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Old 01-26-2007, 09:48 PM
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Glamis kills my tranny.

OKay so maybe not so much the dunes killed my tranny but it definately didn't help. I set out with my crew members that stayed the weekend at the hotel. I'm a foreman for a traveling construction crew and decided I should show these guys a little of what I used to do when I was growing up in the desert. In case you don't know what Glamis is I'll give a brief description. Southern California Imperial Valley, Glamis Beach is located 21 miles out of brawley on highway 78. It's desert landscape covered with rolling sand dunes presents oportunity to beat your quad, dirt bike, sand rail, baja truck and anything else you can roll on.

It started out with a little playing, running up to the top of a dune and backing off the top. Then I found a small fifteen foot dune with a long straight away ahead of it. With alot of encouragement from my passengers and a little adrenaline I decided it was time to jump the dune at about 40 mph. Needless to say the 5-6 feet of vertical was an impressive sight to see considering the size of my CC 7.3L F250.

But alas the sand and heavy foot began to take it's toll. I got out to check the suspension considering I installed it myself I was ensuring everything was still in it's place. Suspension was fine but ATF was pooring from the front seal on the tranny. BY POORING OUT I MEAN A STRONG STEADY FLOW!!! I made it back to pavement and started back to my Hotel in El Centro. Made it about 7 miles and got caught in a traffic jamb. Mean while on the phone I decided to park off the side of the highway and call for a tow. I wasnt thinking clearly and slammed on the brakes and pulled the wheel to the right to avoid a tree. Luckily thanks to the adrenaline still pumping I was heavy on the foot and finally decided to shut her down when the wheels stopped spinning and the tranny started grinding.

Tacos on the way to the Glamis.... $4.00
Cell phone bill calling the tow truck.... $5.85
New Tranny... $3750.25
Launching your Crew Cab 7.3L off a sand dune... PRICELESS
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Old 01-26-2007, 10:13 PM
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Ouch, expensive bit of fun. Too bad about the trany, hope you get it all fixed up, we want to see 10' next time hahaha.
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Old 01-27-2007, 03:12 AM
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Thats why my truck dosent move once I get there Its no big deal if you break the quad But if your truck goes down you ve got a problem Your not the first to leave the dunes on a flat bed What trannt are you going with??
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Old 01-27-2007, 05:27 AM
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You weren't in 4wd when you launched it, were you?
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Old 01-27-2007, 05:23 PM
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Old 01-27-2007, 07:36 PM
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Just had the pleasure of replacing mine last week, to the tune of 4 grand. Sorry to hear about your misfortune.
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Old 02-01-2007, 05:26 PM
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I went with a Ford Remanufactured 4r100. Wish I had different options available but I'm a foreman for a traveling construction crew and my truck is my only mode of transportation. So Ford replaced it within 3 days and I'm broke now until next payday. I still laugh about it. Unfortunately I don't have pics of the jump but I'm sure if you've ever been to Glamis you'll probably hear stories about the Dumb@ss that was Jumping dunes with his crew cab diesel and wound up on the side of the rode with a blown tranny.

REALLY NEED A TRANS TEMP GAUGE!!! Anyone know of any single pod pillar mounts out there?
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Old 02-01-2007, 05:29 PM
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Oh yeah, matter of fact yes I was in 4 wheel when I launched it. I'm almost certain that my truck sits lower now. I think the front springs are flatter now. Oh yeah horrible rattling noise and rough shutdown. I think the engine mounts are busted.
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Expencive but fun huh??? You live hard you pay hard!
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Old 02-01-2007, 06:03 PM
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Expencive but fun huh??? You live hard you pay hard!
OH SO TRUE!!!
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