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Old 06-26-2019, 07:55 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Highest quality usually means highest price. MICHELIN or BRIDGESTONE are my pair of choices. Closed-shoulder, Highway Rib is highest mpg.

The truck is also a problem if FF/RR vehicle weight remains skewed to FF.

New shocks (Bilstein 4600) also.

If cab & bed frame bushings are original, change them. Same for spring bushings front & rear.

A rear anti-roll bar PLUS a larger front anti-roll bar will help with handling & winds. (Must do together). Be sure to have poly bar bushings. ADDCO or HELWIG.

After this, it’s the operator. Tires & brakes should always last 70k or better given quality components.

(That many years and miles it could use a little rejuvenation. I see that BLUE BEACON now has a Nashville location. Have them give itvthe classic wash, but with Acid & Alkaline solution on the underside. Major attention to the wheelwells and everything they can hit underneath. You can’t replicate results with pressure washer (chemistry).

This is better than using Dawn to strip old wax from paint. Glass will be perfect for a high quality rain repel product. Etc.

Once home paint wheelwells with semi-gloss black. And any other undercoating underneath. Go farther by removing wheels — mask brake lines, etc — and use gloss to paint axle and A-Arms.

This is a great start to a serious detail. You or a pro hired. Then tires/shocks/bushings and antiroll will seem a better choice.

Paint on a truck is easy. It’s the underside that throws that off).


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