Join Date: Mar 2000
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Re: Decision Time.. Need honest axle advice
The guys over at Maximum Off Road are very competent fabricators and mechanics. Greg (co owner and chief mechanic), is a very professional mechanic and fabricator. They were experimenting with some very effective coil suspensions, when I was there, and they test their work very hard, on their trail runs. Even if Greg, were to not agree with a customer on axle choice or modification as his 1st choice, I would certainly trust him with my rig, to perform the work at the highest level of quality. He is a very impressive mechanic, I would highly recommend him, for any future shop work.
I feel your pain, in regaurds to the slim pickjens at the salvage yards there in Vegas. I think they send all of there junk to LA, cause I couldnt find anything there.
I looked high and low for a Ford truck NP435, and found 1 for $750, and the attitude was take or leave it,(I left it). When I got to Sacramento, Ca, I needed another NP435 for a repair. I spent about an hour on the phone to local yards in rancho Cordova and surrounding areas, and found 6 of them priced below $250 with warranties. The yards were actually calling me back to see when I would be comming down to pick upo the tranny, ie:"Is that price to high?","Come on down Ill knock off a $100, I got em piled up in the yard". I finaly settled on one without warranty for $100.
Give Greg a call if you need some help, tell him I sent ya, he will take good care of you.
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