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Meet the guys at Predator

Jeff, Paul, Sen, Rusty, Chito, and Randy work diligently to complete the conversions, upgrades and general maintenance on vehicles. At any given time we have 5 or more Hummers in the shop for conversions. The guys are the very best at what they do and take great pride in their work. It may seem like your job isn’t going as fast as you would like, but they are the best and take satisfaction in knowing that the job is done right.

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Hummer Club Run

 

 

If you missed the Hummer Club run Feb. 24 thru the 26th, you missed out on a lot of fun.

Predator Motorsports had some of their Off Road Tactical Team available to give instructions and guide the participants. They were able to learn a few things that they didn’t realize they could do. We want to Thank everyone that participated, on behalf of the Wounded Warrior foundation. We would also like to Thank Borrrego and the Anza Borrego State for all their hospitality.

 

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Tech Notes From Dan: FSD / PMD

In 1994 GM came out with the 6.5 turbo diesel engine. This is roughly the same engine used in the Hummer (H1) from 1996 to 2005. Here at Predator we get a lot of calls from people that are having trouble with their engines. The main complaints seems to be a rough running engine, will not start after shutting down, dies as they are driving along, etc. The list goes on and on. Usually we ask if they are getting a check engine light and if so, do they know what code is coming up (this usually takes a Tech2 Scanner to analyze). If you go to a dealer and he gets a code of 1216, 1217 or 1218, they will probaby tell you that you have a bad fuel injection pump and you need to replace it. This is because in the repair manual, these codes relate to the injection pump. In 99% of the time you have a good pump and a bad Fuel System Driver (FSD), also known as a Pump Mounted Drive (PMD) which is mounted directly on the side of the injection pump. There is no single code to differentiate between a bad fuel injection pump or a bad PMD. If you elect to have the injection pump replaced, this will usually fix the problem because in the overhaul of the pump a new PMD is installed. This will usually cost around $4,000.00. The real problem is in the design.

GM decided to mount the PMD on the side of the injection pump where it would be cooled by the fuel going into the injection pump. It sounds good and works most of the time in the pick up truck lineup however in the Hummer, the engine lacks airflow over the top of the engine. Additionally, the PMD unit is heat soaked as soon as the engine is turned off . So by changing the injection pump you are still faced with the same design flaw. It isn’t “IF” it fails but “WHEN” it fails. Several years ago I was in Indiana at a Hummer home coming and got to talk to one of AMG instructors who told me he always carries a spare PMD in his pocket when he goes off-roading. He said it has saved him many times. The real solution on the market is a PMD Isolator Kit which relocates the PMD onto a heat sink. There are a number of units on the market that accomplish this however most all are designed for the GM Pick Up Truck and don’t actually relocate it away from the engine. This is ok for GM Trucks however with our lack of airflow across the engine, it is a serious problem for the heat sink to disipate the heat it absorbs. When we began R&D for a solution for the H1 Hummer, we looked at a number of options before coming up with our system. We did not like the cooling fins because they tend to clog up in dirt and mud. Also we see the same problem occurring if you mount the new PMD inside the engine bay.

The solution for us was to relocate the PMD onto a flat plate heat sink and relocate it in the fender well area, far away from the engine. This solution has proved to add many years of trouble free service to the H1 lineup. If you suspect a bad PMD, shoot us a call and we will be happy to help you diagnose the problem over the phone.

Dan Wilson

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Palm Canyon Wounded Warrior Run with the Hummer Club

We invite all Hummer owners to come participate with The Hummer Club and Predator Motorsports for the: Palm Canyon Wounded Warrior Run February 24, 25 & 26 2012 in Borrego Springs, CA 92004 for more information please contact John Herr chicagoan@vcweb.org 619-905-1965

This is going to be a great event, Predator Motorsports will have our Off Road Training instructors out to enjoy and supervise.  Please come out and support this great cause, let’s show our support for the Wounded Warriors!!

You can register online at http://www.thehummerclubinc.com

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Predator ‘Black Box’

We are excited to introduce our latest product, the Predator GPS Black Box. Our tracking unit not only gives you the knowledge of where your vehicle is located, but also lets you know the speed of the vehicle. The tracking unit automatically updates location every five minutes, every hour, every day. Product features; Real Time vehicle location, Real Time vehicle Status (stopped, moving, idle), Historical report of the vehicle movements, Automatic alerts based on vehicle location and Maintenance Alerts and Mileage Reporting.

This GPS vehicle tracking system can be installed discretely for your covert tracking needs.

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Rob’s Custom Duramax Hummer H1

We are very excited to wrap up an amazing custom build for Rob.

After converting Robs Hummer to a Duramax Diesel with the Allison Transmission, we stripped his hummer down to Raw Aluminum and Steel. Rob then flew out for a quick visit to see the progress. After he saw his vehicle in a stripped down form, he turned to us and asked if we can leave it raw! With a little thought we said, “why not”.

We spent the rest of the day planning out how to accomplish this for Rob and decided that it would be best to do a two tone finish because of the fiberglass hood and steel doors. So Rob decided to go for it and as you can see in the pictures, it is nothing short of amazing!

After Robs Hummer was stripped from paint, we did a brushed finish on the aluminum. The 4 doors and a number of small accessories went out for a textured black powder coated finish. The tricky part of the paint and body work was integrating the fiberglass hood with the brushed aluminum finish. We decided to skin the top center section and follow it up with aluminum rivets to match the H1’s riveted finish. This was really tough and time consuming to get just right. We ended up going through 3 sheets of aluminum and many weeks of tweaking. The final product is a perfect balance of textured black paint and brushed aluminum work. Finally the raw aluminum body was prepped and painted with POR15 for a heavy duty clear coat finish.

On the inside we  did a complete interior redesign by giving it a rouged “roll cage” style dash, custom gauges, iPad integration, custom switches, carpet and sound system. The great thing about the interior is that it really brings that rouged look and feel inside Robs Hummer without loosing the creature comforts.

We wrapped up the outside with our new LED Light Package, Search and Rescue Rear Winch Bumper and a number of other appointments.

This truck is by far one of the most unique Hummers to hit the trail!

We hope you enjoy your new Hummer Rob, just make sure to take care of our baby!!!

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Bullrun 2011

Predator Inc. has teamed up with the Bullrun for 2011 as well as “The Dudesons” and MTV for an 8 episode show airing in the fall on MTV.

The new MTV Show will chronicle the life of The Dudesons racing across the U.S. from Las Vegas to Miami in a fully custom Predator Duramax H1 Hummer for the Bullrun Rally.

The race left Las Vegas on Friday 7/8/11 and will end one week later in Miami Florida on 7/15/11.

Watch for more updates as The Dudesons conquer the Bullrun in their Special Edition Predator H1 Hummer!

Fore more information check it out at:

http://bullrun.com/

http://www.facebook.com/Dudesons

http://www.mtv.com/

http://thedudesons.com/

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Justin’s Hummers

We wanted to share, Justin’s Hummers with you. Justin is a really good customer, as you can tell by the Predator parts on his trucks. We think he has done a a great job. Adding the HD Rear Bumper Ladder System, S&R Rear Winch Bumper & one of Predator’s newer items the S & R Bedrack w/Open Assist.  We look forward to seeing more upgrades, (actually I think a set of Predator Rock Skids on the truck would look awesome, hint  hint) We are always excited to see customer’s photos and look forward to sharing them with all of you.

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Touch A Truck 2011

Touch A Truck was a huge success! Thanks to all of you that came out to help with Children’s Cancer Research. We can’t begin to tell the Military how much we appreciate their participation, and their service!! The kids, big and little, had such a great time checking out all the vehicles and climbing inside. The Army brought a HMMWV, MARSOC was there with a M-ATV, NSW (Navy Seals, Naval Special Warfare) showed up with a GMV and an LTATV. Watching them roll in was amazing.

Torrey Pines High School parking lot was filled with so much fun for all, there was face painting (by the Military), lots of food and drinks, slot car racing, and so many vehicles to check out. We are looking forward to next year and hopefully a day soon that we don’t need to raise awareness for childhood cancer.  With organizations like Max’s Ring of Fire and the Brees Dream Foundation bringing awareness to this cause. Thank you again to ALL of you that came out, because of your help we are one step closer to finding cures.  For more information about Touch A Truck please go to http://www.maxsringoffire.org/ and for more information on the Brees Dream Foundation please go to    http://www.drewbrees.com/foundation

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