Getting ready for towing season #7 on the ol' girl now at 197,xxx miles. Couple of updates
Not sure if it was ever posted or not but at the start of last season KW rebuilt the coilovers and then I installed much stiffer 10 kg front and 14 kg rear springs with them. Rides a bit rougher for regular unloaded street use, but pretty much handles all of the loaded cab, bed, trunk, and trailer weight like it's nothing. The truck is pretty much a dedicated tow/hauling vehicle now.
replaced an electric radiator fan assy (there are two single fans) several months ago. The original one was still working, but the bearings had worn to the point it was wobbling and I could feel a vibration when the fan cycled on and off, mostly at idle.
also put in new spark plugs after 100,000 miles of service on the previous set; the used plugs had a perfect white-tan color and didn't look like they had seen in anywhere near that mileage, engine still seems strong and doesn't leak at all or use any more oil than expected
the rear toe eccentrics had rusted solid, likely from my previous winter use location in Reno, NV where they salted the roads, had to cut the lower rear arms out with a cutting wheel and replace them with new eccentrics lathered in anti-seize
replaced both the front & rear swaybar chassis pivot bushings recently, seems to corner a little flatter - have to drop the rear subframe to access the rear swaybar bushings but it was easy to drop and do one side at a time with the rear up on jack stands and a single floor jack to lower & raise the subframe. The springs being more biased towards the rear now provides a decent handling balance
have a new set of semi-metallic pads with four new rotors waiting to be installed in the next week or so
at the last dealership visit everything still checks out A-OK; original suspension joints, steering rods, etc.
transmission still seems fine to me (knock on wood), paint still has great luster though a number of rock chips on the hood are showing some light rust, everything still works like it should in and out, interior is holding up very well, definitely the most reliable vehicle I've ever owned and to date it's taken all the use and abuse I can throw at it
fingers are crossed that it will last two more years and then I'll take a look at replacing it with a model year#2 of the next generation Honda Ridgeline