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Dive Bar Casanova

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  1. We spent an hour Saturday checking out the Baker to Vegas runners: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74OO9bfECiU&app=desktop
  2. Brother do Duramax trucks ever hold their resale value. Astonishing. Dmax Trucks are judged more by condition than mileage. We were shocked how much we were offered on a trade in, then the huge discount on the new truck. No brainer IMHO. We like the 2020's increased power, the feature that more net power is delivered to the rear wheels/4wd with the more efficient driveline, the towing mirrors and a dozen other items. Strong talk in the truck rags EGR will be gone in a few years. Supposed to be gone in this years Ram Cummins goes the tale.
  3. Good chance we'll roll in. Burn off the remaining race gas and firewood.
  4. We have a 2015 Dmax 3500 Dually we really like but when the 2020 becomes avail we like what we see and will trade it in on one. Interesting features:
  5. Lot's of windstorms have been blowing in from the Southeast in the past year. Makes big changes on the dunes and really replenishes them.
  6. We upgraded our Jet Pac at the Verizon Store in Parump and they mentioned the existing tower on Highway 127 had some up grades and additions done. Maybe that's what some are talking about causing some confusion. Damfino though. Our phones signal definitely got stronger. The new Jet Pac about the same signal but it'll be 5g ready if ever that hits in our lifetimes and it only cost $1 to upgrade on a special deal.
  7. Last evening we shut down the North Pole until sundown. MFSOB cold wind. Leaving this morning the sand seemed a bit tighter and it was an easier pull out. We’ll no doubt return for Presidents day.
  8. We’re thinking maybe a late afternoon run. Mixed weather reports.
  9. Over cast and chilly this morning. Accuweather says it’s 45f but seems much colder. Winds predicted for later. A noticeable amount of campers left yesterday. Some not getting Monday off we figure. Our camp will disperse Wednesday. Tonight we we cook the DUMONT ribs and dirty rice for everyone then onto comp hill for NYE. Guys with the headache and wallet burning Turbo YXZs have parked them and are once again hauling the family in their 4 seater Rzrs. If you’re considering a YXZ Turbo kit ya might want to talk to them first. They have seen the elephant. I know one model of the new 2019 YXZ has the beefed up connecting rods and a few other Turbo ready features on the engines. Also the Rzr lug pattern BTW. Clutch and mapping issues and a hole in the turbo housing this timeOut. I think they are flirting with $50 to $ $60k on these builds. The “Package” Turbo X3 RS sensational performance and runs dope. Strong winds hit just this minute.
  10. A couple more wadded up dune buggies, one last night at comp and evidently another today with no reported injuries. Relatively quiet runnings today.
  11. Not that busy a Holiday,, yet. I’d say half of what turned out last year. After the winds the dunes saw action but we didn’t encounter too much cross traffic. A couple married at the North Pole yesterday: Sheriffs wrote a helmet ticket and were checking registration at the North Pole while they were at it. They are running unmarked vehicles. Dune condition outstanding IMHO. Wasnt able to get a video but a new, showroom stock F150 was rolling up and down comp hill and was fantastic. Stock tires too. I’ll shoot some video today if they return. One of our group installed the full blast big turbo package on his new Can Am X3 and it runs flawless and super fast. Beat the turbo YXZ’s, impressive. Has launch control that works dope. A steamer. The guys with the Turbo package YXZs are still dealing with issues and burning through money and patience. Skinner rolled by in his X3 RS max and has the suspension dialed in perfect. Car stays level and straight over the whoops outstanding. Impressive.
  12. Yeah we’ve seen some crazy fast towing but it works.
  13. Breezy and quiet this Sat morning. 5150 Whips said they read on Facebook someone rolled their sand rail yesterday but driver was OK, rail done for the trip. Winds had mostly been from the east and northeast and that means slippery towing on the flats. Lots of quicksand pits. If if anyone needs assistance we’re unhooked, air downed and can help. 818 4192620. Remember if you needed help getting in you’ll need it getting out. Seem less treacherous between the rockpile and restroom. Between the RR to vendors pretty treacherous. The guys that you expect to ace it got stuck, the guys you’re sure will get stuck aced it. We did a fast group run yesterday evening about 8 vehicles and had a blast. Report back after a few runs today, Saturday. BTW: Wife is a Vegetarian and makes an amazing smoked cantaloupe and rice dish we want to some day some trip run over to you Pete. Off the chain deeeeeelicious.
  14. BLM is here they rolled through our camp yesterday and hung out at vendors. Biggest issue is the loose sands in the main camping areas. Plenty of people getting stuck. Some pits of misery worse than other areas. Everyone is helping everyone in other camps too. Airing down your tow vehicle to 40 lbs seems to be the magic number. First I’ve seen this condition in over 20 years. Cold winds still with us. Killer witch eyes galore. The turbo YFZs still holding up. Stage 5 insane fast up the hill. Now if they could solve the recurring blown head gaskets and fussy 3rd gear sputtering. Fun to watch them jump up comp. Watching the sunset with a brief lull in the winds:
  15. Valley Dirt riders is having a Presidents Day weekend meetup in the area. Everyone is welcome and a good way to get acquainted. Meetup.com has info Barry Friedman runs good free events. One should be able to run 25 to 35 mph. Or: Google earth and street view Hi 395 and Trona Rd or Searls Station rd you can check out plenty of boondocking spots. Free 14 day limit.
  16. Our kids are with the ex’s or their other half family this holidays. We’ll roll into DUMONT the 27th but stopped off in Spangler in route. We took the State trail 7 / RM1444 to the Husky monument and was able to keep the throttle pinned most the way. Only drawback on the X3rs are the Flintstones brakes. I seriously want to upgrade those if ever possible. The power is plenty and the suspension gets serious at speed really fun but stopping one has to be cautious. Stopped off at the F22 crash site : Some fantastic new memorials have recently been placed at the Husky. Really detailed and skilled construction. Word is if you travel west of the 395 have a Cal City sticker. We headed to the Joint bar in Randsberg and it was just us and some euro tourists in Rented RVs. Neal the owner held court and it is always a fun stop. The euros were sent on the road with little or no idea how to operate the basic functions on the RVs. So we explain it all and advise to stop off at Walmart and get some holding tank chemical. Road Bear customers seem to never have this problem and Road Bear rents nicer units. Worth the few bucks more.
  17. Yeah you may consider camping at the little dunes. The kids 50cc quads I aired down to 1 psi the Big Horn tires on our former 800 I aired down to 6 psi.
  18. Thanks for the tip. The GM radiator was 3 times the cost but definitely more robust construction. Other owners I know got over 260K miles out of their 8.1's and Allison's so It's worth the investment. Of the many many people I know with Allisons only know of one that died at about 150.000 miles. A split race bearing separated. Rated towing 12.500 he's been towing way, way more than that the entire life of the truck. Chevy dealer in Laughlin service manager told me they've never seen a bad one. Lucky to find any GM over the counter parts anymore. Got the last flip up center console avail in the USA. Truck has a rare bench front seat,, and leather at that. We'll keep it another 100K and then it'll do river duty garaged then just launching and retrieving boats. Been the most amazing truck, it's been everywhere done brutal duty. Those new 2019 GMC 6.2 4x4 1500's sure look nice.
  19. It’s been several months or more but last I was at the Rebel on Sunset at Boulder Hwy it had e85. Dangerous 'hood BTW. Thugs everywhere. Its a vanishing commodity. If you run LL it’ll wipe out your cat and O2 sensor. It’s what happened to 3 friends and their Rzrs and X3’s thus ran bad. I run oxygenated VP 101 I mix w/30% 91. I buy it outta the pump in Parump. I think it’s the Shell Station on the main drag South of Terribles. Always $3 less per gal than the canned stuff. VP signs all over the place ya can't miss it. Runs fantastic with the recalled Evo Stage 1 flash that is reported to be equal performing to today’s Evo stage 2. Stays fresh for a year.
  20. I’ll be surprised if GM still has one available. Ill check Later this week.
  21. Yep that’s what Ill do. Truck still strong and worth investing in.
  22. 2001 GMC 2500 HD 8.1 HD gas. Stock radiator lasted 15 years 160.000 miles. Then the integrated trans cooler leaked and the complete radiator was replaced with what’s known as the best out there. Can’t get the replacement radiators to last 6 months. Any solutions out there? Anyone make a decent radiator?
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