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@John Young, the top of the shock is supposed to go through either those holes or the slot and the shock comes in front of the skirt. I'll see if I have a photo to post. You basically pierce it at that point and work out in both directions.......not that it won't work the way you have it but I think it keeps the shock from rubbing through the skirt.

Edit: Already there. Look closely at the photo in post 91 and you will see what I'm talking about.
 

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Thank you WDE. I'm having a little trouble visualizing even with the help of the photo in post 91 and I want to give the photos to the guys at the garage. Next time you are with your truck would you mind taking a couple more photos please?
 

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I occasionally see a 79 series with a custom desert camping set up on the back. I never got close enough to one to inspect it in person but after looking at this video I’m tempted to explore them a bit further. Warning, it’s not a Toyota.

Masha’Allah! Do it!
 

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Just ordered mine. I paid 85 AED and 100 AED, or $23.14 and $27.23, coming in from Oman. Sometimes I get a 10 USD delivery charge--in this case I had a set of four shocks coming at the same time for 600 AED or $164, so no extra delivery charge. I have not used partsouq before kind of on the assumption that they really were more focused on international sales, but maybe I should look at that again. Does it cost much for you for delivery to KSA?
Your parts guy locally will always be cheaper than Partsouq John...
 

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My last Partsouq order was $497 in parts and $42 shipping. They usually have multiple shipping options with different prices. In addition I paid something like $60 in import duties. If you compare the prices to the dealership and the total pain of actually going to the dealership in Riyadh, there is no question that Partsouq is the way to go. Parts usually show up in 4 or 5 days.

The tires are fine in the dunes but you need to air down to something like 17 psi or so as the sidewalls are pretty stiff.
You need to find a third party parts guy there in Saudi like John has done in Dubai... the dealership will be more expensive than Partsouq... but Partsouq is more than the third party network. And no shipping/import charges.

The one cool thing about the actual dealerships in the Middle East... they can order any part from Japan, no market restriction. If Partsouq doesn’t have it or the third parties don’t have it, the dealership can get it. And a solid relationship with a parts counter guy will fetch your decent discounts actually.
 
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Thank you WDE. I'm having a little trouble visualizing even with the help of the photo in post 91 and I want to give the photos to the guys at the garage. Next time you are with your truck would you mind taking a couple more photos please?
It will be hard to take off at this point and I'm not sure it can be done without taking it off but imagine sliding the skirt behind the shock and then inserting the fasteners. If you start with the fasteners on either side of the shock you will see that the top of the shock will need to go through the hole/slot in the skirt. I can see my entire shock behind the tire except for the top inch or two of the stem.
 
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You need to find a third party parts guy there in Saudi like John has done in Dubai... the dealership will be more expensive than Partsouq... but Partsouq is more than the third party network. And no shipping/import charges.

The one cool thing about the actual dealerships in the Middle East... they can order any part from Japan, no market restriction. If Partsouq doesn’t have it or the third parties don’t have it, the dealership can get it. And a solid relationship with a parts counter guy will fetch your decent discounts actually.
I've been to a few of the third party places but have only found very small ones and they have spoken hardly any English. Need to ask around some more.
 
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So just a quick update. We flew to the US just after my last post above and have been stuck here ever since. Hopefully international flights will open soon and I can get my new floor mat installed in the Bedouin Beast. And get back to work in person.

In the meantime, the wife and I have been looking for property to build our retirement home on. She has decided she wants chickens and goats....and maybe a donkey and a camel. Not sure how serious she is but clearly your avg subdivision wasn’t going to work.

On a whim a few weeks ago we looked at a few acres with a house already built. Well, long story short, we couldn’t believe the quality of the house construction and quickly decided the layout would work well. It’s a bit larger than we might have built but I suppose that’s not the worst problem to have.

As a bonus, the Beast will have a new home as well.

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Congrats! What a great shop!

As for those goats, from experience I can tell you make their pen like Guantanamo Bay, but assume they will still get out. :rofl: Chickens are fine, they will put themselves in and out, Donkeys make good pets as well, as for the camel, well I can't help you there, we only have a horse.
 

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Congrats! What a great shop!

As for those goats, from experience I can tell you make their pen like Guantanamo Bay, but assume they will still get out. :rofl: Chickens are fine, they will put themselves in and out, Donkeys make good pets as well, as for the camel, well I can't help you there, we only have a horse.
Most of the cattle ranches near me have donkeys for predator control. :)
 
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