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Introductions / Re: I finally got another one.
« on: November 12, 2017, 10:08:08 am »
Glad to see you back in Jeep life

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Wanted / Re: couple things i am looking for.
« on: November 12, 2017, 10:05:33 am »
Looking for a full soft top. frame not needed. Spice carpet and spice center console.
If you can stretch your Jeep, I have one for an LJ

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Introductions / Re: Reintroduction after 8 years
« on: November 09, 2017, 09:35:02 am »
Still in the correct side of the sod!

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Introductions / Re: Reintroduction after 8 years
« on: November 08, 2017, 12:15:46 pm »
Hey Brandon, long time no see!

The Lounge / Re: Oakland County ORV Park update
« on: October 12, 2017, 12:04:33 pm »
Jim and I were discussing "next time" this morning.  We don't want them to keep us on a back burner, but people eventually get burned out if every 2-6 weeks you are asking them for the same non-prpductice time committment

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The Lounge / Oakland County ORV Park update
« on: October 12, 2017, 06:56:32 am »
We had a decent turnout last night at the Oakland County Commissioners meeting, 25-30 folks from as far away as Owosso, Saginaw, and Port Huron.  The park was not on the agenda, we were just there to provide public comments - watch for more opprtunities in the future, we need all the support we can get.

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The Lounge / Oakland County needs a nudge!
« on: September 25, 2017, 09:38:16 am »

This is aimed particularly at those of you who live in Oakland County

From Jim K:

OK folks, this is where YOU can help!

 There are multiple levels within Oakland County and they are very hard to decipher who does what and where the buck stops.

 There are county parks employees. These are the folks like Jon Noyes (who has been our strongest advocate), Melissa Prowse (Jon's boss) and Dan Stencil (Melissa's boss).

 They all report to the county parks commission, WHICH IS OUR CURRENT STUMBLING BLOCK. I have been unable to find direct contact info for any of the parks commission and many of you have been sending emails to their "contact us" link, which as you know, gets diverted to Melissa.

 Without the approval of the parks commission, the county cannot and will not move forward with the ORV park. In the meantime, the MDNR is waiting for the parks commission to make a decision. Therein lies the roadblock.

 Further up the chain of command is the Board of Commissioners. I have no idea what they do or how much the parks commission reports to them, but I know THAT THEY HAVE INFLUENCE OVER THE PARKS COMMISSION.

So, there are 2 different upcoming meetings that you can attend:

First, the next parks commission meeting.
 I have suggested to many of you that you attend a parks commission meeting. The next meeting is scheduled for:

 Start: 10/4/17, 1:00 PM
 End: 10/4/17, 2:00 PM

 Waterford Oaks: 2800 Watkins Lake Rd, Waterford MI 48328

 You can find the link here;

 I know it is difficult to attend a mid week meeting in the afternoon, but if you can find the time, it will be helpful. As I have explained in the past, you are allowed to speak at the meeting during a "public comment" time. When you arrive, you fill out a small card with your name and your wish to speak.

 Note; that when you start to tell them that you have learned that the state has purchased the land for an ORV area and you are excited about it, and would like to encourage the county to move forward, they are going to tell you that it's not on today's agenda. That is your opportunity to say, I understand it's not but as a resident, we want to see this happen.

 You will probably leave feeling like you did not accomplish much. But you need to UNDERSTAND that NO ONE attends these meetings, so anyone showing up to speak is non-normal.

Second, the next board of commissioners meeting.

 This is the link to the board of commissioners. If you choose to contact them, click on each of their names, there is contact info.

 Their next meeting is scheduled for:
 Wednesday, October 11th at 7:00 pm.
 Location: BOC auditorium
 1200 North Telegraph Rd.

 Since this meeting is being held in the evening, I am hoping to have a HUGE turnout. I have been in contact with Wicked Jeeps and they are planning to have a convoy with the hopes of a large amount of Jeeps in the parking lot.

 I am also wondering if we can contact some of the local 4x4 shops and have them show up with company trailers.

Let me be clear, I have no idea if any of this will help our cause. But if we DO NOTHING, we may GET NOTHING. If we DO SOMETHING, we may GET SOMETHING. No pain, no gain.

Jeep Talk / Re: Whack a Mole, Jeep edition
« on: September 05, 2017, 02:05:02 pm »
Totally went through the front end, new unit bearing hub thingies, checked my brakes and u joints, drained and refilled my front diff...to discover the problem was the right rear caliper all along.  New bolts, no noise.  And somehow my check engine light went away....?

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Jeep Talk / Whack a Mole, Jeep edition
« on: August 03, 2017, 07:20:44 am »
Swapped our our suspension links, fixed our overheating, had a great time in MN, dropped it at Ironman Offroad to finish up the rear suspension.  Drove it to work for several days, really happy ....now I have a really unhappy noise coming from somewhere underneath, time to head back to the garage.  It never ends.

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Events / Re: August meeting
« on: July 24, 2017, 12:00:33 pm »
August 13 at Elwoods, fka Bubba O'Malley's on Belsay just south of I69

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The Lounge / Re: Crawl 4 the Cure 2017
« on: July 12, 2017, 08:10:44 am »
Thanks everyone, we are headed to MN with about $1200 in donations for MS support and research!

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The Lounge / Re: It finally has begun
« on: July 05, 2017, 10:36:05 pm »
Got the front upper and lower control arms mounted and the front end aligned.  Also had to replace my front shocks, I broke the shaft on one of the hand me downs I received from Ryan.  Worked on the rears, got everything apart without too much fuss but could not get the rear uppers installed.  Pulled everything apart and tried again, but it looks like one of the new to me uppers needs the threads chased deep in the guts of the control arm.  They have a lot of adjustability, 0-6" but I can't get one of them to shorten up enough.  If I adjust both to the long side my pinion looks too high (no sye).  So I fianlly reinstalled the stock rear uppers - some driveline vibes but not driving to MN this year.

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Jeep Talk / Re: Overheating
« on: July 05, 2017, 10:25:53 pm »
For those that have known me for less than 40 years, my first nickname was given to me by my mother - "Prof" was because I reminded her of The Absent Minded Professor...smarter than most people but lacking in common sense in a painful way.

Somebody with more wisdom than I would have checked the fluid level in the radiator first, and not assumed that because the overflow bottle was happy the radiator was full.  We will replace the radiator cap in the morning for good measure but it sat idling in the drive tonight for over 10 minutes, cool as a cucumber.  Tomorrow will be hot, I will retest tomorrow in the heat of the day.  Thanks for your input everbody.

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The Lounge / Re: CPR/First Aid training
« on: July 05, 2017, 12:36:17 pm »
Sorry, still no update

The Lounge / Re: Trailer
« on: July 05, 2017, 12:35:44 pm »
Dear Secret Santa in July,

Thank You.

Paul & Jonathon

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