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Title: Hey Richard!!!
Post by: 04LJ on June 20, 2010, 03:48:31 PM
I've found somthing to fix that, I can't handle dirt roads car of yours. :rollin
Title: Re: Hey Richard!!!
Post by: RichardM on June 20, 2010, 03:51:30 PM
Does it include a drop-down ladder for my vertically challenged wife?
Title: Re: Hey Richard!!!
Post by: homerboy2u on June 20, 2010, 08:54:36 PM
Yer gettin' famous, son.. :icon_lol:
Title: Re: Hey Richard!!!
Post by: RichardM on June 20, 2010, 09:04:36 PM
Now you might be able to convince my wife to get one of these (http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13746_7-20008256-48.html)
Title: Re: Hey Richard!!!
Post by: tvc15 on June 20, 2010, 09:42:44 PM
It's deja vu  (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/the-backroads/honda-element-awd-on-back-roads-t6633.0.html) all over again.
Title: Hey Richard!!!
Post by: Casa Grande on June 21, 2010, 11:00:33 AM
I'm getting one of these next fall:

2010 Off road xterra


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Title: Re: Hey Richard!!!
Post by: TexasAggieHiker on June 21, 2010, 11:47:53 AM
My wife just got a '10 Xterra.  Since she's "vertically challenged" as well, I don't think she'd let me jack it up like that.  And she hasn't let test out the four wheel drive yet.
Title: Re: Hey Richard!!!
Post by: MilesOfTexas on June 21, 2010, 01:00:16 PM
I hope to have an FJ Cruiser by the end of the year, and then get one of these for it: http://www.autohome.it/file_gb/magg_extreme_forest.html (http://www.autohome.it/file_gb/magg_extreme_forest.html)
Title: Re: Hey Richard!!!
Post by: dkerr24 on June 21, 2010, 03:07:29 PM
Hopefully, they have improved the Xterra since '03.  I drove a '03 Xterra rental from OKC to Las Vegas and it was horribly underpowered and very hard to maintain a straight line in cross winds along the interstate.  I think the motor back then was a gutless 3.3L V6.
Title: Hey Richard!!!
Post by: Casa Grande on June 21, 2010, 05:09:09 PM
I drove an 03 xterra a couple of months ago on Glenn Springs and Juniper Canyon and it handled very well.  It is a bit top heavy, but I like what you get for the price in handling ability, comfort and safety.


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Title: Re: Hey Richard!!!
Post by: bdann on June 21, 2010, 07:01:45 PM
The new Frontiers and Xterras have a 261hp 4.0 V6, a great improvement over the 3.3l 170hp V6 in the pre-2005 models. 
Title: Re: Hey Richard!!!
Post by: 04LJ on June 21, 2010, 08:02:11 PM
Tell her it won't get stuck at the beach. :eusa_naughty:   Well...... if she can drive :eusa_whistle:
Title: Re: Hey Richard!!!
Post by: 04LJ on June 21, 2010, 08:06:06 PM
I hope to have an FJ Cruiser by the end of the year, and then get one of these for it: http://www.autohome.it/file_gb/magg_extreme_forest.html (http://www.autohome.it/file_gb/magg_extreme_forest.html)

Have you used one of the RTT's before?  definitely for the thin and flexible crowd.
Title: Re: Hey Richard!!!
Post by: MilesOfTexas on June 21, 2010, 08:43:51 PM
I hope to have an FJ Cruiser by the end of the year, and then get one of these for it: http://www.autohome.it/file_gb/magg_extreme_forest.html (http://www.autohome.it/file_gb/magg_extreme_forest.html)

Have you used one of the RTT's before?  definitely for the thin and flexible crowd.

Not yet, but I hope to see one in person before making the final commitment for one.  But, I am working on the thin and flexible part, haha.
Title: Re: Hey Richard!!!
Post by: East Texan on June 21, 2010, 08:55:01 PM
I hope to have an FJ Cruiser by the end of the year, and then get one of these for it: http://www.autohome.it/file_gb/magg_extreme_forest.html (http://www.autohome.it/file_gb/magg_extreme_forest.html)


Unclear, MOT, which one?  The Green thingie on top or the one climbing in?      :rolling: :rolling: :rolling:


Title: Re: Hey Richard!!!
Post by: dkerr24 on June 22, 2010, 07:05:13 AM
I think I'd wake up in the middle of the night when nature called and forget which side of the tent had the ladder... or worse just forget I was 6 feet off the ground!  ouch!
Title: Re: Hey Richard!!!
Post by: MilesOfTexas on June 22, 2010, 07:18:28 AM
I think I'd wake up in the middle of the night when nature called and forget which side of the tent had the ladder... or worse just forget I was 6 feet off the ground!  ouch!

That's what the bottle is for.  :icon_smile:
Title: Re: Hey Richard!!!
Post by: MilesOfTexas on June 22, 2010, 07:25:25 AM
I hope to have an FJ Cruiser by the end of the year, and then get one of these for it: http://www.autohome.it/file_gb/magg_extreme_forest.html (http://www.autohome.it/file_gb/magg_extreme_forest.html)

Unclear, MOT, which one?  The Green thingie on top or the one climbing in?      :rolling: :rolling: :rolling:

Why are you asking me such tough questions so early in the morning?!?!
Title: Re: Hey Richard!!!
Post by: presidio on June 27, 2010, 09:46:38 AM
I've found somthing to fix that, I can't handle dirt roads car of yours. :rollin

Wow! Think of all the money they spent to make this an excellent example of a not-very-good off road vehicle. The same amount of total investment likely would have bought a real 4WD (and folks wouldn't point and laugh at it, either).

This one goes in the 'Cash in wallet was a bigger number than IQ' column.
Title: Re: Hey Richard!!!
Post by: dkerr24 on June 27, 2010, 10:33:08 AM
I've found somthing to fix that, I can't handle dirt roads car of yours. :rollin

Wow! Think of all the money they spent to make this an excellent example of a not-very-good off road vehicle. The same amount of total investment likely would have bought a real 4WD (and folks wouldn't point and laugh at it, either).

This one goes in the 'Cash in wallet was a bigger number than IQ' column.

I think that same thing when I see a Dummer ... err Hummer H2. 
Title: Re: Hey Richard!!!
Post by: presidio on June 27, 2010, 11:12:43 AM
I think that same thing when I see a Dummer ... err Hummer H2. 

Yep. Actually, the REAL Hummer (the military version) is a pretty capable vehicle because of how the drive train is designed. It does not use the traditional axle/differential setup that the pretend Hummers do so it has incredible ground clearance and breakover angles, plus it's diesel. The drawback to the real deal is the odd width, which makes it unsuitable for many two-track roads where side clearance is an issue, not to mention that it just won't track well on roads created by standard trucks. Of course, it was purpose-designed for combat and the width is so it can seat 3-across fully equipped troops.

The consumer versions of the Hummer are little more than a steroids version of that silly jacked-up Honda Element, except the pretend Hummers have more hangie-down draggy things underneath than the jacked Element. Most Hummers I've seen are capable of little more than perhaps clearing a curb without getting hung up. But who cares when you are so stylin' in a pseudo-macho machine that is fully equipped for the rigors of the supermarket parking lot?
Title: Re: Hey Richard!!!
Post by: OldJeepr on June 27, 2010, 04:53:25 PM
Old is Good. Even with a few add-ons, it's still about a tenth of the price of a Hummer, and it loves those narrow two-track backroads.

(http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee266/kenefick_photo/P5080013-600.jpg)

Title: Re: Hey Richard!!!
Post by: 04LJ on June 27, 2010, 09:58:22 PM
Intelligent is not spelled $mart. :rolling:
Title: Re: Hey Richard!!!
Post by: dkerr24 on June 28, 2010, 09:24:55 AM
OldJeepr - I'd take your rig over any Dummer any day of the week!
Title: Re: Hey Richard!!!
Post by: OldJeepr on June 29, 2010, 05:16:21 PM
I appreciate that comment.  I lucked into this rig a couple years ago, and have enjoyed it more than any other vehicle I ever had.  Takes a little TLC, but that's part of the fun. 
Title: Re: Hey Richard!!!
Post by: Casa Grande on June 29, 2010, 05:50:47 PM
Old is Good. Even with a few add-ons, it's still about a tenth of the price of a Hummer, and it loves those narrow two-track backroads.

(http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee266/kenefick_photo/P5080013-600.jpg)



 :icon_cry:

Oh, I miss my CJ!!  I had to sell it a couple of months ago.....very bummed.
Title: Re: Hey Richard!!!
Post by: presidio on June 30, 2010, 10:24:38 AM
Ah, give me an early 70s jeep-style Toyota Landcrusier. Saw one a couple of years ago that looked showroom fresh.

Now, while I'm not a fan of anything Chrysler (or Ford or Chevy...I have 3 Toyotas, all 4WD), I will give them a kudo of sorts.

The new Jeep Grand Cherokee commercial is a stunning piece of advertising; one of the best in many years by any company. I rarely see commercials as I run everything through a DVR so I don't have to watch them. The beginning of this ad caught my attention and I lingered. Other than a generic reference to 'jeep' about midway through, the actual product/company is not identified until 40 seconds into the 60 second ad.

One great line in that ad is "As a people we do well when we make good things, and not so well when we don't". There are others.

Of course, it remains to be seen whether the vehicle itself can deliver on the premise of the ad.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uIBL_ei5VM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uIBL_ei5VM)
Title: Re: Hey Richard!!!
Post by: OldJeepr on June 30, 2010, 05:16:52 PM
I agree - heck of a good commercial. And maybe a good vehicle.
But put in your mind's eye the vision of mesquite branches, ocotillo, and other denizens of the desert reaching out to caress the sides as you meander down a two track backroad.  :icon_eek:
Title: Re: Hey Richard!!!
Post by: MilesOfTexas on June 30, 2010, 06:29:13 PM
I agree - heck of a good commercial. And maybe a good vehicle.
But put in your mind's eye the vision of mesquite branches, ocotillo, and other denizens of the desert reaching out to caress the sides as you meander down a two track backroad.  :icon_eek:

All you have to do is rhino line the sides and you are all set!

Looks like they have a new product called SolarMax:
"In addition to many vehicle and equipment applications, SolarMax lining can be used to replace paint applications"...  So when you order your new Jeep, when they ask what color just ask for the SolarMax color of your choice.   :rolling:
Title: Re: Hey Richard!!!
Post by: OldJeepr on July 01, 2010, 06:52:49 AM
MOT, I think you're on to something there! They just need some unique trim packages:
Mud spatter - Pick your color to match the countryside you'll be driving in.
Pin Striping - Select your favorite vegetation pattern.
Colorful front end decoration with your favorite bugs
And of course, pre-dinged doors for mall crawlers.
Title: Re: Hey Richard!!!
Post by: RichardM on February 16, 2011, 04:18:30 PM
Snapped these pics while out riding my bicycle today. Looks like this guy has both ends of the ground clearance spectrum covered.

(http://i55.tinypic.com/ad26ih.jpg)

(http://i54.tinypic.com/2dsimg7.jpg)
Title: Re: Hey Richard!!!
Post by: MarkB on February 16, 2011, 04:39:01 PM
Yep. He is a trucking dude.... :icon_biggrin: