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  3. Those poor people had no business out there. Thank goodness for the rescue guy!
  4. Join me for a Black Friday fun run in the low desert to see a couple mines with plenty of equipment and other junk still there! Itinerary: Meet at 9:30 AM at the McDonald's in Florence (across from the Giant gas station): Map here... We should be airing up by mid afternoon, it all depends on how long we sight see at the mines. Trail conditions/rating: Mostly easy trails but with a few moderate spots where you'll need 4x4 low range and good clearance (off-camber ruts, short steep hills, soft sandy washes). A stock Wrangler or Tacoma with A/T tires would probably be ok but most other vehicles should have A/T or M/T tires and at least a small lift and no low-hanging running boards or other such BS. At least one suitable tow-point is required. Skid-plates on anything important are always recommended. A CB or ham radio would be nice. Sway bar disconnects and airing down is highly recommended! Other important info: Bring a lunch and plenty of water! Don't forget your chair and a camera. Limited 8 rigs max due to limited parking space at mines, after that we'll add you to the standby list. Attending: theksmith (leading) Number7 & dzJeepChic Kaspily lofreqjeff CAVU2 Eugene On standby: Just reply to this thread to sign-up or with any questions!
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  6. Katie and I are planning on going - we'd like to camp somewhere we can bring out pop-up.
  7. I'm going to have change to a Tentative status - My employer is doing massive data center failover testing this week and their tentative fail-back is Sunday at 9am. I won't know until Friday if they will need me at 9am or at 5pm. I'll keep you posted.
  8. BRAND NEW still in the tube case, never been opened - Smittybilt Mag-Armor Magnetic Trail Skins 15 pcs. - BLACK - 33 lbs Quadratec/Amazon price $181.55 (4Wheel Parts & Smittybilt = $199.99 + tax & freight) - https://www.amazon.com/Smittybilt-76994-Black-Mag-Armor-Magnetic/dp/B01HDYW73S PICKED UP IN SCOTTSDALE - $100.00
  9. NASA's good at it; here's a shot of Mercury passing between Earth and the Sun yesterday:
  10. I used to go to the dealership when they were Ed Moses Dodge. We bought Marge there, and I used to take my first XJ in for service since I worked right around the block. They were a much nicer dealership than Airpark on so many levels!
  11. Ha! That’s where I bought mine. Not the most pleasant experience. Only had to go in for my free oil changes and tire rotations so far. I always have to get on them to do a FIVE TIRE rotation, not just 4 tires.
  12. last week i had the dealer change the front brakes and give me some new wiper blades under the MPP extended warranty (it covers replacing a few wearable items one time). then i did the rear brakes myself over the weekend. found 2 of the guide clips broken - one was wedged in sideways and dragging on the rotor a bit - so that's what that squealing was! i also asked that ole Airpark Jeep to look at a couple other noises that are concerning me but they couldn't replicate them because they are ass-hats and didn't really try! that's Airpark Dodge Chrysler Jeep and they always suck. man i really hate having to deal with Airpark Dodge Chrysler Jeep in Scottsdale, AZ. they are the worst new car dealer and Jeep service department ever. if you're anywhere near Scottsdale Arizona, be sure to run away screaming from the Airpark Dodge Chrysler Jeep car lot. that's my terrible negative review of Airpark Dodge Chrysler Jeep in North Scottsdale. again, do NOT buy your next Jeep Wrangler or Jeep Gladiator from that Jeep dealership. ok, i'm done baiting the search engines, but seriously: a big F.U. to the Airpark Dodge Chrysler Jeep dealership and their shady management. for other minor updates: i replaced some wire loom in the engine bay that was falling apart as well as my underhood light strip which had a few dead LEDs. greased everything and then did a little exploring Sunday afternoon near hwy 74. oh, and laid under the rig for a while looking at how to potentially mount a water tank... OBHS (on-board-hot-shower) for Gadget coming soon i think!
  13. Cool thread on the trials and tribulations of trying to snag a lucky shot! https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/538755-whats-your-setup-to-capture-good-pictures-of-the-iss/?p=7246094
  14. Nope, haven’t tried yet. It’s SUPER difficult. A lot of people calculate out when it’ll transit the sun or moon and try to grab it then for easier aiming. I’ve seen some insane photos of it from some of the Astro forums I follow. #goals
  15. No pics either but it went over us one time when we were out on the El Camino del Diablo. We had some guys from the 4x4Ham with us and they were trying to contact it via HAM, but I can't quite remember whether they did or not. Tim's right; it went by really fast!
  16. Good point and thanks! I'm going to give Joe a call this week. This issue is making me bonkers!!
  17. No pics of it, but it passed over us in the Kofas a few years back. Mark and Jake Engdahl were trying to talk to it on Ham. It was pretty obvious if you were looking for it. It went by really quick!
  18. this article on Popular Mechanics outlines the basics for capturing orbiting craft, such as the the International Space Station. don't get too excited, this is the sort of image they're after (from spaceweathergaller.com) i'm wondering if @4x4tographer or any other members here have managed to snag a photo of the ISS?
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