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Old 11-02-2019, 09:32 AM   #62595
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i know the feeling. 2 weeks ago did 1600 miles in the brz. i've been preferring to drive the ranger since. they each tend to fill in the gaps of the things that the other is poor at. the car handles and sings, the truck has power and cargo capacity!
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Yeah, I don't like long highway trips in the FRS. Not that it's not good at it, just that I'd rather not be on a boring road in a car that's primary purpose (to me) is to be fun to drive. That's why I have a Regal that is great on the highway, but less fun in the twisties. Though get a tune to fix the transmission and that might change...
I love long trips in the FRS, and find it incredibly comfortable over the long haul.. have done 12 hours non-stop (except for gas/bathroom break) many, many times in it, and did two 23-hour runs with my wife spelling me for a few hours in each (SYR to Baton Rouge, round trip for a weekend). It's a different kind of comfort than the Cruiser, though. The FRS seat fits me perfectly and everything is exactly where I need it.. it's like wearing a perfectly fitting, well designed suit. Even after an extended drive, I get out, am not stiff at all, no back issues. The issue for me is that the ride, compared to luxo cruisers, is a little harsh and it's loud (mine is all stock, but there's still a lot of noise, both car- and road-generated). After a long ride, my ears are very tired.

The Lexus/LandCruiser is INCREDIBLY quiet. Wife and I can converse in whispers if we want to and still hear each other. The stereo is gorgeous sounding (Levinson). The seats are cushy and leather, like sitting in your living room. For me... that's NOT as good. They're not as bolstered as the FRS, although there is an adjustable lumbar support. I find myself having to shift around in my seat during the drive, change seat positions, and having to stretch more at stops to feel good during a long drive. The physical fatigue of driving is less, it's easier on the eyes especially at night or in bad weather, to be up above the road so much higher, and much easier on the ears, but the Cruiser isn't as kind to my body otherwise.

Still not sure which one I truly prefer for very long trips. We've tent camped out of the FRS, too, and fit a TON of gear in it. Folks got a kick out of watching us pack up our site down in Oregon Inlet (OBX) last year! The Cruiser is a LOT more fun to camp in. It gets less than half the MPG the FRS does, but uses regular gas so the cost differential isn't QUITE as bad as it may seem. It is a BIT (hehehehe) more capable off-road.
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Old 11-02-2019, 09:57 AM   #62596
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But my ears get cold.
My ears stopped getting cold right around the time my soldier qualification course finished. What the hell is the point in being able to wear a toque if your instructors won’t let you cover your ears with it?

Fucking watch caps...
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Old 11-02-2019, 10:36 AM   #62597
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So now I guess I'm going to start posting videos on YouTube as well as Instagram and I can't help but wonder when I have to start finding myself insufferable... This all still feels weird to me because I'm an introvert that generally dislikes social media, but I'm enjoying it? I dunno. I'm still trying to figure it out, but interacting with people has been pretty fun and a couple of companies have even asked me for reviews, which is awesome because I can't believe people actually care about my opinion.
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Old 11-02-2019, 02:51 PM   #62598
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My ears stopped getting cold right around the time my soldier qualification course finished. What the hell is the point in being able to wear a toque if your instructors won’t let you cover your ears with it?

Fucking watch caps...
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Old 11-02-2019, 02:55 PM   #62599
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Facts. You have to maintain that hat roll up on a consistent and even fold! Even if you have a Shrek head
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Facts. You have to maintain that hat roll up on a consistent and even fold! Even if you have a Shrek head
Recruit irons are best irons.
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Old 11-02-2019, 03:42 PM   #62601
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The other gem was “you can’t wear your hood up. Your helmet is waterproof”

The upside was when I started instructing on courses, I never put my troops through that kind of idiocy. instead I wore my black watch cap with pride in the field while the CSM tore into me for all my unissued kit. If that’s not a positive influence, I don’t know what is.
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Old 11-02-2019, 05:09 PM   #62602
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Reminds me of back in the old Army, while stationed in Germany. We could wear Baumholder jackets (the tankers called them Graf parkas), which were non government issue.

A soldier could take a military poncho, an Army blanket and a piece of camo parachute to a German tailor and for 40 marks ($10) he would make you a warm, weatherproof jacket with a hood. The parachute was used to line the hood so the wool army blanket wouldn't irritate your head.

Although that piece of clothing was not Army issue, the command didn't say anything, since it was made of all military materials.

(no, that's not me in the picture, a good soldier never put his hands in his pockets)


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Reminds me of back in the old Army, while stationed in Germany. We could wear Baumholder jackets (the tankers called them Graf parkas), which were non government issue.

A soldier could take a military poncho, an Army blanket and a piece of camo parachute to a German tailor and for 40 marks ($10) he would make you a warm, weatherproof jacket with a hood. The parachute was used to line the hood so the wool army blanket wouldn't irritate your head.

Although that piece of clothing was not Army issue, the command didn't say anything, since it was made of all military materials.

(no, that's not me in the picture, a good soldier never put his hands in his pockets)


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I'm not a good Sailor tho. The other hand is usually holding coffee
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The other hand is usually holding coffee
I hope you're not one of those cup-seasoning people because that shit's disgusting.
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If the queen didn’t want my hands in my pockets, then why would she have hand sewn the CAF’s uniforms to have pockets on every piece of issued kit?
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Did a thing today. Seat is definitely more comfortable than the stock one, but not by enough that I would suggest anyone spend the money if they weren't having issues like I was. Using the instructions on this forum to jump out the airbag worked perfectly, so no warning light on the dash. The install itself was easy, as was moving the belt buckle from one seat to the other. Although I did have to run out to the hardware store and pick up a bolt, nut, and some washers to fasten it to the new base. I also ended up running the seat belt through the hole for the harness since it was rubbing up against my neck without a shoulder fastener.

Overall very happy with it, and once my bank account recovers from holiday travel, gifts, and this seat, I'll replace the passenger side as well.
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If the queen didn’t want my hands in my pockets, then why would she have hand sewn the CAF’s uniforms to have pockets on every piece of issued kit?
Their existence prevents the redundancy of the rule.
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