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Custom Hood Grills

Special announcement


As promised, this week we would like to disclose our reveal of a special hood grill for the HMMWV.   

But before we do, a quick reminder. By now everyone knows that was the first to introduce special HMMWV hood grills.  I’m sure everyone also knows that we make similar items for 5 ton and can make custom grills with your desired logo.   So, if you would like any of our standard designs for your 5 Ton, or if you would like a custom one made just for you, then please feel free to reach out to us directly. 

With all that said, here is our official reveal of our new custom grill.  We have pre-made only 4 of these for sale but based on demand we will produce more.  You can be one of the very first ones to own it by order here.


We also have other designs ready to ship.  You can order any one of these variations here

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6.5L GEP Turbo HMMWV

So, we’re going to try blogging while on the road.  No, I’m not wring this while driving, I’m atcually at SubWay.  So, I’m headed to the annual IV8888 show.   I’ll be linking up with Jeff from GearReport  and the rest of the IV8888 crew.

Im actually on the road with my newly installed 6.5L GEP turbo motor in my MasterCraft HMMWV.   Just like any turbo she takes time to spool up.  She really shows her true colors at the higher speeds.  Just check out this video of me on the fast lane, kind of going too fast.

She’s doing grea!

While we were at it we also flushed and cleaned the whole cooling system.  It’s so efficient now that I was actually worried about the truck running too cool.

Next note worthy update was an upgrade to a 80MPH Speedometer.


Here are some pictures of the engine.


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AM General up for Sale?

According to it appears that AM General may be up for sale again.   Who wants to create a pool and buy it :)?  Wouldn’t that be nice, but not likely.  Maybe one day, but not today.

According to Reuters: Potential bidders include competitors in the military ground vehicle market, such as General Dynamics (GD.N), Oshkosh Corp (OSK.N) and BAE Systems PLC (BAES.L) according to two people familiar with the matter. Auto makers like FIAT Chrysler (FCHA.MI) and General Motors Co (GM.N) may also be potential buyers, one of the sources added.

What do you think this mean for the private market?  Is this a good thing or a bad thing, leave a comment and voice your opinion.

Let’s keep our eyes and ears close and see how this plays out.



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AM General contract to upgrade Army HMMWV

According to the Army has awarded AM General another $51.3 million to modernize the HMMWVs.   This contract was announced by the Department of Defense (DoD) this last Monday.

According to the DoD all work will be performed South Bend, Indiana.  Which is estimated to be completed by end of 2019.

Photo source: Photo by:Maj. Michael Garcia
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How To Install Locking Spindle Nut

This article will focus on installing a Locking Spindle Nut, which can be purchased here.  At the end of this article, there will be a few bonus items.

Note: This article is not intended to replace your Training Manual / Owner Manual, please use this article to only supplement.

For a video of the content below, please watch this YouTube video.

You want to first start with draining the existing gear oil by removing the drain plug using a 5/16 Allen wrench.  The drain plug is items number 4 within the first image below.  You want to open this plug and allow it to completely drain.

Next you want to remove the steering arm cover, which will expose the existing spindle nut.  To do this, you’ll need a 3/4 socket.   Within the first image below, item number 5 is the steering arm cover, and items 6 and 7 are referencing the nuts to be removed in this step.

Note:  You may have to remove the tie rod end / radius rod end from the steering arm cover.  On trucks with CTIS, disconnecting of the arm may be required since it is almost impossible to get the cover back on without folding the lip of the seal.

Next you want to remove all of the old gasket from the steering arm cover and the geared hub.   After which you want to dry off any of the old gear oil.

Next you want to bend back (away from the retaining nut) the locking tabs on your existing lock-washer.  Then, using a retaining nut wrench / socket you want to remove the retaining nut, lock-washer, and keyed washer.

Next you want to start to install your Locking Spindle Nut.  You want to take the notched washer and install that onto your spindle.

Next you want to install your grooved spindle nut per the instructions for your specific vehicle.  In our case, using a 1 3/4 socket, we hand tightened the nut, then using a torque wrench we tightened it to 40 pounds per foot.  After tightening, we spun the spindle 5 times clockwise and 5 times counterclockwise.  Then, we loosened the nut, and tightened it back to 25 pounds per foot.

Next you want to install your locking retainer and and the snap ring.   The locking retainer will have one of 6 position to which it may securely lock onto.   To install the snap rings you will need large snap ring pliers.  It is critical to make sure your locking retainer and snap ring are in place correctly.

Next you want to install your steering arm cover.  To do that, we applied The Right Stuff One Minute Gasket around the steering arm cover.  Then you want to place the steering arm cover in position and hand tighten the 4 bolts previously removed.  Then using your torque wrench, you want to tighten all four bolts to the appropriate torque, in our case 65 pounds per foot.

Next you want to clean off your drain plug and reinstall it.  After which you want to remove your fill plug and replenish your gear oil to the appropriate level.  Once the gear oil has been filled you want to reinstall your fill plug and torque it to the appreciate setting.  In our case, we used 80W-90 gear oil, and torqued the fill plug to 10 pounds per foot.


Bonus content:

Since you have the geared hubs exposed, you might as well as check your bearing.


Since you have the tire off, you might as well as check to make sure your shafts are seated completely.

Since you have the tire off, you might as well as check all of your joints.  In this case we’re going to look at the boll joints. If needed, such as in this case, refill the grease, or maybe consider changing the boll joints.

Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day!