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  2. paid the car wash for a hand-wax and interior "super clean" and then went over the exterior again myself with Chemical Guys HydroSpeed Ceramic Quick Detailer. she looks great from a few feet away! this is the first time i've used the HydroSpeed. my normal go-to is their Synthetic Quick Detailer. it did give a deeper gloss and really made it slick as hell. however, it's also more than twice the cost of the Synthetic Quick Detailer, so i'm not sure it's worth that unless it survives more than 1 wash - we'll see!
  3. some info on detailing options: a speed wax or spray wax will run you around $50 at a car wash and is not worth the money at all in my opinion. it's no different than using a quick detailer type spray yourself and will wash off quickly. a carnauba based "hand wax" costs $75 to $100 and will hide some scratches and make things shiny for a few washes. this is what i typically get 3 or 4 times a year. i can usually get them to throw in an interior detail with the hand wax for the $100. i don't often trust a car wash detail shop do a machine buff or polish because i've had their level of "professional" ruin paint on a previous rig. however, if you go this route, to use a clay bar and then machine buff is probably $150, though you can often get a "complete detail" including these steps for $150 to $200 if you negotiate. the problem is *if* they do it wrong, the final wax coat will hide any problems for a few car washes and then suddenly you'll start to notice swirl marks all over. it's easy for an amateur to burn/swirl the paint by using too much pressure or speed or by not cleaning things really well before buffing (clay bar is a must beforehand). a true "paint restoration" from a dedicated detailing shop (mobile or otherwise) will cost you $300 to $500. this is how you remove most of the scratches. they will go over your car several times with a buffer and different grades of cutting/rubbing/polishing compound and then finish with a quality wax or ceramic coating. it takes time to do it right (especially with deep scratches like our offroad rigs get) and that's why it's expensive. professional "ceramic coatings" are currently all the rage. they run $300+ and are best done on a property restored paint or brand new car, though alone they can hide some scratches for a few washes. these coatings are a replacement for wax offering a deeper shine, lasting longer, and repelling (beading) water and pigeon crap much better than traditional carnauba waxes. for reference: i just had Gadget hand waxed at Jackson's car wash, and then went over her completely myself with Chemical Guys HydroSpeed Ceramic Quick Detailer. note that a "quick" ceramic product like i used doesn't have the same level of SiO2 chemical that a professional ceramic coating would, but still helps increase the shine and water beading and should hopefully survive a couple washes at least. here's a closes-up showing that many of the scratches are still visible, but you can tell she's much shinier overall and looks great from a distance (sorry i didn't get a before shot):
  4. Yesterday
  5. Yeah it was nice hanging with you guys too! And I appreciate the tips Stacey gave me for dealing with my eyesight issue. But no worries, I run this trail every couple of three weeks when there is nothing else going on. I figure why not take advantage of the weather and scenery during the nice months right? Take care.
  6. George's favorite pics of Creampuff from Rocktoberfest2021
  7. carnage report from Rocktoberfest 2021: the new wheels got some major gouges, but the fake bead-lock rings worked very well at keeping their valve stems and rest of the wheel out of the rocks. i slid downhill and drug my driver rear Nemesis aluminum fender flare against a boulder while on the Safelite trail. it held up great though - didn't bend and didn't transfer any damage to the body. i've already filed the rough edge back smooth and touched it up. of course the rock rails and skids got scraped-up quite a bit... just doing their job though! i did come down on the driver side rail hard enough to bend the middle of the hoop though (also on Safelite). i haven't re-painted them yet, but did file/sand out the sharp gouges. the only costly damage appears to be my rear driveshaft - not sure when this happened. unfortunately it's dented at that one deep gouge, not just scratched. i'm worried about that being a weak point which could lead to it twisting during some future hardcore trail. an aftermarket shaft was already on the wishlist, but now it's top priority. happy to report no new body dings except for a couple small scrapes on the rear of the hard-top from backing into tree limbs while trying to get a different line at an obstacle on Black Inky Spring. Gadget did good - she's getting a hand-wax for a reward!
  8. Unfortunately we can not make it. Really enjoyed the last time so we're a little on the disappointed side.
  9. I wasn't kidding when I said I run this trail a lot. Close to home, fun, scenic and it doesn't take up the entire day. A great way to enjoy a bit of Jeeping and getting seat time. There are several options in the Bulldog Canyon area this will be 'the short run'. We'll start in around 10am and be out around 1pm or sooner depending on how long we stop and chat and if we decide to have lunch in the shade. A permit is required, it's $6, lasts 6 months and is specific to the Bulldog Canyon area: https://www.recreation.gov/vehiclepermits/3332401 We will head in the FR3554 entrance off of Usery Pass and exit out FR10 at the Bush Highway. Technical Rating: 2-3 (easy). We are running the easiest part of Bulldog canyon. It's not a graded dirt road but there are no difficult obstacles either. One hill with an easy and more difficult side. A stock Wrangler or similar stock rig will have no problems. REQUIREMENTS: A stock clearance 4x4 with a low range transfer case option, suitable front OR rear recovery point (trailer hitch is fine), stock tires. Rigs & drivers must meet all the typical state/federal legal requirements for on-highway vehicles (license, insurance, registration, seat belts, lights, etc.) $6 permit per vehicle. Each OPERATOR must have a permit, families can share a permit This is a great trail for people with little to no experience. Everyone must stay on the designated trails Radios: Not required. Ham on 462.700, CB or FRS all work for me. Trail finding is super easy and it's a short trail so I won't panic if someone doesn't have a radio. I have a spare so I can make sure the lead and tail rigs both have radios. Itinerary: Meet up time will be 10am at fr3554 trail head off of Usery Pass. We'll air down (optional) and chat a bit. We'll stop at least twice to enjoy the view and chat. I'll make some cheese crisps for anyone interested in a snack if we stop for lunch. At FR10 we head North to Bush Highway exit. (Optional: If the weather is not too bad I sometimes just turn around at Bush and go back the way we came in) The trail is about 7 or 8 miles long. Bring the kids, the pets, the grand parents. Bring something for lunch. If the weather is nice we'll stop for about an hour for lunch under the shade of some mesquite trees. 3554 trail head: https://www.google.com/maps/place/West+Gate+to+Bulldog+Canyon+OHV+Area/@33.5026963,-111.6133648,15.5z/data=!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x872bbb81761e8ac7:0xc24136abcb51c998!2sUsery+Pass+Rd,+Mesa,+AZ+85207!3b1!8m2!3d33.5240835!4d-111.61566!3m4!1s0x872bbba068b5c437:0xe103b51b92f8ed81!8m2!3d33.5047988!4d-111.6172384 Signed Up:
  10. Last week
  11. some more photos from @dzJeepChic of Gadget doing work at Rocktoberfest 2021:
  12. Maybe we can make a deal with Kris's guy and get a bulk discount on buffing
  13. Nice to see Brady twisting wrenches on his rig. Too many kids these days don’t have any mechanical skills or at least an appreciation for those skills. Those rubber chunks laying in the floor remind me of Michigan rust falling off one of my many work beaters.
  14. Marty thanks for putting together a great trip! Also thanks to the guys who jumped in & got me back on the trail! Working on getting new links. Al
  15. I thought it would be fun to start off Marty's run with a little "sexy flexy" action but alas, I don't think the rock was quite big enough...
  16. Sarah grabbed a pic and vid of the blue woodpeckers, they are a little hard to make out but you can see them.
  17. Absolutely beautiful trip! Exhausting in a GREAT way! This is exactly what i needed, a brain break from the corporate wheel. This weekend was the first overland trip for the family! Nice to have another truck out with us! Also cool to see a RTT (roof top tent) in action. @Cullen McCarthy had a great setup! The views were just amazing! The best across all our trips thus far! My second favorite part of the trip was at about 500am Sunday morning I opened the rear hatch to watch the morning rays bring light to the dark skies to hear the elk calling. Marilyn and I repositioned ourselves and enjoyed listening to the unique elk calling. The dogs definitely had their ears perked in curiosity! Great trip @shellback91! I GREATLY appreciate your planning and effort for this trip The company and laughs were to be remembered! Thanks for sharing so many bucket list trails @mynr1 ! I have those saved in my phone for future planning! @Ken Ford thanks for bringing underbite Louie!! What a character! Photos and videos: I didnt get many photos of day 1 as the terrain required both hands at pretty much all times and I was already traveling at the rate of a snail so...didnt need to add to the snails pace by stopping for photos and vids. https://photos.app.goo.gl/goC3FJtFaVsdEsqT6
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