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Re: The Cactus Red mod thread.

Post by Cactus Red » Sat Jun 25, 2016 11:53 pm

Replaced the well worn Bilstien steering stabilizer today. Since the Fox shocks are doing so well, decided to use their stabilizer too. It was an easy installation. It's hard to say how the two units would compare when new, but as is, the Fox is way stiffer than the Bilstien.
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Re: The Cactus Red mod thread.

Post by Cactus Red » Thu Jul 14, 2016 12:21 am

Well, it's now three weeks into repairing the lockers. After ordering a new Dumbar (two weeks to get it) they replaced it with no result. Next they say it's the wiring harness. Nuther wait to get that in, should arrive next week. Asked if they looked at the actuator in the rear diff, answer in a blank stare...

Part swapping in order of the diagram will eventually fix it.

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Re: The Cactus Red mod thread.

Post by adeluca73 » Thu Jul 14, 2016 12:39 am

All I can say is "Ugh", sorry
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Re: The Cactus Red mod thread.

Post by coder » Sun Jul 17, 2016 3:31 pm

Cactus Red wrote:Well, it's now three weeks into repairing the lockers. After ordering a new Dumbar (two weeks to get it) they replaced it with no result. Next they say it's the wiring harness. Nuther wait to get that in, should arrive next week. Asked if they looked at the actuator in the rear diff, answer in a blank stare...

Part swapping in order of the diagram will eventually fix it.
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Re: The Cactus Red mod thread.

Post by Cactus Red » Mon Sep 05, 2016 11:32 pm

Almost exactly 5 years ago, two DieHard Platinum batteries were put in the truck. Today I noticed the windows were sluggish, and after isolating the rear battery, found they were at 12.32 (front G65) and 12.30 (rear G31) volts after sitting all weekend.

Those batteries are no longer available at Sears. So, two Odyssey 65-PC1750T's have been ordered to replace them. They should work better together since they are identical in size.

My isolation system is simple, just a BlueSea's switch, and the batteries are combined virtually 100% of the time.

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Re: The Cactus Red mod thread.

Post by nts007 » Mon Sep 05, 2016 11:36 pm

Good choice matching size. I know issues with the diesels if one Batt goes weak it kills the second. Matching sizes is also best if they are combined the majority of the time. Surprised the Sears batts have gone un available though. You must put those batts through a workout cycling them though
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Re: The Cactus Red mod thread.

Post by Cactus Red » Tue Mar 07, 2017 2:21 pm

My buddy Dustin drew a picture of Cactus Red for me. Done in water color pens, it's a way cool rendition of the truck.
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Post by DamageWagon » Tue Mar 07, 2017 3:52 pm

That's sweet!


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Post by Low_Sky » Tue Mar 07, 2017 4:18 pm

Thanks for sharing, CR! That's a wall hanger for sure.


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Post by BoldAdventure » Tue Mar 07, 2017 4:25 pm

Pretty damn awesome indeed.
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Post by DamageWagon » Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:40 pm

Remove the snow-capped mountains and we are on our way to having a Moab t-shirt picture


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Post by olyelr » Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:45 pm

Are those 35" hankook dynapro mt's?
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Post by Cactus Red » Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:13 pm

100,000 miles on the truck!
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Post by Colibri » Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:27 pm

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Post by nts007 » Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:19 pm

Awesome!!!!
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Re: The Cactus Red mod thread.

Post by TwinStick » Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:08 am

Awesome ! How you diggin the Cooper STT Pro's ? I heard they don't last as long as the old STT's ? Can you confirm or deny that ?
In WNY State. 2008 Red QC PW G56. No lift yet, stock size tires. It pulls an 18' 2016 Starcraft AR One Extreme, 3500 lbs.
Load Pro 35 helper springs. 2015 A.R.E. MX Series custom cap. PCP front diff cover protector. Mag-Hytec 6 qt rear diff cover. K&N replacement air filter only. Dual grounded throttle body. Winch TPC bypass. Fab Four rear bumper. DURA BAK lined rocker protection. And a bunch of new front end stuff.

G-56 Gear ratios: 1st) 6.29:1 2nd) 3.48:1 3rd) 2.10:1 4th) 1.38:1 5th) 1.0:1 6th) 0.79:1 Rev 6.29:1 --- = 78.01613:1 Crawl Ratio
-------------------------5.94:1--------3.28:1-------1.98:1-------1.31:1-------1.0:1-------0.74:1-----5.42:1 ---- = 73.675:1
545RFE----------------3.0:1---------1.67:1--------1.0:1--------0.75:1-------0.67:1------------------3.0:1 -------=37.21:1

2013+ 32.47 crawl ratio...............Can you see the trend ??????????????

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Re: The Cactus Red mod thread.

Post by Cactus Red » Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:18 pm

I'm at 20k + on the tires, and I expect to get to 30k before replacing them. At that point I would guess they will be under half tread depth. Tires went into service in Nov of 2015, so if they get me thru to this Nov, I'll be very pleased. Traction is still excellent, but they are starting to talk to me at highway speeds.

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Post by TwinStick » Sat Apr 08, 2017 9:19 pm

How often is rotation ?
In WNY State. 2008 Red QC PW G56. No lift yet, stock size tires. It pulls an 18' 2016 Starcraft AR One Extreme, 3500 lbs.
Load Pro 35 helper springs. 2015 A.R.E. MX Series custom cap. PCP front diff cover protector. Mag-Hytec 6 qt rear diff cover. K&N replacement air filter only. Dual grounded throttle body. Winch TPC bypass. Fab Four rear bumper. DURA BAK lined rocker protection. And a bunch of new front end stuff.

G-56 Gear ratios: 1st) 6.29:1 2nd) 3.48:1 3rd) 2.10:1 4th) 1.38:1 5th) 1.0:1 6th) 0.79:1 Rev 6.29:1 --- = 78.01613:1 Crawl Ratio
-------------------------5.94:1--------3.28:1-------1.98:1-------1.31:1-------1.0:1-------0.74:1-----5.42:1 ---- = 73.675:1
545RFE----------------3.0:1---------1.67:1--------1.0:1--------0.75:1-------0.67:1------------------3.0:1 -------=37.21:1

2013+ 32.47 crawl ratio...............Can you see the trend ??????????????

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Post by Cactus Red » Sun Apr 09, 2017 6:22 pm

3000 to 3500 miles. Camber is measured at 0.6, so I get very even wear.

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Re: The Cactus Red mod thread.

Post by Cactus Red » Thu Mar 01, 2018 6:20 pm

Greetings!

It's been a while...

We've joined the heavy towing club. Bought an Outdoors RV Black Rock 24KTS. If you haven't seen one, I'm not surprised. They are a small scale manufacture of truly capable trailers designed for off grid camping. Dry weight is 6900 lbs, but add in the 90 gallons of water, and that alone puts us at 7700 lbs.

So in the two trips we've towed it, my MPG average has been 6.1...

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Re: The Cactus Red mod thread.

Post by olyelr » Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:46 pm

Nice to see ya back around!

Will be looking forward to the pics of the fun filled camping excursions with the new setup.
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Post by TwinStick » Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:41 pm

Congrats on the camper ! :rockon: I would check your lockers out with the camper loaded up BEFORE you actually need them. I am not sure if it was cause my truck was new & lockers were not "worn in" yet, or because of the weight of the camper/torque on the axle, but mine did NOT want to engage for shit with our 10,500 lb toy hauler on. I ended up making it up the side of the mountain without them & never needed them again with the camper on. Thanks for reminding me, I will check it with our still kinda new (2016) downsized 3500 lb camper in the spring, upon first hook up. Keep an eye on rear axle temps. Your mpg is right about what I get with a heavy load.

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In WNY State. 2008 Red QC PW G56. No lift yet, stock size tires. It pulls an 18' 2016 Starcraft AR One Extreme, 3500 lbs.
Load Pro 35 helper springs. 2015 A.R.E. MX Series custom cap. PCP front diff cover protector. Mag-Hytec 6 qt rear diff cover. K&N replacement air filter only. Dual grounded throttle body. Winch TPC bypass. Fab Four rear bumper. DURA BAK lined rocker protection. And a bunch of new front end stuff.

G-56 Gear ratios: 1st) 6.29:1 2nd) 3.48:1 3rd) 2.10:1 4th) 1.38:1 5th) 1.0:1 6th) 0.79:1 Rev 6.29:1 --- = 78.01613:1 Crawl Ratio
-------------------------5.94:1--------3.28:1-------1.98:1-------1.31:1-------1.0:1-------0.74:1-----5.42:1 ---- = 73.675:1
545RFE----------------3.0:1---------1.67:1--------1.0:1--------0.75:1-------0.67:1------------------3.0:1 -------=37.21:1

2013+ 32.47 crawl ratio...............Can you see the trend ??????????????

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Post by w2dodge » Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:07 pm

enjoy...it's very nice

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Post by Mule007 » Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:15 am

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Re: The Cactus Red mod thread.

Post by Cactus Red » Sun Mar 11, 2018 4:47 pm

Got 31000 miles out of the 315/70-17 Cooper ST Pros. All in all, they were an excellent tire. Very good traction, very tough sidewalls.

But, as part of now towing our new camper, I decided to go back to stock tires in a slightly less aggressive tread pattern. The truck is now wearing 285/70-17 Cooper ST Maxx's. Same carcass construction as the Pro's, I trust they will be as durable for us, and hopefully get a bit more power and MPG's over the larger tire.
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