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    Joke of the day

    Are they still carding you??
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    So glad this genius is our Govenor

    In this case, a refinery exploded and burned up, so I don't think they did that. I do agree with you, they always seem to have some sort of unplanned maintenance that drives up prices. Remember the insane electricity prices we paid yrs ago? Same deal. The ISO kept shutting down plants for unplanned maintenance, causing rolling blackouts and insane price gouging. I could easily see the pattern, but of course the gov't investigated and found nothing wrong.
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    Graphic Warning! Seat belt injury

    Absolutely! The harness pads really take a lot of the strain out of wearing your harnesses nice and tight!
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    Best Jack to lift sandrail in the Dunes

    I bought a bottle jack from a junkyard for $10 and had Dustin at AG Sandcars weld on a U shaped saddle to the top and a bolt with a 3/4" head on the crank part for $5. It's just short enough to fit under the front or rear arms with a flat tire, or I can put blocks under it for added height. I just put a cordless impact on it and it zips the car up in seconds. It's nice and compact but I stopped carrying it after a couple of yrs because I just never used it. I've never broken a suspension part, rarely get stuck and with beadlocks, never blew a bead, so I leave it at camp as a backup to my sandjack.
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    So glad this genius is our Govenor

    Absolutely. The oil companies are also shutting down the smaller refineries as they break down because with the special fuel requirements it's not cost effective to retrofit or maintain them. We're in a bad situation with too few refineries and not enough to take up the slack for the ones shutdown for maintenance or damage. All caused by excessive gov't meddling. Remember when they added MBTE, then they stopped it and now there are pollution sites where it leaked into the ground? Then they played with oxygenated fuels, now they're adding ethanol. It would be nice if they hired a real chemist for a change.
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    Game Of Thrones

    I think most of them will die in the battle. Samwell Tarley will end up the only man left alive and will end up on the throne, married to Dany and his current squeeze. Arya will be his hand and Tyrion will take over Little Finger's brothels. Also, Little Finger isn't dead. He's going to come back and try to marry Sansa, after doing something to help them win.
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    So glad this genius is our Govenor

    All of those factors are at work, but the reason for this recent increase was due to unplanned and planned refinery shutdowns. Right when they were switching over to the summer blend, one of the refineries had an explosion and fire on March 16. We don't have enough refineries to begin with since the oil companies haven't built any new ones in decades.
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    **Recovered. Stolen Silverado from Riverside

    I'm inclined to teach these scumbags to keep their hands to themselves. Anyone else interested in an urban night ride?
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    Best Jack to lift sandrail in the Dunes

    Speaking of shovels, I just bought one for car camping that was dirt cheap ($8.74, free SH) folds up and is the size of a paper plate when stowed in it's carrying bag. It's a cheap (but works perfectly) copy of the military folding shovel/entrenching tool. Everyone should have a shovel, extra water, extra food, a radio and/or cell phone, first aid kit plus blood clotting powder, in case someone's bleeding but it will be awhile before they can get sutures. Spare parts, tools, etc. An ounce of prevention or preparedness beats a pound of cure! Like they say, it's better to have and not need than need and not have!
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    Best Jack to lift sandrail in the Dunes

    Don't be afraid to think outside the box. I once got stuck way down south near the old closure area, in a choppy area where the "dunes" were only 18 - 25' apart and my rail was 16'. We were trying to power through these powder soft ridges, essentially row after row of witches eyes. I finally ended up in one on a ridge that I was wedged into with all 4 tires off the ground, the sand was holding me up by the rear of the engine cage and front bumper. My GF at the time got up on the ridge and looked all over and spotted a group of probably 7 or 8 quad riders headed in our general direction. She kept waving at them and they eventually got closer, but thought it was some sort of a trap so they kept circling around, checking us out to make sure there wasn't a group of us to ambush them. After convincing themselves we really were stuck, they came over and helped lift the front end and turn the rail 90* sso we could just drive it out. I gave them over a half a case of beer as thanks. The other option in that situation where we were way off the beaten path was to dig out forward. The trench I was in had about 3 or 4 ft of sand in front of my bumper then it dropped down maybe 10' or so. I could have dug from the slope in front of the rail and eventually removed the ridge holding up the front of my rail. In a case like that, you want to make sure the rail is in gear so it doesn't roll forward and run over you, or roll away. There's nothing like getting run over by your own rail way out there past BFE to complete your day and make you feel like a total idiot. Guys who do stuff like that should always have a video cam on them at all times so we can enjoy the fun too!
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    Trailer Issues

    That's good! I didn't want you to just crank up the WD bars like someone mentioned above. Bad advice! Also check to see if everything is nice and tight up front. Let us know what you find out.
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    Best Jack to lift sandrail in the Dunes

    Most guys don't need or use a jack in the sand. Depending on how you got stuck, you can tip the rail toward one side with your hands and push the sand under the tires, or use another rail to pull the car up on one side and push sand under the tires. If you're facing uphill, simply lift the front end of the rail and point it downhill or at least sideways. Once you get back up on top of the sand, you can put it in 1st, leave the engine off and just bump the starter and it will walk itself right out of the rut. This will also work in reverse, but a lot of people are afraid of breakage even though more experienced duners have told me it's safe. They say the starter doesn't have enough power to break reverse.
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    Trailer Issues

    You don't want to tighten up your WD bars too much, since they transfer weight off the hitch to the front of the truck and rear of the trailer.
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    Dune Wife Wants a Boob Job

    Yeah, but training wheels are a little cheaper than new boobs.

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