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LanceRKeys

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Posted: 12/31/19 07:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How about a picture of your truck?

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romore wrote:

The legal towing capacity is set by the manufacturer and mods will not change that. They can make the vehicle more stable.


Legal capacity is set per federal bridge laws. States cannot legally use a lower than max limit, or feds can with hold federal roal road funds.

Manufactures do set warranty rating limits. Go over this amount, the damage done to rig with in warrant is caused by being over ANY of the manufacture numbers, will void warranty.

Being as OP is well beyond any warranty issues. He gets wieght wise about 12,000 lbs per axle on truck with his close to 12" wide tires, plus what ever the max axle capacity is per bridge laws.

You can spouse this BS in other forums, don't spout false info here.

With this said, it might not be smart running down the road at 24,000 GVW. As an LEO will get you off the road if you are unsafe in some way shape or form. Usually brakes that do not meet a field test. Then you are red tagged, not getting off the road to a repair yard, or you getted low boy hauled to repair yard.

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Steve, looks like you are here in Washington St.
Follow grits advice if you have the stock tire option. If not, avoid steeper grades or those tires could make you stall out if you get stopped in the middle of a grade
Look up RCW 45 & 46 for laws regarding spoeds and wieghts here in Washington. Follow, enjoy your trip.

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Power isn't going to be an issue with an Edge and the NV5600.
Not sure where you're located Steve but I have basically the same truck with a 70 HP towing tune. I pulled the hill on Simmonds Road in Kenmore Wa. with my buddy's 15K# boat in tow. His 454 Suburban could only do 25 up this hill and he was afraid he was going to blow it up so he asked me pull it for him. I Started from a dead stop at the bottom of the hill and let off at 65..

A few weeks later he bought a new Dodge. [emoticon]


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Scott,

I used to live at top of that hill, ex still does. 11% going from inglewood, 9% from 100th. Not real steep local grades. The grade going up by the Fruhling pit and Kenmore gun club to the old nike site is a better grade to see how well you will do. Or novelty Hill from Duvall to Redmond, thats 18%. That hairpin switch back in the middle is a mother!
Any not surprised at speeds with a 454. Depending upon trans, those did not have hill pulling ability. My 96 6.5 NV4500 did not do too bad in stock form at 15K gcw. Faster than the two 454's I had.

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Oh I know those places well Marty. I live off 228th (accross from Canyon Park Middle School) and I once drove my car off one of those hairpin turns on the Duvall end of Novely Hill road in the snow!
That poor Sub was pre-Vortec too.

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i had a 4bbl and TBI 454. The TBI was a bit better than the 4bbl, even tho both had 235/385 specs. Issue both had the POS TH400 trans behind them. Too tall of gears in fist. Stalled them out on mid teen to 20% grades quite frequently, blew up trannys every 30K like clockwork, even with 6K fluid and 12K complete flushes including the TC.

Im probably not too far from you in Brier by the middle school. There are a couple of dozies coming up here from the east to west too!

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ScottG wrote:

Oh I know those places well Marty. I live off 228th (accross from Canyon Park Middle School) and I once drove my car off one of those hairpin turns on the Duvall end of Novely Hill road in the snow!
That poor Sub was pre-Vortec too.

Scott


I lived in Alderwood Manor 204th and 24th Pl and did the 228th street hill a lot. It would give new meaning to Dexter Dam hill tow testing(like get a life, that is not a hill).


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I have been on that road many times visiting my grandfather starting at 5 years old. It was steep to me at that age.

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228th is not the longest road around. BUT it is steep! If you have the wrong ie too tall overall gearing. You have a 500/1000 TD motor, you're not going going up it. Local roads will always screw one over. Freeways are easy least. Issue with freeways, said 500/1000 motor depending on total gvw, will keep you going at a reasonable speed.

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