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WILL E last won the day on November 25 2022

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    '82 Jeep Cherokee/2019 Colorado ZR2.

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  1. I put together a 4 tire system using harbor freight remnants. I have a small air tank in the jeep. My observations. If you have a powerful air compressor then filling one tire at a time is not as efficient as filling more than one tire at a time. The valve stem is restrictive and the limiting factor. The air tank is helpful in two ways. The first is if you fill it up before stopping to air up, you have a bit of extra compressed air in the tank so it cuts a small bit of time for the overall airing up. The second is if you are airing up one tire at a time. The compressor will continue to run as you move from one tire to the next. So you can save a minute to ninety seconds on the overall time, depending on how long it takes you to move from tire to tire. If you have a 4 tire air up system the tank is much less effective. Yeah, it will help a bit if you fill it up before you start airing up but it doesn't provide the advantage of storing the air as you move from tire to tire with a single tire fill up system. I noticed with my setup that the tank pressure increased when I was airing up a single tire. It was never enough to get the compressor to shut off but it indicated to me that my compressor could pump more air than I could push past the tire stem. As the pressure increased the rate of build up in the tank decreased. So if you are using a smallish compressor then airing up all 4 tires at the same time probably won't save you much time.
  2. Well good for you! I was very happy to find this site a couple of years ago and want to thank you for putting it together and making it what it is.
  3. Dash cams are actually not very expensive, decent ones can be had for $70 to $100. And if it proves you are not at fault even once it is worth it.
  4. I am not one for taking pictures but I do sport a dash cam and it gets some pretty decent video. K2man56, his wife and I went through Bulldog on Sunday. We managed to sneak in between the morning and evening rain showers. The trail was a little wet but not too bad. No dust and very few other rigs. We had a nice lunch at picnic spot 35. I recommend the Mac and Cheese from Nate's BBQ here in Mesa. It made a very nice side for our brats on a bun. K2man56 wife did the driving in their Jeep! She doesn't have much seat time (yet) but is a natural. She drove up the 'play hill' several times to get the feel for it. This video just shows some of the scenery. Coming in 3554 of Usary Pass is the way to go. (23 seconds) This is her first hill climb. She took the easier path this time but turned around and came back up the harder side a few times. (30 seconds) This is a bit of surprise by some side by sides coming around a blind corner. This next one is a show of stupidity on several levels. Driving too fast around a blind corner, one hand on the wheel and the other holding a beer. Basically it's why I keep the dash cam running on the trail. This wasn't the closest I have ever been to getting hit but it sure was for the bush!
  5. We had a great time. We managed to get a small 'non rain' window. The temps were cool. The trail was not dusty.
  6. While the Cheese crisps are a staple, I like to mix it up a bit and will do brats tomorrow. Nice chatting with you today at Crawlers and Coffee. I'll see you tomorrow!
  7. Thanks Snoopy. We'll still hit it if there is a small amount of rain. Actually makes it nice with little to no dust. And I'll bring a pop up if it starts to sprinkle while we are having lunch.
  8. Due to the weather the planned Box Canyon run was postponed. So if you are still itching to get out this weekend we can do the 'short' bulldog canyon run. It is Close to the Valley and Scenic. We will go in on 3554 and exit 10 to the Bush Hwy or go back the way we came it. This avoids most of the wash and we will just be in a very large wash for a short period of time. A permit is required, it's $6, lasts 6 months and is specific to the Bulldog Canyon area: https://www.recreation.gov/vehiclepermits/3332401 Technical Rating: 2 (easy) REQUIREMENTS: A stock clearance 4x4 with a low range transfer case option, suitable front OR rear recovery point (trailer hitch is fine), stock tires. Rigs & drivers must meet all the typical state/federal legal requirements for on-highway vehicles (license, insurance, registration, seat belts, lights, etc.) $6 permit per vehicle. Each OPERATOR must have a permit, families can share a permit This is a great trail for people with little to no experience. Everyone must stay on the designated trails Radios: Not required. Ham on 462.700, CB or FRS all work for me. Trail finding is easy and we'll keep you in our mirrors. I have spare radios too. Itinerary: Meet up time will be 10:30am at fr3554 trail head off of Usery Pass. We'll air down (optional) and chat a bit. We'll stop at least twice to enjoy the view and chat. I'll make some cheese crisps for anyone interested in a snack when we stop for lunch. If we start at 10:30 we will be back on the road about 1:30 or 2pm, even with a hour stop for lunch. It's a pretty short run but a lot of fun and very scenic. It's really beautiful if there is a light rain. I will bring a 'pop up' in case it rains when we stop for lunch. Bring the kids, the pets, Grandma. Bring something for lunch. We'll stop for about an hour for lunch under the shade of some mesquite and palo verde trees. (and maybe a pop up) 3554 trail head: https://www.google.com/maps/place/West+Gate+to+Bulldog+Canyon+OHV+Area/@33.5026963,-111.6133648,15.5z/data=!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x872bbb81761e8ac7:0xc24136abcb51c998!2sUsery+Pass+Rd,+Mesa,+AZ+85207!3b1!8m2!3d33.5240835!4d-111.61566!3m4!1s0x872bbba068b5c437:0xe103b51b92f8ed81!8m2!3d33.5047988!4d-111.6172384 Confirmed WILL E - 83 Cherokee Snoopy91 - New Bronco Joe Rubi - 2017 Rubicon k2man56 - Wrangler 'Chief'
  9. I have an older ARB and Jackery 250 and it does the trick. You can plug the Jackery into a switched power plug and then plug the fridge into the Jackery. So when you are driving it charges the Jackery but when you are stopped it doesn't drain your battery but keeps the fridge as cold as possible. I also have a dual battery setup so when I am parked the power port gets power from the second battery and when the engine is running it uses the main battery/charging circuit. I just wired a SPDT relay 'backwards' to determine which battery to use. One 'nice' thing about a jackery type setup is you can bring the fridge over to the cooking/hangout area. The only thing I miss about ice chests is how fast they can cool a drink down. But if you pay attention you will not run out of cold refreshments. And I DO NOT miss throwing away food because it got dunked in nasty ice chest water.
  10. Nice. Fridges are the best. I'll never go back to storing food in a chest of of ice water.
  11. Underhood LED lite strip. A set of magnetic pickups. A set of magnetic parts/tool holders.
  12. Great day out! Awesome weather. And a good group of folks with the right wheeling attitude. We went all of the way to cottonwood exit. The scenery was fantastic. No break downs! It's really just a fantastic time to be outside in Arizona right now. Thanks everyone for joining!
  13. Sounds good! Looking forward to meeting you guys finally.
  14. No worries Bill. I do this run every couple of weeks or so. Watch for the next one. And I am going to post up a box canyon run (florence) for January so watch for that too!
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