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Two year circumnaviagtion of Africa in my 2007 JKUR - The Road Chose Me

 
Old 09-22-2015, 06:22 AM
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Boko Haram, Al Shabab, Al Qaeda, ISIL/IS/Da-Esh are all serious influences on the continent, however simple criminals and bandits are a very real concern, perhaps more of an issue depending on the route you take.

There are many places in the world (including many in Africa) where it is simply easier to kill you and take your valuables, then to hold you up.

Financial Crimes = give them what they want and have some $ and I.D. hidden for after you give it to them. Basically have a plan to give them what they want and run.

Anytime they are coming for YOU, trying to take YOU etc. = run away or fight for your life. The odds are not in your favor that you will survive these situations if you are taken.

The Regional Security Officer (RSO) at the various U.S. Embassies/Consulates in the countries you will visit can provide a more detailed area brief on dangerous areas and groups to avoid in the countries you will pass through.

The U.S. State Department website www.state.gov and it's Smart Traveler program are just a starting point. Each embassy and consulate usually has its own website and many have their own Facebook accounts.

The more you know before you set out, the better; that said, these security situations are very fluid. It pays to have the best, most up-to-date information that you can get. You do not want to learn this the hard way.

Not trying to "flog a dead horse," however, this is incredibly important to plan.
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Subscribed to this. Cannot wait to hear updates
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Old 09-22-2015, 07:09 AM
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Sub'ed this seems very exciting
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Avidly subscribed. I'm looking forward to seeing your build details, esp reliability upgrades and built-in redundancies a lot of us could learn from. Is this a solo vehicle journey with no back-up ? All the best and cheers for sharing.
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Good luck on your journey! We'll be following along!
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Old 09-26-2015, 02:17 AM
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Wishing you well Dan on a fantastic jeep adventure.
I look forward to following you on this African Quest
Best regards
And stay safe
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Old 09-30-2015, 06:06 PM
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Sorry for the slow updates all, we're working 10 hour days 7 days a week to get the Jeep ready for SEMA.
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Avidly subscribed. I'm looking forward to seeing your build details, esp reliability upgrades and built-in redundancies a lot of us could learn from. Is this a solo vehicle journey with no back-up ? All the best and cheers for sharing.
Solo vehicle, solo person, no backup

Just the Jeep and myself, like when I drove Alaska->Argentina a few years back.

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Good luck on your journey! We'll be following along!
Thanks very much!


Originally Posted by Bmickyutah
Wishing you well Dan on a fantastic jeep adventure.
I look forward to following you on this African Quest
Best regards
And stay safe
Mick
Thanks Mick, I appreciate it.

The build is progressing.

I installed an AEV Rear Bumper, Tire Carrier and Hi-Lift Mount.



Then I put a Hi Lift Extreme and a set of MAXTRAX on that mount



-Dan
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Very nice! I spent 2 years myself in Uganda, Rwanda. And Ethiopia. Looks like a trip I'll have to keep updated on. Enjoy!

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Old 10-06-2015, 11:35 AM
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Hi All,

Making lots of progress on the build, the Mercedes Diesel swap is really coming together now.

Length has been as issue - Ron from North West Diesel Offroad moved the radiator forward a little:


Intercooler mounted up front:


3 Inch exhaust all the way from turbo outlet to muffler in the rear:


AutoMeter Sport Comp II gauges are a perfect match the for stock gauges:


I've been working on the engine itself, doing maintenance items like water pump, thermostat, oil pump, etc. etc.


We test-fit the AEV Front Premium Bumper and Warn Zeon 10-S winch


Ron from North West Diesel Offroad has amazing fabrication skills, this project is well beyond my abilities as a backyard mechanic.

Tons more pics, details and story on my site: Jeep Build Phase 2 Progress | The road chose me

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Old 10-07-2015, 01:03 AM
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Hi Dan
Build progressing very well.
should be a very special jeep when complete.

A perfect partner on your african quest.

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