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been a while since I've logged onto Pirate and lo and behold... my favorite build of all time is alive and well :smokin:
Thanks! Trying to keep this rig alive. Getting to the point where big wear items need to be replaced... my steering ram is on the list for next year. That company (POS) has been gone for years. Maybe Howe or PSC will replace it.

In other news - got a couple new shoes to replace my worst-worn reds.


Radiator replacement is complete. New upper & lower hoses. Was able to transfer on my old shroud onto the new Ron Davis 26x16 unit.

Rivets + ultra grey = no aluminum welding required. :flipoff2:
(last time I sat in my dining room was Thanksgiving 2016)


Like a glove.


I finally upgraded my windshield-washer hose bleed lines to -4 AN Push Lok. Was on borrowed time there for sure. The lines run from the top of the radiator & from to the "steam ports" to a remote surge tank. (you'll notice my new rad does not have a cap)



Last on my list for Moab prep is finishing up the brakes. After this season I'd like to do more homework on the correct master cylinder for my application. I think even with the upgrade in rotor diameter & pads there will be add'l room for improvement.

 

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I idled my rig in the garage to bleed out the cooling system.

With the removed thermostat I was surprised how quickly the system came up to temperature. Fans kick on at 190F (I think) and manage temperature with ease. When running hard I'm hopeful it work out.

I've heard stories from others saying the run all day without fans turning on... not sure how that is possible.

Jury is out on how this will perform in real life. Will follow up after the trip.
 

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I’d love to take that ram apart. I bet it just has simple seals in it that are easy to source. Is the wear on hard parts?
Slow leak. I replaced the end seals (rubber o-rings) and the leak persists.

I have not torn it down to look at the internal seals. They may be an off the shelf part that will extend life of this thing.

If I have time before the end of April I'll tear it apart and let you know what's in there. Hard parts are okay, shaft is in good condition.
 

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I was pleased with the upgraded brakes. Good petal feel and great holding power.

Hit a few desert sections in Moab, plenty of brake there.

A few shots from my trip. Not many action pics -- too busy driving :flipoff2:



 

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I'm planning on grabbing a new set of Reds next season. Finally going to upgrade from my clapped out steel wheels.

What beadlocks are making panties fly off these days? I've looked at the usual suspects, they all seem nice.

Raceline, KMC, Fuel, ProComp, Hutchinson, Method, ??

I saw these on an episode of Diesel Brothers -- anyone know what they are?

I'm looking for feedback on a good BFG Red + beadlock combo. 17x9 max width.

 

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Those are forged pm truck wheels, not sure if they are still in business I believe their new company is innov8 racing but I'm not 100% sure. Cool to see your rig is still around.
 

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Whatever wheel you choose at least get the backspacing/offset to achieve decent scrub radius. That will play a big part on how your rig handles and turns.
Agreed that detail is important.

I have 17x8's now with 4.5" of backspacing. Targeting a geometry that is close to that.

Also, I can squeeze between the fenders on my trailer with that setup...
 
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