Figured I'd update the thread after a long hiatus
Did some wheeling at the local park, Kansas Rocks, the last couple weekends in a row.
Need to do some shakedowns before a real adventure to my paradise in Colorado...
First outing was with CJMOON. His setup and mine seemed to perform pretty similar. No dented sheet metal and no drama at the end of the day despite some good all locked slip and slide'n, bouncing up rock walls with our toddlers in the back seat. A good day!
Fast forward to this weekend, CJMOON was outta town so I hit up my buds with their Jeep Cherokee Rigs. They're both locked front and rear with little 31" tires, but cut fenders and tip the scales at a whopping 3,000lbs each. They wiggle like mad, are a foot narrower, and sheet metal is considered annoying to them! My theoretical saving grace was that they both had their little kids with them and I figured that would keep them grounded.... um ya... not so much. First trail with one of the jeeps in the lead was a black... Blacks don't work too good for the 80 platform at KS rocks! They're TIGHT trails among other issues that are not too agreeable for the 80...
Thanks to my willingness to shrug off bad decisions and give just about anything a try, I finally got to destroy my OE running board and leave a lasting impression on the driver's side door and front fender. No worries though! Been eye-balling the white knuckle sliders (I don't have time to make my own), and the whole reason I painted it white was to help hide the trail scars and make it easy to fix every year
The hi-lift came in handy to get the right running board out of the rear tire. Those things are handy as shirt pockets!
Still up in the air for a front bumper... Really leaning toward the slee, but don't like the large gap between the bumper and the flares... I know-- silly, but I like to strike a balance between function and form Could add some sheetmetal weldments to bridge the gap I guess. Hrmmm....
No good wheeling pics, but a couple of the newly added character!
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It's the Hammilton 178-208 found here: 1989-1998 12 valve CumminsNice, what cam shaft did you go with?
For giggles, installed these plug n play LED bulbs.... 45 bucks a pair... probably too good to be true.... but if they last more than 5 minutes, could be worth it... Compare the before/after... Looks great during the day. lol.
The LEDs have little fans built into the heatsink. I'm sure those fans will get along wonderfully with mud, water, and dust... they are somewhat protected back there, so we'll see...
Total install time, under 5 minutes
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I love it. Went through some growing pains which could be largely be appropriated to a stupid tax... The way it moves out is great. It's a second faster to 60 than a friends 6.0L Powerstroke and it has been great off-road. I think the tall axle gears are a must. The TC and ridiculous high torque takes masks the downsides of a high gears on the trail go away, in my view. It's great on the highway at 80mph and always gets acceptable fuel economy even by today's standards for such a heavy machine. It's very easy to work on, given how simple the older VE pump setup is. If I had to do it all over again, I would still chose the VE pump 6BT and I would still not intercool it. To this day, I'm keeping an eye out for a failed 6/6.4 L powerstroke to do a cummins swap into. It's just a fun motor.You're a ways (and I assume a lot of miles) into this now - what're your overall impressions? A 6bt has always been on my list, but its perpetually an 'out in time' mod as its so expensive, and I live in CA.