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Mariko is a project at times...

 A bit of a stressful day in terms of issues that arose with Mariko.First, everything was fine as I drove the 30 miles or so to Safford, AZ where the nearest NAPA store was located.  Well, almost everything was fine, she seemed to be idling at around 1100 rpms where normally it would be between 800-900 rpm.  Hmm.I got there just fine and purchased antifreeze (50/50 mix) and another 5 quart bottle of 10W30 oil.  It didn't take very much to fill up the radiator to the top so being low on coolant i...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Napa, BLM, Mariko, RichardM, RV Trips, Mariko Maintenance, Mariko Repairs, Mariko First, Safford AZ, Javelina Peak Got


Now boondocking in the Hot Well Dunes BLM campground, Arizona

This BLM campground is located roughly halfway between the towns of Safford on the north and Bowie on the south.  I've stayed here before, a little short of a year ago: LINK, leaving when things were starting to be shut down everywhere due to the pandemic.The hot water tubs remain closed due to Covid-19 but camping is once again permitted, at the rate of $3/vehicle per day.  A bargain!  Especially since as a American the Beautiful Pass holder, I only pay half.I even got the same spot as last tim...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Bowie, PSI, Mariko, Safford, RV Trips, Mariko Maintenance, Mariko Drives


The weather is turning cooler....

 Looks like the weather is turning cooler here in southern New Mexico, major storm up north in Colorado apparently, might even bring a little rain here!The day dawned solidly overcast and would be cool and gray most of the day.I spent the morning doing chores on Mariko, basically ensuring all the spark plugs were gapped at .035" per the Samurai Guru I met in Elephant Butte.  The other chores were touching up the black paint parts, mainly the bumpers, where rocks had pitted the paint and rust sho...
Tags: Colorado, Motorcycles, New Mexico, Mariko, RV Trips, Mariko Maintenance, Mariko Drives, Organ Desert Peaks


A tool run, some light off-roading to the foothills, and a phone drop!

 This morning's task was to replace the gear oil in Mariko's Transfer Case with new 80W90 oil.  Why?  I'd found the oil in the transfer case contaminated with water last month.  I had changed it out then, and this change was to ensure no water remained.I found I was missing the 24mm socket I'd used in my garage.  So before I could do the swap, I drove into T or C and the Autozone Auto Parts store there.  Before I got to the store though, I stopped Mariko at nearby buildings to take pictures of t...
Tags: Verizon, Motorcycles, New Mexico, Sammy, Mariko, Mitchell Point, RV Trips, Mariko Maintenance, Mariko Drives, Autozone Auto Parts


Ridge Running with Mariko

 A cloudless sunrise this morning but I took this picture anyways, I liked the glowing color. I spent a couple of hours wiping off the oily dirt and grime that had accumulated behind Mariko's engine and on top of the transmission's bell housing.  Samurai's apparently are known to leak from the o-ring located at the base of the distributor where it mates to the engine.I also discovered, to my chagrin, that Suzuki had left some sharp edges in the vicinity of the distributor and transmission bell ...
Tags: Motorcycles, New Mexico, Samurai, Suzuki, Mariko, RichardM, RV Trips, Mariko Maintenance, Mariko Drives, Monticello Point Road That, Yagi my Yamaha TW200 Dualsport, Monticello Point


Mariko Tasks, RV Vent repair and a brisk ride with Yagi

 Sunny but cool today, with a high only in the mid-60s....the steady wind made it seem much cooler.After some more looking at the fuel pump and ruminating over the problem overnight, it finally occurred to me to forego using the existing mount point on the floorboard of the Sammy.Instead, I secured the metal clamp that encircles the pump onto the cable sheath used by the parking brake!  Much quieter now, I can still hear it (just not as loud) when I turn the ignition to ON, can barely hear it wi...
Tags: Motorcycles, New Mexico, Monticello, Sammy, Yagi, Mariko, RV Trips, Yagi Rides, Mariko Maintenance, Elephant Butte State Park, Exit 89


Elephant Butte, errands and more off-road meandering

 In other posts regarding Elephant Butte, I'd posted pictures of the rock formations I thought had been the inspiration for such a name.  I was wrong all the previous times.This morning, I was perusing a Garmin map and lo and behold, it showed a small rock formation near the dam that forms the Elephant Butte Reservoir!So after breakfast, I headed on down to Elephant Butte, the town, and eventually found the spot shown on the map.  I must say two things.  First, maybe I see the elephant's head bu...
Tags: Motorcycles, New Mexico, Garmin, Bullocks, Mariko, Cibola National Forest, RV Trips, Mariko Maintenance, Mariko Drives


Mariko is back and running....finally!

A recap of the last two weeks or so.Last week:I got Mariko back with a new fuel filter, the mechanic thought the old one had caused the issues which had prompted me to return the Sami to them for another look.  Basically, symptoms reflecting haphazard fuel flow.Some maintenance related items were done, such are replacing the spark plugs it came with. These same plugs had been black with soot! You'll note the above old plugs look pretty good in terms of color.  Before, when the engine had be...
Tags: Motorcycles, DMV, Sunset, Parker, Samurai, Sami, Adam, Mariko, Blue Ox, Mariko Maintenance, Mariko Repairs


Mariko is back and running....

 So, a bit over a week at the shop and I was able to retrieve Mariko yesterday.I had actually been able to retrieve her on Monday, but she acted strangely when I started driving her home from the mechanic's shop.I showed the mechanic the symptoms and he felt it was probably either very low on gas or something with the fuel filter.  So I went back home, riding in Thing Two's truck, very disappointed.Wednesday afternoon, I get a call from the shop and they said the Sami is ready!  Two different pe...
Tags: Mariko Maintenance, Mariko Repairs


Recovery gear for Mariko and more Maintenance

 Since Mariko, my '87 Suzuki Samurai 4x4 weighs almost 2100 lbs dry....it takes a lot more in terms of equipment to do jobs like raising her to change a tire, or straps and shackles to pull her out of loose sand and just gear to do tire repairs!Note: Still, she basically weighs a bit over One Ton!  Light for a four wheeled vehicle!  One Smittybilt 2780 Air compressor rated for 2.54 CFM to air up the tires after leaving terrain where I decided to air down the tires for better traction.  I like th...
Tags: Motorcycles, Jack, Po, Cfm, Samurai, Suzuki Samurai, Mariko, Mariko Maintenance, Mariko Gear, Snatch Strap


Fiona's Replacement

No, its not another Ural Sidecar Rig.  Close though in terms of speed, older in terms of years but more comfy in terms of weather.Meet Mariko , a 1987 Suzuki Samurai mini-SUV. Saw her on Craigslist about a week ago, and went to look at her on New Year's Eve, ending up buying her and driving her home.From the Craiglist ad:  I also bought from the Samurai's seller most of the required items to tow it behind the URRV in the near future....just have to figure out the wiring from the URRV's four...
Tags: Craigslist, Motorcycles, Moab, Hitachi, Samurai, Fiona, Suzuki Samurai, Mariko, URRV, Mariko Maintenance, AutoZone GP Sorensen