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Unread 04-29-2012, 08:01 PM   #586
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So Sundowner, if you dont mind me asking... What do you do for a living?
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Unread 04-29-2012, 08:27 PM   #587
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He is a chic-fil-a sales rep turning up the hype by charming everyone secretly into wanting some. This is just an incedible build thread disguising a fast food advertising strategy..... I approve
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Unread 04-29-2012, 08:39 PM   #588
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So that's why he has to haul so much 'gear' around.
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Unread 04-29-2012, 08:44 PM   #589
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I thought he was a motorcycle club member, I think thats why someone asked him if his handle came with colors.....

HIJACK ON: I used to know a old guy locally named Pete Petersen, he was a former "Sundowners MC" member. Well when things got tight fiancially for ole Pete the Sundowners bought him a new Harley, told him to sell his house and they would buy him a new house in Anihiem(sp) CA. So now I dont have my old buddy around here anymore.
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Unread 04-29-2012, 10:10 PM   #590
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This must be why he is able to take good pictures with a crappy camera..
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Unread 04-30-2012, 10:20 AM   #591
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Now, if I was doing this for a living I'd already have some digital camera/video equipment, wouldn't I? I'd also be able to afford more Jeep parts.

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He is a chic-fil-a sales rep turning up the hype by charming everyone secretly into wanting some.
Damn it, you figured it out! Now I'm going to have to turn my Goon Squad loose on you, and that's just a bunch of hassle...
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Unread 04-30-2012, 04:42 PM   #592
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Damn it, you figured it out! Now I'm going to have to turn my Goon Squad loose on you, and that's just a bunch of hassle...
Nice Dodge! Well done.

...and yes, I am calling you on it.
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Does your goon squad have awesome beards also?
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Nice Dodge! Well done.
Dodge? This is a Jeep build, man...

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Does your goon squad have awesome beards also?
There's a dress code, so of course they do. How else could I get them to look exactly like the flying pirates from Porco Rosso?


Note: Now, this post was a nice dodge if I do say so myself (and I do). See, when you set me up to avoid questions you get entertainingly-slapstick misdirection free with your purchase.
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Unread 04-30-2012, 05:24 PM   #595
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Something tells me you work for the Govt.
Ha! Due to the uncanny ability to dodge questions, no doubt...
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Keeping things like that private is never a bad call in my book...even if I don't do the same for myself. Trail gear writeup soonish but no rush?
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Trail gear writeup soonish but no rush?
The first toolkit write up is almost finished. It's really not that difficult a job...I just kept finding ways to reduce what I was carrying and re-format the article. Every time I would lay the tools out and think "Okay, this is pretty good" and start writing down my thoughts on the matter, I would then suddenly look at a particular tool and say "Do I really need that...?" and unintentionally re-start the entire process. I must have reformatted and re-analyzed this list about fifteen times, now, and this has caused a LOT of delays.

The upside to the process is that I've finally realized that this does not need to be a single article. I need to generate a starting point, and then move forwards from there...thus, I will generate a series of articles on tools and my current load-out. This has two benefits: 1) the tool list gets constantly upgraded and improved through experience, usage and reader suggestions, and 2) it gives me more material to put in the thread to keep people interested.

The first article, then, that I'm finishing is an "Ultralight" kit. No extras...just basic, smartly-chosen tools that will effect a surprising number of repairs. This is not to say that it's lightweight, but merely stripped-down and practical. After that article is completed, I can build off of that point and consequently add tools that make life easier by making repairs faster, simpler or - in some cases - possible at all. This way, there's as little replacement in the kit as is possible; the kit just gets a little bigger as you add to it.

Something worth mentioning is this: I found is that there are very, very few "buy it now" solutions to a TJ toolkit. To get a good, light, stripped-down-and-still-useful kit, I had to assemble what I wanted and then do a bit of modification work here and there; in one case I had to do some cutting and grinding in order to have the tool that I wanted. I'm hoping that these portions of the articles will be well-received...lots of people cut and hack on their Jeeps, but I don't see much about making or improving the tools that you carry with you.

In any case, I do apologize for the unseasonable delay...it will not be put-off for too much longer. I made a couple of small purchases yesterday and those finalized the load-out for the Ultralight Kit. Now I need a couple of additional photos and some time to polish the writing...nothing a sammich can't fix.

Now, the gear write up...as far as parts and repair items and all that fun stuff? That'll take longer...that's a two-sammich job.
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The first article, then, that I'm finishing is an "Ultralight" kit. No extras...just basic, smartly-chosen tools that will effect a surprising number of repairs. This is not to say that it's lightweight, but merely stripped-down and practical. After that article is completed, I can build off of that point and consequently add tools that make life easier by making repairs faster, simpler or - in some cases - possible at all. This way, there's as little replacement in the kit as is possible; the kit just gets a little bigger as you add to it.
Kinda like a soldiers 1st, 2nd, and 3rd line gear. I can dig it.



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Kinda like a soldiers 1st, 2nd, and 3rd line gear.
Very similar. The first-line "ultralight" kit is the Jeep's EDC. You can add a second line of tools for general off-roading, and a third line for specific activities. The same concept will apply to the other gear that I carry. It's a simple and effective way of organizing your tools and equipment, and it's able to be easily customized for the trails and vehicles at hand.
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