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Old 01-06-2021, 11:30 AM #1
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Coming to Grips with The First dirt/scratches on New Rig

I was just extremely fortunate to acquire a 2005 limited V8 4Runner 4x4 that is in pristine condition. It has 35,000 original miles on the odometer. True to life older ladies vehicle the whole nine yards.

I've always enjoyed going off road taking the kids the dog into the desert up in the mountains etc. For some reason I am having an issue coming to grips with the inevitable damage that will occur on this particular vehicle. Almost like taking a unicorn and cutting its horn off. Lol

For you guys that have been able to buy brand new 4Runners, how do you get over the fact that you are going to start damaging it when you take it off road?

All of my past vehicles have always had existing scratches when I got them so it was never an issue for me.

How do you guys breakthrough and just do it?
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Here's how I see it: once you get the first scratch or dent out of the way, it's a relief because you no longer need to worry about it. This applies to cars, guitars, etc.

My 2019 TRD Pro has tons of kind-of bad pinstripes. Most of them happened at one particular spot on a family trip. We were up in the Sierra doing some 4x4 camping and came across a section of narrow trail that had a very long and very deep rut on one side, and tons of bushes on both sides.

The rut was so bad that I was worried if I drove through it, we'd flop. Two choices: stack rocks for at least a couple of hours while the family waits in the heat, or squeeze along the other side avoiding the rut by half-driving through the bushes.

I chose the bushes. Now, every time I see the passenger side of my truck, I am reminded of what an awesome camping trip that was.
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Yea itís tough but thatís the breaks when enjoying the vehicle and using it to itís potential - I just got some bad ones this past weekend
- consider off road protection - bumpers
- either leave the scratches, learn to polish and detail yourself or pay the $150-200 to have it buffed every so often
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I bought my 17 last November. 20k miles on it. Pristine Metallic Midnight Black paint.
Day 2 I had "Arizona pinstripe" down both sides. Week before Thanksgiving it got rockrash on right front fender.
Scratches and dings are going to happen, even to mall-crawlers.
Do YOU want to be having fun with your kids, on YOUR terms, or have that first mark happen anonymously in a parking lot?

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Iím sure I could do worse than this but itís made it easy to not sweat the little stuff in life.

I take mine offroad and certainly put it through itís paces so things like this I just expect to happen. I popped the dent from the plastic and stitched the gash up with zip ties for now haha
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Damage to equipment in use is ok. Take every reasonable precaution, but sometimes you lose that knife, a crampon rips your pants, a marmot bites a hole in your tent, and a branch falls on the T4R.

What is totally unacceptable is some self obsessed ass clown who dings your door in the parking lot.
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Memories, Light the Corners of my Mind...

Consider that some scratches are badges of honor, representing good memories... Not my 4R, but on my main rig pictured there are a set o' dents in front of the rear driver's wheel well. I've left that for over 5 years, from a WY huntin' trip with Dad in which, exhausted and cold, I backed my Polaris into the truck while carrying Dad's buck back to camp. Every time I look at it and consider repairing it, I think of huntin' with Dad.

Some things are better left alone.
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My Grandpa bought this 1968 F100 new in 1969. I remember that day, was visiting when he drove it home from the dealership.
He gave it to me in 1968 and it's been my daily driver ever since.
There was a dent in the bed, I asked Grandpa what happened. He told a story about City work crew and a backhoe. I'm not saying I don't believe Grandpa, but he liked to drink. All the time.
So after 30 years I gave up looking into fixing Grandpas dent. So I owned it.

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My new 2021 wasn't a week old when I scratched the wind deflector with the garage door. I'm still irritated at myself. But it will pass....
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I know a guy that buys a new truck every 3 to 4 years, he's an avid hunter, fisherman and treasure hunter, he does some hard 4 wheeling while out in the wilds to pursue his aforementioned passions, to protect the paint he gets a vinyl wrap done on each new truck, then when he goes to trade it in or sells it to get a new one he peels the scratched up vinyl off and the paint looks brand new.
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My Grandpa bought this 1968 F100 new in 1969. I remember that day, was visiting when he drove it home from the dealership.
He gave it to me in 1968 and it's been my daily driver ever since.
There was a dent in the bed, I asked Grandpa what happened. He told a story about City work crew and a backhoe. I'm not saying I don't believe Grandpa, but he liked to drink. All the time.
So after 30 years I gave up looking into fixing Grandpas dent. So I owned it.

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Great old Ford and story about your granddad. Gotta love that kinda stuff. Not to contradict an elder, the dents behind Wiley E. are inconsistent with a backhoe bucket. I operate a Kubota on my place and had it been the backhoe bucket, the teeth marks would be pointed downward with the bucket bulge above. Don't ask how I know this...

I think he didn't want to admit that a T. rex kicked the side of the truck on his way home from the local establishment.
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The first scratch is the hardest. Especially when its some irresponsible inconsiderate sh*t that doesn't care. I was sitting in the wifes new GX when a ***** in an Audi slammed her door into ours. Put a nice dent in the new GX. Her response,,,,,,,, "oh sorry, i didnt see you there". As in its ok if you didn't catch me in the act, but since you did, guess i should say I'm sorry. ***** !!!!!
But the ones I did, are a badge of, "gee that was fun, honey. sorry, I'll put on a new bumper for you" It just might have a winch on that bumper. Who knows.
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Do YOU want to be having fun with your kids, on YOUR terms, or have that first mark happen anonymously in a parking lot?
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