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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 22, 2019, 05:51:17 PM »
....

what are you doing in MO? besides looking at furloughed museums? 

That was supposed to have Nate's shot of the WWI museum in the quote. not sure what happened

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Build Threads / Re: 3+3 2500
« on: January 22, 2019, 05:47:29 PM »
ORD and Torque King are good customers of mine. That seal installer won't work for disconnect design, like Mopar front housings and earlier yj/xj with the vacuum disconnect, but they are a day saver on EVERYTHING else.

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 Build Thread, Part 1
« on: January 22, 2019, 05:32:19 PM »
No, I compared the titan M226 wannabe dana 44 rubicon housing to that of a jeep. the new diesel titan has got something closer to that of an 11.5 aam, but of course, metric, new, and not a lot of info for them.

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500
« on: January 22, 2019, 04:06:23 PM »
& Tate was claiming they had axle issues.....

I thought these things had AAM units in them???

The newer ones have beefed up their diffs, but the older ones were trash. Same diff as a jeep wrangler but with an extra 2200lbs saddled on it does not breed good results.

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Intel / Re: MISSING MONEY
« on: January 17, 2019, 02:45:03 PM »
With Bobby, all things are possible Nate

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500
« on: January 17, 2019, 12:55:58 PM »
CT w/ contrast come back yet?

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500
« on: January 17, 2019, 12:55:00 PM »
Just gonna put this out there, and we won’t tell her but..... that pretty lady right there is WAY out of your league


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Build Threads / Re: M715.9
« on: January 15, 2019, 05:40:04 PM »
i’m not dead and neither is the kaiser!!

hopefully this works..

https://share.icloud.com/photos/0uF5-m_Jl16yio6N2wPDcJ2hQ#Downtown_Wilson,_NC

404 bad gateway brother. I was just thinking about you. Found my old type 3d chrome Wagoneer logo in storage last weekend.

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Build Threads / Re: Power Wagon winch on a standard 2500 Ram
« on: January 15, 2019, 04:30:21 PM »
Phil,

I'm not sure that you're paid up enough on your taxes to comment here as it is well known that the regulations that regulate the regulations have not yet been regulated, requiring additional regulations.

coming from the guy who lives in 1 of 3 counties there in WA that voted to illegally take money from vehicle registrations to pay for that stupid train that crashed on its inaugural run.  tater, you can keep those vehicle registrations prices that increased 300%....lol

Island country brah. Homey don't play dat tax game.

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Build Threads / Re: Power Wagon winch on a standard 2500 Ram
« on: January 15, 2019, 12:44:08 PM »
Phil,

I'm not sure that you're paid up enough on your taxes to comment here as it is well known that the regulations that regulate the regulations have not yet been regulated, requiring additional regulations.

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500
« on: January 15, 2019, 10:11:44 AM »
https://www.ebay.com/itm/00-06-SUBURBAN-YUKON-ESCALADE-TAHOE-2ND-ROW-SEAT-Second-captain-Right-chevy-/153339146072
left is from the same seller, same price. put the fridge in the middle permanently like.
Tate, wrong color, but I like that
Local pickup only... Dallas is a long drive. I was struggling with Michigan to pick up a FF 14 bolt...

Jumping the gun on the selection, but the suggestion was more important for the concept. I have them in the Yukon and love them... when it was running;-)

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 15, 2019, 10:10:32 AM »
Tator, you have any experience with the newer Toyo open country C/T versions? I should've just bought the Grabbers while I had it figured out, now I'm looking at all different kinds again.

https://www.toyotires.com/tire/pattern/off-road-tires-open-country-ct

Only that they're supposed to be a newer replacement for the M55 which Sam and I have a crush on.

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Build Threads / Re: Power Wagon winch on a standard 2500 Ram
« on: January 14, 2019, 06:28:32 PM »
Also interesting note on the factory Power Wagons.  You can order the standard Tradesman crew cab 4x4 with the 6.4 HEMI and then select the Power Wagon package and get all the power wagon specific parts for about 10-15k less than the TRN I don’t like to roll down windows or get out of my truck if the driveway is wet version.

You got me crying over here Phil!

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500
« on: January 14, 2019, 06:24:42 PM »
Can you just continue on as planned and ignore it?  Just keep that door shut or something or tell her you’ll get to it after you mow the grass


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Better to ask for forgiveness than permission?

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CIEMR / Re: I can’t believe this
« on: January 14, 2019, 04:26:12 PM »
20 Candy sculptures said to represent the G20 countries is being moved to JFK airport. The "artist" felt like it was more appropriate to move them all rather than just remove the Saudi sculpture that the G20 countries are "committed to world piece" like his artwork... Translation: "Dang, they noticed"

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500
« on: January 14, 2019, 03:03:45 PM »
https://www.ebay.com/itm/00-06-SUBURBAN-YUKON-ESCALADE-TAHOE-2ND-ROW-SEAT-Second-captain-Right-chevy-/153339146072
left is from the same seller, same price. put the fridge in the middle permanently like.

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CIEMR / Re: Get it off your chest / whats bothering you
« on: January 14, 2019, 02:52:42 PM »
Most likely you will have no issues rebuilding the engine. Like JR said, getting it properly hot tanked, the oil journals scrubbed clean and quality machine work/parts, and you should be like new. If the truck has a oil cooler, make sure those parts are properly cleaned or replaced *cooler* as well.

Good lookin out on the oil cooler, didn't think of that one.

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Hide Site / Re: Hide site, retirement site.
« on: January 14, 2019, 11:45:15 AM »
 :laugh:

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CIEMR / Re: Get it off your chest / whats bothering you
« on: January 14, 2019, 11:43:23 AM »
I doubt the actual block is damaged, just the cam bearings. Getting all the crud out is the ticket then have new bearings put in.

You will basically have a new motor.

You say time is no biggie so that would get the most bang for the buck. Used motors will always be in question some.
Exactly what I was thinking. Right now, I'm planning on tearing down to the block myself, getting the block and heads to the machine shop, do the tcase rear half while I have the motor out, (I did find pump rub evidence), and bolt everything back up with all the new parts I've already paid for in the past year; alternator, water pump, oil pump & timing chain, plugs and wires, and then I really WILL have a new motor.

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Share Your Recipe / Re: What's for breakfast.
« on: January 14, 2019, 11:16:25 AM »
Looks better than any Mx restaurant I've seen Nate. Nice work

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General Vehicle Related Discussion / Re: fiat chrysler recall
« on: January 14, 2019, 11:11:27 AM »
Ta-Compton is the official nickname for Tacoma for good reason, and Olympia as the capital of WA is just as bad as the DC version of Washington. The farther north and east you go the redder things get thankfully, for now anyway.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 14, 2019, 11:08:32 AM »
I have some possum grease. 


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Would be more interesting if you had greased that possum to get the grease  :cool:

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Faith Discussion / Re: Prayer Request thread
« on: January 14, 2019, 10:44:49 AM »
How's she doing Shawn?

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CIEMR / Re: Get it off your chest / whats bothering you
« on: January 14, 2019, 10:30:24 AM »
It's a high mileage LS engine. No need to line bore in all honesty. They aren't all that prone to core shift. Distinct chance he could pull the engine...have it thoroughly cleaned/hot tanked..slap it together and run it. $500 and hes on the road.

With all the iron in the pan, how high is the likelihood that the cam journals are savable? I'm not sure how it actually works, but I would imagine there are methods to machine the journals and install bearings/bushings that take up the new distance? I've got a good machine shop here that I've worked with for a long time and will pose these questions to him as well, I just like to get the general consensus from the crew here. 

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Parenting / Re: What’s wrong with kids(&parents)
« on: January 11, 2019, 05:17:07 PM »
I think that's how she got where she is JR. I've had 3 sisters, 4 girls next door, and my daughter to show me just how easy it is for them to turn on the water works to get what they want.

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CIEMR / Re: Get it off your chest / whats bothering you
« on: January 11, 2019, 05:16:05 PM »
when it gets to the point I need a cover I've got a few options. I ran a little to hard at this up front. I'm going to take my time, get the heads off, evaluate from there. I can do the heads in a weekend easy.

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CIEMR / Re: Get it off your chest / whats bothering you
« on: January 11, 2019, 04:43:47 PM »
Tate do you have the ability to "rebuild" it at home yourself?

working that angle on it now. the bottom end is spotless. No exaggeration. not unlike Don's Burban. it's back at the house and I think i'll take the heads off myself and get a better look at things. weather has been really mild this year outside of wind storms, not much rain or cold to speak of. getting tired of paying for maybes. if I had my garage still this would have been done months ago and we'd be talking about how great my rebuilt Yukon runs.

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CIEMR / Re: Get it off your chest / whats bothering you
« on: January 11, 2019, 11:29:49 AM »
You could drive it till it goes pop. You'd be surprised how long it will last with 15psi. I have a company vehicle running around with 8, and 0 at idle...spun cam bearing.  They just don't want to spend the money.  Only thing that would take it out quicker is if the roller lifters aren't rolling anymore.

it's got some lifter noise, I have to stop by and listen to it today and make a decision. $2200 for a 6.0L w/ 60k on it, no core no tax, delivered is my best offer on a replacement so far. what would you do to prolong it if you decided to just drive it Ken? My wife basically runs back and forth to dance the grocery store with it. throw some 10w40 at it?
I'm running 20-50 in the one I mentioned, and it travels to Phoenix weekly. We just did a service on it Monday, so it has at least 3k on it since I diagnosed it. I bet you could easily get a year out of it as a grocery getter....guessing of course.

Lifter noise is pronounced on both sides, 15psi at cold idle and at operating temp. Camshaft bearing is main suspect as it turns out the BLASTED O RING had degraded and was probably contributing to wear for a long period of time. But because I very rarely drove it, I never noticed if operating PSI was out of normal range or not. Likely the jiffy lube scenario was just coincidental, possibly put on a dry filter that spelled the end of the ailing o-ring/pump and accelerated us to this point, but based on blackstone labs test results and the shop findings, I can't find a way to blame jiffy lube, (although I really want to) that will stick.

what is the collective opinion on tearing down the top end and rebuilding now that I'm not in a hurry and know where I stand for the most part? Bear in mind, the bottom end looks flawless. bearing caps came off and bearings look practically new w/ 190k on them.

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CIEMR / Re: Get it off your chest / whats bothering you
« on: January 10, 2019, 09:58:08 AM »
You could drive it till it goes pop. You'd be surprised how long it will last with 15psi. I have a company vehicle running around with 8, and 0 at idle...spun cam bearing.  They just don't want to spend the money.  Only thing that would take it out quicker is if the roller lifters aren't rolling anymore.

it's got some lifter noise, I have to stop by and listen to it today and make a decision. $2200 for a 6.0L w/ 60k on it, no core no tax, delivered is my best offer on a replacement so far. what would you do to prolong it if you decided to just drive it Ken? My wife basically runs back and forth to dance the grocery store with it. throw some 10w40 at it?

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CIEMR / Re: Get it off your chest / whats bothering you
« on: January 09, 2019, 06:45:45 PM »
6.0. waiting on a call back from a customer of mine that might have a decent deal for me.

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CIEMR / Re: Get it off your chest / whats bothering you
« on: January 09, 2019, 06:09:48 PM »
Since Shawn asked and I didn't want to clutter up Dave's thread anymore than we already had, I got my results from Blackstone back and it would appear that Jiffy Lube is off the hook, one way or another. Everything is consistent with them having put in 5w30 albeit cheap stuff, but not waste oil. (that is unless they were just covering their tracks and changed the oil again before sending Cyndie down the road to their "authorized mechanic." Either way, 6 in one hand 1/2 doz in the other scenario, so I'm going to do a hot flush, run some seafoam and ATF through it, dump new flush mixture in as I'm draining old out, and cycle it once again w/ new fresh oil, filters along the way etc. if it works, I'm back in business and sludge was my culprit all along, if not, I'll probably drop a good used long block in there rather than rebuild the top end of a 193k motor and oil pump... I'll keep y'all updated but for now it's just depressing.

So the Denali is in the shop finally, and I get an opportunity to get a good look at things. Bottom end looks really good. pulled crankshaft bearing caps, even the thrust bearing and it's all looking really good, so the tech and I settle on the oil pump, which was in fact mangled at the top. put her all back together and she's only building 15 PSI and lifter noise is pretty bad. he's suspecting camshaft bearings and wear in the journals with all the iron that was in the pan. must have been dropping oil pressure with the wife driving and not noticing things since I never drive it. now it looks like i'm buying a used motor... feel kinda sick right now.

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Gotta give a little respect for the springs in that old Chev, not squatting near as bad as you might figure.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 08, 2019, 04:26:45 PM »
I sold some differential parts to a pretty nice fella from TX today, might have heard of him...

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 07, 2019, 10:53:13 AM »
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DLA4AQQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_7yumCbG6FNRGB

What does the think tank think of this idea ? Want to. Open up my options for used market of wheels/tires

I really like that 2012 Chevy wheel too


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CIEMR / Re: Hippyland magazine
« on: January 07, 2019, 10:44:53 AM »
Might improve the looks of it too,,,,,,,,,,,

Actually JR it's already full of it, so probably not much visible change;-)

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Share Your Recipe / Re: whats for dinner tonight
« on: January 04, 2019, 12:57:52 PM »
Thanks Tate. Screwed up and added cream before mustard.  Gotta check these things before straying out of my lane....lol


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Hey, it sounds like you at least know how to drive. I'm sure it was still good and good fun

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Share Your Recipe / Re: whats for dinner tonight
« on: January 04, 2019, 12:00:19 PM »
I made a colossal mistake tonight.

We decided it was going to be a family cooking night.  Things went wrong from the beginning as the local upscale market was out of the divers scallops so we had to audible and do shrimp.  No problem but now I figured there was not enough protein so I thought I’d get a couple of prime rib eyes to slice up and have a bit of surf and turf.  Then the oldest wanted mushroom risotto. 

I planned my menu while walking the ailed and got way too many dishes to successfully execute, especially with inexperienced people in the kitchen.

This led to a few more mistakes and ultimately the multitude of dishes meant that nothing hit the table hot.

First off, the youngest had dance practice which left me and the oldest to fend for ourselves for an hour.

We started with a cheese tray. aged gruyere, blue cheese, parm and manchego and blueberry goat cheese. Totally forgot to slice the Italian soprasotto to go with it.

had smoked Norwegian salmon with capers, minced red onion, and grated boiled egg.  Totally forgot the creme Fraiche.

Then I made prosciutto wrapped asparagus.  Prosciutto was cut so thin it almost vaporized when I was peeling it off the paper.  Took forever to get them wrapped.

I had my oldest on the risotto and she was flinging risotto all over the kitchen while she stirred.  Mushrooms, parm, everywhere and I had to stay on her constantly to understand the meaning of the word “constantly” as in stir constantly.

While all this was going on I washed and wilted fresh spinach with garlic and shallots.  That went well.

Then I had the youngest preparing the lettuce for the Caesar salad

Then I had prepped all the shrimp and was getting the EVOO and butter going int a pan while I worked on the rib eyes.  Cast iron pan, salt pepper and seared both sides and finished in the oven.

The biggest mistake was the sauce I tried to make up as I went.  Shallots, red wine, rosemary, thyme, cream in the pan drippings.  Went well until I added the Dijon and it separated.

Shrimp came out ok with a bit of shallot, garlic in the butter and EVOO.

Then made a sauce with the pan drippings and lemon zest and lemon juice and white wine.

By the time I got everything plated it was Luke warm at best.

I bit off waaay more than I could chew with rookie help in the kitchen.

What a lesson.  Can’t wait to do it again......


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It's a lot of fun, and can be a lot of work, but rewarding. Sophie has been in the kitchen with me since she was really little and it's a great bonding experience when everything comes together. That being said, "Shallots, red wine, rosemary, thyme, cream in the pan drippings.  Went well until I added the Dijon and it separated."

add shallots to pan drippings sauté until translucent, add fresh herbs here.
add wine scraping the bottom to dislodge the browned bits and incorporate them into the sauce reduce by half(important step. you need to remove the water and keep the flavor.)
add mustard to reduced wine stirring to incorporate as this is your emulsifier that should have prevented your sauce from breaking
now add cream, stir, and reduce to simmer stirring occasionally until sauce thickens. adding a tablespoon of butter will help tighten it up and prevent it from breaking too. you should be able to coat the back of a spoon, run your finger through it and have the lines hold from where you wiped off the sauce when it's ready.
check seasoning again at this point.

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Site Rules & Introductions / Re: Thanks for having me.
« on: January 03, 2019, 10:12:07 AM »
"Schieß dem Fenster", I see you Ed. Thank you for your service and welcome!

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Looking really good there Don. Very clean and professional construction

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Hide Site / Re: Hide site, retirement site.
« on: December 31, 2018, 03:39:58 PM »
You sure have a bunch of space between those kregg holes, hope it don't come apart!!

:)
:popcorn:

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Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: December 31, 2018, 10:10:43 AM »
Soft top yeah! start em off right Shawn.

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Construction and Building / Re: Hardwood floor refnishing
« on: December 31, 2018, 09:57:56 AM »
Thank you guys, all great information. I think it is red oak as well after some more research. We are starting to get more bids on the remodel at this point as our equity has gone up substantially this last year and now is the time to refi, so trying to plan far ahead to budget all things involved. I really want to keep it as original as possible color wise, just want to clean it up and protect it from further abuse.

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Construction and Building / Re: Hardwood floor refnishing
« on: December 28, 2018, 06:30:15 PM »
Like wood and salt my man. This is the shot I was looking for and what the living room looks like now. I think it's really a darker wood, and not a stain or sealant, or it's just years of traffic, but could it be walnut?

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Construction and Building / Re: Hardwood floor refnishing
« on: December 28, 2018, 05:04:18 PM »
I like the old weathered look, but I want to strip off old oils, what's left of whatever sealant might still be there and then re-finish with some cool high spots like Dave and I were talking about, maybe even a torch top but sealed to protect it from beach and dog feet.

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Construction and Building / Re: Hardwood floor refnishing
« on: December 28, 2018, 04:27:02 PM »
strip and re-finish. they are old and look it.

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Construction and Building / Re: Hardwood floor refnishing
« on: December 28, 2018, 02:38:17 PM »
Planks are pretty narrow, like under 2". based on western Washington build at the time, Ash, Maple, Oak were all readily available. does it matter too much what type of wood I've got for refinishing purposes?

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Construction and Building / Hardwood floor refnishing
« on: December 28, 2018, 02:36:32 PM »
These are the best photos I can muster at the moment of my living room floors. They are at least from the 50's if not from the original structure which is 1923 vintage. not sure what the floor is, but as you can see there's a lot of tongue and groove cedar here. Dave, what do you think I'm working with?


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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: December 28, 2018, 11:27:17 AM »
My bet is some beautifully varnished wood there Mr. Dave. Nice work.

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500
« on: December 28, 2018, 11:23:33 AM »
4.56 and 35" w/ the 6.0L w/ the 4L80E trans puts you at 2134rpm at 65mph. 4.11 and 33" puts you at 2040 at the same speed. relatively speaking, they're the same.
Now that being said, 4.56 and 33" are only 2263rpm at 65mph. I don't recall your power band on the cam and heads, but the right gear could keep you in your power band longer. Play with it a bit here and you can inject different gear ratios, tire sizes, transmission gear ratios and speeds to see what suits you best. https://www.randysworldwide.com/calculators/transmission-ratio-rpm. My recommendation for what you're doing, added weight and the power demands is 4.56 regardless of 33"-35", and 4.88 for 37+ which I hope you dont do.  :wink:

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500
« on: December 28, 2018, 10:11:31 AM »
Anything with the 8.1L will have the 10.5 FF, and some 6.0 w/ heavy suspension config. the 9.5 is an OK unit, but the GovLoc is always suspect. Solution? stick a Detroit in there right? new problem is now you're apt to snap one of those spindly axles with all the weight on the bearing journal and have it slide right out of the housing while the pre-rangers and HH6 hand on to the O.S. handles for dear life! No, for what you want to do, and just how you are in general, you need the full float housing. If Duane's falls through, and you can't seem to find one locally, let me know, I've got a guy in PA that is kinda like Norm and just buys up scads of military surplus housings. Read lots of full float 14 bolts with 4.56 gears and lockers sittin on a pallet waitin for the day they get to play with uncle Don.

Oh, and your 9.5 in the H2 survived because it was an eaton electric locker and not a GovLoc. Much less mickey mouse little parts to fail and cause carnage.
You've confirmed my suspicions, again.
I've been checking Craigslist and FB marketplace. A couple 14 bolt have come and gone, one with a 3.73, and another with an unheard of 3.07!

The 3.07 is likely either a calculation error or a 9.5 and the seller doesn't understand the difference between full and semi float axles. 3.21 is the tallest configuration the 14t 10.5 ever offered. If you find a prospect you want me to vet, just shoot me a text on the specs and I'll do my thang for ya.

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