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  1. Baipin

    From SW Ontario to Nunavut by road - James Bay Rd!

    For a while now, I've had the idea to travel from the US/Canada border, all the way down here in Southwestern Ontario, up to the James Bay Rd., and up to Chisasibi QC. I'll stop to see Raddison QC, and the Robert Bourassa dam along the way. My plan is that, when I get to Chisasibi, I kayak or...
  2. Baipin

    CAMPFIRE GOSSIP

    I wish I was in French Canada for these reasons exactly. The Quebecers seem a lot more accepting of this sort of thing than do us boring Ontarians to the west of 'em. ;-)
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    CAMPFIRE GOSSIP

    Amazing! I wish they weren't so anal about shipping containers around here. Apparently they're always an eyesore, no matter how you use them. They're legally difficult to own. I've thought about setting one into the side of a hill though and covering the top with a grass roof though. It's a...
  4. Baipin

    JKU Overland build - AEV 2.5" Lift - Over capacity - should I add OME HD springs?

    For my Subaru, I suffered from saggy butt syndrome too... What helped was taking out all my gear, organizing it by "theme" (e.g. recovery, camping, repair, etc.), putting that stuff in bins, weighing it, and distributing those groups of gear as evenly as I could throughout the vehicle.
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    CAMPFIRE GOSSIP

    For myself (probably one of the youngest members here, in my early 20's) I went to university... but was never satisfied with how mundane and thoughtless much of the work was. It felt like you were working to please someone else, through learning skills that benefit you in a potential job...
  6. Baipin

    Subaru Forester - '18 XT

    The bumper's "skeleton" has been coming along nicely... This is what's hidden underneath the bumper protector. I wanted the structural stuff there for the cleaner looks and the protection from salt spray on our winter roads. POR-15'ed, painted, and just about ready to go! Turns out "Ford...
  7. Baipin

    2018 Subaru BRZ build + planning

    As a fan of Subarus and, in general, all things weird and obscure... This is going to be one helluva' cool build. Really excited to see where this goes!
  8. Baipin

    Solar Panel Open Discussion/Debate/Review

    For what it's worth mentioning... I really like Lensun solar panels. They seem better made than most panels I've handled, they use high quality materials, and they're the best choice IMO as far as quality/price goes, if you are looking for something flexible (e.g. hood mount). I have a 30W one...
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    Subaru Forester - '18 XT

    I'm a fan of the styling behind both of these vehicles; it was actually between a 4 Runner, Tacoma, and this Forester. You're absolutely right in that a lot of aftermarket ones hurt - not help - the looks of these rigs. Plus, there's the advantage of building things exactly to your specs, and...
  10. Baipin

    Developing LF film WHILE overlanding?

    Hey, thanks for the kind words about my photos. #10 (if by that you mean the shot with the white pipes and caution tape) was shot in a US Navy cruiser (?) undergoing restoration as a museum piece. I think it was in Michigan. In any case, they let me explore below deck - really cool experience...
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    Subaru Forester - '18 XT

    Thanks! I actually like the rear bumper and the sill plate design, so I wanted to keep it, plus I get no better of a departure angle if I remove it (due to the exhaust location). I'd guess my bumper weighs 40 lbs altogether. That said, standing on the back of the car, the suspension compresses...
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    Subaru Forester - '18 XT

    Haven't commented here in a while, been busy out exploring with the rig, and working on it a bit too: ...and I thought the ADF lift kit install would be my last major project in a while. Hah! I've wanted a place to store a full size spare, jerry can, and trasharoo (I spend half my...
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    Developing LF film WHILE overlanding?

    I develop 4x5 and 120 out of the back of my Subaru on occasion. I shoot professionally, so I demand good results, and I get them. Everything I use can fit in a laundry tub from the dollar store. My C-41 process is as follow: - Heat up water to 120F-ish, pour into laundry tub. - Put dev and...
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    Subaru Owners Registry

    Well for what it's worth... I've got all the rear bumper dimensions for a Forester SJ that you'd ever want. ;-) Next up is a DIY skidplate, and I'll surely have plenty of useful measurements from that project as well.
  15. Baipin

    Subaru Owners Registry

    Look for a local shop that does CNC/plasma cutting for signs. 0.093" aluminum (the stuff a lot of signs are made out of) would probably do. 0.125" even better. If you can supply your own material and a design, they usually do it for pretty cheap. A 10th of the price of the ADF one. I made some...
  16. Baipin

    Camp Photos!

    Long exposure under moonlight, while cooking dinner on the pull-out stove. Probably about 30 min. or so!
  17. Baipin

    On Call w/ Chris EP7: Allergic Reactions

    Thank you so much for doing this! I have plenty of anaphylactic food allergies myself, which is actually one of the reasons I got into overlanding in the first place, as I can bring all the food I need to bring, with me! I carry a couple Epi's in my first-aid kit and have had to use them a few...
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    X-Bull Recovery Tracks...another inexpensive alternative

    Yup, digging is the key. I even did this with a fair bit of digging and 1 broken board that I didn't get around to replacing yet: It was about 2-3 ft of mud/clay in the deepest part; so bad that a tractor nearby got bogged down for 5+ hours. Yet these boards - even with 1 broken one - handled...
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    Subaru Owners Registry

    If you're in need of some ideas, this is what I'm working on now: Those two plates at either end will fit through holes in the bumper, and then the swing-out will be mounted in double shear, with the plates you currently see resting at the bottom.
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    X-Bull Recovery Tracks...another inexpensive alternative

    Looking at pics of the recovery that broke one of my X-Bull boards, it seems the weakness is if a tire runs over the board while the board cannot be compressed anymore along its width (the side of the board facing outwards from the vehicle is raised on a rock or something, while the side facing...