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I so did not take on a sentimental persona did I? :worried: ... it comes out every now and then :rofl:
 

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Remember these?



Now there are these...





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Vince Ya it was good seeing you at the Corona M&G and I am all ways up for a local trail run I all ways have to get in my weekly trail run addiction in.
Talk to you soon
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:rofl::rofl:

so true - :lol::lol:

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Recently I was hearing a loud "clunk" sound when I accelerated sharply, and it was making me crazy.

I suspected it had something to do with my LCA's and the skids I had installed back there.

This morning I took the FJ down to Dirty Parts, and Larry and Matt confirmed that the issue was the beat up skids.

They were so beat that it was not possible to get them to seat properly.

The fix was simple, just take them off (= no more clunk).

Now I need to get some new protection back there.

Something much beefier and probably welded to the frame.

I am looking at 2 sources, Dirty Parts (custom fit solution), and Demello's version (both are great IMO).

Here are a couple of shots of the old beat up ones (All Pro).

You can see how twisted up they are as well.





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Camping at Silverwood Lake March 27, 28 & 29, 2009

We are going camping this week end I have every piece of camping equipment we own in or on the FJ at this point.

Here is a list of what is on the rack:

In back:



2 five gallon wedco gas cans (1 five gallon blitz can on rear door).

1 five gallon fresh water (plastic) can.

1 (propane) camp stove (right side of wedco can)

1 camp kitchen unit (table, stove platform, lamp holder)

1 weber bbq (propane) unit (on top of cans)

2 full size Cabela's cots (outside left and right)

Side view:



1 large (green) Pelican case (under red duffle), holding all cooking stuff

1 large Red duffle (2 contains 2 sleeping bags, a air mattresses)

1 REI Hobitat (6) tent (between red and black duffles)

1 large Black duffle (2 contains 2 sleeping bags, a air mattresses)

1 Kodiak Felx Bow tent (under Black duffle, we love this huge tent)

Net detail:



I bought this net a couple years ago off the internet, and it is the best this (IMHO) to hold everything down on the ARB.

I snap it down in back with 3 carbiners, and then along the sides and in front with (ball) bungies (works great and infinitely adjustable).



My cooler a small tent table and my Pico chairs are in the back, and all my recovery gear, tools, compressor, flashlights, maps, etc, are in the Tuffy box (as always).



Ready to roll.

:)

I'll update this thread when we get back on Sunday/Monday...

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Silverwood Lake 3/28 & 29/09

We had a great time camping at Silverwood Lake.

My sister and brother-in-law (Peggy & Mike) had camp spot 85 and we (my wife Claudia, my son Jesse and myself), had spot 84.

The camp spots were nice.



Mike brought his boat, and we spent most of Saturday morning and early afternoon on the lake fishing and racing around.





We stopped on a secluded beach and ate own lunch (PB&J).



Titan found some nice stinky mud to roll in.



Mike and Claudia chilling on the beach.



Titan had a great day at the Lake.



The water was pretty cold, but Jesse did some water skiing.





Claudia and Titan on the boat.



Saturday night Mike and I did a shot run up to the top of Miller Canyon. We put Mike's mountain bike up on the rack, and Mike rode down the trail in front of me from the top of Miller Canyon.



On Sunday afternoon we headed home and decided to take Cleghorn road from Silverwood to I-15 .We had always gone the other way before, and it was fun (and quit different) to go the other way across. It took us just under 2 hours going slow (Totally packed up inside and out), and stopping a couple time for pictures.



We took a couple side trails as well. This was a trick section. It doesn't look so bad in this picture, but it was real steep and I'm just dropping down a ledge here (the rail is almost touching in the shot). Claudia spotted me down here and another off camber section just after this shot.



Jesse and Titan up on top.



Me and Jesse (same spot).



Obligatory glamor shot.



A good time was had by all...

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Thanks Don...

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The FJ in the Forum Badge is Dragon's rig from way back when, no lift...





...the FJ in the Summit #3 Badge is a different FJ.

I can't remember who's rig it is now, but I think it was someone from Texas, and it has at least a 3" lift.

I also used the same artwork for the Cowtown guys as well.





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Great shot of the Scorpion out in Southern Utah, Elephant Pass.



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Great pics Vince. Have you ever checked fully loaded mileage with the top packed up like it was ?
 

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Yeah, I get 14.5 with everything loaded up, and 15.5 without.

Not too bad (I tell myself).

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Going camping tomorrow in Anza-Boreggo, Palm Canyon campground, site number 104, until Friday morning (Friday is Claudia's Birthday BTW - 29ish), and then we are headed over to Laguna Mountain to camp there until Sunday (Easter Sunday).

I'm just staging everything up on the front porch now.



Sandy the Cat watches the action and prevents any lizards, birds, squirrels, mice, or rats from breaching the security perimeter.



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Anza-Boreggo / Laguna Mountain - 4/8 through 4/11/2009

Well we thought we were going to see a lot of wildflower at our first stop, Anza-Boreggo, but I think we just missed the show by a couple of weeks this year.

The Cactus was blooming well though. I have never seen the Ocotillo's this good.



The water crossing at the willows in Coyote Canyon was as deep as I have seen it as well.



Heading up one of the waterfalls in Coyote Canyon on the way to Sheep Camp.



We got the best camp site at the Palm Canyon Campground, space #104.



It was cold and very windy. Titan wore his hat and jacket.



Titan chillin in the tent.



Exploring Carrizo Creek.



Another beautiful day in Anza-Boreggo (Heading toward Fish Creek).



There were a few wildflowers to be found if you looked close.



The trail winds though some very narrow mud canyons.



On Friday (Claudia's Birthday), we headed up to Mt. Laguna (near Julian).

This is a shot from Mt. Laguna looking down on the Anza-Boreggo Desert.



It was raining, snowing, hailing and sleeting, but we still managed to have a great time.



Sitting around the camp fire in the snow.



Dinner cookin on the grill.



A Woodpeckers food bank.



Some snow on the ground in the early morning just before we packed up and headed back home.



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