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Old 11-01-2018, 08:34 PM   #1001 (permalink)
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Looks great man for the rotors maybe you could make a small set of skid plates that bolt to the U-bolts? redneck fix would be run 2 stock inner rims with no tires on them lol


I'll just edit instead of replying, might be good idea to have U bolt skids anyhow even if you dont extend them out to rotors.

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Old 11-01-2018, 08:42 PM   #1002 (permalink)
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Looks great man for the rotors maybe you could make a small set of skid plates that bolt to the U-bolts? redneck fix would be run 2 stock inner rims with no tires on them lol
Bolting to the Ubolts, great idea!

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Old 11-02-2018, 07:39 AM   #1003 (permalink)
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Spare tires are good... Would not fit in the stock location without cutting the exhaust off.

So I whipped up a spare mount for the back door. Not my prettiest fab work, but its solid. Two verticals to spread the load over a few panels of the door, and a "basket" for the wheel to sit in.





Through bolted on the door. I can bounce on it with no movement.



And with the tire in place, I used E-Track mounts and straps.



Added a lifting eye above the door, come along and a snatch block make getting it up there possible, once the rear winch goes in it will be much easier....

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Old 11-02-2018, 11:02 AM   #1004 (permalink)
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Looks great man!
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Old 11-02-2018, 11:23 AM   #1005 (permalink)
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Old 11-02-2018, 04:00 PM   #1006 (permalink)
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I have to wonder if you are going to pick up MPG or lose... Have you thought to weigh one of the new wheel\tire combos? I'm just wondering if 4 heavier wheels and tires is still lighter than the 6 stockers. Also the increased tire diameter would normally spell loss of mpg but with the way the 450-550 trucks are geared they usually pick up 1 mpg or so on taller tire on highway driving.
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I have to wonder if you are going to pick up MPG or lose... Have you thought to weigh one of the new wheel\tire combos? I'm just wondering if 4 heavier wheels and tires is still lighter than the 6 stockers. Also the increased tire diameter would normally spell loss of mpg but with the way the 450-550 trucks are geared they usually pick up 1 mpg or so on taller tire on highway driving.
At the top of the pass, stopped for dinner. They definately suck power. (remember I went back to stock tune too) but got pretty hot (oil almost 230, water 220) and I was only doing 50-55. Maxing speed keeping boost under 40 and EGT's under 1100. I was able to just about keep 60 before I belive.

If you belive the gas gauge mileage is worse.... Usually I get 80miles per quarter tank, I'm at 70 now.

Will update as I go. May try going back to the other tune.

Wheels and tires are 160pbs per spec. I bet plus or minus a few lbs.

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At the top of the pass, stopped for dinner. They definately suck power. (remember I went back to stock tune too) but got pretty hot (oil almost 230, water 220) and I was only doing 50-55. Maxing speed keeping boost under 40 and EGT's under 1100. I was able to just about keep 60 before I belive.

If you belive the gas gauge mileage is worse.... Usually I get 80miles per quarter tank, I'm at 70 now.

Will update as I go. May try going back to the other tune.

Wheels and tires are 160pbs per spec. I bet plus or minus a few lbs.

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did you check your miles with gps? or did you get the tune worked out where the speedo and odometer are reading right? you might have 80 miles on the tank due to odometer error
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Does that have 4.30 gears or 4.88?
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did you check your miles with gps? or did you get the tune worked out where the speedo and odometer are reading right? you might have 80 miles on the tank due to odometer error
Reset computer with tuner to the correct tire size. At half tank I'm back to normal. We will see. I'm thinking about running the tune on the way back home. Sadly won't be back here for awhile, so can't do a good comparison.

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Does that have 4.30 gears or 4.88?
My math says 4.30, not 100% sure

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The code on the door frame sticker will tell you.

43 = 4.30 non-limited slip
48 = 4.88 non-limited slip
4L = 4.30 limited slip
8L = 4.88 limited slip

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The code on the door frame will tell you.
Oh! Know the code? I'll take a look at lunch

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The code on the door frame sticker will tell you.

43 = 4.30 non-limited slip
48 = 4.88 non-limited slip
4L = 4.30 limited slip
8L = 4.88 limited slip
Ha I googled after you edited!

It's 4L, 4.30 LSD.

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Back home, need to fill up, but I think it's a little worse mpg.... Not much, but a little.

Drives nice. Dropped about 300 rpms or so. Will try the tune on the next trip.

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Ride better? Track better in ruts? 300rpm drop is great. My 450 is 4:30 also so that's good to know. Gonna sell me a spare?

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Ride better? Track better in ruts? 300rpm drop is great. My 450 is 4:30 also so that's good to know. Gonna sell me a spare?

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Yes, sorry I haven't gotten a quote yet!

Ride is a little better, not a ton. I am pretty close on air pressures, 80 rear 75 front. Tire temp was withing 2 degrees across the tread.

Still follows ruts a bit, but I think any stiff commercial tire is going to. They also have no heat cycles in them still. 65 was right at 2k rpms now.

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What were your tire temps? I'm really close to buying a set and trying them. Was waiting for your report after a trip on them. Are you happy with them?

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What were your tire temps? I'm really close to buying a set and trying them. Was waiting for your report after a trip on them. Are you happy with them?

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72-75 ish. It was wet however, not sure how much of a difference that makes. And no idea what a 'normal' temp is.

I'm happy, they take more power to turn that I like, but such is life I guess. I was hoping diesel torque would overcome it. Looks like I lost a little mpg. Makes sense though as I was running higher boost overall it seemed. More boost = more fuel.

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Finally spent the $$ on a good set of SAE rated lights I could run on the street. The beam and cutoff is impressive.



I'm cheap, so I did not buy the $$ brackets that bolt right in.... Some scrap alu a vise and a hammer and drill, and I made some. Passenger side had different holes in the bumper.... Odd, but both are in place.




And Ford is nice enough to use the same wiring harness in all their trucks, simple as ordering the headlight switch with the fog light function (at $30 whopping dollars for the OE part!), popping it in the dash, and connecting to the harness that is run to just above the drivers headlight.



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when you get a chance will you throw a tape on the outside edge of the front and rear tires? they look pretty tucked on the front. curious how wide that makes the rear. Thanks
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when you get a chance will you throw a tape on the outside edge of the front and rear tires? they look pretty tucked on the front. curious how wide that makes the rear. Thanks
Will do, just got home from driving it all weekend in gravel and snow!

Snow; Drove up in 2wd since I didn't unlock the hubs after last trip and unlocked them in the dark instead of locking them... One really long steep switch back, lots of squirming in the back but no issues. Backing out of the spot in the morning took some doing, but not sure duals would have been worse. About 10" of snow, was just dragging diff.

Gravel; they pick up and chuck big ass rocks! Like on the roof lol. Small. Pot holes are definitely rolled thru much easier. Still stiff. (didn't air down)

Mpg's seem to be back to normal with the tune again.

Ripped the drivers side fender flare most of thr way off..... Need more clearance....

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hey man im about to insulate and cover sprinter van walls

is the wall paneling 1/4" prefinished maple plywood?

and are all your cabinets 1/2" plywood

truck looks good man
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hey man im about to insulate and cover sprinter van walls

is the wall paneling 1/4" prefinished maple plywood?

and are all your cabinets 1/2" plywood

truck looks good man
It's 1/4" pre fin Birch.

Most of the cabinets are 1/2" the lower bed section is 3/4, the kitchen lower cabinets are maple 1x3 face frames.

If I was doing it again, I would make sure to finish the edges of the ply that are against the floor. Water seems to always be present.... Might roll a coat of something on the back of the ply too as it's only finished one side.

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PSA Pre fit your tire chains, these are supposed to fit, my tire size is on the bag, but I ahd to cut 8 links off and remove a cross bar.... Glad In tested them.

Amazing weekend though, We went to find snow, and find it we did! Forecast was way off, ~10" or so at least.

New Rigid's are awesome. Usable light, no one flashed me all weekend, and I can SEE!

The turn off the highway.


Where we stopped for the night. I drove all the way up in 2wd, apparently I forgot to unlock the hubs last weekend, so I jumped out to lock them in when we hit snow and unlocked them.... No wonder the ass end was squirming around.




Not a bad view to see in the morning. Snow firmed up over night and it took a fair bit of spinning to back out of there. Parking brake froze too (well the sensor/cable did, brake released, but chime chimed for miles.....)




Went for a couple of COLD hikes.

Not doing the pass this time of year LOL






Spotted a black bear in a tree....



Then headed to a usual spot for the night. It was clear and COLD.

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