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You are absolutely right Caduceus, and it sounds like your an explorer at heart. I was thinking exclusively about road travel - however bad the roads may be. I think the only vehicles that move in the "real" north are airplanes, purpose built tundra buggies, snowmobiles, and dog sleds - unless you can figure out how to ride a bear or a caribou.
I have 3 things on my bucket-list to do up there - see the northern lights on a moonless night, see Mt. McKinley and Denali, and see the wildlife on the Kenai peninsula. My plan is N to the Yukon Territories, W to Fairbanks, N a couple hundred miles along the Trans-Alaska pipeline, to find the Northern Lights (this is the general area of greatest particle activity, and so most likely to put on a show).
Then back to Fairbanks and southwest to Anchorage, past Denali National Park and The Mountain. Down the Kenai peninsula and find out if passage to Katmai is possible. Then its back home. I believe it will cover about 8000 miles. My friend has advised me to expect hundreds of miles of washboard roads, and to build accordingly. I expect it to take about 2 to 3 months.
Its good that the Alaska equipment, will also work in Moab (except the rear springs are going to be a bit stiff for crawling). The more I seriously looked at what I need to build, the more I realized that the expedition stuff was more akin to the Baja 1000, and would probably be the hardest on my truck.
That's why I am asking everyone about how to break the stuff, so I can learn how to take care of it. Competition syle building is something I've thought about for years, but this is my first go at it. I need to get it as "right" as I can, on the first try, because I won't have the money or time to do it again.
To 06HAOLE I appreciate the idea, I hadn't even thought of "adding" reservoirs. If I read between the lines I think you may have some real competition experience, and I definitely appreciate your suggestion.
To amaes I see that your build looks a lot like what I "think" I need. Without experience I don't "know" what I need, and I am trying to avoid as much "bad" experience as possible. At this time I am gravitating towards All-Pro
armor and UCA's, Dakar leafs, Timbrens, SuperWinch EPi 9.0s, and the best suited CO's and rear shocks that I can figure out, for what I want to do.
Sorry, if I went off a bit on Alaska, but I am stoked, and Caduceus tweeked my explorer instincts. I also hope that by understanding what I want to do, it will be easier for people to tell me how I can best go about doing it. In the mean time there will be Moab, and I am stoked for that to.
Damn - its good to be alive... H
p.s... yes I am having a manically happy day... woo hoo !!! Had my truck fully serviced with new water pump, u-joints, fluids, and a couple of new tires. Ordered a B&M tranny cooler and Amazon
is selling the winch for $775. All Pro for tube bumpers and armor. And just about figured out my shocks and springs.... there needs to be a smiley here for mindlessly grinning, while staring out at space...