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  1. The eastern sierras are my primary offroad...

    The eastern sierras are my primary offroad playground. As you mentioned, elevation is typically 7000 or higher with some very steep grades.

    I've just made peace with the reality that my vehicles...
  2. I think that there is something special about the...

    I think that there is something special about the 4.0l TJs and LJs. That said, I hear you on the lack of space concern.

    Invest in new gears and a trailer and see how that works for you. If it...
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    My family and work responsibilities take priority...

    My family and work responsibilities take priority over everything at this stage of my life so I get out 3-4 times per year. Not as much as I would like, but the kids always go and I get enough time...
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    I am considering the AEV 2.5 lift, but do not...

    I am considering the AEV 2.5 lift, but do not have aftermarket front and rear bumpers. My concern is that the ride will be too firm/stiff without the weight of the bumpers.

    Do you have the AEV...
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    J I have been an Iridium customer for about...

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    I have been an Iridium customer for about 5-6 years and use the phone only for calling in from the backcountry and in case of an emergency. Their service is reasonably good. With a clear view...
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    If you have not done so yet, check out the AEV...

    If you have not done so yet, check out the AEV forum used vehicles for sale section.

    Some very low mileage fully equipped rigs get listed there that do not appear elsewhere.

    Good luck
    R
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    Those are good numbers. A frequent insta-reply...

    Those are good numbers.

    A frequent insta-reply has been that diesel fuel costs more. But that is no longer the case. In fact, in So Cal diesel has been selling for 30% less than mid grade gas in...
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    Exactly, those who are too dumb or insecure to...

    Exactly, those who are too dumb or insecure to even ask are most likely to get into a bad situation.

    I didn't know everything when starting to explore offroad........and still have a lot to learn....
  9. Great stories, pictures, experiences and...

    Great stories, pictures, experiences and information shared in this thread. Thanks for sharing.

    I have spent some time in both Nigeria and the Ivory Coast. Enjoyed both, but really found the...
  10. Top down and widows covered and you should be...

    Top down and widows covered and you should be fine.
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    I've seen unreasonable/psycho consumers do this...

    I've seen unreasonable/psycho consumers do this multi-forum online bashing thing many times.

    Amazingly, they have zero accountability for any of their disappointments.

    Thank goodness I do not...
  12. Keep the pics and report coming please. I...

    Keep the pics and report coming please.

    I really enjoy west africa.

    R
  13. I wish it were different, but this slide away...

    I wish it were different, but this slide away from information sharing into political hackery happens on many topics here.

    A thread's usefulness is often a function of how quickly comments turn...
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    Thanks for the input. I am in wait mode now....

    Thanks for the input.

    I am in wait mode now. Will update asap when I take delivery and begin the journey.

    R
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    Thanks for that info. I have been reading a...

    Thanks for that info.

    I have been reading a lot, and recently sit the saturation point where the signal to noise ratio of new information starts falling rapidly. The number of choices is...
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    Looks like a beautiful area you were exploring. ...

    Looks like a beautiful area you were exploring.

    Your idea of trying to retain somewhat of a stock look is what I am going to try with my Jeep. Last week I ordered a 2015 JKUR in tank green. My...
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    The Buck 110 is a classic for good reason and I...

    The Buck 110 is a classic for good reason and I own several. Probably a bit lowbrow for real knife experts, but IMHO a great value that will easily last for decades with some care.

    R
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    Great area for exploring. Thanks. R

    Great area for exploring. Thanks.
    R
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    Sad accident with tragic consequences. Been up...

    Sad accident with tragic consequences. Been up there many times and I usually stop at the first meadow, to some extent because that final turn gives me the willies.
    R
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    Great report and pics. Never been, but hope to...

    Great report and pics. Never been, but hope to visit these areas in the next year or two.
    R
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    Ditto on the importance of keeping everyone,...

    Ditto on the importance of keeping everyone, especially my wife, comfortable.

    Aside from that, the two best investments I made for better family travel were an on board fridge and a porta potti....
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    I enjoyed that very much. Thanks. R

    I enjoyed that very much. Thanks.
    R
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    Great report and pics, please keep it coming. ...

    Great report and pics, please keep it coming.

    I have spent many nights at Mike's. It is a very unique and special place.

    R
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    I'm still annoyed that Honda killed off the XR...

    I'm still annoyed that Honda killed off the XR line which does reveal my biases. My ideal would be an XR600 with modern suspension, fuel injection (water cooled too), strong subframe and a 5gal fuel...
  25. I faced a similar decision about four years ago. ...

    I faced a similar decision about four years ago. At that time I rode a Husky TE450. The Husky was fully street legal and had a lot of performance mods. The combo of a short stroke motor and a...
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