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    Thanks for letting me join such a great group. I'm an old guy, with an old TJ, but it's set up to drive and I like hitting the trails. I work at the Denver Federal Center, and have been here since January this year, and will be here another couple years, unless I get moved. I've been poking around in mountains since I was a baby, backpacking, horsepacking, and four wheeling. We used to call it work, putting out salt and mineral to cows, fixing springs, etc.

    Anyway, here's the rig:

    1997 TJ Wrangler Sport
    Dark blue exterior, gray interior
    4 liter
    5 speed AX 15
    231 transfer case, slip yoke eliminator
    Front axle Dana 30, 4.56 gears with ARB locker and Chrome Moly shafts. Gives the strength of a 44 in a Dana 30, actually stronger than the Rubicon 44's
    Rear axle factory Dana 44, 4.56 gears with ARB locker--stock shafts, disk brake conversion
    Sway bar disconnects--soon to be a Currie Anti-rock--I'm tired of the disco's
    Upgraded drag link
    4" Pro Comp lift
    2" body lift
    Dropped pitman arm
    relocated brake lines
    RS 5000 all four corners
    RS 5000 steering stabilizer
    35 x 12.50 x 15 B.F. Goodrich. KO2ís (5)
    2Ē wheel spacers
    Speedo gear to correct speedometer
    Warn XD9000 winch, synthetic line
    K&N air filter
    Hard top
    half doors
    Custom front bumper with integrated winch mount, roller fairlead
    Garvin Wilderness rear bumper and spare carrier with high lift jack mount, axe mount, shovel mount, fuel carrier and cooler rack
    Rock sliders
    Xenon fender flares
    Off Road lights
    6 rock lights underneath for night crawling
    Roof rack on hard top
    Bartact seat covers
    Cheap Cobra CB, 3í Firestick
    Husky catch everything floor liners
    2 extra fuse panels
    Onboard air system--runs lockers and airs up the 35's efficiently
    Thumb throttle
    Upgraded muffler and catalytic converter
    CV joint drive shafts
    Winch wired to run from inside
    Mirror relocation brackets for running soft or no doors
    Power inverter wired under dash
    trail shower for hot shower on the trail--control temp with heater controls
    tow bar, wiring for flat tow

    Yeah, it drives...


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    Great to see you here. I think we ran MSV / Coney Flats together last month.

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    Welcome to the group
    ___________
    We do not remember days, we remember moments.

    Cesare Pavese

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    Hi Alan - good see you again. Ran with you on MSV-Coney a while ago.
    ___________
    James Orofino
    1970 CJ5
    2010 Tacoma TRD

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    FINOCJ previously posted:
    "Hi Alan - good see you again. Ran with you on MSV-Coney a while ago."

    Thanks, everyone, and thanks for letting me tag along on MSV/Coney Flats. Enjoyed meeting all of you and look forward to more. I also did Red Cone/Radical Hill a little while back with Jim. I did Wearyman/Ptarmingan/McAllister last weekend and am planning on joining the trail cleanup this weekend. I've also hit Metberry and a couple other trails this summer.
    ___________
    "See, no problem!"
    "It'll feel better as soon as it quits hurtin'!"

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    Howdy!

    Where in Montana are you from? I'm currently on my final semester at Tech.
    ___________
    1990 Jeep Comanche

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    40 miles north of Missoula, St. Ignatius. I get home about once a month.
    ___________
    "See, no problem!"
    "It'll feel better as soon as it quits hurtin'!"

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    Welcome!

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    Welcome to the group!

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    Howdy friend! Glad you could join us at Coney Flats!

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    Welcome!
    ___________
    ~Not All Who Wander Are Lost~ (at least not all the time)

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    Welcome! How do you like it here compared to Montana? We just opened a branch law office in Missoula. I keep telling my boss I need to go check it out...
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    4th generation Montanan, Montana is home. Literally. My wife is still there. But the wheeling in Colorado is awesome, we just don't have this kind of country/terrain in MT.
    ___________
    "See, no problem!"
    "It'll feel better as soon as it quits hurtin'!"

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    My wife and I went to University of Montana in Missoula and had our first son while we lived there. Miss the solitude but not the grizzlies
    ___________
    2005 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
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    RockyMtRebel previously posted:
    "My wife and I went to University of Montana in Missoula and had our first son while we lived there. Miss the solitude but not the grizzlies "

    Lived in Bozeman for a few years back when Reagan screwed everthing up. I donít miss working outside in the winter cold. Or cutting, splitting and stacking 5+ cords of firewood every year just so I could afford my utilities.
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    Welcome Aboard

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    Welcome, wish I could attend the clean-up great way to met and get to know new members, just lined up on the wrong weekend. Out of town. Like you set-up sounds like a very capable rig!

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    Our family and extended family are Bobcat fans, if that's what you're talking about !

    RockyMtRebel previously posted:
    "My wife and I went to University of Montana in Missoula and had our first son while we lived there. Miss the solitude but not the grizzlies "

    ___________
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    Welcome to the dark side. . .
    We have cookies! ! !
    ___________
    In a never ending search for the proper mix of dirt & rock !

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    Welcome to the group Alan!

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