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Hi! I'm CrazySanMan and this is The Mule.



List of mods:
285/70/17 Goodyear Duratrac Tires
Cobra 75 CB with bandi mount and 4' FireFly antenna
Diode Dynamics mirror and backup LEDs
K&N reusable air filter
Hood blackout
PRG Snorkel
Bilstein 5100 front shocks w/521600 coils
Rokmen Upper Control Arms
Toytec Boss rear shocks w/ Superflex HD coils
Rear differential breather scuba mod
All Pro heavy duty sliders
Hella Supertone horn
PIAA Xtreme white headlights
Expedition One 2 gallon washer fluid reservoir
RCI Bash/Engine and Transmission Skid Plates
Resz Fabrication v2 stinger front bumper
Smittybilt 9500lb winch with synthetic line
Body Mount Chop by Insain Fabrication in Thornton, CO
Rigid Industries D2 Hyperspot LED lights mounted on cowl mounts
Rigid Industries D2 Amber LED flood (fog) lights mounted on the front bumper
Rigid Industries D2 Dually dispersed driving lights mounted on the front bumper
Rigid 10" E Series light bar mounted on a Smittybilt fairlead mount

Why The Mule, you ask? She's Army Green, and the mascot for the U.S. Army Academy at West Point is a mule. (It's tough for a Navy vet like me to glorify the army in any form!)



I bought her new off the lot in July of 2012.


Here's the first real trip The Mule went on. She took us to the Catskills in New York.




Here she is in the Dolly Sods, West Virginia:




Since I lived in Maryland and the 4 wheeling in Maryland is virtually nil, The Mule stayed stock for a long time. I did add on a Curt hitch.

Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia:




Camping in Western Maryland:




Playing in some mud in the Virginia Blue Ridge mountains:




Then I was fortunate enough to have my job relocate me to Colorado!
 

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My first real off-road trip was Weston Pass. The Mule was totally stock, but I knew there at 11,000' that me and the Mule would do a lot of off-roading together.





Guanella Pass:





Windy Ridge on Mount Bros:




unknown:




 

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Winter 2014 hit, and my 2 1/2 year old original tires were pretty bald. During one snowstorm my wife and I were driving to work and I couldn't stop at an intersection and slid right through it. That afternoon I got a new set of BF/G A/T KO2's. I went 275/70/17.





Pike NF:



Around Colorado:




 

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Trails I've run:

California
Pinkham Canyon - Joshua Tree NP

Colorado
Black Bear Pass
Brewery Hill
California Gulch
China Wall
Chinns Lake
Cinnamon Pass
Coffee Pot Road
Corkscrew Gulch
Cottonwood Pass
Crystal Mill
Engineer Pass
Georgia Pass
Goose Creek Road
Guanella Pass
Hotel Gulch
Hurricane Pass
Illinois Gulch
Imogene Pass
Jefferson Cutoff
Kingston Peak
La Salle Pass
Last Dollar Road
Loch Lomond
Mammoth Gulch
Metberry Gulch
Miners Gulch
Missouri Gulch
Moffat Tunnel Road
Moody Hill
Moon Gulch
Mosquito Pass
Oh-My-God Road
Pickle Gulch
Russell Gulch
Sheridan Hill
West Magnolia
Weston Pass
Williams Peak Road

Nevada
Gold Butte Road
Little Finland

Utah
Black Dragon Canyon
Bull Canyon
Cedar Wash Road
Chicken Corners
Crystal Geyser
Devil's Racetrack
Dome Plateau
Eagle Canyon
Eye of the Whale
Fins & Things
Four Arches Canyon
Gemini Bridges
Green River Cutoff
Hell's Backbone
Long Canyon
Secret Spire
Shafer Trail
Top Of The World
Yellow Cat Flat
 

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March, 2015 we went to Moab for Spring Break.


























I came home with my first real trail damage:




I also came home bit hard by the off-roading bug. I am just starting the build of the Mule. Check back here often to follow us on our journey.
 

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Very nice story!. Lotta trails under that rig!.

Not sure about the black quarters....looks a little strange..
 

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Very nice story!. Lotta trails under that rig!.

Not sure about the black quarters....looks a little strange..
The quarter panels were getting scratched up a lot from branches so I thought the Plasti Dip would be an easy way to protect the paint from any more scratches. This weekend I am going to Plasti Dip them all the way up to the white and see how that looks.
 

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You're in Colorado now. Time to lose that Raven's logo/badge.
I like the Ravens because when they go to the Super Bowl, they win. :rofl:
 

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I installed a second 12v outlet under the rear seat. It's ran straight to the battery with a fusible link at the battery. This one will always be hot, so I can charge and power devices without starting the engine. The kids can charge their phones during road trips without stretching cables up to the front of the vehicle and without making me unplug the GPS.

The best part is that now I can run two air compressors at once when airing back up.

 

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I installed a second 12v outlet under the rear seat. It's ran straight to the battery with a fusible link at the battery. This one will always be hot, so I can charge and power devices without starting the engine. The kids can charge their phones during road trips without stretching cables up to the front of the vehicle and without making me unplug the GPS.

The best part is that now I can run two air compressors at once when airing back up.

It worked! I aired down today on China Wall and I was able to use two compressors to air back up. I got finished less than 5 minutes before a big storm hit. I would have been stuck in it with only 2 tires inflated before the second 12v outlet was added.

 

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Nice looking truck!

How well is that black plastidip holding up on your mirrors?

Been wanting to do this but have been uncertain about how long it would last!
 

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Nice looking truck!

How well is that black plastidip holding up on your mirrors?

Been wanting to do this but have been uncertain about how long it would last!
Today it went through it's third automated car wash with brushes. It's also been in one touchless wash. It's been in several hail storms, including one at 75 mph on the highway. I've only had it on about two months, but it's been through all of that as well as temperatures below freezing and above 90 (got to love Colorado weather!). I looked it over good today after the car wash and it doesn't have any scuffs or tears or anything. I did notice that dirt tends to cling to it. Most of the car is clean but the Plasti Dipped areas are still dirty.

I prefer the Plasti Dip to paint because the Plasti Dip is easy to put on and seems to be more durable than paint in terms of being scratch and chip resistant. Plus, if I ever get tired of it or if (God forbid) I want to sell the FJ one day I can just peel it off and the paint underneath is good as new.
 
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