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Old 08-04-2013, 10:45 PM   #1
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Allow myself to introduce... myself; BogusBlake

Well, now that I'm an owner, not just a lookie-Lou, I figure I might as well introduce myself.
I'm Blake, and I'm the proud new owner of "Hopper", a very well equipped 2006 SMB 4x4 diesel. According to the previous owner (the third), Hopper has traveled the entire drivable length of North and South America and many places between. My family (wife, toddler, and dogs) can't wait to add adventures Hopper's resume.

A little about us: My wife (Gretchen) and I are both Mechanical Engineers by trade. We've spent time in Arizona, Colorado, and California before our latest stop in Seattle, WA.
In AZ, we were into hardcore rockcrawling in a Toyota-based buggy I built myself. We also did a ton of remote exploring and camping in our Tacoma.
When we moved to Denver, we used the buggy a few times, but ended up getting into dual sport dirtbikes and exploring CO that way (we still did a lot of truck camping). The buggy got sold...
We followed my job to the Central Coast of California where we had our son. The bikes went into hibernation and we started camping out of our Tacoma and Subaru all over the central and norther part of the state. Hiking became the preferred activity because the boy really digs sitting in a pack.
Again we followed my job to Seattle and kept up the camping and hiking. Here in the PNW, we discovered two things that convinced us to pull the trigger on a SMB; Packing up wet gear sucks (so does unpacking it to dry it out before the next trip), and doing anything with a toddler reduces the effectiveness of two people to about 50% of one person- we HAD to reduce the preparation and setup overhead if we were going to get out as much and for as long as we want to.

We picked up Hopper last week and while he's mostly ready to go, I have a couple projects to knock out.
The first time I tried to shift into 4wd, the lever fell through the floor- the front axle lever's pivot bolt had rusted or fatigued or something and twisted right off. The PO had "never even put it into 4wd" and I believe her! Looks like a pretty easy fix.
The flat plate is in the (outside) factory location. Since we intend to camp in the winter, it needs to come in. When I do that, I'll also install an anti-scald mixer to keep busy little hands safe.

We have a lot to learn about offroading in such a large vehicle, but that's part of the fun, right?
We're looking forward to meeting other folks with similar interests and collecting more adventures!


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Old 08-04-2013, 11:18 PM   #2
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Welcome and congratulations, sure to see you on the road here in WA
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Old 08-05-2013, 12:05 AM   #3
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What Buckkiller said.

BogusBlake, you folks are a breath of fresh air. So many hard core off roaders can't see the simplicity of an SMB and what it has to offer. There is a place for both lifestyles and myself I feel the SMB is a great way to go. I'm sure you'll enjoy your new ride. All exploration is good whether it's backpacking, overlanding outside the US or enjoying the states in an SMB. I look forward to your trip posts if you decide to make them.

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Old 08-05-2013, 11:19 AM   #5
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Yeah, welcome. We need more engineers 'round here

I think there are a lot of folks who get SMBs who have experience with dual sports. I think it's because we're into enjoying the harder-core stuff as well as a nice, manicured camp with all (well many) of the luxuries. And we know the compromises involved; the SMB is kinda like the four-wheeled version of a BMW GS: heavy, hard to turn, expensive, but super fun if you know the limitations.

Just don't run into me until you get that insurance sorted....
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Old 08-06-2013, 09:08 AM   #6
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Welcome...seems we have a little bit in common. I was once a mechanical engineer, have a young child, rode a DS for awhile, now have an SMB. From the looks of it you bought yours in OR. I bought mine from the original owner in the Bend/Sisters area.

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Bogusblake,

I am waiting for your post in this thread:

viewtopic.php?f=8&t=11507

I'm curious about the bogus part.

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Bogusblake,

I am waiting for your post in this thread:

viewtopic.php?f=8&t=11507

I'm curious about the bogus part.

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Done.

Thanks for the welcome guys!
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Old 08-06-2013, 06:17 PM   #10
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Welcome!

I'm still getting accustomed to how to wheel these monsters. A heck of alot different than my old 80 series, especially on baja roads...




BTW... Is this the same "Bogus Blake" that was in the Trophy with, I think Jeremy? From Expo?
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