Looks good dude! That RAM mount looks brutal. That one sure shouldn’t shake like a watermelon on a pogo stick like mine did until I added an extra brace.
... Not to say an auto couldn't as I did fine with the 700r4, but I relied upon the brakes on some steep downhill runs way more than I would normally have liked too.
If I was still running an auto it's what I did. I was always the first to grab 4low out of the group. Mostly for the fact that the ratio made up for my lack of low end torque and less than ideal tire size and axle ratio.Having had both an manual and an automatic, I would offer this on the automatic.
-- For crawling, get into low range earlier than you would with a manual. There is no penalty for this as you rarely use the upper gears in lower range - now you can.
-- Some modern auto transmissions have a "sports" or similar setting. On our Isuzu, the sports mode was perfect for rolling mounting roads in the Andes. It kept the transmission from upshifting at the top of a grade, just before you began a descent. Also held in the lower gears a bit longer, useful for performance at altitude.
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For sure we need to catch up. You thought you were sweating when I attempted the climb! I was drenched!
Thanks Richard. It was a lot of fun for sure.Looks like you had fun. Nice to see the progress, your rig has come a long way!
My 25 year old son was with me on this run. It's just as fun as when he was 10. Except now he takes way better pictures!Cool Pics, Ive only been to Moab once...its a 21hr drive from here to get there. But Im itching to go back. Im jealous of your setup. I cant wait till my son is out of car seats so I can do something like this with him!
My truck came with the original 3.08 geared 10 bolts. The 14 Bolt full floater I picked up for the build from a K20 truck and the 8 lug Dana 44 came from my buddy's K20 that we added a Detroit Tru-Trac to. Both are geared with 4.10's. I love the peace of mind I have with the 14b out back. I never worry about it, but as big as they are I do drag the pumpkin a LOT. Since I'm running a c/v style rear shaft though, the pinion angle is pretty high so it just skids over rocks if I hit them. I did win a 14b cover in the raffle from Great Lakes Extreme off road that has a really thick flange so I won't be bending the lower edge of the cover anymore.The perfect package, nice truck. I must have missed it but was the truck already converted to 8 lug when you bought it? What axles are you running? Swapping a full floating 14 bolt in the rear was the best thing I ever did to my 79 K5.
It's fixed. Took way longer than we all thought. Mission creep set in and there was a lot of the dreaded CK5 "might as well" fixes sprinkled in to add time. But the frame was welded back together after terminating the ends with a drilled hole and v-notching the cracks. Then using sections of another shortbox frame that was sectioned to fit inside the stock c-channel and plates on the outside all affixed with grade 8 hardware. It's a standard style of frame repair class 8 trucks, but he did add a second factory cross-member a few inches behind a stock cross-member that ties the rear cab mounts together.Nice work on the swap! Did Larry get his frame fixed?