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About RainGoat

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  • Birthday February 27

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    2002 LE (R50) Original Owner [See About Me below]
  • Place of Residence
    Pacific NW
  • Mechanical Skill Level
    Standalone Tool Chest Mechanic
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    I Go When I Can
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    United States
  • Interests
    Exploration & Overlanding.
    Escaping the city.
    Day trips to the mountains with my kids.

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  1. Looks great! As you can see, alot of us are very interested in what you’ve done. Especially that stuff in back.
  2. RainGoat

    astrorami’s build thread

    1/4” Aluminum & 3/8” Steel are two common materials. We’re doing our T4R with aluminum because it’s lighter, non-corrosive, requires virtually no maintenance (including painting) & that truck is largely an Overlander/Grand Tourer
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    Rola rack and mounts

    Agree. Bet you didn’t know@TowndawgR50 likes playing with life size Lincoln Logs
  4. RainGoat

    What did you do to your Pathfinder today?

    That does look nice. The dimmers themselves are a little fragile. My OEM burnt out & a used one I replaced it with has always been a bit wonky-overly sensitive.
  5. RainGoat

    Rola rack and mounts

    Load limits are calculated conservatively for dynamic loads on the load bars. Static loads would be greater. Additionally, 10 conduit clamps, distributed as 5 per rail, pretty evenly distributes the load to the 4-6 bolts holding the rail to the roof (depending on if you count the endcaps which insert pretty solidly into the rails). Personally, I think this can likely take a higher load. That said, I’ve carried on the facelifted load bars something like four 3/4” treated sub flooring 4x8’ panels & a dozen 8’ treated 2x4”s - once even with a 35mph emergency stop. While probably not advisable, I think it can probably take alot. I will definitely consider standing on the mounted full length Rola rack & as long as I limit fluids to 5-8g, I can’t imagine I can put too much camping gear up there-I’m sure I’ve done more with lumber in the past.
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    What did you do to your Pathfinder today?

    Yep, the two color combo is what I’ve done in my map lights as well. We’re lucky because in all the other cars I manage the map lights come on with the door so you can’t individually select them like we can. While I like the idea of changing the hue(Kelvin temperature) of the instrument cluster, I like dimming down quite a bit when doing long drives at night. Does your dimmer still work with the LEDs (I’ve burnt out my first dimmer about 2006)
  7. RainGoat

    Increase Fuel Tank Capacity?

    There are gobs of heat exchangers out there & the price has dropped dramatically from what it was 10-15 years ago but still about $400-$600 once you add up all the supplies. There are some pretty good threads on it in some of the forums (ExPo/Overland Bound/T4R.org). It can & has been done but looked like a fair amount of expense & definite work. A hot shower would be awesome & they’re putting them on some of the off-road trailers using things like this CAMPLUX ENJOY OUTDOOR LIFE Pro BD158 1.58GPM Propane Tankless Gas Water Heater (https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B073F1PVHN/ref=ox_sc_saved_image_9?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1). I just have alot on my ToDo List before addressing that issue.
  8. Oh, I like that new avatar pic.
  9. RainGoat

    Increase Fuel Tank Capacity?

    @hawairish I agree on all accounts regarding fuel, water & storage. As per my routine, I'll happily defer to the solutions spawned by you &[mention=37543]TowndawgR50[/mention]. More storage is always better. Any fuel doesn't really need easy accessabilty for me. I'd like it as insurance, but I don't expect to ever need it. As for water - well, more is always better. As you particulary know, being a desert dweller, water is life. Uses: drinking, refilling other travelers supply, radiator refill, fire extinguishing, dishes, rinsing gear, showers. The dream would be 10-15g with a heat exchanger or water heater for onboard hot water. I've never regretted having water & I've wished I had more many times. Over the years, water is the thing I have repeatedly given to others on the trail.
  10. RainGoat

    Rola rack and mounts

    So I take this comment in the genuine spirit of a helpful warning with which I’m sure it was intended, however, I’m curious to hear some input from the forum. I’ve heard this theory several times but no one seems to have seen an actual failure. We have a handful of people with full length racks mounted to their rails & I myself ran a small Yakima Basketcase mounted to my rails for 14 years. Has anyone out there actually seen this problem occur? I’m wondering if it is more of a theoretical problem become urban legend. It seems to me that while the load bars would allow some deformation, they too would be at risk for this problem, though to a lesser degree. I also wonder if the conduit clamps in these applications might even allow for more deformation and flexing than load bars. In any case, I expect that it might take some significant flexing & rock crawling to cause a problem to occur. Having disassembled several R50 racks now, I note the rails are very stiff & likely only flex up & down. They are then crossbraced not only with the load bars, but also with multiple smaller crossbars on some versions. Finally, while I realize the R50 is a different vehicle from most other trucks because it is a unibody, there are ALOT of overlanding trucks out there these days with full length racks (with lots of anchor points) and I don’t really hear about this problem actually occurring.
  11. 6mo eh, that’s pretty optimistic
  12. Alternatively, It’s super easy to just mount them below the bumper. I have a pair mounted upside down with the mount screw coming up through the lower inside of the metal bumper that have been there 14 years. Mine are lateral to the OEM hitch but just inside where the hitch mounts to the truck. I’ve hit that hitch countless times but not yet taken those lights out. Mine are wired to the reverse lights with an override toggle down by the fuel release in case I want to use them at camp or to suggest to the person behind me to dim their headlights.
  13. RainGoat

    Rola rack and mounts

  14. RainGoat

    Rola rack and mounts

    @TowndawgR50 also used conduit clamps with his generic rack. The cerakoting is an innovative approach to painting. My understanding is that they were sandblasted to remove the galvanized surface. I’ll attach some photos of what happens if you just try to paint them with self etching primer without scraping up the surface first. It didn’t really work on the stainless screw heads either.
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    Rola rack and mounts

    Notes I collected from reviews. The main complaint was rust but this was primarily before Rola updated the connections with sleeves. I considered welding it but thought I might want it to flex a little to accomodate the rocker of the roof rails & the welding would necessitate sanding & repainting the powdercoating. For what it’s worth, mine has sat unassembled under our kid’s LEGO table & couch in the living room for months (another wife pleaser). I’ve been surprised at how easy the powdercoating has marked up (though not through to the metal). I figure in a few years I’ll take it off & POR-15 Chassis Black it like everything else on the truck. FAIRING *White Flakes OFF of Fairing - Red more Resistant *Rola logo was silk screened onto the fairing as opposed to a sticker which made it more difficult to remove/cover up for a logoless rack *How much wind noise? it will double the amount of road noise in your car at 75 mph. Making a bigger wind screen for the front will not help. do not waste your time. take it from me. I spent 2 weekends building different models and nothing worked better than the stock one. CONNECTIONS: *Silicone or Vegetable Oil on rubber sleeves for ease of assembly *3:1 heatshrink tubing with adheasive for the joints to keep water out of the tube seam joints Silicone Sleeves to keep it from rusting. *Rustoleum-Spray it inside the tubes to coat it which can help prevent rusting from the inside out, which is the main cause of the rust on these baskets. Then use black outdoor silicone caulk (?RTV Silicone), like the type you'd use on home windows, etc... to seal all screw holes (including the wind deflector) and the 4 tube seems. Check all welds for any holes/ openings where water may get in. *I sprayed a generous amount of WD40 inside each piece before I connected them. jb weld on the screws, followed by the rubber sleeves provided by Rola.

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