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Build Threads / 2005 Excursion- AKA "The Black Bus"
« on: March 30, 2017, 09:55:59 PM »
Don't want to steal TRN's "bus" moniker but my wife has already affectionately named it. Even though its not much longer than the suburban; she's intimidated.  So current update right now as of 3/30 @ 9am its on a hauler, headed my direction from a small suburb of Houston. Never seen in person, test driven or even a smell test.  Its an Eddie Bauer 2 tone, soon to be all black. Lots more to come. As funds will allow, I will upgrade this to suit my hauling and daily driving needs. Here she is leaving today:

Firearms / Black Friday Deal AR
« on: November 27, 2016, 04:04:07 PM »
I have a good friend who works at a local gun shop/range. A co worker had mentioned a promo deal they were running Friday. I made a phone call and had 3 set aside. Worked out a package buy since I had brought 2 other buyers with me and walked out paying $475+ tax for mine.I had eyed a couple more expensive rifles but I just couldn't justify if since I would probably get some backlash from the wife unit. I figured I could back it up with some sort reasoning, i.e. Sell something else. Either way here's the rifle, Diamondback DB15CCB. Nothing fancy but I have been hesitant to let my kids or wife shoot the other ARs fearing she would ask how much they cost...

Tires, Wheels, and Suspension / *NEW* Nitto Ridge Grappler
« on: August 25, 2016, 01:47:33 PM »
In my old age I've gravitated away from big knobby noisy tires and come to appreciate a quality ride. Anyone remember the Buckshot Mudder?? Best 38"-40" tires I've ever owned.

So my Goodyear Duratracs are on the way out, I don't drive the truck much so it will probably last another 6 months to 1 year before I get serious about buying a new set but I went with an oddball size to get a the right look. 295/65r18 is what im running now and would like to stay there or maybe a bit taller.


 Im happy to see another competitive A/T tire from Nitto which was a great set of MTs on my last truck.  As I write this there is only 1 size in and 18" rim available with the rest coming soon. so Ill keep in touch with my tire guy and see when they finally produce the size im looking for. Probably going with a 295/70r18 next time. But the that side wall!! love it! :o

I also am turned on to the new Toyo R/T

My only gripe with Toyo has been that I seem to blow through set in 25-30k miles... but that was 2 sets of MTs.

Ive got a few friends that have gone with the new BFG AT and it appears they like them

Any opinions?


I'm seriously considering this system for my 08 LMM. I know the chief runs one on his later model Duramax, anyone else have any insight? is this the best price? Set up?

Most Favored Companies / Guy stuff monthly subscription box
« on: February 27, 2016, 03:13:55 PM »

Referred by a friend (combat vet), I was intrigued. I will post up what come in my first box which should arrive within a week or so.

Construction and Building / SHOP BUILDS- FROM PIRATE4X4.COM
« on: December 22, 2015, 03:39:25 PM »
I stumbled upon this extensive list of different kinds of shops people built all over the US (even Australia), its really extensive and has a lot of good ideas. plenty of dos and dont's as well as the usual DOTs we have all been accustomed to. Just thought this would be a good place for anyone looking to build or help in setting up their shop.


General Vehicle Related Discussion / Monster Quad
« on: November 24, 2015, 08:47:09 PM »
I stole this from a friend last year for a song and a dance. Its a 2011 Can-Am Renegade 800r.  I've been riding every other weekend with the boys (8 and 10) since they were old enough to ride 50cc dirt bikes and we have gradually moved them through different sized bikes/quads. Ive had my fair share of bikes/quads/SXS but I had the chance to ride one of these years ago and always told myself that if the opportunity presented itself I would own one.  Hands down this is the best quad I have ever ridden, comfortable, nimble, fast as hell and torque for days. It will pull wheelies at 30-40 mph....ridiculous. its 4WD but acts like its a sport quad, its heavy (>700lbs) but doesn't feel like a blocky, awkward utility quad.  Once I get some pics ill let you see the rest of it.

Hand Tools, Power Tools, Welders, etc / Shop Heaters
« on: November 03, 2015, 10:20:54 PM »
Hey all,
Finally moved into my new place and earned my self in my opinion a perfect sized shop (40x40). Growing up my parents built a shop on land well before we ever had a house on it so my dad took his time and did it right, fully insulated, lights and outlets everywhere. It was huge but was set up right and gave me a place to get away and grow up wrenching, welding and learning a ton of skills.

Fast forward 25 years and I'm now in a position that I wanted for so long, big lot, big shop and a modest rambler far enough away from the neighbors I can make noise. So back to the meat of the post:

The shop is not insulated and has tall ceilings,  I'm trying to get the most bang for my back as far as heating it during the winter. My area (eastern Washington) wont see sub zero temps often but it is possible. I would just like to be able to take the chill out of the air without my eyes burning or going deaf from a propane "jet engine" my 7 year old calls my current set up.

Any ideas, suggestions? what is everyone else doing right now for heating their space?

Pictures to follow

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