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#1450463 Tue May 03 2022 10:28 PM
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Had to put a gps speedometer in my 98 Ranger after the pinion bearings gave up after only 400k miles. The 1985 that donated a different rear has mechanical speedo gears in transmission while the 98 has an electronic pickup from the ring gear in the rear end. Didn't really know what "heads up display" meant so had to mount a womans compact mirror in conjunction with the gps to get a reading that wasn't backward. All's well now so took it on a 60 mile trip to pick up my meds from pharmacy and this is where the joy happens. While 4dr long beds where jacking to get into a parking space at Cosco I zipped into one at 10mph and never had to swing over to even the center line. Same un-parking, backed into my driving lane and never crowed the center stripe. If it had a locking bed cover it would soon have another 100k miles on it. I'm smiling.

coilover #1450478 Wed May 04 2022 12:04 AM
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Even ,, thats playing almost unfair to be able to use them smaller parking spots .. good for you ,, I seen a guy that welded seat belt buckles on to his tail gate at the edge and he could just reach inside and unbuckle to free his tail gate .. but maybe you meant to have yours locked up by a key ..

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coilover #1450480 Wed May 04 2022 12:09 AM
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That's one reason I wouldn't own a full size crew cab pickup. They take an acre to turn around. Even with my SuperCab long bed, it's sometimes easier to back into a parking space.

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coilover #1450530 Wed May 04 2022 12:47 PM
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Idaho 39,
Do you mean kinda like these? Also stabilizes the bed sides a bunch.


coilover #1450538 Wed May 04 2022 02:17 PM
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Originally Posted by coilover
Idaho 39,
Do you mean kinda like these? Also stabilizes the bed sides a bunch.

Yes .. and the one you have shared looks much better than the one I seen with chicken scratch welding ,, I like it when it's all done up nice

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coilover #1450691 Thu May 05 2022 03:31 PM
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Update on the $25 digital gps. YOU CAN'T drive at night; the things are brighter than a football stadium light. I hung a shop towel over it to get back home. I don't wear glasses but for someone that does the reflection would be a killer. Will try to find something translucent to put over face of gauge.

coilover #1450715 Thu May 05 2022 06:09 PM
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My Garmin GPS automatically dims its screen lighting at a predetermined time for its "night" mode. Sometimes that coincides with dusk- - - - -sometimes it's off by an hour or so. It's not a $25.00 item, though- - - -the last one I bought at a truck stop when the one I'd been using for 10 years or so finally bit the dust in the middle of a road trip was around $100.00. Since the only way I had to locate my warranty inspection client's address was with GPS, I needed one "right now!"

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coilover #1450724 Thu May 05 2022 06:50 PM
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Evan I'm in the process of making a GPS speedometer for the AD pickup. A few people have asked if I thought I could do it. You may recall I did this a couple of years ago using a Speedhut unit that works off of transmission pulses. Speedhut no longer makes the 3 3/8" GPS speedometer with the right 0 to 80mph sweep for the AD, but some guys over in China copied the Speedhut unit except for the size (they stacked all their capacitors end-up rather than on the side). Largest pain so far has been making a new housing for it, because unlike the Speedhut unit it is thicker and I have to work around that. As for the lighting, I'm disabling the LED stuff on the circuit board. I figured it would be too bright and the LED white won't match the old style bulbs. More to follow on this in about a month. I'm waiting for the guts to arrive from China.


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coilover #1450751 Thu May 05 2022 11:25 PM
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I have a GPS speedo on my phone the only drawback is it does record your highest speed and in some instances it could testify against you. dang

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