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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. I wouldn't let coil springs turn you away from the Ram... Jeep wranglers are coil all around, my Ram 1500 rides like a car and tows really nice. It's fairly capable off road as well, and it's just standard 4wd. I wouldn't take it all the places I'd take my wrangler, but that's mostly due to size and the stock wheels are 20" with semi-low profile tires so airing down probably not a good idea. What might make you want to avoid the RAM is .... recalls.. holy crap, mine has had 5 recalls and there's another on the way. Airbags, tailgates opening as your driving down the highway.. changes to the ECU that really annoy people (you can't have the door open and the trans in drive, new ECU slams it into park at least on the 8speed).. and some other 'fixes'. I also found poorly routed wiring... on the 5.7 engine the oil filter is in the most assining location requiring contortionist skills to remove and so far I've maybe had one oil change where i didn't make a mess. I don't know if 2019 is the same 'generation' as mine, but I think it is. As far as tires/airing down, I run 12psi on my jeep off road, the tires I'm running eat up sands/snow/ice without complaint at that pressure. I'd recommend stauns deflators http://www.stauntyredeflators.com.au, makes airing down a breeze and very accurate once setup. Combine deflators and CO/2 and airing down/up is a breeze. If you think you'll be towing, pay attention to the payload of the specific vehicle you're considering... ignore 'towing capacity'. The payload depends heavily on configuration, you can get an F150 (for example) with as little as 1200# of payload and as much as 2700#.... towing capacity only enters the picture if you're towing a wagon (2 axle fully supported) or another vehicle 4 down.. once you have to carry any part of the what you are towing you'll run out of payload way before towing capacity. I'm not a big fan of onboard compressors (unless you can fit a really big one). The best VIAIR models can't provide much more than ~1.8CFM at tire pressures which is much slower than CO/2.. and you have to leave your engine running to get max CFM. I got tired of 5 minutes running the engine to air up, when CO/2 airs all tires up in about 2 minutes (on my Jeep). Refills cost about $20, larger tires of course will mean more refills of CO/2.. so maybe for a truck on 33's or 35's on board air is more cost effective.. but definitely not time effective. I think resale may be an issue no matter what, if you start getting into more remote areas trail rash and the occasional ding are much more likely. Those will cost.... or you'll be worried about it constantly and not go those places you wanted to get to.
  2. Those are legit, 250cc 2 smoker if I recall, unless you got a hold of a 350? I recall them being pretty peppy. I think the trans is basically a belt CV?
  3. Awesome! Family used to camp at Pismo every couple of years, always wanted one... it's amazing how many are still around.
  4. I believe there are tons of easily available mods as well.. Plus they're simple damn simple.. As long as the size isn't an issue for your needs, IMO it's an awesome platform to built out.
  5. I presume center diff? Lockable? Didn't even know they came that way, but I'm not exactly a Jeep guy (although I do own a JK).. Hell, build the Sammy... we've got a few around here.... one guy in a Hyundai Santa Fe on 40's... takes all kinda crazy 😉
  6. was the full time 4wd stock?
  7. You might want to try installing the k-lite codec pack: https://www.codecguide.com/download_k-lite_codec_pack_mega.htm Install the Mega version. I've found that improves odds of importing various video formats into PP. For editing purposes I often use ffmpeg to re-encode into a format that PP can use, it can take a lot of HD space.
  8. it was a bit of a random trip idea, up there in the truck with my Wife. Didn't spend much time there, I get back on my bike I'll be able to cover a lot more ground. Thanks for the book info...
  9. I'm sure it would bother them to some extent, but harm? I doubt it, thunder is pretty loud... If *I* were to do something of this sort, I'd clamp a fiberglass welding blanket or two behind the bars where I'm cutting. Not only would it provide a backstop for sparks (less change of fire) it should at least help a bit with noise.
  10. Awesome.. I was out there a while back, salvaged the remnants of a cotton sample bag that had 'wonder' and some numbers stamped on it. Figured it was going to rot away anyway.. I'll be back this summer, explore deeper up into the hills and the like see if there's anything interesting.
  11. Was that absorbed by the Navy/firing range? I forget what was being sucked up, if so that might explain the bars/barbed wire?
  12. Not so much. Anything worth seeing, I'm getting off the bike. I've got a couple of action cameras, never really found much use for them. The places I explore don't move, so I don't see the need for video 😉
  13. dang, and I was hoping to get a green card... or a fake ID that said I'm 20 😉
  14. he never said...If his yard is anything like ours.. he spent a lot of time digging up old rusty nails and construction debris.. 😉
  15. Guy emailed, wanted it NOW.. he lost a valve retainer in the lawn while working on a car.. magnets weren't finding it... I think he wanted to try out metal detecting as well, seems those wide magnets on wheels that construction crews use to clean up nails would have done the job 😉
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