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    Well. New alt arrived and looked like it had already been installed by somebody. greasy hand prints, grease on the mounting foot.

    Either way, i installed it. Got it in and all tightened up. seems to be slightly more misaligned than the last one, but i can tweak that.

    Tested good, 14.5v at the alternator during idle, 14.4 at the battery.

    I again tested for a poor ground by checking between the alternator body and the negative battery terminal. It showed -0.03 volts, so there is a voltage differential of .03 which is way smaller than they say to watch out for.

    I revved it up to 1500 rpm and had high beams, AC fan, heater fan all on high and checked, it was -0.05v at the negative terminal, and -0.08v between the body or the radiator, etc. So, again, still under .1v.

    We'll see how long it lasts....

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    Not much to report, just driving it and tuning the EFI.

    Here's some pics from early august when I went up Peavine with renodemona. nothing crazy, just a few miles of dirt.





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    And here's a post from a few weeks ago when we drug the camper up to Davis Lake.


    we got a late start and ended up at Davis because we didnt want to try an unknown trip since we were about 2 hours behind schedule.

    The cheap trailer harness on the wag broke, the ground wire failed, so it took me a good 25 minutes to diagnose and then jury rig it, then we hit the road.

    The trip to he lake was uneventful. It was hotter than the hinges of hell. Well, for Reno at least. It was upper 90's and I was grumpy. Truck pulled fine, albeit weak. It runs mostly right around 190* cruising. When we turned off the 70 to climb the grade to Davis the truck never passed 205*. I was going fairly slow though, about 35mph, and it was slowing down a little even though I was in 2nd gear. Its been so long since I've towed the camper and I'm not sure the steepest i've gone with it, but it felt weak. Climbing the mountain I was dumping gas out the gas cap. I've got a plan for that. I need to install a proper vent and then a better sealing gas cap, no worries.

    Made it up to the camp ground, dumped more gas as I was unhooking the trailer, then that was the end of the drama.

    Set up camp, drank a bunch, cooked some pork chops, went to bed. Woke up, had some coffee, eggs, bacon, went to the lake up past where the pavement ends, had the beach to ourselves. did a bit of back roading, drove over the hill on dirt to crocker campground located on Beckwourth Genesee road. Returned to camp. Drank more, cooked some bomb-*** cast iron enchiladas, played some giant Yahtzee with the wife, petted the dog, drank more, went to bed. Woke up, cleaned up, packed up, headed home! Again, hotter than two rats making love in a wool sock, but no issues.

    Long story short, almost no vehicle drama (I'm not going to count the fuel spillage) which is a major advancement. I cannot say with certainty that this trip would have caused my prior issues to present themselves, but all of the criteria was there. Hot. Hills. Load. Elevation. Towing.


    Here's some pitchers. Some by me, some by my wife. none by the dog.





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    If I've got it...I might as well use it!

    Wife and I hadn't been camping in a few weeks, and we realized this was our only free weekend in October, so, we loaded up the Campah. Since all our favorite spots up near gold lake, Davis lake, etc are closed for the winter, we tried a new spot and headed down to Ft. Churchill state park, just outside of silver springs, NV. About an hour away from where we live.

    I sent a message out to the local guys on Thursday night, and turns out one of them was able to join us with his 76' J10.

    It was a nice weekend, sucked leaving Reno during rush hour, but the truck made the trip without any issues and I was pleasantly surprised with its ability to maintain speed on grades with the camper. The EFI and HEI seem to be helping. Didn't drop below 60mph heading out of Reno or heading up the 395 to the North Valleys where I live.

    Nothing special, so I'll let the pics do most of the talking.

    We arrived just before sunset.


    Pretty typical camp setup...we made a nice FSJ barricade for privacy though.



    Now he's a happy camper!

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    We decided to head out on Saturday to do some exploring. got down to the Carson River, but all the other roads we took went nowhere and ended abruptly. We werehoping to get further up into the hills.








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    Hardcore FSJ flex, yo.











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    Headed back to the campground and went for a sunset walk through the ruins of Ft. Churchill, which was built in 1860, and abandoned soon thereafter.




    Few more pics of camp:



    and sadly, all trips must come to and end. Packed up and headed home!


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    Next time go back out to the main road and head like you are going to yerington. Take the first big road on your right that parallels the river. That one will take you all the way to Smith Valley if you keep at it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WILLD420 View Post
    Next time go back out to the main road and head like you are going to yerington. Take the first big road on your right that parallels the river. That one will take you all the way to Smith Valley if you keep at it.

    Yeah, we chatted with the rangers for quite a while the next morning and they told us about some other camping spots and where there are more trails etc.

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    from that approx area check out the Simpson Road over, uh, Simpson Pass.

    Also a bit further east check out the camping at Berlin, east of Gabbs. LOTS of interesting trails and rich in history.
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    went out and farted around chicadee before the storm hit on saturday because I was bored and it was pretty.


    I was alone and the real storm was coming on the horizon so I stuck to trails I knew. It was beautiful out there with all the fresh snow.












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    Finally got around to replacing my glazed/stretched or whatever alternator belt that has been plaguing me since my trip to Graeagle in December. It would run fine without the lights on but the belt kept slipping as soon as I applied any electrical load. It turns out I stumbled into the perfect length belts. I purchased 2 belts so I'd have a spare, for my jeep "with" AC. I couldn't use the previous non-AC belts because it was ever so slightly too long and didn't allow me to tension the belt enough. I had to revert to a belt that went around my AC compressor which has long since been unused.

    The belts they sold me absolutely came nowhere near the right length to fit around the AC compressor, so I gave one a whirl on just the fan, crank, and alt. Perfect fit with a small amount of adjustment still left in the alt bracket. Boom! No more unnecessary AC bearing wear.

    Also replaced the one for the power steering since it has seen better days.

    Jeep shows about 14.6 volts again with the high beams and the heater on blast. Good times.

    Otherwise, nothing new and haven't driven it too much.

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    How has the efi held up so far, do you find yourself adjusting it regularly or is it pretty much leveled off on upkeep?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeadpoolNV View Post
    How has the efi held up so far, do you find yourself adjusting it regularly or is it pretty much leveled off on upkeep?
    It still doesn't run right and I have just accepted that's how it's going to be. It has starting issues both hot and cold. Runs okay once everything is going but within the first few minutes of a drive even if the engine has warmed up I can get it to stall pretty easily while I am moving at speed.

    so. I dunno.

    becoming pretty disillusioned with it as of late. Toyotas sure sound nice.

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    That is sad to hear, i have a friend tat wanted to do the same efi to his waggy.

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    Who knows. I have a buddy with fitech that has had constant issues with the fuel pumps, a buddy with howell who said it was a PITA to install and needed different parts, and a buddy with GM TBI that isn't happy with performance either.

    I dont see how the MSD is worth $1500 more than FiTech or whatever.

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    The other week I installed an interior tire carrier and removed my gcargo cover that just had everything laying underneath it, including the tire. It was secure but i never felt super safe if the truck rolled or anything.

    I'm almost finished with the cargo area. I put on a tire cover which cleaned thing sup greatly, then went ahead and consolidated all the junk I normally carry. I didn't part with much, but I rearranged everything and eliminated a few items to get everything to fit in the one toolbox, and behind the tire.




    I also went ahead and repainted my toolbox. I last painted it when I got my TJ in 2006 and it was getting pretty rough.


    I ordered a set of cargo tie downs from an XJ to mount in the back to secure the toolbox so it doesnt kill me in an accident. And i need to drill a hole in my ammpo can speakers to bolt them down for the same reason.

    So here's what I carry in the jeep. Behind the tire there is:

    -tire iron
    -jumper cables
    -a blanket
    -a tarp
    -and a cheap 130 piece tool set from harbor freight.

    It all tucks beautifully behind.

    In the toolbox is the following:

    - 1qt. ATF
    - 1qt 10w30
    - 1qt power steering fluid, which I will likely swap for another quart of ATF since that seems to be the bane of my existance
    - hand crank LED lantern
    - work gloves
    - hatchet
    - recovery strap
    - duct tape
    - jerry can pour nozzle
    - bag of various electrical bits
    - bag of various vacuum bits and caps
    - c-clamp (for u joints)
    - zip ties
    - black RTV
    - "quick steel" putty
    - rubber gloves
    - d ring hitch thingy
    - roll of TP (saved me more than once)
    - 3 u joints (one of each type) and a set of u-joint u bolts or straps or whatever they are called
    - bits of fuel hose
    - spare belts
    - spare starter solenoid
    - a knife
    - a little 4x4 trail repairs/get unstuck ideas book
    - a hank of 550 paracord
    - machete
    - multi meter
    - hack saw blade
    - a few trash bags



    Which all fits easily inside the box:


    Aside from that, the only loose items in the truck are a fire extinguisher under the front seat which needs replaced and mounted, and then a spare jacket/pullover that I keep in the cooler months.

    Much better solution than everything bouncing around under the cargo cover, and way more efficient use of space.

    I also learned that I can lay down in the back of the jeep with the seat folded forward. There isnt MUCH room but there are a few inches above my head if I lay diagonal, so, thats good to know as well.

    so, shes just about ready for camping season!

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    so, I'm pleased to report my jeep "beat the trip" that nearly made me throw in the towel last year.

    500 miles round trip to and from Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville, CA. Last year the thing started to fight me as soon as I was climbing to Donner Pass on the 80 just outside of Reno. I had to keep pulling over on any hills as the truck was surging and dying and losing speed. Took over 8 hours to get home from what was a 5 hour drive.

    Anyway, this years trip went nearly flawless. The only "issues" were that as soon as it hit Truckee CA, it began idling rough. Not like it was going to stall, but it was shaky. I also felt like at speed it was running a little "choppy" or almost buffeting, a little more raspy or rattly. nothing of concern, but as us jeepers know, we can always tell when something is even a little bit off from normal on our rigs. Again, never any weakness or feelings like it was going to stall. the other issue was the same cold start hot start nonsense where for a fraction of a second it cuts out, sometimes repeatedly. this actually happened twice while on the highway (after coasting a bit and then getting back into the pedal) and on the hot starts after fueling up on the way TO the fairgrounds. On the way home, after a rough morning start where it DID stall out in the campground, I dropped the pump squirt a few percent. It didn't do it a single time the rest of the trip and I made a point to try and replicate the issue. It seems logical that perhaps it's contributing TOO MUCH fuel at tip in for whatever reason under the starting conditions, but isnt normally an issue once the truck has been running. I'll play with this more.

    As soon as I got to my house, the idle seemed to smooth back out, so, weird.

    The great news is that aside from the 1 or two blips and the odd idle, the truck ran both days 5.5 hours almost non stop and was fine. I was passing folks on uphill grades with no hesitation! It had awesome power when I got down to lower elevations, I was surprised by how much less I had to get into the gas. I RARELY take it below 4000' and commonly travel from my home base of 5000' up to nearly 10,000' depending on the trip. It was fun to drive it closer to sea level and have some more guts behind the go pedal.

    Not sure on fuel economy yet. I know from home to truckee I got 10mpg, which was all up hill. And I know from Truckee to Clear lake I got around 13mpg, which was all down hill. I think I did decent on the way home too, maybe in the 11 or 12 mpg range, but these aren't really improved over the carb. I have seen as much as 14mpg when I had my carb, in the right highway situations. either way, i think it was satisfactory. I just need to gas up again to get the final numbers.

    anyway, good times.










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    good report. what doing over there? we get thru there often and each time is a must stop at anderson valley brewing. fun place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RARECJ8 View Post
    good report. what doing over there? we get thru there often and each time is a must stop at anderson valley brewing. fun place.

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    We were at the Legendary Boonville Beer Fest, which is hosted by Anderson Valley. We stayed at the brewers camp, on Anderson Valley's property. Much beer was consumed.

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    we have family in the area. enjoy all those parts. all they have in B-ville is beer and big bucks.
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    2 weeks ago the wife and I loaded up the wag and pop-up and headed to Antelope Lake, a few hours north west of us, in CA. We have never taken the jeep up here because the main road is ridiculously steep and twisty. Even in my Dakota pulling the pop-up was a 20mph adventure for the last 10 miles of the trip.

    We decided to go a back route that is a paved, but bumpy route. Long story short, we went what we thought was the wrong way, backtracked about 12 miles, then went what was DEFINITELY the wrong way on a narrow twisty dirt road through the mountains. Aside from rattling my jeep and camper to pieces it was okay, but not at all what I intended.

    It was about a 170 mile round trip, the truck gets like 10mpg on a decent day. I figure it generally has a 200 mile range. I, for some reason, didnt pack a jerry can on this trip. So, climbing steep mountain roads towing with an additional 20-30 miles of added distance had me nervous for the trip home. I knew there was gas within about 20 miles of the campground, but that gas was at the BOTTOM of the aforementioned super steep and twisty roads. I was POSITIVE we were going to starve the fuel pump when we were pointed down the super steep long hills. Losing brakes and steering when you're pulling a trailer DOWN a grade would be no bueno.

    Anyway, it all worked out, we didnt die, the truck ran fine, brakes got a little warm (even though I was in 1st or second).

    So, anyway, pics!

    We headed out Friday afternoon:

    Antelope Lake July 2017 by Andrew M, on Flickr

    Antelope Lake July 2017 by Andrew M, on Flickr

    Antelope Lake July 2017 by Andrew M, on Flickr



    Antelope Lake July 2017 by Andrew M, on Flickr

    Road is still paved, as planned....
    Antelope Lake July 2017 by Andrew M, on Flickr

    Oh shucks, better backtrack and take this crappy dirt road that we somehow thought was the right way to go:
    Antelope Lake July 2017 by Andrew M, on Flickr

    Antelope Lake July 2017 by Andrew M, on Flickr

    about 20 miles of that and this:
    Antelope Lake July 2017 by Andrew M, on Flickr

    Pause to pray the truck makes it the rest of the way through the forest...
    Antelope Lake July 2017 by Andrew M, on Flickr

    Eventually we got to the main road (now knowing where we were) and we came out on the north west side of the lake, rather than the south east.
    Antelope Lake July 2017 by Andrew M, on Flickr

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    We made it!

    Antelope Lake July 2017 by Andrew M, on Flickr

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    Spent some time at the lake on Saturday:

    Antelope Lake July 2017 by Andrew M, on Flickr

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    Antelope Lake July 2017 by Andrew M, on Flickr

    Returned to camp for a thrilling game of giant yahtzee:

    Antelope Lake July 2017 by Andrew M, on Flickr

    oooooooo snap!
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    And then....disaster struck!!!!!! Oh the humanity! thats alcohol abuse right there.
    Antelope Lake July 2017 by Andrew M, on Flickr

    quickly remedied the situation.
    Antelope Lake July 2017 by Andrew M, on Flickr

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