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Old 04-25-2019, 05:40 PM   #1126 (permalink)
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Cool, I wonder if you can add a port for an external GPS antenna, they are super cheap.

Going to check that radio stuff out.
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Old 04-25-2019, 08:29 PM   #1127 (permalink)
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Cool, I wonder if you can add a port for an external GPS antenna, they are super cheap.

Going to check that radio stuff out.
There is an external goas port, runs nmea 0183, pucks exist, but need to make a custom cable.

But I left it on all day and it found a lock!! We will see how it works driving.

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Maybe I missed it but are those rims sold for the aftermarket only or are they from a particular application?
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Maybe I missed it but are those rims sold for the aftermarket only or are they from a particular application?
My understanding is they are for a armored vehicle based on the f550/ram 5500 chassis. Likely a prototype perhaps because I'm not sure one was ever produced on those chassis. These were likely a govt auction buy.

But they are available from Hutchinson still.

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Well letting the radio think all day while I was at work seemed to get a lock. Not a great lock, but hopefully it works. That may be a PAINFULLY slow GPS chipset.


But I now have a dual band, dual transmit/receive radio, which lets me just run APRS on B band and talk as needed on A band. A does digital also, have not even played with that in the slightest. I think this location will work, just on a magnetic phone mount.


This also happened. Upgraded to a much larger solar controller, 50A max charge current now. Will support a second large panel if I want to go that route. And while I was down there, I realized I can keep the old smaller one for my little portable panel. I already have it wired up for a connection in the drivers side tool box. Redundant systems, and can park in the shade and still make a little power if I want.


And the front bags held pressure, which is good, that means the switch is leaking from the feed side only!
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Alot of the swat trucks are F550 based with 20"beadlocks along with the gurkha's (not that it makes it any easier to get the wheels.) Stazworks used to advertise 20" double beadlock DRW wheel for F550 but now on their site they only show a standard SRW non beadlock wheel like brush trucks are switching to.
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Old 04-29-2019, 08:55 AM   #1132 (permalink)
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Set up Camp Friday night, holy S was it windy! Sustained 20-30 and gusts to 55.


Walked the whole cliff line, it was really fun actually.


It was windy enough we moved to this little "divot" to try to get out of it.


Bigger solar controller worked well. More amps!


Did my first real trad lead, it was fun, did a 5.8 I had climbed before, still a bit nerve wracking.


Did this one too, but didnt take any pics....


APRS worked on the way there, 15 mins or so to get a GPS lock.... but then it worked. Not so much on the way home 2.5 hrs to get a lock and it kept dropping. Will need to revist.
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Drove the truck to get gas yesterday, seems like its smoking more from stops...... (black, not white) Any reason that would cause that to start happening? Maybe its just because its sunny and I can see it better? But it sure left a good cloud at intersections with stop signs etc.
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you should've put diesel in

our 6.0 just failed emission opacity test 20.9 (20 is limit) it was dark black smoke

i changed fuel filters and air filter and smoke is gone and tested at 0.08
simple things first
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you should've put diesel in



our 6.0 just failed emission opacity test 20.9 (20 is limit) it was dark black smoke



i changed fuel filters and air filter and smoke is gone and tested at 0.08

simple things first
Fuel is due, I'll do that tonight! The air filter has that little restriction sensor, it's about 2/3 of the way. Has not tripped for a replacement yet, but I could do that also.

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there are 2 filters one on frame rail and the one in engine bay

our filter was 5 years old and didn't set the reminder
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there are 2 filters one on frame rail and the one in engine bay



our filter was 5 years old and didn't set the reminder
Yes, I just did the engine mounted one, need to do the frame rail mounted. It's kind of a b**** to get to.

No idea how old my air filter is oh, it looks decent, but who knows. I was putting off replacing it because they are stupidly expensive.

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not that bad
long extension and 34mm socket worked well
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not that bad

long extension and 34mm socket worked well
Yeah there is a shit ton of wiring right there on mine... I think it's where they tied a bunch of stuff together.

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Maintenance time! 127k miles now.

Air filter.... Well that looks dirty compared to a new one.... White balance of my camera makes it look worse than it is, but still. Its noticeably heavier.....


Thoughts on snorkel? I have been thinking of DIY'ing one.... Not sure how much it would help, nor am I sure 4" would flow enough (thats what the Aussies are using on the newer Ford snorkels tho)

Along these lines, Donaldson Top, 4" tube, hopefully less bends on mine.



Did the primary fuel filter also, no pics as I was covered in diesel.... But I don't like the Wix filter, its a little different design than OE. Will proably swap
it for an OE one shortly.
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Maintenance time! 127k miles now.

Air filter.... Well that looks dirty compared to a new one.... White balance of my camera makes it look worse than it is, but still. Its noticeably heavier.....


Thoughts on snorkel? I have been thinking of DIY'ing one.... Not sure how much it would help, nor am I sure 4" would flow enough (thats what the Aussies are using on the newer Ford snorkels tho)

Along these lines, Donaldson Top, 4" tube, hopefully less bends on mine.



Did the primary fuel filter also, no pics as I was covered in diesel.... But I don't like the Wix filter, its a little different design than OE. Will proably swap
it for an OE one shortly.
Yeah you need to weigh the filters to determine capacity, those cores are impossible to see by looking.

I wouldn't skimp on fuel or air filters. Anything but motorcraft or Donaldson if you want a aftermarket option.

Not a Snorkel fan but maybe you can fit a underhood cyclone separator?

How long has that air filter been in there?
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Yeah you need to weigh the filters to determine capacity, those cores are impossible to see by looking.

I wouldn't skimp on fuel or air filters. Anything but motorcraft or Donaldson if you want a aftermarket option.

Not a Snorkel fan but maybe you can fit a underhood cyclone separator?

How long has that air filter been in there?
I generally like the Wix stuff, but the design was different than OE which set me thinking its weird.

No room underhood for anything

No idea on air filter, I was using the OE gauge thing to judge life, probably not a good idea! I will weigh it and cut it open. I have never replaced it.....
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I cut it open. I was holding A LOT of dirt!

Look at the bench under where I cut it... Second pic is a pleat opened up on the engine side.



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Have not driven it yet
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Smoking bad, under about 1700rpms. No power. Smokes rolling lightly onto throttle till your past say 10 to 15%....

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Boost leak maybe? It's still building normal pressures as far as I can tell.

Reinstalled the tune (went back to stock and reinstalled) no difference. I did blow the boot off the turbo yesterday, that was not fun on the freeway...... But it slipped back on and we were on the way. Smoked before and still doing it.

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Another 'no' vote on the snorkel.


Unless, of course; you're crossing 4-5' deep rivers.
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Another 'no' vote on the snorkel.


Unless, of course; you're crossing 4-5' deep rivers.
Yeah..... That's what I'm leaning to too.

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Dorkle, don't be that guy.......
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