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  1. 9 points
    These 2 guys are having way too much fun. Riding a home built rail cart to Goat Canyon Trestle in Carrizo Gorge, Anza Borrego park in Cali. George should ditch the bicycle for this!
  2. 9 points
    The fam and I took a little spur of the moment trip up to Sedona yesterday to get out of town for a bit. We ended up running through Broken Arrow, as @Yodamom hadn't see it yet, and I think it's frankly one of the biggest bang for your buck trails in the area. I love living in the north valley as that puts places like Sedona just 1.5 hours of our driveway and makes for an easy getaway whenever we want a dramatic change of scenery. A few photos just as we entered the trail and aired down. Submarine rock is my absolute favorite part of this trail. I could spend most of my day hanging out there. When there are no vehicles around and the tourists quiet down, its amazing how quiet this large of an open space really is. Chicken Point always has some pretty dramatic scenery. A little flexing just before Devil's Staircase Here's the staircase itself. The girls hanging out with the Jeep at Chicken Point. Brynna really wanted a photo with one of the Pink Jeeps since "her room is pink and he pants are pink and pink is her favorite color". She's also let me know that she wants her own pink Jeep when she's old enough to drive.
  3. 7 points
    Next time any of us are headed to Sand Hollow or near the AZ Strip, we should check out Glitter Mountain. It's an old Gypsum (selenite) mine where the ground is scattered with crystals! Old Gypsum Crystal Mine Littlefield, AZ 86432 Google Maps link.... Here's an article with a little more info on the place. If you go, be sure to respect the mine claim owner's wishes: "...the mine does have an active mining claim on it, and the owner of that claim has requested that people do not enter the pit, or break out new chunks of gypsum. The claimant has actually enjoyed the excitement about the mine, and agrees that it is fun for explorers of all ages to find and learn about the minerals in the earth, but is concerned about people getting hurt and the liabilities associated with it."
  4. 7 points
    Ok so for those interested just an update on my horse chase! The rancher and I tracked his hoof marks for about 3-4 miles back into the net of washes. We used the dirt bikers and ATV drivers as helpers but eventually lost the tracks after maybe 45 minutes. We returned to the staging area using 413... I gave him my phone number so he could update me if anything happens. I think they are going back with a search team or something as they were returning to the staging area on Bartlett Road on my way out. Ill update this post if I hear any news.
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    good times, great to see you all - thanks everyone for coming out and for bringing all the stuff we needed to make this a successful event! quote of the day came from Brynna: "i got a cactus too, but my dad pulled it out of my butt!"
  7. 7 points
    Not bad for a non-mechanic. Built this 2700 piece Porsche. Alit of fun and just amazed at how they developed this model. Next up, a Ferrari
  8. 6 points
    Saw this, frankly genius, video that showcases many of the factors and solutions to a lot of offroad challenges. The last few minutes don’t really apply, but the first several challenges are brilliantly demonstrated, in my opinion.
  9. 6 points
    Been meaning to post a pic, the new tire set is wider by a tad compared to the MTs but SOOOO much quieter.
  10. 6 points
    Alright! Update on the horse! Yesterday the rancher called me and let me know that the horse had been found early Monday morning! He said that he was found over near Dynamite Rd... I dont quite know where exactly he means by that but by the sounds of things the horse made quite a treck! Anyway... He is safe and back with his family now
  11. 6 points
    New Years Day a few of us got together to follow @theksmith around in the desert, exploring some trails and washes on his side of town. It was one of those "If we can drop down into this wash, I think it will take us all the way to the road over there..." kind of days. BTW, the wash did go through. It was a nice relaxing day of sunshine, tunes, and rocks. I needed it. Along for the ride were @Number7 & @scottL. All my photos are here: Diane's Google Photos
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    I have to ad pics in two posts so here's some party time pics. Pile o' gifts. @Number7 cooking away. Thanks again G! Cookie Time. The kiddos.
  14. 6 points
    Today was a blast for sure. Great trail in and definitely interesting drop down the hill. Thanks @dzJeepChic @Number7 for cooking and @theksmith for getting us there. @4x4tographer and @Yodamom here's one for you.
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    So I’ve been interested in joining in on some of the overnight trips some of you guys do, but I’m too big of a wuss to sleep in a tent on the ground. After reading @theksmith excellent sleeping platform build thread I decided to try to adapt one to my existing drawer system that I built for my JLU. KSmith’s build thread is highly detailed, and my engineering prowess is pretty rudimentary. My version of the sleeping platform is definitely a bit of a hack job with some room for improvement, but here’s where I’ve landed. I really liked KSmith’s removable verticals supports, so I did my best to mimic it. Using similar “lift off hinges”, I ran into a little snag where I didn’t have enough room (vertically) on the back of my drawer system to install 2 hinges per side. I opted to go with just 1 per side (they’re fairly beefy) and added a strip of plywood next to each hinge as a sort of support. The thought is that the plywood strips will support the bulk of the weight along this edge. Here’s a mock-up of the 2 boards that make up the sleeping area. A contour gauge and a jigsaw helped to shape the board around the center console arm rest. Some t-nuts and hinges went in to make the platform collapsable. I looked at using a piano hinge for a perfect “fold flat” for storage, but the hinges I found at the local store seems pretty flimsy to me, made of brass. I went for some beefy gate hinges, but realized the error of my ways when I went to fold it flat and the bolt heads at the hinge got in the way. They fold down to about 5 degrees from perfectly flat. I’d really like to get them to fold perfectly flat, so I’m going to have to go the piano hinge route and some low profile bolts or screws with flat/tapered heads. Here’s a photo of the platform “folded”. I won’t be able to hit a trail with it like those as it’ll vibrate it self apart, so I’ll stuff a blanket into the void or something. And here is the platform fully unfolded. All in all, its pretty sturdy. To help keep it from moving around (side-to-side) when shifting weight, I added 2 additional “lift off hinges” to the back-edge of the platform and the leading edge of the drawer system. The platform will slide and “lock” into position, preventing any side-to-side tipping when I’m moving about trying to get comfy. Here’s a view from the other side. I really liked KSmith’s idea of leaving the driver side seat available to sit in, change your pants on, whatever! It also makes it a hell of a lot easier to get onto the platform as opposed to trying to climb in from the passenger side. I felt like I was 20 years older trying to navigate myself in and out from that side. And here’s a view from the tailgate. I suppose I might be a little tall (which is funny to say at 5’10”) but my toes and head touch the tailgate and passenger seat. Something I’ll have to get used to. All-in-all, I’m happy with the width of the sleeping area and I don’t feel too cramped laying on it. Best of all, the entire platform just snaps in and out in about 30 seconds. So it’s a breeze to install it on the fly. For the moment I’m going to leave it all unpainted until I’m happy with it, but I’ll eventually hit it with some bedliner rattle cans like I did with the drawer/deck. Overall the coating is holding up pretty well since I built it about a year ago, so I have a few areas to touch up from some abuse. Now to find a sleeping pad and a decent sleeping bag! Looking forward to trying this new system out on the next trip!
  18. 6 points
    @Yodamom and I took a brief "after work / pre-Christmas" trip out to see the Anderson Mill in the San Domingo Wash just outside of Wickenburg today. Was joined by @Trail Toy and the kids for a nice afternoon! If you've never checked it out - try it! An out & back style trail, you can knock it out in about 2 to 2.5 hours round trip and makes for a great little trip with a lot of mines, scenery, and history.
  19. 6 points
  20. 6 points
    Just in case someone doesn’t have the metric conversion factor: metric shit ton A metric shit ton is exactly 204.62262 pounds more than a shit ton.
  21. 5 points
    Zero flex but didn't tip over!!
  22. 5 points
    Quickie update on the 4Runner: I spent an hour or so today with a clay bar, some black paint specific rubbing compound, cutting polish, scratch & swirl remover then finished it off with a couple coats of a hybrid wax - it looks pretty darn good if I do say so myself! I didn’t bother doing anything with the flare because it’s too far gone so I’ll just replace it. I’m planning on painting the new one a flat black then go around and paint the rest of them flat black too, maybe that will give it a little more rugged look too.
  23. 5 points
    The ORP Holiday party and associated shenaigans is ALWAYS a good time... Thank again G & D (and of course "K"), for hosting a good time...
  24. 5 points
    Thanks to Diane, Kris, and George for a great day. Great group of off-roaders.
  25. 5 points
    Gadget got a Hooker Blackheart axle-back exhaust for Christmas! 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: 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. 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. 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! 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.
  26. 5 points
    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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  30. 4 points
    Stumbled across the solution for electrical interference related to my Baofeng handheld (UV5R) ham radio! Wanted to share the fix in the event others are having a similar issue. This solutions *should* work across related Baofengs as well. Somewhere in my Jeep JL there is signal interference that is causing fairly rhythmic static to be picked up by the handheld. I've been able to make it "better and worse" by moving the radio around the cabin, but the only way to totally mitigate it was to get it as far away from the center console as possible (i.e., hanging it out of the darn window). In my particular case, the interference was coming from my handbrake and aux switches. When the brake is pulled, or I have an aux button pressed, some poorly shielded wire is giving off interference that the Baofeng it picking up. I tried messing with the squelch, pushing it all the way up to "9", the max, with little effect. The reason behind this is that, from the factory, these radios are programmed with a pretty weak/passive squelch range that doesn't even cover the radio's full capability, with stronger interference still breaking through no matter how high you've set the level. The solution is to reprogram your squelch range to be more aggressive. Here, you'll see the factory original squelch "strength" versus the new, much more aggressive settings. My particular radio supports a max squelch setting of 105. The original max setting was 22. Quite the difference. What you'll need: CHIRP - a free radio programming tool A programming cable specific to your radio. I'm using this one for the Baofeng The drivers for your cable (if needed). I use a Mac, so my drivers might vary from yours. Next up, check out this site for more detailed instructions on how to reprogram your radio. This page also goes more in depth as to the "why" behind what is happening with your radio. In summary, you will: Connect your radio via USB Launch CHIRP Turn on the radio, volume at 100% Download your radios settings via USB Find the appropriate tab for your squelch settings (mine was under settings>>service settings) Input your new squelch ranges for VHF and UFH Upload the new image back to the radio Test it! Rinse and repeat for best results During the ORP Holiday Party I got to use my freshly reprogrammed radio with the new squelch settings and it operated flawlessly. With squelch setting "4" selected, I was able to hear everyone's transmissions and zero aggravating interference from the Jeep.
  31. 4 points
    6/7ths of my lift kit have arrived! The front adjustable track bar is so excited it tried to open itself early! Hopefully the final box will be here in a week or so. Currently sitting on a pile of parts to install. The "Era of Amazon" has really diminished (unfairly) my ability to suppress my impatience.
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    All fixed and it even started! Not to bad of a job, about 3 hours. Just in case anyone else suspect's the same issue, look straight down the oil filter housing at about the 8 o'clock, if you see a pond of oil, well there's your problem. It's a good 2"-3" deep so it will hold more than a bit-o-oil before the leak shows itself. Washed out the pic to show the puddle.
  35. 4 points
    if Joe can't get you in soon, call Jason at Absolute Offroad. they're still a long ways from you, but it's the only other shop i know i can trust: https://absolute-offroad.com/
  36. 4 points
    Hi all! I'm new to the club, and would like to join this run. Sounds like a great time! Me and my +1 are looking forward to it. I checked the list of pot luck needs, and can bring sodas, 2 bags of ice, and some bags of chips...
  37. 4 points
    we scouted a new-to-us trail the other day for a potential future run near town. thanks @scottL for getting these shots of Gadget:
  38. 4 points
    Here's what we've got. We only grabbed some video where we dropped down into the wash.
  39. 4 points
    Here's the offending part, USPS held mine hostage for four days. I know I'm spending next Sunday under the hood.
  40. 4 points
    great job on the sleep platform! does the JL passenger seat not lean forward any further to give you a couple more inches of headroom? one idea for you - grab the correct size countersink drill bit from Home Depot, and use it to bevel the screw holes in the hinges so you can use flat-head screws. that should allow the gate hinges to fold almost completely flat... you may still want thin spacers on the opposite edge of the platform (the same thickness as the whole hinge itself) so the folded over section of wood can rest on the spacers. awesome use of your holiday vacation - looking forward to you coming on some overnights with us now!
  41. 4 points
    I am not a fan of sleeping on the ground for the critters to get me either. On the camping trip to Signal(My first camping adventure) I got my hands on a Wellax self inflating pad. Kris has a nice one too, a little more dollars than mine though. I put an "egg crate" style foam pad from Wal-Mart under that for extra cushion. It was pretty comfortable to be honest. I am 6' 2" and fit back there at an angle and slept good, not the best nights sleep but not the worst. I do not recall what style sleeping bag I have but it's a Coleman. It is heavy and warm. I bought it when I was driving truck a long time ago and it always kept me warm. I also borrowed Kris's passenger seta/foyer idea. I am going to get some cheap window shades and cut them to fit the windows down the side primarily to block out more light in the morning. Secondly I would hate to wake up and see Jason Voorhees or Freddy Kruger staring at me.
  42. 4 points
    I finally removed that little gizmo that is responsible for day time running lights. I also tried out some of that headlight restoration stuff. It worked pretty good.
  43. 4 points
    @Yodamom surprised me with a full set of Rock Hard 4x4 LCA skids under the tree for Christmas. 100% all-American beef to help protect my low-hanging brackets. The photos don’t really do them justice, they are substantial. There’s really no other word for them. They’re noticeably thicker than the LCA bracket material itself. A few shots of the chewed-up front and rear LCA brackets. The install was a breeze with a single bolt to pop out and replace. Rock Hard provides some of the thickest washers/shims I’ve ever seen to help center the skid plate around the factor curves of the LCA brackets. Shot of the rear driver LCA at the axle (photo from the side): Shot of the rear driver LCA skid (photo from the rear): Here’s the front driver LCA bracket at the axle (photo from the front): Front driver skid (shot from the rear): Ran into a slight problem with the front passenger LCA bracket at the axle where it butts up against my Metalcloak Front Axle Disconnect skid plate. There’s a little competition for space over the pictured hex bolt. To get it to work the only real choice I see is to grind down the LCA skid on one of the corners a little.
  44. 4 points
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    Wow Kris. Do you have build plans floating above you while you're sleeping?
  46. 4 points
    Hey now, I was pretty bent out of shape that someone stole the emergency 10mm socket and survival kit I got from @GRUNT last year!
  47. 4 points
    Now, now. Let's not be accessory shaming our chubby rigs.
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    We couldn't find one to suit our needs ( dogs + gear) so Stacey custom made one. It even stores up against the roof when not needed
  50. 3 points
    finished a custom skid plate & spare fluids storage area... the skid is mainly to fill in this big gap between the Clayton t-case skid and my water tank: the main skid i first had to take the water tank down and weld some tabs to it's cradle, then added 5/16" nutserts to those tabs. a sheet of 12" x 24" x 0.135" steel plate from OnlineMetals.com was used for the bottom of the new skid. i welded matching mounting tabs to it, then had to cut it to the correct shape/size. i added 1/2" x 0.1875" bars to the long edges as reinforcement, and the mounting tab strengthens the t-case end. i didn't think the water tank end needed a gusset since it wedges under the bevel of the tank's own skid. i later added one more bar across the center of the plate. i drilled 4 holes in the turned-up edge of the Clayton t-case skid to bolt it to my new contraption and again used my trusty threaded insert tool to add four 1/4" nutserts on that end of the new skid. once the main elements of the new skid were in place, i bolted it up and did a few test drives to make sure there were no rattles or squeaks. spare fluid storage i figured the area above the skid would make a perfect place to store spare/emergency fluids since it would keep their weight low and centered. they're something you shouldn't need often, so having them in a slightly inconvenient area should be ok. i've previously used rectangular Nalgene bottles for spare fluids because they pack nice and are very heavy-duty. they're available in a 1qt bottle or 2qt size. here's the nearly finished skid with storage area and the hold-down latches. the latches have to fold both down and over out of the way so the bottles can go in at an angle due to the driveshaft being in the way. since all of this is right next to the exhaust and t-case, a heat-shield was needed to keep the plastic bottles from melting. i used DEI non-adhesive aluminum backed fiberglass insulation to make the heat barrier. the aluminum is thick enough to hold a shape well. the shield is held on primarily with 4 plastic push-pin fasteners, then the sides and top are taped together to help hold the form. i'm trying out waterproof butyl backed aluminum tape on this project, we'll just have to see how well it holds up. the end result here's a before: and after: view from the other side: hopefully all these linked skids will help me slide over boulders better - or at least not rip anything apart if i have to winch off an obstacle!
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