My engine was smoking on start up when I bought the truck. The smoke was due to worn valve seals and two worn valves. These were soon replaced when I had the heads rebuilt. At the same time I replaced the water pump and timing belt.
The truck initially had a hard pull to the right due to a bad brake caliper. I ended up replacing the brake hoses, calipers, wheel cylinders, drums, rotors, master cylinder, pads, & shoes.
I replaced the Michelin tires with BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO tires. These tires are excellent. They have an unbelievable grip in all weather conditions (rain, snow, mud, dry pavement) plus they look great on the Raider.
My oil pressure is registering low on the oil gauge, but it has been like that for the past four years. I replaced the oil sending switch, but that did not help. I think the oil gauge is faulty.
The engine still runs like a champ. There is no knocking, ticking or any other noises coming from the engine. I change my oil and filter every 3,000 miles and I add a quart of Lucas Oil Stabilizer every 6,000 miles.