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Old 03-27-2004, 06:26 PM   #1
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Well it's now done!

Yes, I did it. I installed my dual cam and took the Safari out of dry dock.

The dual cam is a bit noisy, but it worked flawlessly. As a matter of fact that in addition to the dual axles, I was quite pleased with how the Impala SS towed and how less rough the Safari tows compared to the Bambi.

One thing that concerned me was that my trans temps got to 175 degrees. Still within spec, but I already had an additional trans cooler I was going to install. I like the trans to be about 160 degrees (as was the case with the Bambi around town). Towing around town with a bunch of stop and go traffic was most likely why it hit 175 since the torque converter never locked.

All in all it was a great day. I am very pleased with the setup and after I get the additional cooler in line, I think this will work very well.

Of course if any of you get the notion to donate you 2500HDs with the Duramax/Allision combo, I would not say no!

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run 'em up to wisco, and lets tip a few in celebration!

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Old 03-27-2004, 07:13 PM   #3
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I think after a few local trips and after I get my extra trans cooler in...you're on!

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hey lets meet at the blue overall at A&H....first ones on me....
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you two knuckleheads find your way up here, the miller will be on ice!

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Glad you like the dual cam - I have had two of them and have never had any problems. Both of them have been used and came with the trailers, so I don't have an actual owner's manual, but I have been told you don't lubricate them.

That being said, I put just a tiny amount of Resse Teflon Hitch Ball Lube on the "ears" that hook into the receiver on the car and a little bit on the saddles where the cams ride. Before that, they would creak, groan and pop around every turn - now the hitch is perfectly quiet.

One tiny application of lube will last for several trips and I can't tell any difference in the sway control. I know that friction is our friend in this application, but just a smidge of lube seems to help.
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Contgrats!

Isn't it GREAT to have it home! I, too, have used a small amount of the Reese lube (per the labelling on the bottle) to great effect in quieting down the hitch.

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Yea, that was my next thing to look into....the install instructions say that you can place a small amount of petrolium jelly on the cams. The instructions say only to use that and very little. They also say by doing that it will become silent.
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the install instructions say that you can place a small amount of petrolium jelly on the cams. The instructions say only to use that and very little. They also say by doing that it will become silent.

True for us. Just remember to always wipe the excess off when you're not using them.

Congrats Eric have fun!

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my first post with this new upgrade unsure...
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I am glad to here that there are others who lube their Reese dual cam. I mentioned that I did that in a thread a while back and was promptly ostricized! It really does go a long way using the grease. The petroleum jelly works, but after a full day of driving, its pretty much gone and its time to reapply.

Just use a dab.

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BTW. Congrats Eric on getting it moving! We're leaving for WV in 2 1/2 weeks. Can't wait!
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Old 04-05-2004, 02:08 AM   #14
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I also have a B-body - Caprice - wish I could tow with it. But I am exceeding its capabilities towing even 5,000 lbs, even with 5.7L/3.23 rear. Not to mention brakes/suspension/length/etc.

4L60 tranny is a good one, mine still works after 170,000 miles - I towed with it a bit, and the previous owner towed a boat, probably not in 3rd as one should. With towing the rpms are dangerously high, and I didn't even know the tranny temp. I got 12 mpg, and the towed weight didn't even approch that of my unit. Though admittedly, I have older 5.7L, not that hot LT1, FWIW.

C6 - the 3 speed Ford automatic is more heavy duty.
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