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Not Again
Another White Rim Trip
Part4
Tech Report

Sept. 21.2011
This is just a report of a couple of things I did to my truck before going on the White Rim Trail this last time. Back in Sept of 2010, I went on this adventure with jefe4x4 and he showed me something’s I could do to my rig, so I took what he taught me and incorporated into my truck. To make traveling the White Rim Trail more comfortable, one has to not use your air bags, this will only cause increase “rocking and rolling”. One has to engage the overload stops as soon as possible to carry the camper weight that where I with some help of a friend made some overload stop extension.
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With the of a pry bar to compress the overload springs placement of the extensions was done in minutes.
Using standard squire stock tubing, some grinding, welding some bolts in place we came up with these.
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Dave (my friend) came up with the idea of using the Ford stock pads; it took a couple of prototypes to get the gap just right.
As a results of my last trip to the White Rim Trail (Sept2010/jefe4x4),
I had a cab-slapping problem to solve, so I built a platform that raised my camper by about 4 inches off the bed of the truck. Along with just raising it, I incorporated two pull out drawers, this way I could store stuff there instead of my back seat and some item that I use to store on top of the camper.
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Raising the camper had a side effect I didn’t expect, cab over wind noise reduction, it was completely gone. On a trail, such as WRT I run tire pressure just below 40 psi, this has shown to be a good point for my rig. On the 2010 WRT jefe4x4 showed me a few things and of those I put into use for the 2011 WRT trip, thank you Jeff for sharing your vast off roading knowledge.

Thanks to everyone for reading along...c.traveler2


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Posted: 09/22/11 12:10pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

very cool idea with the blocks for the overloads... I have sometimes when pulling my trailer that I am on/off them and they slap.. would be a great way to keep them engaged and stop it.

I hope to get to be able to white rim trail someday....


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Posted: 09/22/11 08:37pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Way to go, Alex.
Good upgrades.
So, how did they work out for you?
Appreciable difference in handling?
I haven't been on here much lately, so maybe you covered this previously.
regards, as always, jefe


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Posted: 09/22/11 09:19pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Very nice improvements, great job.

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jefe 4x4 wrote:

Way to go, Alex.
Good upgrades.
So, how did they work out for you?
Appreciable difference in handling?
I haven't been on here much lately, so maybe you covered this previously.
regards, as always, jefe


The over load stop extensions worked out great, kept the rear up much higher than when we had done the WRT and the platform stopped the cab slapping. I was able to move at a better speed on the trail due to these changes....Alex

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Very interesting, thanks for sharing.

On your report, it seem that you have deflated the tires, I'm right ? And with what pressure you drive in the trail ?


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Alex:

Nice overload stops! I also like the new "basement" for the camper, too!

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weymard wrote:

Very interesting, thanks for sharing.

On your report, it seem that you have deflated the tires, I'm right ? And with what pressure you drive in the trail ?


I have found that 40psi works out very well for my rig.Deflating the tire allows for a better pace over the rocky area, which are many on the WRT.

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