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Agent_Outside: Adventures in a 4Runner Limited

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010+)' started by Agent_Outside, Jan 19, 2019.

  1. Jan 30, 2019 at 7:07 AM
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    Nice, I’m close to you then. I’m in Erie by the mountain bike trails.
     
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  2. Jan 30, 2019 at 7:15 AM
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    jgcaps Lovin the Colorado Life.!

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    I'm a little late to the thread... please keep it rollin.! I recognize a lot of the country that you're posting... great pics.! It's a beautiful state we live in. :D
     
  3. Jan 30, 2019 at 7:19 AM
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    jgcaps Lovin the Colorado Life.!

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    I'm up in Fort Collins... we just might have to organize some off-roadin sometime..?
     
  4. Jan 30, 2019 at 5:09 PM
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  5. Jan 30, 2019 at 5:51 PM
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    Next up was working on a plan for what to do with the tent for winter. I needed a convenient way to store it and I wanted to be able to park in the garage for winter.
    Here's what I came with: a simple lift platform, steel cables wound around a bar used to raise or lower it with a gear reduction box I can spin with a drill. I built a 6'x6' platform, loaded it up with a bunch of random crap and let it sit overnight to verify it would hold. Spin the thing up and still have over 9 feet of clearance under it. I put a few heavy duty anchor points and put a couple ratchet straps for redundancy, just a little extra safety.

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  6. Feb 1, 2019 at 6:32 AM
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    My little man helping knock out some maintenance.
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    He wanted a ladder to see what was going on up top.
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  7. Feb 1, 2019 at 7:03 AM
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    jgcaps Lovin the Colorado Life.!

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    Nice..! gotta start em young.
     
  8. Feb 1, 2019 at 11:39 PM
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    Love all the pics you're posting! Fun stuff to see for those of us that don't get out and about as much (we're getting old)! Thanks!
     
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  9. Feb 2, 2019 at 5:46 AM
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    I’m starting to feel like I’m getting old (I’ll be 35 a week from today.) The key to my adventures is my work schedule. I’m off about 14 weeks throughout the year. My job is 100% travel so I rotate between being gone and have time off at home.
     
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  10. Feb 2, 2019 at 6:33 AM
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  11. Feb 3, 2019 at 9:39 AM
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    Out with the old yellow 20” full size spare.
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    In with the current full size matching TRD Pro/Ridge Grappler spare. The tire is actually a 33.3” tire, that extra half inch over a typical 285 makes it a really snug fit. It fits but the side by the diff doesn't quite sit as flush as the stock full sized spare did. Overall though I’m happy.
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  12. Feb 3, 2019 at 9:40 AM
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    Just before Thanksgiving we got up skiing for the first time for the season. It was my 2 year old's first powder day lol
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  13. Feb 3, 2019 at 9:43 AM
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    After going with the family I took a Wednesday solo trip so I could rip around all day long. It was phenomenal! Zero lift lines, I skied right onto every chair, parking lot was empty, the snow was in great condition for any point of the season but snow like that in November just doesn't happen! I can not overstate how awesome of a day it was. that day was the motivation I needed to start getting my ass back in shape. My legs and lungs were burnin'.
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  14. Feb 3, 2019 at 11:15 AM
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    So I know I said it before but this is the first time I've bought a used vehicle. It already had some minor bumper damage, the underside of the drivers side mirror is cracked, and it has lots of little scraps and chips. It was nice not having a brand new vehicle to try to keep meticulous. I used to wash, clay, polish, and like 4-5 stage wax my cars regularly and I've never bothered to do that with this thing. It looks great from 10 feet away but, seeing as it gets used properly, its absolutely covered in flaws. The first week of December after coming home from skiing it was in the 60's, so I decided I'd give it a wash with actual soap rather then just power washing off the crap. The next day my wife was leaving to go on a week long business trip so I figured I'll just throw it in the garage, let it fully dry, and give it a coat of wax before winter, no rush because I could just drive one of the other cars in the mean time. I have a hard time halfassing things so it kind of snow balled into a week in the garage with a few days worth of on and off cleaning. I washed it and clay barred it top to bottom. Its flawed enough that it wasn't worth the effort to try to get swirls and flaws out, but I want to protect against rust and things like that. The easy answer is NuFinish once a year polish. Its not actually a polish, or a wax, it has no cleaning properties, its just a simple proven inexpensive, easy to apply, easy to remove, and easy to find anywhere paint sealer that holds up well. It more or less poor man's ceramic coating, a few bucks a bottle and its been shown to hold up for a for months. I went over the exterior, light assemblies, and door/hatch jambs, and then a second coat 3 days later on the whole exterior again. I started cleaning the inside but ended up pulling the seats out to really get in there for a deep clean and detail. Cleaned the carpet, headliner, cleaned and conditioned all the leather with an addition heavy application to the front seats. I used some stuff to restore and condition all the plastic and finished it up with cleaning all the glass. The weather tech mats are notoriously hard to clean, I can hit them with a power washer and scrub them with soap and a brush and this still dry stained brown and shitty looking, so after doing that I tried some plastic interior spray and they came out looking like new.
    It ended up being a lot of work but I'm glad I did it. The truck hasn't been this clean since it was new.

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    Of course it only stayed clean for a day or two because its ski season :)
     
  15. Feb 3, 2019 at 10:21 PM
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    Is that stock or did you paint it yellow? I have never seen that before. I can see having some government regulation (hate these) of needing a donut spare yellow but not a real rimmed spare.
     
  16. Feb 4, 2019 at 6:58 AM
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    That’s what the Limiteds come with stock. I was not expecting that either. I check the pressure regularly but I don’t need to drop the whole down so I never saw that before.
     
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  17. Feb 4, 2019 at 9:00 AM
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    That's interesting cuz the Trail comes with a black rim, complete opposite color, and I'm pretty sure the SR5 does also. What was/is Toyota thinking here???
     
  18. Feb 4, 2019 at 10:17 AM
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    My assumption is that the primer is that ugly yellow and they save some production costs by just not finishing the painting process.
     
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  19. Feb 4, 2019 at 10:26 AM
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    Don't mean to keep derailing your great thread on this but you are most likely right about the saving of the paint process. Still begs the question, if the goal was to save money by not painting it, why even put an aluminum rim there? Just put the steel black painted rim like the other models have. :notsure:

    Anyway, looking forward to your next adventure.:drunk:
     
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  20. Feb 4, 2019 at 11:38 AM
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    Well ok then....

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  21. Feb 4, 2019 at 11:40 AM
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    From the week of Christmas

    Sunday - Little man ready to shred.
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    Monday - No liftlines

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    Tuesday - Hiking the Betasso Link Trail in Boulder, one of my favorite mountain bike trails.

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    Wednesday I decided to head up to Copper to ski... the official snow total was 2 inches lol


    The roads were a shit show and I've been waiting for these types of conditions to try out the Ridge Grapplers, they actually fared really well.
    I've said it a million times buts always Subarus that seem to be the first thing to wreck when it snows in Colorado.
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    Volvo not doing real well either.
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    Again, 2" was their official number....
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    Thursday - Breckenridge Part 1.

    To the surprise of nobody, Breckenridge had the first and only lift lines I’ve come across anywhere this season so far and clogged up unloading ramps on every lift. Breck still sucks, but Thursday was one of, if not the single best day I’ve ever had on skis. The groomers were groomed, the bowls were soft and steep, the trees were nice and deep. It was soooo good! The official Thursday morning was 12" most of which had fallen Wednesday throughout the day (snow totals are announced at 5am every day when the snow stake is cleared.

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    Thursday Breckenridge Part 2.

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    It's windy at 12,000'+
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    I'm rarely in pictures because im always the one taking them but my buddy got 2 pics of me before his phone battery froze up and powered off.
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    Driving home Thursday night as it got dark I thought I had a problem with my headlights. I couldn't see shit, the headlights of the cars behind me were leaving shadows of my vehicle on the road in front of me. Turns out it was just severely crusted over headlights. Since it was in the 60's Friday my son and I had a car wash day. I swear I hit this thing with the power washer once a week.

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    That was a pretty epic week
     
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    I'ld say..!
    Looked like great snow at Breck.. I do hate those lift lines tho...
    thanks for sharing.
     
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    I’m general I very much dislike Breck. The town is awesome, the resort sucks. I get the Ikon pass every year (technically this is the first year of the Ikon pass, previously it was the Rocky Mountain Super Pas). We do go to Breck from time to time though because we have a good friend and a family member that are both time share owners, one on peak 7 one on peak 8. When we’re staying there and getting owner perks we’ll ski there, otherwise Coppeer or Winter Park.
     
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