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  1. 5 points
    The gang and I completed a shortened version of the run I had scheduled. (I'll explain in a little bit) It was good to see everyone again and meet some new folks too. Thanks to everyone who came out and explored with me, I had a blast! I did not take any pictures for some odd reason so I am looking forward to seeing yours. Those in attendance were: @4WLNRN @OffroadFun @Visket @Franky @Rawhyd @JEMSA @Mick Bowers Shout outs: @Rawhyd- Thanks for tail gunning and keeping the gang together and for looking over the maps and working through getting a camp spot on Friday! @Mick Bowers- Thanks for cooking dinner for everyone Friday night! It was a great spaghetti dinner. Everyone who kept tabs and checked up on me to make sure I was hangin' in there okay on Saturday. Most of us stayed in Alamo on 6-6 at the Sunset View Inn, a quirky but neat little hotel. My room was the Fantasy Room. The post for the run has pictures of some our rooms. it was a little weird and the bathroom smelled weird. Not a "holy cow someone had bad Mexican food" smell, but more like a moldy smell. Other than that all was well. Friday Morning we all gathered up and aired down around 8 A.M. then hit the road shortly after. We headed a mile south to the Delamar Ghost Town trailhead. The name of the game on this trail was dust, it was everywhere. Not unexpected as this area is in the middle of the desert. We crossed over the Delamar Lake bed which kicked up a bunch of silt but it was still a cool thing to do. We saw some wild horses along the way, that was pretty cool too. The trail got a little more exciting/fun once we made it past the lake. Nothing to crazy, just some off-camber parts and some ruts and rocky parts. We made it to the remains of the town of Delamar and did some exploring. It was pretty cool too see all the remains of houses scattered through out the little valleys and up on the hillsides. All the building remains gave the vibe that this place used to be a busy little mining town. Once we were done there we headed north toward the Silver State Trail System. On the way up we stopped and visited the Helene Cemetery. As expected this cemetery is old. Some of the headstones were well over 100 years old. From there the roads to the SSTS were smooth and dusty. We stopped for lunch at the Chief Mountain trailhead. Here there was a picnic areas with shade and restroom "facilities". Once done with lunch we made our way towards the Pan American mine. The trail was a mix of smooth roads, some off camber, and some rocky parts. We also saw some more wild horses along the way. Glenn said he saw a deer, I was too busy looking at the mountains that surrounded us and missed that wildlife. We climbed in elevation as we made our way to the Pan American mine. There are signs that say it is private property but the gate is non-existent so we kept on truckin'. There's an old cabin on the hill behind the mine that looked to have an amazing view. The entrance to the mine itself is huge, big enough to drive a Jeep into. Glenn was down there and took some pics. From there we went up the road to where I thought we'd make camp at the Comet Mine which according to a sign says it is under video surveillance. I quickly realized there was not enough room for all of us , the ground was rocky, and there was debris everywhere. I wanted to go further North to the Mountain Lion Mine and perhaps camp there. Glen and I looked at the maps and talked it over. We both noticed the road out that continued to the Mountain Lion Mine looked pretty chewed up past the Comet Mine so for the safety of all we decided to head back South and head west across Deadman's Crossing. This was an easy trail about 22 miles long. We did not find camp until almost the end at Hamiton(This is the correct spelling 🙂) Spring. This was a good camp spot with enough room for all of us. We all set up camp and @Mick Bowers went about cooking dinner for everyone. A nice spaghetti dinner with rolls. After covering about 100 miles, including some back tracking, this was a welcome meal and much appreciated. After dinner a wind storm, no dust just a strong wind, came up and cooled the temps down significantly. Saturday Morning I woke up feeling like a hot pile of garbage. 🤬 I talked things over with a few folks and we decided the best approach was to poll the group to see what they wanted to do. I was going to head south at the end of Deadman's crossing and make my way to HWY 318 then home. We had covered a lot of ground Friday so Saturday was shaping up to be a short day anyway. I gathered up the group and let them know my plan. Those who did not want to go with me could go to Pioche, we were close enough. We reviewed those directions and everyone but @4WLNRN and @Rawhyd wanted to go that way, they followed me out. That trail out was very lightly traveled and had some challenging spots. A good fun way to end the weekend. Lessons Learned: Weather forecasts generally lie, it was hotter than anticipated. So next time I go up there it will be earlier in the year. It was a little too warm in the daytime and took a bit to cool down at night. Bring Liquid IV or some sort of drinks with electrolytes. Come up with a Plan C to fill in time on the second day if we cover a lot of ground on the first day. All in all this was a great trip with a couple of hiccups but that is how things go sometimes. Thanks again for coming along everyone!
  2. 5 points
    this evening's project was replacing the driver seat bottom cushion (Mopar part #68194641aa, about $230). my old repair (done back in 2019) was still holding the original foam together, but the side bolster i patched in eventually got soft and smooshed just like the OEM. the whole cushion had my butt pressing it down for nearly 170k miles now, so it was time to just do a full replacement. the original foam showing my old fixes: the new one is a different color of foam and seems springier than i remember the original ever being. i used 3M Super 90 spray adhesive (basicly a contact cement) to attach the original heating element to the new foam. the leather above the side bolster had started to fold over and crease, but was still holding together... i reinforced it on the back side with some old t-shirt fabric and more 3M spray adhesive (the red), my first attempt to stiffen up the side (blue) is still holding strong. this whole project took about 30 minutes and besides sockets/wrenches, it only requires some decent side cutters, hog ring pliers, and a few new hog rings. all back together with a stiff outside bolster and i don't sink down in the cushion as much anymore. there's a nice firm but springy feel to it. in the photo above, you can see the front outer corner of the leather is worn near the seam quite a bit. i'm sure i'll have to replace the whole lower cover before too long. hoping to get a couple more years out of it though.
  3. 3 points
    Brady installed some chinese JKS clone disconnects off Amazon this morning. several reviewers said the bushings didn't last long in them. fortunately i happen to have a set of real JKS replacement bushings in my pile of parts, so we preemptively swapped those in. i also still had the little hold-up loops that i had made when i ran regular disconnects on my rig, so he was able to have those too.
  4. 3 points
  5. 2 points
    @shellback91 for #2 Drink a big glass of water, put a few rocks of salt in your mouth and let them dissolve slowly. You'd be amazed at how well this works. I carry some of that Pink Himalayan salt with me now.
  6. 2 points
    i agree on those corners, the flat paint doesn't go well - solid upgrades though man, can't wait to see it with new bigger tires!
  7. 2 points
    Made my version of a metal bender on saw on “the gram”. The bender I copied was was welded. The two pieces of angle iron were salvaged from a previous project. Note: Only the holes marked with red and black were used with the bender. All other holes were preexisting. 1/2” square stock, 3 1/2” long, drilled and tapped 1/4-20 and bolted to the angle iron with CCS’s Both ends of the square stock don’t need to be drilled. I only drilled them both because I had the drill press set up Here I have bolted a 1” and a 24mm deep socket approx. 1 1/4” dia. on to the angle iron The angle iron pieces can be slid in relation to each other to accommodate various thicknesses of material. Note the test pieces on the bench in the background made in 1/8” x 2” material. These bends were made cold, by hand, with very reasonable effort.
  8. 2 points
    Here are three different radius bends made with different diameter 1/2” drive sockets when I was fooling around
  9. 2 points
    It’s been so long since I’ve posted updates. Maybe I’ll get around to it this week. Lots of stuff done. Metalcloak 3.5” GC, Undercloak, ARB Twin, lots of electronics. Gears and lockers in a few weeks.
  10. 1 point
    Not for me, it has limited articulation
  11. 1 point
    Almost forgot, front Diff got a little love since I wanted to also check out inside to make sure noises I was hearing wasn't anything internal. But I actually bought this cover before I went into the hospital last year. Probably worth more than the Dana 30 its mounted to, but at least I'll feel a little better if I need to take out my aggression on it on the trail.
  12. 1 point
    Little last week and weekend update to the build: I got my rear quarters installed from MVF. They look great, but I still want to make a few modifications. Two of the screws that were nutserted into the body didn’t fully line up, so I’ll be clearancing the holes to fit. I’ll also be top coating the rear quarters with a gloss black paint. I’m not thrilled with how the flat black powdercoat looks over the glossy body. Finally, I’ll be running a silicone sealer around the edges to prevent any dirt from standing behind them over time. I also did a trans service with a little upgrade. The 545rfe pan is quite exposed right in front of the front cross member. The fluid didn’t seem burnt, but I have no idea when the last trans service was done. I decided to take the opportunity to change the fluid and filters. I replaced the pan with a pan from amazon that actually had a drain bolt and it aligned with the new skid plate from Taboo Customs. Waiting for Josh from Bleepinjeep to drop off some of their alignment bars before I finally swap my springs for the taller ones. Then I will finally start trimming fenders to get my new wheels and tires installed. I did test fit one of the new tires one side of the jeep and yeah, trimming needs to happen lol. HK has said my new rear bumper should be built within the week so hopefully I will see that sometime this month. UPS should love me if they haven't already. I'm thinking once its on, it will make me want to do a tank tuck so I'm a little torn between a diy tuck or just ordering affordable offroads tank tuck kit. That's all my 2:30am brain can take for an update.
  13. 1 point
    did a little craft project to display a toy version of my rig: https://theksmith.com/hobbies-interests/display-case-idea-hotweels-type-toy-model-car/
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