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Old September 27th, 2017, 18:34
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Re: MJ on 42 Boggers continued

Opening up the roof made a huge difference with the heat buildup. And the UV sun screen worked great keeping the sun of our heads. Now I need t make a vinyl roof for it.

Took my mom out for her first wheeling ride, it went great. The original plan was to take it slow but it was an area I've never gone to before and the second obstacle was very steep 15' or so climb. Luckily it was pretty rough dry granite so there was plenty of traction and we were able to just slowly crawl up it. Once we did that she was ok with just about everything. Now she can't wait to go again.



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Old October 3rd, 2017, 19:51
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We went up to Mountain Mud Run Terrain Park last Saturday to watch the rock crawl series final and do some wheeling. I couldn't qualify for any prizes but they let me enter the event. I've done a lot of wheeling on rocks but this was the first time that I did it to this extent. I've also never had to do it for time before. I did pretty good on the first run, only hit two gates And made it through with minimal problems. The exit was pretty wild and steep and almost everyone including me took the bailout.


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Heres a video from a hood mounted cam, unfortunately I wasn't able to get any other photos or video of the run.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XZaZmXCAks


The second run was a different story, I totally sucked ass on that one. I had the front tires a little too soft along with the spartan locker not unlocking which made it a nightmare to try and turn. I don't even know how many gates I hit, probably most of them. I tried to take the bonus exit and got totally hung up on a bolder that the guy before me flipped up. ended up winching out. Defiantly not a good run but I had a blast and can't wait to do it again.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iY-d...A#action=share




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The truck held up pretty good, ended up with one broken rear main leafs but that was the only thing. I probably broke it while going up Mainiac Mountain. I was having a little too much fun and started getting a little air on some of the steps.



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I replaced both rear mains with new springs tonight, I have some other things planned over the next week and a half. Then me and the wife are planning on going to Rocktoberfest at Field & Forest. Can't wait to check that place out.
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Old October 5th, 2017, 18:18
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Next step is a little maintenance, some repairs and a little upgrade. I found this beauty when I greased the truck and the grease broke through all the crusty junk. I wheeled it a few time like that but figured with Field & Forest coming up it was time to take care of it. Going to replace all the lower lower spindle components on at least the curb side, and I see what the other side looks like. Once I get everything else cleaned up I determine if I need anything else.




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After hearing some horror stories about people breaking their u-joints and taking out the alloy shafts in the process I decided it just wasn't worth the risk. So I figured wether it's bullshit or not I better upgrade the u-joints before I do the same thing. I've done a bit of research lately, as well as talked to some of the guys running full alloy shafts & u-joints on the trails and decided to go with Yukon Super Joints.



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Old October 7th, 2017, 21:22
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Today I repaired the damage to the kingpin knuckle, I lucked out and only had to grind down the gouge on the front side. The other messed up part was a shredded lower bearing cap. So I installed new lower bearing, cap and all knuckle & spindle seals. The other side seems to be in good shape so I didn't tear it down, maybe later.


I broke down the front axle shafts and removed the Spicer u-joints. Since I've only got 1/2 dozen runs on them the u-joints are in pretty much perfect condition. I cleaned them up and packaged up and will carry them as spares. With any luck I won't need them.


I installed the Yukon Super Joints which was kind of a pain in the ass. The biggest pain is that they don't use grease, they use copper never-seize. I assembled the first axle and only applied a tiny amount of never-seize to the o-rings in the u-joint cups. Once I assembled the joint I realized that my little (plastic) Oregon chainsaw needle grease press doesn't produce much pressure, so it took quite a bit of time and effort to grease the cups. When I assembled the second one I liberally lubricated each of the cups prior to installation. This made me feel confident about proper lubrication but it certainly made a mess while trying to install the cups. I pressed them in but they didn't go in evenly so I had to dow some hammering with a punch and socket to get things lined up for the snap rings.


I was able to get everything on the c.side done , just need to install the tire/wheel. Ans the axle, spindle, and brake bracket are on the s.side.
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Old October 11th, 2017, 21:11
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I finished up the front axle last Sunday. I was a crappy day so I figured I'd put a little time into the rewire project. I was able to get a good portion of the FMVSS PDM wired but ran out of MP280 terminals & splice packs so I had to call it quits before I could complete it. I was hoping to at least get the tail & brake light wired but thats still a long way off. I'm definatly going to have to break this project down into stages.



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It would be cool to do some night wheelin', so at a minimum I wanted to get some head lights & ground lights installed and hooked up for Roctoberfest, . The headlights were easy, I just reconnected an existing circuit to power up the LED light bars. As far as the ground lights go I was able to get 5 of them installed and ran the harnesses. I ran the front harness a while ago so I didn't have to worry about that one. For the midship and rear lights I wanted to try and run as much as possible in one harness so I included the right / left turn, marker, ground lights and future rear winch wires. Unfortunately I ran out of more supplies and had to cut a few more corners but I was able to get the harnesses into the cab. I'll have to do a little more temporary work tomorrow to get them functional but they'll at least get everything working for the weekend.




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Old October 19th, 2017, 19:30
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Took the wife to Roctoberfest @ Field & Forest, it was her first time wheeling in a very long time. She said she would never go again back in 2000 or so. We went out for a night ride Thursday night and that was that, she loved it, or at least most of it. . Met a bunch of great wheelers and had a blast. I got to learn a lot about the capabilities of the truck. We did a few group rides but I spent most the weekend wheeling with some new friends, Vinny, Ross, Colin & Shawn. I got to explore a bunch of cool trails, some green blue and blacks and a couple of small red sections. Vinny talked me into doing a red trail, "Sucker Punch" and I was ok with that until I watched him drop into the entrance. Then I saw him navigate the first obstacle and figured "NOPE" I'm not ready for that LOL. I parked my truck and walked the trail as Vinny drove (and winched) the trail to the end. WOW the red trails are absolutely crazy. And Field & Forest is only 40 minutes from my house so We'll defiantly be back.


I didn't get much for pics or video but here are some of them.


https://youtu.be/b4-j5F2bu3E


https://youtu.be/jcAtKDjZ128


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_FEF-709gI

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