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  1. As it turns out, Walmart finally showed the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 295/75R16 128 R Tires in stock and allowed ordering. I immediately ordered 8 of these tires. I have been using this size or larger for almost almost 17 years. I get what you are saying about final drive ratio. I may change ring and pinion set when and if I update the axles with Eaton Truetrac differentials. In the mean time this set up works for me. Thanks for the replies and suggestions.
  2. I have been going back and looking over my notes and why I purchased the 295/75R-16's in the past and I forgot that they are as far as I know the largest size true load range E/10 ply rated 128 load index tire that will fit on our trucks. Unfortunately Walmart cannot get them right now and cannot order them either. I suspect due to the Corona Virus situation. I am not sure if they will ever get them in stock in a reasonable time frame. Walmart does have the Toyo Open Country A/T II 295/75R16 128 R Tire in stock. Does anyone here have any experience with Toyo tires? I have never heard anything bad about them and the builder that came to the farm to look at our home building site had them on his 2007 Dodge Ram 3500 and he said he liked them and has not had any issues with them. I am very concerned that as our nation continues to circle down the world's toilet, that more and more things that we use and take for granted are always available will NOT be. There is already a wood/building supply shortage, automobile shortage, gun shortage, ammo shortage, shoes, to some degree various foods, and I could go one. Yet a symptom of how our political leaders have sold AmeriKa out and addicted it to cheap Chinese schitt! (rant over) I am beginning to think that I should buy what I can get now before they are not available. (I ran into a similar situation with ordering tires for our Kubota RTVX 1100C) I have tried the El Cheapo tires in the past and although they did pretty good on the road, they were horrible off road and were EASILY punctured by rocks. If the Toyo tires are a good tire and Toyo has a record of good quality products, I think I would be happy with them but would prefer the BFG's. I have not pulled anything heavy in years, only the occasional load of sugar barrels. The 315's with the 3.54 gears although pretty tall, do get great fuel mileage when the truck in not loaded heavily. The taller tires and off road tread I need for ground clearance and traction in mud and and off road use.
  3. I was also looking at these too. Has anyone used these tires? If so, what was your experience with them? Kelly Safari TSR 315/75R16 127 Q Tire
  4. Not meaning to resurrect an old thread but I am about the pull the trigger on 8 more tires. These are the SAME tires that are what I was discussing above in this post. These have been great tires, the tread holds up fantastic, we only had one flat and that was because some ****** bag shot on of these tires but otherwise they have done very, very well. Most of them still have quite a bit of tread left on them but these tires are pushing 9 years old and some of them may be older. Typically it is recommended NOT to run a tire for more than 6 years and in some instances I believe BFG says upto 10 years if they are regularly inspected. I'm not sure I want to take that chance especially since we periodically make sugar barrel runs and being her truck is a long bed carries eight 450 lb. barrels of sugar and mine being a short bed carries six 450 lb. barrels of sugar. I have been searching and reading reviews on various brands and size tires and the BFG's seem to have by FAR the best review (I can understand why). I would like to go with the 295/75R-16's but this is a very odd size tire and few if any stores carry them so if we ever needed to have a tire replaced while on the road, we would either have to wait for a special order to come in of buy all new tires. 295's rub very little, fill up the wheel well, and provide great traction & flotation for when we are driving off road. In order to stay with a tire size that is readily available and widely carried, we would have to drop down to the 285/75R-16's which I do NOT want to do, or step up to the 315/75R-16's which we currently are running and aside from the lower track bar rubbing issue have had very good luck with. The only draw back is and AH64ID mentioned it above is that if we are not carrying any load or much of a load, the rear tires must be deflated to around 35 - 45 psi or whatever allows the tire tread to run flat on the pavement so as to provide an even wear pattern which so far has not been a big deal for us. The 315's also have the highest available weight bearing capacity. These are what I am planning to order: All-Terrain T/A® KO2 BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 315/75R16 127 R Tire As much as I hate to support Walmart, they have stores nationwide and a decent road hazard warranty in the event we had to replace a tire. The floor is open for discussion, opinions, feed back, rotten tomato's, etc.
  5. I missed the fine print: It appears these are 4000 lumen.
  6. Unless it is something really big or heavy, we usually take the Honda Pilot but the wife likes her Honda Element SC for local trips and the Honda CR-V for longer duty.
  7. Is there a difference in performance/value of the fanless LED light vs fan cooled LED lights. I went ahead and got the LED lights that were paired with the headlight assemblies you linked me to just to make sure I got what would definitely work. VoRock8 R2 COB 9004 HB1 8000 Lumens Led Headlight Conversion Kit, High Low Beam Headlamp, Dual Beam Head Light, Halogen Head Light Replacement, 6500K Xenon White While reading the information and comparisons of this LED light to others, I noticed this LED light Torchbeam T2 9004/HB1 LED Headlight Bulbs, 12,000 LM 6500K Cool White, 400% Brightness, Compact Size, Replacement Bulbs Bigger, brighter, hotter, etc. is NOT always better and having fans to cool the lights raised some questions and doubts about reliability and longevity so I stuck with what was recommended to work. 12,000 lumens is pretty darn bright but I wonder about real world performance and usability, not to mention blinding oncoming drivers even if properly adjusted.
  8. Can you put up the links to what you purchased for your truck?
  9. I just want to buy a kit or at least the items that I can plug and play on my 2001 & 2002 2nd gen 24 valve. I don't want to get into any complicated issues of repinning plugs or fabricating harnesses or anything like that. Is there such a thing. I just want to SIMPLY install a set of clean lense headlights with LED bulbs on our trucks. Is there such a thing and if so, a link would be great. Thanks.
  10. Thanks! That was what I was hoping would be the case. I ordered one just to be on the safe side but my wife really doesn't care about that kinda stuff so maybe I'll save it to put on my truck's engine.
  11. I am pretty sure there was a mud dauber nest in the front crank case vent tube that may have cause the tappet cover gasket to blow out. I'm thinking about buying one of these and have it installed while the head is off. Billet Tappet Cover It uses an o-ring instead of the leak prone gasket. Can this be installed WITHOUT removing the VP-44 injector pump without a lot of pain in the neck? Any links or suggestions to a tappet cover catch can/vent fitting/hose kit would be MUCH appreciated as well!
  12. Totally agree! I just ordered 12 gallons of Shell ELC NT coolant for my head gasket job. I was surprised to see that I could order it from Walmart and got free shipping! https://www.walmart.com/ip/SHELL-ROTELLA-ELC-NF-50-50-ANTIFREEZE-1-Gallon/342162211 When you figure up the cost of me driving to a place that actually carries this stuff, tax, and my time, the price is not too bad. I have been using Shell ELC in my 2002 for about 14 years and I have been gradually keeping it up to par by drawing out a gallon at each oil change and adding a fresh gallon of the premix. I think Caj Flynn does this and has had pretty good longevity on his trucks. I do the same thing with the power steering fluid too.
  13. Good call! I called the shop today and they are going to send the head out to a shop that specializes in this and give the head the total work over and check everything out. Probably going to cost me even more but I want the head and everything else 100% correct for reassembly and want to get it right the FIRST time.
  14. Maybe someone has already posted this and I missed it. I'm good for that. Have you check this troubleshooting page? https://www.bluechipdiesel.com/troubleshooting-quick-reference
  15. Okay. I have on order the following for the head gasket replacement: FUEL INJECTION CROSSOVER TUBE WITH O-RING ('98.5-'02, 5.9L) - 6 each FUEL INJECTOR - 275HP - BOSCH ('98.5-'02, 24V-RV) Bosch part # 0432193635 - 6 each ARP-247-4202 Cylinder Head Studs, Pro Series, 12-Point Heads, Dodge, 5.9L, Cummins Diesel, 24-Valve, Kit - 1each set Stage 8 STG-6935 Header Fasteners, Bolts, Locking, 12-point, Steel, Nickel Plated, Dodge, 5.9L Diesel, 6.7L Diesel, Set of 12 I have had really good service with Shell ELC coolant in my 2002 HO and am planning to change this truck over to SHELL ROTELLA ELC NF 50/50 ANTIFREEZE https://rotella.shell.com/en_us/products/lubricants-heavy-duty-products/antifreeze-coolant.html From what I have been able to determine, the coolant capacity of the 5.9 is about 6 gallons from a dry fill. I draw out a gallon and replace with new every year to keep the coolant additives up. Do you think 2 cases (12 gallons will be adequate to change this engine over to the Shell ELC coolant and have extra for future replacement each year?) I talked to the owner of the shop I am taking the truck to and he is good with these components and will take care of any additional parts that may be needed. I am trying to front load the parts so when they get to work on the truck, ALL or as many of the parts that will be required for a trouble free re-assembly will be new, OEM or better quality, and ON HAND so there will not be any delays or train wrecks at the end. Can anyone think of anything else that I may have omitted, or forgotten? Diesel parts and components are NOT cheap! I have not taken the truck to the shop yet and I am already into this repair for a little under $1,600! When you figure this engine is almost 22 years old, that is not bad for service. Other than normal maintenance and a major brake job replacing ALL the brake components, hoses, lines, and fluid, as well as a few other things, that comes to about $200 per year for parts, a bit more if you count tires.
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