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Long-Term Updates - June 2011

Posted in How To on June 1, 2011
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Mag-Hytec Pans
We’ve run many Mag-Hytec differential covers and transmission pans on a variety of trucks over a number of years. We have yet to see a problem. A few of them have acted as skidplates when obstacles got to close to transmissions, and we’ve backed two diff covers into rocks at more than a few miles per hour. Save for a few scratches (that we probably could have polished out if we cared), all the pans and covers have held fluid flawlessly and not yet leaked on us. And we really like the little dipsticks built into the diff covers that let us check our axle’s fluid condition.

Dick Cepek F-C IIs
We’ve been running Dick Cepek F-C II tires on numerous vehicles since they came out seven years ago. We’ve put them on many of our own trucks, SUVs, and Jeeps and recommended them to friends time and time again. The F-C II performs excellently as an in-between tire for those who want an aggressive tire but not a mud-terrain tire that could cut down their fuel economy. The only time traction is ever a problem is in deep mud where bias-ply mud-terrain tires rule.

Oh, all this good stuff, plus feedback tells us that owners are getting 10,000 more miles out of these tires than some other all-terrains they’ve tried.

Auto Meter Ultra Lite Gauges
We added Auto Meter Ultra Lite gauges to an old K5 Blazer that we’ve been using to take out our aggressions on for the last five years. Over that time, the gauges have seen countless hours of sunlight (leaving the top off the K5 for eight months helped with that), pounds and pounds of dirt, and have been hosed off along with the rest of the interior at least ten times that we can remember (BTW, this is just our disregardAuto Meter does not recommend these electrical gauges as water resistant) and they still work great.

Bestop Powerboard
A while back we upgraded the retracting running boards on our longtime Super Duty project to the newest Bestop Powerboards. The steps still fit impeccably, and you can barely see them when retracted and tucked up under the body. The LED lights on the new steps make entering and exiting the vehicle much easier, too.

Funny story: the day after we put these on, we had a mishap with the truck being improperly racked and a hydraulic lift was actually placed under the Powerboard and lifted the entire truck six feet off the ground. One hinge snapped, and of course the step bent, but it did hold the entire weight of the driver’s side of the truck. We replaced the board and the one hinge, and it has been working flawlessly since. OR

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