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  1. No problem. It is a great April - May trip. Take food and water. There is a spring part way up pleasant canyon, but I don't know if it is still running.
  2. That's a good way to go. Learning is like buying tools, very few of us can afford to learn or buy everything at once.
  3. I had 31's and a 2-3" budget lift on my cherokee when I did it.
  4. It wasn't bad going up pleasant canyon, but I hear that they closed the chicken rock bridge. It would be difficult to go up south park to the bridge, but the pleasant canyon side is a good entry level trail.
  5. We all started somewhere. First thing I did was pulled the rear sway bar off my cherokee, then added hood vents, then added a cb, then rhino lined the interior.
  6. I'm interested in the tig setup for stainless and welding on a gas tank where a solid weld with no pinholes is necessary. For heavier stuff I can see using it for plug welds. These are the torch and regulator that I need to get started. http://www.ebay.com/itm/MILLER-WELDCRAFT-WP-17V-12-2-TIG-Torch-Kit-A-150V-12-1-2-ft-/221578060215?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item339714e1b7 http://www.ebay.com/itm/140514184508?_trksid=p2060778.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
  7. To get beyond steel and stainless steel I would need a high frequency box. Those are usually a couple hundred on their own. Then I need a tig torch, a gas flow meter, and a bottle of argon. To do just steel and stainless I need everything except for the high frequency box. I don't know if it will work for sheet metal but folks who've done scratch start tig says it is a great way to learn. Depending on the cost of a bottle a decent torch a flow regulator can be had for under 200.00.
  8. A couple years ago a group of us took some mildly lifted XJ's and ZJ's through this loop. The best part was coming down South Park Canyon and the narrow section around the Chicken out rock. Whenever/if the park service repairs the bridge it will be good to see this loop in use again.
  9. I'm looking at adding scratch start tig to the lincoln. It's on my list and may move up depending on my welding needs. The Lincoln was an upgrade to the smaller AC/DC buzz box. I have no complaints about the buzz box, I just wanted the infinite settings for tig welding. The heavier duty doesn't hurt either.
  10. If you want to go wider, the question is how wide? If you are good with stock axles and 33's you can get wheels with less back spacing to move the tires out.
  11. Just wanted to start something for people to show off their welding setups to help give others an idea of ways to make their shop/garage space more useful. I'll throw mine up there to start out. It's not great, nor is it done, but it does work a lot better than the old wood bench I had been using. Most items were purchased off craigslist while traveling so my family has gotten used to taking detours looking for equipment. I've got a little 135 mig from eastwood, a lincoln idealarc 250 ac/dc, a vice, and a HF blasting cabinet with about 3lbs of sealant added. The filing cabinet has a rack on the back for my gas bottle(s) and a chop saw.
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