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SCCX Xcursions / Re: Desert trip this weekend (1/16/21 - 1/17/21)
« Last post by JFanaselle on January 21, 2021, 09:56:49 PM »
We saw 5 Tacos for every 1 Jeep last weekend; it was BONKERS.  Did they go on sale or something?

No. In fact, quite the opposite. My Taco was more than double what I paid for my Xterra. :( But I must say, the amount of aftermarket and community-manufactured support is freaking overwhelming! For example, there are like 25 different front bumpers made for this thing.

I will not succumb to the Taco craze, I will not submit to the Taco craze....lol Those trucks look pretty dang good.  I definitely miss wheeling the desert with you all.

You know you want to join the dark side  >:D       lol lol
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SCCX Display Case / Re: Mountain Express
« Last post by Celt on January 21, 2021, 07:51:17 PM »
That really stinks about those heads. Post up what you end up doing. I know eventually I'll have to replace the motor and was thinking about going your route.
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SCCX Xcursions / Re: Desert trip this weekend (1/16/21 - 1/17/21)
« Last post by xxSVxx on January 21, 2021, 04:00:37 PM »
I will not succumb to the Taco craze, I will not submit to the Taco craze....lol

We saw 5 Tacos for every 1 Jeep last weekend; it was BONKERS.  Did they go on sale or something? 
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SCCX Xcursions / Re: Desert trip this weekend (1/16/21 - 1/17/21)
« Last post by RikRong on January 21, 2021, 12:55:51 PM »
 I will not succumb to the Taco craze, I will not submit to the Taco craze....lol Those trucks look pretty dang good.  I definitely miss wheeling the desert with you all.
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SCCX Display Case / Re: Mountain Express
« Last post by zaphos on January 20, 2021, 11:18:32 AM »
Yup, we're all good. Bunkered in here at the casa aside from some weekend trips. Gives me time to work on projects. I was literally on the freeway on my way to a LandOps event when the heads let go. At least they blew down here rather than 4 hours up the freeway or out in the middle of nowhere. That would have sucked.

You guys all good? Whats the new news?

Been away for a while.
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SCCX Display Case / Re: Mountain Express
« Last post by Jayrat on January 20, 2021, 07:06:05 AM »
Looking good Mark , hope the Family is well
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SCCX Xcursions / Re: Desert trip this weekend (1/16/21 - 1/17/21)
« Last post by JFanaselle on January 19, 2021, 08:50:36 PM »
And here are some shots of CAWoody's rig, too. It was a regular Taco Fest out there!  lol lol

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SCCX Display Case / Re: Mountain Express - Blown head gasket
« Last post by zaphos on January 19, 2021, 03:52:48 PM »
Hey all, happy new year. Hopefully, it will be the year we get out of this funk.

Well, it looks like after 170,000 miles, the head gasket finally gave up the ghost. With those miles, just fixing the head gasket is kind of lipstick on a pig I think. The rest of the engine will still be worn. Time to get a fresher engine. Reman = $4000.00, JDM = $1000.00, JDM it is unless anyone has a fresh VG33E lying around :).   

My idea was to get a swap at JDM of San Diego. Anyone done business with them or have another idea or someone you recommend to do the install?

Also, here's an update on my buildout:

Future Mods:
- Full aluminum skids - Done
- New heads to be port/ polished by Randy down at Chassis Masters with Jim Wolfe Stage 1 cams courtesy of Auto Customizers. - TDB due to engine wreckage
- Custom Exhaust system - Done, not as exotic as I had hoped but quiet and flows well.
- Aux fuel tank - Done, went with Titan Trekker II on the tailgate, awesome setup!
- Possible replacement of front & rear bumper with home-fabbed aluminum replacements - I did get a welder but this is kind of a loooong term idea, LOL.

- New - 50w solar so I don't have to start the truck to keep the batt up. Got the panel in and going to connect via Renogy DCC50S to LifePO4 batt (possibly replacing the starter batt) to save weight. If not, secondary house batt.
- New - AC 4:1 Transfer case gears. Have gears and spare transfer case, just need to work out the details (do the work).

   

Recovery:
- Land (boat) anchor
- Bogout soft winch - I STILL haven't tested this combo. Every time I go out, we are either in a bad area to test, or in a rush or ... 

Furnature:
- Ironman awning - Killer setup, I really like it.



 
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SCCX Xcursions / Re: Desert trip this weekend (1/16/21 - 1/17/21)
« Last post by JFanaselle on January 18, 2021, 04:29:06 PM »
Well, it was an amazing day out in the desert! We ran down Red Canyon Jeep Trail to the Bradshaw Trail, and then headed back north into Red Canyon for a bit to explore the tall slot walls. From there, we headed over to the trestle bridge for lunch and then continued west. We explored an area I've never been before known as Hunter Spring, and checked out another really cool bridge along the railroad line (this one is west of the Coachella Canal, along a big salt playa). I also managed to get some killer shots of the new truck in its voyage on the dirt. :D

There are a few bugs that I'm still working out of the build, but overall, I'm happy with how it performed.

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SCCX Xcursions / Re: Desert trip this weekend (1/16/21 - 1/17/21)
« Last post by Celt on January 17, 2021, 10:18:16 PM »
Well shoot, I wish I would have checked this post earlier, I would have jumped onto the trip. If you guys come up with something please let me know.
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