What Did You Do With Your Rig Today?

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Spent about 4 hours today mapping every public dirt road with an endpoint within about 20 miles of home.
Been here about 6 years and hadn't done that yet.

Now I feel much more like I know the neighborhood.
Hmmm. Done. Took zero seconds as there are zero public dirt roads around here. I have looked.

But I did get an awning installed. It was very fiddly as I have a rtt that sits tight to the front runner rack so I get bruised arms squishing them through the available openings, I bought a 90 degree socket driver - that helped a LOT. Then a stick and some string to hold one end of the awning as I got it onto the brackets. It came out easier and better than I expected. I still have the victory molle panels to install over the back windows. All to get ready for a Baja run where I will leave next Thursday. Other parts are on their way - I will see if I get them installed depending on when they get here.
 

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Gave the rig a proper wash. And with a view to the coming winter, checked the underbody protection and where necessary a little touched up, made preventive corrosion protection, door locks and hinges greased, door seals maintained, etc.
 

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Gave the rig a proper wash. And with a view to the coming winter, checked the underbody protection and where necessary a little touched up, made preventive corrosion protection, door locks and hinges greased, door seals maintained, etc.
I should do this, thanks for the post!
 
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Everywhere is selling decorations of red pickup trucks carrying a Christmas tree. So, I thought I'd just do my own.
 

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Quick question if you don’t mind; how do those work in the mud & snow? Been looking for a set. Any input helps, thanks!
First time I am running them, my previous set were Terra Grappler G2s. Unfortunately I have only taken them home and to work since putting them on yesterday morning. The morning snow had already been cleared/melted by the time I was rolling out of the shop.
 
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I started configuring a rack of sorts to go on my Yakima bars to hold my traction boards, but to leave enough room for the widest of my kayaks and canoes.....or my Yakima Skybox. I'm building it myself.
I'm old school. I don't buy the most current hotness. I just do what works....and what has worked for years. I still use a "grub box" of my grandfather's design and one my father, now 82 gave me. My 8x10 awning cost $30 and nobody has ever told me it's "ghetto". You build what you need, adjust, and tweak your systems. It's what keeps every trip new and interesting in every season. My wife is a city girl.....and has never needed for anything out on our trips.
I have always updated my gear, have the most updated technical fabrics , fills, hardware and all the other "noise". The lightest and brightest gear. I stay pretty current with the tech, but there's improvements needed in some of the mapping tech that I could brush up on.
But back to the point. The rack should be able to hold 4 traction boards, a shovel and maybe something else. I bet I have about 50 bucks into it. And it will function.....and look great.

I saw a Prius yesterday decked out for adventure travel and marveled at the stickers and obvious signs of "walking the walk and talking the talk". I thought to myself.....There's someone who values function over fashion." If that person went to even one quarter the places the stickers represented, he was doing twice as much as most people. It was refreshing to see.
 

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Front end again... The pinion bearings lost preload due to the crush sleeve failing, so I got to open it back up, and re-setup the gears.

The upside is I got to install the fixed size preload spacer and shims that showed up MONTHS after I ordered them, and I could torque the pinion to an actual number and dial in the preload instead of going at a crush sleeve with an impact and hoping the prevailing torque in the bearing meets spec.

Down side is due to the pinion bearing loosing it's preload and essentially flopping around while engaged with the ring gear, Ill have to keep a real close eye on the wear patterns on the gears for the next few thousand miles.

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