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    #46
    Added more info on campsites secured in OP.
    1989 BMW 325is | 2019 Ford Ranger FX4
    willschnitz

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      #47
      this looks real cool, ashame our dates dont match, i dont have an offroad vehcle but would have been cool to meet you guys when you was on tarmac.

      not sure if it will help you plan but i used www.roadtrippers.com when planning my coast to coast trip, may help you plan this as it gives loads of suggestions on things on route and also, campsites!

      I drove a 325e across America and now i am shipping it home to London, England

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        #48
        Thanks for the bump!

        We down to like 3 weeks and its on boyos. I hope yall are ready.
        1989 BMW 325is | 2019 Ford Ranger FX4
        willschnitz

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          #49
          I should get started on my list of shit to do...


          Originally posted by SpasticDwarf
          Honestly I built it just to have a place to sit and listen to Hotline Bling on repeat.

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            #50
            Shit, I have a list too.
            My previous build (currently E30-less)
            http://www.r3vlimited.com/board/showthread.php?t=170390

            A 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD 4x4 Offroad in Inferno is my newest obsession

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              #51
              Just ordered my CB stuff.

              Went with the 505xl recommended by Lambo. Also snagged the coaxial cable and 7 watt external speaker.

              Decided to pass on any sort of hard mount antenna, and went with a simple Tram magnetized version, 3 ft in length, to stick on the roof of my truck when I need it.

              My truck still performs a lot of dirty work, hauling stuff to the dump on a semi-regular basis, bed full of trimmed tree branches, stuff like that. So I didn't want to have to worry about an antenna/mount being in the way.

              I'll hard mount the CB inside my center console and wire it permanently to a cigarette lighter. And I'll pop out the antenna and speaker when I need them.

              Dynamatting my interior today and tomorrow as well, to help cut down on road noise.
              My previous build (currently E30-less)
              http://www.r3vlimited.com/board/showthread.php?t=170390

              A 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD 4x4 Offroad in Inferno is my newest obsession

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                #52
                8 Days out from the start for me boys. 10 Days for yall basically.
                1989 BMW 325is | 2019 Ford Ranger FX4
                willschnitz

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                  #53
                  I'm pumped to follow along virtually, have fun and be safe guys!
                  2007 Range Rover Sport S/C

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                    #54
                    I can't wait to get out there... I've barely been out wheeling this summer and I haven't been out camping at all... way overdue.

                    Originally posted by SpasticDwarf
                    Honestly I built it just to have a place to sit and listen to Hotline Bling on repeat.

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                      #55
                      I started looking into a route plan for the trip. I wanted to try and get a few things figured out asap. Such as:

                      - Meet time/location in Grand Junction on Wednesday
                      - Route from Grand Junction to Telluride on Thursday
                      - Route from Telluride to Ouray on Thursday
                      - Potential to try and stay longer in Ouray in order to do the Alpine Loop


                      Meet time/location in Grand Junction

                      So, it's about a 5 hour drive for me to get to Grand Junction. I'm thinking we should meet up sometime in the afternoon, probably at a local brewery or something to discuss what the heck we're doing.


                      Route from Grand Junction to Telluride on Thursday

                      We have two options here.

                      The quick route:



                      And the longer route:



                      The only reason I bring up the longer route is that the shorter route includes some road that we'll be taking to get up north as seen here:



                      I wasn't sure if we wanted to "backtrack" like that, or spend the extra 45-ish minutes to see some different roads and scenery that skirt the Utah border. It also depends on how much time we want to leave to do Imogene pass and any surrounding trails, which we'll discuss next. I'm thinking this decision will be a "day-of" kind of decision.


                      Route from Telluride to Ouray on Thursday

                      So, here's Imogene Pass:

                      https://www.trailsoffroad.com/trails...mogene-pass-co

                      It appears that it's not quite defined as a straight through route to Ouray. Instead it meets up with Yankee Boy Basin (https://www.trailsoffroad.com/trails...nkee-boy-basin), Not a big deal, just something to keep in mind. Now for what I wanted to bring up. Given that the Imogene Pass takes approximately 4 hours to complete, I'm thinking we should consider hitting a trail in the middle of Imogene. The trail I'm thinking of is Silver Basin:

                      https://www.trailsoffroad.com/trails/2752-silver-basin

                      We can access it via the Alternate Northern Access to Imogene:

                      https://www.trailsoffroad.com/trails...orthern-access

                      Again, this seems like a "day-of" decision, but I wanted to bring it up as an option, and I'll download all the pertinent info for this option.


                      Potential to try and stay longer in Ouray in order to do the Alpine Loop

                      I'm really upset I didn't think of this earlier. Unfortunately we can't extend our reservation at Amphitheater Campground this late in the game. But, there is a potential we can snag a walk-in campground to stay an extra day. Being in the area and not doing the iconic Alpine Loop would be a shame.

                      You can find a map of the Alpine Loop and surrounding trails here:

                      https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE...rdb5286478.pdf

                      If I'm not mistaken, the Alpine Loop is Engineer and Cinnamon Pass as highlighted below:



                      Engineer Pass:

                      https://www.trailsoffroad.com/trails...gineer-pass-co

                      Engineer Pass Alpine Loop Connector:

                      https://www.trailsoffroad.com/trails...p-connector-co

                      Cinnamon Pass:

                      https://www.trailsoffroad.com/trails...nnamon-pass-co


                      Anyways... just something I wanted to bring up for the trip. I also need to figure out the stuff we want to do up north. But, that shouldn't be too hard. There's so much shit to do around there.

                      Originally posted by SpasticDwarf
                      Honestly I built it just to have a place to sit and listen to Hotline Bling on repeat.

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                        #56
                        Damn, I leave town in 1 week and a couple of hours!

                        Better get all of this stuff installed this weekend!

                        Parts to Install 8-23-18 by MR E30, on Flickr

                        1" front diff drop, diff breather tubing, and new front half shafts with seals before the trip.

                        I have to work for a few hours Thursday morning, so I probably wont make it into Ouray until 6 or 7 at night. I'll try to get out of town earlier, but its a 7 hour drive for me, with a 1 hour time difference.

                        Definitely down to do the alpine loop near Ouray.

                        I'm used to flying by the seat of my pants, so last minute audibles are not a problem for me.

                        Also, just ordered an ARB air down tool, and I have a cigarette lighter powered air pump, with hose, that I will bring for us to use to air back up.
                        Last edited by MR E30 325is; 08-23-2018, 09:13 AM.
                        My previous build (currently E30-less)
                        http://www.r3vlimited.com/board/showthread.php?t=170390

                        A 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD 4x4 Offroad in Inferno is my newest obsession

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                          #57
                          Lambo, FYI, none of your ...trailsoffroad.... sites work for me. I receive an application error when I click on them.
                          My previous build (currently E30-less)
                          http://www.r3vlimited.com/board/showthread.php?t=170390

                          A 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD 4x4 Offroad in Inferno is my newest obsession

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                            #58
                            Originally posted by MR E30 325is View Post
                            Lambo, FYI, none of your ...trailsoffroad.... sites work for me. I receive an application error when I click on them.
                            Yeah I noticed last night that they were working intermittently. The links should all be good, I think it's something on their end.

                            Originally posted by SpasticDwarf
                            Honestly I built it just to have a place to sit and listen to Hotline Bling on repeat.

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                              #59
                              Originally posted by lambo View Post
                              Yeah I noticed last night that they were working intermittently. The links should all be good, I think it's something on their end.
                              Working now.
                              My previous build (currently E30-less)
                              http://www.r3vlimited.com/board/showthread.php?t=170390

                              A 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD 4x4 Offroad in Inferno is my newest obsession

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                                #60
                                Im back from Banff/Jasper, Because my two legs of the trip are 9ish hours on their own, Im thinking meeting in Grand Junction at around 6 or 7. I have a measly 200 mile range on my truck so Ill have to stop like 4 times just on that leg.

                                I like the Brewery Idea. Then can run to a grocery store after for some camp supplies if needed before heading up to the sites.

                                Seems like there are a couple good ones in GJ, Kannah Creek, Suds Brothers, etc.
                                1989 BMW 325is | 2019 Ford Ranger FX4
                                willschnitz

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