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Oh god ya, that makes a big difference. A side note, without going through your whole thread, have you addressed any radiator support skid/protection? Its on my list on things to get done on the Jeep before the next trip and I was doing some research today. My primary thought was to weld on a thicker piece of steel like K did. There was a couple spots on the trails last year where I was worried about that spot. Any thoughts?

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I haven't yet done anything to reinforce that support, but I'd like to do something similar myself. As far as other such underarmour, I Have the IRO Tcase/cat skid waiting to go on (need a drill with a bigger chuck, haha), and I'd like to weld on a skid plate to the rear D44a. Eventually, like WAY down the line, if I decide I am going to keep these axles, they'll both get skids and trusses, and the front will get a few other reinforcements too.

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I had the opportunity to take Pegasus to Moab for the first time. I went with my friends at NAU 4x4, had a blast, it was a great time. We ran all sorts of trails (I did em all with the front sway disconnected and the rear removed).

 

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The biggest thing I have to say is that she really held her own against much larger, better built rigs. Everyone was really impressed, on each trail we ran.

 

The only warning I have for y'all is that Golden Spike will (and I mean WILL) find the weak point in your rig and it will exploit it.

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(Popping a coil back in)

 

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In my case, it was that I was running with no sway bars, and no coil retainers. I dropped both front coils at different times in the trail, and ended up driving it back to camp on 3 coils that night. we arrived back at camp around 4AM (there were larger rigs who suffered much worse damage, so we had to stop to assess the damage a lot. The only other damages I had were that I ripped out the washer fluid bottle (I think everyone does?) and the westin light bar on the front of the Jeep got MANGLED. removed it and threw it out before we even left moab. I really hindered the approach angle of the dub and it payed the price for it. I guess it's time to start looking at a real bumper now, and some more underbody armor.

 

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sounds like good times! :highfive:

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Cool pics! I love Moab, glad you got to go!

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Yeah! We all had such an excellent time, that we have already started planning a trip for sometime next year!

The dub impressed everyone. It did golden spike, on 30.1" tires, which is pretty incredible. I think having both sway bars disconnected helped, but hopefully next year I can make it through with no damage.

 

The only damage I took was minor, which was the Westin safari bar. It took one heck of a beating, too. Probably saved my radiator/coolers.

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So, one of the things I forgot to talk about was the Dash Cam install. I bought a cheap (probably counterfeit) G1W-C Dash Cam on Ebay before the Moab trip. I bought it as an insurance fraud protection (the crazy things people do on the road) and with the hope that I could use it to capture some of the cool parts of the trip. It sits on my rearview mirror mount, and turns on and off when the vehicle does. It also "technically" only supports a 32GB MicroSD card, but it will accept a 64GB MicroSD card formatted to FAT32. As far as dash cam setups go, it one is cheap and functional.

G1W-C: $45

Accessories (hardwire kit and rear view mirror mount): about $15

64GB Transcend MicroSD card: $29

 

It's a pretty functional little bugger, too. You also don't really see it unless you are looking for it in the windshield.

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It has multiple resolutions you can choose from, 1728x1296 (a 4:3 format, uses the whole camera sensor). I've found that "1296p" works well, but can be kind of buggy, whereas 1080p and below all work pretty much flawlessly.

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The fisheye effect looks really strange at 4:3, I think. Another issue which many G1W owners have is the slight blur off to the side. For what I use it for, I don't really mind it. I keep it on 1080p, which has a higher bitrate, it's cleaner, and it works!

 

Here is a night shot, from Golden Spike, as we were making our way off of the trail.

 

 

And another from Baby Lionsback, which is during the day. There is some glare, but it seems like our shiny black dashboard makes that inevitable.

 

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That night shot video was pretty decent quality for $60!

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Yeah, it compensates surprisingly well for the lower budget dash cams. The real endurance test is gonna be seeing how it holds up in the summer. There are like 5 or 6 different variants of the G1W, mine being the variant which replaces the battery with a capacitor, which gives it about 10 seconds to save and power down once you cut the power.

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Yeah, it compensates surprisingly well for the lower budget dash cams. The real endurance test is gonna be seeing how it holds up in the summer. There are like 5 or 6 different variants of the G1W, mine being the variant which replaces the battery with a capacitor, which gives it about 10 seconds to save and power down once you cut the power.

 

do let us know how the heat test goes. i had looked into these things also and knew about the capacitor versions, hopefully that keeps it ticking along. thanks for sharing the videos - you've inspired me to grab one of these soon!

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