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Dustinfromohio

Rank III

Advocate II

511
Wooster, OH, USA
First Name
Dustin
Last Name
Parsons
After daily driving a couple different jeeps throughout the years i quickly tired of the wheel on Saturday, fix and clean all day Sunday, drive to work on Monday routine so I sold off my last JK and went years without one. Eventually the bug bit again but this time I sought out to find a fairly stock, clean TJ that would be used as a secondary vehicle. As anyone living in the rust belt knows, finding a clean vehicle nearly two decades old is quite the endeavor, taking over a year and dozens of rusty frames and fenders. Finally I came across a promising craigslist ad which would become my next obsession.
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The day I test drove her
2002 TJ Apex Ed.
3” zone lift
3.73 gears
265/70R17 Toyo AT2s
LineXed tub
Metalcloak front/rear bumper
Infinity sound system

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Removing all the stickers

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Cleaning her up
 
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Dustinfromohio

Rank III

Advocate II

511
Wooster, OH, USA
First Name
Dustin
Last Name
Parsons
At this point I didn’t really have a build plan as I didn’t want to mud or rock crawl with it and I didn’t even know overlanding was a thing so we just started exploring local hiking spots with it.
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It became an immediate hit with the fam, almost too popular, because we couldn’t all fit! After debating selling for a 4 door, I decided to double down and pick up a trailer instead.
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A friend of mines grandfather was selling this Bantam T3C #143 so I picked it up.
 

Dustinfromohio

Rank III

Advocate II

511
Wooster, OH, USA
First Name
Dustin
Last Name
Parsons
At some point around this time I discovered the world of overlanding and my plans quickly began to take shape. With a long weekend coming up I made plans to head south to Summersville/New River Gorge WV to do some hiking and kayaking and give the new rig a thorough shakedown. IMG_2042.JPGIMG_2045.JPGIMG_2048.JPG
Ghost town of Thurmond

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Hiking to the new river bridge overlook

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Kayaking summersville lake

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Our cabin for the weekend (I wanted to tent but the prego GF won out)
 
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Dustinfromohio

Rank III

Advocate II

511
Wooster, OH, USA
First Name
Dustin
Last Name
Parsons
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Traversing the original route before the new bridge was built

Overall the trip was fantastic and my overlanding lifestyle was beginning to find its legs. The rig did great minus a few shortcomings I set forth to correct.
1. The AC wasn’t working which meant windows down on the freeway for 5 hours and terrible fuel mileage.
2. The ride quality is less than desirable. I wouldn’t call it jarring but it’s definitely a little harsh and hurts my lower back on long stretches of rough roads
3. The trailers tailgate is bolted shut so getting things in and out with the kayaks on is not possible.
4. Backing the trailer with a short tongue isn’t fun.
 
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Dustinfromohio

Rank III

Advocate II

511
Wooster, OH, USA
First Name
Dustin
Last Name
Parsons
I decided that the trailer issues could wait until winter when I had time for a full overhaul so I started with the Jeep. First I had the AC serviced which ended up needing 4 O-rings replaced. I also installed some rancho RS5000Xs in place of the zone shocks.
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While I was on Amazon I grabbed a Viair 400P portable air compressor.
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And the Currie Antirock system which I’m in the process of installing.
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I couldn’t stand the polished rims so I threw some plasti dip on to see how they looked. At some point I may end up reverting back to 15” wheels because of the lack of C rated tires in 17 but these work for now
 

13ADVXterra

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Contributor I

60
PA
First Name
Aaron
Last Name
Moores
Nice jeep. I like the idea of seeing all the national parks. how many have you knocked off the list?
 

Dustinfromohio

Rank III

Advocate II

511
Wooster, OH, USA
First Name
Dustin
Last Name
Parsons
Nice jeep. I like the idea of seeing all the national parks. how many have you knocked off the list?
We’ve done Mammoth cave and Cuyahoga valley so far along with some national rivers and seashores. Plan is to hit Shenandoah on my daughters spring break. I visited Virgin Islands NP years ago but the GF informed me it doesn’t count so we have to go back lol. The goal is to build a rig/camp trailer and hit 3-4 at a time during a weeks vacation in the next couple years.
 
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Dustinfromohio

Rank III

Advocate II

511
Wooster, OH, USA
First Name
Dustin
Last Name
Parsons
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Finally got around to installing my Currie Antirock this morning

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Testing for clearance before final button up
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At its softest setting. Not quite full stuff but I’ve got a good 2+ inches of clearance
 
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Dustinfromohio

Rank III

Advocate II

511
Wooster, OH, USA
First Name
Dustin
Last Name
Parsons
Had a free evening yesterday so I ran over to Mohican State Forest for a little hiking with the mutts. No off-roading but it’s a nice scenic drive
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The kids have been cooped up lately
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Big Lyons Falls
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All wore out
 

Dustinfromohio

Rank III

Advocate II

511
Wooster, OH, USA
First Name
Dustin
Last Name
Parsons
Spent Labor Day weekend on the DBBB and poking around Red River Gorge. Ended up completing the entire 100 mile loop over a two day period. Highly recommend to anyone within a days drive!

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