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    Geolandar I/T G072 vs Studded Aggressive AT

    Well... Anyway... The tire shop I like to do business with made a very good argument for Studded DuraTracs instead of the GeoLander I/T. The Geolanders in that size are hard to come by, and may be hard to replace if I have a problem with one. On the other hand, they always stock at least 4...
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    fuel efficient tires

    We run Continental Control Contact Touring A/S on the volvo in 3+ seasons, only swapping to dedicated studded winter tires when it snows. These continental touring tires claim to have an "eco" tech of some sort, lower rolling resistance, but still have a pretty deep tread with lots of siping...
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    Geolandar I/T G072 vs Studded Aggressive AT

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: fsdork</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I ran a set of G072s on a FWD Escape for a few winters, and was as happy with them as I have been with any other studless winter. Other studless winter tires I have used include...
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    Geolandar I/T G072 vs Studded Aggressive AT

    I just acquired 4 more GM original rims for my H3. I intend to put 315/75-16 rubber on it all around, on all 9 rims. A set of 5 for 3+ season use, and a set of 4 winter/snow/ice dedicated tires. The options for dedicated snow/ice tires in this size are limited. I'm looking for anyone who can...
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    Duratrac or trailrunner

    Based on reading lots of reviews and threads on the subject... I'd probably suggest looking at DuraTrac's competitor from cooper, the S/T MAXX. It has a tougher/stiffer sidewall, harder rubber compound, and a quieter running tread pattern, especially when compared at higher mileage. The S/T MAXX...
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    Best and Worst SET of tires you've ever put on

    Best: Any tire within its first year or first 10K miles or so being used in an application its tread pattern and rubber compound are good for. Worst: Any tire after ~4-5+years. Any tire getting low on tread depth. Any tire being used in an application it isn't optimized for. ----------------...
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    tire inflator 12 v or 120v or BOTH??

    At home I have a DEWALT DWFP55130 compressor. It's perfect for a small garage and I keep it tucked away on a shelf, plugged in ready to go with hose hanging next to it and a nice digital air chuck in the tool box for it. Works great for filling tires very quickly, and also has enough power to...
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    GM 89021806 ? Gimmick? Alternatives?

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: MolaKule</div><div class="ubbcode-body">But that can also mean it <span style="font-style: italic">sheared down</span> in viscosity, or someone has installed a thinner viscosity MT fluid in the past. Without an analysis...
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    GM 89021806 ? Gimmick? Alternatives?

    Reviewing my thoughts about all the fluid changes I was doing yesterday.... The transmission fluid that came out of the H3 seemed very thin as well. I suspect the factory fill was with GM's "10cSt" range of OEM fluids. One thing I noticed on this transmission, a bit of a "whine" in 5th gear at...
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    GM 89021806 ? Gimmick? Alternatives?

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: MolaKule</div><div class="ubbcode-body">What is the part number on the bottle? If it is 811095 then that is the 10.0 cSt MTF, not the 14 cSt MTF you need. I would have to disagree with Valvoline if they crossed...
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    GM 89021806 ? Gimmick? Alternatives?

    Found Valvoline syncromesh fluid at the local store for $10/qt with the GM part number I need right on the bottle!
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    GM 89021806 ? Gimmick? Alternatives?

    Thanks MolaKule! More options! nice! As I look at those options, I'm picking up on the key words that seem to be important... For this transmission, an API GL-4 75w-90 that is optimized for use in syncromesh transmissions seems to be the running theme with a few cross references to the GM...
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    GM 89021806 ? Gimmick? Alternatives?

    14Accent, That's an excellent suggestion! I had no idea redline had a product for this. Sure enough they have that GM part number listed as an OEM application for the MT-90. I'm likely going to be installing skid plates, winch, rock-sliders, and 35" rubber on the H3. This means more rolling...
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    GM 89021806 ? Gimmick? Alternatives?

    I just bought a new-to-me used 09 Hummer H3 with ~65K miles. I'll be swapping all fluids in the coming months as part of routine new-ownership maintenance. The manual transmission calls for GM 89021806. "75W-90 GL-3" The Aisin AR-5 transmission is also found in several years of isuzu...
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    Which would you choose? (Volvo XC70)

    $23.88 for 5 quarts of 0w40 M1 at wally world. + $5-6 each for mahle brand OE filter online = win -------- $20 filters are never free in those deals. I actually just picked up a Mahle filter to get an order for other parts over the $50 free shipping minimum from fcpeuro. Now that I see...
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    Which would you choose? (Volvo XC70)

    Thanks Magnus. I did see a Castrol/Volvo chart showing some fancy pants castrol oil we can't even buy around here, (SLX, IIRC), and 18K intervals recommended with it. If they are doing that on the OE filters then I won't worry about it. --------- Hessam, The M1 filter is not likely to be free...
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    New Rust Converter Research Results

    Hey that's pretty cool. I've been using the Rustoleum Reformer stuff under my isuzu lately to stop rust. Seems to work really nicely to provide a semi-durable prepped surface. I guess that was a good pick after-all! I need to finish what I started though and hit the frame and other metal under...
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    Car veers to the left when braking

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Benson96</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I have a 2005 Saturn ion that pulls hard to the left when I apply the brakes. The car also veers left while driving at normal speed, even after two alignments done at a local shop...
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    All terrain Tires - What to look for

    I run Duratrac 235/85-16's on the old rodeo, which is similar in weight/size to the colorado. This is an oversize tire in this application but actually skinnier than stock. I like the duratrac's and I like them skinny. Great winter traction. Usually run around on icy snow-packed roads in RWD...
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    should i raise up a grade in this climates summers

    <img src="http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b72/mdocod/volvo%20xc70/Screenshot_2015-06-19_11-53-38.jpg" class="post-image" alt="" /> Almost every car I have ever owned has had some sort of "chart" and recommendation similar to the above. In summery, they have all said the same sort of thing...
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