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Old April 26th, 2010, 09:37 PM
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First trip in the truck

Took my first trip in the truck up to Boston over the weekend. I wanted to take a little trip (about 4 hours up and 4 hours back) to see how she would do on the highway after a few hours, how I would do in the truck after a few hours, and to see if my gf would still date me after being in the truck for an extended period of time. Left on Friday and came back today. As some of you may have seen I took the full top off on Thursday and of course it hadn't rained at all until I took it off! Well, we left in perfect weather, and came back in some crappy rain. Had a great time in the truck, and I was very impressed with how solid she felt between 85 and 90 mph. I don't plan on driving that fast too often, but wanted to know how she would perform at that speed. It actually seemed most solid and content around 80mph and just hummed along. Having the top off was great on the way up, and there were plenty of times I looked over to see my gf passed out in the passenger's seat in the sun.

We also stopped off in Needham, MA on the way into Boston. While sitting at a stoplight in town, some spikey dark-haired dude wearing a Nantucket button-down checkered shirt was talking on his Blackberry while walking down the sidewalk when I caught him eyeing my truck. He stepped off the sidewalk and I assumed he was passing to the other side of the street, when I hear some dude tapping the rear tub of my truck and saying to pull up to the right after the next light and that he'd be back in 10. My introduction to Keith Humphreys. We pulled into Copley Motorcars and waited for Keith to come back, chatted with him for a bit, and listened to him tell my gf how she should dump me for making her ride all the way up there with no top on the truck...this didn't help, as the first rain clouds were quickly approaching.

My girlfriend called her parents about five times before we left to come back this morning telling them I brought her 4 hours without a top on the truck and that weather.com was now showing rain the whole way back. I surprised her with the bikini behind the rear seat, but she was still not impressed. After telling her the rain wouldn't be that bad as long as we didn't hit traffic, we drove the four hours home in the rain...she just texted her parents that it wasn't as bad as she thought it would be...and that she didn't even get rained on.

SCORE ONE FOR THE DEFENDER.

Youtube of the wobble I get from time to time.


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1 and 2 - heading up the Hudson out of NYC
3 - Pulling into Hartford, CT
4 and 5 - first rest stop
6 - 85 mph
7 - 85 mph effects on hair
8 - Keith put my truck in the corner
9 - posing with the other Defenders
10, 11, 12 - rain on the way back. Gf not impressed (yet).
13 and 14 - afterthought. We went to the MIT museum and this was on display as the lightest track bike ever made (back in 1974). Thought it was cool.
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Old April 26th, 2010, 09:48 PM
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Did you end up getting a tire?
You are a brave man to go as fast as you do in the 90. I never go higher than 75 in the 90. Too f'ing loud and feels like a brick in the air.

Was your camera broken when you were at copley? no nice truck pics?

------ Follow up post added April 26th, 2010 06:49 PM ------

Just watched video. Assuming it is the bald tire or crappy balancing. I get it in my 90 at 55 as I need the tires rebalanced.
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Old April 26th, 2010, 09:50 PM
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I find I end up going faster with the top off than on, strangely. Not that that applies at the moment with LTB's on the truck... They're horrendous at anything above 70. I've shaved too many lugs off on rocks.
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Old April 26th, 2010, 09:56 PM
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I have some behind the scenes pics from Copley from when Keith let me snoop around, but just from the back garage where the cars that aren't yet listed are. Not sure he wants those pics up :-D

I wish I took more there, but we were mostly just chatting it up with Keith. I felt like a nerd taking pictures of my 90 with all of the others.

I also wanted to drive the AA Yellow "duded up" one to compare ride, but it was not available.
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Old April 26th, 2010, 10:30 PM
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Nice One, i keep eye balling that rear tire carrier...truck looks great.



PS - Am i the first to notice the Horse Trailer in the picture!? You're a great sport!
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Old April 26th, 2010, 10:50 PM
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Looks like a nice ride. Didn't that truck come with more tops?
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Old April 27th, 2010, 09:39 AM
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Looks like a nice ride. Didn't that truck come with more tops?

Yes. I'm an idiot...and new to this whole having to store tops in the back for just-in-case.

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Old April 27th, 2010, 10:20 AM
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Yes. I'm an idiot...and new to this whole having to store tops in the back for just-in-case.

store tops? no... store jackets
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Old April 27th, 2010, 10:42 AM
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Yes. I'm an idiot...and new to this whole having to store tops in the back for just-in-case.

You will remember when your girl refuses to drive in your truck b/c she gets soaked repeatedly...
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Old April 27th, 2010, 01:47 PM
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post away my brother. im not worry about the photos =)
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Old April 27th, 2010, 02:02 PM
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You managed to incorporate photos of horses in your post, but no bikini shots. Priorities, man!

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I surprised her with the bikini behind the rear seat
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Old April 27th, 2010, 02:57 PM
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I also recommend straping down the rear seat belts against the roll bar with some velcro strips. The flapping seat belts drives me nuts.
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Old April 27th, 2010, 03:01 PM
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Yeah, I plan on tackling those rear seatbelt this weekend. I need a good sharp knife to cut out the speaker boxes (they're rhino-lined in) to get to the seatbelts, then I'll work on fixing the rollers inside. They stopped retracting. Should be fun to try to get to.
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Just put the seat belts under the roll bar pads. No flapping.

I find if you fidget enough with the belts, they will retract fine.
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Old April 27th, 2010, 03:38 PM
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Those Defender speedos are very optimistic. Usually they are off by about 10 - 12 % .
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Old April 27th, 2010, 04:58 PM
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Horsey was in a speedo? GF was in a Bikini? This is too much. You guys shoulda gone up to ECR to apply for the body painting slot.



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Old April 27th, 2010, 05:09 PM
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Horsey,

Post the pics from copley. Also just cut the seat belts off at the base. On a serious note, now that you have a defender, go to sears and buy yourself a starter mechanic kit containing metric wrenches. It will cost you about a 150 for a decent one but it will get you started.
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Horsey,

Post the pics from copley. Also just cut the seat belts off at the base. On a serious note, now that you have a defender, go to sears and buy yourself a starter mechanic kit containing metric wrenches. It will cost you about a 150 for a decent one but it will get you started.
I'll see what I have on my camera from Copley...most were taken on my gf's camera. They only had one 110! And a red/pink D-90 (no pics unfortunately as I apparently had the strap of the camera over the lens). Those who know where a faded/pink/red D-90 ST would come from know the truck already.

Actually going to get that set of metric wrenches very soon. Definitely need them!

Just realized last night that the interior tensioner bar holes for the tonneau were also rhino-lined sealed. To be expected at this point. I think the next project is to find where each SS bold should be in the tub, etc., and uncover/replace them asap to make things easier later on.
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Old April 27th, 2010, 05:41 PM
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I'll see what I have on my camera from Copley...most were taken on my gf's camera. They only had one 110! And a red/pink D-90 (no pics unfortunately as I apparently had the strap of the camera over the lens). Those who know where a faded/pink/red D-90 ST would come from know the truck already.

Actually going to get that set of metric wrenches very soon. Definitely need them!

Just realized last night that the interior tensioner bar holes for the tonneau were also rhino-lined sealed. To be expected at this point. I think the next project is to find where each SS bold should be in the tub, etc., and uncover/replace them asap to make things easier later on.
What are the interior tensioner bar holes? If I were you I would leave the bolts covered. You are just going to make a mess of the inside trying to dig them out. I say dig them out as you need to get to stuff, which based on this truck should be in the next month anyway.
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hey easy on mr pink. he cleaned up nice today....... you'll see. =)
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