Just thought I'd give you all the benefit of my experience driving from Edmonton AB to Mid-Missouri. I was back home visiting for the holidays and drove my '72 Blazer back to MO. 1. I'm stupid. This will become evident in #2. 2. Adjustable shocks are well worth it - if you remember to use them. I picked up my Blazer from the lot I had it stored at and drove 90 mins or so to the lake to get my hard top. Put it on, drove around for a week, loaded it up and drove home. What I forgot is that I had the shocks set the way I liked it for driving in the summer without the top. RS900s - I think it was 3 on the front and 2 or 3 on the rear. Usually I crank it up a notch when I install the hardtop, but I forgot. Finally it occured to me that with all the extra weight from my tools and tires in the back I might want to adjust the shocks. Did I remember this in Alberta or Saskatchewan in the snow and freezing rain? Nope. Didn't think of it 'til I drove through Iowa (I think it was the roads in Council Bluffs) - pulled over, cranked the front and rear up and it was like a whole new truck! Less wandering, better control. Why didn't I think of that 1500 miles earlier? (refer to no. 1) I'm even thinking of putting them on my 94 Sierra that I occassionally tow with. 3. Factory lighting sucks. Luckily I knew this and bought a set of Bosch replacement housings with H4 bulbs (didn't get them from Santa as I'd hoped). This is easily one of the best mods I've made to my truck as far as simplicity of install and value since they well exceeded my expectations. For $90 CDN you can't go wrong. Probably kept me from hitting a doe in Manitoba 4. Winter tires really work. It snowed in Edmonton 3 days before I left and while driving with my Dad on my 35" MT's (slipping and sliding on the snow and ice covered streets) he gave me back some 235/75R15 Bridgestone winter Duelers I had on an 84 pickup I used to have. I put them on the Blazer and drove back on them. I've raved about these tires before, but I had no idea how good they were until I drove through snow in Alberta and freezing rain in Saskatchewan without incident. Didn't even lock the hubs. What really did it was when I stepped out of the truck in Brandon, MB and slipped on the ice and fell on my ass in a parking lot. I had no idea it was that slippery because the tires were so good. Almost wish it was icier here in Columbia so I could get some use out of them on my pickup. 5. Gas mileage is a myth. This is something I like to tell myself every time I have to fill up my tank (refer to No. 1), but in an odd coincidence, my mileage on the 235s was about the same as on the 35's on the highway with 4.56's - probably a coincidental tradeoff between lower rpm's with the 35's and less drag/resistance with the higher rpms on the 235's. In both cases it was around 12 mpg. And the miscelaneous: An army parka makes excellent sound deadeninng material if your T-case rattles. A.M. radio is much better in Canada - if you don't mind listening to the CBC in the hinterlands That -45 C washer fluid with Teflon really does work better, plus it smells like a car wash If the rear hatch on your Blazer doesn't open, the customs guys won't give you grief You can live on caffeine, gatorade and beef jerky for at least two days In the morning my gas tank is bigger than my bladder, but if you partake in the above traveller's diet, by mid afternoon you may want to stop with 3/4's of a tank left to fill up and use the facilities. That really isn't a leisurely two day drive (refer to no 1.) 16 hours or so Edmonton to Winnipeg and then another 16 to 18 from Winnipeg to Columbia. I had planned on making it in three, four with really bad weather, but pushed on both days. Those last two hours were killer. There's hope for the future. At a truck stop in one of the Dakotas a young kid said to his dad. "Dad that truck looks funny with those wheels" (6/8" lift with 235/75R15's) - Now there's a future K5'er !