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I have been reading up on suspension kits for my truck. One of the problems that I have run into is the lack of availability of various kits for my 97' Cummins. Most people don't want to dump $3500 into the suspension of a truck that is worth $12,000. It makes sense, but I think that investment is worthwhile.

I love my truck. It is simple and easy to work on. Making power isn't complicated and doesn't involve computers. But, my truck rides rough. I don't mind it, but my passengers do. I am currently saving up for a Carli Pintop 2.5 kit, which retails for $3500. I paid $6700 for my truck. But, including the purchase price, I already have about 13K into this truck. Still, I bought this truck with 194k in 2010 and have almost 250K miles on it today. I'll drive it into the ground, rebuild what is broken, and drive it into the ground again.

The way I see it, I could buy a new truck for $70,000 and have a brand new truck with a warranty. Or I could hang onto this reliable and simple old truck and drive what works, for a fraction of the cost. Someone on a forum I frequent made a comment recently and pointed out that most people are a bit reluctant to sink big money into old trucks. Which makes sense. If you spend $70K on a new truck, an additional 10k for wheels, tires, and suspension isn't much more right? Personally, I would rather save my money and make an old truck more enjoyable to drive. I don't need the fancy features that these complicated new cars offer anyway.

Still, I am curious. Are you the type to trade in a car before you hit 100,000 miles? Do you cycle through cars because you get bored with them? Do you buy a new computer regularly just because you want the newest thing on the market? Do you trade in your phone because having the newest thing is important to impress your friends? Or are you the type to use what works until it doesn't do what it needs to?
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Posted 11/16/14
Well, when it comes to electronics, I like to stay relatively caught up with current tech.
You won't see me upgrading to an iPhone 6 for at least another year though (still on contract anyways...)
The phone I have now still holds up quite strong in the smartphone market.
I am interested in upgrading my computers GPU pretty soon though. Gotta make sure I can get mad FPS when I'm pwning them robo n00bs in Five Nights at Freddy's ya know! xD
I'd like to say I'm not too concerned with impressing my friends (I don't really have many anyway...) but more with what will make me the most satisfied with my purchase.
I don't have any vehicles though, so I can't speak on that :'(
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Posted 11/16/14
Im still deciding whether on not to sell my truck (95 f20 powerstroke diesel) and downsize to a half ton gasser but Im too dam sentimentily attached to the old truck. I have a hard time letting go of anything or maybe I just have a hard time with change
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I'm on my second car. I drive my cars until they die. I will do as much maintenance as possible until it runs no more. I got a head gasket change coming up soon for my impreza as the driver side head gasket is sweating. It'll be good for at least another 100,000.
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Posted 11/16/14
cant really see dropping 25k for a car that will only last 6 years...

the way i see it, i can put in 5k in to an old car, and drive it for the next 20 years.
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what the fuck. anything above 150k miles is ludicrous
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SonataArctica24 wrote:

Im still deciding whether on not to sell my truck (95 f20 powerstroke diesel) and downsize to a half ton gasser but Im too dam sentimentily attached to the old truck. I have a hard time letting go of anything or maybe I just have a hard time with change


I wouldn't get rid of it. Those old 7.3's are damn good motors and the body style is one of my favorites. Why swap it for a truck that gets worse fuel economy, makes less power, and is less versatile? Ride quality might improve a bit with a half ton, but I'd rather put money into the suspension than buy a new truck.


eduardonolasco1 wrote:

what the fuck. anything above 150k miles is ludicrous


We've got a 95' Cummins on the farm that has a little over 450k on it. Hell, the boss man's service truck has over 300k on it. The odometer reads 22xK but it broke 15 years ago. We've also got two Pete 359's about a million and 1.4 million miles on them. The Astro has 950k on it, but it got a rebuilt motor 400,000 miles ago. Runs better than new.
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Posted 11/16/14
It's not worth it to buy a new truck, IMO.

I bought a brand new Chevy in '08, I love the truck, i ordered it from the factory with all of the options/configurations I wanted (it's got the nice diesel/tranny combo, Z71, leather trim, etc...) but that 60k-70k I paid for it over those years was also a lot of money... and for what I use it for, a nice GMT400 would do the same job at a sixth of the price. However, I know the history of that LMM, I keep up with all of the maintenance so I know that it'll last me a long time to come, at least I have that going for me. When buying new, it's a good investment if you know how to take care of it but if you're gunna continuously put a new truck through hard labour and harsh winters (multiple cold starts, salted roads) then just stick with something that you can get/fix for a lot cheaper, and then replace that when needed.
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eduardonolasco1 wrote:

what the fuck. anything above 150k miles is ludicrous


both my cars had 300k on them when i bought them. if i coul buy a new car, and have it last as long, i just might do it.
and as for trucks, well some tractor trailer have 1,000,000 miles on them. those diesels last forever cus the lower EGT and RPM.

see, back in the day, you bought a car and i lasted waaay longer that the 5year/100k expiration date of modren cars.

in 1950, chevy made half there money selling parts.
then the japanese came along an undercut the american companies, and so chevy had to make money a new way, selling cars that did not live past the life of the loan.

150k in a car is no big deal, if its been maintained right. boss had a work truck that had 450k on it, chevy v8.

ask your self why 150k is ludicrous.

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sounds perfectly reasonable. im personally into fast sports/enthusiest coupe's aswell as nice newer luxury cars, i like to mod and run them, not really a big mechanic guy myself and have never owned a truck. the only v8's I know are mustangs, camaro's, and alike.
Posted 11/16/14
I don't even have a license.

And 3-D printers are coming up. So that's a thing. 48% of 3-D printer sales are in the US, 28% are in Asia. Over the next five years it'll likely become the next "home technology" thing.

It's becoming more affordable.

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Posted 11/16/14
there was a group racing a small car type thingie. they used alot of 3d printed parts. mostly small stuff, but they did make there intake system out of aluminide. i looked in to this.
there is no reason for it not to work. operating tempatures in the 150-180c area, it just cost too much for me. cheaper for me to cnc parts out of aluminum and have them welded.
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