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Lock last won the day on September 11 2013

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    Sumner, WA
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    Family, quads / dirt bikes, hunting, fishing, boating
  1. I tried to do a search but didn't find anything recent. Do any of you with the newer trucks run fuel additives (like Diesel Kleen?). I used to run the Power Service grey bottle all the time in my old 12 and 24V trucks, but wasn't sure if it helps, or messes up, the emissions systems on the new trucks? I saw some article online that mentioned that Cummins now recommends their products... On a side note, My sister and her husband have my old 2003 CTD, and they just had to have the tank cleaned due to algae and that truck is driven everyday as a commuter. I assumed that a daily driven truck would never have issues with that, so now I'm thinking about my new Ram, and it will sit quite a bit in between trips.
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    Back into a CTD

    Sold my Ford and picked up a 2018 3500 Crew 4x4 Laramie Dually with the Aisin transmission. More bells and whistles than I'm used to, but we are going for a much bigger trailer and needed the capacity. I'm not partial to any of the three brands anymore - I've owned them all at one point (and some more than a few times) and each have worked well for the most part. However, the differences between the 2018 Ram and the 2017 Ford were pretty noticeable. First off, my Ford didn't come with their low speed steering assist option, so the Ram's steering effort is much lighter (I like that - nod to the Ram for not having to pay extra for power steering, LOL). The Fords auto was buttery smooth - couldn't even feel the shifts unless you were really paying attention, while the Aisin feels like my old Suncoast race transmission with very obvious gear changes (I have to admit I liked the smooth Ford tranny while just driving around in commute like settings). The Cummins makes good diesel noises, while the Ford was electric motor quiet (tie here - I liked the quiet Powerstroke, but I think I prefer the Cummins sounding more like the diesels I grew up with). Got a great deal at Enumclaw CJDR, and looking forward to getting enough miles on it to tow with it. Next up - find a bigger trailer (which drove the change over). Took a pic of my now 14 year old standing in front of the new truck. He went with me when we picked out the Ford too.
  3. Hi, haven't been on the forum for a while (teenage kids and promotions at work, plus traffic - eats up a lot of free time). But I'm looking to sell my 2017 F250. Bought it new from our local dealer. $52k truck when new; $40k for a anyone here, or a referral (have it listed for more on CL, but sheesh - all I get are scammers replying). Root beer metallic color in sun; sort of a dark maroon in the shade. Tan interior. Cloth seats. Flip down center console seat in the middle so it seats six. Lots of rear cab leg room. 33k miles on the 6.7L powerstroke. 4x4, crew cab 6 3/4' bed. Has upgraded Goodyear Duratrac winter tires (and the original Continental highway tires if wanted). Rated to bumper pull 15k lbs (which is I went with the Ford). No accidents, no dents. Oil changes done at the dealer ever 5k miles. Nice truck. Looking at bigger trailers. If interested, or have anyone you know that may be looking, let me know. I'm located in Puyallup. Thanks for pics and reference:
  4. Pricey, but I got a Bak Revolver rolling aluminum hard cover. If you have a locking tailgate, it help secure any items left in the bed. While not theft proof, has left me much more confident that items that are in the bed will be there when I come back to the truck. I bought one originally for a trip to WY we took, but I love it and its easy to use.
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    Dually Conversion Q's

    Hoss, sent a PM. Been a few days off the board with work and kids activities. Long story short, we wanted to install a slightly shorter flatbed if we went this route in order to reduce the overall length of the truck (since my son is a new driver). Very, very costly as soon as you go anything "custom". Even the off the shelf generic flatbeds were pretty costly with all the parts needed to install, wiring, etc. And to top that off, the liability for a new driver in a 3/4 ton or larger truck is excessive. According to our agent, statistically, since new drivers have a higher probability of accident involvement, the bigger and heavier the vehicle actually costs more since they cause more damage. So we're looking at other alternatives at this point - likely some sort of 1500 short box if we locate one that hasn't been hammered. Thanks to all for the great info in this thread. There was very little in TDR and other sources on these types of swaps. Lots of folks wanting to go to a dually, but not much interest in a dually to a single conversion.
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    Dually Conversion Q's

    I may not need the bed at all - just the axle; we were thinking of going to a smaller flatbed, but Gary's advice above is good. I need to price out a flatbed - I had figured around $1500 to $2000. Now he's got me concerned, LOL. I'll PM you. Thanks!
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    Dually Conversion Q's

    Hey Hoss, Its Dark Garnet Red (more of a maroon color). I'm not 100% sure what the rear ratio is, but I don't think its a 4.10. I want to say its a 3.54 IIRC. I'll check tonight.
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    Acura MDX

    Neighbor had an MDX; older than a 2011 but he had over 200k on it and it never spent time in the shop. He drove it everyday, while his wife's Camry had several problems. Interior held up well too. I liked the Honda Pilot body style better personally, but I couldn't fault his MDX for reliability.
  9. I've talked about my Dad's '02 3500 before, and while he's not currently driving, we still have it. Its a one owner, mid 60k original mileage, and near perfect still except for some fading clear coat on the roof that's developed recently. My oldest is ready to start driving this year, and the wife and I have been looking at vehicle options for him. One thought we had was to convert the 3500 dually to a single rear wheel and let him drive it. Its slow, good economy, dual airbags and should be safe. Its perhaps a little bigger for a new driver, but should be safe. I did a search on conversions but had to piece together info, and I called a local diesel shop but they didn't have much to offer either. From what I've pieced together, here's what I need to change to make this work: Front hubs Rear axle Wheels (including the spare) and we're looking at a small flatbed to replace the bed. Has anyone done this before? is this a stupid endeavor that will just end up with a messed up truck after all is done? By converting it to a single rear wheel (and likely using a 2500 rear axle) will I need to have it inspected by the State Patrol? If this truck had normal mileage for an '02, I wouldn't bother, but the low mileage and family history has made me at least think about it and start researching. Thoughts? Thx
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    I'm ordering a new 3500

    Free oil changes here on my Ford, and the dealer does them at 4-5k intervals. I have 16k on my 2017 Powerstroke since June (4 oil changes so far) . The 'free oil change' deal is turning out to be a fair amount of savings with the miles I drive. Would love more range and may have to see what underbed aux fuel tank options are available for the Fords, but I will never run anything in the bed. I find myself needing to use it frequently enough hauling a quad or sofa or..., and I like being able to shut the tailgate with a load.
  11. That name brings back memories of my old '03 Dmax dually. Years ago, Michael used to bracket race his old Ford Dually diesel (pre-powerstroke if I recall), and it always seemed like he and I got paired up. I got out of the sport when the kids got expensive, but back then we must have been some of the slowest trucks down the track, but that guy was unbeatable - soooo consistent pass after pass. Nice guy too! Its been too long now, but I remember spending a night in the garage messing with bulb covers and various combos until I had my Isspro's matching the weird Chevy dash light color awful close What you're doing with that '11 is cool - those gauges look like they came factory OEM in that truck.
  12. We rented Polaris RZRs while in Wyoming a couple of years ago. One of them was the big 900cc 4 seater race model, and for the most part, my back did pretty well. Those abrupt, deep "potholes" in the gravel roads were hell on the lower back if I couldn't miss one, but otherwise, that long wheelbase 4 seater was fairly smooth. I bet a long travel sandrail with a good wheelbase would be even smoother. I grew up riding 3 wheelers, and then later quads, so for me the SxS's don't do much. Its too much like driving I suppose. Still enjoy riding, but I agree its not the most comfortable activity for a bad back.
  13. My boys have gotten into MX racing (quads) and since then we spend almost no time riding trails anymore, but try to his the practice tracks frequently. I still like to ride, but with my lower back issues, its gotten more difficult. Rode a buddy's Outlaw IRS and with the long travel IRS and the relatively light weight (compared to some of the utility based quads), and the Outlaw worked fairly well for me on the track. After doing some research, I'm looking for a 2009-2011 model to purchase for myself. Just tossing this out there in case anyone has one they don't ride anymore, or knows of one somewhere. Have cash in hand. Thanks! Clint