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Old 05-14-2013, 10:04 AM   #16
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A joke? What makes you think so? Personally, I make a point of always carrying spare transmissions, transfer cases, axles and tires whenever preparing to drive a few thousand miles on paved highways.

OP, I've done the trip a few times by motorcycle--from Bellingham, in fact. It's an easy trip unless you make it difficult by choice. You could easily do it in a Yugo (although if it were me I'd go Nissan or Toyota, not Jeep).

Pre-maintenance is always a good idea, minor repairs easily obtained wherever you go, major repairs often dealt with by busing or flying back to the USA to escort parts in person....but a good vehicle isn't going to need major repairs unless you're planning to abuse it heartily.

Hope that's helpful.

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Old 05-15-2013, 10:09 AM   #17
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There's an autozone, pepboys, napa, and/or other independent dealer in every middle-sized town from Mexico to Ushuaia.

There are junk yards everywhere.

In Laredo Nuevo a few years ago I was having trouble with a fuel injector for my 1100GS and I fixed it with a piece off an old volkswagon.
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Old 05-15-2013, 03:23 PM   #18
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There's an autozone, pepboys, napa, and/or other independent dealer in every middle-sized town from Mexico to Ushuaia.

There are junk yards everywhere.

In Laredo Nuevo a few years ago I was having trouble with a fuel injector for my 1100GS and I fixed it with a piece off an old volkswagon.
That would be Nuevo Laredo, right?
You do prove a very, very valid point and that is...Bosch is Bosch.
The parts catalog might say one thing but the part doesn't care whether it is plumbed into a BMW motorcycle or a VW product.
People can learn a lesson from what you are saying.
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Old 05-15-2013, 05:39 PM   #19
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Not really a joke, just saying with a vehicle that big I would pack the essentials of what might need to be repaired and bring it along: doesn't cost in time and money to have it shipped and possibly not received. Don't we, who are traveling by bike, do the same? I think so! Which in this case, there is PLENTY of room for the essentials! Yank the back seat and there you go, more room. Tools and parts can be stored in the engine compartment with lock boxes. There is an underhood welder you can get installed in case shit really hits the fan. You can also make boxes that can be affixed under the vehicle, isn't there room on the roof for lock box also? HHHMMMM, yup, PLENTY of room. You honestly think that guys who are taking their LandRovers abroad and all over who knows where and in remote places are heading out to the local parts shop? Somehow I doubt it. Not trying to sound ridiculous or anything like that just making a point of being self sufficient and bringing what you may need. It's not really that big of deal. Less is more! Since there's many other voices tossed around I'll leave no further replies.

Sorry some feel that I was joking or out of line. But perhaps thinking 'out of the box' is also a good thing. But since some think I'm ridiculous in my post or response, I'll no longer reply. Should make some nay sayers happier.

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Old 05-15-2013, 11:31 PM   #20
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No spare transmission, transfer case, front and rear axles, and tires? Damn.
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Old 05-16-2013, 08:30 AM   #21
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Unless you're racing in the dakar and have a support truck to haul it, bringing a spare transmission / axle / transfer case, etc. is a joke for hardcore wannabes who have no clue. The added weight of all that crap is more likely to cause your truck to break parts - and as luck usually has it, the ones you didn't bring with you. Bring the basics, and handle the rest on the fly. If the "right" part can't be found, adapt what's available. The only parts I can see bringing would be oil / air filters - stuff you KNOW for sure you'll need and might not be able to find easily depending on the model of truck. That and a good tool kit.
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Old 05-16-2013, 08:44 PM   #22
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The OP hasn't come back to her thread since April 25th.
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Old 05-17-2013, 09:12 AM   #23
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I don't have a problem with that....! I do after all have many thousand miles of driving in Mexico. All of it with old junky vans in reasonably good mechanical shape when I left Canada. Carry tools....water...oil. That was it, never really had to bring out the tools but for others stuck somewhere from lack of preventive maintenance.

Oh yes maybe a U-joint, had to show the Patron of the shop how to install it.
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:17 AM   #24
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Oh yes maybe a U-joint, had to show the Patron of the shop how to install it.
The head mechanic at the Nissan dealership here refused to believe that he reassembled my driveshaft 180 degrees out and that it even mattered (despite the fact that above 30 you had to shout inside the truck to be heard over the loud rumble). He was completely unaware that driveshafts are balanced and need to be reassembled the same way they were before. That was the HEAD mechanic at an official Nissan dealership, not some shady backstreet taller mecanico. ...and people wonder why half the cars in mexico are barely limping along. Our company typically sells off our company cars immediately after the warranty runs out because by then the dealership mechanics have done so much damage that they're no longer cost effective to keep on the road. This same dealership (before I knew how bad they were) dropped my trans out of my pickup to get at some other problems and lost the transmission mounts (probably threw them out by accident) in the process. They reinstalled the trans on wood blocks without telling me. They got thoroughly chewed out for that one and got to buy me a new transmission mount.

The most important thing to bring with you is a good understanding of how your truck works, how it's assembled, and how it should be fixed. Personally do as much of your own maintenance/repairs as you can. Never let anyone work on your truck without thoroughly talking it through with them beforehand to make sure they really understand what they're doing. Ideally, watch them do the work, but at the very least inspect it thoroughly when they're done.
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Old 05-18-2013, 05:33 PM   #25
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not that US dealer mechanics are all that great, but here's a little story for ya.

my buddy is in the process of opening a triumph dealership in nicaragua. of course, it is his responsibility to find a mechanic who is then trained by triumph "factory techs"--allegedly.

so, he has to send his mechanic to mexico for training. believe it or not.
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Old 05-18-2013, 05:45 PM   #26
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not that US dealer mechanics are all that great, but here's a little story for ya.

my buddy is in the process of opening a triumph dealership in nicaragua. of course, it is his responsibility to find a mechanic who is then trained by triumph "factory techs"--allegedly.

so, he has to send his mechanic to mexico for training. believe it or not.
This is gonna be good!
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That's never stopped a thread from taking on a life of its own!
....and it became interesting, and filled with real life experiences...and some good BS...:)
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