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Old 01-27-2012, 06:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Screamintrashcan View Post
I have HD shocks on my 98, no body lift, 245-65-16 8 ply rated tires, HD steer stabilizer, and it rides and drives terrible, steering is TOO stiff, and so is the ride... My 95 has a body lift, and std shocks and steer stabilizer, and 205-85-16 8 ply rated 'pizza cutter ' tires, rides & drives like a cadillac... My theory, don't get HD shocks, unless you carry heavy loads, the extra neoprene in the body lift blocks helps absorb shock, narrow tires give a much smoother ride, I would never ever again buy a HD steer stabilizer again, either, it removed my feel for the road. If your steering is sloppy, buy a Lukes Link and put it on your track rod, instead. These are both short cab, short bed trucks. With the miles you have, I'd think about the axle joints and the rear joint (carden joint??) on the front driveshaft, as well as front wheel bearings, and balljoints. A standby new fuel pump and pump sock would be suitable spares, too. pull the ball out of your trans cooling lines, too. (anti feedback valve) you wouldn't want to do a tranny job where you're at. spare , too. Matter of fact, I'd probably buy Lukes links for all of my steering joints, as they are rebuildable, and parts can't be too easy to come by over twater pump and main ign coilhere, all you need is some washers and a cotter pin to rebuild em, no screwing with the alignment, that'd probably be important there. I imagine a lot of dust, so I'd think about k&n air filter, too. one time expense.
Wow, great information, thanks for that.
I'm actually having the transmission completely rebuilt now. I ordered a master kit, and am using a reputable mechanic here who is transmission specialist. Transmission seemed fine, but wanted to get it done before problems. He's also going to put in the 4.56 gear kits I bought. Regarding removing the check ball, would that mean I have to sit for a minute every time I start my truck?

The lift kit I ordered has the nitro shock upgrade, subposedly better for offroad. I guess I'll find out soon enough

Lukes Link looks interesting. I'm doing a bit of reading on it, trying to figure it out. Looks like great advice

I have a Spectre COI on it, and I bought a k&N cleaning kit, and some flex gutter spout
to run true cold air from the grill to it. I also bought some polyester mesh sheets
with different micron openings, to cover the intake for dust and debris.

All in all, I appreciate your post. That is exactly the type of info I was hoping to recieve
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