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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...
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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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    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.
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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.

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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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    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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    Update: Man, life has been crazy. House in Sacramento area is sold and a house in Meridian, ID has been bought, we get the keys in a few weeks.
    We are going from a 2 car garage with RV parking to a 3 car garage that is RV depth on the 3rd car garage and then also goes behind the 2 car wall that is a little shop area. Taller garage doors and ceilings from what I can tell. I took the drive over with the 6x10 trailer and work car. I will do the drive in the hummer in about 2 weeks. I have been living either in a hotel for work, down in so cal with my parents, in lodi with my brother or sometimes in a sleeping bag on the rubicon! :grinpimp: I cant wait to get back to a normal life.
    Anyways, back to the Hummer. I installed a premier power welder and have parts accumulating!



    Making the bracket.









    I really need to tack in a better position, it always ****s up the bead when I hit it.

    I don't have a picture of it in its final resting spot but I will get one. It worked great but for some reason the alternator stopped charging the battery on the rubicon. Luckily I had my stock one and was able to swap it in quickly. I need to call them and get that taken care of.

    Here are some parts I am accumulating



    New lower link brackets (frame and axle end) a couple of coilover mounts for different options and a new frame side track bar bracket.

    The goal is to do coilovers and ditch the ever bending coil buckets, get a longer track bar by bringing it on the outside of the frame rail (gain about 4-5 inches in length) and inboard my lowers on the frame and outboard them on the axle end to lower my roll axis angle. I also got baby heims to build sway bar end links for the front sway bar.
    Currently, my links are almost further apart on the frame end then the axle end, I am sure bringing them inboard will help a ton for on road stability but bringing them inboard I have to decide either lose about 2in of link separation on the frame end to keep a flat belly or lose 2in of belly clearance.

    I also hit the rubicon one weekend



    I've done soup bowl a number of times but this time was the easiest. I just about idled up where in the past it took a bump.

    My buddy's yota...





    Took out a driveshaft on old sluice, the 1350 shaft is over 6 years old so maybe it was just time...I will probably upgrade to 1410 though. I put a hole through the floor :mad3: so I now have to fix that. I had a spare and was rolling again in 10 min.





    We met up with my buddy from so cal who came out a few days earlier and he broke a rear shaft going up old sluice and I towed him up old sluice and then near little sluice he sheered all 5 studs off his non broken rear shaft...he had 2 spare studs and got those in. He then had to leave his jeep in idle and I pulled dead weight all the way back to Loon. Squeaky to the rescue!



    These views never get old.



    Great night sleep...and I am honest lol



    I am going back to the rubicon next weekend for a Saturday sunday deal. I just did a refresh on my brother's JK so if he goes I will take the H3, if he doesn't I will take that to make sure all is well before I take off to Idaho.

    After the rubicon, I have a 500 mile drive to Idaho in squeaky. Gotta get the garage situated. 220 outlets, setup shop and Epoxy the floors this time!!!! I wish I could just get to wheeling and meet fellow Idahoan's but I gotta get her tore down for coilovers as these coil buckets aren't getting any straighter.
    Last edited by 06 H3; 07-07-2019 at 12:29 AM.
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    Congrats on the new house and move!

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    Update:
    Got squeaky up to Idaho. It was about a 600 mile trek and with my spare driveshaft that was dented I had vibes over 65. So I slowly drove 65 all. the. way. there....It sucked! She did make it in one piece though so that is what matters.

    The garage height is much higher here so that's a plus! Before I was just about maxed out on 40's and getting in the garage. This just means maybe 43s could be in my future

    First time in the garage....



    3rd Car



    Shot of the little shop space behind the 3rd car.

    Then I have this little "cubby" covered area that I have stored all my tires, rollers for when I want baby tires on it, winter set of rims for my fiancť. Then a Shed that is attached to the house that houses my spare 3rd members, transmissions, transfer cases, leaf springs, fab parts, etc.

    Storage







    Luckily I got it all set up, I am super excited with the added space I now have! 2 220 outlets have been added and then I had to move everything back out, had the floor epoxied and will have the clear coat on tomorrow.



    Nothing really hummer related but it will make hummer work easier with new room I have.

    I did swap a valve stem I destroyed on the rubicon and got my beadlock back on the right rear and I went down to a 4x4 meet about 10 min from the house and met some local 4x4 guys. It was mainly JKs but I did meet 2 guys with built rock crawlers and said they will gladly take me out to see the gnarly rock trails they have. It definitely reminds me of Nevada in the sense that the trails are meant to stay on the DL from a location standpoint so no yahoo's get the trails shut down.

    Once the epoxy gets cured I can actually start work on the Hummer!

    Lastly, people here are so damn nice!!!! I almost forgot how nice people can be after living in CA for 13 years. Not everyone is like that but it seems for every 1 nice person in CA there's 10 in Idaho.

    oh wait....I live here now, it sucks don't move here :flipoff2:
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    You'll be about 4.5 hours away from me after I move up to Cache Valley, UT hopefully before the end of this year (if we can ever sell our house, market is slowed down a lot for me). It'd be great to meet up with you some time, I'm curious what trails are available up that way.
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    Not meaning to invite myself as a 3rd wheel but I'd love to make the trek out to ID for some new trails, meet another member and check out this amazing rig
    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

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    Hey Chris I know you go to to King of the Hammer every year, did you hear the very sad news . Jessi Combs “Queen of the Hammer” died yesterday trying to break her own land speed record. She was a great young lady, I know her from racing Baja and off road events. She was always fun to be around and always had a big smile. She was a great role model for female gear heads and will be missed.


 

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