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fifth fj mod

Apparently Toyota engineers get upgraded eyes when they sign on to work at the factories, because about the only thing that can be said for the dome lights in FJ Cruisers is that they exist.  The light is the typical incandescent-yellow, and with the black/grey interior, it is better than having absolutely nothing, yes, but not by a significant degree. 

On the other hand, the map lights over the front seats are usefully bright, [...]

on background checks

One of the favorite “arguments” circulating amongst anti-rights cultists these days is that the only reason one would oppose “universal background checks” for firearm purchases is because one is concerned about not passing them.  Obviously this is complete and utter nonsense, but let us take a moment an examine how nonsensical that position is. 

I oppose “universal background checks”.  In fact, I oppose any background checks for firearm purchases – having to prove innocence [...]

fourth fj mod

The trunk of the FJ is about what you would expect (with the added bonus of both having no carpet back there and having tie-down points in the floor), but the wheel wells create these odd quasi-shelves on both sides that serve no particular purpose and cannot really be used for anything.  On the right side, the subwoofer (where equipped, and mine is) is bolted in on the “shelf”, but on the left side you [...]

security theater at the north carolina state fair

So Better Half and I went to the State Fair last night, not because we necessarily wanted to, but because we are playing quasi-host to a couple of Europeans visiting the States for a while, and we wanted to be sure to give them as many American experiences as we could think of.  Honestly, the Fair was somewhat underwhelming compared to some of the county fairs we have attended in the past, but that is [...]

graphics matter, year the fifth, part two

The immediately previous post addressed the fallacy that “more guns = more deaths” this one will address the hypothesis that “more guns = more ‘gun violence’”. 

All previous explanations and disclaimers apply, and like the immediately previous post, I will list my references here, just to stave off the inevitable genetic fallacies (well, not really, but definitely to make it easier to laugh at those who cling to them): 

- The starting point [...]

graphics matter, year the fifth

It has been a while since I did one of these, but the CDC drags its feet in publishing data, so we did not end up missing that much. 

As with the last time, all previous disclaimers, details, and other important stuff still applies. 

Since the immediate, knee-jerk response from anti-rights cultists being pointed to this site is “ZOMG, that’s a RWNJ site!  Everything on it is WRONG!” (otherwise known as a genetic [...]

my get-home bag

Unless you have the pleasure of working from home (which, generally I do, so “win” on that), a get-home bag is probably a good addition to your back seat / trunk. 

But what, exactly, is a “get-home bag”?  Simply put, it is a collection of supplies that will help you get from where you are (probably your office or equivalent) back to your house, should that prove difficult for some reason. 

What constitutes [...]

they lack the capacity

On our way home from the Uwharrie National Forest this past weekend, Better Half expressed her… displeasure… at the mind-numbing stupidity inherent in this particular political cartoon: 

For those unfamiliar with the backstory, Sean provides a concise summation of the current details. 

Regarding the cartoon, however, as Better Half said in the car, can Dwane Powell point to a single example of a lawful carrier intentionally shooting a carnival game in the [...]

roll the tape

Bear in mind that this footage was taken by a now rather old Nikon AW100 which was then attached to the FJ’s stock roof rack by means of an even older Gorillapod, so it might be a little… bouncy, even after being run through Windows Movie Maker’s image stabilization system.  Plus bonus lean-to-the-right towards the end of the first video. 

But, without further ado, here is our run south (not sure if that is [...]

where we were today

Off-roading options are rather limited in the Raleigh area of North Carolina (unless you happen to know someone with land), so Better Half and I headed inland to the Uwharrie National Forest and experimented with what the FJ could do: 

(Just so you know what I am talking about, a map of the Off Highway Vehicle trails is available here (look for the red dashed lines and numbers).)

The short story is that [...]

second and third fj mods

These are small enough there was no point in giving them each their own post. 

First, a cheapie blind spot mirror: 

Yes, FJs’ visibility is a little… suboptimal behind the vehicle and to the left side – even when you have my mirrors just right, I am losing the rear bumper of a vehicle in my rear-view just as the front bumper comes into view on my side mirror… which is all [...]

ares armor came through

As promised, the new NiB AR-15 bolt carrier group arrived in the mail yesterday along with a label to send the old one back.  That was… well, astonishingly easy. 

If Remington’s service had been that seamless, I would be singing their praises to the heavens.  As it is… well. 

Of note, though, I think the problem may source back to how Ares Armor stakes the gas key: 

I am not, by [...]

more customer service reports

For those keeping score at home, Remington Arms acknowledged receipt of my rusty-from-the-factory 700 SPS on 05AUG14.  I still do not have it back.  And, as a reminder, this is the second time I have had to send it to them.  I figure I might get it back in time for Boomershoot next year (speaking of, registration is now open). 

The free replacement extractor spring from Kel-Tec worked flawlessly, however, and I see no [...]

first mod for the fj

That did not take long, did it? 

Well, for some strange reason, the storage bin in the center console of FJ cruisers comes without a lid: 

And, for some reason, that bugs me.  Yeah, I know, that does not really make any sense, but there it is.  That said, I am apparently not the only person with this particular bug up my arse, as there are options to provide a lid to [...]

12 hours left on the defender

If you were hoping to get a pretty awesome truck at a pretty decent price, you have 12 more hours to hop on the eBay auction for my 1985 / 1995 Land Rover Defender 90. 

You know you want it. Hell, I want it, if it were not for the fact that we were already over-budget on it.  But I am sure it will serve someone in good stead for a number of [...]

it followed us home

That is a 2011 FJ Cruiser with 4WD, locking rear differential, a backup camera, and almost every other little bell and whistle one of these can have without being an actual TRD or “Trail Teams” vehicle.  The only significant things it is presently missing are a hitch and a passenger arm rest, both of which are completely fixable. 

Something tells me this will be a lot more capable than the Bullitt was, and [...]

last call on the bullitt

Remember that 2008 Pre-Production Mustang Bullitt I have had for sale on here for… well, a very long time? 

It is probably getting traded in for something entirely different tomorrow, so if you have been harboring a secret desire to drive your own rather shiny piece of history, now is your chance to speak up. 

1985 / 1995 rhd v8 land rover defender 90, now on ebay

In an attempt to get the Land Rover Defender 90 I have for sale in front of more people, we have listed it on eBay as well as Craigslist and everywhere else I can think of.  Someone has already bid on it, which I guess is a good thing, but it has to hit the reserve price before we will get really excited… so get bidding!  The worst that can happen is you do not [...]

1985/1995 rhd land rover defender price drop

The asking price for the Rover I have for sale has been dropped to $27,500, and I have relisted it here. 

Make an offer!  The worst I can do is say no… 

yes, this is still a pistol

The full build is as follows: 

 - Stripped, never-built DPMS lower left over from my post-election purchases.  – DPMS lower parts kit, sans the trigger group.  – Curved Chip McCormick Tactical Trigger Group, since the flat one did not work with my extended bolt release.  – Phase 5 EBRv2 Extended Bolt Release.  – Dead On Arms AR-15 Pin-Less Oversized Trigger Guard, in flat dark earth.  – Bravo Company Machine Gunfighter Grip, Mod [...]