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  2. Thanks for the welcome. I'm excited about the improvements it's certainly been a lot of work.
  3. Welcome to the club @carnivorous! Looking forward to meeting you on the trails soon. Sounds like you've got a sick build in progress!
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  5. Oh dang, that did turn into an expensive trip. I have always enjoyed that Mineral Creek /Mineral springs trail. I first found it in 2013 in a rental jeep. We were headed down towards Ouray and we were starting to be concerned that it was a trail that we were not supposed to be on in a rental as it was a little challenging as opposed to what we had been on previously that day. A good call on stopping the lady in her car. The pic is a borrowed JT that my daughter and her husband were driving. They were a little nervous being a borrowed rig and all. You could definitely find trouble doing this in a car. Hopefully all in all you ended up having a good time though. It's so beautiful there it really helps recharge the soul.
  6. welcome to the Club! it was great to meet you the FR42 run. looks like we were lucky to do that one when we did because it's closed again "temporarily" due to another fire that was nearby. looking forward to see all your rig upgrades!
  7. Hey my name is Robb and I live is surprise. I just joined this group a couple of months ago and ran FR42 with a small group from here. I'm very happy to have found this group. It's nice to see all the different levels of runs that you folks do. I've always stuck with moderate trails but I'm wanting to step up my game and experience more difficult trails. Rig run down. 2011 JKU, 3.5" lift, Rubicon transfer case, D 60's, 38's on beadlocks. The 60's and beadlocks are upgrades currently in process. I'm currently struggling with getting the brakes bled properly, but soon will, one way or another. A few other minor details and I'll be ready for a little shakedown run.
  8. Due to popular demand, the 15th annual Dirt Gala will be back at the Cinders! Come spend the weekend camping with us at the O'Leary group site near Sunset Crater in your tent, trailer, or RV. Friday afternoon we'll do a short moderate trail ride into the Cinders OHV area, then on Saturday we'll take an easy trail behind the San Francisco Peaks over to a short hike in the Lava River Caves. Both trail rides are optional - you could also just hang out at camp, go into Flagstaff and play tourist, or explore on your own! Chock full of friends, family, games, prizes, laughter and dirt – there’s fun for everyone! So grab the whole family and join us. Don't be that person hearing about all the awesome stuff you missed for the next whole year! Sign up now! Note: This event is open to everyone, you do NOT need to be a club member to attend. LOCATION The O'Leary Group Site near Sunset Crater & The Cinders OHV area, just outside Flagstaff, AZ. Click here for directions... This is a semi-primitive group campsite with paved access, vault toilets, charcoal grills, tables, and a central shelter. Note that there are NO hookups, however the shelter does have a spigot and an 120v outlet for temporary use (blenders, etc.). Individual spots are NOT reserved within the group area and space is limited. If you have a Travel Trailer or RV, we recommend you get there early to secure a big enough spot! SIGN-UPS / TICKETS Please click here to visit our online store for your virtual 2024 Gala tickets. Just add whatever tickets you need to your cart and then be sure to check-out to complete your purchase with a credit card or Paypal. A camping ticket (Tent, Trailer, or Motorhome) includes admission for you and your immediate family! ONLY if you are NOT camping, then please purchase one "Attending but not camping (1 Adult)" ticket for each adult. Children are free! We'll add you to the attending list once you've purchased your virtual tickets. You must get tickets ahead of time to attend! Please note there are no refunds. This is ORP's annual fundraising event, and the reimbursement money for the campsite is our primary fundraising source. Our paid membership upgrades typically cover only our most basic operating costs and so we rely on this event to help fund the club/site. ITINERARY Friday (9/6) Arrive anytime after 2 PM. Setup your campsite, meet & greet people as they arrive! Optional: Line up rigs at 3:30 PM for the 4x4 moderate rated Cinders OHV area trail ride (must have a 4-low transfer case option & suitable tow points). Bring water and snacks (we may not be back to camp for dinner till around 7 or 8 PM). Dinner (self-prepared). Campfire social time, visit with old friends and get to know the new folks! Saturday (9/7) Optional: Line up rigs at 9 AM for the easy rated trail ride to the Lava River Caves (suitable for any high clearance vehicle). The hike is moderately strenuous over extremely uneven ground in the dark. Be sure to bring 2 light sources, a jacket or sweatshirt, and water for the hike. We'll return to camp by around 1 PM for lunch (self prepared). Late afternoon: The silly yet highly-competitive "Tire Valve Cap" game! 2 person teams, so partner up and practice your balance skills! Annual salsa & dip contest after the game (see below). Dinner time (self-prepared), then head back to the common area for... 50/50 raffle drawing, award prizes, and ORP announcements. More campfire social time! Sunday (9/8) Breakfast (self-prepared) Leisurely break camp, bid friends adieu & head home! Must to be out of group site by 11 AM. Annual Salsa & Dip Contest: Enter your homemade salsa or chip/veggie dip! Keep on ice until Saturday evening. Offroad Passport supplies the chips, but you're welcome to bring more. Everyone come hungry! Enjoy the chips, salsas and dips and VOTE for the winners! Salsa and dip contestants will compete for 1 prize this year. However, you can enter as many salsas/dips as you want! The winner gets to choose a new style ORP shirt! 50/50 Raffle: Back by popular demand is a 50/50 raffle! Tickets on sale Saturday afternoon/evening. 1 winning ticket drawn saturday evening. The winner gets 50% of the ticket sales! (the Club keeps the other half) $5 per ticket, or $20 for five tickets (bring some cash, there is no ATM machine on site) IMPORTANT NOTES This is a family-friendly event! Alcohol at camp is OK but please be responsible and respectful. ABSOLUTELY NO DRINKING & DRIVING! Click here to read ORP's Pet Policy... Please print, sign, and bring a copy of the event waiver with you. Click here for that form... Be sure to bring everything you need for meals including stoves/dishes/etc. HOW YOU CAN HELP! Bring 1 or 2 bundles of firewood for the community campfire. Bring your corn hole or other lawn games to play at camp. ORP swag (shirts, etc.) will be on display and available for purchase at special Gala discount prices! (bring some cash, there is no ATM machine on site) ATTENDING NOTE: Sign-ups are a little different this year, please see above for details! @theksmith & family -- 1 Travel Trailer + Vehicle, 1 Addon Tent, 1 Addon Vehicle @4x4tographer, @Yodamom & family -- 1 Motorhome, 1 Addon Vehicle @Mick Bowers -- 1 Tent + Vehicle @Bradywgn71 & @kaspily -- 1 Motorhome, 1 Addon Vehicle
  9. Your virtual tickets to the 2024 Annual Offroad Passport Dirt Gala! 

     

    • If you have any questions, please just ask in the event thread before purchasing!
    • Be sure to select the correct type of ticket from the drop-down list. You can add multiple tickets to your cart if needed before checking out (to add-on an extra rig, etc.).
    • A camping ticket (Tent, Trailer, or Motorhome) covers you and your immediate family for the entire event (2 nights).
    • These are "virtual" tickets - you do NOT need to print your receipt. We'll add you to the attending list once you've purchased.

     

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  11. Wow, DanT that is quite an expensive adventure. I'm glad that no one was hurt, other than your pocketbook.... This area of the San Juans is just the most amazing! And Imogene is my fav!! Watch for future trips to this area and get signed up! smiles, ladybug
  12. Oh geeze that's a break down story for sure! Ouray and my Jeep don't get along. I can wheel a couple dozen times here in AZ with no issue and then I take it to Ouray and something happens!
  13. Same here on being lost on these old deaf ears Jim... & I agree... Sweet install as always... ;)
  14. I afraid your efforts would be wasted on my mostly dead ears. However, as always I admire your clean installation and attention to detail. Your ideas for mounting the control switch are next level
  15. Ryan, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” I’m using your idea to run a more robust DC feed for my fridge and two Jackery power units/inverters. I used a Blue Sea fuse panel mounted on the back of the drawer boxes and a Mega Fuse in the engine bay to protect the Blue Sea. I wired individual circuits for each device with the correct plugs. (The Jackery units have different inputs connections based size.)
  16. Wow - so sorry to hear of the vehicle troubles. That is a shocking break down story, even for us (and we drive a Land Rover)! 😂
  17. i've posted before about how satisfied i am with the OEM premium Alpine sound system (ever since i installed an aftermarket head unit anyway). that factory upgraded system consists of a small amplifier, Alpine component speakers front & rear, and a small oval subwoofer in the cargo area floor. my only complaint has been the little sub can't hit extremely low frequencies. there are several songs i like that are just missing certain bass notes - it was time to fix that! project goals improve very low bass response. specifically be able to hear the lowest couple of notes in Skrillex's Summit, C2C's F.U.Y.A., and Kendrick Lamar's Not Like Us not reduce visibility in my rearview mirror. not interfere with overland trips (i.e. not block my sleep platform or take away any essential storage spaces). not break the bank (stay under $500 grand total). i was hoping to be able to leave the new sub in the rig all the time by placing it on my Front Runner cargo shelf. however, as long as it was easily removable before a trip, then that would still meet goal #3. also, i wasn't trying to shake the windows, this was all about hearing the full range at reasonable volumes. initial tests i first tried a few slim 10" active enclosures, including a Sound Stream Labs LOPRO10 and an Alphasonik AS100A. they only made more bass volume, but didn't add the lower frequencies i was looking for. however, these early tests were promising in terms of the cargo shelf working as a mounting location - it didn't seem to have any major rattles even at higher volumes. this is likely because i used to carry my Hi-Lift jack on there and had added additional bracketry to wedge the shelf securely against the roll bar on both sides so it wouldn't sway with all that extra weight. after the disappointing performance of those 10" active subs, i decided that i needed to go up to a 12" sub with a separate amplifier to get any real volume below 40hz. sub/enclosure i've had good results with Pioneer shallow subs in previous vehicles so i purchased their 12" TS-A3000LS4. in terms of excursion, it can't compete with a JL Audio or Alpine shallow, but it's also 1/5th the price of those and still has better specs than any of the similarly priced "budget" slim subs (DS18, Rockville, etc.). after a little searching, i found this tiny QPower SHALLOW112 sealed enclosure that seemed like it might fit on the shelf and not block my view. based on conventional wisdom, i did add a small amount of Poly-Fill because the enclosure is slightly smaller that what Pioneer's minimum spec calls for. i actually tried the vented version of that same box first, but there was substantial port noise at higher volumes and i just really prefer the "tight" sound of a sealed box. my first test were done just ratchet-strapping the box to the shelf, but once i was satisfied this was going to work out, i made mounting ears out of 1/2" plywood strips from my scrap pile. then i was able to use M8 bolts in the t-slots of the Front Runner shelf to attach to those. i M8 tie-down rings in place of regular nuts so that the whole contraption is easily removable without tools. plus i now have additional places to attach bungee cords. here's a shot from my perspective looking in the rearview mirror - it worked out perfectly to not block any more visibility than the spare already does. amp space is at a premium in my rig, i've filled nearly every nook and cranny with something already. in fact, if it weren't for my air compressor being mounted under the passenger seat, i would have tried the Alpine JK under-seat 10" subwoofer first. so, i needed a really small amp if i hoped to find somewhere to stick it! it also had to be capable of 400W RMS into 4 Ohms in order to drive the Pioneer 12". i ended up with a tiny Sound Stream Labs RSM1.4000D class D monoblock. it's rated for 600W @ 4 ohms so that gave it plenty of headroom. in my experience these Pioneers can handle a bit more than they are rated at for a short period. therefore i wasn't too concerned about blowing the sub (plus the 600W rating is probably exaggerated a bit). thanks to the Sound Stream's miniscule package (9" x 3.75" x 1.75"), i was able to easily fit it beside the Bestop drawer (thanks @scottL) under my driver seat. wiring i already had 4 gauge power wire running to the compressor under the passenger seat, and had it fused at 100A. i tee'd off that to run power to the amp, and used a factory ground lug under the driver seat for the negative. the Sound Stream's terminals fit the 4AWG easily. the amp is rated at 90A max, and the compressor draws less than 80A - so as long as i don't run the amp at high volume while also airing up, then sharing the same wire and fuse should be fine. a 17ft set of stereo twisted-pair RCA's were run from my Pioneer headunit's sub output to the amp, along with an 18 AWG amp turn-on lead. i used 12 gauge speaker wire, which might be overkill even for this moderately long run. the amp's terminals fit the 12AWG just fine. i had to solder the bare ends of the wire and then flatten them with pliers to get them into the sub enclosure's spring terminals though i sheathed the speaker wire with some PET braided sleeve and ran it inside the front-most t-slot channel of the cargo shelf. tip: i recommend using only "pure copper", often sold as OFC (oxygen-free-copper), or "tinned copper" wiring in a vehicle. copper-clad aluminum (CCA) is cheaper but has less current handling capacity for any given gauge, and will break more easily if flexed over and over again. i took apart the SSL amp's remote level adjuster and wrapped the internals in heat-shrink so i could mount it with a more factory look... this OEM switch module to the left of the steering wheel was mostly empty space, so it was easy to modify it to include the remote level adjuster. dialing it in after some initial tweaking of all the settings, here are some RTA (real time analysis) graphs as the system sits. i may still do a little more tweaking, but I'm pretty happy with it as-is. note these are with EQ set to personal taste (i.e. not trying to hit a flat curve). i used the free REW application and a Dayton Audio IMM-6 calibrated mic with a TRRS extension cable. measurements were taken in the 1/12 octave RTA mode with psychoacoustic smoothing applied. the "Y" axis is uncalibrated SPL. here is the "before" (blue line) compared to the new sub set at 10% on the remote level knob (green). the system previously dropped off fast below 40hz. the new sub hits 26hz at that same SPL and then falls off slower than before. the above graph was with the sub's polarity reversed, as it seemed louder that way when i first installed it. however, after getting all the other settings dialed in, i tried flipping it back to straight polarity and that actually made a big difference at lower levels (below in purple). it widened the new peak SPL range while also improving the performance all the way to the bottom. here's the "before" along with the new sub at 10%, 30% and 100% levels on the remote knob. this is with the gain on the amp and the output level on the head unit set a little conservative as to not likely clip or over-power the sub even if where to crank up the master volume a bit more. conclusion since i already had some of the wire and miscellaneous other materials, this project cost me just under $350. the solution met all my stated goals and i'm very pleased with the overall sound!
  18. Well, here is a mini report from Telluride - trust me - these last few days I could write a book on. Did two more days of off-roading. On the final day, doing Engineer Pass via Mineral Springs (a much more difficult trail), as I was finished with the more difficult area, met up with a young lady a basic street car doing the trails and she was about to say goodbye to her vehicle (and maybe hello to injuries) if she did not turn around. She was following Google, and it told her this was a shortcut to Ouray! (I cant tell you how many times Google maps has scre*ed me). Luckily I had extra gas on the back of the jeep - but this idiot left his keys for the gas tanks at his hotel! Found a siphon hose (at least I had that!) and emptied into her tank. Had her turn around and follow me out through Engineer pass. Going down the LAST ROUGH ROAD and guess what! Yep, flat tire. Had help with a couple other off-roaders and replaced the tire. Followed me out to Lake City, but about 5 miles before that, front U joint went out. SAME EXACT TRAIL DID THIS TO ME TWO YEARS AGO! Anyhow, turned off 4WD and continued. Once I was assured she was safe, and she had a way to get the tire replaced (she had to go all the way to Denver - but NO WAY on a spare mini tire!), headed towards Telluride. Got just outside of Montrose and the Jeep overheated! Next to no antifreeze in the system. Again lucky that I had that fluid in the back of my jeep (if you see the back of my jeep - I come prepared - JUST NOT GAS KEYS (what a loser)). Emptied a gallon and went to the local auto parts store that closed in 15 minutes and bought two more gallons. Decided to stay the night in town to be safe and look at it in the light the following morning. Next to no rooms available! Finally found one, got to the hotel (it overheated again), and they overbooked! Now we were looking for a hotel again. Had to settle for a $400/night room! YIKES! Yada, yada, yada, got it to the dealership in town, they tore into it - transmission seal between the cooling system and the transmission caused both systems fail. Etc.... Etc..... $12K+ later, will be going back up this weekend to get the jeep back. Took several hours to even find a rental in Montrose for the week. Anyhow, I hope they do a good job - don't want to be on the trip back in this heat and it fails! So, how was your week? :-)
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  20. Thanks for the welcome Marty. Now that I have discovered the introductions section, I will have to get over there and introduce myself. Thanks, Kevin, for the like.
  21. If I have not said it before or yet welcome to ORP, if I have I'll say it again! I am going to try and get there again next year sometime if not in 2026 for the 4th of July. I have already started hunting down lodging. Irresponsible SXS drivers ruin it for the responsible ones sadly.
  22. Thanks everyone for sharing your adventure. That part of Colorado is the reason I own a Jeep. I've been going there at least once a year since 2016. Heck I might have even tried to hook up with you guys some for this one, but my jeep is down at the moment as I'm doing some upgrades. This area was much more enjoyable before the side-by-side evasion. It was primarily Jeeps and an occasional ATV. Thanks again for sharing, it's certainly motivational.
  23. The Trip to Ouray was awesome! It was really nice to be out with everyone. Special thank you Marty for putting it together and making it happen. Also thanks to Telluride Dan for tail gunning. I was grinning Imogene opened just in time it was Amazing!!!🤩
  24. Ryan, After 9,000 ft that Toyota V8 started to feel like a 6 cylinder. 😅
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