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That instance was a series of calls to our chief mechanic par excellence in Sonoma CA to discuss best options for jury rigged repair to limp the 700+ miles back to the states (with re-repairs every couple of hundred miles) - by the time we were finished the rack and pinion and most front suspension components required replacement and all four shocks were blown.
That instance was a call to a hotel in Mulege who put us in touch with a local metal working shop to confirm my ability to have access to the metal working shop's tools to make a temporary repair.
That instance involved first calls to AAA emergency services (a long series of calls) and then a call to a tire shop in Parker CA and then to a wheel alignment shop in Blythe CA.
That instance involved first calls to AAA emergency services (a long series of calls) and then calls to a local gas station-welder shop in Unity Oregon and calls to the Baker Oregon tire repair shop.
That instance we called a Lexus dealer and an off-roading Landcruiser specialty repair shop in Portland.
1) Front Bumper Setup customized ARB bull front bumper with fog lamps set into bumper
1a) Rear Bumper Slee with spare tire carrier, ladder, customized high lift jack mount with high lift jack, and high lift jack large base and handle extension
i) Mudrak custom chain saw mount with Stihl arborist chain saw MS 201 T C-M w/16” bar and high performance chain,
ii) In Slee bumper, Rigid Industries high output LED back up lights w/dash mounted 3-way illuminated rocker switch, back up camera, and license plate light.
iii) Mudrak custom designed, fabricated and mounted 3 jerry can basket with 3 Jerry cans.
iv) Mudrak custom designed, fabricated and mounted rear ladder.
v) Reichek designed, Mad Cow metal works of Bozeman Mt. fabricated and Mudrak mounted exterior recovery box
vi) Mudrak custom mounted D-Vise
1b) Old Man Emu off road suspension lift kit, with Toyota Armored vehicle division custom springs
1c) Total Chaos heavy duty adjustable upper A arms
1d) Mudrak installed ARB lower A arm reinforcing kit
1e) Icon high performance remote reservoir shocks front and rear.
2) Lighting—LED and HID
a) Roof lighting --- 40” LED light bar Rigid Industries E series
b) Front bumper lighting -- pair of Lightforce 170 HID Blitz
3) Warn M12000 Winch with wireless remote with 125’ of Viking 3/8" synthetic line
4) Onboard air
a) 2 sets of onboard compressors Dual continuous duty ARB CKMTA12 with 2.5 gallon air tank –
3/8" oversized tubing with shutoffs and check-valves run to front and rear bumper mounted quick connectors.
b) 20 lbs. CO2 bottle, with Power Tank Superflow sp400i regulator with large face fluid fill gauge
c) Oasis continuous duty XD4000 Air Compressor
5) 4 Northstar AGM batteries with auto regulator, auto switching, IBS computerized Dual Battery bank Management and monitoring System, 6 gang interior rocker switch panel, and 9 CH4X4 Custom Laser-Etched Rocker Switches (finally gave up on Optima as unreliable),
6) Air lockers
a) Front and Rear ARB air locker with dedicated CKSA12 ARB compressor with manifold and valving to permit use of main on board air
7) Wheels and tires
a) 6 Cooper Discoverer AT/3 285 65 18 tires
b) 6 black powdered non-chromed Lexus wheels
8) Sliders -- Slee model SOf1061 sliders.
8a) Belly armor 3 piece Slee front, middle, and rear
9) Roof rack and pop up tent
a) BAJA custom rack per Reichek/Mudrak design and Mudrak
b) Autohome Columbus Variant clamshell sleeper with Graphite fabric and Storm shell with 12vdc and USB interior mounted sockets
c) Side mounted large ARB Touring Roof Rack Awning with white high output LED light tape and yellow high-output LED light tape
d) Ear mounted small ARB Touring Roof Rack Awning
e) Custom designed and sewn batwing to connect side and rear mounted Awnings.
a) Refrigerator/freezer ARB 50 quart with thermal blanket with Engel remote fridge monitor
b) ARB fridge slide
9) SOLAR PANEL
1) Solar panel - Solartech 160 watt panel -with SPM100P-TS digital display monitor
10) Interior drawer system
1) Truck Vault Reichek design custom full length full width dual drawer system
2) Truck Vault Reichek design custom four drawer system - removable, with wine drawer
10a) tailgate storage WagonGear 100 Series Tailgate Lids and Hopkins EASYLIFT Tailgate assist.
11) 8 black Maxtrax sand ladders with Mudrak custom mounting
12) Drilled and vented front and rear disk brake rotors with high performance calipers and high performance ceramic pads.
13) Air hammer Aircat 1500, air impact wrench Nitro 1375XL
tools and accessories
14) Microsoft Surface Book 2 with 16 gig ram, 1TB solid state hard drive, RAM Mount -with flex leg mount, Trimble MyTopo Terrain Navigation Pro, ODB Auto Doctor, FTM-100 programmer, Chirpw,
14a) Garmin Oregon 450 GPS -- set for Altimeter and Compass display
14b) Bad Elf Pro+ AND Dual XGPS 160 Bluetooth GPS Receivers
14c) Samsung Galaxy Express with Bluetooth GPS, GPS tripmeter, Dual GPS SkyPro, Torque ODBII bluetooth engine monitoring and fault reporting, ODBLink, DashCommand, 4x4app clinometer, Rally tripmeter, Rally computer, Altimeter, and Repeater Book, and skymap.
14d) ODBLink LX Bluetooth ODB-II scanner
15) Makita compact 1/2" 18v lithium-ion drill with interior mounted charger & 2 4ah LXT Lithium Ion batteries
15a) Makita compact lithium-ion 18v grinder
15b) Makita compact lithium-ion saw-all
16) Interior overhead rosen DVD 10” display with wireless remote
17) Electric-hydraulic Eambrite 4.5 ton bottle jack (8 to 20 inches) with rear mounted custom aluminum case
17a) 2,000 lbs trailer jack and custom mounted receivers at the four corners of the vehicle for leveling
18) Hi-Lift jack with Neoprene Jack Cover, Handle Keeper, Lift-Mate, Off-Road Base, and extension handle
18a) Recovery equipment -- 30' Recovery Strap, 50' 3/8" Viking synthetic line extension, tree saver, 1 20' and 1 10' 3/8" Viking synthetic lines with eyes at both end , 3 5/8" shackles, ARB ULTRA LITE SNATCH BLOCK (10100020), fairlead thimble, Factor 55 HitchLink, towing eye/hook, two pairs leather work gloves
18b) ARB Speedy Seal Repair Kit - 10000010
19) Fiskar X27 long handled axe, Fiskar X7 hachet, and Radius Garden Pro Stainless Steel shovel custom mounting to rear passenger side Slee bumper swing arm
20) Light tape exterior door/slider lighting with wireless remote
21) High-density lithium Ion batter pack -battery backup vehicle starter kit and a set of 16ft. high performance jumper cables
22) Switched white high intensity LED and yellow LED light tape underside of tailgate lid
23) 12 gallon - Reichek designed, Dura-weld custom made food-grade polypropylene water tank with custom aluminum cover -with 4 baffles, low pressure regulator and gauge assembly, and outdoor shower assembly. 4 additional gallons of water -in US Plastics #73116 4 Liter Space Saver bottles, inside the vehicle
24) Ham radio - YAESU FTM-100DR, with Diamond Antenna Dual-Band NR770HAB, micro SD card adapter, FTM-100 programmer, Chirpw
25) Inmarsat satellite phone Pro - Apollo Satellite.
26) 39.6258 gallon Long Range Automotive Fuel Tank LRA HB-12-17 aluminum fuel tank
27) Front and rear bumper mounted 12vdc water proof sockets
28) Passenger post mounted fire extinguisher
30) Linear Logic SCANGAUGE II (provides detailed engine status, trouble codes, and Distance To Empty lost due to larger fuel tank)
31) XPEL Ultimate Plus Paint Protective Film - Hood, Grill, doors, fenders and quarter panels, mirrors, top/lid Autohome Columbus clamshell
32) Interior rear ceiling shelf-rack with elastic-netting