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  • .com
    started a topic Contractor's Truck

    Contractor's Truck

    I am a general contractor. The truck I use is a 14' 3500 cclb tradesman, aisin. Bought it brand new, now has 33000 miles. I use it for work everyday, but we also occasionally use it for vacation. We have a huge lance truck camper, but I plan to buy a travel trailer at some point as I don't really want to strap camper onto my truck.
    Installed the aev lift last week. Salta's and 37x12.5x17 BFG all-terrain KO2s
    I plan to slowly add more to my truck, bumper, winch, lockers, re-gear...
    Iv'e driven about 450 miles since the lift, pulled my tool trailer, delivered 2400lbs of creek rock, went on a hike with the family, drove down a gravel fire road, winced every time time I heard a pebble shoot up into the body of the truck, loaded it up with material again for work tomorrow.

    I plan to give everybody here, honest feedback about the lift, components, how everything works together, and most of all how everything performs on a day to day basis, using the truck as an actual truck.
    I'll try to post pics of the stuff I haul...

    First impressions so far are pretty good. The truck is tall (obviously) . This is the most noticeable difference when loading items into the back and climbing into the truck.There is also quite a bit more sway, but that is to be expected with lowe pressure in the tires and the extra height of the tires... I have a amp bedstep which is awesome. I'm thinking about adding the retractable steps as my wife and kids hate climbing in and out of my truck, even when it didn't have the lift.
    The truck handles well, it feels stock. My truck still rides stiff, the lift itself didn't really smooth the ride out. I think running lower tire pressures smooth the ride out more. I'm trying to get used to these tires. I've had them balanced twice with no success, they vibrate a lot going about 70. I'm going to find somebody that can "road-force" balance them, hopefully that will take care of the vibration.
    I am also wondering what tire pressures people are running them at? I searched the forums without success. Im thinking 44 front 46 back. Any feedback would be appreciated!

    a couple of pictures of my truck... if you have questions, let me know!
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  • Wapitihunter
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    It makes sense if you go look at it. Look under dash and move your wheel back and forth. Also this:
    http://forum.powerwagonregistry.org/...php?f=2&t=3446

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  • .com
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    I read stuff on expedition portal all the time. But I don’t post on other forms much. I do post on Ih8mud as I own a couple of Landcruisers.
    The cummins forum is a little too obnoxious for my taste. But I do read a lot on there. I will check my steering column tomorrow. What do you mean by “hammering hose into the void”?

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  • TTEngineer
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    Originally posted by .com View Post
    I feel like this forum is pretty stagnant.
    Its becuase they no longer allow Tapatalk. A few of us have protested but our concerns have gone ignored.

    AEV has never been a company that listens to its customers and beats to the rhythm of its own drum. Perhaps that’s what has made them so successful, but I do wish they would bend on certain things.

    Im definitely interested in see other upgrades you make though. It’s always nice to bounce ideas off other individuals with the same rig.
    Last edited by TTEngineer; 02-12-2018, 04:55 AM.

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  • Wapitihunter
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    Are you updating on expedition portal?

    stagnant it is. The web based mobile vs Tapatalk is just a pain so I’ve stopped pretty much.

    My rear does not actuate when the gear fluid is cold (like sub 20F).. Once the fluid heats up it seems to clear and actuate if I actuate the solinoid 5-10times....

    I also have play play in the steering. Going after drag and track bars. Check your pin in the steering column. My bushing around the pin was gone or never existent. Located in the joint just above your foot well. There is a thread on Cummins forum and powerwagonregistry. Jerk your wheel back and forth and you will see there is a lot of degrees of play. Some are hammering hose into the void to take the play out. I’m going that route if I cannot size some plastic right.

    Im also waiting on Carli joints. And really wavering on 40s. I want to be able to find replacement parts - still waiting for feed back from mfg of the AEV track bar bushings, I want to buy spares and the press adapter because I plan to keep the truck for a long time. If I can secure a backup supply of the parts you cannot buy off the shelf (when / if Aev stops making parts like the TJ) than sweet. Else cutting the flares only to find out 5-10 years down the road I have to find someone willing to take the liability to build replacement safe and strong drag and track bars or switch later to a kit that has parts available but then does not move the axle forward and thus doesn’t clear 40s.....
    Last edited by Wapitihunter; 02-11-2018, 03:39 PM.

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  • .com
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    I never added a vent. Ive lived with the oil puking out of the vent. IT doesn’t seem as bad as it was. That said my lockers work flawlessly. Haven’t had issues with them not engaging. I’m really happy with them. I keep thinking about putting 40s on. I have 4:30s now, but I’d likely regear to 4.88s. So I might have a set of 4.30s for sale in the future. I still have a set of 3.73s in my garage if anybody needs them. I just don’t know how practical it would be to drive around with 40s As my truck is daily driver/work truck. I ordered all the parts for a hydro steer setup as there is quite a bit of slop in my steering. There was a lot of play in my draglink and when I crawled under my truck I saw that the aev draglink that’s attached to the steering knuckle had a lot of play in it. After an email and a video of the slop, they sent me a new one. I bought the psc steering gear and hydraulic ram online, if you shop around you can get pretty good deals. Should arrive this week. I think hydro steer is going to make a big difference. Can’t wait to install it. I’m waiting on the Carli ball joints as I have play in my upper ball joints and don’t want to replace with oem. They’re suppose to be available “early 2018” they’ve been developing them for 3 years! I’ll post pictures and my experience with this stuff if anybody is interested. I feel like this forum is pretty stagnant.

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  • Wapitihunter
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    Originally posted by .com View Post


    Thanks for the response. My solenoids are located under the truck In the fender area of the bed, so it doesn't really make a mess. I really just don't like the fact that it is leaking. I'm interested to hear if anybody else running lockers has had this issue. I'm planning on adding a vent directly into the pumpkin soon.ill post back here with results.
    Did you ever fix this? I have not. Rear locker takes a bit of fiddling to clear the oil and get pressure to the locker. Still puking oil on actuation...thinking of rebuilding the rear locker....both front and rear pinion seals are weeping, them too if I rebuild. Might as well start considering regear for a happy medium on 41" tires at that point (4.10 or just go 4.30 and sipe tires for,winter...).

    58,000 on the truck. 45000ish on the lift.
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  • .com
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    My truck now has 70,000 miles on it, about 40,000 with AEV lift and 37s. Truck is still being used daily as a work truck. I've been happy with the front axle disconnect, and haven't had any issues at all with the 4wd system.
    I need new front wheel bearings, they're shot. I know, its a common issue with these trucks. I'm thinking about the dynatrac freespin kit, but I honestly don't really care about the freespin part. only part that really interest me, is the fact that the wheel bearings in the dynatrac hubs are rebuildable and spaced farther apart unlike the OEM setup. that said its pretty expensive. I would rather put in high quality replacement hubs, better than stock (OEM), but I can't figure out which ones I should put in. does anybody have real/personal experience with aftermarket hub assemblies?

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  • Wapitihunter
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    Ran experiment yesterday. Left locker solinoid closed (air open to diff) and attempted to push as much diff oil back into diff as 30 min would allow. Locker pulled in right away after that multiple times. So pushing the oil back seemingly helped.


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  • .com
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    Originally posted by Wapitihunter View Post
    Any update? My rear locker is not pulling in 80% of the time. No air leak. Still leaking diff fluid out solenoid. I haven't added check valve yet.


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    I haven't had the chance to install the vent yet. I checked the level of my diff and it was a little low, I just topped it off. I used my locker yesterday while backing up and it engaged just fine.
    It's on my to do list. But I just haven't had time. I'm thinking of just drilling a hole in the AEV diff cover instead of the actual axle next time I chance the oil back there.

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  • TTEngineer
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    Originally posted by RF2200 View Post
    I asked at the Overland Expo and was essentially told not at this time. News was more promising on the rear bumper, bed rack, and other things. I don't think that sliders are a big priority for most AEV prospector buyers. It seems that most AEV customers spec the power steps and aren't necissarily interested in sliders. AEV doesn't make sliders for Jeep and probably won't for Ram, as far as I know.


    It looks like even the rear bumper and bed rack are dead too.


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  • Wapitihunter
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    Originally posted by .com View Post
    It's a lot of oil. Apparently the seals are good at holding a lot of pressure. But not good at holding a little pressure. ARB tech's words. I'm going to add a vent directly into the pumpkin just haven't had time yet.



    Any update? My rear locker is not pulling in 80% of the time. No air leak. Still leaking diff fluid out solenoid. I haven't added check valve yet.



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  • liftedlimo
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    Have you priced out 40s lately? Do you get nails, broken glass, etc at the job sites? I've had 40s on previous vehicles and with the increased wear and tear, weight, reduced breaking distance, and cost increase I've opted for sticking with 37s for my 90 percent road traveling trailer pulling truck. Remember all that extra rotating mass combined with a heavy trailer really makes braking hard in many situations.

    Those 40s sure do look nice though.

    Edit. Try changing a 40" tire on the side of the road. The weight of the tire is enough to question the status of your lower back. 150lbs ish per tire iirc from my set of my last truck.

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    Last edited by liftedlimo; 04-18-2017, 07:29 AM.

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  • TTEngineer
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    Originally posted by .com View Post



    On another note, seeing all these 40's makes me want to replace my 37s. I use my truck for work mainly and drive on road 90% of the time. Towing various trailers 40% of the time. My question is how hard is it to live with 40s. What are the main drawbacks?


    I would bet it's the added width and increased road noise. But if you have the ram assist and already run MTs then its probably just the added width.

    If I remember the 40's and fenders add 8 or 9 inches left to right.


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  • .com
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    It's a lot of oil. Apparently the seals are good at holding a lot of pressure. But not good at holding a little pressure. ARB tech's words. I'm going to add a vent directly into the pumpkin just haven't had time yet.

    On another note, seeing all these 40's makes me want to replace my 37s. I use my truck for work mainly and drive on road 90% of the time. Towing various trailers 40% of the time. My question is how hard is it to live with 40s. What are the main drawbacks?

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