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Old 08-09-2004, 11:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Nissans on John Bull trail

I went with another Nissan owner and did the John Bull trail. This is a good challenging trail for any wheeler, but both of us are locked front and rear, and of course I have a sas and 37's. We had so much fun, and it was very exhausting in the hot weather, I slept well last night!
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if you're a Pickle, rolling down the trail in a Smurf, dispensing bowls of dicks. FWIW, I don't want to see pictures of that, either!

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Old 08-10-2004, 12:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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looks good TRed...... btw, hows that front driveshaft holding out. any binding??

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Old 08-10-2004, 09:50 AM   #3 (permalink)
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No binding, it did hit the catalytic converter a tiny amount, but after hitting it all day, the cat has the proper clearancing now. I have one small issue that needs attention, and that is the front springs. Either the springs are too soft and need to be replaced with heavy duty 7 leaf packs, or the spring shackles need adjustment. After the run, the shackles hit the frame and the springs got flatter. No biggy, I have skillz and can either cut and weld the mounts back further, or change the springs. All in all, a very succesfull sas that performs so well, all I do is point the rig at a rock and climb it.
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Old 08-10-2004, 11:10 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I had the same issues with mine, the leafs lost about 1 to 2" of lift after weeling for the first time. I had already put the shackels further back at steeper angles to compensate for that. And that was with a 7 pack. Ive seen guys use 2 shackle holes so they can move it back and forth depending on the flex/lift/springs they want.
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Can anyone give me a measurement between the centerhole of there front spring hanger to the centerhole of the shackle mount? I have to move my shackles back(again) as they folded into the frame when I took the truck off the jacks because of the soft/flat stock waggy springs.
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Looking good Tred.
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Old 08-10-2004, 11:24 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Well thanks for the info man, I think that has convinced me that I should get the rancho lift springs everyone uses on the sas Yotas. 44044 or something like that. I didn't want the extra lift, but they probly would settle after a good run, and be the right height after some use. Cool beans, it's like being a pioneer, having to test and retest certain parts so that future Nissan sas builders will have a template to work from.
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Can anyone give me a measurement between the centerhole of there front spring hanger to the centerhole of the shackle mount?
Mine measured 43 inches from center to center.
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Were is the jon bull trail?
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It is in Big Bear in Holkum canyon. When you run it backwards it is near a boy scout camp. The forrestry service labels the trail as "3N10"
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Old 08-12-2004, 11:35 PM   #12 (permalink)
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The forrestry service labels the trail as "3N10"
They also label it as "most difficult"
I have a hard time running it backwards because I can't go slow enough down through the rocks. Stupid automatic.

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Yeah I had a bitch of a time too coming down some of those rocks. But going up in an automatic is cherry.
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Old 08-13-2004, 11:37 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Tcase gears, that's all you need.
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mmmmmmmm tcase gears..........
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Old 08-15-2004, 03:07 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Terence, that truck looks great finally running on the trails. Good work and I for one want to apologize for myself and everyone else's crap you had to put up with while you built it. Hope that homemade driveshaft does not let loose at the wrong time.
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Yea I finally got it going, and the shafts are both from High Angle, so no worries there.
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Yea I finally got it going, and the shafts are both from High Angle, so no worries there.
I guess I missed when you ditched the square-tube idea and went for an HA...

No worries for sure!
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that thing is sweet, except for those MTRs
looks tight
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What's wrong with MTR's? These 37x12.50x15 MTR's have great traction and didn't slip once on the trail.
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What front end is that in your truck?
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Old 08-22-2004, 10:46 AM   #22 (permalink)
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It is a drivers drop d44 waggy from a '87. I got 513's detroit lockers, 4 wheel discs, home made hi steer, Bilstien 5100 14" travel shocks,and low tcase gears. Now I am running Marlin Crawler front 4" lift springs.
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