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stan1688

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What about some kind of eyelet on the side of the mounting tube that the winch line can go through? The tension on the winch line would hold it up the tube and you wouldn't have to flip it up.

Edit: Although, that may make it difficult to remount the tube once the tire is back in the up position. Carry on.
 

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Have knocked out a few small tasks this week.

While I don’t particularly listen to music all that often while driving as I prefer to listen to the 6.5 sing, my boys LOVE music and love to have “dance parties”. So, for the sake of more enjoyable road trips ….

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This was also an experiment. Truthfully, I appreciate a little bass in my music, and in my last burb I had a nice sub box that housed a couple of 12s. But with this burb, I wasn’t interested in giving up space for the sake of extra bass. So when I discovered these compact subs, I had to try it out. At only 3” high, this 10” fits perfectly under the 2nd row and adds just the right amount of low end thump. There’s a good chance I may relocate down the road, so I kept the extra length of cable wrapped up under the seats as well.

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Also, turns out the 40” spare, steel tire rack, and steel roof rack add a bunch of weight to the tail of the truck, weight that wasn’t planned for when I had ORD build the springs. So the truck has conjured a bit of a squat that’s a bit of an eye sore to me. Don’t hate - my immediate simple fix is a pair of 1” blocks beneath the ORD zero rates.

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Personally, I really dislike this idea of stacking the blocks with the zero rates and 1/4” spacer, even though the leaf pack center pin holds the zero rates and 1/4 to the springs and the blocks have their own center pin and locating hole. It should be good for highway driving, but I doubt I’ll do much off-roading with this set up.

This is also an experiment, to see if 1” of lift in the rear levels out the truck. The endgame plan is to swap the factory shackle hangers and 6” ORD shackles to ORD’s HD hangers and Xtreme shackles. According to them, this setup with my existing springs will add 1” of lift to the tail of the truck. I’ll get to this after I get the turbo done next month, so this 1” block is short term, but it does seem to level the truck pretty good ….

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Minimal difference, but just enough.


That’s all for now. Going camping this weekend so y’all will finally get a glimpse of my rooftop wrap around porch ….


Andy
 

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I have been pretty impressed with the compact self powered subs here lately. I had one in my TJ that in that small space hit pretty hard. i moved it to the megacab when i sold the TJ, doesn't hit as hard in the bigger space but still adds enough to the music.
 

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We made it to the campground. Overall I’d say it was a successful trip. Boys had fun, that’s what matters. Got the tent up then ended up not sleeping up there. The first night we got there kind of late and I figured trying to set it up in the dark wasn’t a good idea. Then, without a good ladder figured out, makes it kind of difficult to get down in an emergency situation, and I wasn’t totally cool with the idea of my wife and kids sleeping on the ground by themselves while I was up on the rooftop. Oh well. Next time. I’ve got good things lining up starting in January.

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I also need to figure out a better camping system that doesn’t require bringing so much stuff. Feels like we’re bringing half our house. I’d like to be at a point of readiness that we can randomly say, “Let’s go” and we can just jump in the truck and go, without it taking all day to pack, haha.

Andy
 

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We are the same way with camping. We have a family of 6 and we easily fill the bed of my crew cab long bed dually super duty when we go and we have to bag everything to keep it from getting super dusty. I need to get good sleeping bags so we don't bring extra blankets and I need to get totes and do a complete tent camping setup so we can just grab all that stuff and go. We have been trailer campers for many years and have been getting more and more into tent camping.
 

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Totes, pelican cases or other plastic cases are the way to make packing quick.

Even before I got the camper and was using a tent I used totes at least. One is ease of packing but the other benefit is with the lid on they are water tight enough that if it rains and they are left outside gear isn’t going to get soaked.

Now I have a pelican case with wheels my cooking gear is in. Just toss it in and go.

I tend to overpack too. But each time I go out I try to take a note of what I used and didn’t for the next trip. I’ve slimmed it down some for sure.
 

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Camping world has a collapsible 6ft ladder made out of aluminum we carry with our truck camper

I’ve thought about something like that. I may go that route. May also consider something permanent.

We are the same way with camping. We have a family of 6 and we easily fill the bed of my crew cab long bed dually super duty when we go and we have to bag everything to keep it from getting super dusty. I need to get good sleeping bags so we don't bring extra blankets and I need to get totes and do a complete tent camping setup so we can just grab all that stuff and go. We have been trailer campers for many years and have been getting more and more into tent camping.

I spent quite a bit of time hunting down a good sleeping bag and it has made quite a difference for me.

Totes, pelican cases or other plastic cases are the way to make packing quick.

Even before I got the camper and was using a tent I used totes at least. One is ease of packing but the other benefit is with the lid on they are water tight enough that if it rains and they are left outside gear isn’t going to get soaked.

Now I have a pelican case with wheels my cooking gear is in. Just toss it in and go.

I tend to overpack too. But each time I go out I try to take a note of what I used and didn’t for the next trip. I’ve slimmed it down some for sure.

We’ve definitely gotten better about what we bring but I know we can do more. There’s a lot we think we need that we really don’t. We’ll get there. Eventually I want to build one of those fancy-pants overlander platforms in the back of the burb that has space to sleep, a couple of long drawers for storage, and all the essentials already packed so that we can simply hop in the truck and go on a whim. Might take a while to get there though.

Andy
 

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Took the last trip out of town before the truck gets a turbo this past weekend. My youngest sister, last one out of a family of 9, finally tied the knot!

Not much to show from the trip. But I did take a video of it warming up the morning we returned home. In case the video doesn’t work, I snagged a couple stills.


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There’s a lot planned for the truck in 2022. Consider it the “finish the build” year.

Not that these builds are ever done, but hopefully this next year will set me up for a long time of putting the truck to work and less time working on the truck.

The new year will start with a fresh set of rubber body mounts from LMC. They’re full kit has been on back order since the dawn of time due to a single missing bolt. I convinced them to ship me the kit less the missing bolt. Sure poly mounts last longer, but they don’t isolate vibrations as well which translates into a lot more noise in cab. You’ll find that a lot of what happens in 2022 is aimed at reducing in-cab noise levels. Maybe it’s my old man sensibilities but I know my truck can be quieter.

Then the transmission crossmember gets rebuilt, the fuel injector pump gets replaced, injectors, glow plugs, and then finally the turbo. Aft turbo, the entire exhaust system is going as well. As cool as my dual glass packs are, I’m convinced they’re louder than I realize, and my MBRP Quiet Tone muffler is still on the shelf which is at least a tad bit quieter.

It should all keep me decently busy and I hope to get it all done before the hot Florida summer months kick in.

Here’s to goals.

Andy
 

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Not much to report over these last few weeks.

Welded some brackets on to the roof rack to relocate my hi lift Jack.

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Nothing to show for these next two but: Adjusted the steering as best I could so that the steering wheel is at 12:00 when driving straight rather than 10:00. Still pulls to the right some but that’s just to be expected for various reasons. Also, this past Saturday I finally got around to swapping out the ORD poly body bushings for the LMC rubber bushings. Turns out LMC shorted me a few, but they’re getting the rest out to me free of charge. Nonetheless, all but 3 of the 12 body mounts are now rubber and it’s unbelievable how much quieter the inside of the cab is. My watch is telling me the decibel reading dropped from 85dB to 75-77dB, if that means anything. The truck is much more pleasant to drive now.

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Also, put a 15* bend in the tire rack latch bar to help clear the carabiner.

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Other than that, just been enjoying a couple beach days before I take it out of service next month for the turbo install.

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