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Old 03-09-2012, 10:13 AM
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Hey guys, so spring break me and a few buddys are heading down to myrtal beach and charrolate for a week for a quad and dirt bike race, were in lockport NY. were taking my dads '00 crew cab dually down because its that or my friends dads chevy ext cab v6. were towing down a 14ft enclosed trailer with a quad and dirt bike in it. so just a few questions, when heading down should i keep the truck in OD or take it out? i know in West Virginia its for sure coming out because its so hilly but for the rest of the drive which should be farely level drive. also is there anything i should watch out since is going to be a 12hr trip? the truck is all stock. any helpfull info or tips wil be gratly appreciated!
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Old 03-09-2012, 07:51 PM
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Leave it in drive the whole trip and let er rip.
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Old 03-09-2012, 09:57 PM
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I'd leave it in, unless it starts hunting for gears in hill country. You got any way to monitor trans and EGT temps?
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Old 03-10-2012, 06:43 AM
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No I don't, I'm trying to get my dad to order a exhaust and buy a intake for it but its not going so well
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Old 03-10-2012, 09:16 AM
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lol. It's his truck, my dad was the same way with his 6.0...but I did get him to buy a Bully Dog for a bargain from a friend. Now he's the same way with his 6.4, nervous about voiding the warranty lol.

I'd say, at least put trans temp and EGT gauges in it. Maybe a boost gauge as well. I know Summit has a kit with all 3 from AutoMeter for like 310 bucks...which is a pretty good deal, it's the pillar and almost everything you'd need too. It's part number 7072 on SummitRacing.com. That's the same set I'm gonna order real soon here. The only thing I think you'd need other than the kit would be some wire for power and illumination, and for hooking up the trans temp sender.
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Old 03-11-2012, 07:03 AM
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The truck is stock and he's not towing heavy... He doesn't need gauges.
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Old 03-11-2012, 07:37 AM
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A trans temp at the very least would be smart. I just like knowing how warm the trans oil is getting. He may not be towing heavy, but he's still towing through some pretty steep hill country.
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My 99 is in drive "almost" all the time unless I get into some hills that make the OD pop in an out, the I will lock it out. Yes definatly get some gages, they can spot a potential problem before its catastrophic.
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Keep it between 65-70mph, mileage drops after 70 usually. Just got back from my spring break and I did 69 the whole way
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sounds like you'll be driving right by me. keep it in OD unless it has trouble finding a gear as said before. I keep my truck under 65 all the time but I have 4.10s.
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