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Jan. 3, 2017, 5:59 p.m.
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Joined: July 10, 2008
Dirt not snow

Was in Powell River over the holidays. Trails were minty.

Nov. 10, 2016, 11:37 p.m.
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Joined: July 10, 2008
Dueck GM

I (work) just bought 2 trucks, last week, from Eagle Ridge GM in Coquitlam. They were great to deal with. Had everything sorted and trucks delivered in 3 days.

We contacted Dueks first. They had 2 trucks that looked good. In stock and ready to sell. After 3 days and 5 phone calls a sales guy finally called us back. It took 2 more days to get spec sheets and final prices. Then it was the weekend. We tried to set up an appointment so we could come down from Squamish to see the trucks and never got a reply. Poor communication. Felt like they really didn't want my money.

March 16, 2016, 9:25 p.m.
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Noob 4x4ing?

Has anyone tried these out yet?
http://us.coopertire.com/Tires/Light-Truck/Discoverer-A-TW.aspx

Cooper keeps making some great tires. Thinking these would be well suited for our Sequoia.

The AT-W was released last winter in the US. I believe that Canadian Tire was the only place to get them in Canada. They are a good looking tire. Nice to see another LT/SUV tire in the Cooper lineup with 3PMS. The X/T4 just wasn't cutting it. Hopefully Cooper will allow private dealers to order them soon. There was alot of interest in them.

March 16, 2016, 9:11 p.m.
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Noob 4x4ing?

So my ideal tire would be very good in snow, good on logging roads (they don't usually have deep mud), and also good on wet pavement. The Cooper AT3's sound pretty interesting, anyone have experience in snow with them?

No personal experience with the AT3 in snow but, I put a set of AT3s on a good friends 2014 Chev 1500 in October. The truck sees Squamish-[HTML_REMOVED]Burnaby 5 days a week. We had some snow up here this year and he was blown away by the traction. We did a few rips up the logging roads and into the deeper snow and his only issue was ground clearance of his front air dam.

If you want more off road oriented tire go with the KO2. It also has 3PMS (snowflake) that the AT3 does not. KO2 has a wider tread block spacing to help clear mud/rocks/snow and a square foot print that helps the side treads dig when you get into some deeper stuff. Plan to spend $800-$1000 for a set in that size.

thanks for the expert opinions. if you own/run a tire shop that's pretty fucking expert! any thoughts on the goodyear adventure at's, l/t? newer version of the silent armors. i have them on my Fronty and i'm happy with them so far (about a yr).

I cant compete with CTs pricing on Goodyear products so dont have to much to say about them. Have seen a few sets on some 4runners and light pickups and everybody is happy. The KEVLAR goodyear products are some of the toughest tire casings out there so i would suspect that the SILENT ARMOR shares some of that technology but that is just a guess.

March 11, 2016, 11:37 p.m.
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Noob 4x4ing?

Wahoo!!! Truck tire chat. I'm a geek for truck tires. A benefit of owning a tire and service shop is being able to run any tire I want whenever I want. I generally swap out tires every month. Average 1500-2000km per month of on and off road driving, mostly off road. I run them on a Nissan Frontier. I run 235/85R16, 265/75R16 and 285/75R16 in D and E rated tires. In the past year I have had BFG A/T KO2 3PMS, General Grabber AT2 3PMS, Cooper Discoverer AT3, Hercules Trail Digger MT, Nexen Rodian MT, Westlake CR857+ 3PMS, Atturo Trail Blade MT, Unroyal Laredo HD 3PMS Studded, and Hercules TerraTrac D/T.

The Cooper AT3 is by far the best overall tire I have used and is the only tire that I have kept. Excellent on road manners in dry, wet and snow. Have seen sets with 70K and still plenty of usable tread. Lots of tread siping and handles as good as a winter tire. Only issue off roading was steep sloppy/muddy hills. Tread packed with mud but cleaned out quickly with some wheel spin. They also have a bit of a softer sidewall so were squirmey at low tire pressure (20psi) on gravel. AT3 is not as expensive as BFGs.

If you want a tire geared more towards off road and don't mind spending a few $$$ look at the Toyo Open Country CT, although you might have an issue with tire size. Not sure if they come in 15". Choose KO2s over Grabber AT2. KO2 has better rubber. AT2s are hard and get harder over time. They are a good tire but it's worth spending a bit more for the KO2.

If you want a good "budget" tire have a look at the Hercules TerraTrac AT2.

Dec. 18, 2015, 6:47 p.m.
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KNIPEX

The self locking alligator pliers are bad ass. I have had a set for 3 years and they get used daily. $100 for 3 sizes off the snap on truck. Well worth it.

Nov. 27, 2015, 7:56 p.m.
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When is it time to put on the winter tires?

Good discussion. I have an auto repair and tire business in Squamish. We are a new business and this is our first winter. In October I contacted the Squamish RCMP to get info re: winter tires. I was told that passenger vehicles should have winter rated (snowflake mountain/3PMS) with good tread (5/32+) for travel between Squamish/Whistler or M+S tires with chains. Even a 4wd truck would need to have chains/studs if it does not have a 3PMS tire.

Nov 1st the winter tire rush started and is continuing. People up here have been waiting for the temps to drop befor getting the winters put on.

Oct. 16, 2015, 7:02 p.m.
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Small trucks

A friend just bought a 2015 Colorado crew cab w/ 3.6L V6 for new for $35K. The diesel was close to $50k on pre order with an estimated delivery time of a few months.

Sept. 24, 2015, 8:17 p.m.
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RC cars

2wd buggies and trucks are fun if you have a good track to race or wide open places. They get a bit boring ripping up and down the road. If you want to be able to wander around on trails and such stick with a 4wd trail truck or crawler. Scale trucks are fun to play with when walking with the kids.

Brushed motors are fine when you are just getting into the game. Brushless motors and LiPo batteries are next level but cost a few bucks. When you start getting into messing with electronics it can get really expensive. I have a 2wd brushless Traxxas Slash and it is fast and fun for ripping on tracks but is useless everywhere else. My GMade R1 Crawler is for walks with the kids and bashing in the bushes. The crawlers is good for kids because it's not to fast, and I have a lot of fun with it finding lines when the kids get bored.

https://traxxas.com/products/models/electric/58034slash
http://gmade.net/dealer/index.php?main_page=product_info[HTML_REMOVED]products_id=427

Sept. 22, 2015, 8:52 p.m.
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NSMB Automotive Thread ( Q&A, Car Porn, etc)

Replaced a 4L80 last week. 2wd 2500 Express Van. Parts and labour $3200. Might be a bit more labour on 4wd because of the T-case. Those ATs have problems so most dealers will have at least one in stock.

Sept. 15, 2015, 9:11 p.m.
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Noob 4x4ing?

Tricouni is a nice area to explore. With a bit of clearance and decent tires and you can get close to the lake.

Ashlu is good as well. Good amount of exploring to be had out there. Parking at the old mine area and exploring on food is fun.

Stawamus/Indian FSR has some loose sections. Nice cruise out there. The washout at 24km is a bit rough. Only recommended if you know what your doing and have at least a second truck if things get exciting. Made it across with my Frontier this summer but had to pull a friend through with his Tacoma. We left a third truck on the Squamish side just in case.

July 28, 2015, 5:56 p.m.
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irresponsible dog owner in shouting match

Video is gone on account of the man having a mental disorder.

July 15, 2015, 9 p.m.
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Squamish 2015 Trail Conditions

Or. Park at Alice, head up and ride Rupert via 50 or up the road for an easier start, loop back up tracks and over to credit. Climb up jacks after credit and head up to crouching, or rigz if your legs are up for it. Finish with a mellow Pedal back up jacks to Alice.

Then go to Watershed for grub.

July 13, 2015, 5:32 p.m.
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Nissan Xterra

Timing chain/tensioner/guide issues on 05-06 4.0L engines, and trans cooler issues. I have an 06 Frontier w/ 4.0L and auto, 220K and have hade no issues. Under sprung from factory so expect to be replacing leaf springs on a 10yr old vehicle.

June 29, 2015, 7:49 p.m.
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Camping this weekend

Went up with the little one today. What a nice little lake and dead easy to get to. First time exploring that area. Watch for rock trucks hauling if you go up mid week. Pulled an old Dakota out of the first creek crossing. I had no issues. Crawled up and down in 4Low. Lots of loose sharp rocks. Dragging my hitch through some of the cross ditches.
Nissan Frontier with a leveling kit and 32" pizza cutter mudders.

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