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RE: Tailgate Step Suggestions?

I carry a folding bench like work platform. I use it for a step beside the bed, a step behind the tailgate, placed in front to reach into the engine bay, and as a bench while camping. I like multi-use stuff. Hmm... I hadn't even considered engine access! I'm only 5'6", so I'm going to need to pop the hood and make sure I can get to the things I need to get to while on the road! I hang a Ranch Hand Grill Guard off the front. Aside from shedding deer of the front, it provides a foot step and a grab handle when checking the oil and so forth.
ksss 12/04/19 07:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Do you have a bed liner?

Uncle and Aunt just purchased a new '19 F150 recently and drove it over on Thanksgiving. I couldn't help notice it had a after market sprayed in bed liner that was already showing signs of fading. I'm sure the truck sat on the dealer lot for a while but to have a new 2019 truck with a fading bed liner is unacceptable. Fade now or later ,they all fade a bit, never seen one that didn't lose a little color, but it is the inside of the bed ,and there to protect . There is a product that will bring the color back if interested. I use a Mothers product (cant think of the exact name right now) that brings the color back on trim pieces, works awesome. I am sure it would do the same for a bed liner. Mothers Back to Black... Yep, that is it.
ksss 12/01/19 05:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Do you have a bed liner?

Uncle and Aunt just purchased a new '19 F150 recently and drove it over on Thanksgiving. I couldn't help notice it had a after market sprayed in bed liner that was already showing signs of fading. I'm sure the truck sat on the dealer lot for a while but to have a new 2019 truck with a fading bed liner is unacceptable. Fade now or later ,they all fade a bit, never seen one that didn't lose a little color, but it is the inside of the bed ,and there to protect . There is a product that will bring the color back if interested. I use a Mothers product (cant think of the exact name right now) that brings the color back on trim pieces, works awesome. I am sure it would do the same for a bed liner.
ksss 11/30/19 07:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Have our trucks got too much power yet?

Interesting idea, would seem to have an application for the trucking industry. Sounds expensive though. You would also have to figure that the weight of the system would count againt the amount of available cargo capacity, but maybe the math would work out. Although I haven't seen one in use yet, there are companies manufacturing electric trailer axles for the trucking industry. I believe there is government policy in place that allows the GVWR of the trailer to be raised by the additional axle/battery weight so the payload is not affected. A Government came up with that allowance.....any Government? I am surprised. Goes to show though that highway weight restrictions on trucks are arbitrary at best.
ksss 11/30/19 07:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Have our trucks got too much power yet?

Interesting idea, would seem to have an application for the trucking industry. Sounds expensive though. You would also have to figure that the weight of the system would count againt the amount of available cargo capacity, but maybe the math would work out.
ksss 11/30/19 07:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: Buying a used diesel

A few points to ponder. - 6.0 and 6.4 Ford diesels are junk, and are priced accordingly used. A low price does not always equate to a good value. There are options for "bulletproofing" these engines but I don't know what they cost or how effective those preventative fixes are. I know itès weird but I have almost 300k miles on my 6.0L, stock head bolts too. Weird. All things in Ièd avoid the 6.4L as well even though it is a very close cousin to the 6.0L. PITA with 1st gen new emission gear. Compared to it my 6.0L has almost none. With ANY used diesel that is out of warranty be prepared to either work on it yourself or have some room on a CC because NONE of them are cheap to have work done on, especially at a dealer.I'm still driving my JUNK 6.0 also with the stock head bolts. Sure are a lot of these junk engines on the road. And many more pulled off the road. If your still driving your JUNK 6.0, that is your own fault. You 6.0/6.4 apologist kill me. I have had a 6.2 that I sold at 225K a '93 6.5 with just under 300K when I sold it and a 98 6.5 that I sold at 100K. My personal experience with all three of these engines was positive from a mechanical standpoint. None had anything substantial done to them. However I can acknowledge that outside of my own experience, they weren't good engines. As bad as they were, they weren't the focus of a billion dollar lawsuit. The 6.0/6.4 were/are JUNK just as you said. You still driving one doesn't allow you to rewrite history. Take a poll from previous owners and see what the masses think. Taking a poll of yourself isn't really a poll, its YOUR experience, just like the Detroit diesels were MINE. Statistically not revelant. Take the time and read the actual lawsuit, it outlines in great detail the issues on both sides of the suit. The aftermarket doesn't spin up (Bullet Proof Diesel) for no reason, if there were no issues the term Bullet Proofing would not exist. I have yet to see a Cummins, Duramax or Ford 6.7 Bullet Proof diesel pop up. Not sure why you have to attack the man. His experience with his truck is a good one and so was mine. So be it! I will say this... I sure see a lot more 6.0 PSD on the road today vs those first gen DPF equipped 6.7 cummins, Duramax, and 6.4 Power Strokes. Must be a reason! Even my BIL fell victom of a 09 6.7 cummins that he sold after 9 months of ownership due to too many problems with the emissions. He wished he kept his 04 6.0 PSD after that experience. After he unloaded that truck to a willing buyer he purchased a 07 Dodge 5.9 cummins in Arizona, flew there to pick it up and drove it back. That was one hell of a experience after owning that POS 09 6.7 cummins. He did later move on to purchase a new '16 6.7 PSD truck and it's given him good reasonably good service for a DPF equipped truck. I think this truck restored his fate on the DPF equipped trucks for now. BTW... I know and man who had a Chevy 6.5TD and it gave him good service up to around ~350k miles and my BIL had a 98 Chevy with a 6.5TD and it gave him good service as well. No big deal!Thanks Fish. This guy has a habit of reading what he wants and not really reading what the post said. He then proceeds to go off the deep end with his foolish rants. Foolish rant? Really? What is foolish about it? Your advocating a 6.0, I find that extremely foolish.
ksss 11/29/19 05:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Buying a used diesel

Fish, there is a difference between attacking and calling BS. He said it in manner that suggests that the issues are overblown or exagerated. Which they are not, there is a segment of buyers that for whatever reason did not experience the issues the majority did have. I could say the same for the 6.5TD as I am one. The 6.0 came right after the very popular 7.3 PS many thought the 6.0 would be another home run engine and for good reason and they sold a lot of them. The 6.0 went from 03-07 and the DPF duramax was sold from 07.5 until 2010, and 08-10 there were not a lot pickups sold. Ford also sells more diesels than do the other two in general. No doubt there are still some out there, many after substantal work to keep them on the road. Not everyone can take a trade in beating to get something better and were forced to make do. The OP is looking for a used $25K diesel, can you with a straight face recommend a 6.0? Regardless of your own experience?
ksss 11/27/19 05:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Buying a used diesel

A few points to ponder. - 6.0 and 6.4 Ford diesels are junk, and are priced accordingly used. A low price does not always equate to a good value. There are options for "bulletproofing" these engines but I don't know what they cost or how effective those preventative fixes are. I know itès weird but I have almost 300k miles on my 6.0L, stock head bolts too. Weird. All things in Ièd avoid the 6.4L as well even though it is a very close cousin to the 6.0L. PITA with 1st gen new emission gear. Compared to it my 6.0L has almost none. With ANY used diesel that is out of warranty be prepared to either work on it yourself or have some room on a CC because NONE of them are cheap to have work done on, especially at a dealer.I'm still driving my JUNK 6.0 also with the stock head bolts. Sure are a lot of these junk engines on the road. And many more pulled off the road. If your still driving your JUNK 6.0, that is your own fault. You 6.0/6.4 apologist kill me. I have had a 6.2 that I sold at 225K a '93 6.5 with just under 300K when I sold it and a 98 6.5 that I sold at 100K. My personal experience with all three of these engines was positive from a mechanical standpoint. None had anything substantial done to them. However I can acknowledge that outside of my own experience, they weren't good engines. As bad as they were, they weren't the focus of a billion dollar lawsuit. The 6.0/6.4 were/are JUNK just as you said. You still driving one doesn't allow you to rewrite history. Take a poll from previous owners and see what the masses think. Taking a poll of yourself isn't really a poll, its YOUR experience, just like the Detroit diesels were MINE. Statistically not revelant. Take the time and read the actual lawsuit, it outlines in great detail the issues on both sides of the suit. The aftermarket doesn't spin up (Bullet Proof Diesel) for no reason, if there were no issues the term Bullet Proofing would not exist. I have yet to see a Cummins, Duramax or Ford 6.7 Bullet Proof diesel pop up.
ksss 11/27/19 04:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Do you have a bed liner?

If you work out of the back of your truck, I think a liner of some sort is a good idea. I honestly believe that all the OEM's in an effort to make them lighter/cheaper have removed alot of material from the bed and they count on the end user to add strength back in through a bedliner of some sort. I have used spray in since it became available and it works for me, doesn't protect against dents as stated but it does help to keep things from sliding around. As thin as the beds are putting some protection in the working end of the pickup isnt a bad thing.
ksss 11/27/19 08:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy's I4 2.7 turbo engine

There is a lot of talk (hope) that the 2.7 finds its way into the redesigned Colorado coming in a couple years. I think that would be a great home for the 2.7T.
ksss 11/25/19 07:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Ram 2500/3500: MotorTrend Truck of the Year

Y'all remember when Honda won it with a Ridgeline? and it was only truck appearing. These awards mean nothing That kind of puts it into perspective doesn't it?
ksss 11/24/19 07:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Cybertruck

Tug of war competitions are about keeping traction. This is usually about tires used and driver skill rather than the rest of vehicle. Weight is also a critical component. The 4X2 Ford has little weight over the rear wheels. I am sure with the battery pack in the Tesla, it is weighted down significantly, which is likely why it sags so bad with 1000 pounds of ATV in the back. Sam your $100 deposit would do better in the stockmarket, than sitting at Tesla for the next 5 years. I don't think you can invest $100 in the stock market without being laugh at. Second, I'm already in Tesla stocks and made some good money off it and putting my money where my mouth (investment) is. Presumably, you are not good in math, 2019 to 2021 is not 5 years. Further, if I don't like it or grow to love it, I'll buy the Ford equivalent and I'll have an opportunity loss of 3 cents. Actually, I already like it's capabilities and specs. Waiting for Motor Trend to do an independent evaluation. LOL! The $100 was a joke. I was being facetious. Making the point your money will sit for a very long time. I am actually really good at math, you would presume wrong. Tesla hasn't hit a target date yet, so them saying 2021 I say it will much longer than that. Honestly I would be surprised if they make it that long. I think they have a much greater likelihood of being bought out. Being bought out HAHAHAHAHA Tesla stock is worth more then big 3 combined and going much higher in future. @ksss -- don't leave your day job and keep that last $100 you have.:B No future for you in teaching math, investment, stock trading and carni crystal ball reading.;) I got math, and investment, crystal ball...well see but the Ponzi scheme that is Tesla will reveal itself. My suggestion to you is, don't sell your Prius in anticipation of your Tesla pickup in advance, you could be walking for a while.
ksss 11/22/19 10:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Cybertruck

Tug of war competitions are about keeping traction. This is usually about tires used and driver skill rather than the rest of vehicle. Weight is also a critical component. The 4X2 Ford has little weight over the rear wheels. I am sure with the battery pack in the Tesla, it is weighted down significantly, which is likely why it sags so bad with 1000 pounds of ATV in the back. Sam your $100 deposit would do better in the stockmarket, than sitting at Tesla for the next 5 years. I don't think you can invest $100 in the stock market without being laugh at. Second, I'm already in Tesla stocks and made some good money off it and putting my money where my mouth (investment) is. Presumably, you are not good in math, 2019 to 2021 is not 5 years. Further, if I don't like it or grow to love it, I'll buy the Ford equivalent and I'll have an opportunity loss of 3 cents. Actually, I already like it's capabilities and specs. Waiting for Motor Trend to do an independent evaluation. LOL! The $100 was a joke. I was being facetious. Making the point your money will sit for a very long time. I am actually really good at math, you would presume wrong. Tesla hasn't hit a target date yet, so them saying 2021 I say it will much longer than that. Honestly I would be surprised if they make it that long. I think they have a much greater likelihood of being bought out.
ksss 11/22/19 07:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Cybertruck

Tug of war competitions are about keeping traction. This is usually about tires used and driver skill rather than the rest of vehicle. Weight is also a critical component. The 4X2 Ford has little weight over the rear wheels. I am sure with the battery pack in the Tesla, it is weighted down significantly, which is likely why it sags so bad with 1000 pounds of ATV in the back. Sam your $100 deposit would do better in the stockmarket, than sitting at Tesla for the next 5 years.
ksss 11/22/19 04:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Cybertruck

That is what happens when you have an urban milennial keyboard engineer design a pickup. His skinny jeans and or his manbun must have been too tight, either could produce results like this.
ksss 11/22/19 04:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy's I4 2.7 turbo engine

My son is looking at getting a 2019 Silverado 1500 truck. A lot of them on the lots have Chevy's new 2.7 turbo engine. This engine replaces the 4.3 V6. He won't be towing a camper with it. He is wondering about the reliability of this new engine. Right now he has a 2017 Silverado with the V6. Any info on this new engine will be greatly appreciated and I'll pass it on to him. Id never buy 4cyl unless it was small car. Have 08 Silverado 4.8 V8 and get full 3 mpg better mpg then Colorado mini truck w their 4 banger,how did GM engineers managed this is beyond me. Small engine just has to work too hard,put some load on and it wont last very long imho. Also I believe turbo motor has to use high test fuel and Syntetic oil More expense. I had an 08 4.8 in an extracab 4X4 and I got the same mpg as the 5.3 with less power. I don't know what the Colorado 4 cyl gets for mpg but the V-6 is pretty efficient. I have a ZR2 which is not that thrifty on fuel, I get 19 on highway. My 4.8 was no better.
ksss 11/19/19 10:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy's I4 2.7 turbo engine

Coming from a V-6 I think the 2.7T will out performm the 4.3 in everyway. If the 4.3 was sufficient for him, he wont be let down by the 2.7T. As far as reliability, that remains to be seen but, I would not anticipate any real issues with the new motor. GM typically doesnt miss on building new engines.
ksss 11/18/19 05:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Silverado 1500 Duramax and the Ike

The Eco Diesel has 2K more towing capacity than does the GM. I would agree in watching that the exhaust brake isnt dialed in well enough yet, only one less brake application than the Ram and Ford which dont have a Ebrake. The Chevy certainly has enough power to pull more, they need to dial in the Ebrake and increase the tow rating. MPG numbers look very impressive. Might want to doublr check that. IIRC, the baby Dmax was 8 brake applications vs the EcoD's 4, and the Ram EcoD had quite a bit more weight behind it. I quoted what they said in the cab on the way down.
ksss 11/10/19 10:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Silverado 1500 Duramax and the Ike

The Eco Diesel has 2K more towing capacity than does the GM. I would agree in watching that the exhaust brake isnt dialed in well enough yet, only one less brake application than the Ram and Ford which dont have a Ebrake. The Chevy certainly has enough power to pull more, they need to dial in the Ebrake and increase the tow rating. MPG numbers look very impressive.
ksss 11/10/19 08:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck batteries

Luck being what it is, they will probably give up when it is most inconvienent.
ksss 11/07/19 07:26am Tow Vehicles
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