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Cool as CB radios are, Family Radios have pretty much replaced them for camping and the newer ones can have a very good range. We use them routinely when hiking in Big Bend. But it would probably be cool to have a CB. I can't help but think truckers still use them but don't I know.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_Radio_ServiceAl
Quote from: Al on November 09, 2010, 07:46:48 PMCool as CB radios are, Family Radios have pretty much replaced them for camping and the newer ones can have a very good range. We use them routinely when hiking in Big Bend. But it would probably be cool to have a CB. I can't help but think truckers still use them but don't I know.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_Radio_ServiceAlThanks Al! I do have a pair of the Family Radios, and they absolutely come in handy!
I have to tell a story. Back in the CB heyday of the mid to late '70's we were driving to GUMO past Pecos and overheard a conversation on the CB radio. It went something like this:Break channel . . . Comeback . . . We were wondering why everyone is waving at us. We thought there was something wrong with our car. We pulled over and everything looked good. All the tires are aired up and then is nothing loose hanging from the vehicle . . . WE CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY EVERYONE KEEPS WAVING AT US!'Uhhhh, they're being friendly.10-4We couldn't stop laughing for 10 minutes. Al
CBs are a must if you go on organized 4x4 trail rides with people, such as in Moab. They all use them to keep everyone moving on the trail. On the hyway it is a different story. Many people us the radio to spill out their anger on who ever will listen. If you have kids in the car, you won't want to monitor it due to the hateful language. I 10 and I 20 are pretty bad in New Mexico. A well charged cell phone and a tall hill are your best bets for HELP. The rangers in the Maze district Canyonlands NP (Utah) say they listen to the CB for emergencies, but I really dought they actually do it. I believe most all government agencies have gone to digital 900 MHZ radios. Homeland security has required most all agencies to get on the new system and I would bet that national parks have done it too. (Unified Command BS)Save the money and put it towards an ARB bumper with a winch. And make sure you get the Heavy springs with the lift kit to hold up the extra weight.
Some things to think about.A lift, by itself, will not give you higher ground clearance. It will allow for larger tires, which will give you a little more clearance. This, other than appearance, is the main reason for a lift.A 3" lift will raise your center of gravity, and make off camber trails a little more interesting. You may find that you also have to make some modifications to steering linkage. The change in aerodynamics and larger tires will have some effect on mpg. Larger tires will eat some horsepower, and you will have to re-calibrate the speedometer (or do some mental arithmetic as you go down the highway). IMHO, go for the smallest lift needed to accommodate the tires you want to run. My old jeep has a 2" lift to allow for 32" tires. One mod you might want to look at is quick disconnects for the sway bar. This allows for more articulation and helps keep all four tires on the ground (have to remember to hook them back up before you get back to regular highway driving).
. I can't help but think truckers still use them but don't I know.Al
CBs are a must if you go on organized 4x4 trail rides with people, such as in Moab. They all use them to keep everyone moving on the trail.
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