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Old 03-24-2015, 09:48 AM   #15
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After reading an article in WBCCI Blue Beret recently I was convinced to install a transmission temperature gauge on our 1996 Suburban. There have been times when we're traveling that we get that "hot transmission" smell when we stop for gasoline or at a rest area. The vehicle has 166k miles with no problems yet so I'm not really certain I want to know the transmission fluid temperature.

After checking various sources of information regarding gauges I decided to purchase a Black Bezel, 7-color gauge from GlowShift This unit is placed under the dash as shown in the attached pictures. The installation was relatively straightforward. The most difficult part was identifying the "test port" location on the transmission and removing the plug and installing the sensor in that test port.

The 7-color feature of the GlowShift product appealed to me. The button on the front of the gauge allows the user to select one of 7 colors for the LED backlight in an attempt to match the existing dashboard lights. The final picture shows my screwdriver pointing through a hole in the shift linkage bracket. In that picture you can barely see the chrome color of the new sensor installed in the test port. Wires lead from the sensor to the under-dash gauge and you also need to route a few other wires to ground, 12V switched and un-switched to make the gauge work.
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Old 03-24-2015, 09:54 PM   #16
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Just did a bunch of maintenance on our 2004 Tahoe for the camping season. Oil change, air filter, check and inflated all tires, drained and replaced the rear diff fluied with Mobil 1 75//90. Also had a noise from the rear end and during the investigation found one parking brake shoe was totally gone, so put in a new set. First time in 3 years we have had a really solid parking brake, even with adjustments. For $50 and an hour well worth the effort. Otherwise the Tahoe just keeps on chugging along with little to no repairs, just maintenance. I do think the shocks are due and will start doing some research.

Oh, and for those interested in trans temps I am looking into using the Torque App on my Android phone to monitor trans temps. You need a $30 bluetooth OBD2 adaptor that plugs into the OBD2 port. I have one, of course forgot to bring it on the latest trip, so will try it out later this week.
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Old 04-10-2015, 07:56 PM   #17
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Upgraded front and rear shocks to Bilstein 5100's.

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Old 04-10-2015, 08:50 PM   #18
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Adjustments to Equal-I-zer hitch head, Rock Tamers, anti rattle device-
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Old 04-11-2015, 05:27 AM   #19
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Upgraded front and rear shocks to Bilstein 5100's.
We have Bilstein shocks on three of our vehicles and they work great. They made a tremendous difference in handling on our 1998 B190 van.

Have you considered disposable gloves to protect your hands? I've found the 5mil gloves at Harbor Freight seem to be as good as any other brand at half the price of auto parts stores. Of course I usually put a pair of gloves on, inevitably take them off for some reason, then find I jump back into the project without the gloves. Result.... dirty hands!
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Old 04-12-2015, 05:18 PM   #20
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Have you considered disposable gloves to protect your hands? I've found the 5mil gloves at Harbor Freight seem to be as good as any other brand at half the price of auto parts stores. Of course I usually put a pair of gloves on, inevitably take them off for some reason, then find I jump back into the project without the gloves. Result.... dirty hands!
I have gloves, and as you stated, eventually you're not wearing them by the end of the project, always without fail.

The fronts where a real pain in the ((-insert explicitness here-)) but they are now done.

Sometime during the week I'm dumping the bags and replacing the rear coils with Tufftrucks TTC-1223V springs which are rated 35% over factory capacity and are a progressive rate spring opposed to the factory linear springs. And should result in less sag, but perhaps a slightly harsher ride.



Over-all I am very happy with the ride, truck rides a lot smoother. Being a 2010, the originals where already on the way out.
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Old 04-17-2015, 12:39 PM   #21
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Just installed Tufftrucks TTC-1223 rear coil springs 50% over stock load capacity. And new tires. Toyo Open Country AT/II in 275/65R20 upsized to a 34 inch tire.
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How much engine rpm have you dropped at 60-mph? (With what axle ratio).

The Dodge gassers I am used to are (were) 7.2L. Boy, I am well into being old.
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You know did not pay attention today. But I have 3.92 rear ratios on the 5 speed. I'll have to report back on RPM's.

Didn't mention earlier, but I made two last minute changes. I skipped the 1223-V and went with a linear rate spring, it's stiffer and should sag less. And we wanted General Grabber AT/II's but they shop ordered General Grabber HTS, and offered to give us the Toyo's at the same price. So we went with the Toyo's.
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How much engine rpm have you dropped at 60-mph? (With what axle ratio).

The Dodge gassers I am used to are (were) 7.2L. Boy, I am well into being old.

60mph = 1650rpm today while cruising not in tow/haul, jumping into tow/haul it was 2000rpm. Kicks it down a gear I suspect.
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Old 04-20-2015, 09:14 PM   #26
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A Bed Slide

I got tired of lifting heavy items like the hitch head over the tailgate and into the bed of the truck, as well as the trouble to get stuff into and out of the front of the bed. A sheet of plywood, a sheet of MDF, some HF rollers and some saw work, screwing and gluing. Total cost as you see it, about $140.
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Is the drawer riding on ball bearings, as it seems in the photo with the drawer out? Very awesome craftsmanship!
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Thanks Marty,

Yes, the drawer rides on ball bearings from harbor freight. There are 9 on the floor of the base. There are two at the rear on the top of the drawer rails to combat the tendency of the drawer to sag when it is pulled out. Two smaller ones are located on the side of the base at the front and two more at the rear on the side of the drawer rails to keep it tracking straight while going in and out. I looked at several different designs I found by googling "pickup bed slide", took some features from several and made some changes myself to come up with the design. I'm going to paint it with truck bed liner and secure it in the bed with turnbuckles to the cargo loops at the froint and back.

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