Gotta get on my soapbox for a minute... Then I'll go back to bein' my easy goin' self... This board has been incredibly valuable to me in the whole effort I have entered into with my Jimmy. I have saved countless hundreds with advice from people on here. I have also learned a ton and done things I never thought I would do. I was a shadetree mechanic in high school, but hadn't really picked up a wrench in YEARS. I did the typical brake jobs and such, but nothing serious. Now I have lifted my rig, built a 350 and swapped it into the rig, and installed new axle gears and lockers! Stuff I never thought I could do. But... One thing that really irks me off is when people use this board as a medium to convey their opinions as fact. Opinions are great. We can't all know everything, but I am sure we all have lots of opinions. And it is perfectly acceptable to express your opinion as long as it is conveyed as such. Opinions conveyed as FACTS are WRONG. Here are a couple of examples: 10-bolts are worthless and pieces of sh1t - Are 10-bolts as strong as 14-bolts? No. Duh. Are they what many of us have and wheel with successfully? Yes. Do they blow up everytime you back out of your driveway or hit the trails? No. But, if you read some posts, you would certainly think so. If someone asks if they should upgrade their 10-bolts, don't reply until you know if it makes sense for them and what they do, not for you and yours. And, if someone asks about gears for their 10-bolt, don't be so lame as to reply "oh you should just scrap it and go with a 14-bolt". That doesn't address their question or help them out. Many people on this site have driven and wheeled pretty darn hard for a long time on 10-bolts and never had a problem. 700R4s suck and are a waste of money - Okay. Yeah right. Again, are they as strong as a 350 or a 400? Probably not. Are they as reliable as a 465? No. But, how can you honestly say if they are worth the money or not if you don't know how it is going to be used? And you don't know what is most important to them, criteria-wise. -- Sometimes around here its like walking into a car dealership and saying "I want a new car". So the salesperson wisks you away to this great little 2-seater sportscar that costs $50,000. Then you walk away confused trying to figure out how you are supposed to fit your wife and 3 kids into this "perfect car", how you can afford it when you only make $50,000 a year, and how you are supposed to tow your travel trailer behind it. But it is undeniably the "perfect" car. Any good salesman would first ask you stuff to find out what your needs are and direct you to what is best for you. I have a Firebird. Bought it brand-spanking new. Less than 50 miles from the dealership it crapped out. ECM died. Over the first 6 months there were several electrical problems. Even had to have the entire engine swapped out at 35,000 miles. But, when someone asks me about a Firebird, I don't say that they all suck and should be replaced with a Taurus. That would be pretty shallow. I know that if they really were all like that then they probably wouldn't be in business. My point here is to offer help to people when they ask a question. And, if they don't provide enough info, ask before stating your opinion from your own situation as all-encompassing fact. And, don't spout off "facts" because you "heard from a buddy" or you "had a friend whose...". Be helpful. Don't make a post just to hear yourself talk. It's really self-debilitating. /sigh/ I'm off now. Brian Check out <a target="_blank" href=http://tx85gmcguy.alloffroad.com>My Jimmy</a> with all her projects!