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    So what the heck is Gear Crushers all about?  We are about loving more than just offroad or just street or just motorcycles.  We love all of it!  Too many clubs are focused on one thing like Jeeps or Motocross but we like everything.  We believe we can love more than just one focus.  Let's focus on all that is cool and crush them gears.

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    This site is dedicated to anyone who enjoys the sound of an engine, the smell of fuel burning, the adrenaline of tackling challenges while crushing those gears.

    We are not biased towards one type of vehicle, make or model. We can appreciate the passion no matter what you are working on, driving, admiring, polishing, designing.

    Gear Crushers are for those of us that want to break the mold and have one site that has something for everyone since many of our passions can easily cross. An engine or trans or axle or tires etc may work on something else in a completely different group.  Troubleshooting could also be similar.

    I don’t find it fair that we have to choose “exactly” what we have to be on different websites or groups even though our passion may stretch amongst multiple types of vehicles so here you go. Gear Crushers covers anything that runs fuel.  Community driven. Cool logo. Non-biased fun.=

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    1. The one

      wildweaselmi
      Latest Entry

      By wildweaselmi,

      VIN: 1GTHK23D67F110033

      Options and Standard Features

      Options

      • Engine: Duramax Turbo Diesel 6.6L V8
      • Heavy-Duty Power Package
      • Heavy-Duty Rear Automatic Locking Differential
      • Heavy-Duty Trailering Equipment
      • Manual Dual-Zone Air Conditioning
      • Power Tilt-Sliding Sunroof W/Express-Open
      • Rear Seat Entertainment System
      • Transmission: Allison 1000 6-Speed Automatic

      Basic Information

      • Stock Number: 2319
      • VIN Number: 1GTHK23D67F110033
      • Style Name: 4X4 Crew Cab 6.6 Ft. Box 153 In. WB SLT
      • Make: GMC
      • Model: Sierra 2500HD Classic
      • Model Year: 2007
      • Type: Pickup
      • Vehicle Trim: SLT
      • Interior Color: Dark Pewter
      • Exterior Color: Onyx Black
      • Body Type: Crew Cab

      Engine

      • Engine Description: 6.6L V8 32V
      • Fuel Type: Diesel
      • Fuel Induction: Direct Diesel Injection
      • Valves Per Cylinder: 4
      • Aspiration: Turbocharged

      DriveTrain

      • 4WD Type: Part-Time
      • Driven Wheels: Four-Wheel
      • Locking Hubs: Auto
      • Transfer Case: Manual
      • Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic
      • Wheels Rims: Polished Forged Aluminum
      • Wheels Spare Rim Type: Steel
      • Drive Train Type: 4WD

      Suspension

      • Independent Suspension: Front
      • Stabilizer Bar: Front

      Instrumentation

      • Clock
      • Compass
      • External Temp
      • Low Fuel Level
      • Tachometer
      • Trip Computer

      Roof and Glass

      • Front Wipers: Variable Intermittent
      • Privacy Glass: Deep
      • Rear Defogger

      In Car Entertainment

      • Antenna Type: Fixed
      • Audio System: AM/FM/Satellite-Prep
      • Premium Speakers: Bose
      • Rear Audio: Multi-Source
      • Speakers: 6

      Seats

      • Drivers: Multi-Level Heating
      • Drivers Height: Power
      • Drivers Lumbar: Power 2-Way
      • Drivers Power: 8
      • Passenger: Multi-Level Heating
      • Passenger Height: Power
      • Passenger Lumbar: Power 2-Way
      • Passenger Power: 8
      • Seating Capacity: 5
      • Front Seat Type: Bucket
      • Upholstery: Leather
      • Center Armrest
      • Folding: Flip Forward Cushion/Seatback

      Convenience

      • Center Console: Full With Covered Storage
      • Cruise Control
      • Cupholders: Front And Rear
      • Door Pockets: Driver And Passenger
      • Overhead Console: Mini With Storage
      • Power Outlets: 4
      • Seatback Storage: 2
      • Steering Adjustment: Tilt-Adjustable
      • Steering Power: Power Steering
      • Auto Dimming Mirrors: Electrochromatic, Driver Only
      • Power Mirrors: Power Remote W/Tilt Down
      • Power Retractable Mirrors
      • Reverse Tilt Mirror: Dual Mirrors
      • Power Door Locks
      • Windows: Power Windows
      • Memory Features Exterior Mirrors
      • Memory Features Number Of Drivers: 2

      Comfort

      • Air Conditioning: Automatic
      • Mats: Vinyl/Rubber Front And Rear
      • Reading Lights: Front
      • Shift Knob: Urethane
      • Steering Wheel Trim: Leather
      • Vanity Mirrors: Passenger Vanity Mirrors

      Features

      • Bumpers: Chrome
      • Door Reinforcement: Side-Impact Door Beam
      • Engine Hour Meter

      Safety

      • Turning Circle: 53.6
      • ABS: 4-Wheel
      • Anti Theft System
      • Safety Locks: Manual
      • Daytime Running Light
      • Engine Immobilizer
      • Headlights Auto Delay: Auto Delay Off
      • Headlights Dusksensor: Dusk Sensing
      • Front Headrests: Manual Adjustable
      • Rear Headrests: 2
      • Rear Center Seatbelt: 3-Point Belt
      • Safety Signal Mirrors: Turn Signal In Mirrors
      • Driver And Passenger Airbag
      • Door Reinforcement: Side-Impact Door Beam

      Doors

      • Rear Door Type: Tailgate
      • Side Door Type: Conventional

      Dimensions

      • Front Head Room: 41.0 Inches
      • Front Hip Room: 61.4 Inches
      • Front Shoulder Room: 65.2 Inches
      • Front Leg Room: 41.3 Inches
      • Rear Head Room: 39.0 Inches
      • Rear Hip Room: 62.9 Inches
      • Rear Leg Room: 39.1 Inches
      • Rear Shoulder Room: 65.1 Inches
      • Length: 239.7 Inches
      • Width: 79.7 Inches
      • Height: 77.0 Inches
      • Wheelbase: 153.0 Inches
      • Ground Clearance: 10.6 Inches
      • Max Gross Vehicle Weight: 9,200 Lbs.
      • Curb Weight: 5,883 Lbs.

      When the LBZ was introduced to replace the LB7, the LB7’s injector issues had long been solved and the overheating issues associated with the LLY were a thing of the past. This engine’s beefier block casting, stronger connecting rods, higher pressure common-rail fuel system and updated ECM arguably made it the most powerful, drivable, reliable and tunable Duramax to date. Right out of the box, the LBZ produced 360hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. During this time frame (’06-‘07), these numbers not only outperformed the 6.0L Power Stroke’s 325hp and 570 lb-ft, but they beat out the 325hp and 610 lb-ft figures put up by the 5.9L Cummins as well. The LBZ was also the first Duramax to be coupled to the six-speed Allison 1000 automatic, which proved capable of handling more power than the five-speed version that preceded it.

      Diesel enthusiasts longingly remember the LBZ as the last Duramax built before the modern day emissions crunch kicked in, which spawned pollution control technology that reduced fuel economy and greatly hampered long-term engine durability.  Arguably the most highly sought after Duramax ever built is the LBZ Duramax.

      • More meat exists in the lower section (big end) of the rod than what you’ll find on LB7
      • The beefier I-beam style rods bring more mass to the rotating assembly
      • Connecting rods were the strongest found in any Duramax up to that time
      • GM cast slightly more webbing into the main bearing regions of the LBZ’s gray-iron block for added horsepower and torque

      Unfortunately nothing is perfect and in this case the LBZ pistons weren’t up to the task of surviving in higher horsepower applications.  The cast-aluminum pistons are highly susceptible to cracking.  The LBZ piston’s use of wrist pin bushings is also believed by many to be a contributing factor in OEM piston failure, along with a thinner wrist pin being utilized.

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      When a piston lets go, you definitely know it, as it’s accompanied by a nasty miss, excessive blow-by and smoke out the exhaust.

       

      CARFAX Vehicle History Report for this 2007 GMC SIERRA K2500 HD_ 1GTHK23D67F110033.pdf

    2. Expedition Overland has been everywhere but in this series they are concentrating on our own United States soil.

       

    3. wildweaselmi
      Latest Entry

      By wildweaselmi,

      This blog will start as a story of how I use to have many jobs but life was passing me by as I was on a constant spiral down from any life whatsoever. Including missing my family and friends it just lost its appeal.  My thought process was work as much as I can while I can because you never know when you just can't anymore.  Well that was nice but all you do is spend more money instead of save the extra money or try to get ahead by possibly paying off the monster debt.  Not me, I apparently have a burning hole in my pocket when I put a dollar in it.  Lot changes with your perspective when you go down to one job, one source of income.

      Sooo, the hunt began to try and find ways to save money which started with moving away from Chase Bank which kept increasing interest rate on my credit card even though my credit score was in the high 700's and sometimes would hit 800 something.  Also odd since I've been with the bank forever but I'm learning slowly that I'm more of a credit union kind of guy so I moved 99% of my finances to a Credit Union where there credit card is only 5.9% and they are willing to give me great loan rates.  What?  And they are more than helpful.  I have tried this before but really really didn't like the web/app interface and since we do most of our banking online, it was rough. Chase has a great app and web interface but seriously there rates are way too high and no loyalty to customers that give them our money to hold onto.  So two words for ya Chase, "See ya"!

      Now finances moved over to a credit union, a little bit of savings is already working in my favor (wow was I paying a ton in interest with my chase card).  My next big expense is the house, gotta have that and no sense of changing the house payment since interest rates haven't really gone down and I really don't want to start over with closing fee's, reset the 30 year fix mortgage count down back to 30 years..  its okay.  Next would be my RAM truck payment which is no more than $700/month.  I had a 2013 RAM and loved it but it started to rust (which is pretty common in Michigan) but I couldn't take it so with less than a year to pay it off I bought a 2018 RAM 2500 Limited (so fully loaded).  I never really loved the truck but thought I would eventually.  Now its been two years and it tows just as good as my 2013 with that cummins diesel purring but way too many electronics for this guy. Its time to find something else that can tow our 10,500lb RV trailer and occasionally my car hauler trailer and even sometimes my excavator trailer but most often my 25' enclosed car hauler trailer that holds our ATVs and SxS.  I just don't like anything anyone builds today.  It feels and drives like garbage so went to google and started searching for tow vehicles and what is everyone most happiest with and just about every website kept popping up Suburbans with the 8.1L.  Similar torque and horsepower as the Duramax Diesel with a few mpg less in the 8.1L for fuel econonomy but let's be real, Unleaded will always be cheaper than diesel and every mechanic can work on a gasoline engine and probably has the parts at a local store but not the same could be said about a diesel.  Good luck going to anyone but a dealer to work on it, fuel is more expensive probably 90% of the time and repairs are monstorus.  Let's also not forget you have to put cow pee in called DEF unless you delete DEF from your truck but you'll loose any warranty.  So the negative to an 8.1L is crappy fuel economy and that's it.

      So I began my search for what year(s) are the best Suburbans and they kept coming back to the 2000-2006 years.  With the 8.1L you can pull 12,500lbs (DANG!).  Sometimes you are lucky and get the Alison Transmission but most of the time you'll end up with the heavy duty 4L80e transmission.

      I found a super clean 2003 in California at Affordable Imports Auto Sales so tomorrow I'm flying out of Detroit Metro International Airport and landing in LAX around 10:20am tomorrow and catching a Lyft down to Murrieta to pick up my new/used Suburban.

       

      I will keep adding to this blog as the trip progresses

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      wildweaselmi
      Latest Entry

      By wildweaselmi,

      No matter if you are into Nascar or Offroad racing or whatever we all need to communicate.  CB Radios are a thing of the past.  From reading articles, forums and other online research they all lead to either BaoFeng Radios or the more expensive Rugged Radios.  Pros and Cons to both.  They can both be programmed with the freeware software called Chirp (its available on Mac, Windows, Linux).

      BaoFeng BF-F8HP

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      REFERENCE: MyOffRoadRadio.com for information on how to use

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