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  2. Bob V

    2018 f450 update

    We did get to take our camper on its first trip, took a while to get the tire and airbag pressures dialed in. Still have a little more to do. I was warned the stock 19.5 tires do like to wonder in the rutted roads, I read that it might get better after the tires get some miles on them This truck has both a normal and auto setting for the exhaust brake. The auto setting works good for maintaining a speed down a hill and not slow you down. Normal is for slowing down to stop. The one problem we had is the camper moved around A LOT. About 4" total (2" out of center) There is over 50" between wheel wells on this truck so it has more room to move. I dont know if the factory spray in liner is too slick or what is going on, using same rubber mat and setting up same as out old truck. I did not have the camper centering rollers in the truck, so working on that now. They will keep the camper from moving, and get it centered when loading We have about 3000 mile on it now. Looks like empty and under 60mph will net about 16mpg on flat ground and no regens. As a side note, I just read there is a way to get into the trucks mpg display and enter a correction number to get it right, mine is a little high right now. Once I get a good three tank average I will change it. One new mod to the truck. I added the lighted front door scruff plates from a 2017 Patinum. It seems in 17 the Platnum was the highest trim level, so it got lighted scruff plates. In 18 the limited is the highest so it's the only one that gets the fancy scruff plates. It's a simple upgrade, no tools, the wires are there for the plates so its plug and play. Now the "PLATINUM" script on the plates lights up when the door is open. still trying to figure out all other the features. Was looking at adding "SMARTLINK" to the truck. It would let me start and stop the truck from my phone. And also sho ne on a map where the truck is located. Been a few time the map would have been handy, not only do I forget where I parked, I forget what I drove. Did have a bad day with sync customer support. Naturally the person had a strong Indian accent. She kept putting me on hold every time she had me try something. Ended up telling me to take it to the dealer. What I was doing was trying to do is get Android Auto to work. It's a long story, but what the problem ended up being is a bad (or wrong) phone sync cable. It would charge the phone, but not transfer data. Now Android Auto will let me use the stock GPS map, Google maps, or Waze maps. Also can do internet searches while driving just by saying OK or Hey Google (this feature works on bluetooth also) Google will also let me compose and send text messages. The stock sync system will only allow use of a few preset messages for texting. Still learning it all. One of my Hope's is that if someone texts me an address, Google maps will recognize it and semi auto load it as a destination. I also admit I REALLY like a quiet truck. It's nice to know I wont wake the inlaws when I start the truck in the morning- their window is close to where I park. Starting to look at slightly larger tires. 245 70 19.5 insted of the 225. Schwab wants $3500 for a set of 6 Michelins. And I would need to do the spare tire also. Might just stay with 225s, going to see how the stockers do in the snow first. I am not expecting much with the hard rubber/stiff sidewall tire. I was surprised that Schwab did recomend useing glass beads in the tire over conventional balance. If I go That way, I dont have to pay for mount and balance. Can do it myself. Still getting complements on the truck. Valerie and I where walking to the truck after the RV show last weekend and she said "that really is a nice looking truck". I have also banned the use of the term "truck payment " around me. It's just too traumatizing!
  3. marksmith

    Question on brakes

    I use my exhaust brake almost all the time as well. I don't know why Ben was always telling me I didn't need one. These things are great! Ours also come on and off depending on traction. Gravel roads and washboard? No problem.
  4. Yesterday
  5. HOSS

    Question on brakes

    I use my exhaust brake almost all the time as well. I don't know why Ben was always telling me I didn't need one. These things are great!
  6. megacabcummins

    Thank God for new technology!!!

    I've been known to run mine 25/20.... then drop it to 10/8... those tpms thingamabobbers would drive me bonkers.... another darn light in the dash lol
  7. DRobinson

    One more sleep

    Hope you guys have a great time, certainly sounds like it is needed. Sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. I hope you and your friend are able to talk about it. Good luck on your hunt!
  8. jcasper

    I'm ordering a new 3500

    Truck is a year old and I finally ordered a fuel tank. Got one of these ordered up today. Hopefully I can find some time in the next month or so to install it and be ready for horse shows next spring. https://www.transferflow.com/shop/product/0800116187
  9. GTroyer

    One more sleep

    Good Luck on the hunt and have a great time with hunt buddies , be safe out there
  10. Abbyfireguy

    One more sleep

    Heading out tomorrow morning on our moose trip up north. Getting pretty excited to see what presents itself for harvest. That area also has a decent herd of elk so I also have an elk tag in my pack... Found a great butcher a few days ago. The number of butchers that cut game meat in my area are few and far between. My daughter and I went and checked out his shop, great guy,clean facility and a good 10 year history in the business. Driving by myself in my truck as my pal Mike has to stay home till Tuesdsy then fly up to Prince George. His best friend who was his best man at his wedding took his own life this past week and Mike is a pallbearer and giving a eulogy. Not a good thing to have dropped on us, pretty sad.😢 I will meet the other two guys part way up there.
  11. Last week
  12. marksmith

    BD stainless manifold, Yes? No?

    I've had experience with one BD and 2 of the AFE cast stainless manifolds. Id put a used stock one on before doing it again.
  13. DRobinson

    BD stainless manifold, Yes? No?

    I only know one person that had a BD stainless manifold on his truck. It was a VP truck that made around 600whp with a SXE369. I'm sure it seen some fairly serious EGTs but IIRC he only ran that combo for 5-10k miles. He certainly beat the snot out of it in that time but not really a good test for longevity. It was a play truck, very little towing if any at all. I don't believe he even had a receiver on it when I seen it.
  14. Big Russ

    BD stainless manifold, Yes? No?

    I wish mine would hurry up and crack...
  15. Woodenhead

    BD stainless manifold, Yes? No?

    Thanks for the info. Someone on TDR said they’d had issues with a stainless manifold from another manufacturer warping real bad.
  16. DRobinson

    BD stainless manifold, Yes? No?

    I can't vouch for any of the manifolds as far as longevity but I just picked this one up for the my 2nd gen. http://www.crazycarlsturbos.com/product-p/3pc-ex-manifold-apart.htm Its certainly heavy duty, its not drilled and tapped and it does require assembly. Like I said though, I can't vouch for it yet. Just wanted to throw it out there for you.
  17. carl20320

    For Sale 1999.5 VW Jetta TDI

    Ben, You are KILLING Ivan.
  18. I’m helping out a dude with a cracked manifold on his ‘01. In general I’ve steered him towards a 3 piece, from either ATS, BD, or DPS. I noticed Genos has the BD stainless manifolds on clearance. Is this a better option? https://www.genosgarage.com/product/bd-1045985ss-kit/clearance
  19. yogi_160

    Thank God for new technology!!!

    this explains why mine doesn’t have tpms sensors. For which I’m glad of course the ones on my Vw have saved me time or two
  20. DRobinson

    Thank God for new technology!!!

    Same here, I'm always messing with the pressures for the situation. Very glad I bought a 3500 to keep away from the warning lights and chimes. Mine doesn't have the sensors.
  21. donyo

    Question on brakes

    The service brakes on my 2011 3500 dually do not dust bad at all. Guess RAM switched suppliers since mine was built. Of course, the first thing I do upon starting the truck is activate the exhaust brake! I use it even when running empty. The service brakes are only for the final stop.
  22. C Paul Go

    Question on brakes

    Hoss, I call the manufactures now. I tell them that dust is up on my concerns list. I haven't ordered parts from Performance Brake. But that's who I will order from next. I tell them that dusting is a big concern for me, suggest something that doesn't dust for me.
  23. GTroyer

    School me on enclosed car haulers

    a 10' wide trailer would require special permits , wide load banners and probably a pilot rig in front and back is some states LOL 8'6" [102"] is maximum width allowed on US Highway system just a slight slip up Bob but who's is counting LOL none of us ever slip up
  24. GTroyer

    Question on brakes

    I sure like the Performance brakes I have on now [thanks again Mark Smith] , big improvement in braking and lil to no dusting
  25. GTroyer

    Thank God for new technology!!!

    I tend to leave mine at 80 on all corners as I am usually towing when using the truck , and the very few times I use it empty it's not worth the trouble getting to the inner duals on edit .. forgot to add it would be nice to have sensors on the air though given it mostly tows
  26. HOSS

    Thank God for new technology!!!

    I am glad they dont have a warning myself. I change my air pressure so much that I dont want a damn bell going off every time I drop a few psi. I run more pressure when using the camper and towing and in the summer in general and air down for traction in the winter. I have 70 psi rear and 60 psi in front right now for hauling and will lower to 50 in front and 45 in the rear when empty.
  27. SMOKN05

    Question on brakes

    I don't know if this is applicable to our trucks, but the Challenger guys with the 6 piston Brembos have terrible dust problems. A lot of guys switch pads to Powerstop Z23 or Z26 pads and love them. I don't know if they make ones for trucks but it might be worth a look.
  28. Austin The DieselTech

    School me on enclosed car haulers

    I know they will do a stock transfer if one of the other stores has the specific trailer you want. Sent from my SM-G900R4 using Tapatalk
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