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About BadDriver4x4

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    North Woods Maniac

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    North Central Vermont
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    Wow, obviously cars and trucks. Tractors, boats, motorcycles, lawn mowers, and anything with a motor. Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping.

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  1. It's been a few months since I purchased my Highlander and I have a short term report to make. The vehicle is definitely capable in the snow. It would have been nice to have had more aggressive tires on it during the snow covered months. We got plenty of the cold white stuff this year and at one point I had to plow through a pile of snow left on the road by town road crews that were obviously having problems with the distribution of the fluffy white rain. I have to say that as much as the traction control \ 4wd helps to get you going I find that there is a tendency to lock out power in a
  2. We had a Jeep Liberty that literally fell apart in the 2 years that we owned it. I wish I had stripped off the plastic kick plate (?) when we first got the thing. Here in North Central Vermont the plastics totally wrecked the rocker panels and made our Liberty a junkyard ornament. So now we have a 2004 Toyota Highlander. It came from a warmer Southern climate and was well cared for. It is a Limited version and has all the goodies including heated seats and a sun/moon roof. All we wanted was a good car with a clean body that wasn't about to die. I'm still learning about the Highlander so
  3. Almost a year later..... It's interesting to see old posts and think about all the time that got wasted by people trying to mass with your life for no other reason than they are petty little people with delusions of grandeur. I've been so busy I haven't even been able to make use of this wood, but there is always this year. Fishing, and work? Can they coincide? Don't ever let them get you down.
  4. Thanks for your help Moses. I find that it is impossible to determine the price of anything as a seller because everyone likes to take the lowest price paid for anything and apply it to newer or decent items. Now, I will take a low price that was paid, look at the item on it's own merits and try to negotiate a reasonable price. Only a few times have I looked at something so abysmal that it should have gone to the trash bin, but those are rare and the one time I have seen those items I told the owner and then let him offer to sell them for parts. Since the items were old, modified CBs I didn't
  5. I was wondering if anyone could give me a conservative estimate of what a running, driving, and rusted out 2005 Jeep Liberty is worth parted out? I've been told not even to expect "Wholesale" price because it's uninspectable, that's here in Vermont though, so I don't have a clue what it could be worth in an area where the value is not in a driver, but parts car. Good engine, transmission, transfer case, etc... The "Salvage Yards" are paying scrap prices for vehicles no matter the condition these days, and $150.00 isn't going to get it when the engine alone is worth more than that.Prices i
  6. I didn't mean to bash anyone's choice of vehicles, but I haven't owned a domestic Chrysler that didn't treat me badly. I have owned a few, and the best were those that didn't have American roots. Even those ran afoul of rust or time. I used to have a Jeep Cherokee 4 cylinder, I think it was an 85? (Always thought it was under powered, and no 4x4 goodies in early 90s for it.) I still have a new bumper, bumper hangers, and headlight rings for it. I haven't owned it for 22 years, but I haven't sold those parts yet. I've had a Plymouth Colt, a Plymouth Arrow pickup, a Plymouth Sundance (Junk,
  7. Found a junk yard fix to the seatbelt alarm issue. Grabbed a belt buckle clasp and modified it to fit. No noise, and belts are still 100% safe. Too bad that didn't stop the need for complete brake work with e-brake rebuild, steering rack, new muffler and final exhaust pipe replacement. (Muffler was good except for the part leading to the rusted off pipe.Couldn't be saved economically.) I'm sure there is something else major I'm forgetting. The most recent "repair" was a new transmission mount and U-joint. If it weren't for the fact that it's the only inspected and running vehicle at our d
  8. OK, so what have you been doing this winter that wasn't related to vehicles? I am a recycler of the old kind. I find things that I can use in other ways and I make what I can with them. This winter I have been collecting wooden pallets from a local manufacturer. I got permission and they explained what I could and couldn't take and I leave what I can't use for others to burn or turn into kindling to sell. You might be asking, what can you do with pallets except make pallets? Well, have you ever seen a chicken coop, or a bee hive? Maybe a play house? Yes, some people even use them as they are j
  9. No Problem. Seatbelts are not required in New Hampshire, and we go there quite often. Just hoping I didn't need to sit on the seat belt while there.
  10. For some reason I can't ask a new question in this area of the forum, which doesn't bother me too much as this is question is of a sensitive nature. Is there a way to defeat the seat belt alarm by removing a particular fuse, without disabling the engine? My name is Bad Driver isn't it? Still talking about the 2005 LIberty. I do know where there is a set of norml black steel wheels that are center offset. Would those be suitable to compensate with a small lift? I like the lift you linked to it looks well made at a decent price point.
  11. Well, I guess I'm getting ahead of myself a little bit. I like the lift kit you linked to. It's in the right price range too. The problem now is that I might have to replace a rear upper control arm. The one in the Liberty now is pretty well shot. I also need to find out if the lower control arms have been replaced under the recall. It would probably be a good idea to make sure I don't meet a guard rail due to the wobble of death before I change the height of the Jeep. Who came up with that design? As for widening the track, will a simple set of wheel adapters do the job? I suppose there is a
  12. I'd like to get a 2 1/2" lift on my Liberty pretty soon to deal with the snow we should be getting any day now. What is the best setup in order to be safe, have good road performance, and not do major changes to the geometry? I wouldn't mind if it were on the lower end of the price range as well, but safety and reliability are more important. I also have a related question about wheels and tire sizes I found a set of 16" Aluminum Dodge wheels and some great "used" Cooper M+S tires at a fantastic price, but the tires are P225 70 R16 instead of P235 70 R16. According to charts this is not an una
  13. Still looking for my one and only. I want it original so I can do it right, I'd like it old, and it would be great if Santa brought it for Christmas. :D   Only so much time to preserve a piece of history.

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