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[*] posted on 9-5-2017 at 07:26 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Lee  

Ken - at the level you perform at, there is only one option: Jeep.

Nothing else comes close. Be care out there. Salute.


For now, I am driving the Honda Pilot that I inherited several years ago. It is comfortable, quiet, and has excellent road manners. The suspension is sacked out, and needs a heavier set of coils and shocks. If it wasn't a 2wd and had AWD, I would have already set it up with a set of 265 BFG AT/KO²s.. For now, it is as stock as any Pilot at the mall..




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[*] posted on 9-6-2017 at 07:01 AM


Ken,
U2U sent for details for adding the Schrader valve or tee
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[*] posted on 9-8-2017 at 10:05 PM


Thank you Paul. I will take this information to a good mechanic and ask him if he feels confident looking at this issue.



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[*] posted on 9-9-2017 at 06:57 AM


Quote: Originally posted by Ken Cooke  
Quote: Originally posted by Lee  

Ken - at the level you perform at, there is only one option: Jeep.

Nothing else comes close. Be care out there. Salute.


For now, I am driving the Honda Pilot that I inherited several years ago. It is comfortable, quiet, and has excellent road manners. The suspension is sacked out, and needs a heavier set of coils and shocks. If it wasn't a 2wd and had AWD, I would have already set it up with a set of 265 BFG AT/KO²s.. For now, it is as stock as any Pilot at the mall..


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You have already learned the 2 most important things about jeep ownership. 1, always own a reliable second car (preferably Japanese) so you have a car to go to work; and 2, always travel off-road in a convoy, as jeeps are so unreliable that you have high risk of being stranded if you travel off-road alone.
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[*] posted on 9-9-2017 at 07:09 AM


These jeep bashing threads are always entertaining. Thanks.
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[*] posted on 9-9-2017 at 07:12 AM


Even better when the bashing comes from someone that is clueless. :bounce:
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[*] posted on 9-9-2017 at 09:19 AM


I hope Ken takes it in good heart... I feel a little qualified to 'bash' because I am former (recovering?) JEEP owner and still do LOVE JEEPS... I just would never own one or depend on one... because (I can't believe I am saying it) the Mt.Goat is correct.

It is really sad that quality parts or quality assembly are missing from what would be an outstanding vehicle otherwise. The other reason I don't have a JEEP is they have NO TRUCK (yet) despite years of saying the truck was coming following years since Chrysler bought AMC/JEEP and soon dropped their smaller or mid size Comanche Truck (as it competed with their new Dodge Dakota). The full-size Jeep trucks (J-10, J-20) were dropped a few years earlier by AMC.

OK, all that history being stated, the Wrangler model (and the CJ series it replaced) is hard to replace with other brands. It basically is a descendant of the WWII military JEEP (MB & GPW) and can carry two people and very little else over most anything. Jeep copycats such as the Land Rover Series I, II, Defender, Toyota FJ40, Nissan Patrol, International Scout, Ford Bronco, Suzuki Brute, Samuri, Sidekick have all come and gone, but the JEEP Wrangler is still here!

We can only hope the people at Fiat (who bought Chrysler/JEEP from Daimler-Benz) will improve things... but that doesn't seem likely being that both FIAT (Fix It Again Tony) and JEEP (Just Empty Every Pocket) have such humorous acronyms!

Stay happy Ken and I am always happy to four wheel with you (and I do carry a tow strap in my truck)!




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[*] posted on 9-9-2017 at 10:02 AM


Ken when are you going to do the No Wimp Trail. It may be closed off soon. John M and I are ready when you are. John has the GPS route all set to go. Just a little leg work in the Trinidad arroyo is all that's needed.
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[*] posted on 9-9-2017 at 02:23 PM


Tom, I had lunch with John M a few days ago and he also sure loves the No Wimps Trail and really was pushing for me to go next time with you guys. That would be THREE Toyota Tacomas, so Ken should feel really safe about driving his JEEP in there with us!!!

:light::biggrin::bounce::coolup:;)

Hey Ken, one of these trips a Toyota MIGHT break down, and you can have fun at our expense! :lol:




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[*] posted on 9-9-2017 at 02:45 PM


How quickly some forget Ken.


http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=60051
http://bb.bc4x4.com/showthread.php?156930-Tacoma-frame-recal...
http://www.realworldautomotive.com/shoptalk-questions-toyota...


http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/60-t-100-forum/1153009-cra...
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[*] posted on 9-9-2017 at 02:48 PM


no wimps is on my to do list in November
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[*] posted on 9-9-2017 at 03:15 PM


Quote: Originally posted by rts551  
How quickly some forget Ken.


http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=60051
http://bb.bc4x4.com/showthread.php?156930-Tacoma-frame-recal...
http://www.realworldautomotive.com/shoptalk-questions-toyota...


http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/60-t-100-forum/1153009-cra...



Not a frame recall or frame problem with my three Tacomas (2001, 2005, 2010), so I didn't forget anything, and BajaBoy still drives a Tacoma (last I heard).
In fact, more Toyotas (4Runners, FJ Cruisers, Tacomas, Tundras, and others) are owned by Nomads than most any other brand it would seem. I think Ford may be a close second, followed by Jeep and Dodge (Ram)?
My first Tacoma (in 2000) was encouraged strongly by Amigos de Baja members, who (led by Neal Johns) seemed to overwhelmingly be Tacoma owners for reliability. Heck, even Doug (BajaNomad) drives a Tacoma!
Are they perfect? NO! They are just better than anything else under $40,000 most would say. We just smile during and after Baja trips because they don't need anything done to make them drivable during or after a trip. Batteries and tires not included, LOL!




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[*] posted on 9-9-2017 at 04:56 PM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  
Quote: Originally posted by rts551  
How quickly some forget Ken.


http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=60051
http://bb.bc4x4.com/showthread.php?156930-Tacoma-frame-recal...
http://www.realworldautomotive.com/shoptalk-questions-toyota...


http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/60-t-100-forum/1153009-cra...



Not a frame recall or frame problem with my three Tacomas (2001, 2005, 2010), so I didn't forget anything, and BajaBoy still drives a Tacoma (last I heard).
In fact, more Toyotas (4Runners, FJ Cruisers, Tacomas, Tundras, and others) are owned by Nomads than most any other brand it would seem. I think Ford may be a close second, followed by Jeep and Dodge (Ram)?
My first Tacoma (in 2000) was encouraged strongly by Amigos de Baja members, who (led by Neal Johns) seemed to overwhelmingly be Tacoma owners for reliability. Heck, even Doug (BajaNomad) drives a Tacoma!
Are they perfect? NO! They are just better than anything else under $40,000 most would say. We just smile during and after Baja trips because they don't need anything done to make them drivable during or after a trip. Batteries and tires not included, LOL!


285,000 on my 1993 F250... one clutch.. 245,000 on my 2002 f250 more than just ocassional trips to Baja never missed a beat... 75,000 on my 2013 RAM almost all Baja miles never missed a beat.....and those are real trucks.... It does not HAVE to be a Toyota to be reliable (although I buy Japanese for my wife's cars)...and I can haul or tow stuff.
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Quote: Originally posted by TMW  
Ken when are you going to do the No Wimp Trail. It may be closed off soon. John M and I are ready when you are. John has the GPS route all set to go. Just a little leg work in the Trinidad arroyo is all that's needed.




It's on my list also but unfortunately I am booked till sometime after the first of the year. Probably has changed again since Lidia.
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[*] posted on 9-9-2017 at 06:56 PM


Ken,
Eat rid of the heep and get something luxurious and practical -- treat your lady like a princessa: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/volkswagen-california-xxl-con...
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puzzled.gif posted on 9-9-2017 at 09:20 PM
A Camper Van??


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Eat rid of the heep and get something luxurious and practical -- treat your lady like a princessa: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/volkswagen-california-xxl-con...


A camper van??? Why would I be satisfied with that?:?:
I was looking at the Diesel Brothers Diesel Resellerz site today and would love a Super Duty on 40's,but a Tacoma or a VW van??

My good friend Mike had a Fuel pump issue with his LJ Rubicon, and with $400 he had the problem fixed. This isn't a serious problem. If problems persist, I will replace with another Jeep or some serious American Beef. I have a Honda Pilot that gets plenty of daily driving that is also a low polutter, gets good mileage and carries my DJ gear when I play Techno parties.




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[*] posted on 9-10-2017 at 07:00 AM


I put a new fuel pump in my jeep recently. About 3 hours and a floor jack was all that was needed. Tried to get the oem bosch pump but they were back ordered everywhere. Had to settle for a different brand.
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[*] posted on 9-10-2017 at 09:44 AM
Fuel Pump


I recently had a new fuel pump put on my 4.0 Wrangler, it cured the hard start problem but it sounds like rock crusher when running.:fire:
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[*] posted on 9-10-2017 at 10:49 AM


My friend who maintains six-figure buggy's is coming over to diagnose my Jeep this afternoon. I should have a better idea of what the problem and subsequent solution will be.



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[*] posted on 9-10-2017 at 11:42 AM


VW diesel Crafters are finally going to be available in the States?

It is about time. Their 4 wheel drive versions a few years ago featured lockers, front and rear. That would be a serious improvement compared to anything else on the market, when it comes to vans.

After the recent VW debacle, I hold little hope that any diesel from them would make it to the States.

If so, it is all for the better for the off road van market.

The problem with all current diesel models being detuned with unreliable smog parts persists. DEF Ad Blue, DPF, and even the EGR systems can leave people stranded and clog up intake manifolds and more. Add in the limitations of ULSD only further limits the range until Mexico offers ULSD nation-wide or at least Baja wide.

I doubt the new diesel Crafters will change any of that, but having front and rear lockers is a good thing. The new Sprinters AWD systems should have lockers but don't in the States.

If Crafters still offer this locker option, they are a step ahead of others in the offroad 4 wheel drive van market. Thanks to all here.


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