@dipodomysdeserti - Gotta justify the purchase somehow, since he likely won't ever take it offroad.
He was in Moab, so he probably went offroading but wasn’t clever enough to find a camping spot outside of Arches, which is very easy to do. A lot of four wheelers nowadays are more into glamping, which is perfectly fine, but not really what I’m into.
We did 12 to 24 on our way to Arches on our previous trip - the change of landscape during that drive is insane. Makes you think you're on another planet. Mrs. addiction wasn't along for that part of the trip, so some will depend on what she really wants to see while we're in the area.
Ye', I'm a sucker for a little branding stuff. So tempted for these.
@fractalfootwork ah, thanks for the link. Advantages over the factory loop: looks and ease of attaching a strap. But both safer than a hook. A friend does serious stuff so he has serious recovery gear. I'm not interested in off-roading but I could see potentially needing a small bit of this knowledge for snow or something.
This is awesome, may look into something similar myself. I've been thinking about picking up a similar Camaro or ecoboost Mustang instead of my i3. this has me leaning more toward the Camaro if I do make the switch.
@krustywantout Eh, not a big surprise. Given the way Ford is marketing the Bronco (see truck flying through the desert) I can see why the town wouldn't appreciate being overrun by a bunch of bro's tearing up trails because they have no idea what they are doing.
I can't find a transit bag here for under 200USD, I was thinking we'd just make one. I feel like shipping from AU would be a deal breaker?
It could be but 200 USD is 260 AUD. Local price is 165 AUD delivered and I can't imagine it'd cost another 100 to send it out.
There's an Engel dealer in town so I could remind myself how they are packaged and see how tight I could pack it down...I can't imagine it'd cost more than AU$50...hopefully less than AU$30 to send it over.
This is the old model transit bag by the way...
@carsoffortlangley That’s still better than a lot of Jeep’s. The most popular configuration was a Sport S with the Technology Group (screen with CarPlay), & usually with the standard 2.0. Now that the 80th Anniversary is out with the 8.4”, that’s what seems to be everywhere instead. Body colored fenders, too. People liked those.
@hammerheadfistpunch Factory ones are off the main, aftermarket are normally a direct line from the fuel tank (at least the diesel heaters used in Land Rovers) or it's own tank entirely. I'm seeing if I can hunt down a diagram of the setup.
@jb-boin Just wanted to say thanks. Spent most of the day copying my old trip reports. Which I didn't have recorded elsewhere. Anyway, I appreciate what you did, there are probably places there I'll never get back to and looking over them now others that are probably others overdue another visit. Cheers
we've got an I4WDA instructor on staff, he and bill burke (also I4WDA certified) recommend against soft shackles. i tend to agree, i think it's a solution looking for a problem. The safety factor on soft recovery devices is significantly less than steel. having said that, everyone here runs CW shackles which are the "standard" size you commonly see but rated for overhead lifting at 6.5t instead of 4.75t commonly seen.
@thomas-donohue My trailer has something similar. It would be cool to have that built-in, but I need something portable. Though I have looked at doing this myself in various ways. The trick is charging.
I hope you enjoy your time in the Ozarks. Considering I live a day trip away from most everywhere you mentioned, I really need to go out more! If you need anything, I’m in the area. Feel free to email me dtg11 at yahoo dot com. If you end up in Springfield, I can give you some pointers on where to eat.
Also, I’m sure you’ve noticed, but we have snow in the forecast on NYE
[sigh] so many reasons to carry two spare tyres around here but this ain't one. I'm not saying it can't but it is biomechanically unlikely due to the way an echidna is built. Even more so since echidnas are largely diurnal (which means they are generally only active during daylight hours).
The other giveaway on this is the username - Old Mate is taking the piss.
@dipodomysdeserti I don't really get high pressure caps. The cooling system was designed to run at a given pressure and a higher cap just raises the boiling point past the point where engine damage is already going to happen. My 2 cents with toyota Truck cooling systems is keep the condenser clearer, keep the fluid fresh and replace the parts with OE. oh, and make sure all the gaps around the radiator are filled. I've found that Toyota systems work best when the pressure at the face of the radiator is greatest. if there are gaps around the sides, bottom or top of the radiator I close them with that RV seal foam. makes a big difference.
EDIT - with a .9 bar cap, the boiling point is 245-251, well beyond the thermal limits for engine safety. Whats the point of raising it even higher?
If I recall, the limit for the 1fz-fe is 105C before the AC turns off and enrichment begins. (221f) pretty sure the 2uz is around there too, I've seen as high as 217 (103 c) but the AC never kicked out. The UZ seems to like to run about 10 degrees hotter than the fz and from what I hear that's intentional for emissions. so long as you are saying below 105 c I think you have a good healthy cooling system.
@crown-victor-victoria This is what my friend did with the Tacoma. You can't even tell it's there other than the fact that he can now physically remove the secondary air pump, which opens his engine bay WAY up. I don't love messing with emissions equip. but this feature is so rarely used and its so much potential trouble that its hardly worth worrying about.