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  1. sunnysideup

    Show Off Your Mountains

    My back yard mountains first.... These are the Beartooth Mountains
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    Sunnyside's Gladiator build begins...

    So I did change out the springs to the 4.5 inch HD plushrides from evo. I formerly had the 2.5 inch with a 3/4 inch spacer... The height of the springs on the ground next to one another... were 2 1/2 inches apart. So with the spacer factored in... 1 3/4 inch gain. With them being the HD...
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    Sunnyside's Gladiator build begins...

    I should mention the solar panel worked great keeping the stock batteries full even when the fridge was working all night. Never a hint of a difficult start. The cheap fridge... ran constant for almost 6 weeks... I started running it day and night 2 weeks before the trip to be sure that it...
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    Sunnyside's Gladiator build begins...

    Well... 30 days of travel. 6217 miles... average gas mileage was 16.6mpg. Hauling a lot of extra weight because I was deliveing some very heavy items to realitives along the way... it all still went jeeping with us and survived the journey. ...about 1200 miles of the trip was gravel,sand or...
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    How do i get the wife into trails

    1.) My wife and I made a deal 30 years ago... when we are camping, backpacking, or out offroad... I'm responsible to get the food planned for the trip and to cook the food! So it is a vacation for her too... and I don't mind cooking. 2.) Shoes.... we have a set of parameters that if she gets...
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    Sunnyside's Gladiator build begins...

    Well... I get to go try everything out for an extended trip in just 3 days. About 1 month on the road! Just added two more upgrades... I've had the truss for a long time, I am not a welder and so I waited until my freind who is one was open for a Jeep project. I was going to keep the factory...
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    Sunnyside's Gladiator build begins...

    It is on... Falcon 2
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    Sunnyside's Gladiator build begins...

    Two weeks to my month long trip in the gladiator! Tent just came in... so I worked on the ladder mount, set up the sides of the topper to give it all a shakedown while I drive around with it on all week. I will be putting my Falcon 2 roofnest on tomorrow. It has been pouring rain...so we will...
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    Sunnyside's Gladiator build begins...

    No exciting picture... but I did put in a set of Synergy HD Ball joints. At 30,000 there were signs of the passenger side ball joint starting to fail, loose... plastic cup giving out- I think. So... I think they are good for a while now! Feels great and they can be greased!
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    Big Ben's Big Mojave

    Sounds like the right trade at the right time!
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    Sunnyside's Gladiator build begins...

    The side steps that I used for the past 2.5 years were cheap... 230 bucks on a scratch and dent deal... they lasted ok, they have a few dents...but one day I was going to upgrade them. I went with Rock Hard sliders...tilted up version. Happy with the choice! My pinch seam re-enforcement...
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    Sunnyside's Gladiator build begins...

    Added some air vents and built what will become a mount for an RTT ladder on the passenger side...have to have the ladder show up to finish that project. also made a flag mount on the driver side for dunes... right in the center left of the window.
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    Sunnyside's Gladiator build begins...

    Another Item that I'm trying out. Seems solid, and really helped on road manners in high winds and gravel roads on whoops. Not sure on rock yet if it will make much difference. One side needed help to fit right, had to bend it about 1/8th of an inch for it to fit in place.
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    Sunnyside's Gladiator build begins...

    They are made by a company called Cascadia...out of Canada. They have been around a couple of years now and I've found lots of good reviews. We will put it to work on our 30 day long trip...see how it does!
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    Sunnyside's Gladiator build begins...

    Still adding things.... that were ordered a long time ago...but just now showed up!
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    Anybody running the Evo 2.5 Overland stage 3?

    I've been running a stage 2...plus my own added stuff for about 8 months! The quality has been great... very drivable. Does great off road.
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    Sunnyside's Gladiator build begins...

    Well... I found another bargain for 150 dollars! I got a scratch and dent ARB brawer system - at 1 tenth the asking price and free shipping... I figured I could salvage something from it! There is a reason for this purchase (as long as world war three doesn't start) -I will have 30 days off in...
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    37" spare

    My solution to having the tire and wheel become a trap for a stump or rock...
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    Sunnyside's Gladiator build begins...

    So bought a scratch and dent front skid for 27 bucks... cut it up to work with my bumper. Then I finished a skid made out of 5/8 alum plate that keeps the tire from becoming a trap for stumps and rocks to get caught up in the center of it. Also helps it slide on snow!
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    Show your weekend Gladiator journeys

    Nope... it is the Beartooths, west rosebud river/ Emerald lake- south central Montana.
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