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Build Threads / Re: Project/Beater "boozer"
« on: August 15, 2018, 09:21:39 PM »
It's ok Nate, I think your normal

Boats & Waterborne Craft / Re: New to me Chaparral 1800 SCL
« on: August 15, 2018, 08:21:57 PM »
Yah I am with TRN....unless it's been recently done I'd go through the lower carefully. Especially that water pump.

Boats & Waterborne Craft / Re: New to me Chaparral 1800 SCL
« on: August 15, 2018, 08:20:07 PM »
Nice boat JR. We recently sold our Crownline...hoping to down size to just one river Jet boat.

Build Threads / Re: Project/Beater "boozer"
« on: August 15, 2018, 05:23:57 PM »
This week has been a hassle. Our home has limited "water" because I am remodeling a bathroom for Kay that turned into a adventure. So we only have water in one bathroom ATM. Hopefully I can get that resolved tonight.

Then the Jury crap...I won't even start.

And on top of that, Kay who is NOT suppose to be lifting any weight or being too physical, has been cleaning out a building for her newest racing passion. A high performance burrow.


Build Threads / Re: Project/Beater "boozer"
« on: August 15, 2018, 04:53:02 PM »
Speaking of Nate....I need to deliver your dohicky as soon as I am not trapped with this jury crap.  :huh:

Build Threads / Re: Project/Beater "boozer"
« on: August 15, 2018, 02:38:37 PM »
Well it's official,  Boozer is sold.

After about 12k miles, lots of towing, some road tripping and even some relaxing Colorado high country wheeling. Boozer has a new owner.

The decision to sell was made this morning when our middle step daughter slipped a cashiers check across the table at breakfast and said  "I want to buy Boozer, that's my offer" "For that price you can borrow it when you need to tell you replace it."

So I will have to find something to drive every day

Guess the good news is...I made a few $$$ and don't have to worry about scratching it now LoL

Build Threads / Re: Ramcharger Build
« on: August 14, 2018, 01:03:12 AM »
TRN.... I honestly don't mind a rear spool. Prefer them in some applications.  :cheesy:

Don....what ya offering to trade?

Ken.... I had to look her up LoL FWIW Kay thinks Trump is a bit left for her taste.

Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: August 13, 2018, 01:34:36 PM »
Looking good guys....I was just in Colorado, they have to wear sandals. I think it's a law.

Build Threads / Re: Ramcharger Build
« on: August 13, 2018, 01:25:14 PM »
Our recent round trip 2500 mile Colorado vacation/wheeling/delivery trip I just realized I got 14mpg with the front hubs locked the entire trip LoL I seriously never unlock them day/day, I spend too much time off pavement.

Build Threads / Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« on: August 13, 2018, 01:21:51 PM »
Nah no challenge, He is sorta stuck to a degree with Jeeps design. Add a cage/bumpers/big tires, heavy axles Jeeps just get portly.

The M37 is 5,687lbs  according to the US Military. This is a "air drop" weight figure. That's with full fluids,combat ready. So, hardly lightweight.

Toss out the troop seats, the brackets for them. The canvas rear "top", the hoops/supports you have already dropped close to 325lbs.

The combat wheels/tires/tubes weigh 225lbs a piece. Likely can drop some weight here also.

The radiator is 180lbs of brass. the wiring weighs exactly (72 lbs total)  I have a new OEM harness in the box. That doesn't include the 35lbs of regulator,turn signal, and assorted other hefty 1950's mil excess. The light switch weighs 4.8lbs.

The real deal weight dropping will be in the frame/bed. The M37 frame is heavy enough bare I can't easily lift one end. The Bronco/F150 frame I can lift and move around.

The bed is almost dead on 1000lbs. It's a hefty built piece. I can build the same shape/size in aluminum for a huge weight savings. I don't need a 1/8 thick steel floor/side skins to haul a cooler, tent, tools, and what ever else accumulates back there.

I doubt a Aluminum head Big Block Ford/C6 weighs any more than the OEW Chrysler flat head/T19 combo.

I wouldn't be surprised if the Front Dana 60 I use with one of the GLO covers is any heavier than that OEM M37 closed knuckle axle with brake drums that are 125lbs a piece. It's likely lighter.

I could be totally wrong, but I have put some thought into this....I think 4500 ready to drive/wheel is possible.

I am probably lighter than Shawn, being a midget old man and all.  LoL

Build Threads / Re: Ramcharger Build
« on: August 13, 2018, 12:53:02 PM »
Who unlocks hubs? Only reason I use locking hubs is if I bust a front axle  :grin:

But yah nice score....

Not negative at all Don....just providing you with the data you need to be a informed pilot. Maybe I should just sell you Anvil LoL

Built (brand new) Cummins (high nickle IH block/head), New NV4500, New NP 205, 1 Tons, Detroits.......10K+ miles, proven performer, dead reliable...ya could drive it home at 65mph and get 22mpg.  :grin:

Build Threads / Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« on: August 12, 2018, 11:52:36 PM »
I will be interested what yrs weighs when done. I am going to be under 5000lbs I am quite confident. BTW 5 hours 20 min from Mc Donald's to my place.

Firearms / Re: Suppressed 22 options?
« on: August 12, 2018, 11:42:38 PM »
The suppressed 10/22 my wife has is a lil funny with subsonic ammo FWIW> (usually cycles,  sometimes doesn't)

TRN I have the same Ruger pistol.... fun lil toy with a suppressor.

Build Threads / Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« on: August 12, 2018, 11:36:03 PM »
Glad to see you got the shaft man. I kinda forgot you made those 14bolt girdles. Might have to try some at some point.

LoL @ weight conscious....Your just worried my M37 will be lighter :grin:


LoL I am trying to understand? Swap to a manual now? I have Done this swap a few times.......

You need a Nv4500/Getrag transmission.
29 Spline transfer case
flywheel/bellhousing (For which ever trans your using)
Pedals/hyd slave/master/under dash brace for the master
Both driveshafts

Other small parts.

This is a lot more work than just sourcing the correct block plate, flex plate combination. Bolting in a simple floor dimmer switch for the OD, and going for a drive.

2-4 hours to sort the trans....probably the same with the brakes...yr driving.

The 29 spline transfer cases are bringing close to a grand these days in nice shape used. A new NV 4500 is what $1700? (you want the newer updated 5th gear/shaft/nut like I used in Anvil)... Clutch that can handle a healthy cummins is $1500. (the south bend dual disc in Anvil was $2100)  Bell housing for the NV4500 $450 (advance adapters)

Driveshafts will be another expense. (The Stick shift trucks use thicker rear tube material for a reason)

I dunno Don.........

Build Threads / Re: Project/Beater "boozer"
« on: August 07, 2018, 08:03:32 PM »
The "bronco".... you will get a kick out of this man.

The plan is to remove the body or whats left of it.  Then I will remove a cab/front clip from one of the M37's. I plan to then set that M37 cab on the Bronco frame. Then sit in my lawn chair and study it.

IF.... I can mate said body to said frame with a minimum of "franken looking" engineering....and wheel placement on the front vs fender alignment can be made to work...... well anyway you get the idea.

That will afford me a custom extended radius arm front coil suspension, a stout frame, A big block Ford, A Dana 60 reverse rotation front, with a Detroit, a HD 60 rear with a ARB/35 spline shafts C6/Np205 On Board air, and assorted other "goodies" in a proven reliable, well tested off road package.  The M37's large fenders will swallow 40's with ease, and like 42 or larger is doable if I wanted.

If I can make the cab/front clip fit well I will lengthen the Broncos Frame, set the WB around 115" remodel a M37 Box to fit and call it stage one.

Once the bugs are worked out.... stage two would be a 750hp 6.2 L Ford with a whipple....and matching trans/transfer case.

When done.... I should have a very drive able, some what economic, reliable wheeling toy we could drive anywhere. If not..... well I will have lots of parts to use for something LoL

Hide Site / Re: Survival camp fuel...What type?
« on: August 07, 2018, 06:55:14 PM »
Just saw this LoL

I have been "dipped" many times by the DOT looking for red fuel. That said since I run so much trans/hydraulic fluid for fuel...I just let em test and they get all flustered.

I would store farm fuel....that duramax thingy can't handle unrefined fuels.

Hide Site / Re: Hide site, retirement site.
« on: August 07, 2018, 06:47:22 PM »
On those little tractors I just un mount them and toss a patch on them, good as new.

I do use plugs on my skid loader...I have ine very bald very well used tire on there with more than 20 patches/plugs LoL

Build Threads / Re: Project/Beater "boozer"
« on: August 07, 2018, 06:40:13 PM »
As soon as my shop in town has power again (storms last night) I will be rotating the tires. I can measure the tread depth against the brand new spare.

Yah Shawn and keep in mind the last 2500 ish miles I was doing my best to knock them out of alignment on every trail we could fit it on....and two we shouldn't have drove it on LoL

like this one....

TRN..... I saw a dude from Texas dragging a huge 5ver with a bass boat behind it up Monarch pass. We were at the summit and kay was taking pictures and he parked next to me. He opens his door gets out and says "Judging by the look on your face you think I am a idiot....and I would agree" and walks off LoL  6.2% grade, light rain, he look shook going up hill....

Build Threads / Re: Project/Beater "boozer"
« on: August 06, 2018, 10:07:24 PM »
another quick update....

Boozer got a good workout this past week.  2,400 miles of road tripping. We ran the F250 85 mph from here to Denver, then over the assorted Mt passes and stopped in Glenwoodsprings Co. The following day down through Telluride, and on SW to Cortez and finally Mesa Verde. Got some 4x4 trail time in at the Canyons of the ancients, saw some great history, and then spent the following day at Mesa Verde Nat park.

Durango, Silverton, Ouray.... Black Bear pass, Imogene, Engineer, pass.... red Mt Pass,Yankee Boy Basin, Ophir pass and others. Lots of trail miles over Colorado shelf trails, sharp rocks, shale, and mud even.

14.4 ish mpg average for the trip. The General tires are at 10K miles, still wearing fine, no damage from the many miles of sharp rocks on the trails, and they are still running quiet as they were when new.

I should probably type a trip report but.... don't want bore ya all lol


Early morning 4x4 action at 10k+ feet with an amazing view.

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: July 22, 2018, 10:18:07 AM »
We spent yesterday at the drag strip. The day started innocently enough, got a call at 9am from a friend asking if we could please run him down a blower drive belt because his was slipping. So we ran down to my shop, grabbed all 4 of the spare belts we had, and headed the 110miles to the track. (mistake #1 we took Kells white stang)

To get into the track it's $20 a person. Or $30 to race the car, and then 2 people get in free for each car. So naturally I paid the $30 (mistake #2)

Helped said friend change his blower drive belt and Kell wanted to stick around to watch him run.  Meantime they tech her white car because we paid to race see..

Long story short, since they had heads up grudge racing all day between events, while helping our friend Dial in his GT500 and sort out a odd blower drive belt slipping issue....Kell thought it would be fun to see how fast her White car is in street trim.

19 runs latter....half a tank of E85, half the rear tires gone, she had her answer. Best time of the day was a 11.72 127.68mph  run. Not to shabby for a street tune, no slicks, on a 90 degree day.

Our friends GT500 on the booze with slicks ran a 9.87 141.27mph  also a street car Mon-Fri 

Still haven't mowed the lawn...

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: July 21, 2018, 11:29:04 AM »

Those sheds are full of Junk...ask anyone. Recently I decided I should clean one out. I was able to deduct the dumpster as a business expense. The garbage company was nice enough to tack on the entire years garbage bill to the dumpster price.

I then found 217 manual transmission flywheels I bought 6 years ago for $3.00 for the entire pile at a auction. I know how many because I counted them and sold them to the local gun shop for $5 a piece. I found 142 driveshafts from school buses I paid $50 for that entire pile at a auction also. Sold them to the same gun-shop for $5 a pop.

I found a old 20hp Chrysler outboard engine. Turns out I paid $25 for it. Sold it to the local boat repair place for a restoration he's doing for a customer for $500...still had the $25 in grease pen on it.

Found a old pair of fenders and running boards for a 34 Ford coupe in there. I got them free for removing the 34 Ford from a ravine. The fenders was all that was left of it really. But turns out they were worth $1200 to a dude building a all steel roadster.

Most importantly...after all the work cleaning that place out, I found the Toro push mower bag I was looking for.

I knocked the shed over with the skid loader, the barn boards brought $6 a running foot in the big city because.... city people lol

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: July 21, 2018, 11:08:45 AM »
lol maybe..... but I probably saved you some jail time. This is how it really happened.

Guy runs his mouth, you want to educated him. Then you think about how much crap I would give you that you got arrested in flip flops and hemp socks.  :cheesy:

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: July 21, 2018, 10:56:06 AM »
Investment advice no one will like.

Don't spend what you earn...see how easy that is?


D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: July 19, 2018, 01:18:57 PM »
Nate....I have no real answer except it's been going on this way for over a 100 years. Weather patterns in this area are very "specific"  as an example. I own some land that has a tree line on it's North side. It has a hole a half mile wide in it...when tornadoes hit, they run the same exact basic path every time hence the hole. Hail storms run very similar common paths... happens to be we live smack in the middle of one.

Last night we got hail, 2.5"of rain....in town at my shop no hail, less then a tenth of rain. It's just Nebraska LoL

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: July 19, 2018, 08:26:20 AM »
We had hail again last night....No damage to the F150 naturally.

Don, Kay isn't what I'd call "negotiable" about some things. I suggested strongly to her she could take it easy more so. She countered that the Dr told her she could walk and do stairs. Just no lifting over 10lbs or driving, and no fun time for 6 weeks.

She had the procedure done that doesn't require any abdomen incision, so no real worry regarding muscles tearing and such.

Yesterday she called the Dr and asked why she can't drive, and he basically said if she is off the pain meds she can drive an automatic, just not anything with a clutch. He also told her to keep the walking to a half mile. Her answer to that was to hang up and say "yeah a half mile one way, that's fine"  I just have her take the Schnauzer dog...he's old and lazy so he makes her turn around about at the 1/4 mile mark. Since she can't carry him...win/win LoL 

Last night she got home from the walk and declared "we need a new Schnauzer, this one is geriatric, he will just go to sleep at the end of the leash"

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: July 17, 2018, 10:17:32 PM »
She finally gave in and accepted she needed a hysterectomy. The Gyno Dr said between the adenomyosis and the damage the twins did to her Uterus 17 years ago, there was not much else she could do. It's been exactly 24 hours since she left the hospital. She's already tossed the pain meds, is now saying she can stop even using over the counter stuff, and she went for a mile walk despite my objections. Thanks all for your prayers. Hopefully she will slow down and continue to feel better.

General Vehicle Related Discussion / Re: Thinking of buying a XJ
« on: July 17, 2018, 10:04:10 PM »
That thing looks good man...and I don't even like red.

Don wants a Xj?  I will trade ya one for Square D=P  its rustfree...already rhino lined. Already has a small lift. Also already has a rod knock so no need to fret that becoming a problem =)

The charging system is very simple. All you really need to do is wire in a external regulator using the diagram posted previously. To source the regulator go to any parts store and ask for a Dodge pickup regulator 1990 or older.  The transmission is also quite simple.

Using the factory OD switch can be done, or a even simpler way, is to use a old school dimmer switch on the floor.

As for the transmission....it has the two pin plug...rear pin is 12VDC the front pin is a ground. You control the OD function by switching the front pin/ground with any on/off switch...like I mentioned I use a old floor mount dimmer switch.

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: July 17, 2018, 12:40:57 PM »
Spent yesterday with my wife in the hospital. 6am-9pm So a long day.  Her surgery went well and she came home last night. She's sore and moving a bit slow, but smiling. Today I am entertaining grand-kids while attempting to accomplish some past due chores.

Build Threads / Re: Project/Beater "boozer"
« on: July 13, 2018, 09:39:41 AM »
Small update on Boozer....

So far all is going smoothly. Mileage has been a constant 14 ish empty on average. The front shocks are toast and I need to order some Bilsteins for it this next week.  The General MT's have been working great in the soft field roads, gravel and pavement chores they are subject to. Almost ready for the first rotation (4000 miles) and no odd wear is noticeable.

Next planned upgrade is a soft topper and a spray on bed liner. A spare tire mount of some sort, and when time allows a new rear bumper. I also need to fab/buy a decent mount for a rifle or two. Also the .458 so-com pistol maybe.

Build Threads / Re: LML Duramax build Part 5
« on: July 13, 2018, 09:20:49 AM »
LoL.... TX is going to make a "memorial"

Irony....I clicked to see how Dons running truck is working out, and Square D is the topic LoL

So, you want me to make it run and drive Don? *serious offer if needed man.

Hand Tools, Power Tools, Welders, etc / Re: Bench vise stand
« on: July 03, 2018, 01:57:21 PM »
ya know.... I was just mulling over this vice/grinder subject myself for my temp shop. As much as I like a vice on a bench for the leverage abuse ability...I think I am going to mount one on a post of some sort because I like the flexibility of almost anything now fits in the vice. Remains to be seen how well this will work out LoL

Hand Tools, Power Tools, Welders, etc / Re: speedaire compressor
« on: July 03, 2018, 01:43:19 PM »
Nate...I have a upright 220/110 compressor 60gal tank that could be acquired very reasonable. Never tried it on 110V honestly but it can handle blow guns/tires impacts and so forth. Food for thought...

I have driven a few Jeep's with Hemi's  Honestly they aren't too shabby as a "package" with the Hemi. It's what Jeep should have done most likely.

What Jeep shoudl do is sell the JK and such like the AR15  Buy what ya like, assemble, and enjoy life. They would considerably improve the product line that way.

LoL I actually have no brand loyalty whatsoever. 

Ford F250- up: work trucks
Ram 2500-up work trucks
Chevy 2500 up old people 5th wheels haulers which is kinda like work right?

Just fact=)

and yah Don I see a F150 black even, every day in my driveway. I'd prefer a Chevy over the F150...see I am rational  :laugh: also I can claim to not own the F150 thankfully.

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: July 03, 2018, 12:24:18 PM »
LoL Nate....you picked the most "diverse" city in Nebraska to reside. Also the one with the stupidest gun "laws" .... can't even leave a Ar pistol on the dash while navigating the Lexus's with 20's traffic out to buy new Jesus sandals crowd.

TRN... I like clay bars for detailing daily drivers. They certainly cut the crud quickly. I just did my F250.

Your going to make me look under the daughters Eco poop and see if hers is leaking now... 117K on the rattling ticking exxon Valedez wannabe. 

I'd just pressure your dealer who managed to ruin a transmission just sitting there waiting to be fixed, to work you a wonderful deal on a different problem LoL

FWIW the F250 rides as good or better than our "Heavy tow" F150 Eco Puke. Than you can be like me, drive up along side a Newer Chevy, get the drivers attention, and take my hands off the wheel and watch them panic LoL Chevy guys steer a LOT =)

Or you can explain to the Chevy guy looking at your 35" rubber lovingly that "ya I just put them on, no lift" drives nice.

Another fun thing to do is while they are pouring DEF in their new Durmax ya can say "ya I get 12mpg but its only $1.65 a gallon as you fill with E85 and smile.

Just some ideas.... :grin:

I felt the need to revive this LoL

Don it's a Jeep...it's life expectancy is 70K ish. Some go more, some less, its well established that engine isn't exactly a winner. Change oil every 3K, use quality filters/oil and try and use good fuel in it, and that's all you can do. The upside, that's more than most do, so your results may be better.

I have zero faith is the manufactures "suggested maintenance" routine. Oil tests have proven to me in a variety of situations they are just bunk.

My Sons 6.4 Hemi Power Wagon calls for 5w20 every 5K miles. Oil tests prove not only is the oil failing at 1.5K already, but the filter is doing very little past that range as well. He has tried assorted oil brands, some are better than others...but he swapped to 10/W30 and now changes every 3K and the oil tests say the engine is happy regardless of which brand he uses. 

The Mustangs are similar. They run 5w/50 and I change it every 2500 miles or every track day. The called for 5/20w is failing with just a couple wide open throttle blasts. The 5/50 is fine even after a track day...but oils cheap. $15K long blocks aren't. I just use the drain oil in my Wife's CJ5 or something. That 258 Jeep six could care less. It also works well in my Case skid loaders hyd system. In fact the leak to oil change ratio is about perfect. Change oil in a Mustang, dump it all in the Case...win/win LoL

Anyway....my point is. If you want a newer Jeep, and unless Jeep decides to put a decent engine in them..what can you do?

Could be worse, in theory.

well heck yr all set man.... new transmission and crank sensor. Once you get it started it will work perfectly  :grin:

I could be wrong but pretty sure you have to remove the entire intake/turbos to change injectors. And the real issue is likely the O-rings they seal with.

Build Threads / Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« on: June 21, 2018, 02:06:39 PM »
It's still hail season...  :cheesy:  That's how I console myself regarding ours.

Whats this break in stuff?  Painting the caliper Red? 

Way it's been raining here, I am shopping snorkels.

Build Threads / Re: Project/Beater "boozer"
« on: June 14, 2018, 09:22:42 PM »
Don, I will be happy to update as they get more use. I have zero brand loyalty in tires whatsoever after the last decade or so.

Have you seen the new BFG MT? KM3 or some stuff. I looked at a set in a smaller size at the tire shop. Reminded me of the GoodYear duratrac which has a decent following for road use/expo guys. But it also unsold it's self right there. The tread pattern is not conclusive to local terrain at all. I know the Generals work, because my son has put them through hell on his Power Wagon with great results off road. And they so far have survived many a 80mph freeway cruise as well towing his boat. *6500lbs Also he's been off road in Colorado rocks/shale with no issues as well... so add the obviously better sidewalls and the price as well, they sold themselves. Now to see if I am impressed. *they are too small for my taste btw lol  The truck would be so much more fun with 40's...but towing.

The entire concept of this truck is Keep it simple, keep it functional, enjoy owning it. To that end the Ford was the choice before I found this one...the straight axle, coil front suspension, Super Duty beef...large enough Fenders to swallow 35's....few more tweaks and it will be on to the using it part and building the M37.


Build Threads / Re: Project/Beater "boozer"
« on: June 13, 2018, 09:22:02 PM »
OK, today's adventure *new tires

As mentioned I ordered 5 35x12.5 17" General Grabber X3's to replace the same size bfg All terrains that were brand new on the truck. (previous owner installed)

Problem #1 the fancy splined lug nuts on the truck require a special socket. That socket was in the glove box for the entire trip to Wisconsin. It's no longer anywhere in the truck (mystery where it went to honestly) This provided a challenge to the tire guy. Long story short, and 32 brand new McGaurd lug nuts latter, the issue is solved. I will be welding the special socket to the truck somewhere LoL

Problem #2 the new rubber is considerably taller/wider than the old BFG's These measure a true 35", the others closer to 33 actually. I have always known BFG to run a little short of their stated size, but that 2" created a small issue. The new 35's don't hit, but they would if used off road spiritedly. We will be addressing this sooner than latter I guess. *sigh

after a few miles of gravel/rock, pavement and dirt:

This is an entirely different truck now. The pavement ride is as good or better than the BFG. The tire man and I both noticed the difference in sidewall strength was noticeable in the tires side by side. Real world driving, gone is the sidewall sqirm ya felt at the exact same 70psi from the BFG's. Which given these are a much deeper more aggressive tread, I found that surprising. Both are 10ply tires, I guess these just have a better sidewall. Pavement noise at 80mph is not any different that I can tell. Time will tell if this changes....

Gravel/rock: These tires are so much better I am not even going to bother explaining. ZERO comparison.

Mud: I haven't had a chance to try this yet, but given the BFG has the mud performance of a drag radial, I am sure these will easily out perform them.

So that's this weeks modification, I will snap some pictures of the new rubber and toss one up latter. Now it's time to shop for a lift I guess. And some diff covers, and........oh yeah a 5th rim for the spare tire LoL

Build Threads / Re: Project/Beater "boozer"
« on: June 13, 2018, 09:36:01 AM »

My son has around 12K hyw miles on his Generals. The tires are on his Power Wagon. So far the wear is hardly noticeable which on a Power Wagon is impressive I feel. His has a Dana 80 rear swap with a Detroit also....He does rotate every 3k when he changes oil.

They have earned a great rep on gravel/rock. They do not chunk like BFG's and Goodyears.

I will keep you informed of my opinion towing and 90mph hyw running in the near future. Our set will see plenty of this in the next few weeks. Noise is a concern for me as I like my quiet cushy freeway cruises while listening to sounds of the ocean and other soothing experiences from the sound system.  :laugh:

Build Threads / Re: Project/Beater "boozer"
« on: June 12, 2018, 03:20:23 PM »
Besides Don, on the upside of this all... the Vet that sold it to me needed the $$$ so was a win/win I figure.

Build Threads / Re: Project/Beater "boozer"
« on: June 12, 2018, 02:19:00 PM »
Yah Don......can't justify the expense of a diesel over the gas, or the $1.00 per gallon difference, or the cost to buy DEF or EGR delete for what amounts to very little difference economy loaded at 10k lbs. I have what.... $25k into this truck with 27K miles on it.

If we drove a lot of miles it might somehow pan out, but this truck might see 8k a year tops. For most of what we tow these days, the Mustang or the Jeep, it hardly knows it's behind it. The rest of the time it's saving a lot of expense.

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