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About deadeye

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  1. Nissan Armada or Acadia Reviews

    I can't really say much about the Acadia as I have limited experience with them. I guess I have seen a few go through the shop and they had some odd electrical issues and one had head gaskets on the way out. Armadas are actually pretty solid. Fuel mileage isn't the best but its got plenty of power and little really goes wrong with them. Occasionally we see the exhaust manifold/catalytic converter crack and leak but other than that they are really pretty decent. Not many trouble spots I can think of. They also hold their value really well (if you ever wanted to trade it in that is good to know). Guess I might be biased working for Nissan but I can say there is plenty of their stuff I wouldn't drive too. The Armada is one I would drive though. If was between the two I would go with the Armada for sure.
  2. Hauling an F150 with a Ranger

    F.O.R.D.x2 XD Sorry, but I had to... I love my friends and all but if I was asked to do something like that I would say no way. Just because it is technically rated to haul that much weight doesn't mean it should. Not worth hauling a old heap and ruining your nice truck.. Dragging a 500$ truck is not worth your $3000 transmission. You would be better off renting a uhaul truck, burning couple hundred bucks doing that vs what your going to spend later fixing yours. Also, as mentioned, I don't think your hitch is going to be rated to do that. I might be wrong and you have a heavy duty class 3 but I think that hitch is probably going to be rated at 3k.
  3. Towing with Subaru Outback

    It will do just fine. The CVT's in those are actually pretty solid (one of the few in the industry that are). I tow a 14' Lund fishing boat all summer with a 25hp Johnson loaded full of gear with my Outback (04' 2.5 with the 4 speed) and it actually does better than my old Blazer did. You are nowhere near the limit with it so you will be fine.
  4. I have two of those for running parts at work and they both have eaten the ball joints a couple times (granted they also each have 150k+ but still). Had the same problem with the tires and all. My money is on those being shot.
  5. Short of the engine issues the damage to the rear sounds pretty bad. If you have a quarter panel that is wrinkled, hitch bent down and suspension issues the frame is most likely bent up... Given the age of the truck, yeah...
  6. Mitsu should have a button type switch in the pillar. They like to rust out and cause all kinds of fun stuff. Radios in those are always suspect too though.
  7. 04 Outback 170k 95 Eagle Talon TSi AWD 145k
  8. I am pretty open to tires really. I sell a lot of and I get good feedback about Yokohama, Goodyear and Michelin. They seem to last the longest and more importantly keep traction throughout the life of the tires. We tend to see poor feedback about Continentals, Dunlop and occasionally Hankook (I think people expect to much out of a all season high performance 19"/20" tire with these though). Don't really sell a whole lot of the other brands. On my own personal vehicles there currently is quite a mix; Yokohama Avid, Goodyear Silent Armor, Kumho Ecsta, Nokian WRG2, Kumho A/T KL78, Firestone FR380 and Cooper Weathermaster Snows. Out of the bunch currently on a car the only ones I don't like are the Firestones as they don't stay balanced very long. Have also owned with good success BFG A/T (probably the best truck tire ever made, good traction all the way to the end), Cooper S/T M&S (sad to trade truck in with these on it, they were awesome), BFG Traction T/A (great tires for a smaller car and did well in winter), Yokohama Geolandar ATS (did well all around for a SUV). Ownwed, not so good, Goodyear Wrangler RT/S (always bad, really bad in snow), Bridgestone Dueler A/T good for the first 4/32 then bad winter traction after that plus noisy), Goodyear Eagle RSA (never really good from the start in rain or snow). Gotta say if you can swing it for your truck go for the BFG A/T's. They are fantastic. If your looking to save a few bucks get the Yokohamas. They do really well for the money.
  9. Any fellow tuners out there?

    Yeah. I even worked there for a short time. Good bunch of guys but that biz was not for me lol. Last I heard they are working on doing a twin turbo lsx swap in the fdsm. No more 4g64. I'm sure its probably been up and running for a while at this point. They are moving the shop out to inver grove too. Kinda sad. Glad to see someone is doing work on a Ford that's not a Mustang!
  10. Any fellow tuners out there?

    95 Eagle Talon TSi AWD 2.0, Wiseco Pistons, ACL bearings with thrusts, Stage 2 ported head, HKS 272 cams, Big front mount intercooler with all hard charge piping and K&N intake, Mitsubishi EVO 3 16g turbo, Lipp O2 housing, 3" turbo back exhaust with HKS catback, Walbro fuel pump, Precision 550 injectors (kinda small I know but Im working on that), Zeitronix datalogging and gauge, Autometer mechanical gauges, Apexi Neo air fuel controller and some assorted energy suspension bushing at random around the car. I am lagging in the air/fuel delivery department but this last winter I had to replace the passenger strut tower so I was happy just to drive it as is this past summer. Pretty sure there isn't any parts on the car that I haven't had to fix or replace. The previous owner didn't know about the metric system so that has been real fun too. It used to go out in the winter time as I have snows for it and it is AWD with limited slip but I decided I didn't want to add any more rust so shes parked for winter. Gotta say I do miss tearing up the lakes with it though. Lots of fun to drive and give the expensive cars a beat down on occasion. GTR say what?
  11. I hate to say it but most of the cars now are pretty expensive to do keys for like that. At Nissan a iKey is somewhere in the 250$ to 350$ range depending on what model you got. No replacing the ECM as we program the ECM to the available keys but the keys themselves are just really expensive. Crazy. When I was on the hunt for a car a couple years ago I was considering a V8 XC90 Volvo and I about fell over when I saw what a key for that ran. I think it was somewhere in the 700$ range. I ran away from that mess fast. Yikes for having to replace the ECM on a Toyota for a new key. I LOVE Toyotas but that is just nuts.
  12. Merry Christmas

    Merry Christmas to you guys as well! Hope you can get out and do something fun with the family!
  13. Anyone here...

    For what its worth I have been using T-mobile for a little over a year now and have been really happy with the data speeds. In the metro area I have seen peaks of 22mbps and average somewhere around 10. Pretty solid for HSPA+. As mentioned LTE is supposedly going to light up in the first half of 2013 here too... OnAFly that would be faster than the 3mbps you got now for sure. As mentioned you can use data and still talk too so that is pretty nice. I guess I would still go in and talk to them and make sure its for you.
  14. Great Danes as Hunters/Scouts

    Hungry carnivorous spring deers! Oh deer... I heard they like to go for your ears first.