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CB Radio Question

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Offline MilesOfTexas

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Re: CB Radio Question
« Reply #30 on: November 28, 2010, 12:40:39 PM »
I rode about 1600 miles in the "FJ", felt like a "BMW" to me; even better flying across "Sands of Juniper Canyon" with "MOT" in control; looking for one myself now; I'll just drive it, you guys supply the advice.
QS
just keep me riding shotgun; I'll be the scout!
QS

Anytime!
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Re: CB Radio Question
« Reply #31 on: November 28, 2010, 01:13:13 PM »
I now have my final answer!

Because having a CB will be helpful if on the trail with others and at our ranch, I am going to go ahead with the CB.  But, I am going to go ahead and work on getting the amatuer radio technician license and install a mobile ham radio.

Thanks everyone!!!
"I have an excellent profession, but I don't enjoy it near as much as I do when I am in the heart of the wilderness, surrounded by marvelous creations, and efforting to capture what I see and feel so I may share it with others."

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Re: CB Radio Question
« Reply #32 on: November 28, 2010, 03:28:10 PM »
I just want to say thank you to everyone here that has offered suggestions.  Over the last few weeks I have posted what I thought were valid questions on the FJ forum, but never once have had a reply.  Seems they are snobbish over there.  It makes me appreciate everyone here a million times more!!!  :kaos-cactus06:
miles, i've been monitoring the tacoma board ,tacoma world, and haven't joined because many posts were just rude. our community is far more polite and accepting.

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Re: CB Radio Question
« Reply #33 on: November 28, 2010, 04:09:55 PM »
miles, i've been monitoring the tacoma board ,tacoma world, and haven't joined because many posts were just rude. our community is far more polite and accepting.

Ahhh, so it isn't just the FJ board.  That's too bad.  :icon_frown:
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Re: CB Radio Question
« Reply #34 on: November 28, 2010, 08:48:13 PM »
I rode about 1600 miles in the "FJ", felt like a "BMW" to me; even better flying across "Sands of Juniper Canyon" with "MOT" in control; looking for one myself now; I'll just drive it, you guys supply the advice.
QS
just keep me riding shotgun; I'll be the scout!
QS

 You need to be the spotter, not the scout when riding shotgun with a fellow 4x4er.

 Remember, when riding in pairs the spotter is always ready to do 1-2 in every thing, no one helps you guys but yourselves. The most important lesson when doing a Jeep trail. Never ride alone, at least two vehicles (minimum number of vehicles), three is a good comfort zone caravan number.

 Always name your trail leader and sweeper,keep radio contact at all times. Measure your separating distance by referencing a site or an object and measure the time it took for the last vehicle to reach the spot. Lessons from riding on the dirt roads for days.
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Re: CB Radio Question
« Reply #35 on: November 28, 2010, 10:06:59 PM »
MOT, I have been down the CV joint road before with my 98 Taco and I thought I would give you my personal thoughts on it.  For me, I decided not to put a locker up front for the reasons you stated: CV joints and diff housing is relatively weak.  The problem is most severe when the front tires have a large contact print (35+ inch tires) on sticky ground (pavement or Utah slickrock) and the steering wheel is turned sharply.  The locker will make both front tires turn at the exact same speed even though each tire is on a different radius circle.  Big time binding, and big time torque on weak components.  CV joints, by design cannot handle it.  If they can be made with extra strong, hard metal, they will wear out quickly.  You may "upgrade" the joints, but the beast is still weaker than straight axle. 

The good news is that the main difference between CV joint (Independent Front Suspension) and stronger straight axle works in your favor.  When a straight axle has one side (tire) fall in a hole, the other side of the axle must react in the opposite direction, and lift up the opposite tire.  In an un-locked axle, that up in the air tire has no weight on it, and it will spin all day long with no traction.  A locker will get that high traction tire in the hole to spin again and pull the truck out.  Conversely, your IFS allows each side to move up and down with the terrain independently of the other side, thus BOTH tires are likely to have some good traction all the time.   I only got stuck in soft sand with my Taco with no front locker, but I have also been stuck in soft sand with my totally locked straight axle Land Cruiser too.  For me, after wheeling in Utah a while on trails that get me somewhere (not trails just to see if you can break your junk on them), the rear locker and nimble open front end got me everywhere I wanted to go.   I figured I would consider upgrading the front drivetrain only after I broke something.  It never happened.         

I did re-gear to 4.88.  Hope this helps.............. ......How have you been sleeping lately? :icon_mrgreen:
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Offline MilesOfTexas

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Re: CB Radio Question
« Reply #36 on: November 28, 2010, 10:23:34 PM »
You need to be the spotter, not the scout when riding shotgun with a fellow 4x4er.

 Remember, when riding in pairs the spotter is always ready to do 1-2 in every thing, no one helps you guys but yourselves. The most important lesson when doing a Jeep trail. Never ride alone, at least two vehicles (minimum number of vehicles), three is a good comfort zone caravan number.

 Always name your trail leader and sweeper,keep radio contact at all times. Measure your separating distance by referencing a site or an object and measure the time it took for the last vehicle to reach the spot. Lessons from riding on the dirt roads for days.

I agree with you Homero 100%.  I'm sure QS would jump out and spot for me in an instant!  :icon_biggrin:

I would sure love to do some trail rides with a group of offroad/photography enthusiasts, or at least offroad enthusiasts that understand my need to stop and take photos.  Unfortunately most of my adventures will probably be solo because it seems very difficult to get anyone to ride along.  Perhaps that will change now that I can get off the pavement.  :icon_biggrin:  Either way, that's why I want to have some 'call for help' tools.
"I have an excellent profession, but I don't enjoy it near as much as I do when I am in the heart of the wilderness, surrounded by marvelous creations, and efforting to capture what I see and feel so I may share it with others."

-Me 09/12/2011

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Re: CB Radio Question
« Reply #37 on: November 28, 2010, 10:48:48 PM »
MOT, I have been down the CV joint road before with my 98 Taco and I thought I would give you my personal thoughts on it.  For me, I decided not to put a locker up front for the reasons you stated: CV joints and diff housing is relatively weak.  The problem is most severe when the front tires have a large contact print (35+ inch tires) on sticky ground (pavement or Utah slickrock) and the steering wheel is turned sharply.  The locker will make both front tires turn at the exact same speed even though each tire is on a different radius circle.  Big time binding, and big time torque on weak components.  CV joints, by design cannot handle it.  If they can be made with extra strong, hard metal, they will wear out quickly.  You may "upgrade" the joints, but the beast is still weaker than straight axle. 

The good news is that the main difference between CV joint (Independent Front Suspension) and stronger straight axle works in your favor.  When a straight axle has one side (tire) fall in a hole, the other side of the axle must react in the opposite direction, and lift up the opposite tire.  In an un-locked axle, that up in the air tire has no weight on it, and it will spin all day long with no traction.  A locker will get that high traction tire in the hole to spin again and pull the truck out.  Conversely, your IFS allows each side to move up and down with the terrain independently of the other side, thus BOTH tires are likely to have some good traction all the time.   I only got stuck in soft sand with my Taco with no front locker, but I have also been stuck in soft sand with my totally locked straight axle Land Cruiser too.  For me, after wheeling in Utah a while on trails that get me somewhere (not trails just to see if you can break your junk on them), the rear locker and nimble open front end got me everywhere I wanted to go.   I figured I would consider upgrading the front drivetrain only after I broke something.  It never happened.         

I did re-gear to 4.88.  Hope this helps.............. ......How have you been sleeping lately? :icon_mrgreen:

It indeed does help!  I am pretty familiar with suspensions having spent about a dozen years as a mechanic in my previous career, so I understand completely.

I am actually pretty happy with just the existing rear locker.  If I didn't have that, it would definitely be something I would add.  I figured I can just use the winch if I get stuck in some sand.

Hrmm, sleeping.  Every night I keep revising my shopping list, hahahaha!!!!!!

For example, I really want a pull-pal.  I can see how easy it can be to get stuck without a decent tree or boulder around to anchor to.  Another is a remote for my winch seeing how my box is mounted under the hood on the fender.  And I need the basic winch kit as well (D-rings, tree protector, snatch block, etc..).  Hrmm, I want to upgrade to synthetic line for safety.  I can go on and on.

Things I will get before my Christmas trip to LNF and BIBE are:
-Winch kit (smittybilt or ARB) with extra D-ring and line dampener
-Hi-lift jack and base (mounted to bull bars or roof rack) - yes I know they are dangerous!!!
-Extra fuel cannisters, mounted to roof rack (long way from fuel at LNF)
-Rock guard covers for my IPF 968 driving lights (already ordered)
-Receiver D-ring hitch
-Shovel, mounted to roof rack
"I have an excellent profession, but I don't enjoy it near as much as I do when I am in the heart of the wilderness, surrounded by marvelous creations, and efforting to capture what I see and feel so I may share it with others."

-Me 09/12/2011

 


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