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Rig Review: What worked and what didn't on Utah, Re-Ruined?

April 14, 2021

When I started Rig Reviews several years ago, I quickly found that after addressing a few significant items, most trips seemed to go smoothly, with relatively few notable issues - good or bad - cropping up along the way. But, on my last trip to Utah, that was far from the case. In fact, though most were minor, there were so many this time that I feel it worth listing them here, just to drive the point home:

  • Passenger rear indicator lamp has burned out
  • Driver front marker lamp has burned out
  • Hella HIDs fail to turn on, sometimes
  • Two rear bolts of the front skid plate sheared off
  • Bushings for both lower control arms (LCA) are squeaking
  • Bushings for the front diff are disintegrating
  • The alignment is out
  • The garage door opener installed in the headliner needs fixing
  • The pole bag for the CVT RTT has a hole in it

Whew. Let's get to it.

Hella HIDs Fail to Turn On (Sometimes)

TL;DR - I need to figure out why my Hella's don't come on all the time. Low priority though for me right now.

Two Rear Bolts of Front Skid Sheared Off

TL;DR - I replaced the bolts with grade 8 versions, hopefully solving the problem for good.

LCA & Front Biff Bushings Worn Out

TL;DR - Like lights, bushings wear out, and I'll be replacing several on the front of the truck. The LCA bushings are likely the cause of my misalignment as well, so I'll get that addressed after I replace the bushings.

Garage Door Opener in Headliner Needs Fixing

TL;DR - The trim piece for the garage door opener fell off on a bumpy trail. I need to secure it...more securely.

New Windshield Installed

TL;DR - I'm loving a new, clear windshield. I should (but won't) make this an annual maintenance item.

The Pole Bag for the CVT RTT has a Hole in it

TL;DR - Dropping poles into the RTT pole bag is asking for trouble. Nothing a little sewing can't fix, though.

Seemingly solved from previous Rig Reviews

  1. My Horn/Hazard Fuse has Blown Twice
  2. The Windshield Has Seen Better Days

Unchanged / Still an issue from previous Rig Reviews

There are some things that have been featured in Rig Reviews that are - as yet - unchanged from when I originally reviewed them. Rather than highlight those things again, I'll simply link to them here.

  1. Oil Leaking from Transfer Case
  2. Relentless Skid Plate Attachment
  3. The Drawer in the In-Cab Battery Cabinet Rattles
  4. Front ADS Coilover Spherical Bearings - I'm giving the new FK stainless steel bearings several thousand miles to see if they perform better.
  5. The Zipper on the CVT Tent is Shit - I don't know how I'll ever address this, short of getting a GFC.



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  1. Blair
    Blair May 11, 2021

    Get some tapered bolt head protector domes for your skid plate bolts.

    • turbodb
      turbodb May 11, 2021

      Oh nice, I'd never heard of those, but some semi-deft internetting pulled them right up. I'll have to figure out if they'll work for me, since my skids have a recess for the bolt heads, but it'd be great if I can make them work. Thanks Blair! ?

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