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I washed mine today. Might have been the first time this year. o_O
I have only ridden it 3 or 4 times this whole year. :(



I've been spending most of my free time working on the old Ford truck I bought last November.



I am currently replacing the old tired 390 with this rebuilt 1966 Mercury Marauder 410 4V.
It should be the perfect engine for the old truck. ;)
 

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Added some wheel chocks to my quad deck to keep the Brute from rockin back and forth while driving. Keeps her rock solid now!!
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I did very little riding this year, barely 500 miles since July last year.


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The throttle bores are still spotless so the good ole $3 OE air filters are doing their job. (y)



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And its about time Kawasaki came out with a new improved formula ultimate performance full synthetic engine oil. :eek: :LOL:


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The old truck has been eating a lot of my time off.
I found a 1966 Mercury Marauder 410 in Colorado Springs back in the end of May.
In 1966 Mercury took a 428 crankshaft and cast new pistons and put them in a 390.
So its essentially a stroked 390.
Mercury only produced them for two years.
I feel very fortunate to have found this one.
It runs like a $$million.
 

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Got some new wheels and tires mounted on the Brute. Dwt Diablo beadlock wheels and Sedona Ripsaw tires.
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Your gas milage probably is to haha
Yes, and top speed. And she won't wheelie in high range now, only in low.
But I will take an increase in handling, dependability, and traction over mileage and wheelies any day.
 

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Yes, and top speed. And she won't wheelie in high range now, only in low.
But I will take an increase in handling, dependability, and traction over mileage and wheelies any day.
How much heavier are those new wheels over stock ?
 

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How much heavier are those new wheels over stock ?
Hardly anything lighter then the stock Dunlops. 2-play with a 4ply rating skins..some people use them quite a while but most blow them pretty fast. I know kickstart was one of those guys cause of where he rides. Can't have them. My Reapers were pretty heavy but I'll trade a little power loss for no flat-worries any day.
 

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How much heavier are those new wheels over stock ?
Probably in the neighborhood of 3x.
I'd say the wheels are about average weight for an aftermarket wheel, but these tires are definitely on the heavy side.
 

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Hardly anything lighter then the stock Dunlops. 2-play with a 4ply rating skins..some people use them quite a while but most blow them pretty fast. I know kickstart was one of those guys cause of where he rides. Can't have them. My Reapers were pretty heavy but I'll trade a little power loss for no flat-worries any day.
I actually got stranded last week about 35 miles from the truck. Had a nail go into the tread portion of the Dumflops. The nail was keeping most of the air in, but it eventually pushed through after riding about 10 miles while pumping it up every couple miles. When I finally got a tire plug in it, I could see that the rubber was only about a millimeter thick!

With these beadlock wheels and these Ripsaw tires, I know I could run them with no air whatsoever for as long as needed. In fact, I might just run like one pound pressure in all four tires all the time as stiff as these are. When I had five pounds in them yesterday, I couldn't get them to flex even when I stood on them.
 
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