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      SOURCE: Great Lakes Four Wheel Drive Association reposting for visibility.

      It is confirmed, Representative Gary Howell told GLFWDA the bill is dead and will not be headed to the floor any time soon. Instead, he voted it through. House bill 4535 is far from dead and actually was just voted out of committee and could head to the floor for a vote as early as next week.


      Call your state rep and let them know you oppose this bill. They MUST hear from us or this bill will sail through and into law.

      Pass the verbage below to any and everyone you can and pass the word on Facebook or what ever media you use.


      If you have ever asked what can I do to help keep trails open in Michigan, this is your opportunity. House bill 4535 has slipped out of committee and is headed for a vote on the floor of the house. This bill removes over 1500 miles of roads and routes that we currently have access to. During the months of December and March, when these trails have snow on them, wheeled vehicles will NOT be allowed are subject to $200.00 fines.

      To voice you opposition to this....


      Your state representative AND contact the office of representative Gary Howell at 517-373-1800. Call and or email nsliwa@house.MI.gov

      Contact your state rep. and let them know you oppose House Bill 4535!



      We MUST get our voice heard on this or we stand to loose over 1500 miles and trail. Events such as SNOWBLIND, SNOFARI, JEEP JAMBOREE and many other winter events stand to be cancelled.




      Sec. 82163. (1) Subject to subsection (2), during the period 23 from December 1 through March 31 annually, a person shall not 24 operate a motor vehicle other than a snowmobile on a trail if both 25 of the following apply: 26 (a) The trail is part of the statewide trail network 27 established under section 72114 and is designated for snowmobile 28 use. 29 (b) The trail is snow covered, and the snow is groomed for 9 TMV Final Page H01338'21 * 1 snowmobile use. 2 (2) Subsection (1) does not apply under any of the following 3 circumstances: 4 (a) If the motor vehicle is being used for emergency or law 5 enforcement purposes. 6 (b) If the portion of the snowmobile trail on which the motor 7 vehicle is operated is a crossing with a highway or street or a 8 trail where operation of the motor vehicle is otherwise authorized. 9 (c) If and to the extent that the department waives the 10 prohibition for department-sponsored events or other circumstances 11 as determined by the director or the director's designee. 12 (3) A person who violates subsection (1) is responsible for a 13 state civil infraction and may be ordered to pay a civil fine of 14 not more than $200.00. A fine collected under this section shall be 15 deposited in the recreational snowmobile trail improvement 16 subaccount created in section 82110.

    2. EPISODE 1

      Here's everything you missed from Day 1 of the 2021 Overland Adventure presented by Jeep! Check out the 20 selected participants https://bit.ly/3oQhTCz


      EPISODE 2

      Take a journey into the back country! Here's everything you missed from Day 2 of the 2021 Overland Adventure presented by Jeep! Check out the 20 selected participants - https://bit.ly/3oQhTCz


      EPISODE 3

      We wrapped 2021 Overland Adventure presented by Jeep with some challenging climbs and scenic descents! Check out 20 selected participants who joined us on the journey - https://bit.ly/3oQhTCz


    3. wildweaselmi
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      By wildweaselmi,

      Although all of Chevrolet's siblings of the period (Buick, Cadillac, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, and Holden) designed their own V8s, it was the Chevrolet 305 and 350 cu in (5.0 and 5.7 L) small-block that became the GM corporate standard. Over the years, every American General Motors division except Saturn and Geo used it and its descendants in their vehicles.

      In 1991, GM created a new-generation small-block engine called the "LT1 350", distinct from the high-output Generation I LT-1 of the 1970s. It displaced 5.7 L (350 cu in), and was a 2-valve pushrod design. The LT1 used a reverse-flow cooling system which cooled the cylinder heads first, maintaining lower combustion chamber temperatures and allowing the engine to run at a higher compression than its immediate predecessors.

      LT1 engine was used in:


      • 1992–1996 Chevrolet Corvette C4


      • 1993–1997 Chevrolet Camaro Z28, B4C and SS
      • 1993–1997 Pontiac Firebird Formula, Trans Am, and Firehawk


      • 1994-1996 Buick Roadmaster
      • 1994–1996 Chevrolet Caprice
      • 1994–1996 Chevrolet Caprice Police Package
      • 1994–1996 Chevrolet Impala SS
      • 1994–1996 Chevrolet Caprice Wagon
      • 1994–1996 Buick Roadmaster Wagon


      • 1994–1996 Cadillac Fleetwood

      There were a few different versions of the LT1. All feature a cast iron block, with aluminum heads in the Y and F bodies, and cast iron heads in the B and D bodies. Corvette blocks had four-bolt main caps, while most other blocks were two-bolt main caps. Block castings remained the same between 2 and 4 bolt mains.

      The 92–93 LT1s used speed density fuel management, batch-fire fuel injection and a dedicated Engine Control Module (ECM). In 94 the LT1 switched to a mass airflow sensor and sequential port injection. A new, more capable computer controlled the transmission as well as the engine and got a new name: Powertrain Control Module (PCM). Where the ECM held its calibration information in a replaceable PROM chip, the 94-95 OBD1 PCMs are reprogrammable through the diagnostic port.

      The LT4 was available on the following vehicles:

      • 1996 Chevrolet Corvette only when equipped with 6-speed manual transmission (includes all Grand Sports) (Production: 6,359)
      • 1997 Chevrolet Camaro SLP/LT4 SS 6-speed (Production: 100 for the U.S., 6 for Canada. There were 2 prototypes)
      • 1997 Pontiac Firebird SLP/LT4 Firehawk 6-speed (Production: 29)

      The LT4 was the special high-performance version of the new-generation LT1. It featured a slightly more aggressive camshaft profile, 1.6:1 aluminum roller rocker arms, lighter hollow intake valves and liquid-sodium filled exhaust valves, larger fuel injectors, performance crankshaft, higher 10.8:1 compression ratio and high-flow intake manifold (painted red) with extra material above the port available to allow port matching to the raised port LT4 cylinder heads. The LT4 was conservatively underrated at 330 hp (246 kW) and 340 lb⋅ft (461 N⋅m). It was introduced in the 1996 model year, for the last year of the C4 Corvette, and came standard on all manual transmission (ZF 6-speed equipped) C4 Corvettes. The engine was passed down to 1997 SLP Camaros SS and SLP Firehawks with 6-speed manual transmissions.

      For model year 1990, Chevrolet released the Corvette ZR-1 with the radical Lotus Engineering-designed double overhead cam LT5 engine. Engineered in the UK but produced and assembled in Stillwater Oklahoma by specialty engine builder Mercury Marine, the all-aluminum LT5 shared only the 4.4 inch bore spacing with any previous sbc engine. It does not have reverse cooling and is generally not considered a small block Chevrolet.

      The LT5 was available on the following vehicles:

      • 1990-1995 Chevrolet Corvette C4 ZR-1 equipped with 6-speed manual transmission (Production: 6,939). Although the LT5 was never used in another production GM vehicle, it did make its way into several Corvette concepts, race cars and even into a limited run of the Lotus Elise GT1.
      Gen I Years Engine option code (VIN identifier) Power (hp) Torque (lb.-ft.) Displacement (c.i.) Fuel (octane) Bore x Stroke (in) Compression ratio Block & heads (iron or aluminum) Block features
      I 1996 - 02 L30 (M) 220@4600 290@2800 305   3.743 x 3.48 9.1:1 Iron Truck/van only
      I 1987 - 95 L03 (E/H) 170@4400 255@2400 305   3.743 x 3.48 9.1:1 Iron TBI; passenger car used roller cam
      I 1988 - 96 L05 (K) 210@4400 300@2800 350   4.0 x 3.48 9.3:1 Iron TBI; 9C1 optioned Caprice and F-bodies had hydraulic roller cam
      I 1978 - 88 LG4 (F/H) 150-170@4600 240-250@2800 305   3.743 x 3.48 8.6:1 Iron 4bbl Quadrajet
      I 1981 - 86 LE9 (F) 165@4400 240@2000 305   3.743 x 3.48 9.5:1 Iron Truck/Van only - electronic spark control module used
      I 1982 - 83 LU5 165-175   305   3.743 x 3.48 ?:1 Iron "Crossfire EFI 5.0L"
      I 1967 - 80 L48 (K) 165-195 380 350   4.0 x 3.48 8.25-10.5:1 Iron  
      I 1969 - 70 L46 350   350 93req 4.0 x 3.48 11.0:1 Iron Corvette only
      I 1969 - 76 L65 145 220 350 87 4.0 x 3.48 8.5:1 Iron 2bbl
      I 1969 - 88 LM1 (L) 155-175   350   4.0 x 3.48   Iron 4bbl Rochester Quadrajet (4MV, M4MC, E4ME); retail option until 1981 when last used with the Camaro Z28; post-1980 use of the LM1 was for 9C1-optioned B (Caprice, Impala) and G-bodies (Malibu)
      I 1970 - 74 ZQ3 190-300 270-3500 350   4.0 x 3.48 8.5-10.25:1 Iron 4bbl, Corvette. L48 camshaft
      I 1970 - 72 LT1 250-370@6000 270-300@4000 350   4.0 x 3.48 9.1:1 Iron 4bbl
      II 1992 - 97 LT1 (P) 260-305@4800-5200 325-340@2400-3400 350 91 OCTANE 4.0 x 3.48 10.4:1 Iron (Aluminum FOR F and Y Bodies) Reverse Flow Heads
      I 1973 - 80 L82 205-250 255-285 350   4.0 x 3.48 9:1 Iron 4bbl Rochester Quadrajet; flat top pistons with a D-shaped relief cut for valve clearance
      I 1981 L81 190 280 350   4.0 x 3.48 8.2:1 Iron 4bbl Rochester Quadrajet (E4ME), Corvette
      I 1970 - 86 LS9 (L) 165@3800 275@1600 350   4.0 x 3.48 8.2:1 Iron 4bbl, truck
      I 1981 - 86 LT9 (M) 160@3800 250@2800 350   4.0 x 3.48 8.3:1 Iron 4bbl, truck
      I 1982 - 84 L83 200-205 285-290 350   4.0 x 3.48 9.0:1 Iron CrossFire
      I 1985-92 L98 (8) 225-250@4000 330-345@3200 350   4.0 x 3.48 9.5-10:1 Iron/Aluminum (Corvette) TPI
      I 1996-02 L31 (R) 255-350@4600 330-350@2800 350   4.0 x 3.48   Iron truck, Vortec
      I 1970-80   245-265   400   4.120 x 3.75   Iron 70-72 4bolt main, 73-80 2bolt main
      I 1975-76   110 133@3600 262   3.671 x 3.1   Iron Nova and Monza only; 2bbl Rochester 2GC carburetor
      I 1994-96 L99 (W) 200 245 263   3.736 x 3.0   Iron reverse cooling, Caprice, special ops, police vehicles
      I 1983-88 L69 (G) 180-190@4800 240@3200 305   3.743 x 3.48 9.5:1 Iron H.O., Firebird/Camaro, Monte Carlo SS only
      I 1985-92 LB9 (F) 190-230 275-300 305   3.743 x 3.48   Iron TPI, Firebird/Camaro only
      I 1976-82 LG3 (U) 145@4400 245@2400 305   3.743 x 3.48 8.5:1 Iron 2bbl


    4. guru
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      What do you use offroad to keep track of where you are going, where you've been?

      I've used GAIA for the trail riding I've done and its worked pretty good.  Is it perfect? No but I am running it on my iPhone (which you can also run it on any Android or iOS device with GPS) and so I don't need to have multiple charge ports (1 for a GPS unit, 1 for my phone)..  just keep it charged and hundreds of possible mounts for a phone versus a certain GPS unit.

      NOW the negatives, obviously an iPhone is more expensive (in many cases) than a GPS unit.  The function of the GPS unit is just for keeping you informed of where you are so more than likely it has more satellite antennas.  I've been one of those that thought for years, why would I waste money on a GPS unit when I can do all that on my phone.  Now I'm changing that tune to be more open about the idea.

      The community seems to all rave about vvmapping and a few others that require you have a Garmin unit if you want turn by turn instructions on the trails which could come in handy.

      If I decide to get a GPS unit it will be a Garmin and it has to be able to be portable (in case you break down, you could use the GPS unit to find your way to civilization and hopefully mark your spot that your down and broke so you can find your way back).

      vvmapping only supports the following GPS models

      • Dakota, Colorado, Montana, Monterra & Oregon (all model numbers for these)
      • DEZL (all model numbers for these)
      • DRIVE (including DriveSmart, DriveAssist, DriveLuxe, DriveTrack) (all model numbers for these)
      • eTrex: 20, 30, Legend C/CX/HCX, Vista C/CX/HCX, Venture HC; Touch; (must be color unit)
      • GPSMap 60, 62, 64, 66, 76, 78, 620, 640 (all in each model series, must be color unit)
      • GPSMap 276C, 376C, 378, 478 (these take special Garmin data cards, not the card we provide)
      • GPSMap 276CX
      • Nuvi & Nuvi Track (all model numbers for these)
      • Overlander
      • Rino 530 HCX and 6xx/7xx
      • RV (all model numbers for these)
      • Zumo (all model numbers for these)

      From my understanding the Garmin Nuvi models are not waterproof, so something to consider.  I've been leaning on a Garmin Montana but not sure yet.


    5. Reason #1 that you should not tow with your short wheelbase Jeep

      Below is another great complilation of trailer wrecks.


    6. Brand Name

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      I found this information pretty interesting and wanted to share with everyone else.

      A break down of the import/export business for vehicles is shown here


      The OICA counts over 50 countries which assemble, manufacture or disseminate automobiles. Of that number, only 14 countries (list below) currently possess the capability to design original production automobiles from the ground up.

      • Australia
      • China
      • France
      • Germany
      • India
      • Iran
      • Italy
      • Japan
      • Malaysia
      • Russia
      • South Korea
      • Sweden

      Below are the top 20 motor vehicle producing countries (as of 2018).  I was very surprised to see how much more China is than everyone else.


      Best-selling brands produced in China

      According to China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (C.A.A.M), automakers in China delivered 28,226,616 passenger and light commercial vehicles in 2017. Volkswagen remained the best-selling brand followed by Honda. In 2017, Geely surprised everyone by rocketing to become the third best-selling brand in China and the top Chinese brand in the market. Korean and American brands suffered from lackluster sales with Hyundai dropping from the top ten and GM and Ford both falling below local Chinese brands. Below is a breakdown of the deliveries by brand.

      The best selling specific model in 2017 was the Wuling Hong Guang minivan made in partnership with SAIC-GM, formerly known as Shanghai General Motors Company Ltd. In fact, five of the top-15 models were produced by SAIC-GM. Volkswagen had three models in the top-15, including the number-two Lavida while Geely, Great Wall, and Guangzhou Automotive Corp (GAC) models accounted for several models on that list. Number three of the top-15 belonged to the Nissan Bluebird Sylphy/Sylphy, number four to the Haval H6 and number five to the VW New Santana.


      2017 Top 10 Brands by Passenger Car Sales[66]
      Rank Brand Manufacturer(s) Sales in 2017
      1 Volkswagen FAW, SAIC 3,135,236
      2 Honda GAC, Dongfeng 1,405,021
      3 Geely Auto Geely 1,248,004
      4 Buick SAIC GM 1,223,429
      5 Toyota FAW, GAC 1,131,616
      6 Nissan Dongfeng 1,116,709
      7 Chang'an Chang'an 1,062,716
      8 Baojun SAIC-GM-Wuling 1,016,224
      9 Haval Great Wall 851,855
      10 Ford Chang'an 840,946

      FAW Group Corporation ("First Automobile Works") is a Chinese state-owned automotive manufacturing company headquartered in Changchun, Jilin, China. FAW is one of the "Big Four" Chinese automakers alongside Changan Automobile, Dongfeng Motor Corporation, and SAIC Motor.

      SAIC sells vehicles under a variety of brands. Brand names that are exclusive to SAIC include Maxus, MG, Roewe, and Yuejin. Products produced by SAIC joint venture companies are sold under marques including Baojun, Buick, Chevrolet, Iveco, Škoda, Volkswagen, and Wuling.


      By manufacturer

      This is a list of the 15 largest manufacturers by production volume in 2017, according to OICA.

      Rank Group Country Vehicles
      1 Toyota Japan 10,466,051
      2 Volkswagen Group Germany 10,382,334
      3 Hyundai South Korea 7,218,391
      4 General Motors United States 6,856,880
      5 Ford United States 6,386,818
      6 Nissan Japan 5,769,277
      7 Honda Japan 5,236,842
      8 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Italy / United States 4,600,847
      9 Renault France 4,153,589
      10 PSA France 3,649,742
      11 Suzuki Japan 3,302,336
      12 SAIC China 2,866,913
      13 Daimler Germany 2,549,142
      14 BMW Germany 2,505,741
      15 Geely China 1,950,382

      The table below shows the world's 10 largest motor vehicle manufacturing groups, along with the brands produced by each one. The table is ranked by 2016 production figures from the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) for the parent group, and then alphabetically by brand. Joint ventures are not reflected in this table. Production figures of joint ventures are typically included in OICA rankings, which can become a source of controversy.[48][49]

      Marque Country of origin Ownership Markets
      1. Toyota (Japan)
      Daihatsu Japan Subsidiary Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia
      Hino Japan Subsidiary Southeast Asia, Japan, Americas
      Lexus Japan Business unit Southeast Asia, China, Japan, South Korea, Middle East, United States, Canada, Mexico (2021)[50], Europe, Brazil, Costa Rica, Panama, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India
      Toyota Japan Division Global (except Iran)
      2. Volkswagen AG (Germany)
      Audi Germany Subsidiary Global (except Iran)
      Bentley United Kingdom Subsidiary Global
      Bugatti France Subsidiary Global
      Ducati Italy Subsidiary Global
      Lamborghini Italy Subsidiary Global
      MAN Germany Subsidiary Global (except North America)
      Porsche Germany Subsidiary Global (except Iran, North Korea, Syria, Cuba)
      Scania Sweden Subsidiary Global (except North America)
      SEAT Spain Subsidiary Europe, China, Singapore, Mexico, Central America, South America (except Chile), Middle East, Northern Africa, New Zealand
      Škoda Czech Republic Subsidiary Europe, Asia (except Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, The Philippines, Iran, Japan, South Korea, North Korea), Central America, South America, Dominican Republic, Northern Africa, Western Africa, Australia, New Zealand
      Volkswagen Germany Division Global
      Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Germany Subsidiary Global
      VTB Brazil Business unit Brazil, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa
      3. Hyundai (South Korea)
      Genesis South Korea Business unit South Korea, Australia, Russia, United States, Canada, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates
      Hyundai South Korea Division Global
      Kia South Korea Subsidiary Global
      4. General Motors (United States)
      Buick United States Business unit North America, China, Israel
      Cadillac United States Business unit North America, Middle East, China, Europe, Japan, South Korea
      Chevrolet United States Business unit Global (except Europe, Australia, New Zealand, India)
      GMC United States Business unit North America, Middle East (except Israel)
      Holden Australia Subsidiary Australia, New Zealand
      Jiefang China Business unit China
      SAIC-GM China Business unit China


      (Baojun, Wuling)

      China Business unit China, Indonesia
      GM Uzbekistan Uzbekistan Business unit Central Asia, Russia
      5. Ford (United States)
      Ford United States Division Global
      Lincoln United States Business unit North America, Middle East, Japan, South Korea, China
      Troller Veículos Especiais Brazil Subsidiary South America, Africa, Australia, Europe
      6. Nissan (Japan)
      Datsun Japan Division Indonesia, India, Russia, South Africa, Bolivia
      Infiniti Japan Subsidiary Global (except South America (excluding Chile), Japan, Indonesia, Africa (excluding South Africa))
      Nissan Japan Division Global
      7. Honda (Japan)
      Acura Japan Division China, Kuwait, North America, Russia
      Honda Japan Division Global
      8. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (Italy)/(USA)
      Abarth Italy Subsidiary Global (except Iran)
      Alfa Romeo Italy Subsidiary Global (except Iran, Taiwan, the Philippines and Brazil)
      Chrysler United States Division Global (except Europe (excluding United Kingdom, Ireland), Africa (excluding South Africa, Egypt), South Asia, Southeast Asia (excluding Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore))
      Dodge United States Division Global (except Europe, Africa (excluding South Africa, Egypt), South Asia, Southeast Asia (excluding Indonesia, the Philippines))
      Fiat Italy Subsidiary Global (except Africa (excluding South Africa), Iran, Southeast Asia)
      Fiat Professional Italy /United States Business unit Global (except Africa (excluding South Africa), Iran, Southeast Asia, United States, Canada)
      Jeep United States Division Global (except Africa (excluding South Africa, Egypt), South Asia (excluding Sri Lanka), Southeast Asia (excluding Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore))
      Lancia Italy Division Europe (except United Kingdom, Ireland)
      Maserati Italy Subsidiary Global
      RAM United States Division North America, Brazil, Middle East, Peru, Australia
      9. Renault (France)
      Alpine France Subsidiary Europe, Japan and Australia
      Dacia Romania Subsidiary Europe, North Africa
      Lada Russia Business unit Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Egypt
      Renault France Division Global (except USA, Canada, Pakistan, The Philippines)
      Renault Samsung Motors South Korea Subsidiary South Korea
      10. Groupe PSA (France)
      Citroën France Division Europe, Central and South America, Northern and Western Africa, South Africa, Madagascar, Australia, New Zealand, Asia (except USA, Canada, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand, Indonesia)
      DS France Division Europe and China
      Peugeot France Division Global (except USA, Canada, India, Pakistan)
      Opel Germany Subsidiary Europe (except United Kingdom), North Africa, South Africa, Middle East, Singapore, Mongolia, Chile
      Vauxhall United Kingdom Subsidiary United Kingdom
      • General Motors India stopped producing vehicles for the Indian market in 2017. It however continues to export vehicles to other markets.


    7. These are some tats that I like and I made up for my dad. So please enjoy them and comment which one you like. :grin:9CB1E65E-F09B-4A8F-8495-383546B49A48.thumb.jpeg.cc6c70e3833791ec1f1cf3d25365be65.jpeg



    8. My wife and I are freezing our asses off in our own home unless I crank the furnace up to 68 degrees which is crazy to think.  I remember as a kid we were never cold in the house but we always had a wood burner in the home (most of the homes it was in the basement).  It would get some warm in the house that windows had to be opened in the home in the middle of winter to let out some of the hot and let in some of the cool weather.

      So now I'm a grown up and freezing my ass off in this home that was built in the 60's I thought of applying the same thought process that worked when I was a kid.  Get a wood burner in the basement.


      I originally wanted to replace the wood stove upstairs that came with the home since it doesn't put out a lot (or really any) heat.  Especially since we spend most of our time in the living room upstairs but when they came out to look at what we have they pointed out that we should stop using it Immediately.


      Apparently whoever put the wood insert in trimmed the outside of it with wood trim which is charred on the back from burning from the heat of the wood stove.  So in short, its about to start on fire like charcoal.  To correct the hearth that is too short, all the wood trim, wood mantle, etc I'm looking close to $10,000 so probably not going to happen.  My thought was to pull it out and put a gas stove/insert in its place so I don't have to do as much work.  The company I talked to said they could pull the stove out for $400 but some serious cost to fix everything.  That will have to be maybe next year.

      Since upstairs is a bust, concentrating on the downstairs which uses the same chimney so its directly below the living room. 


      My thought is it would at least warm the wood floors in the winter and give the impression its warmer.  And we do know that warm air rises so there is a good chance it could heat most of the 1800 sq ft 1960 home on half basement and half crawl (the crawl space is below all the bedrooms)

      I was bouncing back and forth between a Lopi and a Blaze King for manufacturers of wood stove.  My parents has a Lopi wood stove and it was there favorite of all the brands they had but that was a long time ago before they started getting strict with emissions.

      Researching burn times and warranty information the Blaze King on paper is the clear winner so I chose a Blaze King Princess Insert which will get installed on the 23rd of January 2018 (brochure is attached along with manual)




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      I absolutely love these 1st generation Dodge W250 / W350 Trucks with the Cummins engine and the heavy duty Manual Transmission (getrags).  What years does the 1st Generation Dodge Trucks cover?  First Gen covers from 1981 to 1993 with the last few years (89-93) having an option for diesel.  Anywhere hear of Cummins? Yea that diesel. The diesel found in most heavy duty equipment, tractors, RV's.

      1st gen Notes

      • Easier to work on but has limited hp due too pump
      • Has a small Bosch rotary pump that can only put out so much HP. VE rotary injection pump
      • a H1C non waste gated turbo
      • non lock up tranny
      • Rough ride
      • Front end is heavy duty but bone jarring rough and tends to eat all but the very best shocks (4x4 models)
      • Getrag (5spd manual) has to be babied with an additional quart of oil added to the mfr's suggested amount
      • Body parts are getting very difficult to find
      • Aftermarket parts are getting difficult to find

      1st gen Cummins Buyers Guide

      1. Pay attention to RUST. It's the first killer of these 1st gen Cummins. Look in all the usual places which would include under the carpet, along the aprons, around the lamp openings, across the firewall, and in the bed. Special areas of the truck would be the passenger side, above the windshield, the cab mounts, the frame behind the fuel tank, spring perches, and so on.
      2. Transmission. In my opinion your golden if you get a 1st gen Cummins with the manual 5spd transmission. Transmissions for these trucks were either the standard Getrag 360 five-speed manual, or the Chrysler-made Torqueflite A727 three-speed automatic. Also have the A518 automatic which is better versus the 727, since it has an overdrive gear. Soon after purchasing, automatic trans should be a fluid and filter change, and then a new torque converter and flexplate to bring new life; for a manual, check for clutch slippage and order an aftermarket clutch if you find it lacking.
      3. You’ll want to check out the fuel pump. For all five years of production, the Dodge Rams used Bosch VE rotary injection pumps. These pumps have some hidden potential and can support larger fuel injectors, but they top out at around 500 horsepower. The popular thing to do is go for a Bosch P7100 fuel pump from the following 1994-98 generation.
      4. You're going to run across many engine bays in varying conditions. Whether dirty or pristine, make sure to look at lines, cables, and wiring as closely as possible.

      Common Upgrades

      • Intercoolers are obviously good to have on a forced induction engine to keep engine temps down and super helpful for towing as well.  Standard in 91 and after.
      • Cold air intake kit
      • Bigger fuel injectors
      • Increasing the exhaust pipe size after the downpipe
      • Upgrade to a larger Holset or BorgWarner turbocharger
      • Upgrade new torque converter/clutch
      • Beefier fuel pump

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      By wildweaselmi,

      So what the heck is Gear Crushers all about?  In short, we have so many passions that we couldn't pick just one.  We love all of it!  Too many websites and clubs are focused on one passion but we like everything.  We believe we can love more than just one passion.  

      How many times have you gone to a website and invested time in adding and contributing to the community to have them change or just call it quits.  Or you belong to a website that never gets updated.. yawn.  We are tired of being involved with communities / websites that the admins just don't keep up to date with patches or no involvement because the community has given up on them.

      We at Gear Crushers love everything and that isn't a passion that just goes away.  I don't want to have to join multiple different clubs because I enjoy different toys. Most everything is similar (engine, trans, suspension, etc). I enjoy not just offroad but street racing, boats, rv's, ATV's, Motocross, Motorcycles, etc..  This site "Gear Crushers" is exactly that.  We want to give a home for everyone.  They all have similarities that could benefit you or could benefit someone else.  Engines, Transmissions, Axles, etc..  but feel free to create your own club to advertise your site (events for your community).  People may be browsing Gear Crusher Clubs by location and could find that you are in their area.

      Also I think we have a kick ass logo that could be used by Bike, Car, Truck, Offroad, Boat communites..

      Let's focus on all that is cool and crush them gears.

      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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