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General Discussion / Re: DEA/DOJ tracking license plates across country in real time
« Last post by henschman on January 29, 2015, 12:12:29 pm »
Cool, I now have a new use for my .22  LR.
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I've seen them, they typically have them set up at the border checkpoints at state lines here in AZ that border CA and NM... which are designed to erradicate alternate routes for the obvious reasons: the War of Drugs and War against illegal immigration, ad infinitum. I've not seen one on the NM/TX border on I-10 outside El Paso, yet. They aren't just catologing the plate number, they are getting facial recognition - quality photos... At night, the flash from the cameras is so bright, it nearly blinds you!
Places I've not seen them are within the state (so far).
Traveling around the USSA as often as I do, Leviathan just doesn't stop destroying all forms of privacy.

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Thanks to Freeman, I started reading through stories found on Vice. This one story picked my interest because it went into the methods used to catch counterfitters (except those at the Federal Reserve) and it included how they use darknet... Interesting story: https://news.vice.com/article/the-counterfeiting-missionary-and-the-fake-pittsburgh-playboy

Two take aways... oftentimes we can count on the ineptitude of government to always make life harder/easier, depending on what day and the topics we discuss, (I think all of us know that) but in the case of gray and black markets, government has unlimited unlimited funds to to catch the worst offenders, because they always 'legitimately' counterfeit the money they spend to catch a conterfeiter.

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General Discussion / Re: Upgrading rear differential
« Last post by Chris on January 28, 2015, 08:43:50 am »
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I want to see if the fuel economy bounces back up after replacing the diff, and get a feel for the improvement in traction and climb power.  If I get some of my missing 2MPG back, I'll consider losing it to new gearing.  If not, I'll stick with 3.21.

That's a good idea. I'd bet your lost fuel economy is due to a biased o2 sensor.

In theory, your fuel mileage should've increased with the open diff. Less mechanical draw.
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General Discussion / Re: Upgrading rear differential
« Last post by AZRedhawk44 on January 28, 2015, 08:30:30 am »
I've lost about 2MPG from when the truck was new.  I used to get about 18 or so, now I'm down to 16.

It also used to do better off-road, particularly on rocky and bouncy climbs.  I believe it came with a limited slip diff, but I've burned out the clutch packs on it and now it just spins open.

I want to see if the fuel economy bounces back up after replacing the diff, and get a feel for the improvement in traction and climb power.  If I get some of my missing 2MPG back, I'll consider losing it to new gearing.  If not, I'll stick with 3.21.
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General Discussion / Re: Upgrading rear differential
« Last post by Chris on January 28, 2015, 08:22:33 am »
The gears you have now are almost strictly for better fuel mileage. Your truck will feel new just by upgrading the gears.
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General Discussion / Re: Upgrading rear differential
« Last post by Chris on January 28, 2015, 08:21:13 am »
It's a 3.21 rear axle ratio.  No intentions on changing it currently, but I'm tentatively open to considering.  What benefit would I see from a 4.10 as you suggested?  Any loss of fuel economy or top speed capability?

The engine doesn't have to work as hard to produce the same output to the wheels. Better towing capacity, better hauling, better off-roading, better unassing of a crappy situation. However, fuel mileage will suffer a bit at highway speeds, as rpms are higher.
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General Discussion / Re: Upgrading rear differential
« Last post by AZRedhawk44 on January 28, 2015, 08:11:27 am »
It's a 3.21 rear axle ratio.  No intentions on changing it currently, but I'm tentatively open to considering.  What benefit would I see from a 4.10 as you suggested?  Any loss of fuel economy or top speed capability?
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General Discussion / Re: Upgrading rear differential
« Last post by Chris on January 28, 2015, 08:04:19 am »
From the recall article....

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Washington FCA US LLC said Friday it is recalling nearly 257,000 Dodge Ram pickups in the United States because a loose nut may cause the rear axle to seize.

I'm more concerned with the loose nut behind the wheel! JK, AZR, JK!  ;D
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General Discussion / Re: Upgrading rear differential
« Last post by Chris on January 28, 2015, 08:00:27 am »
Also, call the dealer and give the parts dept. your VIN. They will tell you exactly what rear you have in your truck.
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