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Lock last won the day on September 11 2013

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    Puyallup, WA
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    Our kids' ATV MX racing

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  1. Had my new '18 in for its first oil change, and the they let me know about the recall (I hadn't received anything in the mail). I didn't have the time to wait, so I told them I'd have to schedule a separate time, and they made me sign a paper saying I refused the recall at that time... Its going back next week to get it done, more out of concern for the liability issue (insurance not covering if something were to happen). Poor initial design apparently, stupid fix to the problem, and another couple hours wasted at the dealer. I'll grill them on the repair and make sure they are qualified to do it right/carefully. Lots of good info from folks in this thread!
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    What tires do you like?

    I've had great luck with the Cooper AT3's as someone said above (ran 3 sets of them on various trucks), and my latest Ford had the Duratracs with the winter rating - a little howl on the road but great wet weather and snow traction, plus I thought they looked pretty good too. I may look to put these on my dually before winter again.
  3. whew - finally sold these off CL. Got them out of the shop and few bucks for the kids racing habit.
  4. Picked up a 2005 ATC aluminum 48' gooseneck race trailer with living quarters. We outgrew our Work and Play, as we get more serious with the kids racing activities. All three of the kids are now racing, so we haul two race prepped quads, a backup race quad, my daughter's youth SxS (that she is now racing), spare parts, and two large dogs that go with us to the MX tracks! This gooseneck is longer than I wanted (was hoping for a 40' open concept vs the separate garage/LQ style), but I needed the 27' of garage space, and to order a custom configured Cargo Mate was going to take 6 to 9 months and cost much more than this ATC (plus this is lighter). This trailer was on RacingJunk (Thanks Scotty for the tip to that website!). And, it's immaculate; the owner took great care of it, had it stored in a shop, and its very close to brand new condition. The 2018 Ram 3500 we picked up earlier this year pulled it just fine from Arlington to our home in Puyallup. Trailer pulled great too - straight and true. A little long to turn around in my smaller cul-de-sac, so I ended up dragging the 3rd axle, but it's a gravel cul-de-sac, so hopefully not going to cause any future issues. First use is this weekend, as we head to Spokane for round 5 and 6 of Quadcross NW. If anyone is interested in our 26' Work And Play, it's now on consignment at Baydo's RV in Chehalis.
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    new to me truck

    Love my '18 dually. My current trailers disappear behind this truck (and I absolutely love the exhaust brake and tow/haul combo on the RAM vs my previous Ford - I hardly ever have to use the brakes while towing with the Ram!). Still looking for the right race trailer (40ish foot gooseneck race trailer with bathroom package). That will be the real reason I picked up my truck.
  6. Anyone know if there is a bolt in air ride type seat available for the Ram trucks? My back has progressively gotten worse, and this last weekend's trip to Richland for the kids MX races was painful trip (what are those grooves cut into I90 between Cle Elem and Ellensburg anyway?). I did some searching on Google and found a couple really old links, but nothing current. Just wondering if perhaps the Sterling badged trucks came with suspension seats, or if anyone has a line on aftermarket. Thanks
  7. I dug into this a bit also for the kids' MX racing - wanted to just pull our 20' enclosed trailer, and use the RV to sleep/eat/rest. But had a hard time finding anything that could tow more than 5k. Found a couple Class C's with a Ram 4500 chassis and CTD, and also a Ford F450 with Powerstroke, but those were almost more than the Class A pushers. Gave up on that idea, got the dually, and looking for a gooseneck race car trailer with living quarters now.
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    Back into a CTD

    Yes sir! Decided that if we were doing this, we were doing it once. Since this rig's primary purpose will be towing, I had to go with the training wheels.
  9. Pulled the OEM Continental's off the '17 Ford F250 when I went with the Duratracs for winter use. Had the Continentals in storage when I sold the truck a couple of weeks back, so wondering if any interest in them? One had to be plugged for a nail hole at Les Schwab. Otherwise they came off the truck with about 8k on them, and have been stored indoors since. All Season tire tread pattern (I'll get some pics if anyone is interested).
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    Northwest Bombers License Plates

    That is cool! Not to add to your idea list, but I always struggle to find a license plate frame that I like to put on my vehicles - any plans to make a license frame version that maybe has the NWB logo on it somewhere? Something that only folks in the "know" would recognize and appreciate?
  11. Thanks for all the input from everyone. Good info as always! Looks like I'll save some $ skipping the additives unless I end up somewhere where gelling may actually be an issue.
  12. My sister and brother in law had to renew the tabs and the truck failed the snap test twice. They took it to the shop in Enumclaw that did all the work it back when I owned it. They ended up pulling the tank and finding the screen in the tank clogged-full of the stuff apparently. Had to clean it all out, replaced the pump, and left with a hefty bill, but a solid running truck again. I'm pretty sure I know how they ended up there, and it was their own fault.
  13. 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.