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Old 11-24-2011, 03:39 PM #61
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hey guys, im getting some chatter when letting off the gas above 50mph, it goes away when i get back on the gas, doesn't matter whether the clutch is in/out, or if the truck is coasting in neutral. the sound goes away when i nudge the shifter towards any gear.

from a bit of research it looks like my problem may be my driveshaft angle being off due to my lift, looks like i need a CV driveshaft and some shims? has anyone else experienced this problem? does it seem like i am on the right track?
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Dariens Gap Advice

Awesome thread!!

As for the Dariens Gap, I suggest you try something a little more adventurous than a ferry or shipping container!!

Check out how a friend of mine decided to get his motorbikes around Dariens Gap!!!

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Your in for an epic adventure.

I just found your thread and it looks like you are in for a treat. In 2010 I bought a Nissan Civilian Bus. Along with 2 other people drove the bus from Ecuador down to Ushuia and up to Bolivia. I leaned a lot. Like it is a b, when you brake down. It sounds like you are having issues already. I would highly recomend having every issue that is in need of attention taken care of before you cross the boarder.

Take all the things you value off the back of the truck. I had 8 people and a dog in our bus and a guy managed to open a window and steal a backpack. My fuel container was stolen off the roof and two large backpacks from inside. All in different countries. Most of time people are amazing but at other times well you get the idea.

I can tell you that once you get to the andean countries there are toyotas everywhere. you will be able to find parts but it might take you weeks and lots of public transport to locate a good part at a good price.

check out our blog The Gypsy Train

once you get to South America and you have any questions i would be happy to give any advice ive got.

One last note if you make it all the way to Ushuia, dont expect to beable to sell your truck. Because it is an out of country vehicle it is imposible to sell. Also shipping it back to the USA is more expensive then what your truck is worth. We sold our bus illigally in Bolivia.

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Great adventure, good luck guys and stay safe I will be checking in everyday to see how you guys are doing
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Howdy folks, new post up on the blog. Check it out Home on the Highway | Our adventures driving the Pan-Am.

Sorry it has been so long since our last post, things have been busy on the Home on the Highway front. When we last left you we had just entered Florida right around Thanksgiving time. We spent the holiday bouncing between our two parents houses and seeing friends anywhere and everywhere in between.

Beautiful Ladies, Impressive genes!


Vacation Dad! and his beautiful daughters out for a pleasure cruise on their boat.


You get two opinions of Florida, those who think it is a tropical paradise and others who think its nothing but a muggy retirement home. Like most things in life, Florida is all about the timing, and November is PRIME TIME for adventuring in our homestate. The mercury drops, humidity vanishes, bugs and tourists are banished, and we get to enjoy these pristine months in shorts and t-shirts relaxing on the beach while the rest of the country is bundled up fighting off Jack Frost. Needless to say, I love Florida.

November? Yep!







After we wrapped up Thanksgiving in Tampa with Lauren’s folks we headed down to Miami for a bit to hang out with my family. First order of business… FISHING. My crazy Uncle Wendell was happy to take the family out for a day of hunting dolphins. My Uncle is a true Old man of the Sea, not a lick of electronics to be found on the boat, no fancy GPS, no fish finder, none of the gauges actually work, hell I don’t even think there was a UHF radio on the thing. We fish by sight, smell, and feel out here.





My brother Jonathan and Mama Dukes, 80’s stylin on the fishing trip


FISH ON!


Nice little Dolphin, To take the skunk off the boat


Laurens turn at bat


Sushi time! Blackfin on the menu


Put a few more in the boat and headed back in for dinner.


Happy Captain and Crew!


Next day we headed on down to the Florida Keys, one of my favorite places on earth. My folks have had a timeshare down in Key Largo forever and I have been exploring these mangrove waters as long as I can remember. I love it down here. Old Florida still survives in places like these.







Mom, Daddio, and yours truly.






Continue Reading.... Home on the Highway | Our adventures driving the Pan-Am.
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hey guys, im getting some chatter when letting off the gas above 50mph, it goes away when i get back on the gas, doesn't matter whether the clutch is in/out, or if the truck is coasting in neutral. the sound goes away when i nudge the shifter towards any gear.
Still having issues with the chatter? When you get a chance, crawl under your 4runner and feel for play in the u-joints of your drive shaft, you could have play in one of your diffs too... it's hard to say without not having more info.

Good luck on your trip and be safe! If you find yourself driving through Tennessee the beer is on me
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ya I have tracked down the chatter to the rear driveshaft, I believe the lift is throwing off the angle into my rear diff and causing a rattle in the gears. The solution appears to be to shim up the rear axle to fix the drive angle or get a CV driveshaft. I am not sure. I might try to find a driveshaft shop here in Austin to take a look at it.
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Wow. Amazing. Be safe, and please keep us updated when there is a solid Internet connection! Love this thread!
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I am not far at all from Tampa I wish I could have met you guys...Loking forward to the next check in
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Whats up guys! Merry Christmas! Just got done wheeling for 4 days in Big Bend National Park backcountry, I ended up busting up my rear swingout hitch pin mount, one of my jerry can mounts, and somehow jammed my rear leafspring pack through the corner of my fuel tank, also seem to be leaking a bit of fuel from somewhere around the injector closest to the radiator. (Did I mention I was gettin it!?)

We were planning to cross at Ojinaga but now we are in El Paso, TX where we are camped out in front of 4WheelParts waiting for it to open tomorrow. PLan to buy a new Jerry Can mount in the morning and hopefully find a good fab shop/mechanic in the area to help me with my other issues.

Anyone know somebody in the El Paso area who could help us out? Need a bit of welding and some mechanical help! Thanks fellers
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My friends, It was getting to the point that we thought we would never actually make it into Mexico. Our journey across the U.S. of A was only supposed to last a month then we were supposed to cross the border to be in Mexico by early December. Well…Christmas came and went and we found ourselves in Big Bend National Park , South Texas. We could actually SEE Mexico across the Rio Grande but we were not yet in it! Oh well, you know how plans go. No regrets! The gods may have wanted us to stay state-side with a seemingly never ending “TO-DO LIST” but our will is strong, we preserved and now we are sitting at a bar looking out over the Sea of Cortez in lovely Mazaltan, MX.

When we last left each other we had just arrived to our good friends and fellow PanAm travelers house “Ruined Adventures” in Ausin, TX. Brenton and I spent most of the week tearing into the truck in what seemed like a never ending battle of fixes while Lauren and Shannon ran all over town tracking down bits and bobs and widdling down our TO-DO list.

Swapping out the CV axle, luckily Brenton had a spare on hand. We almost dropped the truck on our heads a few times but managed to get it swapped out. Quite a pain in the arse!



Ruined Adventures have the best setup for overland preparation, Brenton and Shannon live in a badass warehouse/loft with every tool imaginable to tackle any problems that you can throw at them. Brenton had an extra Hi-Lift too (Think a huge car-jack on crack, used for all kinds of things on the trail) here he is rigging up a mount on our rear swingout to place the unwieldy jack. Thanks to Ruined Adventures for really helping us out on our final prep for the trip.



They are hitting the road on January 29th and will be crusing Baja before shipping over to the mainland, You will definetly be seeing them in future blog posts. You can follow their adventures on their own blog at Ruined Adventures

Thanks a lot guys! See you soon!



Our plan from Austin was to head south to Big Bend National Park, scope it out for a few days and then cross into Mexico at a border called Ojinaga. We hit the road, fixed up and ready for action!





Made it to Big Bend in the middle of the night, not exactly sure where to camp we just drove about 15 miles down some dirt road and pulled off to the side, setup camp and went to sleep… Awoke in the morning to some pissed off park rangers who slapped me with a $175 ticket for “driving off-road”… Our first ticket in almost 2 months, that’s a record for me! Not to be discouraged we went up the rangers office, figured out the deal and secured a permit for a few days of “legal backcountry camping”



Hit the backroads of Big Bend. (I forgot to mention I managed to back into a lightpole somewhere in between Austin and Big Bend, completey fubaring one of our jerry can holders and throwing off the alignment of the bumper and hitchpin, I rigged it up with some bungee cords and kept on trucking, hoping it would hold.)







The Park guide warned us of the “dangerous black gap 4x4 road” the park ranger highly advised we go around the long way around… I pointed to our truck outside and he said “oh.” and that was the end of that. The road wasn’t too treacherous, I didn’t actually need 4x4 at all but high clearance and a truck that can take a good beating was a necessity. I would imagine if it rained and this whole dirt road turned to mud it would be a different story altogether.





After cruising the desert for a few hours we made it to our backcountry campsite. Tally #2 (great campsite, We recommend it if you head out this way.)







Setup shop just as the sun went down, beautiful sunset from our home for the next few days.



Lauren busted out the park map and found a nice 10-mile day-hike for us from our campsite up to the top of a canyon overlooking the Rio Grande river and the elusive country called Mexico. We woke up to constant howling 20-30mph winds but an otherwise clear day. We suited up and hit the trail.



Lauren made a new tree-friend, she has lots of tree-friends



Made it to the top, with the winds gusting at 20-30 it was a little sketchy getting too close to the edge but a photo-op was necessary!



Long way down, you can see the Rio Grande here, and our first glimpse of Mexico since our baja trip. So close! Yet so far…



Got back to camp, exhausted and windburned but we heard tell of a natural hotspring a little further up the road. We hauled ass through the desert hoping to make it to the hotspring before nightfall. We got there just as the sun went down, everyone was gone and we realxed our bones in the 105F water, we had all to ourselves. Gazing at the stars, listening to the spring run into the river alongside. Perfecto.





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Hey guys, Things are going good here in Moreilas, MX. We are just about to head out from here up into the mountains to check out the Monarch Butterfly reservations. Apparently there are millions of these guys all over the place up there. From then we are headed to Mexico City!

We have been getting lots of requests on how we actually setup and organized the interior of the truck, This is Laurens department and she just put up a new post on how we manage it. Check it out!

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