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    Accurately reading voltage

    Not sure on the 3rd gen 4Runner but in my 2008 Tacoma the ECU has a field to report the voltage it reads and the OBD software I use can also read the plug voltage if the adapter measures it. Can't say I know the SAE or EPA rules for what must be standard. I don't run Torque and the adapter I...
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    Accurately reading voltage

    The voltage anywhere in the harness is subject to voltage drop based on load. It could vary a lot. The measurement point makes a difference. The one that matters is the voltmeter measurement at the battery but the quality of the tool makes or breaks it. If you don't know the quality...
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    Recommendations for off-road communications equipment or platforms?

    @craig333, why does APRS not interest you? I'm just curious since to those who I've demonstrated APRS seem to recognize the utility for our use but still it's not adopted enthusiastically by a significant margin. I've chalked that up to being a more advanced (so to speak) part of the hobby and...
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    Recommendations for off-road communications equipment or platforms?

    Just wanted to chime in to highlight this statement. I think a lot of people have a misconception about amateur radio that's not necessarily always true. There's the classic stereotype of a tighty whitey ham. That's one aspect of the hobby. But experimenting with technology, trying different...
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    Insuring OVRLND and similar lightweight/wedge campers

    I did the same many years ago with my WilderNest. Surely an insurance agent should know how to deal with this. You want to make sure it's clear up front because they aren't quite slide-in RV sort of campers like insurance companies are familiar with but they're more valuable than plain old...
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    Recommendations for off-road communications equipment or platforms?

    I keep a crib sheet with at least the menu descriptions for radios. If you program them and use them routinely you'll get used to the common functions but invariably you'll need to add a channel or change a repeater tone using the front panel instead of a laptop and it'll be like trying to set...
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    Recommendations for off-road communications equipment or platforms?

    A GMRS radio isn't going to do much for listening to the Forest Service or any public organizations really. A general reception VHF radio might. Some GMRS radios have the ability to tune the seven defined NOAA National Weather Service stations. There's hundreds of NWS stations around the...
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    Tacoma frame rust issues again???

    Funny how they almost knew 12 years would be sufficient, eh? If it's got a perforation I'd imagine that's going to dink it's value.
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    Aussie GME antenna ?

    No market I guess. We don't have the ubiquity of bull bars and UHF CB, the 11m U.S. CB service is a mess. Hams tend to have our own options (I drilled holes in the roof and use commercial antennas). Maybe if GMRS really grows in 4WD circles we'll see more rugged bull bar antennas, I dunno.
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    Tacoma frame rust issues again???

    In fact I snapped this photo back in July 2016 at the dealer in Ft. Collins.
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    Tacoma frame rust issues again???

    Colorado was an affected state under my LSC because they use salt and mag chloride in the winter. I live in Grand Junction, not exactly the Rust Belt, don't get complacent. There's trucks getting frames at dealers around Colorado. I started getting after mine the year after I bought it, so at...
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    Tacoma frame rust issues again???

    It never was a recall on 05+ trucks, just a limited service campaign. They did recall and/or buy-back some of the first gen trucks. A recall would actually give the owner some leverage. These LSCs are voluntary and experiences range from seamless to royal pains in the rear. My extension to...
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    Aussie GME antenna ?

    GME will know what it's tuned for (e.g. probably Aussie UHF CB). You could ask them. Since they don't sell them directly in the U.S. it's kind of hard to know for sure.
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    Next generation snatch block

    He seems to mean within 4WD recovery, but his emphasis seems to imply it's not safe. It is generally safe to link shackles like that within a WLL standpoint, as Crosby's discussion states. The recovery question is philosophical. The argument goes that you want the least amount of mass hung...
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    Next generation snatch block

    Stoopid speel cheeker!
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