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  1. Car wash for the lazy owner

    I have no interest in owning a car that is too nice for the touchless drive-through car wash. When the spring rains wash the salt from the roads, usually late April, I take it to the dealer for detail and wax. It gets waxed again when the snow tires go on in November. I get a 25% discount at...
  2. why does recirculation turn off automatically?

    Even with the recirculation button on, some fresh air (I've read around 10%) is still entering the cabin. If it were not, it wouldn't take much time for the oxygen level to drop to a dangerously low level. Not much different than being stuck inside a large refrigerator. HEPA filters would be...
  3. Borne Off-Road Snorkel R&D Thread

    Yes. Much sucking to be had by all. And goats. Many goats. And sickly-sweet lukewarm tea. Was returning to base one night when a sandstorm began. So much sand that the headlight beam reflected off it back into our eyes instead of illuminating the road. We were completely blind. We took turns...
  4. Blue Tooth Wireless Apple Car Play

    Yes. The Apple developer guides for CarPlay detail the minimum hardware configurations for wired and wireless connections. Wireless is more demanding and expensive, leading to slow adoption by OEMs.
  5. What has been the most useful mod you've installed? Or most useful upgrade?

    El Cheapo roll-up tonneau from the Ford dealer is the thing I use most often, with a 5th matching wheel/tire/TPMS to replace the oddball factory spare coming in a close second just for the peace of mind.
  6. Borne Off-Road Snorkel R&D Thread

    There's no significant difference between the filters on cars and bulldozers, other than the size, and many bulldozers see more dirt in a day than most Rangers will see in months, or even years, of off-road travel. I can conservatively estimate that I have at least 150,000 off-road miles behind...
  7. Switching from my 18 inch alloys to 16 inch steel wheels

    My Lariat was equipped with 18" chrome wheels, and the spare was 16" steel. It will work the same on yours, as long as you are using the OE steel wheels. Aftermarket may be different. I switched to the 17" painted alloys. No rust, cheap and plentiful on eBay.
  8. Borne Off-Road Snorkel R&D Thread

    There are many vehicles designed to work continuously in extremely dirty environments. They use pre-filters, not simply raised intake pipes. Many of us with decades of military experience in various craptastic desert environments are familiar with the Donaldson "cyclonic" extractors that mount...
  9. Borne Off-Road Snorkel R&D Thread

    Think again. Definition of snorkel 1: a plastic tube that allows a swimmer to breathe while keeping the head or face under the surface of the water He swam about 250 yards on the surface, using a snorkel to breathe, to get past the barren...
  10. Pizza cutters (255 85 16)

    Last I heard, Town Fair tire will match as-delivered prices from online sellers. Also, if you have reason to be near Tire Rack’s Connecticut warehouse (Windsor, I think) you can pick them up without paying for shipping.
  11. Pizza cutters (255 85 16)

    What shop would that be? I have a local second-tier tire dealer near me with very competitive pricing. Tire Guys, on NH-11 in Farmington. He will get the big name brands if you ask, but he sells to a lot of commercial guys for snow plows, etc., that don’t need great highway performance, and...
  12. Help with towing numbers

    As you say, you need to weigh everything with your full camping load. Grand Design is better quality than some, but as-built weight can differ from advertised by quite a lot. Load distribution is as important as total weight. Most people wouldn’t tow with the water tank full, but having some...
  13. 2019 Ranger Solid Axle Swap

    Super Duty trucks have solid axle with ABS. Maybe there are some compatible parts.
  14. Off topic, if I may, advice needed

    Bulb changing procedure is on page 309 of the downloadable owner’s manual. Definitely wear rubber gloves to keep skin oils off of the bulbs. Wipe with alcohol if needed. This is a 10-minute job It was mentioned above that the...
  15. Off topic, if I may, advice needed

    I have a 2012 CR-V. I have changed the bulbs. I use the brightest Osram-Sylvania bulbs available. WalMart has good prices, eBay is slightly better.
  16. Borne Off-Road Snorkel R&D Thread

    A suggestion: While you’re thinking about fording, you’re certain to explore the gaping hole that allows fresh outside air to enter the HVAC system. From several reports, mice and rats have no difficulty entering the system from the outside, and even if you’re not trying to make it...
  17. How to keep ACC Sensor clean

    No clue how to install it, but the tiny headlight wipers that are on some luxury sedans (Mercedes is the one I’m thinking of) might help.
  18. Borne Off-Road Snorkel R&D Thread

    You may prove me wrong with some empirical data that shows a meaningful benefit toward reducing “dirt and stuff” in the intake, but I doubt that anyone will put in any more effort than reading the unsubstantiated advertising claims of this, or any other, add-on intake snorkel. It is a red...
  19. Borne Off-Road Snorkel R&D Thread

    I think it bears repeating, "A fool and his money are soon parted!"
  20. Borne Off-Road Snorkel R&D Thread

    For an intake snorkel to be of any use, the rest of the vehicle must be able to withstand submersion in water that is deeper than the height of the factory air intake. Is the Ranger capable of this? My owner’s manual says “Never drive through water that is higher than the bottom of the wheel hubs.”