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Old June 15th, 2016, 01:33 PM
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Advice needed: program odometer or not after frame off restoration

My 1995 NAS Soft Top had 81,9XX miles before a frame off restoration. My truck has a Puma Tub, LS motor, rebuilt transfer case, new doors, seat base, TD5 galvanized bulkhead, aftermarket seats, LED everywhere and Dakota digital gauges. Point is it's pretty far removed from being stock. The Dakota has the ability to program an initial mileage. On one hand I'd like to start from zero for service intervals but how much of a headache am I buying myself if I try to register in another state or if I ever down the road sell? I do have the OEM speedometer with the correct mileage according to car fax.

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Old June 15th, 2016, 01:37 PM
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The words odometer tampering come to mind.
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Old June 15th, 2016, 01:40 PM
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Thanks for the response Dave. So it sounds like you recommend being accurate. correct?
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Old June 15th, 2016, 01:43 PM
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Yup.
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Old June 15th, 2016, 01:45 PM
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Definitely keep the original miles. Just remember that you had the restoration done at 82k miles and that "you" consider it a basically new vehicle as of that time.
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Old June 15th, 2016, 02:47 PM
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Why not start at zero? That original speedo means nothing IMO. In hindsight it might have been a good idea to do all this to a salvaged rig.
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Old June 15th, 2016, 03:00 PM
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It was a salvaged rig. Although you would never know it now.
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Old June 15th, 2016, 03:19 PM
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Start at 0 & just declare odometer change when registering it. My RRC has a sticker stating odometer change with the known mileage when changed.
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Old June 15th, 2016, 03:28 PM
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Oh you didn't say it was salvaged (small detail to leave out!). Yeah just do whatever with it then as there'll already be plenty of questions when it comes time to sell.
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Old June 15th, 2016, 03:32 PM
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you are right Josh. I should have mentioned that. The title did wash when I registered it in Texas but a car fax will reveal it's past.
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Old June 15th, 2016, 03:51 PM
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I'd keep the original miles, that's what in doing when I do my gauges. Just easier to track service records that way
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Old June 15th, 2016, 06:43 PM
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Seeing as it is not an original truck anymore, I would say the odometer doesn't really matter.
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Old June 15th, 2016, 06:55 PM
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Why not start at zero? That original speedo means nothing IMO. In hindsight it might have been a good idea to do all this to a salvaged rig.
I approve this message. If you change your mind later, it can still be fixed.
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