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#649331 Isspro Performance Gauge Install 2011 Duramax

Posted by Lock on 16 October 2017 - 06:43 PM

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. 

#644302 Premo 2nd Gens

Posted by Lock on 30 May 2017 - 12:10 PM

2nd gens are still my favorite body style!  Just wish Dodge had a real crew cab option that provided a real back seat for kids  :)

#642820 Quadcross NW Round 1!

Posted by Lock on 25 April 2017 - 06:58 PM

Had a great weekend.  The boys did very well.  The 14 YO got 2nd in his class on Sunday, and the 12 YO got 3rd. 


The trip home... wow.  I will be researching exhaust brakes for this truck.  This little 26' weighs a LOT.  On the good side, it pulls so true we got nearly zero sway, even on hwy 240(?) right next to the river on the way back from Richland.  Trees there were bowing sideways from the wind, but the trailer was very settled. 

But all that weight also meant a little extra excitement coming down the pass in the dark, in the pouring rain, with folks in a hurry trying to get home thinking they can cut in front trucks with trailers...  I have all new brakes and everything turned out okay, but a little extra help for next time will make me feel better.

#642819 2001 Montero in oring

Posted by Lock on 25 April 2017 - 06:49 PM

Sorry to hear it didn't work out.  Pictures can be very deceptive...  We've been pondering another move locally to find a some land, and the real estate website photos are extremely deceptive.  Everything looks much bigger and clean in the photos, and then you drive up and its like "wtf"? 

#642639 Quadcross NW Round 1!

Posted by Lock on 20 April 2017 - 11:45 PM

Heading to Horn Rapids tomorrow with the boys so they can race round 1 of the Quadcross NW series this weekend.  Its been a lot of work, and a fair amount of funds to get here, but its worth it.  Time spent out in the garage with the boys learning together how to tear down these quads and improve upon them, as well as watching them practice at the track, are much better than letting them sit in front of an Xbox.

Truck had another failure this week (fixed), and Colt's quad was a near rebuild over the last month (cracked frame, engine top end, and rebuilt the rear shock).  So a little stress leading up to this week, but I think we're ready to go now.  Our new to us toyhauler will allow us to stay at the track, which should make these race weekends much more fun.

And it looks like relatively nice weather in Richland!!

#641980 Lucky Jeff

Posted by Lock on 07 April 2017 - 12:13 PM

Jeff, the truck looks terrific!


On the wheels topic, I'm not looking to offend anyone, but I really dislike most of the current wheels offered.  Since the technology improved to cut out intricate shapes/designs, I think they all look the same and waayy too hard to clean.  I'm also not a fan of the black wheel trend that has taken off.  I grew up in a time when black wheels were the 'cheap' wheels that came on base model trucks and cars.  I prefer machined, polished or chromed (in that order).  But I admit my tastes are out of time.


I want a return of the American Racing Outlaw I.  Machined and clearcoated.  Super easy to clean and maintain.  Looked tough.  Didn't cost a bundle either.  Offer in current sizes/offsets so they don't stick out.  I'd buy a set for my truck in a heartbeat.  I might even go for an Outlaw II with the 'lightening holes', but I never liked them as much as the original solid design.


Good luck on the wheel search Jeff;  hope you find some that YOU like, as that's really all that's important since its your truck!

#640531 Toy Hauler Recommendations

Posted by Lock on 13 March 2017 - 10:38 AM

Well, we finally got one after looking at quite a bit of junk vs brand spankin' new and everything in between.  2013 26' Forest River Work & Play (model 26 FBW).  14k capacity, very open with more than 18' of cargo room, front bath/kitchen.  Won't get it until next weekend, but should work well for our needs.  Just in time for the boys' first motocross race of the season in April. 

I'll start looking for a couple of other misc items, but will post in the marketplace.  Thanks all for the advice along the way.  I seriously would have ended up with a Weekend Warrior or Keystone - they are everywhere, had floorplans we liked, and not expensive.  I feel like I dodged a bullet with the advice from this group.  Thank you!

#639128 Steering sticks at times

Posted by Lock on 22 February 2017 - 04:42 PM

Great thread with lots of great info!  While my truck was being inspected, the shop found my stock steering box leaking and worn out with a ton of play (I knew that...LOL);  based on advice from this thread, I'm going with a Borgeson Big Box.  I had to insist on the Borgeson box, as they wanted to use a stock replacement from Redhead and weren't as familiar with the Borgeson box.  I am hoping to get one finger steering when backing the trailer. 

Does a DSS type stabilizer have to be modified for a 3rd gen when using this box? 

#638391 Early 3rd Gen WTB

Posted by Lock on 14 February 2017 - 11:36 AM

To offer another perspective (and sorry for the long post):


I needed a diesel to pull a small toyhauler.  Truck sits most of the time when not pulling the ATVs so I didn't' want to spend a bunch.  I'm also driveway limited , so I was stuck looking for a shortbox quad cab single rear wheel truck.  Hunted around for a while and picked up a 2003 3500 from a 3rd party for $11.5k.  Clean carfax - 2 owner truck, no accidents, lots of service records on the carfax, and the owner gave me receipts for front end work and brake work done 5 years ago, and verbally told me injectors had been replaced, water pump, etc.  Truck looked good in the photos (like that truck in your link) so I jumped on the deal, and hoped for the best. 

Since I'm using this to transport my kids, the truck has been methodically inspected from front to back/up and down.  Here's what I've had to replace/repair so far:


blend door (failed after I bought it;  not sure if just bad luck or the PO somehow had it rigged to work when I looked at it;  big bucks due to the labor and very common apparently for the 2003-2005 era trucks)



ball joints

front axle u joints

sway bar end links

rotors & calipers all around

trans rebuild (took the opportunity to upgrade with triple disc, etc)

Also, changed oil, filter, fuel filter, F &R diff oil, t-case service, coolant, and air cleaner after the purchase.

In addition, I've had to chase down misc water leaks in the cab (think I've got them fixed now - cab clearance lights replaced, new gasket for CHMSL, cleaned out the wiper cowl and drain points). 


Electrical gremlins too - discovered that none of the doors (other than drivers door) will operate the power windows.  Hoping its just the drivers door lock out switch that is bad, but haven't investigated this one yet.  Drivers door switches open and close all the windows, so that works for now.


Made some upgrades along the way as well, such as a new exhaust (stock exhaust had a leak so I replaced vs cut out and repair), and a Hellwig rear sway bar, and my truck needed new tires so I picked up a set of take offs for $400 from a local tire shop already mounted on 18" wheels.  My truck also had a dent in the tailgate from a branch falling, so I found a nice tailgate on CL for $100 and swapped it out.

I haven't had the engine inspected yet - its going to Plateau diesel on Monday for that inspection.  We'll see what they say next week - again, I'm hoping for the best, but expecting they will find some items that will need attention, but at this point, I'm committed to this truck - too much invested to back out now.


And, if any funds remain after that, I'd still like to do the Y to T steering conversion, and a small tuner eventually.


If he doesn't mind a dually and has the space to park it, Mr. Cob's truck is the best value in the NW right now.  I'll easily have more into my truck when I'm done than his asking price.  Plus he's got a lot of other extras like the camper tie downs, multiple hitches, bumper/winch, tuner/gauges.  Its a great deal, and almost made me think about renting space to park it vs keeping a truck at the house.


When its done, I'll have a great truck, nearly fully rebuilt, for around $25k that works perfect for my needs, and fits in my driveway.  I'm definitely happy with the outcome, and its been fun to see this truck come back from a diamond in the rough to being a nice truck. 


But if I had the space, I could have bought a Mr Cobs truck that wouly have only needed fluid changes and batteries, and been on my way with much less hassle.








#638338 Looking for 6.0 4x4 Excursion - Blown gaskets OK

Posted by Lock on 13 February 2017 - 06:46 PM

Wow, that is...   words escape me.  Perhaps an early Diesel Bros giveaway truck? LOL  That thing is long enough to land an aircraft on (literally)

#638153 Cowl clean out

Posted by Lock on 11 February 2017 - 10:13 PM

Still had a small amount of water leak on the pass side. Would drip on a wire bundle and the on my floor mat.
Pulled the wiper cowl cover and spent an hour cleaning out old mouse homes. Got it all cleaned out and reassembled. Made sure the drain holes were clean. Hope that helps, but if not, still feel good about getting that mess out of there.

#635712 Bedliner over the rock dings plus black flares on the white truck?

Posted by Lock on 16 January 2017 - 12:10 PM

I like the red truck you posted with the black wheels, flares, rockers and bumper.  Ties it all together if you go up all the way to the body line. 


I also like the white 2nd gen you posted with just the bottom of the rockers sprayed - kind of makes the truck look like its lifted a bit with that small blacked out portion.


One thing I've noticed is that the bedliner on the rockers if textured a lot (like a bedliner) is hard to clean - the dirt gets in the little pores and even pressure washing sometimes doesn't leave it looking 'clean'.  Especially, black.  But I had seen truck once where they applied spray on bedliner on rockers and it had nearly no texture.  Don't know where it was done, but I remember seeing it and thinking "good idea".


Grey is another option as mentioned above - more like a two tone paint job with your white truck, but your black wheels may not sync up (?).  Its all in the eye of the beholder.

#629401 Stretching a Mega

Posted by Lock on 13 October 2016 - 12:44 PM

Hey Joe, if you're talking about stretching your 2nd Gen cab to get more cab space, I did contact the stretchmytruck guy about that when I was kicking around buying and keeping my dad's low mile 2nd gen.  $30k+ was his quote to turn the 2nd gen quad cab into a crew cab.  My idea of just stretching the quad cab to get more leg room (and keeping the rear opening quad cab doors) was a non-starter for him.  Said it would cost him more to do that than his standard crew cab conversion effort. For me, the investment in the 2nd gen wasn't worth it (even a low mile 2nd gen) since I could buy a newer Mega or Crew cab truck with similar miles for around the same $.


If you're talking about buying a megacab and having the frame stretched to accommodate an 8' bed, then my comments don't apply.  I actually think $3500 to $5000 for that conversion sounds reasonable if you want a Mega with a long bed.  Can't buy that off any lot.

But if you need a bigger cab than your 2nd gen offers, go for a Mega to start with vs any stretches - money ahead in the long run unless the novelty of having a stretched 2nd gen is appealing. 

#566306 Smoke on the Mountain 2013

Posted by Lock on 24 September 2013 - 10:32 AM

I would be up for a smaller group cruise somewhere if schedule permits. I did SOTM once in the early years and had a great time; even brought my family and they laughed at the CB chatter and had fun looking at the carved bigfoot and playing in the snow that year at the observatory. Of course, now the kids are older and doing sports and other activities so it seems our spare time is used up, but with enough advance notice, it would be fun to do one of these again, and it doesn't have to be SOTM. I always enjoy a good drive with a smaller group.

#565718 TDI mileage mods

Posted by Lock on 11 September 2013 - 07:58 AM

Asking for an opinion..... Real world, do you think driving style results in the best results or would tuning help enough to make it pay? I am interested in fuel economy over performance for this car.

For what its worth, I think driving style more than tuning. My little car is all stock, and try avoid driving it like I'm in a hurry, if you know what I mean. LIke Robert said, I also don't have anything in the trunk except the spare, so I'm not carrying any extra weight. I don't go overboard on tire pressure. I check about once a month. On my commute, I try to keep the car at 62 mph (~2k RPMs) and try not to get much higher than 2k rpms even when driving and shifting on city streets (most of the time, I keep it between 1200 and 1500 rpms when I'm putting around on back roads).

Around me is a young man with a TDI, same era as mine, same color, and he has a sweeeeeeeeeet sounding exhaust. I'm so tempted to start looking at mods, but I don't want to mess up the great fuel economy I've been getting (beside, also worried about the cost of the slippery slope... ;) )