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BillaVista's Tech Based Product Reviews

12voltguyreview.jpg Jun 15 2011 12Volt Guy Custom Switch Panel
Rugged.jpg Dec 03 2010 Rugged Radios Complete Offroad Racecar Comms Setup
DSCF1089_resize.JPG Nov 17 2009 High Angle Driveline 42 degree Durability CV Driveshaft & Chromoly Trophy-Truck Spline Driveshaft
SDC10529_resize_resize.jpg Oct 26 2009 Griffin Thermal Products "King of the Hammers" Aluminum Race Radiator
IMG_5685_resize_resize.JPG Oct 06 2009 JMR MB1000 Manual Tube Bender
IMG_6235_resize.JPG Jul 28 2009 JMR TN1000 Tube Notching Machine
3397446742_9783c7a046_o_resize.jpg Jun 26 2009 Turn Key Engine Supply 510hp LS2
IMG_3226_resize_resize.JPG Nov 14 2008 Ready Welder II #10000-CS
IMG_2475_resize.JPG Sep 30 2008 Ballistic Fabrication Racing Shocks
IMG_2645_resize.JPG Aug 17 2008 42" Pitbull Rockers
Crow.jpg Jun 21 2008 Crow Enterprizes Driver Restraint Systems
IMG_1151_mod1_300.jpg Jul 04 2008 Twisted Stitch Custom Suspension Seats
hydroboost.jpg Jan 25 2008 Vanco PBS Hydroboost Brake System
IMG_9519_small.jpg May 16 2007 Wet Okole Waterproof Neoprene Seat Covers
Atlas_thumb.jpg Apr 25 2007 Atlas 4-speed, Roark mount, & High Angle 1350/1410 CV Shafts
cognito.jpg Apr 18 2007 Cognito Motorsports GM 8-lug Pitman and Idler Arm Support Kit
TSL-R.jpg Nov 5 2006 ["URL=https://www.pirate4x4.com/tech/billavista/PR-TSLs/"]42" Super Swamper TSLs[/URL]
IMG_2939.jpg Aug 17 2006 ARB CKSA12 Compact Onboard Air Kit
Hummer_Rims.jpg Feb 15 2006 Dean Reed Custom Double Beadlocks
IMG_3341_thumb.jpg Nov 14 2005 ARB RD114 14-bolt Air Locker
IMG_3207_thumb.jpg Nov 14 2005 Yukon 14-bolt Gears and Install kit
IMG_3124_thumb.jpg Nov 14 2005 Jethro-Bilt 14-bolt Diff Cover
IMG_3278_thumb.jpg Nov 14 2005 Yukon Carrier Bearing Puller
T_locker.jpg July 04 2005 TeraFlex Dana 60 T-Locker
joints.jpg July 04 2005 Super Suspension Joints - RE Super-Flex vs. Evolution Heim vs. Poly Performance Uniball.
DCP_9103_small.JPG Jun 06 2004 High Angle Driveline 14-Bolt 1410 Series Pinion Yoke Kit
DCP_9360_small.JPG Oct 11 2004 Tera manufacturing Low20 low range transfer case kit.
DCP_6757_small.JPG Mar 18 2004 Poly Performance Dana 60 35 Spline Chrom-Moly Drive Flanges
DCP_7703_small.JPG Mar 18 2004 Superior "Evolution" Chrom-Moly Dana 60 axles and CTM Racing U-joints
DCP_8195_small.JPG Mar 18 2004 Crane High Clearance Chrom-Moly Dana 60 Steering Knuckles
DCP_8213_small.JPG Mar 18 2004 Crane High Clearance Chrom-Moly Dana 60 Diff Cover
DCP_7888_small.JPG Dec 18 2003 Fox Racing Shox 2.0 Series Airshox
STeves%20pictures%20094.jpg Nov 26 2003 Performance Off-Road Systems' Hydraulic Steering System
PR-35Spline.JPG Aug 08 2003 4WDFACTORY.com Dana 60 35 Spline Stub Axle Upgrade kit
DCP_7042_small.JPG Aug 11 2003 OTT Industries Dana 60 High Clearance Steering Arms
PR-Kingpinkit.JPG July 23 2003 4WDFACTORY.com Dana 60 front Kingpin Rebuild Kit
PR-shaft.JPG July 19 2003 1 Ton 1350 CV Driveshaft from High Angle Driveline
PR-DrillDr.jpg June 30 2003 Drill Doctor 750 Pro - Drill Bit Sharpening Machine
PR-Harness.jpg June 10 2003 MAD4WD 2" Corbeau Harness Install
PR-D20output.jpg June 07 2003 Advance Adapters Dana 20 32 Spline Output kit
PR-Fairlead.jpg May 29 2003 Rock Buggy Supply Composite Winch Fairlead

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Billa Vista's Tech Articles

** Important note. Most of the tech articles are large and with many pictures. **

2011 Articles

IMG_6625m_400_200.jpg Wiring-1.jpg comms.jpg oiling.jpg MEFI.JPG LS%20cooling%20system%20-%20no%20heater_resize.jpg DSCF0187m_resize_resize.jpg IMG_5898_resize.JPG DSCF0096_resize.JPG 16_resize.jpg 14_resize.jpg IMG_4080_resize.JPG IMG_4352_resize.JPG left_resize_resize.jpg Wheelin_02_Aug_08-10.jpg Harnesses2.jpg Harnesses1.jpg IMG_5907_small.jpg coilovers_part2b.jpg coilovers_part1.jpg brake_bible.jpg Prodigy.jpg brochure_tn.jpg TSL-T.jpg button.jpg IMG_2609_small.jpg Gear_Setup.jpg operation_thumb.jpg IMG_1932_thumb.jpg doubler_thumb002.jpg nuts&bolts_thumb003.jpg

Fastener Tech - In this monster article Billa Vista covers all aspects of fastener tech, including answering the following questions:
  • Should I use Grade 5 or Grade 8 bolts?
  • Should I use a bolt or a stud? What's the difference?
  • Lockwasher, castelated nut, or Nylock nut - which works better and why?
  • What's the proper method for setting and checking torque?


Fixing a sloppy shifter. A quick and dirty little article about fixing the notorious SM465 sloppy shifter problem. Worth a look for other manual tranny owners too, as the fix will likely work for other models too.

Best of all - it showcases the incredible talent of my new graphic/technical artist, Lonny Handwork.

Check out the full size pic of the 3D cutaway of the Sm465 shift tower - amazing!!

2004 Articles

Inside the Dana 20. Part 2 of project "Uber-20", this is a combined tech article / product review showing every single step of the teardown and re-assembly of a Jeep Dana20 transfer case with the Tera Manufacturing Low20 3.15:1 low range kit.

Also includes some calculations and discussion on available gear "ratio stepping" - a concept of great interest to all - regardless of which transfer case you run.

DCP_9059_small.jpg DCP_8663.jpg Long_inner_dim_small.jpg 9_small.jpg 12.jpg inside14b_small.jpg DCP_6688_small.JPG Kingpin_rebuild.JPG CV%20shaft%20parts.jpg 14b%20discs.jpg Uber20.jpg HydroTap_small.jpg Towing.jpg
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