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  1. I'm contemplating the purchase of a 4runner TE...

    I'm contemplating the purchase of a 4runner TE and would do a similar sort of build.

    I'm especially curious about ride height since I need to park in an underground garage.

    Good luck with the...
  2. Probably the new Forester. Shorter wheelbase,...

    Probably the new Forester. Shorter wheelbase, better departure angles, x-mode for better offroad control, reasonable cargo volume.

    All that said, any new Subaru would be good as an overland...
  3. Very interesting and informative report, thanks....

    Very interesting and informative report, thanks.
    R
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    Lots of owners have had oil consumption issues on...

    Lots of owners have had oil consumption issues on the Subaru Outback forum.

    But there was a TSB on this and Subaru did make a change to the rings it uses in new motors on 8 May 2013. Build dates...
  5. Thread: Karelia 2014

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    Very well done video, thanks posting. R

    Very well done video, thanks posting.
    R
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    Needs versus wants in an overland vehicle is a...

    Needs versus wants in an overland vehicle is a highly subjective issue.

    In the needs category, my list is short and includes:

    Good ground clearance (8" at least, the more the better)
    Lots of...
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    Link? No seeing any embedded video. R

    Link?

    No seeing any embedded video.
    R
  8. Also have three kids nd have been in the same...

    Also have three kids nd have been in the same situation.

    Best decision we ever made was a 4x4 E350 van. Comfortable seating for all and loads of room. Tried other options and nothing even comes...
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    Same here. Vans are great for family travel. ...

    Same here. Vans are great for family travel. Much more comfort than a pickup or SUV. My wife really appreciates a comfy captains chair, the fridge and the porta potti.

    We just turned 100k in...
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    Ver well done and thanks for sharing. Like...

    Ver well done and thanks for sharing.

    Like many others, it brought back fond memories of great times with my dad.

    Timely too because my boys and I are heading out to do some fly fishing later...
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    Your interpretation of the term "gone broke" is...

    Your interpretation of the term "gone broke" is quite a bit different than mine.

    When exactly did Ford go broke and based on what definition of the term?

    R
  12. The new Cherokee looks like a great small expo...

    The new Cherokee looks like a great small expo vehicle.

    A problem with the OB is that there are very few off road oriented mods available. My guess is that upgrading the capability of the OB to...
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    This is a big positive for me too. R

    This is a big positive for me too.
    R
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    Good looking trailer and very helpful to see...

    Good looking trailer and very helpful to see these build pics and details.

    Thanks.

    R
  15. The CV has been a huge success for Subaru. So...

    The CV has been a huge success for Subaru. So much so that it is becoming the standard tranny on most of their models.

    I have a 2010 OB, which was the CVs first model year. At first, I was a...
  16. There appears to be a relationship between 6.0psd...

    There appears to be a relationship between 6.0psd problems and 1) how the engine has been maintained (cannot slack off), 2) the extent to which the motor has been modded to boost power and 3) driving...
  17. Yep, best to not think about MPG on the V10s....

    Yep, best to not think about MPG on the V10s. Most owners seem to get 10-12 in mixed driving unloaded and 8-10 if towing.

    FWIW, my 6.0 has been by far the most reliable vehicle I have ever owned....
  18. Grab an E350 with the gas V10. It will tow 10k...

    Grab an E350 with the gas V10. It will tow 10k without breaking a sweat and reliability is excellent.

    R
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    I will check this out. I have tried a few sat...

    I will check this out.

    I have tried a few sat phone service providers over the past 8-10 years and Iridium has the best coverage by a wide margin.

    R
  20. You are certainly right about the desire for what...

    You are certainly right about the desire for what we cannot have. I fall into that mindset occasionally.

    The links you provide above make for interesting reading.

    My recollection was that the...
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    Generally drive with OD off, unless pulling a...

    Generally drive with OD off, unless pulling a grade.

    Short hop errands around town do indeed burn the fuel quickly.

    I need to get an jerry can rack because I figure my backcountry range is...
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    Similar specs on my 2005 and I get 13-14 pretty...

    Similar specs on my 2005 and I get 13-14 pretty consistently, with mixed driving. This is my first Jeep and I was surprised at the poor MPG. But it isn't my DD and the Jeep sure is fun.

    R
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    Good thread. I camp with three kids and...

    Good thread.

    I camp with three kids and usually one dog. The thought of trying to pull that off in the Jeep makes me laugh. Yes, it can be done. But in the van we have plenty of room for gear,...
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    I clearly missed the vehicle mod details and read...

    I clearly missed the vehicle mod details and read assuming these were all basically stock vehicles.

    The nostalgia that so often comes across for the good old days, when everything was presumably...
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    Highly modified vehicles? My reading was that...

    Highly modified vehicles?

    My reading was that all three were largely unmodified.

    These comparisons are useful and interesting, but the article came across as a typical rant that anything new...
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