Just the other day, while driving back from a weekend of packing parachutes at Skydive Alabama, my H3 Hummer crossed over the 130,000 mileage mark on the odometer. I think that my H3 has entered it’s proving ground now. This mileage period from now on shows how well built the vehicle really is. With a goal of 250,000 on the odometer, I want to reflect back on the vehicles performance so far. While I wish I had more power from the engine, the 3.5 L (211 CID) L52 I5 has never let me down in all those miles. The body feels completely solid, despite the rust belt’s handy work. And except for the driver side seat, the interior is great. Mike Ditka‘s sons ass is to blame for that one. Anyway, I’ve been worried for years that the damage to the seat in the first 30,000 miles was going to spread. Even though I have been worries, after 100,000 mileage of loving care the seat hasn’t gotten any worse. Despite all the good news, I’ve had needed to replace a few minor parts. Around 60,000 miles, my H3 Hummer’s Radiator Thermostat needed replacing because it would open up too soon. The H3 would run around 25° cooler than what is recommend for the 3.5L L52 I5 engine. After 3 visits to Burning Man and a few rather deep water crossings, the Evaporative Emissions Canister Vent Valve Solenoid gave out. When replacing the Evaporative Emissions Canister Vent Valve Solenoid didn’t come […]
About year ago my ECU light came on in my H3 Hummer, noticeably after some fun off-road. I grab my cheap Chinese OBD-II to Blue Tooth scanner from eBay, it doesn’t work with Fords, and open the Android application “Torque” . The scanner had no problem grabbing the code and I was able to see the error report in the computer. Fault log report generated by Torque for Android —————— Vehicle VIN: 5GTDN136X68227871 Vehicle Manufacturer: Unknown Vehicle Calibration ID: 12606370 12601134 1260 Current Fault Log —————— P0455: Evaporative Emission Control System Leak Detected (gross leak, check fuel cap, piping etc) P0442: Evaporative Emission Control System Leak Detected (small leak) Pending Fault Log —————— ECU reports no pending faults Historic Fault Log —————— ECU reports no historic faults Other discovered fault codes (possibly pending, current or manufacturer specific) —————————————————- ECU reports no other fault codes logged End of report. After some research I had decided one of two parts had to be giving the ECU the errors, the 20907779 GM Original Equipment Vapor Canister Vent Hose or the 25827646 Fuel Tank Cap. I checked the Fuel Tank Cap over and it looked in great condition, must be the vent hose. Although I ended up buying both parts, because at this point I’m tired of having the engine light on. The day when the parts got delivered to my door, I didn’t have time to install the Vapor Canister Vent Hose. But I was able to quickly put the new Fuel Tank […]
In with the new, and out with the old. I’m dumping my old shopping cart software in favor of the more popular WooCommerce. If you’re interested in why, well I have my reasons. I’m theme developer, and I don’t need some shopping cart software attempting to do what I can do better. I would rather the shopping cart software use as many of the well polished built in WordPress features, instead of reinventing the wheel. Some other odds and ends also bothered me too. However those details are rather boring to explain. I’d like to make things fun for you and me. Suppose you find an issues with the website or the shopping cart that I have missed, I’ll hand out a discount for purchase. Something along the lines $5.00 off for purchases below $100, and $10 off anything over $100. If you happened to find an issue, please comment down below, or use the contact me page.
Last Chance Canyon is a canyon in the El Paso Mountains near Johannesburg, California. The canyon runs from Saltdale in the south to Black Mountain in the north; part of it lies within Red Rock Canyon State Park. The canyon includes a variety of archaeological sites, including pictographs, villages, rock shelters, mills, and quarries. Historic sites such as gold mining camps are also located in the canyon. The canyon is owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and is open for recreational use. Hiking, camping, and 4-wheel drive vehicles are permitted in most parts of the canyon. The canyon was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 5, 1972.
I’ve been hard at work for the last few months or so on how to introduce a new direction with website menus. Touch screen devices are every where, even my laptop has it, and I want to develop a menu that didn’t leave behind the old mouse and keyboard. This has been difficult for me to figure out a solution that I felt like it really worked. This is why development on my themes has tapered off lately. Been stuck on, “How” to include both devices and make it look good. I saw other websites get close to what I wanted, but when I looked at the code it just didn’t feel right. That is… until I came upon Vogue’s website. Their code does everything I was looking for. However, I like to write my own code, the menu feels more natural on the right, and I also wanted to power it with pure CSS. Now I’m in the trial stages testing out the new code on my website. (I’m actually taking a break to type this post.) There are a few bugs, because I just right clicked and saved my home page to start my developing environment. The dirty syntax of menus produced by WordPress is proving to be one of my biggest problems, because of how clean I wrote the menu in the testing page. I’m also cleaning something things up between Chrome and IE 11, because the test code was strictly built in Firefox. I’m also working […]
Getting a winch on my H3 Hummer has been a goal for a while now. Originally I was going to use Defelice’s winch mount, but chose a different path nearly a year ago. Over that time period I’ve developed my own winch mount that hides inside the factory bumper. What I like most about my design, will be the difficultly recognizing it wasn’t made by Hummer. Currently I’m on my third version of the design and hope to have the fourth version be production ready. The H3 Hummer winch mount is laser cut from 3/8” inch steel to ensure that the design is plenty strong. So far with the testing I have done, it has proven to be plenty thick. As it stands now, the winch should cost in the $300-$400 range powder coated black. Update – Feburary 5th, 2013 Here’s the second video of me testing.
Three miles west of Salton City California is the 4×4 Training Area called Truckhaven Hills. I wouldn’t describe Truckhaven as either a park or a trail, but instead as a play ground. The obstacles for your vehicle to climb over tend to be man made from things such as logs, giant tires, concrete, and boulders. Having just spent an hour watching video’s on YouTube really say that the place looks amazing, and check out this video at the grand opening 2011. Something I haven’t really seen any where else is the labeling of the obstacles like Ski Hills explaining the difficult of crawling over it. Anyway, the next time in the area around 29 palms, I’ll be sure to stop by Truckhaven Hills. Truckhaven Park Map
The east coast doesn’t have much when it comes to 4×4 trails and park, but it seems that New Jersey has a place of it’s own called, “Wharton State Forest.” While the trails are pretty much as easy as it can get and you might get surprised at what you see driving around back there. I find that the best part might be that it doesn’t have any fees or registration required to drive on the trails. (You know what I mean by that if you have ever been to Attica, Indiana at 9AM.) Your not going to find any technical trails or rocks to crawl, but you can find plenty of mud, swamps, and sand that could put up a challenge with a heavy rain. There are some rules to follow, but it’s nothing special. All vehicles must be street-legal, registered, and insured. All drivers must be licensed Travel is restricted to established roads Stay off private roads, driveways, and gated areas Check for the latest videos on YouTube for Wharton State Forest.
I happened upon some great video of the H3 Hummer getting it’s IIHS Rating and thought these two videos were to good to pass up. However, now I’m a bit worried that the IIHS doesn’t quite have the grasp on their job as I once thought. Any true vehicle enthusiast knows the exact motor the vehicle has in it, especially if it’s something weird, but apparently IIHS doesn’t. They have the H3 Hummer listed as an 3.7L V6, when clearly the motor is actually an inline 5-cylinder motor. The tests are only done on 2008+ H3 Hummer models, and you can tell because anything prior 2008+ doesn’t have side impact airbag curtains. That part is nothing special, but when you consider that a 2006 and 2009 have the exact same rating I’m a little bit confused. Anyway, no point in continuing to talking when your most likely here to see the H3 Hummer crash into something.
One of the more infamous trails in Colorado is officially called “Forest Service Road 648,” but most know it as Black Bear Pass. The popularity of this trail stems from the beautiful views that require the driver to have nerves of steel. Black Bear Pass is a seasonal road and generally opens late July and closes in early fall. The Black Bear Road reaches a altitude of 12,840 feet at the highest point after which point the trail descend 4,000 feet into the town of Telluride Colorado. Be sure to keep an eye out for the sign famous for it’s saying: Telluride –> City of Gold 12 Miles – 2 Hours You don’t have to be crazy to drive this road – but it helps Jeeps Only Special thanks to JK Experience for the photos.
Relatively soon, I will be headed to Black Rock City out in Nevada to attend the 2013 Burning Man, Cargo Cult. During Burning Man, Black Rock City becomes Nevada’s third largest city for the week that the event is held. To get there most take State Route 447, but I take a short cut to get there which happens to be off-road. If you’re driving from the east to get to Burning Man, I highly recommend taking Jungo Road (State Route 49). I was able to shave 4 hours of my driving time, with the way I drove getting there. Jungo Road begins in the town Winnemucca, and continues crossing the beautiful Kamma Mountains until finally reaching the town Gerlach. The road is hard packed gravel and for the most part, it was hard for me to believe that the road wasn’t paved with how well it drove. While other sections would be very uncomfortable without four wheel drive or a full-size spare tire. Most of the road follows along the feather river route train tracks. I was passed by the occasional mining truck, but for the most part, I felt alone out there. As a precaution, I don’t recommend driving Jungo Road unless you have a full tank of gas, four wheel drive, and full-size spare tire.