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  1. I know Ford uses leaf springs At least I think they still do. They can haul a sh!t tonne, but ride rough as #$^%. Unless they have engineered a better system. I know Ram has the coil so there is that comfort area. But I think the leaf setup can handle more weight in general. The trade off has always been comfort. But who knows, these days they come up with some pretty ingenious setups.
  2. Yeah, unloaded you need a 5 point harness to keep you from going through the roof in a 3/4 tonne. For a daily driver they are spine shattering. If I were towing large most of the time, then 3/4 is probably the way to go.
  3. When I go into forward gear there is about a 7 second delay before it actually engages. If you bump the throttle it will engage immediately but with quite a thud. This also launches the boat, and it makes for a very tough time getting into the slip.
  4. I can, however I wanted to figure out what the factory spec was so I can inspect it and see if it's within limits.
  5. I tow my 270 Sig with a 1500 Ram Sport. Does it with no issues whatsoever. Trans temp is 1 to 2 degrees higher than with no load. I tow two to three times a year about 180 kilometers each direction. I love that truck. It's like a cadillac for everyday use. The 1/2 tonnes today are the 3/4 tonnes of the past in my opinion.
  6. I'm changing out my clutch. Of course my drive has no shim stamp numbers in the shifter cavity where they're supposed to be. I wanted this to be as difficult a job as possible so I'm glad the information that's supposed to be there, isn't. Is there any other way to figure out what shim stack I'm supposed to have? I hope you guys know what I'm talking about.
  7. I blew a seal in the summer and had gear oil in my bilge. Had the upper bearings replaced as a result. Shortly after, two trips to be exact the forward gear began to slip. It takes about 7 seconds to start creating thrust. I'm fairly sure that the resulting oil loss from the blown seal wasn't good for that clutch
  8. I need to replace my cone clutch and was wondering if it's customary to replace the gear set as well. If so, is it usually the upper gear set that would be replaced or both?
  9. How much force can the bow eye handle when it's winched on?
  10. Has that fuel filter been changed?
  11. I was concerned about the amount of stress put on the boat by driving it on. Seems like a lot of power required to drag it up the bunk. If I put the trailer farther in the water then I'm dealing with the float again. I get it done but sometimes I'm doing it alone so driving on means I have to keep stopping and checking how close I am to the bow stop. Then I lose all the momentum.
  12. So after my first season of boating...ever, I managed to avoid sinking myself and anybody else. The only damage I managed to cause were minor scratches on the bow from the trailer winch arm. I have a #$^% of a time cranking it onto the trailer. The only way I can do it is to have the trailer so far in the water that the boat basically floats off the trailer. It's also at such an angle that it wants to go over the top of the winch. I can get it onto the trailer right up against the stop, by driveing it on,.but its not something I like to do. I'm not to familiar with what's out there regarding all things trailer. Are there electric or short handle winch systems with enough power to pull a heavy boat like a 270 up the bunks?
  13. Would something like a bent shifter work not effect the shift immediately and all the time? This is only happening once it's warmed up, and I didn't notice the problem until after the second time out after the repair.
  14. Personally I have always favoured a reputable rebuild place over and aftermarket alternator.
  15. There is no issue going into reverse hot, or cold.