Clutch’s deep thoughts thread...

Clutch

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Funny you mention that; not too long ago, there was a big case in BC about some mtb trail sabotage going on (link)
Awesome! Most of the time trail saboteurs get a slap on the wrist. There was a guy in Flagstaff a few years ago that was setting up boobie traps...caught red handed, bunch of evidence. The authorities didn't do much to him. I'll try and find the article.
 

Clutch

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One other thing to think about with black is the surface will get considerably hotter than white or silver. Coating or insulating the back of the aluminum skin is a good idea to regulate the temperature and keep from touching it. The problem is, of course, black usually looks best with any truck that isn't white or silver.
Black is the only color that will work, unfortunately. I may look into some sort of spray-on insulation solution.
Ya know...you could turn it into a solar oven. Throw your dinner in there before go out for a trail run, come back... presto! Dinner is ready!




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Got around to installing the seat covers today, digging the ballistic material, very similar to what is on our Timbuk2 bicycle messenger bags...one of those "should of bought them years ago". They should last a long time. Not the cheapest things, but cheaper than new seats.

Oh and wheels...have been perusing the 1st gen 98-00 section on TW. Found a couple 4runner 5 Spoke pics...they don't look half bad if you paint them dark. Think I might do that instead of trying to find steelies.

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DaveInDenver

Expedition Leader
I just had a set of 4Runner Limited 5 spokes powder coated a medium gray (Cardinal P004-GR09). While they were getting refinished I used a set of plain black 16 hole steel wheels and even though they are still stock glossy black I kind the look so I may stay with them
 

Clutch

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I just had a set of 4Runner Limited 5 spokes powder coated a medium gray (Cardinal P004-GR09). While they were getting refinished I used a set of plain black 16 hole steel wheels and even though they are still stock glossy black I kind the look so I may stay with them


Had a chance to buy a set of 16" steelies when I bought the 5 Spokes...regretting that I didn't snag the steelies too. Have been scouring salvage yards recently...BUT, stumbled on that thread and saw the dark painted with a burly tire. That may work. Like the dark gray on the silver Tacoma.
 

thezentree

Observer
I've got those on my 4Runner, painted them Duplicolor dark graphite or whatever. I think they look great on a silver truck.

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If you go buy a second set, for the love of god do yourself a HUGE favor and have them sandblasted and powdercoated before you mount tires. I spent a solid 25 hours stripping and painting mine with tires mounted, and it was not worth the effort.
 

Clutch

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I've got those on my 4Runner, painted them Duplicolor dark graphite or whatever. I think they look great on a silver truck.

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If you go buy a second set, for the love of god do yourself a HUGE favor and have them sandblasted and powdercoated before you mount tires. I spent a solid 25 hours stripping and painting mine with tires mounted, and it was not worth the effort.
Those look good, thanks for the advice. That is what I was going to do with wheel prep, have stripped stuff in the past it is a pain in the butt. My truck is Jade Mica Green, found this picture of one with Tundra wheels, think it will look good.

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redthies

Renaissance Redneck
I think those 4Runner wheels are the best looking ones Toyota has offered in an alloy. I would be getting myself a set of them if my new 1st Gen didn’t have 90% BFG ATs in a 15” size. With your green truck they would even look good in factory silver. I do love the Duplicolor graphite though.

As for cougars/mtn lions, there used to be one that followed me around for hours in my Pisten Bully. It must have been in love with the big cat!? You could see the glowing eyes in the rear facing work lights, and then their tracks would freeze into the corduroy. Wolves are becoming a big problem again in BC. I had one walk past me about 30’ away while I was white tail hunting last month. I’d hate to meet one in a dark alley... check out the size of its paws in the pic below next to my size 9 winter boot!

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Awesome! Most of the time trail saboteurs get a slap on the wrist. There was a guy in Flagstaff a few years ago that was setting up boobie traps...caught red handed, bunch of evidence. The authorities didn't do much to him. I'll try and find the article.
There was another guy who claimed he was a victim of trail sabotage in Alberta but there were tons of holes in his story. It wound up being investigated by the RCMP and last I heard, he'd fled Canada before his trial date (link)
 

Clutch

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I think those 4Runner wheels are the best looking ones Toyota has offered in an alloy. I would be getting myself a set of them if my new 1st Gen didn’t have 90% BFG ATs in a 15” size. With your green truck they would even look good in factory silver. I do love the Duplicolor graphite though.

As for cougars/mtn lions, there used to be one that followed me around for hours in my Pisten Bully. It must have been in love with the big cat!? You could see the glowing eyes in the rear facing work lights, and then their tracks would freeze into the corduroy. Wolves are becoming a big problem again in BC. I had one walk past me about 30’ away while I was white tail hunting last month. I’d hate to meet one in a dark alley... check out the size of its paws in the pic below next to my size 9 winter boot!

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I had them on for a bit, before I threw my snow tires on, liked them "ok" but not sure about the silver...might be the 265/70 street treads it cam with too...looked a little wimpy...did like the 2-3 gain in gas mileage though.

Was up in the Sawtooths, Idaho area this past fall. Was about 30 miles back in...and what I am guessing were tracks from wolves...just appeared out of nowhere...no bicycle or hiking shoe tracks...which had me thinking it was wolves and not dogs. Looked to be 5-6 of of them. There were also deer tracks...asssuming they were tracking...was waiting to come around a bend and see them feeding on a carcass. Next day I was in the same area, and there were tracks over my tire marks. Riding by myself...nervous for sure!

 
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Buddha.

Lurker
I just picked up some stock 17" aluminum chevy wheels for winter use. I showed up to buy them(craigslist) and it was some teenage girls who were put in charge of the exchange. First they tried to sell me some wheels with giant 37" or bigger mud tires on them, I'm like nope keep looking. They came back with some sweet 16*10 Micky Thompson wheels, nope try again. After the third try they finally found the cheap stockers i was looking for. I wonder what the old man would have thought if he came home and learned the girls sold the wrong wheels for 200$.

Finding the the tires to go on those wheels has taken me three hours. I tried getting 235/80r17 pizza cutters but they are *only* rated at 3000# pounds each and they wouldn't sell them to me for my 2500(it's under 10,000# gvwr wtf). I then tried 245's and no one could get them for over a week. I eventually ended up with 265's because I found someone who had one set of them in stock. Why is it so hard to find snow tires in MN in December!?
 

redthies

Renaissance Redneck
Was up in the Sawtooths, Idaho area this past fall. Was about 30 miles back in...and what I am guessing was tracks from wolves...just appeared out of nowhere...no bicycle or hiking shoe tracks...which had me thinking it was wolves and not dogs. Looked to be 5-6 of of them. There were also deer tracks...asssuming they were tracking...was waiting to come around a bend and see them feeding on a carcass.
Yeah, there are big wolf issues now up in B.C. It’s really changing the deer behaviour and habitat. They are super adaptable, but numbers of every ungulate are in decline. I’m not exactly an expert but most of the guys I know that spend a lot of time in the bush are saying prey animals are few and far between.
 

Clutch

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Yeah, there are big wolf issues now up in B.C. It’s really changing the deer behaviour and habitat. They are super adaptable, but numbers of every ungulate are in decline. I’m not exactly an expert but most of the guys I know that spend a lot of time in the bush are saying prey animals are few and far between.
Yeah the whole wolf debate is a big thing here too, people are pretty divided on it.


Different area, this was in Idaho City this past spring...looked to be only a few hours old. Bear cub, right?...that made me a little nervous. Didn't see anything though. They were along with deer tracks too.

 

Clutch

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I just picked up some stock 17" aluminum chevy wheels for winter use. I showed up to buy them(craigslist) and it was some teenage girls who were put in charge of the exchange. First they tried to sell me some wheels with giant 37" or bigger mud tires on them, I'm like nope keep looking. They came back with some sweet 16*10 Micky Thompson wheels, nope try again. After the third try they finally found the cheap stockers i was looking for. I wonder what the old man would have thought if he came home and learned the girls sold the wrong wheels for 200$.
Oh man, bet he would of been pissed!

Finding the the tires to go on those wheels has taken me three hours. I tried getting 235/80r17 pizza cutters but they are *only* rated at 3000# pounds each and they wouldn't sell them to me for my 2500(it's under 10,000# gvwr wtf). I then tried 245's and no one could get them for over a week. I eventually ended up with 265's because I found someone who had one set of them in stock. Why is it so hard to find snow tires in MN in December!?
Found a set of 16" stock 6 spoke aluminum wheels for $50 on CL for my snow tires, score! and then found those 5 spokes with tires on them already for $300. Not the size I like at 265/70...but at that price, run them until they are bald. Great for commuting. Still have the stock 15" 6 spoke...which have AT's on them...which are about worn out. So I may either toss on some AT's or even MT's and only use them for camping/exploring.
 
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