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Re: Current vehicle of choice

Postby mediauras » Fri Jun 14, 2013 9:42 pm

2000 Jeep Cherokee. Sucks gas, unnecessary for a lot of trailheads, but when you need the clearance and 4wd its awesome.

Nothing compared to a cheetah on a premium bike tho.



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Re: Current vehicle of choice

Postby xNateX » Sat Jun 15, 2013 4:59 am

That Rubi is bad ass!

I've got an old old Toyota car. Celica, 91, 250k+. I had been torn about whether I ought to keep it or replace it. Finally decided to keep and recondition it just because it's less expensive and it does everything I need.

It's my sports car, jeep, and station wagon rolled into one. Blew out the rear shocks on some dirt roads coming back from a trailhead (at 200k miles). Threw out the rear seats to get extra space, alternate between snow tires and summer performance tires (whoo whee!), and still get 30 mpg. That's important; I'll cross the country at the drop of a season.

I love old Toyotas. Anytime I see them, I figure I'm looking at someone that has something better to do with their life than sinking time and money into their vehicle. But if money wasn't a pre-condition, I'd probably have a Rubi. Actually, if money wasn't an issue, I'd probably have an exotic. And a superyacht.
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Re: Current vehicle of choice

Postby Shawn » Sat Jun 15, 2013 12:43 pm

longri wrote: But if you drive an SUV you may have seen me passing you uphill on the highway.


This is very true; I wave politely as people pass me by. :D

My daily driver is an '05 Xterra. The thing has been rock solid from day one and unusually fuel efficient for it's size (22mpg on the highway). More recently I decided to get a vehicle just for recreating on the weekends.

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Re: Current vehicle of choice

Postby TRAUMAhead » Sun Jun 16, 2013 11:02 pm

Shawn wrote:
longri wrote: But if you drive an SUV you may have seen me passing you uphill on the highway.


This is very true; I wave politely as people pass me by. :D

My daily driver is an '05 Xterra. The thing has been rock solid from day one and unusually fuel efficient for it's size (22mpg on the highway). More recently I decided to get a vehicle just for recreating on the weekends.

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Nice Rubi. :) Lift and tire size? How are the Duratracs? Heard they're great as an all arounder, just a little weak on the sidewalls.
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Re: Current vehicle of choice

Postby Shawn » Mon Jun 17, 2013 7:46 pm

Thanks TRAUMAhead. ;)

It's a Mopar three and a half inch lift and the Duratracs are 35's (you have a good eye). When I bought the thing earlier this year (it's a 2011 now with 10k miles) the tires were inflated to nearly 60PSI. Whew, now at 32PSI or so the ride is very nice on the Duratracs.
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Re: Current vehicle of choice

Postby TRAUMAhead » Mon Jun 17, 2013 10:00 pm

Trail Grapplers are waaaay stiff in 35X12.50R17 (E rating + soft top + no doors = no weight on the tires). My first choice was Goodyear MTRs in 35X12.50R15 (C rating), but they were backordered with no ETA so I got impulse bought the TGs. Currently at 25PSI, still trying to get good tread wear.
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Re: Current vehicle of choice

Postby cloudlesssky » Wed Jun 19, 2013 6:38 pm

My TH car is a 2001 Acura MDX. Over 185K miles and still comfortable, reasonable gas mileage, and can carry 4+ with gear. It's old and the paint is going so I don't mind leaving it for a week+.
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Re: Current vehicle of choice

Postby MountainMinstrel » Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:27 am

My vehicle of choice is a 1969 VW camper.

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Great ground clearance, 20 MPG, and I can sleep in it. The body still needs work but mechanically it is better than new (1914 engine putting out 90 HP and 112 ft. lb. of torque) pulls the hills great.
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Re: Current vehicle of choice

Postby LightRanger » Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:22 pm

Current: '96 XJ with 4.5" RE lift and 32s. Don't heavily wheel it a lot, but lifted because I drive unplowed roads in the winter. Easily handles almost any trailhead approach.

Near future: New or used 4Runner or new Taco.
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Re: Current vehicle of choice

Postby KathyW » Thu Sep 05, 2013 11:36 pm

I'm getting ready for a new vehicle. I'll probably go with another Toyota Tacoma when the 2014 is available, but I heard 2014 will be the last year they produce the FJ Cruiser and I'm wondering it that might be a good option seeing as it will be the last chance to get a new one. The prices are similar for ether vehicle - either the Access cab Tacoma with 4WD and TRD package or the FJ Cruiser with 4WD and TRD package. Anyone have an opinion on why they would go with FJ Cruiser over the Tacoma?
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Re: Current vehicle of choice

Postby BrianF » Fri Sep 06, 2013 8:21 am

I love my Tacoma (not 4WD)with a camper shell because of the ease of sleeping in the back at trailheads (76" bed). It is also great for hauling gear and also for concealing gear and/or ice chests etc under a blanket; with the tinted windows it is hard to see into the back. Nice to have the sliding back windows with a screen when sleeping in there too. Only good for one driver and one passenger though - the tiny back seat works for short trips and kids only.
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Current vehicle of choice

Postby Bluewater » Fri Sep 06, 2013 11:28 am

I've had two 4-runners and will probably get another one whenever it finally starts to fade. I had a '92 for many years that was underpowered with a V6 and it could barely make it up the Grapevine towards the end, but it was a great off road truck. I upgraded the shocks and tires and it was a blast driving up the crazy road to Dinkey Lakes. My current one is an '05 Sport w/ a V8 and tow package. The first time I towed a trailer I could hardly believe the difference, it felt like there was nothing behind me! My wife and I and two dogs have slept in the back at trailheads comfortably. The off road feel isn't as good as the older '92 model but the interior and overall ride is much better. Still reliable after 120,000 miles:) I'm at the car wash right now getting the the mud from the North Lake road cleaned off.
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