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Post by Reloaderguy » Wed May 11, 2016 10:07 am

The glued in window is leaking so the top has to be shipped back to Snugtop.

Thuren 2.5 Kings and suspension. I'm debating the sway bar right now. I leaning toward waiting g.

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Post by Will » Wed May 11, 2016 10:31 am

What valving on the 2.5's?
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Post by black_hawk8888 » Wed May 11, 2016 1:34 pm

You going with the r/t in 35 or 37? Can't wait to see the thuren setup!
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Post by Reloaderguy » Wed May 11, 2016 2:38 pm

I'm already running 37's.

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Post by 14PowerWaggy » Wed May 11, 2016 2:48 pm

Reloaderguy wrote:The glued in window is leaking so the top has to be shipped back to Snugtop.

Thuren 2.5 Kings and suspension. I'm debating the sway bar right now. I leaning toward waiting g.
The diesel suspension he offers or do you know something that I don't know?
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Post by Reloaderguy » Wed May 11, 2016 3:10 pm

Yes

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Post by 2wagons1driveway » Wed May 11, 2016 3:18 pm

Diesel stuff only available still^^ she'll go great tho I would do the swaybar if your not planning on having a high centre of gravity like a camper or something in the back it will just let the front end dance - then just stash your swaybar module in the airbox or something. You won't miss the flex 90% of the time offroad it still hugs the terrain like a mofo but it is MUCH softer then factory and even Carlis swaybar I believe....


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Post by Reloaderguy » Thu May 12, 2016 11:42 pm

adeluca73 wrote:
Reloaderguy wrote:Discount tire matched Tread Depots pricing for a 5th Toyo RT and and KMC XD wheel. They'll be here Friday. Steering brace is sitting on my porch.
Make sure you wait to snug up the bearing race last, and DO NOT completely remove the sway bar, I thought it give more room to work, there's a reason why Danny didn't say to remove it....don't ask :doh:
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Post by adeluca73 » Sat May 14, 2016 8:15 am

Reloaderguy wrote:The steering box brace took about an hour total. No real surprises.

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Awesome--was the 44mm crow's foot the right size to torque the sector shaft to 185?
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Post by Reloaderguy » Sat May 14, 2016 10:20 am

I used a 46mm to remove the OE an 1 3/4" to put on the replacement. I also put the sector shaft nut on after I had the brace mounted. The job was simple with the crows foot.

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Post by 2011TXPowerWagon » Fri May 20, 2016 3:36 pm

What does the steering brace do? What are you trying to eliminate by installing the brace?
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Post by Reloaderguy » Sat May 21, 2016 9:20 pm

The steering box brace braces the steering box.

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Post by adeluca73 » Sun May 22, 2016 2:39 am

2011TXPowerWagon wrote:What does the steering brace do? What are you trying to eliminate by installing the brace?
Other than the obvious implied by the name, it eliminates lateral loads imparted to the steering gear box attached to the sidewall of the wheel well from side-to-side jarring impacts
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adeluca73 wrote:
2011TXPowerWagon wrote:What does the steering brace do? What are you trying to eliminate by installing the brace?
Other than the obvious implied by the name, it eliminates lateral loads imparted to the steering gear box attached to the sidewall of the wheel well from side-to-side jarring impacts
In laymen's; your steering wheel won't go spinning the opposite direction when wheeling because you bounced against a rock, like it has a tendency to do. :wink:
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Post by Reloaderguy » Sun May 22, 2016 1:24 pm

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2011TXPowerWagon wrote:What does the steering brace do? What are you trying to eliminate by installing the brace?
Other than the obvious implied by the name, it eliminates lateral loads imparted to the steering gear box attached to the sidewall of the wheel well from side-to-side jarring impacts
In laymen's; your steering wheel won't go spinning the opposite direction when wheeling because you bounced against a rock, like it has a tendency to do. :wink:
No. The brace supports the end of the sector shaft. The steering wheel will still go spinning but it won't wear out the steering box when it does it.

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Post by adeluca73 » Sun May 22, 2016 10:17 pm

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Other than the obvious implied by the name, it eliminates lateral loads imparted to the steering gear box attached to the sidewall of the wheel well from side-to-side jarring impacts
In laymen's; your steering wheel won't go spinning the opposite direction when wheeling because you bounced against a rock, like it has a tendency to do. :wink:
No. The brace supports the end of the sector shaft. The steering wheel will still go spinning but it won't wear out the steering box when it does it.
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Post by adeluca73 » Sun May 22, 2016 10:33 pm

How are you liking the r/t's? I'm leaning 35/37 in those or the At2's, or the new BFG KO2 (killer deal at Sears on the 35's right now), or the Nitto's, or the Hankooks that Neal ran on his diesel, or the new red label Grabbers--decisions. I think I've softened on the SSR's, too damn expensive .
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Post by Reloaderguy » Sun May 22, 2016 11:35 pm

adeluca73 wrote:How are you liking the r/t's? I'm leaning 35/37 in those of the At2's, or the new BFG KO2 (killer deal at Sears on the 35's right now), or the Nitto's, or the Hankooks that Neal ran on his diesel, or the new red label Grabbers--decisions. I think I've softened on the SSR's, too damn expensive .
I wish I had bought 37/13.5 but other than that, yeah, the RT is pretty great. I mean, aside from the wheel tech's obvious cranial rectal disorder.

My short list is Toyo and Cooper, I can't say anything on your list really lights me on fire.

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Post by adeluca73 » Mon May 23, 2016 12:04 am

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adeluca73 wrote:How are you liking the r/t's? I'm leaning 35/37 in those of the At2's, or the new BFG KO2 (killer deal at Sears on the 35's right now), or the Nitto's, or the Hankooks that Neal ran on his diesel, or the new red label Grabbers--decisions. I think I've softened on the SSR's, too damn expensive .
I wish I had bought 37/13.5 but other than that, yeah, the RT is pretty great. I mean, aside from the wheel tech's obvious cranial rectal disorder.

My short list is Toyo and Cooper, I can't say anything on your list really lights me on fire.
Hmm, Well the first two were either your exact tire or the AT Toyo's. Replaced 37" BFG KO1's w/ the 37" Cooper STMaxx on my F250 & wasn't impressed...loud as F, & squirrelly as hell.
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Post by Reloaderguy » Mon May 23, 2016 1:18 am

The RT feels very planted and handles wet road and standing water very well. Slush and snow, although brief, was perfect. Mud performance will probably not be as good as an MT but still better than a traditional AT. The RT is quieter than the stock Duratrac.

I've heard the STMaxx are squishy with heavier trucks. That was a factor in my decision to buy the RT's. If I bought Coopers tomorrow it would probably be STT Pro's in 37/13.5. Tough call though because Toyo is really impressing me.

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Post by nts007 » Mon May 23, 2016 3:31 pm

I've been hauling 10-12k lbs worth of broken up concrete plus dump trailer for the last week twice a day. My stmaxx are not being squishy. The rears are at 40lbs still. And hauling a mini excavator down highway has been no problem. So far they are performing all round better than my old toyo at2 extremes ever did.
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Post by Reloaderguy » Fri May 27, 2016 2:35 pm

Tire shops hate it when you roll their shoddy work through the front door.

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