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Old March 15th, 2008, 05:47 PM   #1
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Default New guy, Moving up to work for Ford, want to go wheeling!

I made a post over on Pirate asking for a good wheeling forum for the michigan area and everyone recommended this one.
My name's Jamie, I am graduating this may from Pittsburg State Univ. in Kansas w/my b.s. in automotive tech. I will be working for TAC/Ford in Allen Park starting June 16 so I will be new to the area. I am really into wheeling, dirtbiking, and being outside.
Here's my rig that I have built over the last 6 years:
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-I did a solid axle swap, locked, 4.88's, hi-steer, bobbed, dovetailed, caged, inchworm 5:1 Lefty t-case w/twin sticks, on 35" bald mtr's. I am into rocks and trail-riding but not so much mud. What kind of terrain can I expect to wheel up in Michigan?

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The bed work that I did last summer:




And here are some from yesterday and today from a spot in Oklahoma. I flopped it on it's side for the first time but the cage took the brunt of the impact w/minor damage to the bedside.





And yes, it is still my daily driver

I look forward to meeting and wheeling w/you guys when I get up there!
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Old March 15th, 2008, 05:53 PM   #2
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Awsome truck!

As far as terrain... there is a lot of mud and some rocks under it. Sand dunes and hopefully some rock courses soon.
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Old March 15th, 2008, 06:00 PM   #3
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welcome nice lookin ride
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Old March 15th, 2008, 06:15 PM   #4
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Thanks guys! Also if anyone can recommend any good places to live either in or around Allen park I am looking to rent an apartment or maybe a duplex. I really need a garage is the thing though.
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Old March 15th, 2008, 06:20 PM   #5
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Welcome! This is the time to purchase a house in Michigan, dirt cheap right now. Everythings being forclosed on
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buy a house or rent one.... and i am so sorry you have to leave that to come to michigan
i have a feeling you are going to be very very sad. welcome to michigan.
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Welcome! This is the time to purchase a house in Michigan, dirt cheap right now. Everythings being forclosed on
I've heard that you can look down a street and see rows of for sale signs but I really can't afford to buy a house, I will be renting for sure.

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buy a house or rent one.... and i am so sorry you have to leave that to come to michigan
i have a feeling you are going to be very very sad. welcome to michigan.
I am looking forward to the change of pace though and seeing something different. I hear Michigan is beautiful and outdoor enthusiasts enjoy it.
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I just thought of something else, I plan to buy a new truck eventually maybe after a year of working but until then plan to drive my toyota for my daily driver still. Down here I've never been hassled by police for it but up there are they picky about bumper height, fender coverage, mud flaps etc?
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Down here I've never been hassled by police for it but up there are they picky about bumper height, fender coverage, mud flaps etc?
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From the looks of your pictures, you might find a officer once in a while who will hassle you due to the amount your tire is outside the wheel well. If you had half under you'd probably slip by. We have a frame height law, bumper height and headlight height, and mud flap requirement. (edit: for commercial licensed vehicles. Could not tell if he had it licensed as commercial as he had his plate #'s photo shopped out)
However, a recent post here indicated the law enforcement community appeared to be giving the 4 wheelers a break.
I've seen some trucks near me where the headlights are at eye level and I see him on the road almost weekly.
You can find all the laws in the rules and regulations forum.
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In Michigan, it is legal for a non-commercial vehicle to have tires outside of the body, and there is no need for any flares or mudflaps to cover them.

The commercial vehicle code reads:
"Commercial vehicles must have mud flaps constructed, equipped or operated to prevent substances from being thrown from the rear tires exceeding 22.5 degrees measured from the road surface. No breakable reflective material attached to flap type device."

There is no mention for non-commercial equipment.

I've educated more then one officer to this with my handy Passenger Vehicle Equipment Requirement book I keep in my glovebox of the YJ.
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Sweet rig, welcome.....
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Sweet Ride.. And Welcome To Michigan.. Should have NOOO trouble finding a house.. I really like the pics of the rock ledges there.. Sweet
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In Michigan, it is legal for a non-commercial vehicle to have tires outside of the body, and there is no need for any flares or mudflaps to cover them.

The commercial vehicle code reads:
"Commercial vehicles must have mud flaps constructed, equipped or operated to prevent substances from being thrown from the rear tires exceeding 22.5 degrees measured from the road surface. No breakable reflective material attached to flap type device."

There is no mention for non-commercial equipment.

I've educated more then one officer to this with my handy Passenger Vehicle Equipment Requirement book I keep in my glovebox of the YJ.
x2 on that one

For the most part you shouldn't be hassled too much. My tires hang way out
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In Michigan, it is legal for a non-commercial vehicle to have tires outside of the body, and there is no need for any flares or mudflaps to cover them.

The commercial vehicle code reads:
"Commercial vehicles must have mud flaps constructed, equipped or operated to prevent substances from being thrown from the rear tires exceeding 22.5 degrees measured from the road surface. No breakable reflective material attached to flap type device."

There is no mention for non-commercial equipment.

I've educated more then one officer to this with my handy Passenger Vehicle Equipment Requirement book I keep in my glovebox of the YJ.
However, educating police officers can result in a 'reverse education' if you're not tactful.
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Old March 15th, 2008, 07:17 PM   #15
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Welcome honey. We sure can show you how to get real dirty up here in the North!
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Man you guys are awesome! Thanks for all the warm welcomes! I will be gone as of 4am tommorow on spring break
Going to Gulf Shores, New Orleans, Pensacola, and Panama City!! I will post some pics up if I see anything cool or crazy along the way.
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Buying a house is about the same price as renting a apartment. And hey I'm going to be putting up my house this spring (hint hint)
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Old March 16th, 2008, 03:06 PM   #20
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Thats a sweet truck man. Nice to see another toyota on here.
And Welcome its a pretty cool site

O yea and you should be good with driving your truck. Just all depends on the cops in your area with there feelings on lifted trucks. Just be smart so they dont have reason to pull you over.
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