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    The Base Camp

    I'd love to hang out. The problem is I'm a solid 2 hours to Wharton and, last year, the weather was crap.
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    The Base Camp

    I hear you. FB, IG and SC have all but replaced forums across the Internet. But social media sucks for finding accurate information of any kind. I don't think you can fight it, though. I saw the same thing happen when the world transitioned from dial-up BBS's to the Web. When you first setup the site, I thought it would go the way it's gone. Even club forums forums are dying. I know you invested a lot of time, money and effort into making DO great. But with JKO and JKF already well established, and now social media taking over, all the forums seem to be turning into archives for tech knowledge that less and less people visit each year. The Jeep community has changed as well. It used to be that mall crawlers were a rare minority; now it's a growing majority. And the number of "virtual" Jeep clubs and parking lot clubs is amazing. I don't get the appeal of standing out in a cold, wet parking lot talking about angry grills and light bars, comparing lifts on rigs that will never crawl anything bigger than a curb. I just don't understand putting $10K into a Jeep and NOT wheeling it, but that seems to be the norm. Even those that build to wheel seem to not be wheeling, at least not regularly. I left NJJC because the only people who wheeled were the buggy and trailer queen cliques, and they only went out for extreme private property rides. I'd rather wheel blues and blacks, maybe light reds occasionally, 12+ times a year than break shit on extreme trails and only wheel 3-4 times due to repair costs and downtime. I tried repeatedly to get other club members to go wheeling, even scheduled beginner rides. At best only 2 other NJJC rigs would show. So I'm a bit done with Jeep clubs and forums. I chime in on some FB groups, but it seems to be a lost cause. How do you make a difference when 20 people post how they are "wheeling hard" with a $400 Rough Country lift and 37's on a Dana 30?
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    The Base Camp

    Hey all, what's up? I saw Ryan post up on FB and realized I hadn't checked in here for a while.
  4. I've got half an idea to bring the bike and leave the Jeep/Trailer at home.
  5. Let me know what campsite you book and I'll book an adjacent site as I will be bringing my trailer.
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    08/18-08/20

    Well, you slackers missed an exciting WFTW today. All the rain has really washed out the trails in spots with plenty of residual water to make things greasy. 2nd hill climb of the day turned into a blue-black with two flops -- first time that's happened on any WFTW ride. Fortunately, both Jeeps suffered only minor damage and were able to drive home. A metric shit ton of goodies were handed out at the raffle, including a roughly 4' x 4' custom American/WFTW flag done in weathered sheet metal on the plasma cutter (would have been a very cool addition to your man cave) and a couple of large bar mirrors made for WFTW.
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    08/18-08/20

    I'm going to try and make an appearance. I'm back-to-back with a week in vegas, camping with Kaleigh, this even, then WFTW. Good news is camping with Kaleigh is in CMP. So there's a possibility.
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    The Base Camp

    Folks, WFTW is trying to get some more drivers for its August 25th veterans appreciation ride in North Jersey. Open to any 4WD vehicle, but full-size pickups will be a tight fit. This is on private land in Sussex County. Food, prizes and a big raffle are provided, as well as the enthusiastic gratitude of the vets. I hope to see some of my old friends and new DO family there. https://wheelersforthewoundednj.org/wftwnj-trail-ride-registration/
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    The Base Camp

    I was going to go just to post "Have you seen" fliers of Martin.
  10. You put on wheel spacers? Good for you, man.
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    Drag link flip / track bar

    I use Artec and Synergy. Went with Synergy because I also have their track bar/sector shaft brace. How did you get by for so long without flipping before? The bump steer must have been atrocious.
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    The Base Camp

    And each other's, as the case might be.
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    Dash Cams

    I believe so, yes. But I've never actually owned a GoPro. I can't see the value of spending more than a DSLR on such a device.
  14. I was thinking about giving the OME Bypass or Teraflex Falcon shocks a try.
  15. Even with an annual pass there needs to be a check-in/out process of some kind so they know who is out on the trails in case of an emergency.
  16. Delayed carnage as a result of hot-footing it around AOAA the weekend of Ultra4. U-Joint on my front driveshaft blew-up as I was exiting I-80 on my way home from Kaleigh's. Of course this destroyed the ears on the slip-yoke end. Sent a FB message to Adams Driveshaft on Sunday. Much to my surprise, James messaged me back within an hour. We worked out a deal to overnight me a new slip yoke and then send a complete spare shaft via ground for less than a new front shaft normally costs, because I was a repeat customer. Can't say enough about how thrilled I am with their service. When I went to look at the damage the next day I saw this: My upper radius arm tore right off the end. Honestly have no idea how I drove it home since I am three-linked up front with only one upper radius arm. Delayed shit-my-pants over how bad this would have been driving 70MPH on I-80. This is probably what caused the u-joint to blow as the pinion angle dropped and bound-up the joint. Something like this has happened to me before so after being unsuccessful at finding someone available to tow me I got a stock upper control arm and put it in the stock location, which was good enough to drive it to Smashboogie4x4 in Newton. Tom @ Smashboogie made me a beefy new upper radius arm out of .250 DOM and I had Adams overnight the slip yoke to him in an effort to make it to NJJC's Spring Trail Ride at RC last weekend. But it turns out that the CV was screaming and my complete spare driveshaft hadn't arrived yet, nor could I find the right double cardon rebuild kit, so wheeling was off. The driveshaft arrived Tuesday and I had Tom put it on today so my Jeep is ready to wheel.
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    The Base Camp

    I believe it was JKO's late StubEXrub that coined that particular phrase. But I do hate drum brakes.
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    Dash Cams

    That's pretty cool. But $500? I've used the Mobius Action Cam ( http://a.co/gQ9FKmV ) for years. Very small but produces good quality video. I prefer the standard version vs the wide-angle version. And it was also well-liked by that Youtube guy Techmoan.
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    The Base Camp

    More like intelligence and common sense have become obsolete. It's not worth the time or effort to answer any tech questions because you get drowned-out by clueless morons giving ridiculously bad advice.
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    The Base Camp

    The world has changed. I'm just adapting.
  21. I'm a bit confused. Was thinking of heading out to PA and picking up a rifle this weekend. I see a bunch of you guys have AR's, but after reading through NJ laws I'm confused about what's legal and what's not. Since I'm buying in PA I need to know, as they sell stuff that isn't legal in NJ. There's a laundry list of specific weapons that are illegal. Then there's a the statement that "any firearm ... substantially similar to" the list is prohibited. Since the Colt AR-15 is specifically designated, what makes other AR's "legal" to own? For example, I was thinking of either the Colt MP-15 or maybe a Windham M4 or Stag SA3, I know the magazine needs to be 15 rounds or less; is that all that's necessary to make it legal in NJ? Then there's shotguns. Apparently you can't have any kind of pistol grip on a shotgun in NJ, even if there's a fixed full length stock on the gun? And magazine capacity needs to be 6 rounds or less? Is that with 3" or 2.75" shells? I was also thinking of getting a Mossberg 500, but my choice is either 5+1 or 7+1 with 2.75" shells; less one if I use 3" shells.
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    Going wheelin

    Fawk. Hope that's covered under warranty, Walt. Speedy recovery, my friend.
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    Going wheelin

    I was going to say I'm in, then I remembered my Jeep is in the shop.
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