be binding. By putting my feet through the roll over hoops and laying under the dash (funnelled a few beers too), I was able to see that the switch seemed to be askew. Mine was binding on a bracket that likely went in after the switch. I loosed the bracket and moved the switch over 3/8" of an inch (it went to the position it wanted when I loosened the bracket) and everything was worked as intended. It ended up being an easy fix, but it could have been something that required a lot of hassle. YMMV...

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Posted by: EmoryBores
10-11-2020, 12:36 AM
Forum: General Maintenance & Troubleshooting
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I'm no Texas Oatmeal, but I think I will start taking more notes and pictures of my Vanderhall adventures. I've done this with low volume motorcycles like Aprilia and it's always nice to save others some fretting, frustration, or busted knucklesWink
At least one other had the same problem I had with the brake pedal switch binding on a bracket and having the brake lights stay on most of the time - annoying and dangerous.
I've got the 2020 Venice Blackjack (VBJ) which is literally the black sheep of the Vanderhalls. It's very different from previous models (like the 2020s), but different from the 2020s too - 1.4l LE2 (versus 1.5l), different turbo (Mitsubishi), and very few options and extras (no... heat, heated seats, cruise, speakers, bump shifter, rear fender, etc.). I wanted it to be basic and no frills, but knew I wanted the bump shifter and, now I know, I want the the rear fender. The existing rear fender kit will fit the VBJ, but it only comes in gloss. No worries on painting it, since I will probably end up painting (or wrapping) the hood too. I really like the matte and general 50 shades of grey color scheme, but the hood "scratches when you look at it wrong" (to quote another VBJ owner). Maybe I Rhino Line the hood and rear fender?
So, I verified with my dealer that the bump shift kit fits all models (they verified with Vanderhall) and that it doesn't have to be installed by a dealer, so I ordered one up! The installation of the bump shift in the "door" sill pretty much followed the instructions from Vanderhall (except I had to take the "door" panel off because there is no speaker to pop out and fish out the bump shift to transmission connector). Like all of the "captured nut" clips on the Vanderhall, the ones for the bump shifter are crap. I ended up going with washer and locknuts where I could get my fingers on the bolts. It installed fine and went back together ok, but the instructions from there had no application to my 2020 VBJ:/ The transmission linkage very different. When I went to look for the 'M'anual mode block off clip, there was something that looked similar, but different. [Message me for pics.] I did my best to follow the procedure to remove the block off, but not sure if it did anything at all. [I had the hood off, so changed the oil too which is different than previous model years because the LE2 range has a traditional spin on oil filter on the bottom of engine - no big deal, but the Texas Oatmeal video didn't help me much.] After fiddling with different linkage, the shifter still wouldn't go in Manual mode:/ If I were designing something to accommodate with and without Manual mode, *I* would put the block off in the shifter end versus the transmission linkage end. So, I pulled up the shifter boot to take a look. [Boot is just tucked around inside the plastic "tunnel" cover, but my bet is that when it was assembled, they just put the cover on after the boot - message me if you want tips on how to get the boot re-tucked without moving the plastic cover.] As soon as I looked at the shifter internals, I saw that they had installed a stick on urethane stopper to limit the travel of the shifter and block off Manual mode! I pried that off (keep hold of it or it will be lost in the tunnel) and had a fully functioning Manual mode and bump shifter - yay, me a job done. [Message me for tips on getting the hood back on and all the crappy captured nut clips to align. However, there are a LOT of posts about this and I will be getting Dzus or other quarter turn fasteners before the next oil change. Fingers crossed that I won't have to get the hood off for a major failure like axle/CV or turbo.]
Everything is buttoned up and ready for the next outing. I learned a lot and am still a Vanderhall fan...

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Posted by: coolwhip
10-10-2020, 08:06 PM
Forum: Tutorials & DIY
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I've found others also wanting to be able to adjust or tilt the seats forward.  I made two modifications to my 2018 Venice to address this.

First, I wanted the driver's seat to tilt more forward (the back more upright).  I loosened the four screws holding the seat down: loosening the front screws only a little, but loosening the rear two enough (without removing them) to slip a 1/2" spacer under the rail at each screw, then retightened all.  This tilted it enough for me.  If you want to tilt more, you would need longer rear screws, and a thicker spacer.

BTW- I found that the four screws holding the seat in place are all 8mm, all the same thread.  The two in the rear are socket head cap screws and reqiure a long rounded 6mm allen wrench.  The front two are round head screws needing a 5mm allen wrench.  The nuts are the loose clip type and it is hard to get the rear ones aligned when retightening, if you have to remove the screws completely.  I changed the front two to socket head cap screws so all match. SHCSs have a deeper socket and are easier to work with.

Second, after watching a Texas Oatmeal YouTube of how he modified his passenger seat to tilt forward on hinges, I did the same to mine.  I did mine a little different, but basically the same.  My hinge may have been different, or his screws located different, but I did not have to drill out the hinge to get the proper location.  I had to trial and error determine the right spacer under thr rear of the seat so it would rest at the proper level.  The only thing to watch for is to put a small rope or cable on it so it can't be tilted forward enough to bump the windshield.


This is the hinge I used:   from Amazon, Black Solo Seat Springs 3" for Harley & Custom Satin Black Barrel Springs   (toss the springs)

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