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RE: Truck overheating towing on long steep grades.

I had similar problems and found debris crammed between the coolers. If you have a 160K on it, I am sure your not getting optimum flow through the coolers if they have never been cleaned out.
ksss 03/22/20 10:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel Brothers

The idea long ago was fullfilling public service was a duty, like joining the military. You do your term, do your part, and go back and live within the laws you helped enact. However when your permenant job becomes politics, a huge perspective is lost. Citizens, when their representatives achieve positions on powerful committees, bringing things back to their area (bridge to no where for example), many dont want to lose "their guy" and so "forever" legislatures are born. I am perplexed how these people earn millions of dollars in politics. Many become multimillionares while in "service" to their country. Their wages are not that significant to account for that kind of increase.
ksss 03/20/20 07:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford, GM, FCA Agree to Shut Down US Plants

yes probably a good thing for the OEMs, given that vehicle purchases quickly fell off the radar screen of hopeful buyers. Unfortunately the supply train if they have not shut down on their own, goes into hiberanation as well. Lots of additional people sitting at home wondering how far my 1K from the gov. will go along with unemployment insurance. The economic impact of this is incredibly bad.
ksss 03/19/20 10:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is SHE GONNA BLOW!

You could buy again any of the big three and chances are you would be fine from a reliability standpoint, unlikely that you would see this level of problems. There are stories like this from all three. I dont think it is often a direct fault of anyone in particular but rather a systematic fault of both the dealer and OEM. It starts with the dealer obviously, if the dealer faulters things are typically on a road course to hell. That is why establishing a solid relationship with the dealer and the service manager is important. The OEM is the next in line, they can make matters better or much worse (the dealer is huge here as well). When the dealer and OEM drop the ball, nothing positive comes after that. GM has helped me out when I was years out of warranty on my 05 5500. I am sure other OEMs do similar things, but the dealer has to care about your business relationship to help with that. I like GM, owned or own 9 Duramax trucks. The 5500 was the only one that caused me any issues requiring GM to step in and help. They did, kicked in 4K on an 8K repair that was years out of warranty. So while I was pissed that I had an issue, I was happy that I was taken care of to some degree. If GM hadn't stepped in maybe I would have switched to something else. You might be in a similar case with FORD, even though your next FORD would run like it should, sometimes there isnt any motivation to give them any more money due to past experiences (your only real leverage over the issues you had). There are no right or wrong solutions to this really as far as brand. It becomes a matter of what your willing to look past or not.
ksss 03/15/20 06:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: fuel tank/toolbox combo

Take a look at Highway products. They are awesome, make you whatever you want. I have one pickup outfitted by them. All Aluminum, not cheap but worth it.
ksss 03/15/20 10:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: New truck needs some toys

So it looks like I will be keeping the J & J Enterprises Magnum running boards. I know the stainless will buff out nice. But I really would like to replace the rubber strip s that serve as traction enhancers on top of the boards. A simple enough job to do, if I can find it. I have been unsusucessful googling so far. So it anyone has any ideas, I am all ears. You might look into "skate board tape".
ksss 03/06/20 08:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New truck needs some toys

I have been running mud flaps similar to the Duraflap. May be the same, honestly I cant remember, but they certainly cost more than they should for what they are. I like them better than the Husky style since they extend lower but are also flexible, so if you are off road or in deep snow they dont get trashed. An option on the running boards is going with a nerf bar style and using clear vinyl like Expel to cover the areas that your concerned about. The last couple trucks I have used the GO Rhino Dominator III wheel to wheel. I have them sprayed with bed liner material to keep them in good shape.
ksss 03/01/20 12:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Chevy 6.6 Tow Review

Makes two of us, I like them as well.
ksss 02/22/20 11:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford Drivers!!!

No Ford pickup should be without a front tow hook! Makes getting on the roll back much harder....Lol
ksss 02/22/20 08:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Chevy 6.6 Tow Review

The GMC version is less "dramatic" than the Chevy version. I think the GMC version looks better, but I dont find the Chevy too ugly to buy. However, like you said, that is subjective.
ksss 02/22/20 10:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Chevy 6.6 Tow Review

I looks like it pulls well there. I think when the 10 speed gets in the truck it will be much better. Good looking truck though.
ksss 02/22/20 09:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Cummins IKE pull

True Medium Duty engine and transmission? I know the Cummins is available in the many medium duty applications, but what other applications is the AS69RC in? There are other models of Aisin transmissions used in medium duty trucks just like there are other models of Allison's, but what other medium duty truck is the AS69RC specifically used in outside of Ram? I also know that the Powerstroke and its transmission is available from class 2b all the way up to Class 8 trucks(yes there is a class 8 F750). In fact, both the 6R140 and 10R140 were both specifically made for these ligh-medium-heavy duty truck classes. I think we are at the point where we can call the pick up truck applications of these engines/transmissions true medium duty applications. I agree and they have been that way for years. This ridiculous argument has been made and counterpointed way more than its worth.
ksss 02/20/20 09:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 year end and Q4 pickup sales

I dont know about the 1500's they may have had enough of those but they certainly didnt on the HD's. They are still trying to get caught up on those. The local dealers around here certainly didnt have any new HD's to sell.
ksss 02/19/20 01:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Auxiliary fuel tank?

The Titan tanks are really hard to beat, well made and you dont lose any bed space.
ksss 02/17/20 03:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The Cummins soon to take on the Ike

I think the fastest time up the hill relates to more than just who has an extra minute at the top of the IKE. It relates to passing capacity on tight roads, starting capability coming onto major roadways and others as well. It is pretty important, it speaks to a lot of different driving metrics, but certainly not all that everyone feels are important. I would like to see what the engine, and tranny temps are, EGT's would be very helpful as well.
ksss 02/14/20 11:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Chevy 2500/3500 trucks

Well I might be able to help. I pull a 28' car trailer. I dont have a bathroom, but **** pissed I dont have one. Mine is tall-too tall actually. It is not what I do with my '18 3500 SRW, Duramax full time, but I do get around a lot with my car trailer. Three trips to California a year and many more trips to Utah and Montana. I pull a ZL1 which weighs spot on at 4K and the trailer weighs about 5-6K maybe a little more with all the extra stuff in it. Not a heavy trailer but it cuts more wind than my Fuzion does without a doubt. My truck is not as tight a new 2020, but I dont use any type of hitch system, I hitch and go. I cant imagine anything you would put in a 28' car trailer that would give a 2020 or my gen an issue.
ksss 02/07/20 09:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: how do dey do dat ?

If your concious or checkbook says tradesman, does it really matter how they do it or how much it costs? Pretty sure its more than your willing to give. But I will humor you regardless. When you build a GMC it adds about $250 for the tailgate. I stand corrected, I built it using WT type trim and it can be added in a package or the states the individual price is $445.
ksss 02/03/20 08:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: how do dey do dat ?

If your concious or checkbook says tradesman, does it really matter how they do it or how much it costs? Pretty sure its more than your willing to give. But I will humor you regardless. When you build a GMC it adds about $250 for the tailgate.
ksss 02/03/20 08:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Ford 7.3L Ike Gauntlet

Looks like Ford's new 2020 trucks are hitting grand slams and the GM trucks are falling short along with the terrible front end styling on all models. I don't like admitting this, but from a performance standpoint, your right. I don't think Ford has ever done this well on the Ike test. It has taken forever, but Ford finally delivered on their spec sheet. As for the looks, that is subjective, and personally I have grown to like the GM HD look. Others may not...o well. The performance gap is what I am not happy about. I knew the aspbeating with the 6.6 gas was coming (the lack of gears and/or the 3.73's in the gas engine made it a predictable outcome). I am surprised/concerned at the Duramax performance in comparison. After years of the GM trucks being dominate on the hill, I guess turn a bout is fair play, hopefully this calls GM out to find an answer. If I liked driving the first loser...I would drive a GT350 instead of a ZL1. Sorry... Fish, gotta get a win where I can right now...lol. I wouldn't mind owning a ZL1 and it still has the good looking front end compared to the obnoxious front ends of the other Camaro's. And this is coming from a previous '85 IROC Z owner.I still own my 85 IROCZ. It was my first new car.I ordered it with all of the bells and whistles. It has 48K on the clock Those were the best looking cars back then. I sure enjoyed mine. They were, I have had a 76, 78 RS, 89 IROC 350, 96 SS #2156, and my current 15 ZL1. The IROC was hands down the best looking Camaro ever in my opinion. I wont say build quality was great, but the car was simply awesome to look at. I don't think I have ever been as proud about a car as I was the day I brought that home.
ksss 02/01/20 06:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Ford 7.3L Ike Gauntlet

Looks like Ford's new 2020 trucks are hitting grand slams and the GM trucks are falling short along with the terrible front end styling on all models. I don't like admitting this, but from a performance standpoint, your right. I don't think Ford has ever done this well on the Ike test. It has taken forever, but Ford finally delivered on their spec sheet. As for the looks, that is subjective, and personally I have grown to like the GM HD look. Others may not...o well. The performance gap is what I am not happy about. I knew the aspbeating with the 6.6 gas was coming (the lack of gears and/or the 3.73's in the gas engine made it a predictable outcome). I am surprised/concerned at the Duramax performance in comparison. After years of the GM trucks being dominate on the hill, I guess turn a bout is fair play, hopefully this calls GM out to find an answer. If I liked driving the first loser...I would drive a GT350 instead of a ZL1. Sorry... Fish, gotta get a win where I can right now...lol.
ksss 02/01/20 10:17am Tow Vehicles
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