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Rockies regional randomness

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by Geek, Sep 30, 2009.

  1. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    I'm not much of a cruiser guy but at first glance the thing that gets me is this brace:

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    The entire bike is swoopy and crafted and then there's like a chunk of flat iron welded from fork to fork as a brace?
    Maybe the photo is just a bad angle? :dunno

    Looking at those generic fenders, etc - I suspect the customization aftermarket for this thing is going to be YUUUUUGE! Just don't let Paul Tuttle get his hands on one and maybe it won't jump the shark :photog

    I am looking forward to seeing some custom bobbers, cafes, etc with an R18 motor! :lurk
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  2. DomEOD

    DomEOD 'murica

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    big oof. I can’t unsee it
  3. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    LOL - as I was typing that I was thinking "Dom's going to hate me for pointing this out...."

    I'm sure someone will make a fancy bracket cover of some sort for it or maybe that's where the ADV sticker goes! :rofl
  4. TNC

    TNC Candyass Camper

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    I'm not a cruiser guy at all...maybe even hate most cruiser appearances. For some reason I kinda like this one. I think it's because of the uniqueness of the engine. The appearance of this engine just tends to bring out a look that cruisers don't generally have.

    Barko, there's nothing wrong with those Flash Gordon pipes...except...they need to have the fins on the top like an old Caddy.:D
  5. barko1

    barko1 barko1 Supporter

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    Make it cool like this and it'll be a hit.

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  6. Osprey!

    Osprey! a.k.a. Opie Supporter

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    I have to say, I'm very impressed with this truck. What started as a plow truck acquisition (for 1.8 miles of mountain dirt road to the house) has morphed into a hauler, too. It's a 01 2500HD with an 8.1 gasser paired to an Allison 1000 tranny. Sure, it's a gas hog but I'm not complaining given the reasonable purchase price and intended limited use: plow truck, one a year trip to a conference in the Nevada desert, and weekly trash duty. It's also pre-dented and pre-scratched, so I'm happy to park it next to anything and not worry about parking lot dings.

    Maybe I'm missing something, but the higher acquisition prices and maintenance costs of a diesel don't seem worth it unless you're going to tow super heavy loads. As it stands, this rig is rated to tow +16,000 lbs. It barely feels the 2,200 lb cargo trailer empty.

    The 8.1 is known for oil consumption, but I switched it to Mobil 1 just before a trip and it didn't use any on a 2,200 roundabout to pick up the trailer. I had a similar experience with my 4Runner. Mobile 1 - no oil consumption. Other synthetics - slight oil consumption. Must be some additive in the Mobile 1, I guess.

    Studded snow tires are on order and I'm probably going to replace the shocks, too. Seems worth the investment...

    Anyone looking for a barely used 2020 Tacoma TRD Off Road? Just kidding. Sort of.
  7. dirtydoug

    dirtydoug Been here awhile

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    NICE UNIT
  8. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Nice setup! is it 4wd?

    In our case with our F350 we have 4500lbs in the bed and may or may not be towing - but the other awesome thing about a diesel is the engine brake. I press the fart button and go down Vail or Loveland and never touch my brakes (not to mention the mountain we live on).

    That said, I agree with you. Don't buy a diesel unless you need a diesel (don't get my started on the B.S. emissions crap).

    :freaky

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    Last weekend fishing the frying pan:
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  9. Carbon Boy

    Carbon Boy Been here awhile Supporter

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    When you first posted your new acquisition I assumed 6.0, lucky find on the 8.1/Allison. I just rolled 180,000 this past week 1800 mi round trip with no consumption running fresh dino oil. It will use a tad closer to change interval. I did have a slight leak, suspected front seal, turned out to be oil cooler line, repaired and everything dry now. I just wish I had the 4x4. You have a nice rig, ENJOY!! Phone Pictures 625.jpg Pic from a couple years ago
  10. Osprey!

    Osprey! a.k.a. Opie Supporter

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    Thanks!

    Yes, it's 4x4. I've been using low range to get up to the house while towing fully loaded. Snow tires are on order. Suspension and plow are next.
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  11. Osprey!

    Osprey! a.k.a. Opie Supporter

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    ... Just completed the LAST load. This was definitely the hardest move yet, although the easiest I've ever loaded a motorcycle.

    OK, well - the trailer hasn't been unloaded yet, but the old house is EMPTY and clean. I have a few punch list items to address tomorrow and then it's done. PHEW.
  12. DomEOD

    DomEOD 'murica

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    Alright. I need a TW200. Tired of getting my ass kicked on a big bike. Also need a Rampart by trail difficulty map

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  13. y4m4

    y4m4 Calvin

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    Forget the TW200: hit me up if you wanna try a trials bike some time. :jkam

    Actually, that offer is extended to anyone 'round these parts and is interested.
  14. Assfault

    Assfault Exposed Member Supporter

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    I would suggest more dirt orientated type tires will pay off dividends keeping you upright.
    Most everything up where that video was shot is loose granite gravel. Street tires don't do well in that environment.
    Drink the Koolade and get a KTM and never have to worry about the trail difficulty.
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  15. Osprey!

    Osprey! a.k.a. Opie Supporter

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    Question for those with truck+snowplow experience. What did you do to upgrade the suspension to handle the added weight of the plow? Did you add stiffer springs? Heading to the shop early next week and want to be prepared for the upsell...
  16. nwcolorider

    nwcolorider NWCOLO

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    Depends on the plow weight. There are some very good light plows now that require nothing, but you said a mile and a half so probably not going that way! My old Ford has an 8' heavy plow, nothing added. My 95 GMC 2500, I had to add some airbags. Sumosprings is what my dad put on his, he likes them.
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  17. Osprey!

    Osprey! a.k.a. Opie Supporter

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    Thanks Norm! I was looking at a 700lb (shipping weight plow). Airbags make a lot more sense to me than suffering a crappy ride for the 95% of the time the plow is not in service. I didn't know that was an option on the front.

    p.s. I hope things are going ok with your fam.
  18. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    speaking of plows... added a 7 foot rear blade to the tractor today:

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    Almost ready for winter!

    Now I just need to man up and install the 150 lbs of studded chains :photog
    ...and inject 470lbs of ballast into the tires
    ...and install the shoes on the blade
    ...and install the hydraulic rotation kit
    ...and install the blade ends...
    and...
    ok, I'm not almost ready for winter. :patch
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  19. Lomax

    Lomax Nanu-Nanu Adventurer Supporter

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    I would swap you a K1 for that setup. Could use it at the cabin :D Is that 4wd and hydro static drive?

    I just got a 66" plow for the RZR for my driveway. I don't know if it will work worth a shit or not.
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  20. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    LOL! If you'd ever have told me I would spend the price of a corvette on something that goes 17mph I'd have thought you were smoking crack. Perhaps I'm the one smoking crack :scratch

    ...but I never have to worry about our canyon's snowbombs ever again :D :norton

    yes 4wd, hydrostatic, 46hp turbo so doesn't mind the altitude.
    This is the largest tractor John Deere makes with a front PTO option so I can run the front 59" blower. :thumb

    The issue with the plow I used the past 6 years is during the big snow events having to be out there every 2 hours plowing all night to stay ahead of it.

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    Now I get to sleep in.. and with the heated cab I'm going to plow in a tshirt and my underwear... just because I can :photog

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