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Discussion in 'The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan' started by PhiSig1071, Dec 6, 2010.
+1 On the Mojave. Winter pants... ARC Back Country
I ordered the Mojave's, is it weird that I'm excited about my first piece of Klim gear?
I have an ARC Back Country Jacket, and I am very happy with it. I'll probably order the pants too once it starts getting colder again.
I've been wanting to try the jacket based the quality of the pants, but I'm not sure I need a 9th riding jacket
PhiSig, you prolly did your homework but if not, be aware that hard knee guards/braces etc under the pants will be required with all but the top-o-the-line Klim stuff. The 'armor' that ships with the Mojaves wouldn't make a decent mouse pad
Thanks for the heads up, yeah, I wear a set of hard armor shin/knee guards I picked up from CG for like $10. They're not perfect but they get the job done. I busted my ass without them and caught a handlebar in the shin on one of my first rides. I don't ever ride without them now.
The jacket is great, I like it a lot. I wore it on a ride in the show and it kept me dry and pretty warm. It fits well over armor too. I'm really happy with it.
Come to think about it, I wore it to a club in Baja because it was a lot colder then I was expecting and it worked pretty good for that too.
Page 2, you guys are totally slipping. This guy might have seen that FF.
I tried out the Mojave's on a ride through Charouleau Gap a week or so ago, they're great. My only qualm is that I wish the had hand pockets on them. I think it's weird that all they have are the cargo's. That, and I plan on taking them to a tailor and adding some beltloops.
exactly my take on them after a first wearing-- the velcro waist tabs are a joke. Waist tabs and buckles like on BDU pants would work better. I might give suspenders a day in court too
I wonder if that FF wears Klim pants too? If he does we'll never find him-- he'll blend right in
I hate buying cars, motorcycles are so much more fun. I'm thinking out loud, feel free to ignore me. So here's the story:
My Great Uncle passed away. He was a retired AAC/AF vet, flew over the hump in CBI and towed gliders on D-Day. He lived in Ohio, and decided he needed a 4x4 for snowy days, so back in 2001 he bought a S10, extended cab, with a 4.3 V6, 4x4, and a camper shell/cap. He drove it very infrequently and took good care of it. Yearly check up at the dealer, washed regularly to prevent rust, etc. It has 13,000 miles on it, and my Great Aunt offered to sell it to me, cheap, but we haven't discussed a price, likely in the $3,500 to $4k range. (She is well provided for and doesn't need the money)
My uncle wants to upgrade his personal vehicle. He owns his own excavation company (which my grandfather founded with a shovel and a pickup truck in the 60's) and lives on 100 acres in Southern Ohio. He has a workshop and equipment yard behind his house. His commute is a walk from the back door to the shop. He has an '01 F-350, quad cab, long bed, non-dually with the legendary 7.3L diesel. It has just under 100k miles. He offered to sell it to me (and only me) because he wants a 6.7L. He's probably going to ask in the $10k range, maybe a little more, maybe a little less.
I don't know which one to buy. My current ruck needs replacing, and I would like something bigger and more capable, which the S10 isn't. I want another camper/toyhauler, I can't pull one with an S10. I would also like something I could drive for the next 10-15 years, which I could likely do with either truck. (I don't drive much, I usually commute on the bike). I can't buy the S10 without keeping it, or at least keeping it in the family. Buying it and flipping it would be a soul damaging thing for me to do, I had a lot of love and respect for both my Great Uncle and Aunt. I don't want my uncle to get impatient and sell the 7.3L to someone else. He bought it new, and has taken excellent care of it, it would be a great truck. If I buy both, I wouldn't be able to buy a new bike for another year or two because of the hit my savings would take. Plus the S10 doesn't get good enough mileage for it to be my 4-wheel DD. I don't know what to do.
But the diesel, and never look back.
Yeah, what Buzz just said.
I've never owned a diesel before, but I'm aware of a consensus among the Oilburning Faithful that the 7.3 Power Stroke is one of the very best diesel engines ever put in a pickup. You want something that'll pull a camper, and your uncle will sell you a 7.3 equipped F-350 with under 100K for somewhere around 10 grand? I say grab it quick before he changes his mind! Getting rid of the Power Stroke later will be no problem if for some reason ya don't like it.
that's what I was thinking
I agree that the diesel sounds like a great bargain.
It just sounds like you are buying a big truck that's expensive to drive because "maybe" you want a toy hauler. Are you sure you want a big thirsty work truck like that for 2 or 3 weekends a year?
I would say the optimal solution would be to let another family member buy it from him and borrow it when you need it.
7.3's are actuall pretty good on fuel. more so than the S10 is, but it'll cost more for normal maintenance. For me, it's well worth the added cost of day to day driving to be able to do what I want, when I want to do it.
Ya, that s-10 won't get crap for mileage. I have a 4 cylinder colorado (well, actually the GMC canyon, but it's all the same) and it consumes it's fair share of the dino juice. If I were to do it all over again, I think I would have just gotten a used diesel or newer silverado with a v-8 and that engine management stuff.
That engine management stuff is pretty spiffy this 4x4 Tahoe does compact truck type fuel economy, and it's much more comfortable.
Re: the engine management stuff. I don't get why the manufacturers ain't applying that same technology to compact pickups, I mean hell a 4-cyl. gas pickup could get 30+ MPG and there are plenty of cheapskates (like me) for a market audience. Even better would be a small diesel, good for 40+ MPG...sure, I remember back when the Isuzu Pup Diesel and the VW Rabbit Diesel Pickup weren't setting sales records, but c'mon--this is A Different Time in America, fercryinoutloud! We The People want a fuel-sipping compact pickup!
I should take this gripe to Pee Leak
I'm surprised too; heck, even Honda put that VTEC technology on the VFR800/1200s. Figured GM can throw that same system in the vortec 2900 I have (which, from what I hear, they actually have all the bits for it already on the cam). I even have to run the same dadgum dexos certified oil (stuff is $36.99 for 5 quarts!).
Mine is a 5 speed and I can get about 23 highway, if I take my time. Once I went to the larger tire size though, defintely seen a small decrease. Around town, I might get 18, max. I coast a lot, but still, that is pretty diminutive in my book for a 4 cyl (I think I got 24 and 20 in my old 2.4 Taco).
My local Subaru dealer has a ton of those XR crossover hatchbacks for sale. They just got in a 2.4L with the 5 speed...starting to look tempting with 29mpg around town.
I actually started a thread a few months back in shinythings about what kinda vehicle to replace my hyundai with
4cyl diesel trucks that get 50mpg exist all over the world. except here.
thank you EPA and DOT for that.
I just don't see vehicles being responsible for as much pollution as big industry, sorry.
my thread did enlighten me that there may be a couple offerings in that category next year tho...
BUT, another thing I learned is that a small size truck doesn't have as much interior storage room as my hyundai's trunk+rear seat.
so I've still got it
Chevy is coming out with the new colorado this summer. Rumor has it a small 4cyl diesel may be in the works for import in 2016 or 2017. Same with Toyota. One can only hope