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Adding electronics to the F800GSA

Adding electronics to the F800GSA

My 2015 BMW F800 GS Adventure came from the dealer with two power plugs.  One was the factory CAN Bus controlled power outlet on the tank panel, the other an SAE connector tied directly to the battery for charging.  The factory BMW socket is the Hella or Powerlet type socket common in Europe but not used much in the US.  It is only capable of 5 amps and will shut down if a larger draw is detected by the bikes …

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FJ 60 Rust Repair

FJ 60 Rust Repair

I have been watching a few patches of rust grow on the Land Cruiser for several years.  I was washing the truck a few weeks ago, it’s after winter wash.  While washing the left rear quarter I noticed a big patch in the very corner blast off.  It was a hole about 1″ by 3″ long.  I was just finishing loading up the remains of an old FJ60 I parted/scrapped.  For as much rust as it had, I was presently …

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Communications Upgrades

Communications Upgrades

In my Land Cruiser I use a CB radio and Cell phone for most on road and trail communications. Around camp and hiking I use a FRS/GMRS radio. I decided to make a few upgrades in the Land Cruiser to make communication easier and more reliable.
For the cell phone, I have added a Wilson Electronics 3 watt booster and external antenna.  At the time they didn’t have the cradle, but my old Motorola phone had an antenna port …

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Camp Bug I gets a few new accessories

Camp Bug I gets a few new accessories

Getting ready for a few camping trips I decided to update a several items on the trailer.
The first was to install a door for a little more storage space and so I can check on the batter charge condition without having to open the top and remove the inside shelf.  I was able to find the correct size hatch on Ebay for a reasonable price.

300,000 miles

300,000 miles

Well, it has happened. At 8:44 pm PDT January 3, 2008 my 1987 Toyota Land Cruiser turned 300,000 miles. While this isn’t the highest mileage vehicle out there, it is my first one to reach such a distance.
As irony would have it. It tripped the mark crossing the same bridge that we were on about 5 months ago when a heater hose split stranding us on our late night trip to Yakima. That was the second …

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