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SonoranWander's 2018 JLUR

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A new toy I got, in December actually, but will finally get to play with this weekend, a Garmin Montana 700i (inReach).

 

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It comes with Garmin’s standard City Navigator maps and with Open Street Maps along with Garmin’s topography maps.

 

Being an inReach device, it has satellite communications and SOS functionality, with a subscription fee of course. But it is peace of mind for communication in a remote emergency.

 

You can share your location with everyone while also sharing messaging or restricting messaging to a limited set of contacts.

 

You can follow along with me at https://share.garmin.com/SonoranWanderer. I am still learning how to get it to show my location and past path on that map.

 

I mounted it using the D67 Series 55 rail and the Garmin “motorcycle” mount for the 700i.

 

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The motorcycle mount has bare wires for power. And I tied those into the Jeep’s auxiliary wiring/switches via a powerwerx quick disconnect plug.

 

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The 700i turns on and off with the Jeep’s ignition.

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Mapping setup with the Garmin 700i inReach and an iPad Mini with Gaia. The phone mount is raised up and turned sideways for quick landscape photos and videos while driving. Normally it sits upright slightly in front of the AC vent to stay cool in the Arizona sun.

 

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53 minutes ago, SonoranWanderer said:

Mapping setup with the Garmin 700i inReach and an iPad Mini with Gaia. The phone mount is raised up and turned sideways for quick landscape photos and videos while driving. Normally it sits upright slightly in front of the AC vent to stay cool in the Arizona sun.

 

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Cleaned the Jeep today to remove all the Cherry Creek mud. Discovered that I have sufficiently broken in the paint job with lots of pinstripe. 
 

After cleaning, I Installed the next “mod”, a soft top. Picked one up this morning from an online discussion.

 

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Got to put the top crane Shelley bought me for the JK to use on the JL.

 

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Signed up for the Red Creek run. I’m a happy camper.

 

 

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Shelley took a video of the top crane in action and sent it to our nephew, his response is priceless.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Looking good. I love the soft top on the JL. The flexibility it gives in it’s different configs is pretty nice. I roll around with it down quite often, but if the sun gets intense or it gets too chilly it’s easy enough to pop it into Safari mode. 20 seconds, max.

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