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Old 05-12-2010, 05:25 PM   #426 (permalink)
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Good info. My dad said stop by when you have time. I'm not planning on doing comp legal I just want something really fun to drive on the trail, probably with a linked setup instead of springs at least for for the rear suspention.

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Old 05-12-2010, 06:09 PM   #427 (permalink)
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Consider the X-chassis, already set up for links..
...although the TG link setup is a pretty damn cheap way to get linked.


...I have zero disappointment in the FToy having leaf springs...I don't think the links are such a great advantage with such a lightweight rig.
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Old 05-12-2010, 06:24 PM   #428 (permalink)
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Suitup, radios, helmets, etc, g buy some cones from Wally world, practice. If you dont flop during practice, keep practicing. Seriously, it will make a big difference. Work on communication, and what happens when things dont go at all like planned.

EDIT: for a short time, try swapping driver/spotter, it will help both of you.
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Old 05-13-2010, 05:11 PM   #429 (permalink)
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i've been to montana a hand full of times now but never got the chance to ask anyone with 4x4 if there is any good rock crawling trails. It seems like there should be something good up there in the rocky's. Hope fully its not all just dirt roads, otherwise its seems like crawling would be un-eventful. I love cali, only 45min from fordyce and 1hr. from rubicon. If you come down this way to wheel shoot me a pm.

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Old 05-13-2010, 08:44 PM   #430 (permalink)
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Dirt trails--but big flex.
We do have a couple of decent gravel/boulder pits.

It's only 23 hours from here to the Hammers!
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Old 05-14-2010, 08:01 PM   #431 (permalink)
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wooo, that is a long distance relationship to crawl..... you go down thru nevada i take it. I think its at least that long thru washington and oregon with a trailor. go to fordyce its got to be at least 4hrs less, the snow is melting fast, beware of river fluctuation though.
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Thanks for the advice on those double shear seat mounts. They work great.
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wooo, that is a long distance relationship to crawl..... you go down thru nevada i take it. I think its at least that long thru washington and oregon with a trailor. go to fordyce its got to be at least 4hrs less, the snow is melting fast, beware of river fluctuation though.
Seriously?!?
MapQuest sends me down I15 through Vegas to Barstow. What are the highways to take through Fordyce?

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Thanks for the advice on those double shear seat mounts. They work great.
Not my original idea (Hobie's?) but I've liked it enough to keep passing it on. You will like them even more toward the end of your build when your seat goes in and out a lot--and even more when you have to pull a seat in camp to make a minor fix under your floor or something!
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Finally got to wheel with this thing. Very slick setup, left many wanting to build ftoys. Well done!
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Finally got to wheel with this thing. Very slick setup, left many wanting to build ftoys. Well done!
Thanks Mark! It was a fun weekend.
Same drivetrain as everyone else has -1500lbs = fun!!

I used to just drive around those big rocks in the upper gravel pit...never noticed them before. Now they call to me "come play on us!"

...considering I mostly finished it in Feb '09 for KOH 09....and it sat all last year, and I just got MT registration on it this January, it was my first time ever wheelin' it in Montana! Glad you hung around for another afternoon yesterday.

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Glad you hung around for another afternoon yesterday.
As it turns out, I think someone must have been looking out for me. After my trail repair, I forgot brake fluid after swapping the caliper too. Pedal seemed fine till you lost you hat on the road, then to the floor with the rears only working. Figure the bubble in the line moved.

I didn't swap the wheel spacer on to the other knuckle and the brake line sat rubbing on the tire. Killed the line and wore at least a 1/4" groove in the sidewall. never heard a thing till 1/4 mile from my house. If I would have lost the brakes on the drive home, it would have been a serious ditch ride I'm sure. Always double check everything when doing repairs with a hang-over.
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Shit, I had a spare caliper line (hard/soft) and brake fluid in the buggy!



...I was headed up to Blacktail one time last August in the Runner, and my driver's front was dragging. Hub was HOT!! I thought I had some sort of fluid problem, opened the reservoir cap, hot brake fluid splashed on hotter exhaust manifold. FIRE! (capped it quickly! ). Turns out my caliper had frozen up--the Runner hadn't been driven since the winter before and it had rusted on the bolts and was dragging. A 3lb. hammer loosened it up.
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Shit, I had a spare caliper line (hard/soft) and brake fluid in the buggy! :
I had the old stuff I just took off in the back of the truck, just short fluid if I had actually took the time to look at it at camp. Hurt to think about it too much Sunday.



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..I was headed up to Blacktail one time last August in the Runner, and my driver's front was dragging. Hub was HOT!! I thought I had some sort of fluid problem, opened the reservoir cap, hot brake fluid splashed on hotter exhaust manifold. FIRE! (capped it quickly! ). Turns out my caliper had frozen up--the Runner hadn't been driven since the winter before and it had rusted on the bolts and was dragging. A 3lb. hammer loosened it up.
Yeah, I started wondering if brake fluid was flamible. Wonder if my fire extinguisher would put out a 40" tire fire?
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Yeah, I started wondering if brake fluid was flamible. Wonder if my fire extinguisher would put out a 40" tire fire?
Well, we decided that magnesium is definitely flammable. Why didn't we think to try brake fluid?!
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I stole this pic from montanatrout's Fodge build thread.

What an ugly fawker~!


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Here are a few more pics I shot from this weekend......

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Time to get busy again. Running the Wild West 100, and need:
  • Horn/siren
  • Ticket can
  • Rear facing amber light
  • Number fin on roof
  • Window nets
  • Driveshaft safety loops
  • X-support @ b-pillar
  • Mirrors
  • Paint skins
  • Wing window bars
  • Spare tire carrier

...then need to get it ready to run for John for WE-Rock GN's:
  • Hood
  • Fuel ball valves
  • Kill switch/disconnect wiring

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Going fast in one of these things cracks me up.
But it sure is fun!!! Sure.. it's nothing like Randy's Bomber ,from what my son tells me he took him for a ride on tuesday while my son Brett was helping Randy on a project and he told me he still cant get the "ear to ear grin "off his face!! and that it was the coolest thing he has experienced in life to date!!!

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Going fast in one of these things cracks me up.
When I'm in high range and 5th gear, I have more RPM's left than I have skill.
(and suspension).

It's fast enough for me. for now! :blackevil:
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(and suspension)
My point. Ouch!
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I have 15" BBCS or 14" 5150's....I might have time to get a little testing in before the race.

It's definitely bouncy in the whoops--but I don't bottom out after I went to Davez and Allpro (instead of stock rears all the way around) springs.

I have slightly more wheel travel than a JeepSpeed (not limited to 10"!!!)

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Prep for the Wild West 100:

X-brace @ the b-pillar installed
amber lamps installed
Mirror installed (thanks MT TUBEKRAFTER!)
horn/siren installed
Window nets installed
Intercom installed
Made a ticket can out of 1.25" EMT conduit and a Powerade lid.

Need to go through everything and torque bolts.
Have to bolt on the vertical number fin at the race, as it won't fit through the garage or toter door.

Side panels painted:

Some teams paint their RV to match their race rig.
I painted my skins to match the Toter!

Almost ready to race!

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Looks good, good luck!!!!
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