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Old April 26th, 2010, 12:41 PM
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NY to Seattle in 5 days

Just picked up my 90 in upstate NY and drove it back to Seattle. 300Tdi purred the whole way at 70mph. Great trip. Only hiccup was a broken shock mount at the rear axle outside Cleveland. Suffice it to say I-90 is ROUGH through there. Eric at Trail Head 4x4 was awesome to deal with and a huge help. Ended up having a friend of his at Nefarious Motorworks (yes, that's really the name, though I found him to be ANYTHING BUT nefarious) fab and weld in a new one from scratch. Awesome guys.

Got some odds and ends to sort out, but think I'm going to like the truck. RHD is no problem and kinda cool.

Only Defenders I saw the whole way other than those at Trail Head were a red 90 on a trailer heading West and a black 90 on a trailer heading East.

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Old April 26th, 2010, 01:12 PM
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Right now your story is completely unbelievable until you post some pics!!!
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Old April 26th, 2010, 01:49 PM
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Old April 26th, 2010, 02:01 PM
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Cool-glad you made it with no issues. You got a great truck.
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Old April 26th, 2010, 02:14 PM
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Old April 26th, 2010, 04:40 PM
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Couple of quick pics...

Here are a couple of shots from the trip. Sorry about the quality- cellphones...
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Old April 26th, 2010, 06:03 PM
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Nice looking truck...what a road trip! Eric at Trailhead4x4.com is a great guy and dare I say...an honest mechanic!
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Old April 26th, 2010, 06:21 PM
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You were able to get license plates for it before you got it to WA?
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Old April 26th, 2010, 08:15 PM
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Just curious....where in upstate NY did you pick it up? And from whom? Anyone on the list?
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Old April 27th, 2010, 01:09 PM
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You were able to get license plates for it before you got it to WA?
Yep. Just needed the bill of sale, EPA and DOT docs from customs and a signed V5 (registration/title doc from the UK). State Farm added it to my policy once I had it titled and registered.

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Just curious....where in upstate NY did you pick it up? And from whom? Anyone on the list?
It was in South Glens Falls at my brother's house. I imported it through Baltimore with Doug and had my brother hang onto it for a couple of weeks before I could get back there for the Tour of the Battenkill. Amazing ride, BTW. I only did 40 of the 60 mile loop but it was gorgeous despite the 40 degrees, sideways rain and dirt roads. I was up late rebuilding my rear hub which was caked with muck somehow. That is one bike ride I cannot wait to do again.

Anyway, I was surprized at how many Defenders were back in that area.
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You were at Battenkill? I was there for the amateur race, was doing sag wagon duty for my father. Did you see the 88 behind the barn across from the monestary? Didnt see any Defenders there.
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You were at Battenkill? I was there for the amateur race, was doing sag wagon duty for my father. Did you see the 88 behind the barn across from the monestary? Didnt see any Defenders there.
I was doing the benefit ride on 4/17. I think the AM race was the Saturday before? Missed the 88 somehow.
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Old April 27th, 2010, 04:51 PM
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Yeah that was the Pros weekend, I was there the weekend prior. The 88 location by the monastery is the 2nd feed zone. Which was in front of the monastery.
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Old April 27th, 2010, 05:35 PM
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Yep. Just needed the bill of sale, EPA and DOT docs from customs and a signed V5 (registration/title doc from the UK). State Farm added it to my policy once I had it titled and registered.

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It was in South Glens Falls at my brother's house. I imported it through Baltimore with Doug and had my brother hang onto it for a couple of weeks before I could get back there for the Tour of the Battenkill. Amazing ride, BTW. I only did 40 of the 60 mile loop but it was gorgeous despite the 40 degrees, sideways rain and dirt roads. I was up late rebuilding my rear hub which was caked with muck somehow. That is one bike ride I cannot wait to do again.

Anyway, I was surprized at how many Defenders were back in that area.
That's too funny...South Glens Falls is literally about 20 minutes from my place up in Bolton Landing/Lake George. That Tour de Battenkill is supposed to be a great ride, unfortunately with too many cars, motorcycles, dogs, kids, wife(s) just no time to get out on the bicycle anymore (road or mountain). If you ever make it back up that way during the summer let me know, I'm up there with my Series IIA & 110 from June-September (and KKilo from the list is on the lake too, and Bozman is just over the ridge in VT).
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Old April 27th, 2010, 07:39 PM
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That's too funny...South Glens Falls is literally about 20 minutes from my place up in Bolton Landing/Lake George. That Tour de Battenkill is supposed to be a great ride, unfortunately with too many cars, motorcycles, dogs, kids, wife(s) just no time to get out on the bicycle anymore (road or mountain). If you ever make it back up that way during the summer let me know, I'm up there with my Series IIA & 110 from June-September (and KKilo from the list is on the lake too, and Bozman is just over the ridge in VT).
Will do for sure!
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