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  1. #526
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Rich View Post
    I think the stock tune is fine for the average driver but I think you've proven that you need a tune way beyond average because it looks like you're pushing your engine and chassis of your truck way beyond what most of us do. What I'm saying is that a stock tune is fine for "grocery getters" but you're on the other end of that spectrum.
    Maybe the wife/gf is messing with his rig and trying to send him signals to spend more time buying groceries...
    2006 H3 3.5L I5 Adventure / Luxury / De-chromed / Torsion lift / 35" Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs / Bilstein 5100 shocks / Schwarttzy Skid Plates and High Clearance Leaf Spring Plates / Warrior rear shackles / Solid Axle GM Corporate 10 Bolt rear diff cover / 1" Daystar body lift / Custom Tube Doors x4 / AirDoc / AFE dry filter / OD Steering Rack Reinforcement Kit, Differential bushing kit, and Heavy Duty Tie-Rods / PCM of NC tune / Long Tru-Cool LPD trans cooler and thermal by pass / Snorkel

  2. #527
    a.k.a. "The Jackal"

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    Its time to bump this again. After seeing Serge's posts I had to bump this...Contrary to popular belief, I have never gone home crying or had no fun because I had a Dana 44 or coil springs and leaf springs. I know its wild! In the world of posing for Instagram and facebook with flashy Dana 60's and coilovers I somehow have had fun all these years. My point is...whether you have factory IFS, a dana 44, dana 60 or bigger just go out and have fun!!!! Yes, the Dana 44 broke, the first one had nothing to do with strength. The guy sold me a ****ed up axle. Oh well....I got a killer deal for it anyways. My budget has changed since 10 years ago I am far from being able to drop 40k on a build at once....or 20k at once for that matter but I do have a bigger budget then when I was working 5-11pm after a day of college classes and working weekend, my knowledge has changed, and the level I push my H3. I would have never run the trails I do today if I didn't do the SAS with a Dana 44. Anyways here's a bump for squeaky.

    Since Hammers I got the shocks revalved. I went way stiffer on the rear and a little bit stiffer on the front. I am just about ready to give that setup a goodbye and throw coilovers on it and be done. I will get into that later.

    First I went to Prairie city for the U4 Metalcloak race. I live 15-20 min from there now so a few buddy's came out along with my buddy racing, hung out at my house then cruised over for the race. Hummer didn't get much action other then climbing some concrete thing but it was fun watching the races!





    After that I got some chevy 63's and cut them down and used them as an add a leaf between the main and 2nd leaf. I am thrilled with the handling but not as thrilled with the additional ride height. The 63 main leaf cut down is quite a bit thicker and longer then the 2nd leaf on the H3 pack. I am curious if I ditch the 2nd leaf and keep the 63 how much the stiffness will change and drop the ride height. I am not sure but I am consider experimenting with it. Ideally it would be lower ride height no stiffness change. It went up about an inch.



    After getting the shocks and add a leaf done I started a beautification process on squeaky. The bumpers needed some spray paint to be touched up and look all pretty again as well as cutting down the factory plastic rocker panel pieces to give it that factory look again.





    Much prettier.

    After that I drove it 472 miles to Hammers, beat the **** out of it, almost rolled it and drove it 472 miles home! Exactly what I built it for.



    Next time I wash the hummer with full doors I need to remember wash the half doors too....lol

    Ran Chocolate thunder Friday night, then Sledge and Full of hate Saturday then Turkeyclaw and blueberry Sunday morning.



    It was me, and 4 first gen Toyotas and 1 unicorn 4runner with the factory solid axle and EFI. All had the typical stuff. 37s, dual cases, lockers, trailered, 1 had sticky tires, etc.
    Sledgehammer carnage was a driveshaft on one of the Toyotas which was repairable. I didn't get the plaque and had to winch up it Out of the 6 rigs 3 made it 3 winched.
    After that we get back to camp and one of the 1st gen's had something feeling weird, stripped almost all hub studs and 2 knuckle studs. So we repaired that at camp.
    Then one 1st gen and I ran full of hate at night!! It was gnarly. Most of it was ok, we had to bypass the squeeze (First gen could barely fit) and the last 100 yards is a straight winch fest with the waterfall being so damn steep.

    Funny meme of the Hummer....



    Then we ran turkey claw and off to blueberry. Blueberry was a non issue except the optional waterfall. Last time the 1st gen on stickies hit the line we ended up in a hour long **** show winch fest that took 3 winches, snatch blocks and a hi lift all working simultaneously. This time I was the idiot to try. I am not sure if you guys know what "stickies" are but they are non highway legal non DOT tires that have a special compound on them that make them "stick" to rock much better then a traditional tire. Due to the compounding, and super soft tread blocks they don't fare well to street driving...which I do.



    YEAH....that went well.... I had the line according to the guys but my back tire slipped and I thought my cage would get used. They said if I had sticky tires I wouldn't have slipped but I don't trailer so no stickies for me. Anyways I aired up an hour after that incident and drove 472 miles home.

    What's next?

    Got a premier power welder. It's badass, I can weld and cut and it has a 110 outlet for angle grinders and margarita machines on the trail! LOL Gotta install that. I got a smoking UA hook up on it, they were a sponsor last year and had a killer deal. I passed because I just bought a house, an engagement ring, a trailer, gas money across the country, etc. Luckily I spoke with Premier power welder and told them my story and how I watched it in person and thought it was awesome...They said they would honor that one time deal!

    York compressor because I want something fast and that doesn't run out. I am trying to become a mobile shop now that my buddy races...We need to wrench and have power tools in the middle of the desert. The York compressor can run air tools and fill tires very fast.

    Then NP205 doubler and coilovers (I think)

    I think I am at the point for coilovers. Its not because the coil springs don't perform. Its because having air bumps in the coil worry me about ruining the coil buckets from the load and I had no where else I could fit them. Also having air bumps in the coil made working on it and tearing it apart a much bigger pain in the ass. I like serviceability. We will see....Ditching coil buckets and coil springs can get me a longer track bar as well as better stability due to coilover positioning and I can lower my roll axis angle by triangulating my lower links more. The rig obviously works as is. I have put over 40,000 miles on the SAS and drive 80-85 mph frequently in it but I want to see how much I can improve it. The coilovers aren't for better ride or tunability it just gives me more space to enhance other things.

    I am moving again for work so squeaky will have another 400 miles drive or so to the new place then the wrenching can begin. It currently drives and works fine, it can go wheeling tomorrow so I may try to get another trip in before we move.
    Squeaky3: 06 H3 ALPHA D70 front/Eaton HO72 rear 5.13 gears, custom crossmember for long arms, lockers, 4:1 T-case, v8 swap, hybrid cage, Warn 12k Custom bumpers....do it all vehicle

    "H3 front axles are like drunk cheerleaders....just use em until they get mouthy...then toss em and get another." -anonymous


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  4. #528
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    Awesome job. I'll be really interested to see what you figure out for the York.

    Congrats on the ring btw!

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    Amazing job Chris. Good thing you squeezed the engagement ring in there. Got to make the other half happy too.
    2006 H3 Adventure & modified Rancho with SOA

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    Hamster that pokes Bears
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    If u donít mind Iíll take credit for nudging u along for years to a proper conclusion.






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    You did a good job of nudging over the years, because Chris has become amazing and continues to improve his skills. Keep up the great work Chris, I always look forward to your posts.

  8. #532
    a.k.a. "The Jackal"

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    Iíll give you no credit for nudging.
    Squeaky3: 06 H3 ALPHA D70 front/Eaton HO72 rear 5.13 gears, custom crossmember for long arms, lockers, 4:1 T-case, v8 swap, hybrid cage, Warn 12k Custom bumpers....do it all vehicle

    "H3 front axles are like drunk cheerleaders....just use em until they get mouthy...then toss em and get another." -anonymous


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  10. #533
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    Quote Originally Posted by 06 H3 View Post
    Iíll give you no credit for nudging.


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    That alright greatnesses usually get appreciated much later.



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    2009 H3t (Hamster Jr.)build - http://www.hummer4x4offroad.com/foru...009-H3t)-build
    2009 H3t Alpha
    HMBP (2000 GMC) build (sold) - http://www.hummer4x4offroad.com/foru...s-quot-project
    2008 F350 (Behimot) build - http://www.hummer4x4offroad.com/forum/showthread.php?2208-Project-quot-Behemoth-quot
    1995 YJ locked and loaded
    2017 JK "Spicy chicken" + personal touches.


 

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