Archive for 2011

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    Video: Greg Installing a Dynatrac Free Spin Kit

    September 27th, 2011 by admin

    After postponing this installation for a few years now, I finally buckled and picked up the Dynatrac Free Spin Kit. Following my “do it once, do it right” policy, I opted for the upgraded DynaLoc hubs and ProSteer billet ball joints. Pin it to win it, right?
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    Greg Installs a BD Crank Case Vent Filter Kit

    August 19th, 2011 by admin

    The other day, I was cruising down the freeway and needed to pass a slow-moving vehicle. As I accelerated, there was suddenly a huge boom under the hood, followed the roar of pressurized air and an immediate loss of power. Though startling, it wasn’t a surprise. I knew right away that an intercooler hose had blown off. It’s common on the 6.0s, because the oil vapor in the system condenses on the boost tubes, which lubricates them into slipping off. After a few minutes of monkeying around under the hood, I managed to wrestle the tube back on to the intercooler. On the side of the road, covered in grease, I was reminded how much these trivial kinds of things really bug me.
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    G2 Axle Ring and Pinion Gears Upgrades

    July 18th, 2011 by admin

    g2 axle ring and pinion gearsAfter installing the BD Diesel transmission, I figured it was time to change out the ring and pinion gears. When I removed the old ones, I realized just how well timed this upgrade was. There were chips and cracks throughout both front and rear sets. The spider gears weren’t in much better shape, and the factory limited slip fell out in pieces.  My ninja mechanic (who does these installs every day) saw the carnage and shook his head, saying he pitied my truck and doubted the longevity of anything not labeled “Greg-Proof.”
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    Marcos Installs a Bug Deflector

    June 30th, 2011 by admin

    I recently installed a Wade Hood Bug Guard. I’ve seen this part on 4WheelParts.com but other brands, such as AVS (Auto Vent Shade), which are also available. This Manufacture offers their Bugflector II (full height and wrap) and Regular Bugflector (traditional hood width design, non wrap) Both come in smoke; However chrome is available, not my preference. Read more

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    Father’s Day Gift of Wheels

    June 22nd, 2011 by admin

    Pro Comp Wheels PXA 1069If you’re like most of us, getting a gift for someone isn’t easy, especially if it’s for your father & he’s “Old School.” One Father’s Day I wanted to get him something nice. I remember him talking about his truck to his friends, specifically about his wheels. So that’s when it hit me – WHEELS!
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    Ridetech Front Air Suspension for 2009 Dodge Ram 1500

    June 3rd, 2011 by admin

    Ride Tech Front Air SuspensionI finally got the front air suspension, so I can complete my truck. I decided to go with a ShockWave with a single-stage adjustment. The bag allows a total of -5 drop and improves handling. The ShockWave design is a bag with a shock going through the center, and it allows for adjustment in shock firmness. The installation is pretty straightforward, with minor cutting to allow for extra clearance. The minor cutting can be done with a simple hand grinder.

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    Chasing the 43rd SCORE Baja 1000 – The Final Chapter

    May 13th, 2011 by admin

    Baja stories don’t end with the checkered flag. We’d won, but we were still 1200 miles from home and exhausted.

    We’d made arrangements for a hotel in La Paz. The problem was that we finished the race eight hours ahead of our projected finish time and our hotel rooms were not yet available. We finally stumbled upon a large field next to the Hotel Marina in La Paz. There were numerous race and chase vehicles parked in the field. We pulled in and went to the office to see if they had any rooms, but they didn’t.
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    K & N Air Intake Systems Review

    May 3rd, 2011 by admin

    K & N air intake kits are popular, and for good reason. Since 1992, the company’s engineers have dedicated themselves to delivering on the promise of improved horsepower. K & N is so focused on this goal that the company guarantees its air intake systems will increase your vehicle’s horsepower and torque. Read more

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    Chasing the 43rd SCORE Baja 1000 – Part 6

    April 26th, 2011 by admin

    Baja 1000My stomach was in knots and on fire from the coffee, cokes, and energy drinks. I’d taken acid reflux meds and was eating antacid like I had stock in the company, all to no avail. Machelle had been a trooper in the right seat of the truck the whole trip. She may have cat napped a time or two, but she had been a second set of eyes on the road the whole trip. We finally realized something was wrong with her. She had been hiding the pain she was in for hours. She finally told me that her whole left side was hurting and she thought she had some blood in her urine. She’s a tough girl and insisted that we had to push on and she would be OK. We had some pain meds with us, so she took one of them. It seemed to knock the edge off, but she was still in significant pain.
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    Chasing the 43rd SCORE Baja 1000 – Part 5

    April 8th, 2011 by admin

    Baja 1000The chase crews got to our next scheduled stop in Loreto an hour or so ahead of the race car. Eric Filar and Ron Lessley suited up and prepared themselves for the final push to the finish. Our driver change and pit stop went off smoothly. We started this race with the intention of a first place finish and we were three quarters of the way there. Eric and Ron had pre run their section three times, so they were familiar with what was ahead of them. Victory was within our reach.
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