Recent content by Ben Cleveland

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  1. Ben Cleveland

    Needing an Austin area mechanic/transmission guy...

    Need recommendations from Austin area folks! My transmission has started shuttering and chattering from a stop. It's done it a couple of times. I've already done a fluid exchange, I think its time to take it to a shop and look into a rebuild/replacement. 2003 4runner v6, 4wd, 213K miles on it...
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    Looking for reliable two way radio

    What everybody else always says when this question comes up. Ham is the way to go. For a couple of reasons. ham frequencies have a lot more ability to cover distance. getting your ham license requires learning a lot more about radio frequencies and communications in general. I’ve put this off...
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    Do you own Wet Okole Seat Covers what are your pro's and cons?

    I had them in my Tacoma. I wouldn’t buy them again. The lighter tan color got stains almost immediately, the black faded, and I had stitches pull out. They did a great job of saving the seats, the seats looked brand new underneath when I sold the Tacoma. But those seat covers did not look pretty...
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    Considering opening DFW area Overlanding Business

    Honestly not sure if that's sarcasm or not. You asked for feedback! I really hope your business kicks off to a great start! Your website looked clean. FYI though it doesn't pull up when googling your name, I only found it through your facebook page. Not sure if that's intentional because...
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    Is this one of us?

    I get it dude. Honestly, your reasons for that are just as valid as his are. I'm sure you would also have made every effort to be responsible. But this wasn't you, and you weren't there. You know, the whole "don't judge a man till you've walked a mile in his shoes" thing. I think that would...
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    Is this one of us?

    Lord...it would seem after Michael posted up and acknowledged it, and defended @A-Aron that this would have died there. @Todd & Meg @JungleSkunk if this is burning your britches so much why don't you offer to help @A-Aron get it yourself! I totally agree, keeping trails clean and open is...
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    San Antonio, TX Cars and Coffee anybody?

    Honestly i haven't been in a while. We got sick a lot over the fall and winter, and we're still getting over it. Its cool though, if you're looking to meet car people in SA, its a good way to do that. Like i said in the other posts though, its more of a show truck/flashy mall crawler scene...
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    PSA for those who may not know...Tow balls are NOT recovery points!

    This is why I’ve gone the route of dual rear HD recovery points. I don’t have to rely on my hitch for anything, and I’ve got a short tow strap that can be used for a bridle harness between the two. I really think I may end up going with a shackle hitch too just because. Can’t have too much...
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    PSA for those who may not know...Tow balls are NOT recovery points!

    While I definitely agree that quality of steel will change if or when a tow ball fails, that’s not really the point of the video. Big point is that the tow ball is NOT designed for shock load use (recovery) and can/will fail if abused. The worst part is that failure will produce a lethal...
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    Help! ZR2 vs. Rubicon

    Sounds like you have a good plan....not as fun as buying something immediately, but paying off debt first is always a good priority. I totally agree with you on the snowball effect with mods. It can happen, especially if they are being done on top of parts with 100K plus miles on them, or...
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    Wheel alignment suggestions?

    I’ve been seriously playing with the idea of just starting to do my own alignment. Really tired of alignments that are “in spec” that don’t track straight. And having techs explain limitations of my vehicles setup to me that I know aren’t correct. How hard is it really? I know how to set toe...
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    Help! ZR2 vs. Rubicon

    I'm going to offer an alternative perspective. Keep your existing truck, esp if its paid off, and put some of those monthly payments you'd have to make on a new vehicle into upgrading/rebuilding your truck. If you are still making payments on your existing truck, that is a bit less...
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    PSA for those who may not know...Tow balls are NOT recovery points!

    Good video on this for anybody who's not currently aware. Full disclosure, I grew up using equipment and towing all sorts of things out of the woods or being stuck, ALL with a tow ball. I'd consider myself as close to a farm boy as a city-grown boy could be. Things like towing, using heavy...
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    OB Approved How to Install a Roof Top Tent

    Yes. Most can be turned. Just have to turn around the rails mounted to the bottom. Most people mount them to the side because of hatch style rear doors, I know for the 4runner, it opens way higher than the bottom of a deployed RTT. But I’ve seen jeeps and vehicles with barn door style rests...
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    You know Posting Rig Questions is difficult!!

    Literally the opposite response of what you can expect at any other internet forum out there. This is what makes OB so different. Love it! The normal response would be some version of "go search before posting, and don't annoy us. #hateallnoobs". This is so much better!