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Old 02-19-2019, 06:37 PM
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Put on some LED reverse light bulbs. Hopefully will improve things until I buy full LED tail lights and a rear bumper with 4” lights.

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Old 03-31-2019, 09:19 PM
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Spring maintenance. Engine, transmission and transfer case oil changes those last few weekends, and today finished a full coolant flush.

My heater is working at bit better, but not perfect, despite the reverse flush. I'll plan on reversing the heater core hoses. Temp control is really good, on the highway at 70+ temps stay between 204 and 206, and with spirited driving up and down hills between 200 and 215 or so (it's 41F outside.) And at least I know what's really in my engine (the stuff that came out was suspiciously orange, it's supposed to be pink OAT)

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Old 04-06-2019, 03:23 PM
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Finally got rid of the Rubi rails!

I had to take the ACE rock sliders off to recondition them, and since I have metal flares I didn't need protection near the wheel wells anymore. I also didn't need that extra 52 Lbs.



The ACE rails needed some TLC:


Bedlined the pinch seal:


The new look:
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Old 04-11-2019, 07:04 PM
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MORryde HD tailgate hinges, reinforcement and tire carrier.

Some rust to deal with under the old hinges (no paint there!)









Had to trim the AEV corner armor with an angle grinder to accommodate the bigger hinges:




The final product (will have to adjust the brake light, and I also need some new rubber bumpers)

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Old 04-14-2019, 02:55 PM
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On-board air's going in. Now I have to decide how to wire it, whether to get a SPOD or similar, and where to install an air line to an outside fitting.

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Old 04-16-2019, 05:26 PM
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So I went for the ApolloIntech, 6-switch Pro model. Not a bad deal at $190.

Good product, easy installation, about 3 hours taking my time and that includes removing and remounting the compressor. All that remains is connecting the compressor, I'll trim and reuse the ARB harness for that purpose tomorrow.






Fishing for wire as I have a manual transmission and can't use the more common passage:



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Old 04-20-2019, 06:24 PM
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Leave it to me to organize the club's first ride of the season on a rainy day before all the snow has melted in Vermont.

A buddy and his green '07 Sahara showed up.



Unfortunately the trails still had some spots with deep snow, compacted by snowmobiles but melting from below, and we kept getting stuck or high-centered.



Me seeking an alternate line after getting stuck really bad:



Just as we decided we had enough, my friend grenaded his front D30 so we had to do some trailside work, then I had to help him out as with no lockers he was a 1-wheel-driver...







We both had all the needed tools and he's done it before, so it only took 25 minutes, in the snow and the rain.

Overall not a fun day but good recovery and repair practice.

Luckily for my buddy he's got a D44 at home ready to gear and install; he's on 35's with a front 30 and 3.21's, not an ideal combo.
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