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Old 03-11-2014, 12:20 AM   #1
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Hi all and thanks in advance for welcoming me to the forum! It has already been helpful, I'm looking forward to being part of this group. I am a class A truck driver for Estes Express in the Bay Area/California. Not a whole lot of mechanical experience, but I'd like to think I am mechanically inclined. I've got a 2003 Bonneville with a non-supercharged V6, with about 185k on OD, stock/commuter. Also picked up last year a 99 K1500 Suburban/5.7 with a 6" ProComp lift on 33'* with 115K on the OD. If there are any other bay area folks, feel free to contact me- I've got plenty of tools and willing to help out for the learning experience.
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Welcome to The forum Connor!
Thanks for adding your vehicles description to the signature line, Good Work!
I also have a 3.8 in the Park ave (great engines) & a 4x4 Jeep as well.
I have always wanted a Suburban, they are very solid trucks comfortable & roomy.
I find it exceptional, that u are are offering assistance for folks in Bay area!!
Curious, do you pull anything with the Suburban?
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Welcome Connor! Glad to have a fello Californian.
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Welcome again Connor.

When I drove OTR, I went into Cali once or twice. Nice country out that way. I really miss driving out in the west.
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Welcome to the forum! I'm on my second 2003 Bonneville, or back to the first, however you want to look at it. I've had the NA and SC version and both are great. This is the best place to find information on these cars. There is so much information in fact, it can be hard to find sometimes. Feel free to pick our brains!
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I haven't pulled anything of note with the 'Burb as of yet. A small Uhaul trailer a few times, and a small enclosed 4x8 utility trailer for camping. Probably maxed out at about 1500#'* so far. The gears are stock, so with the 33'* my torque is leaving a little to be desired for acceleration and towing. When these tires need to be replaced, I'm going to most likely step it up to 35'*, in which case I'll swap out the gears for something a little taller. What Jeep do you have? I had an 87 YJ straight 6 with an aftermarket Howell fuel injection setup and a 4" rancho lift on 33'*. I loved it, but was 1 too many chickens in the coop so I let it go.

@Mike1995, I drive P&D local Bay Area- home nightly. Ill do shuttle runs on the weekends to Sacramento or Fresno, but no real OTR stuff. I'm gonna talk my wife into getting her Class A so when we retire we can get paid to tour the country. OTR is a tough life, much respect! A lot of people don't realize how tough it really is.

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Connor, Hello, wow even with ur 33'* .. that must also gobble the fuel too LOL (not funny) with 35'*-definitely going to need gears, I suppose u already know if its 4x4 u got to do the front t case as well. $$ and might as well as do DTT locker rear...while ur at it.
I better shut up before I'm to blame for your bank asking for their calendar back lol..
What Jeep do i have well its an IFS KJ (liberty 04) lifted, Ome Springs, Bilstien shocks,4 inch ttl lift with clevis, custom a-arms etc.. full skids, locker, done 2 the 9'*..$$ouch.
I can pull 5k with jeep but me boat only weighs 4 so it does ok. When I trailer, I can watch the fuel gauge go backwards at hwy speed lol, a 20 gal tank, 200 miles, it a good thing to have a master card u need it just to keep the tank full! Do u miss the 87YJ?
For main hwy runs though I have to say if I'm not pulling my Pk Ave is the only way to travel..so comfortable good stereo, and I get such great mileage with the 3.8.
I am so pleased with it.
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Yeah I definitely miss my YJ. I've got Hollister Hills off-road park (where they hold top truck challenge) about an hour from where is live, we used to go there all the time. I keep telling myself Im going to get another one, and I will, but waaay down the road. Looks like the are going to start offering them with a diesel option- That'* gonna be a tough one to pass up! Ill try to get some pics up next weekend of all my rides hopefully next weekend when I get a chance..
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