Hey all! It has been quite a few years that I made it to these parts and glad to see that the site still thrives and at least some of the people I remember are still around. Really surprised that you all let that Zippy-dude stay here
I still have my truck and it is still in its heavily modified state and has been running pretty good. It still has less than 40k miles on it and only use it now to pull my boat to the Potomac river on weekends or if I need to haul something. My wallet would not support me using it to drive to work in Washington DC traffic. Luckily I have a car that was left to me in a divorce a few years back.
Anyway, I want to add a new alternator but was unsure as to which one was working really well for everyone. I know there is a factory 145A direct replacement model to replace my factory 105A. Does this work for '03 models? I have read some posts on here that there are differences between the models and just want to make sure if I went that route I would have everything I needed if I had to modify something. Has anyone tried the DB Electric 220A model, and if so, how has it been working for you? they claim direct replacement for factory with no mods needed.
I also have a feeling that my belt tensioner has grown tired after 11yrs and is a little weak. I shredded a belt a couple of years back and noticed how easy it was to put the new belt on. It hasn't caused me any problems but every time I put a little gas into it I think back to the time it shredded and wonder if it is going to do it again. I thought I remembered back i the '05-'06 timeframe someone going to a better aftermarket version and would like to look into that before giving into the factory design. If anyone has any experience in that area, please provide info.
And the last thing...I was deployed overseas when the recall came out for the gauge cluster replacement. I really need to get that fixed as nearly all of my gauges are fixed in some strange position and don't really work at all. Has anyone done this on their own or is this a dealership thing only? I could see them possibly saying they needed to touch the BCM or PCM when this is done, but not sure if that is true or not?
Anyway, hope everyone has been doing well. Thanks for the time and responses. Happy Memorial Day!