Thank you "MnMsToy" for your kind words
The way I see it "MnMstoy" is like this....When I first bought BLACKIE and found out about the "SSRFANATICS"
I was in "Hog Heaven" (Don't take it wrong the wrong way DOOPHUS)
: I saw the need for a few "How To's" on certain items that had numorous questions on how to installed them i.e. the gauge pod and the bed carpet kit. I read the posts that pertained to the fore mention items and understood it.
BUT..... No pictures! So I took what I read and made the installations on these items and gave a photo essay too make it easier for those who would feel more comfortable doing such installations with some pictures and insite on what to expect. I'm a firm believer in "One hand washes the other" I know that I asked my share of questions when I first logged on here and was answered by many to help me along my way.
Onward.... Today was a very busy day for BLACKIE. At last, some parts were going to be installed
(I've been busy painting running boards and my front spoiler) after the transmisson parts were installed, that took about a hour and a half to install. I popped the bed lid open and had "that look" that Leal's tramissions has seen before in the last thirty years when I would bring in a busted TH-400.... "Can we do this now.... PLEASE?" It was on.... The "Left Coast "X" member came out, along with the lower radiator support from "Simple Engineering" along with the TBSS mid-ship "X" member and lastley, the Hotchkis sway bars that I got from "PISTOL"
Three hours later...... BLACKIE had it's wheels back on and the rack was lowered to ground and we were done. This time we went on a "cruz" up H.W.17. Now granted..... I did not do these changes one at a time too see if/what makes a difference. I just installed them all at once
this is all from the information I have gathered from right here on the "SSRFANATICS"
forum on what "works"
We jumped on H.W. 280 (A swoopy high speed H.W. that runs through Santa Clara Valley) That is when you are not in grid lock.
When I got on 280 from the Meridain on ramp, the traffic was at "warp speed" and soon was BLACKIE. I could tell right then and there what difference... Then the "brake checks" happened with in a 1/2 mile and then back to "warp speed" and then back to "brake check" status until the 2 1/2 miles to the H.W.17 on ramp . So I drove like a spazz until I got to this high speed on ramp that takes you to Santa Cruz. To me the steering was not and is not "heavy feeling" at all. I like the way my truck now steers with these modifactions, it's a solid feeling. When I was driving like a spazzz.... Darting in and out of traffic too get no where. I was pointing the steering wheel to where I wanted to go to see if the modifications made a rat's azz.
There was NO BODY ROLL
like I have had prior to these modifications or how many have posted here..... Cowl/windshied movement with the top down. It was gone, all this spazzz driving was done with the top down. Remember .... We just got done changing a bunch of the original chassis componets and I wanted to see if the modifacations made a hill of beans. All I can say is yes it did
A totaly different truck to drive. The ride up the hill was typical for a Friday afternoon, stop and go all the way to the top. The tranny performed flawlessly with nice firm shifts when asked to do so. When we got to Summet Road, I turned around and went back down the hill (No traffic) At times..... I was way over the posted speed limit. The truck didn't "Dive" in the turns, it tracked right through them.
I was very impressed to say the least when comming into and leaving "Big Moody Curve" if it weren't for the traffic, I would have flipped a bitch and done it again. Granted, it's not a Corvette or a import
but the modifcations improved the truck 's own handling abilities a bunch. No more body roll , no more ghosty feeling when steering. I'm very happy with the modifications. The only thing left to do is to install the stiffinig plate from "Simple Engineering"
Speaking of "Simple Engineering" I got some more parts from Mike. I have been very impressed with his products, very nice stuff. This time around I bought a stomproof cover (of course black in color) lid struts. I must say these are the bomb. My lid used to pop up about a foot when opened. When I installed the lid carpet, it would just unlatch and that was that. I installed these struts and my lid now pops right up like it used too. What sold me on these, is this..... There was a video posted by a memeber having the same propblem when he added the extra weight to the lid. He installed these struts and his lid popped up just like it used to.
The 5" tips are just plain sweet! I've seen the others and these are in a league all of their own. They are just that nice....
I'm off to Don's mufflers to get them installed. While I'm there the Flowmaster Delta 50 is going to be removed and a Flowmaster 44 will be installed. I have heard this muffler and I'm OK with it's noise level.
As always.... BLACKIE