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About braindead0

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    Head Fisherman

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    Reno, NV
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    meadmaking, blacksmithing, textile arts, welding/fabricating, fixing/breaking stuff. I also play bass, bodhran and random percussion.

    I also appraise antiques and then smash them.
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    Jeep Wrangler, XR650L

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  1. Comes with 2 coils (normal and a smaller one for deeper/more precise). Even in the middle of nowhere, the quantity of useless junk was just too much for me... never found anything interesting really... .
  2. It can be lowered by 2", seat height (with suspension fully extended) would be 35", once ya get on probably 32-33" depending on shock setup. However managing a tall bike when one is less than tall requires some skillz ;-)
  3. This has been my main backroads explore vehicle for the last 2 seasons (I haul it in my truck to the fun riding, thus super low miles). My goal from the beginning was to buy this as a fairly inexpensive vehicle until I was sure my tired old body didn't forget how to ride off road. I've been having a blast with it, I'm starting to feel the limitations of a 30 year old design. I've got a modern bike on the way, better suspension..more power, water cooled and fuel injected. You'll want to be on the tall side, seat height is 37". Here's the list of mods, any questions feel free to ask here or via PM. Tusk handguards IMS super stock pegs IMS flightline folding shift lever Trailtech Vapor (ODO set to actual, I'll certify) IMS 4.0 Gallon tank MSR skid plate TM40 carb jetted for 220f operating temp and 4000'. Innovate motorsports wideband a/f gauge kit. Bung welded in header and lots of extra jets. spare CDI Sutton oil cooler 13/14/15t front sprockets. Stock 45, currently installed 48 Tubliss front and rear. Air injection blocked off/removed. Intake snorkel removed 2 uni air filters Shorei Lithium-iron battery + Shorei charger Custom luggage rack ('custom' meaning something I welded up) Foldable mirrors. Clymer manual 14 new HiFloPro oil filters LED voltmeter
  4. braindead0

    New Mexico Explorer

    Welcome... we're a bit under the radar around here.. seems most folks are posting links to videos these days.
  5. braindead0

    New from South East US

    Welcome to EF. There are usually places to explore just about anywhere.
  6. Welcome to the forum! Can't help with Louisiana....
  7. braindead0

    From Orange County California

    An old classic: "Chrome muffler bearing"
  8. braindead0

    I need major help!

    Post some GPS coords, that would help. Hatch isn't big enough for missile, could be a storage bunker of some sort. If you can get the APN number for the parcel, check county property records.. often they will not flat out say what government entity owns the property, typically they include an address for sending tax bill which often resolves to a more specific government entity.
  9. braindead0

    From Orange County California

    Beaver whistle?
  10. braindead0

    From Orange County California

    Well, I guess this is now weird/non-sequitur comment thread.. I will begin: Elbow sneeze.
  11. braindead0

    From Orange County California

  12. braindead0

    Blew my Jeep Engine

    That should do the job... my '07 Frontier was a pretty good truck.... only major problem I ever had with is was the radiator springing a leak around 80k..
  13. braindead0

    From Utah County

    Pretty much no rules around here... except the rule of the jUnGle!!! Read around a bit, see how others post adventures... you'll soon get a feel for how things flow on this site.....
  14. braindead0

    From Utah County

    Welcome to EF! I'm a bit surprised more people here aren't using instagram, most of the things we're visiting don't move enough to justify video IMO ;-).... I know it supports video, but seems to be more focused on images... plus you can get RSS feeds (from third parties) which IMO makes it way more usable.
  15. braindead0

    Greetings from Denmark

    Indeed, now that's a proper intro! Welcome to EF!
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    • Exploration Field Trips: May 1-3, 2000 - Trip with Alan Patera and Alan Hensher into Death Valley
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    • Trip 2001 - Northeastern Nevada, Southwestern Idaho
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