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    Alright so I briefly thought about selling my T, had some offers but st the end of the day I couldn't bring myself to sell it.

    So that being said the Mods will continue!!!

    Then plan is to take it up to Alaska for summer 2019 and down to Baja winter 2019.

    So with that in mind there are some things that will be done to make sure it's up to the task!

    First things first the trans cooler will be separated from the radiator via a Mishimoto HD cooler with electric fan. I will have a temp switch on order as well, it turns on at 180F and turns off at 160F.

    Next will be a custom tcase skid (loose the OEM skid I have currently to gain some clearance)

    Then it's going to be a full upgrade to the sleeping quarters.... I sold my RTT and I have plans for something much greater.... but likely I will put that into it's own thread when the time is right....

    The main thing to take away is that this build is not over!!!!

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    So here is the big question! should I SAS my T?

    I have no choice but to replace the front e-locker as I noticed some damage to the "ramp" part of the locker.

    Once that is replaced I could either:

    1- Rebuild the front and rear axels with 4.56's and keep on keeping on as is
    2- Sell the rebuilt CI front Diff, sell the Rancho and install a solid axle

    The issue with option #1 is that I have put a bunch of money into the front end already and I have surpassed the cost of doing a SAS....
    The issue with Option #2 is that this would be all new to me, I can get past that, but with the 37's and the supercharged v8 I think i would need to go with an axle larger then the D44

    My wife and I plan to take a trip up to Alsaka this summer, then down to Baja in the winter..... I would love to have the SAS done for piece of mind, but that is also a lot of pavement miles.... I am slightly worried about loosing the confort that the truck currently has.

    I would love to hear some thoughts as I mull around the two options!
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    For starters I have no experience here but I'll comment because 1) you're asking, 2) love your rig and kept it on my radar in case it had it was still for sale in 4-6 months and 3) I want to SAS my rig in the future as well...at least I think I do lol.

    I vote for a modified version of option #2, which is SAS it and sell the CI front diff and rancho for dirt cheap to me lol. For real though, SAS it and part out the IFS stuff to re-coupe costs of the SAS. The rancho I think you could sell for $2k+, probably even $3K because people are desperate out there for a bolt on H3 lift. I too worry that SAS will lessen the ride quality, at least not without dumping alot more money into it.

    Couple of questions....

    1. Do you intend on doing the SAS yourself or having a shop do it?
    2. Any idea what rig you'll pull the solid front axle from? I imagine that depends on if you end up needing a D44 or D60
    3. What width for the front SAS do you plan on going with, stock to match rear?
    4. Will it be leaf spring or multi-link? For future upgrades and increased comfort/cost I think you'd want to go with multi-link?
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    My brother has a 2wd Jk with 2.5" lift and it drives like any H3 on the road (minus the road noise). Offroad on the desert not as good though
    My friend has a 3.5" lift and his ride is horrible.
    It really narrows down to what shock/spring/swaybar combo you endup going with for ride quality. Too soft and you endup comfy but maybe allover the place, too harsh and you get alot of control but horrible ride.

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    Canadian h3t Alpha build

    Having done several H3 SAS’s (and helping out on another dozen or so)...the SAS is definitely a total re-do. It changes the truck drastically, and you will have to compromise in a few areas. The SAS can be tuned for a wide range of use but I prefer to keep them on the mild side. Highway manners, braking, and handling remain very good, even with 5.13s and 37”s. Turning radius is less. Ride height is more. It feels more like an “80s truck”. Best of all...it does not break. When I had the IFS, I was always holding back on some of the more challenging off-road maneuvers. What the solid axle lacks in refinement, it makes up for in durability. Regardless...two constants still remain:

    1. Everything is a compromise.
    2. Anything can be broken.

    Unless you are doing serious off-roading, it’s hard to justify the SAS. Here's an example of what I'm talking about (don't try this with an IFS)...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEi7...ature=youtu.be
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    Keep the IFS! But I am a little biased...
    Current:

    2006 Red H3 Adventure/ luxury- 37" iroks, HD tierods, steering rack kit, custom front IFS HP Dana 44 diff with Yukon zip locker, Np241 manual T-case, 6.0L VVT/ 6L90 swap

    2008 Black H3 Alpha- HD tierods, steering rack kit, Custom HD lower control arm bushing kit

    2007 Black H3 Luxury- 1.25" bodylift, elocker, 4:1 t-case, steering rack kit, custom front IFS HP Dana 50 diff with truetrac, 37" bfg km2, H3x 18" wheels

    2009 Black H3T base- custom front IFS HP Dana 44 diff with truetrac, 37" centennial trail hogs, H3x 18" wheels

    2008 White H3 Adventure

    2009 White H3 Alpha Cammed 6.0L and 35s

    I think we might have too many of these things now...

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    Hey ya'll, I have been quite but still around!

    The T is getting some work done before I take it on a 1400 mile road trip at the end of the month!

    Been getting a crankcase position sensor code every once and a while so I am putting on a new OEM part to see if that will stop the intermittent CEL.

    Haven't been wheeling in a while, but I hope to get out soon for with some overnight camping.

    Still tossing around the idea of SAS'ing the truck, but I with a baby on the way I think the spending will be kept to a minimum!
    2009 Hummer H3T Alpha

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    Quote Originally Posted by RamRod View Post
    Hey ya'll, I have been quite but still around!

    The T is getting some work done before I take it on a 1400 mile road trip at the end of the month!

    Been getting a crankcase position sensor code every once and a while so I am putting on a new OEM part to see if that will stop the intermittent CEL.

    Haven't been wheeling in a while, but I hope to get out soon for with some overnight camping.

    Still tossing around the idea of SAS'ing the truck, but I with a baby on the way I think the spending will be kept to a minimum!

    Any updates since March buddy?
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    >The Duke H3T Alpha Build Thread<

    '09 Hummer H3T Alpha - "The Duke"

    - LS3 Swap & Built 4L60E
    - Rancho 4" Lift Kit,
    Texas Speed 224/236 Cam 111 LSA Camshaft, ECP 2" Aluminum Radiator, SuperModulation Dual eFans, HID Projector Headlights, 32 Gallon Aux. Gas Tank, "312" Method Race Wheels, Firestone Rear-Axle Airbags, Daystar 1" Body Lift.

    SOLD -- '09 White H3 - "Lil' Sparta"
    - 35" Trail Grapplers, STARR HIDs, LED taillights, Magnaflow Exhaust, Air Doc CAI, Supermodulation TB, Defenderworx Fuel Door



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    Not really, I tossed the snugtop back on for winter and have been spending a bunch of time with our new little girl!
    2009 Hummer H3T Alpha

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    Quote Originally Posted by RamRod View Post
    Not really, I tossed the snugtop back on for winter and have been spending a bunch of time with our new little girl!
    Awww congrats
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    >The Duke H3T Alpha Build Thread<

    '09 Hummer H3T Alpha - "The Duke"

    - LS3 Swap & Built 4L60E
    - Rancho 4" Lift Kit,
    Texas Speed 224/236 Cam 111 LSA Camshaft, ECP 2" Aluminum Radiator, SuperModulation Dual eFans, HID Projector Headlights, 32 Gallon Aux. Gas Tank, "312" Method Race Wheels, Firestone Rear-Axle Airbags, Daystar 1" Body Lift.

    SOLD -- '09 White H3 - "Lil' Sparta"
    - 35" Trail Grapplers, STARR HIDs, LED taillights, Magnaflow Exhaust, Air Doc CAI, Supermodulation TB, Defenderworx Fuel Door



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    Everything Hummer related has been on the back burner for the past while, but I am starting to plan for some fresh work to the H3T.

    Some of the issues I would like to tackle include:
    Rust - Get rid of the rust starting to form from our dirty salty winters
    Clean up the accessory wiring (find phantom drain hopefully)
    General maintenance and oil changes
    Clean out sun roof track
    Look at installing the rear hydraulic hand brake again (took a break while sorting out options)
    Measure/plan for a possible flat bed build over the winter. I am not pulling the trigger on this project yet but I am getting close, I hope to come up with a design that allows me to make the deck height as low as possible bud does not have fenders sticking above the top of the deck.
    Install new 7" LED headlights
    Re-paint various LED housing back again (starting to chip, fade or oxidize)
    Install mud flaps that cover the wheels for winter (I know its July but Winter comes all too soon up here this far North)
    Make a transfer case skid plate that is flush to the frame like my trans skid.
    Install transmission cooler
    Replace the front locker with a new unit (it has been sitting on my self for 2-3 years now)
    Re-gear to 4.56
    Make new sway bar links (current ones are worn right now and knock with every bump)

    I am sure there is more but that will keep me busy for quite some time.

    I am looking forward to getting out wheelin' again now that my daughter is a little older and I can sneak away for the day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RamRod View Post
    Everything Hummer related has been on the back burner for the past while, but I am starting to plan for some fresh work to the H3T.

    Some of the issues I would like to tackle include:
    Rust - Get rid of the rust starting to form from our dirty salty winters
    Clean up the accessory wiring (find phantom drain hopefully)
    General maintenance and oil changes
    Clean out sun roof track
    Look at installing the rear hydraulic hand brake again (took a break while sorting out options)
    Measure/plan for a possible flat bed build over the winter. I am not pulling the trigger on this project yet but I am getting close, I hope to come up with a design that allows me to make the deck height as low as possible bud does not have fenders sticking above the top of the deck.
    Install new 7" LED headlights
    Re-paint various LED housing back again (starting to chip, fade or oxidize)
    Install mud flaps that cover the wheels for winter (I know its July but Winter comes all too soon up here this far North)
    Make a transfer case skid plate that is flush to the frame like my trans skid.
    Install transmission cooler
    Replace the front locker with a new unit (it has been sitting on my self for 2-3 years now)
    Re-gear to 4.56
    Make new sway bar links (current ones are worn right now and knock with every bump)

    I am sure there is more but that will keep me busy for quite some time.

    I am looking forward to getting out wheelin' again now that my daughter is a little older and I can sneak away for the day.
    I really want to re-gear to 4.56 also, to help with towing. Deff high up on the list!

    What front locker do you have to replace? New OEM or other?
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    >The Duke H3T Alpha Build Thread<

    '09 Hummer H3T Alpha - "The Duke"

    - LS3 Swap & Built 4L60E
    - Rancho 4" Lift Kit,
    Texas Speed 224/236 Cam 111 LSA Camshaft, ECP 2" Aluminum Radiator, SuperModulation Dual eFans, HID Projector Headlights, 32 Gallon Aux. Gas Tank, "312" Method Race Wheels, Firestone Rear-Axle Airbags, Daystar 1" Body Lift.

    SOLD -- '09 White H3 - "Lil' Sparta"
    - 35" Trail Grapplers, STARR HIDs, LED taillights, Magnaflow Exhaust, Air Doc CAI, Supermodulation TB, Defenderworx Fuel Door



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    Quote Originally Posted by Gpcalero View Post
    I really want to re-gear to 4.56 also, to help with towing. Deff high up on the list!

    What front locker do you have to replace? New OEM or other?
    For the locker I just went with a replacement OEM unit, I found one for 1/3rd the price of an ARB. Plus I didn't feel like rigging up the OEM dash buttons to work with an ARB or similar (although I am sure it would not be that difficult)
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    Quote Originally Posted by RamRod View Post
    Everything Hummer related has been on the back burner for the past while, but I am starting to plan for some fresh work to the H3T.

    Measure/plan for a possible flat bed build over the winter. I am not pulling the trigger on this project yet but I am getting close, I hope to come up with a design that allows me to make the deck height as low as possible bud does not have fenders sticking above the top of the deck.
    I think this is pretty cool. An H3T with a flatbed and/or the big cargo box with doors like you see in some of the Australian trucks (and a few here in the USA) would be awesome.
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