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  1. This past June I traveled from West I-76 to Brush, then South on CO 71 to Limon, then US 24 to Colorado Springs. Very good route it brings you to the South end of Colorado Springs. Guess you could also stay on 71 to 10 towards Walsenburg... or even 71 to US 350 towards Trinidad.... 71 isn't the widest road but it works way better than going through Denver unless your going to pay to take the E470. safe travels!
  2. You need to locate where the qualcomm box is or was and start from there. You can read more details about my repair above. Mine was located above and in front of the passenger door, not sure that there is a common spot where they were mounted? On mine it looked like they just tugged on the box to remove it and left some gaping holes in the wire harness, they repaired about a two inch strip where it was tapped in and all is well and has been ever since. Good luck it can be tricky to find!
  3. I'll chime in. After wearing out tires about every 1500 miles or so I had my 2013 Keystone Raptor 300mp upgraded to the 8k MORryde IS, kodiak disc brakes and 17.5" wheels w/GY G114 rubber about 3 years ago. The upgrade is nice and really nice to have a suspension system which can be aligned(now I can actually keep tires on it). The kodiak disc brakes have given me some trouble as others have said but, I think that problem has finally been sorted out. Now I feel I am stuck with our Raptor with the investment between that upgrade and our solar & lithium. The bottom line is the Raptor still has a LCI frame and that's the weakest link in the whole thing. Would I do it again? I'm not sure! I have so many upgraded and rebuilt parts on my Keystone Raptor it's kind of scary to imagine starting over with a different rig now. Sure I like the upgrade performance wise, but now feel I'm stuck unless I don't mind losing a lot of $. Kind of a catch 22 so to speak. Still for the total investment my price point is still way lower than if I had a spacecraft or New Horizon. I guess what I am trying to say is make sure you really want to stay in the same rig before you do it! At the end of the day I still have a 2013 Keystone Raptor...
  4. I have also updated my tank sensors to see level II. I added an additional monitor to the wet bay area (so when dumping or filling I can view gauge readings) so I ran separate wiring. Still very easy system to install. Hardest part dropping the coroplast to expose the tanks.
  5. Depending on the time of year be prepared for a busy place. We stopped by last week it was pretty full. Two years ago we were nearly by ourselves. Like others have said check the road in first especially if recent rain has fallen. Be prepared for wind and storms. It is an awesome place just think about wind and storms when you setup and you'll be fine.
  6. Been looking for one, thanks this eases the pain a little right now.
  7. I tried the Harbor Freight one but it didn't work on 22.5 tires and took way longer on the 35's on my JK Wrangler, so I took it back and bought the Viar , way better!
  8. I second this. My truck has a weed burner that points down. Two things, the dust and the right rear tire temps go high in slow traffic. I do hope to change my setup eventually it's just not real high on my priority list right now.
  9. dmk

    Kodiak Brakes

    I also have Kodiak brakes that were installed at MORryde last year, about two months ago noticed issues and upon further investigation found a caliper bolt loose and the other missing on the right rear, all others were good and tight. Ended up replacing a loaded caliper and hub on that side and now check the bolt tightness as part of routine maintenance! Interesting that there might be a recall.... I will look into that as well.
  10. I have also wished that Amazon could automatically ship USPS if you select a General Delivery address for an order. You would think with all thier tech they would be able to do this.... good to know there is a form, but sometimes it's more practical to use UPS or FedEx, so I don't want a permanent change.
  11. After spending 22 years as an auto technician I will tell you In-Force by BG is my go to penetrating oil and PB Blaster is also a great penetrating oil.
  12. Yes, these types of repairs come down to how sharp the individual is doing the diagnostics and their product knowledge of component and wiring layouts. I never would have thought about looking in the location they found the trouble. So glad to have it fixed!
  13. Finally a resolution! Having an automotive background, but not a HDT background, I've learned quite a bit about the data link systems on this Freightliner/Detroit diesel truck. Interesting that it has two different data link systems! The J1939 which basically runs the truck engine and transmission controls (and fortunate for me was not the issue or I would have been on the side of the road!) The second data stream is the J1587/J1708 which runs the smart guages, ABS, HVAC, and satellite systems. First this issue showed up only after getting a wash at a truck wash like Blue Beacon, it would last for 10 minutes or so then everything would come back online and never set any fault codes. A few weeks ago this problem showed up for the first time during rain and high humidity and lasted for 4 days unfortunately I had to keep a timeline traveling to an event and couldn't stop to try to isolate at that point (fortunately I could use my GPS for my speedometer). When I did get stopped it started working again! This would never store fault codes either! During the 4 day period of course I noticed that the A/C would not work, knowing that the system was not flat and noticed that the A/C compressor clutch was not engaging (found no blown fuse's) figured this was all tied altogether with the data link error I was getting. I pulled apart as many connectors as I could find with the data link, and even opened the wiring loom in the engine compartment and pass through s hoping I would find something either by sight or by wiggling the wiring harness around, but nothing seemed to be an issue here! After a few more days I was at my in-laws for a few days and I stopped down to the local Freightliner Dealer near my in-laws Truck Centers, INC in Mt. Vernon, IL, they were great and let me explain my situation with one of their technicians. He had reaffirmed that it was more than likely a short in the J1578/J1708 data stream and that he had seen lots of engine harness issues on the Century's. He seemed really knowledgeable and I would have loved for him to look at it, but I had to get back on the road to another event. Finally a few more weeks went by when the condition reappeared and did not go away this time and had actually set fault codes! I happened to be in Waco working an event and would be here for a few weeks so I checked out the Freightliner dealer here in Waco, Lonestar Truck Group. I again explained what had been going on to the shop foreman giving him as many details as I could. After our visit he was pretty confident they could figure this out in around 3 to 5 hours, so I decided to let them give it a look. Here is what they found. The high leg of the J1708 data link had shorted to ground. they isolated it to the satellite systems leg on the truck. (Not knowing where all the component and wiring locations are is what made trying to do this myself difficult with my event schedule I have to keep and not having access to wiring diagrams and repair manuals). Well they found a chaffed/corroded section of the harness over the passenger side in front of the door, probably from someone yanking out possibly a qualcomm box! Not sure if that would have been the fleet company that owned this truck originally or the company that customized it for the gentleman I purchased it from? The good news is it is fixed now and the guys here at Lonestar Truck Group did an awesome job getting it done reasonably fast and keeping the cost down for a repair that comes down to time and materials.
  14. I would try reaching out to these folks. http://www.seamerica.com/ I contacted them on their website contact form. They got back to me real quick asked for some pictures and sent new swipe seals out free of charge! I have a Keystone RV, but these are the OEM manufactures of their shower enclosures, worth a try...
  15. I met Gene the a few weeks back in Mitchell, SD. I had to stop by and visit as I knew I had seen that truck somewhere before! Very nice folks! He had said you were going to stop by for a visit.
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