NAS LR3 build with an overseas twist

Ray_G

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Don-
Will check on the output from the traxide; that's a good head's up. Since I tend to drive the truck intermittently (can commute via public transport, so of course we have 5 cars) I keep the truck plugged in quite a bit for the NOCO to charge both batteries individually too.
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Ray_G

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Don-
I wish, though there appears to be a significant contingent from the East Coast rover community that is figuring out the logistics to head that way.
Not in the cards for us this year. Our big fall event will be VOR, just after the Western Rally and sadly work is too consuming at the moment to budget more.

We are looking to get out west next spring/summer though-will keep folks in the loop as that comes into focus. Primary destination is North Rim, but with the potential for a transit over to Telluride, Arches, and other stuff also possible agenda items.
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Ray_G

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Some shots from the weekend. Truck got put to work hauling six + stuff to camp with (thankfully Coyote was prestaged with the tentage).

Prospeed loaded up, still have a passenger to grab. I think this fairly clearly illustrates that the rack can me extremely functional-and is dead quiet and appropriate looking for the other 350 days out of the year (give or take)



Full loaded out; we did have more space we could have utilized.


Haul people up to a place where I have...more rovers


Eldest takes Bernard for a spin to show off to her BF. She eventually let him drive. In fairness, he has a Jeep-but we can cure that.


The real use for racks


Out with a playmate exploring WV. I will acknowledge the 4's 5.0 is a bit quicker than the 4.4...

Camping first night was amazing.

2nd night...wicked t-storms and a tornado warning. Helps when you can retreat to an actual house.


Wx broke for a bit, but more rain came...

Kiddos put to work to ensure they realize mud is fun, till you have to clean it.


Great weekend with the family and friends that are the same as family. Truck soldiers on, preparing for a probable hard shell RTT this summer.


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Ray_G

Explorer
A few upgrades/repairs/etc have taken place, some of which worth sharing. Will do a writeup on my take on the lightweight platform when the final pieces of that come together, but for now I'll commit blasphemy.

By that I mean I am mixing winch components. Specifically, I wired in a Warn wireless setup to my Superwinch.
Background:
This seemed like a decent enough idea at the time several years ago (the controller plug on the top of the bumper)
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Over time, particularly back in the US with actual precipitation, the elements took their toll and a few days ago when I hooked my winch up to just re-do the line spool nothing happened. A little fiddling revealed that the wires had corroded to the point where they broke off from the plug itself. The solenoid box is nice and tucked away, so now I had wires that needed to do something.
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At this point, after being a little frustrated, I decided that what I really wanted was a wireless setup. Research ensued. Since I was familiar, and fond of, the Warn setup from my friend's trucks at Twin Mountain I was keen on trying to incorporate that handheld. During that I discovered that Warn actually has a setup for ATV's that is hardwired in-and has the benefit of a potential thumb switch input too. One has to note none of these components were necessarily meant for each other-but at the same time, they aren't really carrying much power. Just opening and closing relays. So why not, given that I had to redo wiring anyway, right?
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The good news is the 3 wire controller for the superwinch has one more wire than is actually needed (I pulled power from elsewhere).
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Testing and test fitting all at to ensure it is solid. (*There is a jackstand under there too...not just a cattywompus floor jack and the tire left for good measure)
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The wires are tucked away up behind the headlight and under the airbox. The module is zip tied behind the grill.
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Inside the cab I mounted a generic ATV thumb switch. The switch on the left on the headlight cluster labeled "winch" sends 12v to the warn module and the thumb switch, essentially acting as a dead man.
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Overall not too hard to sort once I got access to the components. The Warn wireless remote is superb from what I've seen before, it is working well thus far. Thumb switch prob isn't necessary but I decided why not since I enjoying using the in-cab controls in Coyote too. This was definitely a case of slowly and deliberately confirming components worked (for example the warn wire colors and the thumb switch wire colors are actually reversed. On the whole I looked at it as a chance to upgrade elements that needed repairing anyway.
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jrose609

Explorer

Ray_G

Explorer
Fumoto F316L FL-Series Engine Oil Drain Valve, 1 Pack https://www.amazon.com/dp/B013KW2WTQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_ycGqBb713DER0

Fumoto drain valve. Instead of hot oil flying out horizontally as you try to retain the plug now you just flick the lever and the oil drains straight down.

Wish I had done it as soon as I got the truck.
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Damn. I need one of those.

Edit: I just ORDERED one of those. Thanks, Ray
Good stuff. Seriously, a mod I wish I’d done at 80k miles when I bought her.


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Ian_Barry

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Fumoto mod is the best mod.

Every vehicle I own from now until the end of time will have one (unless I uncover some sort of superior valve - I'm open minded).
 
Mine's on the shelf awaiting those last thousand miles before the next oil change! They were out of stock for quite a while on Amazon but I found one on FleaBay and snatched it up a while back.

I've had them on all my vehicles too. The best part about this is it protected under the skid plate so there is never really a concern about breaking it off like I had on some other vehicles in the past.

Looks like Amazon has them again, better get them while they are hot! Super awesome mod!
 

Ray_G

Explorer
Previously I covered the install of a Midland MXT-115 GMRS radio. I installed it in the upper glove box and put an external speaker above that akin to where G4 spec Disco 3’s has theirs. The mic was extended to sit down in the console. This was a good radio but basically a placeholder till the MXT-275 came out.

Like the 115 it has 15w of power, but in this edition the controls are on the mic itself. A good analog would be the Cobra WX ST75 CB, except I’m much fonder of the performance of GMRS than CB.

Preorder started a little while back, orders shipped and mine arrived today.

Radio is the same size as the 115, using the same mounting base and having the same power connection, external speaker, and antenna port.

One difference is the 275 uses RJ45 vice RJ12 (6 pin) so for those extending its worth getting an extension.

Given the shared mount and connections, install was simple but for rerouting the extension now with RJ45

Tucked this up under the trim so only the black cord shows as it runs along the center console.

I removed the mic holder from the back of the handset to make it a little more compact. All told exactly what I wanted and a great option for good on trail comms with good range, clarity, and simple/reliable form factor. Midland has done really well with the micromobile mxt series in my opinion.


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