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35 minutes ago, reybie said:

Wow Kris. Do you have build plans floating above you while you're sleeping? 😅

 

lol, maybe? ...working through design problems in my head really is how i calm my brain when i go to bed!

 

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15 minutes ago, theksmith said:

 

lol, maybe? ...working through design problems in my head really is how i calm my brain when i go to bed!

 

 

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Wow Kris, nice work (and write up)!   Thanks, as always for the links.
 

You are right, those Nalgene bottles are amazing.  Most people  know them for their outdoor products but they have an extensive line of laboratory containers as well. 

Any fluid I might need to take backpacking goes into an appropriately sized  Nalgene.

 

I use Online Metals as well.  Have you found a way to get their shipping down to a reasonable level.   I get their monthly discount coupon but many times wish they would ship USPS flat rate instead of UPS for some items.

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7 minutes ago, jgaz said:

I use Online Metals as well.  Have you found a way to get their shipping down to a reasonable level.   I get their monthly discount coupon but many times wish they would ship USPS flat rate instead of UPS for some items.

 

no,  the shipping cost for 1 item is pretty bad, but it seems like subsequent items on the same order don't increase it as much.

 

i've used SpeedyMetals.com before, they seem to have higher prices but less shipping cost - so still works out about the same.

 

even with the shipping, the total wasn't much more than getting it from the local steel yard - and i could get exactly what i wanted and pay for only the right length instead of having to have the local place cut up a 20ft piece (or hope for a scrap).

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Very nice use of space. Perhaps piping it all in to a dispenser?, just in case the bottom of your rig is packed with ice & snow 🤨

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Way cool project, K! Nice write up. You so cleaver. 

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Just hear me out... *waves hands*


Reverse the heat shield and stack buckets of KFC down there, held in place with your latches. The exhaust system will make a nice infrared reflective chicken warmer.

 

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4 minutes ago, 4x4tographer said:

Just hear me out... *waves hands*


Reverse the heat shield and stack buckets of KFC down there, held in place with your latches. The exhaust system will make a nice infrared reflective chicken warmer.

 

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Gadget got a Hooker Blackheart axle-back exhaust for Christmas!

 

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this as been on the wishlist for a couple years. i wanted to clean up that "saggy diaper" look of the giant factory muffler.

 

factory exhaust:

 

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i had to trim about 2" off the factory pipe for the new exhaust to sit forward enough to clear my low-profile rear bumper.

 

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also needed to grind that little spot-welded key off the factory pipe. the new exhaust's turn-down stuck out under the bumper, so it got trimmed off shorter too.

 

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i only shaved 4 pounds off my weight versus the stock muffler - was hoping for better considering the size difference.

 

Gadget's booty is much more svelte now though!

 

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i didn't want to go way louder than stock or experience any freeway drone, and this worked out perfectly.

 

there's a slightly deeper note at idle, but barely any louder and i can't really hear a difference cruising at highway speed. there is a fun little growl when rooting around on the trail though! the new sound seems most pronounced in 2nd gear under load.

 

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Been thinking about getting something like this for my rig but like you I don't want it to be loud and annoying.  Awesome gift!

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