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  1. Birdman

    Rig Photos

    Looks like my hood. Hollister hills perhaps?
  2. Birdman

    Sierra Foothills Overlanders Death Valley Trip 2018 - 11/01/2018

    This looks like an amazing trip. I wish my rig was ready for such an adventure and hope this gets revisited again next year.
  3. Birdman

    SF Peninsula Caravan to Overland Bound Rally West 2018- Oct 5 - 7. - 10/05/2018

    Probably going easy or medium here as well. No sliders and power steering is out...
  4. Birdman

    SF Peninsula Caravan to Overland Bound Rally West 2018- Oct 5 - 7. - 10/05/2018

    Change of plans. It's more efficient for us to meet you guys in Los Banos. See you there instead of Gilroy.
  5. Birdman

    SF Peninsula Caravan to Overland Bound Rally West 2018- Oct 5 - 7. - 10/05/2018

    Coming from Watsonville. Rather than slog over 152 to Gilroy we are going to either meet up with you guys in Los Banos or hijack the convoy as you roll past Casa de Fruita.
  6. Birdman

    Recommendation for Air Compressor When on the Trail

    I absolutely love my Viair 88P compressor. It takes about 3 min to go from 15-30 on a 32" tire. It has a 10 ft power cord with clamps and a 16 ft hose that lets me place it near the center of the vehicle and inflate all 4 tires without having to move the unit around. I purchase it bare bones...
  7. Birdman

    Minimal lift for 3rd Gen 4Runner

    Forgot to mention that I also have a 1" body lift installed in the pics linked to above.
  8. Birdman

    Minimal lift for 3rd Gen 4Runner

    I have a 1999 SR5 Highlander Edition with an older (13 yrs old) lift by OME that consisted simply of progressive springs and shocks. I think the kit was actually made for the Prado. It is considerably stiffer than stock and improved handling. eliminated rear sag and still provides a reasonable...
  9. Birdman

    Tepui Tents End of Summer Warehouse Sale, Soquel, CA. 08/25

    Sweet! Tghanks for the heads up! I'm just down the road. Gotta take a break from Monterey Car Week and check this out.
  10. Birdman

    Vintage Overland & Camping Photos

    Thin tires rule in mud. I had assumed early Ford Model Ts had a spool rear end or solid axle but apparent;y some or all had a differential. Simply amazing performance, and amazing thread. Thanks for sharing. Funny how ideas and inventions get recycled and re-imagined every few decades, and...
  11. Birdman

    Show Me Your Chuckboxes/Camp Kitchen Setups

    Agreed. Sounds like a visit to HD is in order.
  12. Birdman

    A Place for Pilots!

    I hope to get back to PP training some day. I have 40+ hours and just need to get back to it and finish up. The problem is too many hobbies, not enough time and not enough scratch to do it all..... KWVI is my home base.
  13. Birdman

    Reoccurring - QC Rigs and Coffee Meet-Up - 09/29/2018

    Wow you are a dedicated bunch of coffee drinkers. Looks like a possible calendar glitch unless you plan to meet every single day (365) between 8/25/2018 and 8/24/2019. :)
  14. Birdman

    Getting the rig fixed and ready for some serious overlanding!

    Getting the rig fixed and ready for some serious overlanding!
  15. Birdman

    Williams Hill Recreation Area - 08/17/2018

    Looks like a nice spot outside the heat of summer. Might have to check this out when it cools down a bit.
  16. Birdman

    Member Introductions *New Members Start Here*

    Just a quick note to say that I pulled the trigger today on a paid membership. Woohoo! Happy to contribute and look forward to meeting some of you soon. I forgot a few items on my first post so I'm including it here now. 1) Pictures of 4runner above 2) Location: Santa Cruz, CA 3) Rigs: 1999...
  17. Birdman

    Leitner Designs Active Cargo System

    Nice rack!...Uhhhhh, you know what I mean. :)
  18. Birdman

    Montezuma Portable Toolbox

    Nice job on the custom box. Thanks for sharing you work and ideas. I'll be taking a welding class this semester at the local JC and looking for class project ideas. This would make a great project for the TIG portion assuming the class gives me that flexibility.
  19. Birdman

    East Bay Meet-up, San Leandro CA - 08/25/2018

    Hey that's right in my backyard arbezee. I look forward to attending my first OB event but this is the same week as Monterey Car Week so this might not be it. :)
  20. Birdman

    Montezuma Portable Toolbox

    I just found this awesome truck toolbox in multiple sizes that would fit behind many pickup seats adn thoguht I would share. The one drawback compared to the roll up tool kit options would be noise on the trail but it does make good use of what otherwise be wasted or unoptimized space and the...