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#81 OFFLINE   bergi85

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 06:19 PM

Looks good man! I have an 01 QX4 and always run my fogs with my headlights. I was just down in Moab a couple of weekends ago, but I need to get to the mountains.



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Posted 09 August 2017 - 02:04 PM

What kind of camera are you using Micah?


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I have a Canon Rebel T5i with various lenses



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Posted 09 August 2017 - 02:10 PM

Lots of pictures coming soon! Stay posted


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Posted 09 August 2017 - 02:21 PM

Yay!! :dance: 



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Posted 12 August 2017 - 04:47 PM

It's been a busy couple of weeks! Went on a camping trip with my friends and then the day after flew to Iowa for a family get together. There were a TON of trails around the Lake Almanor/Chester area. Unfortunately my camera died and none of my backup batteries had charge, so I didn't get as many pics as I would have liked. There are still a lot though, so I'm sure I'll have to split it up into multiple posts.

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I also ran into another forum member in Chester, which was cool.
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Posted 12 August 2017 - 05:01 PM

My friend even tried a little off road venturing in his BMW.

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 05:12 PM

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 09:58 PM

As always, I'm completely in awe of how rugged the subject of your pictures is, the perfectly placed shots which capture the action well, and how fantastic the picture itself is!



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Posted 12 August 2017 - 10:31 PM

As always, I'm completely in awe of how rugged the subject of your pictures is, the perfectly placed shots which capture the action well, and how fantastic the picture itself is!

 

Thank you!! I try hard haha



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Posted 13 August 2017 - 06:59 AM

Great pictures as always. I love the long exposure night ones. 



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Posted 13 August 2017 - 09:51 AM

Nice photos! Is that you driving or a buddy? Thats the one thing most automotive pictures lack, action shots. Its hard when the only people capable of catching a decent shot arent the folks wheeling with you. But apparently you trust folks with your gear and they got some good ones.

 

 The low-pro tires on the BMW in that rocky area had me cringing. Id be reluctant to take a rig with that wheel/tire combo into anything larger than gravel and packed dirt. Made it out of there without damage?



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Posted 13 August 2017 - 10:58 AM

Nice photos! Is that you driving or a buddy? Thats the one thing most automotive pictures lack, action shots. Its hard when the only people capable of catching a decent shot arent the folks wheeling with you. But apparently you trust folks with your gear and they got some good ones.

 

 The low-pro tires on the BMW in that rocky area had me cringing. Id be reluctant to take a rig with that wheel/tire combo into anything larger than gravel and packed dirt. Made it out of there without damage?

 

Thank you!! If you see someone in the driver seat, it's me. I trusted my camera to a friend who is also a good photographer in a couple instances to get some shots of the Pathy in action. Any pic that I'm not in the driver seat was taken by me (:

 

The BMW wasn't happy to say the least. Even on the straight dirt road parts where I could just fly through he had to crawl along and avoid and move little rocks periodically. On the trail where you see me hanging out the window going over the big hill/bump thing he tried to take the bypass and scratched his bumper and got his rocker panel about an inch away from a pretty big rock which scared him enough to turn around and head back to the river to wait for us to finish haha

I actually have a really funny video of him trying to take the go-around that I have no way of putting up here.



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Posted 13 August 2017 - 11:18 AM

Here's something I've had for awhile but for some reason never shared with you guys. It had always been a dream of mine to have the front end of a car to use for actual lights in my room or garage or something, so one day I decided to hit up my local pick n pull and Home Depot to make it happen. I had made the lamps put of tail lights awhile before I did it with the headlights, which were pretty easy just by putting a few little LEDs in each hole in the back. The headlights were harder because I wanted to actually use lights bright enough to light up the whole room. I got two big LED light bulbs from Home Depot and all the wiring and sockets I needed and got everything together, which was way harder than the tail lights because of all the different pieces and wires. Anyway here's how everything looks.

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Like I said I've had these for a really long time now I just never shared them. Let me know what you think!!


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Posted 13 August 2017 - 12:12 PM

Those lights are sick, haha



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Posted 13 August 2017 - 08:25 PM

"Dude, why's your living room so dark?"

 

"Hit a deer and had to put my chandelier back on the truck."



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Posted 14 August 2017 - 12:13 AM

"Dude, why's your living room so dark?"

 

"Hit a deer and had to put my chandelier back on the truck."

 

LMAO  :laugh:



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Posted 14 August 2017 - 03:20 PM

How do you like the new tires?



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Posted 14 August 2017 - 05:33 PM

"Dude, why's your living room so dark?"
 
"Hit a deer and had to put my chandelier back on the truck."


Hahahaha!

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Posted 14 August 2017 - 06:56 PM

How do you like the new tires?

 

I love them! They do 100000x better in mud and even somehow seem to have more grip on the road than my last tires. All of the wobbling that was happening stopped, and I've gotten a lot of compliments on them. However, being a little bigger and with the absence of a sway bar I flexed so hard that I ripped off my fender flare and bent my fender. I took everything apart and banged the fender back into place and bought new pins and got everything back on. They seem to be wearing out faster than I'd like in the front though, but I don't have enough money for an alignment haha



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Posted 15 August 2017 - 10:29 AM

If they're wearing unevenly, check the wear pattern. If the outsides are wearing more than the insides, you need more toe-out. If the insides are wearing, you need toe-in. You can roughly check the toe by parking on a flat level surface with the steering wheel pointed straight. Squat down in front of the truck and with one eye closed, visually try to line up the rear tire sidewalls with the front tire sidewalls. If you line up the front tire sidewalls and you can't see the rear tires at all, you need to adjust the tie-rods for more toe-out by lengthening the tie rods. If you see too much of the rear tires, adjust for more toe-in by shortening the tie rods. Do this on both sides. Alternatively, you can try using a tape measure to measure the distance between the rearward and forward edges of the front tire shoulders and make the measurements equal.






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