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BIGBLUEKNIGHT last won the day on February 6 2008

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  1. I've currently have the cycra pro bends on my ktm and love them but they are rather spendy at $100+ for a set. one less expensive option I would recommend are the moose racing barkbusters. http://www.mooseracing.com/products/?productGroupId=1232&productId=114634 they come with two different plastic cover options a lower profile handguard http://www.mooseracing.com/products/?productGroupId=1242&productId=114636 and a bigger deflector http://www.mooseracing.com/products/?productGroupId=1235&productId=114635 My dad and I used these same bark busters for a long time and were very happy with them. They held up really well and were pretty tough, I ended up replacing a pair after tipping over on a rock in moab. the rock hit the guard and bent it right at the spot where the screw for the plastic guard went into the metal guard. it started cracking because of the screw hole but other than that we never had any issues with the moose hand guards
  2. The flip flop wearing birkenstock crowd around here mostly sticks to their subaru's and small suv's. If they are driving a truck it's usually a tacoma. When it comes to the The f-150 platinum, sierra denali, ram laramie limited and all the other "luxury" trucks are real popular around here but more with the white collar crowd that have blue collar hobbies. I'd rather have the longbox than hook up the trailer, one thing I always hated working for a general was having to hook up one of 20' flatbeds to run down to the lumber yard when I only needed a handful of boards because they were too long for my 6.5 foot bed
  3. I didn't even think about it being too long for a normal parking space, with my grill guard and hitch on if I use the back up came and put the ball right on the line, I'm hanging out on the front end about a foot and the overall length of my truck is only a couple inches shorter than a crew cab 250 with the same size box as me. Sound like I might be parking way out in the boonies more often than not. Thanks for the heads up on the insurance, I'll have to remember to check rates with my agent when the time comes. Like I said above, I have the same issue but I can definitely say I don't think I'll getting anything smaller anytime in the near future. I'm spoiled having a crew cab, the floor in the back is flat and the seats fold up against the back wall of the cab and leave me tons of room to throw my gear in the back and have it locked up in a secure place. I honestly have no need for a crew cab as far as hauling people around, I rarely have anyone besides my wife and I in the truck, so the seats stay folded up 99% of the time. I could have bought an extended cab and been just fine but having that option to haul 3 adults comfortably in the back or fill it with gear has been too nice for me to ever go back. Having the crew cab a 6.5 ft bed instead of the extra short box really gives me the best of both worlds most of the time but I still think about the long box just because there have been enough times where the extra space would have been a lot more convenient hauling things especially like long pieces of lumber
  4. If I had to make a guess, it's the rise in popularity of the crew cab. The cabs keep getting bigger, so something else on the truck has to get smaller to keep the same overall length. That's why you see all these half ton crew cabs with 5 foot boxes and 3/4 and 1 ton crew cabs with 6.5 foot boxes, the overall length numbers end up being close to the same as extended cab long boxes. I just pulled the current ford f150 and super duty specs for a quick example of this. in the F-150, the extended cab 8 foot box is 250" and the crew cab 6.5 foot box is 243" same in the super duty extended cab long box is 248" and crew cab 6.5ft bed is 246" overall length. I've got the crew cab f150 with a 6.5 foot box and my turning radius can't be too much smaller than yours, since my truck is only about 20" shorter. I've already decided to step up to a 1 ton crew cab next time since theres no size difference between the 3/4 and 1 ton and the price difference is negligible but I'm debating whether to get the long box or not. How big of pain is it driving, parking, and maneuvering with the extra length? Obviously, snow balls chance of find a parallel parking spot big enough to fit it in and I'm guessing you just back in anytime you park just like I do now but other than having the turning radius of the exxon valdez how is it? Tailgate on my first truck was proof of that You're absolutely right, if you're gonna buy a truck, you need to be able to use it as a truck. If you have to make a choice between cab size and bed size, you should take bed size. Having to make that choice was big turn off for me with the 07 and newer generation of tundras . I had two tundras, an 01 extended cab 6 foot bed and an 06 crew cab 6 foot bed. I loved those trucks, and would buy another toyota again in a heart beat. The problem was, I had gotten spoiled having a crew and a 6 foot bed. So when I went to buy a new truck, If I bought another tundra I was gonna have to make a choice between an extended cab with a 6.5 foot bed or a crew cab with a 5.5 foot bed. I ended up going across the street to the ford dealer and getting an F-150 with a crew cab and 6.5ft and staying spoiled.
  5. I spend a fair bit of time on a couple of ford truck forums and have seen quite a few threads on a similar issue come up in f-150's. most guys have been able to get the issue sorted out by the dealer but some took longer than others to diagnose the cause and fix it. I haven't read of anyone having to do a buy back from ford yet, good news for your friend I guess is the majority of the guys that have issues had ecoboosts but that could just be due to there being more ecoboost's than 5.0's out there.
  6. so I only have one bike to try and illustrate it with but i loaded mine up just how you would load the first bike when trying to fit two in to try and give you some idea of how to do it.
  7. I unfortunately don't have any pics handy, I looked on Google as well but didn't see anything that fit what I was trying to describe
  8. Full disclosure I drive an f-150,can't say I'm a fan of either of the grill updates. I prefer the 14 versions personally. I do like the look of the new gmc headlamps though, i do have soft spot for the day time running light led strips that are starting to become the norm on all the new vehicles. Across all the brands there is one thing that I don't get, Why is there no attempt to make the front end of the truck more aerodynamic? I'm not talking slanted like a prius but it seems that they've gone from a slight slope if any at all to a straight up and down grill or in ram's case it's actually sloped the other way. obviously, the designers and engineers know way more about these things than I could ever dream of knowing but just based on visual appearance, all the new trucks appear to have the aerodynamics of a brick. I know they've added some features to help with aerodynamics like on my truck there is an air dam under the bumper to guide air around the underside of the body and some pieces under the hood to channel airflow and the new f-150 has slats in the grill that close at highway speed and holes in the bumper to channel air around the wheel wells rather than into them but I would think overall body shape changes would help more than anything else but what do I know You can do two bikes in the back with the tailgate up with a 6.5 foot bed, when you load the bikes put them as far to the outside of the bed as possible then take the front tires and turn them in so the front tires are resting against each other and strap them in. Then pick up the back end of the bikes and scoot them out to outside edge of the bed and you should be able to close the tailgate no problem.
  9. ^^^^ This! killing me man. I'm still trying to wrap my head around the idea of a 40" tire. I have 34"'s on mine but they don't look that big because they're on a 20" wheel but I know when they rolled them over to the truck at the shop I thought to myself no way in hell are those gonna fit. what are the dimensions for a 40" tire ? mine are 275/65/20 so what would that make those or at that point do they just switch to inches
  10. I figured but I had just finished the dirt jump or die I'm 20 and think I know everything thread and my poor brain hadn't recovered enough from reading that to start processing things like it should
  11. how are big bertha and two ton tina gonna get in with that lift kit on there?
  12. No idea how old op is but this thread is reminding me a lot of when I joined TT about 10 years ago, I was 15 at the time. I started more than my fair share of thread like this in TS with results much like this. thankfully for me most of them were in the original TS which got deleted 6-7 years ago after some behavioral issues amongst the members
  13. I didn't get as far as getting the bikes out of the truck to go riding, that's bad. I haven't seen too many loading/unloading related incidents, the trick with the previously mentioned method is to use momentum combined with just enough gas to keep the bike from stalling as it goes up the ramp and you walk beside it. usually the worst we ever had happen was someone wouldn't have enough momentum when they hit the ramp so they would get a little overeager applying throttle right in that sweet spot where the front tire makes it to the top of the ramp taking all the weight off of it and the the back tire has just gotten to the bottom of the ramp but isn't putting any pressure on it yet. Usually the tire was making just enough contact with the ramp to have some traction when they grabbed too much throttle and lunch the ramp out from underneath the bike. Leaving them with one wheel up on the tailgate and the other on the ground and a sheepish look on their face
  14. That how I've done it for years, fire the bike up and walk it up the ramp using a cooler for step. My f150 has one of those steps built into the tailgate and the step is at exactly the right height for loading bikes like this. When i bought the truck, the step was one of the last options in the world I would have picked to put on there but it came as part of a package so I was stuck with something I was sure I would never use. I have yet to use it for anything other than a bike loading step but it rocks for that one job plus no worries about the cooler being a little wobbly. A few years ago, I must have set the cooler down right on top of a rock or something that made it wobble like a teeter totter. I didn't discover this until I was in the middle of unloading my dad's 450, I took a step down on to the cooler it wobbled from side to side at throwing me off balance as i tried to catch my balance I realized the bike was also off balance so with nothing to grab on to save my self from falling I went down with the bike. I have a 2 inch long scar on the outside of my knee to this day courtesy of a pro series foot peg