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Decisions, decisions.
I know what you mean, I ran 315/75R16 Yokahama Geolander MT's on my first FJ. I loved the looks and their general off-road kickassyness, but I had to make a lot of concessions, like poor gas mileage and inability to fit in the garage (with stock roof rack).

This time around I've told myself I'm staying with 285/75R16 all terrains, probably Duratracs, but I'm finding it hard to stick to that plan, We'll see...
 

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Installed a Springtail/MPAC Side Rack today. The quality of materials is excellent as others have already commented. I added the two optional bolts at the bottom.

Will use this for my first aid and minor suture kit.
 

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Looks good sir. Almost color matches. :cheers:

Suture Kit, check. Adding manual B/P cuff, Pulse Ox & stethoscope to mine. On the weekend Adventures, I "borrow" the office O2 tank & AED.
 

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Looks good sir. Almost color matches. :cheers:

Suture Kit, check. Adding manual B/P cuff, Pulse Ox & stethoscope to mine. On the weekend Adventures, I "borrow" the office O2 tank & AED.
Sounds good!
 

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Looks like the cat brought in a few goodies while I was gone.

So many things, so little time to install them.
 

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I need to get a snorkel too, but I'm not ready to Swiss Cheese the fender just yet. Maybe seeing you do it will inspire me. :bigthumb:
Well, the most difficult part of the install was removing those silly plastic fasteners under the fender. Since I was going to paint the bumper wings, I took the front bumper off too. There's a bolt under the bumper that holds the front of the fender flare in. Don't even bother detaching the back portion of the fender flare. You just need to move the whole thing out of the way.

The square peg-like plastic pieces attached to the fender that the 10mm bolts screw into have tiny clips on the diagonal. It took me awhile to figure out how those could be removed. Once that was done, the job got easier.

The easiest, but perhaps most stressful part of the install was making the big hole with the 105mm hole saw. Best that you use a hammer drill, not some small handheld one I had with a low battery. Nonetheless, mission accomplished.

Since the ARB Safari Snorkel is made in Australia, all the measurements are in millimeters. So I found myself doing the conversions: 1 inch = 2.54 cm, 1 cm = 10 mm. The conversions all gave me fractions of an inch, so I then had to do algebra 101 to figure out the fractional equivalent.

An interesting note: The instructions recommend that 16 mm holes be made with the step drill bit. That's equivalent to about 5/8", which I felt was a bit big. The studs that go into the holes are much smaller. I suppose that ARB figures that not everyone will get their holes centered properly, so the extra large holes and washers are intended to compensate for that fudge factor. I made my holes 1/2".

By the way, 105 mm is 4-1/8 inch, which is also bigger than the snorkel piece that goes into it. I bet a 4" hole would have worked as well.

I succeeded in painting the bare metal by spraying Rustoleum onto a plastic surface, scooping it with Q-tips, and applying it carefully to the metal. I used oil-based primer, then color matching enamel--not that this matters. The Snorkel covers up the metal.

Here's a little souvenir just in time for Halloween.
 

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I finally had the tools and a day to do this. Props to my wife for putting up with my obsession. I tried to get this done before she awakened, but she happened to come outside just in time to see all the fender holes. She wasn't too happy. LOL. It's a good thing I made her an awesome Italian Lasagna dinner too.
 

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Nice looking snorkel. :wave:
 

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Nice looking snorkel. :wave:
Thanks Archy. I wish everything were Archy this am. The wife just returned from her night shift with a sad, worried face. Fearfully, she asked, "Why did you do that? It looks like a Cobra to me!"
 

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Re: ksfrogman's magma build: Orange Crush

Tell your wife that it reduces the chance of sucking water into and destroying the engine. And that a new one will cost about $18,000.

That was the price my buddy was quoted from Toyota after he hydrolocked and bent the connecting rods on his 4Runner. Not to mention the cost of a tow, rental car and being 800 miles from home.

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