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What should I take to Moab

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 80' 427, Feb 21, 2007.

  1. 80' 427

    80' 427 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    A friend from tx and I are going to moab some time this spring. We are meeting in vail since I am coming from Nebraska. I will be pulling his lifted rubicon from vail on and back to vail. I have a couple of choices on what to take. 1) I can take my 06 chevy crew vortec max which pulls really well but I wouldn't use in the rocks. 2) I can take my 84 K-10 w/ 2 1/2" of lift and 33" truxs mts. The 84 still has 10 bolts but is detroit locked in the rear and true traked in the front. I guess I fear 2 things one the trans is a 84 original and still shifts great and has been serviced at our dealership every 36K but who knows and the axles shafts front and rear are originals. Am I asking for trouble?

    Thanks guys
     
  2. Leper

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    Borrow a trailer and tow the Blazer with the other one.
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    Just reread your post. Have your buddy rent a truck to tow his rig.
     
  3. 80' 427

    80' 427 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    The reason we were going to pull his jeep from vail on was to save a little gas just having one vehicle running, if he had too he could drive all the way which would not be a problem. I guess I am just afraid of breaking my truck at moab. Does moab have mild stuff or just tough stuff. This will be my first time to anything other than mud and dirt.
     
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    Chaddy 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Moab has stuff for everybody! From mild to wild.
     
  5. HarryH3

    HarryH3 1 ton status Author

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    If your engine is stock, you're going to be VERY disappointed in the power that you (don't) have going up and down those mountains at that elevation. There are some long, steep climbs on I-70 that will make you think that you have a 4-banger wheezing away under the hood. Towing a rig behind is going to mean that you're over in the right lane, doing 10 MPH with all of the big rigs. :( It's amazing hom much power you lose once you get up about 6K feet or so. :eek1:
     
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    Don't wheel the tow rig, and don't wheel the blazer unless you tow it.

    So, I guess you have to decide whether or not you want to drive at Moab...
     
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    Going over I-70 you will get up to about 7-8k in elevation, I would pull the 84 with the 06 and make your buddy drive
     
  8. 1977k5

    1977k5 3/4 ton status Vendor

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    Ummm, I think Eisenhower tunnel is over 11K and Vail pass in right at 12.

    You should just each drive your own vehicles IMO
     
  9. HarryH3

    HarryH3 1 ton status Author

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    Uhh, you're about 3-4K feet short there... :eek1: Eisenhower tunnel is just a shade over 11,000 feet, IIRC. Those 6 and 7 % grades up there are killers.
     
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    oh my bad! i thought i might of been wrong but i was taking a shot in the dark.
     
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    My Dodge pulled my 7K M1008 going 70 up those mountains???:D


    I would make your buddy drive, tow your K5.
     
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    Not with a normally aspirated gas engine under the hood... :rolleyes:
     
  13. 80' 427

    80' 427 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    I pulled over those passes 2 times both with mixed results. Hold on this is gonna be long. First my cousin lives in eagle or something like that that is just out of vail. The first time was pulling back my previous DD a 90 k1500 I pulled it with my 04 Avalanch z-71. This was my schooling I pulled both vail pass and the tunnel at 25-35mph and 4500-5000 rpm in first gear. The second time it tried a little harder. This time I had a 05 3/4 ton Dodge V-10 I got off our used car lot (at the dealership I work at). This time I pulled a 96 olds 88 out to my cousin 85 mph and 13-15 mpg most of the way. I pulled the 84 K-10 back I have now cause it had a flat cam. I pulled both passes at about 55-60 and in 2nd. I was hoping from vail pass west it would but a milder pull but I have never been that way. My 84 K-10 has a some engine work done. Its been 0 decked with flat tops to get my quench tight. Pocket ported smog heads, 9 to 1 compression, Small hyd roller (197/210 @ .050 .433 .462 lift), headers, performer eps intake and the holley truck 670 carb. I would say it makes 250+ hp but I built it to make lots of gurnt to pull this truck at highway speeds in OD (it will get 13s pretty regular). The truck has been regeared with 4.11s and runs pretty hard but my crew would eat it for dinner. Would be fun to have my own truck at moab, have to get some parts if I do.
     

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