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El Polvo last won the day on February 7

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  1. What the traction control does is kills the motor when traction is lost until the wheel stops spinning. I dont like that at all as it’s better to keep momentum in sand. I run normal psi of 35. The reason is that everytime I roll out I hit sand or something before I hit the pavement. I dont have time to air back up as I run straight to the on ramp. On the NV i run 50psi front and 80psi rear.
  2. I’ve used the rear locker in my truck a few times and it makes a huge difference. In soft sand traction control and the lockers are pretty much useless. Lol also, I do believe that Toyota also has the DHD that works good headed back down a grade.
  3. If i were to chose one of these three trucks I would definately hit that taco. I am disappoint in a lot of the “trucks” out these days. I am old school and the concept of a low torque, high horsepower truck isnt gonna get my attention. I like a truck with plenty of torque. Also, as far as “offroad” the smaller the better is the general “rule of thumb I go by.
  4. The Ram that my son owned was nice butit had coil rear springs and fancy dash that kept friggin flippin all over the place with all kinds of fancy bs. I guess Im old school af, give me a speedo, and gages not bunch of fancy crap especially on a truck. The Toyota would be the way to go although I will say I was not impressed with the 2nd gen Taco I had.
  5. For me, the deal breaker on the Ram are the coil rear springs. Not feeling that on a truck at all.
  6. Awesome drone footage!! Mine are still a little too choppy to do anything with. (Im a crappy pilot, lol)
  7. Must have been an awesome old hotel!! The cholla cactus are amazing. They have barbs that just keep digging into your flesh. Apache warriors used to put it on their arrows
  8. Thats crazy!! Real nice, I bet that’ll keep him away from the video games a while
  9. Jeeps in the 70’s (amc) came out with a “quadra-trac” 4wd system. I had it on my J20 pick up truck. It was a beast. They had a switch (factory) in the glove box that warned against using it on dry ground or pavement that sounded simular to big rig brakes but quieter that locked all 4’s at the same speed. Not real good gas mileage, about 6-8 mpg which was the death sentence for the system and sales.
  10. Bob, have you talked to Graig at PRG? https://www.prgproducts.com/store Also these guys may be of help too. http://nissteclifts-com.3dcartstores.com/ARMADA-SUSPENSION-LIFTS-AND-BRAKES_c_371.html imo the best lifts for the front end would be FOX coilovers if you have the buckage to do it. Just remember that anything over two inches and you’ll need UCA’s. A lot of people have had trouble with the radflo coilovers like I have but mine havent given me problems. One of my sons has a 2wd 2nd gen Armada (2018) and just picked up a 4wd 2nd gen Titan real cheap too.
  11. This is a rock cabin ruin, it is in pretty poor shape. The walls no longer stand and the wood rotted and gave way
  12. Awesome vid. Its amazing how they built solid building and just left them there to rot and decay into ruins.
  13. Interesting to know that this remote deserted place was once bustling with activity. Great vid
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