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  1. #326
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    I get 16 mpg from a diesel crewcab with 388,000 miles.
    That new Titan you got looks nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Fin View Post
    Correct. Post #285 shows what the final solution was.
    Did you have a picture with the parts transferred?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keeptrying View Post
    Did you have a picture with the parts transferred?
    Here's a video with all of it transferred.

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    "Hunt when you can. You're gonna run outta health before you run outta money."

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    Good to see you are able to chain up all four tires, so many new trucks these days are not capable. The equipment you have in the back is pretty much the same stuff I keep in my truck as well. Since I live in southern NV where temps can reach 110-115 on a regular basis I keep the 5 gallon water container you mentioned in my truck all year round. I just renew the water every couple of months, I don't know how long it would keep without getting some kind of stale taste to it.
    Looks like you'll get a lot of good use from your truck for a long time.
    When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money.

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    Very nice. I will need to stay with my 2003 F250 for a couple more years, but hope to find a replacement that does some of the things this one doesn't. Really need to look for a locking differential setup for the time being, and a second spare.

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    Nice rig Randy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 02350FC View Post
    Fin,
    Have you looked into the F150 diesel coming out? My partner at work has the dodge and two of us have 350 dieels and love them but thought the dodge diesel was a bit gutless. Ford did a good job on the super duty diesel I expect good things for the halfton as well. And it's American made in Kentucky I believe. Some articles have estimated 30 mpg for that truck.
    This is very interesting! I've not heard of this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hookedonhunting View Post
    This is very interesting! I've not heard of this.
    Available mid-year 2018.

    http://www.caranddriver.com/news/201...sel-power-news

    The problem with this is two-fold (for me). First, Diesel is more expensive around here by about 25 cents a gallon (minimum, often more). And - there's a huge upcharge for the diesel engine. Doing the math - I'd need to drive a diesel close to 300,000 miles to break even on costs, even with the better gas mileage. Being that I usually trade up 7-8 years and 125-150k miles for reliability reasons - I'd be buying the diesel just because I want it, not because it made sense. It still doesn't make sense for me even if diesel cost the same per gallon, unless I want to bank on my trade in or resale being significantly higher 8 years down the road.

    That said, I WANT one of these. No rational reason whatsoever...

    http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/...ab-test-review

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    These new diesel trucks are barely broken in at 125-150k miles.
    When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money.

    Cree Prophecy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gr8bawana View Post
    These new diesel trucks are barely broken in at 125-150k miles.
    I'm not worried about the engine - it's everything else that starts to land you in the shop with regularity... Same with diesel or gas. In fact - I've never had a vehicle of any make where the engine started giving me issues, they've all been sold or retired for other reasons.

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    I purchased a Nissan Titan in 2004 and have been driving it in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho ever since - without any serious trouble. For several months, I have been trying to decide on a replacement. Because of my good experience with the Titan, I have been leaning towards a gas 2017 Titan (non-XD) with the off-road package. So, this thread - all 300+ posts - has been very helpful, particularly since you outlined criteria that are similar to my own - weighted heavily to durability and utility for real world western hunting use. Fin, I was anxiously awaiting the conclusion you reached about the 2017 gas Titan (non-XD) and am hoping you can shed more light on why you opted for the first generation Titan as opposed to the 2nd generation. I also find the column shifter disappointing but many other aspects of the Titan would seem to outweigh that. Can you provide more insight? Are there other features that would make it less useful for western hunting or less functional in general? Is there something that you feel might make it less reliable in the mountains or over time?
    thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by High Desert View Post
    Fin, I was anxiously awaiting the conclusion you reached about the 2017 gas Titan (non-XD) and am hoping you can shed more light on why you opted for the first generation Titan as opposed to the 2nd generation. I also find the column shifter disappointing but many other aspects of the Titan would seem to outweigh that. Can you provide more insight? Are there other features that would make it less useful for western hunting or less functional in general? Is there something that you feel might make it less reliable in the mountains or over time?
    thanks,
    At the time I made the purchase decision, accelerated by the fact we were heading on the road for another seasons, the half-ton gas model was not available. As such, I didn't have a chance to look it over and evaluate it for the demands we place on a truck. That said, when I was in Tennessee in March, I stopped by the Nissan HQ and the chief engineer gave me the full tour of the new gas version. It looked very good for my use. Dimensions fit my use for tight spots and approach/break-over angles, upgrade to the drive train/tranny will make my towing even easier, gas mileage has increased, and the off-road package of the PRO-4X has received some upgrades in the off-road equipment.

    That tour really got me thinking about the new gas model. But, having already written a big check for the one you see that I bought last August, odds are I will not be writing another big check just to drive the new model.

    I did halfheartedly tell the chief engineer, a serious hunter who grew up on a ranch in the Owyhee Country of Idaho, that if Nissan wanted to give me a new gas model to abuse and give feedback, I could probably rest my 2015 model for the season and let him know how well the new version held up. He smiled and commented that we would be as good of an endurance/abuse experiment as he could design. As I left, he said, "Let me see about that truck idea." Not sure if he was serious or not.

    Given my complete satisfaction with how Nissan builds trucks that can withstand what I put them through, the new gas model Titan would have been very high on my list if it had been available when I was doing my research last summer. I've seen them on dealer lots this spring and I've decided to keep driving past, so to not be tempted to part with more money.
    My name is Randy Newberg and I approved this post. What is written is my opinion, and my opinion only.

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    Thank you for the detailed reply!

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    buddy of mine has the new rebel, Ford just put in new heads in to. 7k miles on the truck.
    My other buddy has a raptor, and its a very roomy truck and no issues with it yet, but very expensive imo.
    Fear God, Love your neighbor & Shoot Elk

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    +1 as to the Headwater Seat Covers. I've had them in my Titan for quite some time and they fit like a glove and are nearly bullet proof!

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    I read this thread over a couple of times and although the response is aa bit late I think you made a sound rational choice of vehicle. Of all the trucks out there it is still one of the few that actually looks like a pickup truck.

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    also loved the truck dump video

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    Great thread Randy - thanks to all who contributed. I was wondering if anyone has confirmed that tire chains can be used on the front tires of the 2017 Titan. I've checked the manual and as expected it says "Tire chains must be installed only on the rear wheels and not on the front wheels."

    Also, it seems that the front end of the Titan is a bit long, making the approach angle worse than the 2015. A leveling kit upfront would help, but I'm wondering if this single fact makes the 2015 Titan the most useful for what we do. Thoughts anyone?

    I'm also considering the Tundra even if a rear locker is needed. The 6.5 bed with a more usable rear seat and a 38 gallon tank are huge pluses over the Titan. I have not heard of a way to get chains on the fronts of Tundra yet. If anyone has cracked this riddle, you'd be a saint to share it here.

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    Type S chains are your best bet.
    I don't kill rattlesnakes, and I don't eat sharks. It's a mutually beneficial arrangement..

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    I run chains on my tundra all winter. It's the tacoma that gets tight.
    Elitist Hunter

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoseChung21 View Post
    Great thread Randy - thanks to all who contributed. I was wondering if anyone has confirmed that tire chains can be used on the front tires of the 2017 Titan. I've checked the manual and as expected it says "Tire chains must be installed only on the rear wheels and not on the front wheels."
    The manual on the 2005-2015 Titans says the same thing. You just need to inspect closely and make sure your chain design and installation allows for clearance. Make sure you inspect for when you are turning, also. Turning can cause some narrower clearances when running chains on the front.
    My name is Randy Newberg and I approved this post. What is written is my opinion, and my opinion only.

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