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Old January 21st, 2016, 10:59 AM
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Hey folks, thanks for the responses. Some answers for folks:

1. This is a communal garage. The worst part is that it actually DOES fit all the way to my spot, except that the height barrier isn't just a hanging PVC pipe, it's a WELDED giant piece made of L beams and then lag bolted into the concrete ceiling. If it were a pipe, I could just bump underneath it or surreptitiously shorten the wire in the dead of night.

2. I'd love to just do bags, but I've got lots of things to prioritize with a few $K investment in the truck. The current spring and tire setup is fairly tall, not a lift kit, but not short. But it works great, looks great, I'd rather walk a few blocks to a diff garage than shorten the ride height.

3. This truck isn't a DAILY driver, but I'd like to use it frequently. I would drive it daily, but i walk to work. If I get an awesome compressor with an automatic shutoff, I think I could shorten the process quite a bit. It seems dumb, but I guess if someone told me, you could continue in this spot, you'll just have to wait 5-10 min each time you leave, I'd take it. Hell, it'll give the ole V8 good warmup time.

4. That tube disconnect is pretty snazzy. Why wouldn't that solution work?

5. People have mentioned it's been done, any links?

6. Agreed on the urban winter storm driving. It's the only time to really stretch the rover's legs in the winter months! Plus with this storm we're getting, there may be so much that ground clearance is the key. Either way, I'm gonna put the top on this weekend, and air down to get back in after the weekend.
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Old January 21st, 2016, 11:07 AM
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Totally agree. The best time to move around and one of the reasons I drive a Rover. I've pulled cops out of ditches and rescue squads up hills they can't crest. That's fun urban Rovering.

Also, you should check with your local hospital or 4WD club.
Most nurses or ER docs dont have a 4wd vehicle or dont feel comfortable in the real deep stuff.
Three years ago, I transported nurses in the RR Hunter to our local hospital and a shelter that was set up at a high school off I-81.
This was during a snowstorm that dumped more than 20" of snow.
Truckers were parking their rigs off the interstate.

We were the only vehicles out besides the plows.

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1. This is a communal garage. The worst part is that it actually DOES fit all the way to my spot, except that the height barrier isn't just a hanging PVC pipe, it's a WELDED giant piece made of L beams and then lag bolted into the concrete ceiling. If it were a pipe, I could just bump underneath it or surreptitiously shorten the wire in the dead of night..
So...could you get a different parking space??
Barring that, do as Jonesy said and get some rapid deflaters and a CO2 tank or quick compressor.

Where is the pic of your truck?
That will determine if it matters to cutting it up... ha ha



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Old January 21st, 2016, 01:23 PM
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Staun deflators and a CO2 tank in the back and your done.
You do all 4 tires at once in a couple of minutes and the use the co2 when you leave, simple and works for the trail too..

Why over engineer it...
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Old January 21st, 2016, 01:58 PM
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Also, you should check with your local hospital or 4WD club. Most nurses or ER docs dont have a 4wd vehicle or dont feel comfortable in the real deep stuff. Three years ago, I transported nurses in the RR Hunter to our local hospital and a shelter that was set up at a high school off I-81. This was during a snowstorm that dumped more than 20" of snow. Truckers were parking their rigs off the interstate. We were the only vehicles out besides the plows. So...could you get a different parking space?? Barring that, do as Jonesy said and get some rapid deflaters and a CO2 tank or quick compressor. Where is the pic of your truck? That will determine if it matters to cutting it up... ha ha .
I drove around a few years ago when they closed the highways. I just put the flashers on and killed the overdrive on a grand Cherokee in 4 wd; my girlfriend was terrified. Much safer without other cars on the road
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I love driving in the snow. NOT the ice though obviously. I usually take the back roads also. Driving unplowed or under-plowed roads is much easier also. Even less people and the tire ruts help you stay where you are supposed to be.
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Old January 21st, 2016, 02:40 PM
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..... NOT the ice though obviously......
Ice?
No problem.
I have chains for all four.


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Old January 21st, 2016, 02:44 PM
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Having shipped two rust free NAS trucks from CA to Maine... I can tell you the fun you had playing with them in the snow quickly fades... The surface rust you are left with lasts forever... get a beater disco for the winter
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Old January 21st, 2016, 03:26 PM
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This isn't a NAS truck or a museum object. Its your motor Dan, do what you want with it. Waxoyl helps as do other things.
Having spent many years futzing with tire deflators and Co2 setups, I can say with some authority that would take way too effing long to do on any kind of regular basis to get in and out of a parking spot. Air suspension would be a great way to do this, but costly in time and money. FWIW in 20 years of LR'ing I have never had a proper LR (i.e. Defender or Series) broken into or messed with on DC streets. Mind you most of that parking has been with a hardtop although I used to park my soft top 88" on 16th and S back in the bad old days and never had any issues.

I would say cut down the freaking bar on the garage...
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Old January 21st, 2016, 03:39 PM
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"People have mentioned it's been done, any links?"

Who said that it's been done?

If you want to do this, you need to have an interlocking tube clamp, with a bolt. That sliding mechanism you've drawn will only result in incredible amounts of regret.

For the cost of two months of garaged parking, you can buy stock springs and lower your truck by several inches. This just smacks of hacksaw fab, and if you can afford a DC apartment with garage parking, you can afford stock springs.
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Old January 21st, 2016, 03:54 PM
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i can't wait for the snow - t go pick up some nurses....hehehehe - (Dirty Grandpa)
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Old February 12th, 2016, 04:24 PM
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Update, just went the Staun Tire Deflators + compressor w/ ARB gauge route. Not ideal, but not terrible. I can get in and out in about 3-4 min.
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