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Old 02-14-2012, 06:36 AM   #301 (permalink)
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Lastly, I was planning on taking off with the rest of our group on Monday, but we wanted to run some trails first and actually use the truck first. My brother ended up blowing the clutch in his 4Runner at the end of Sunbonnet, so I ended up staying for an extra day and a half to help him get it out. We bought clutch parts in Yucca on Tues, then went out there and did a clutch job on Wed - about 100 ft. past the last obstacle on Sunbonnet. Team Ramrod volunteered to go out there to Sunbonnet with us Monday night (late) to see if they could help recover his rig and get it back to the lakebed, but it just would not have been easy or safe. Plus they were crying about The Hills Have Eyes and didn't have a clue where they were, so we just left it[/QUOTE]
The Wed 10 hour tour at least we got your bothers truck out of there!!!!




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Old 02-14-2012, 11:58 PM   #302 (permalink)
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at least the spare tires didn't keep you out

just getting there and starting was a major accomplishment

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Old 02-17-2012, 06:21 PM   #303 (permalink)
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That was a huge adventure. One of my favorite scenes was Saturday when i told Chris it was noon and it take about 4 hours to get to the lake-bed. He literal pushed a table full of tools into a box and threw it into the back of the truck.

I think that out of 4 people over the last two days of building we got 6 hours of sleep.

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That was a huge adventure. One of my favorite scenes was Saturday when i told Chris it was noon and it take about 4 hours to get to the lake-bed. He literal pushed a table full of tools into a box and threw it into the back of the truck.

I think that out of 4 people over the last two days of building we got 6 hours of sleep.

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I did not get to meet you but you guys did one hell of a job getting the truck together and it did run good when we went out to get chris bros truck, I could not keep up to it chris he was flying thur the desert sections.
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Wow, sucks about Poly, I've always had good experiences with them

Really sucks about a stupid hose clamp too. At least you ran the course! Did you keep pushing on and finished the race even though you DNF'd?
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Old 02-19-2012, 09:37 PM   #306 (permalink)
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Hey Monte
I did not get to meet you but you guys did one hell of a job getting the truck together and it did run good when we went out to get chris bros truck, I could not keep up to it chris he was flying thur the desert sections.
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thanks for helping out zak. i wish i could have stayed on another day to help but i had to go to work.

maybe if we had more time to work on the truck before the race, we could have brought my chevy and been able to tow out zak's 4runner the same day it blew the clutch. btw as soon as he gets a doubler in it, his 4 runner will be VERY set up for anything out there.
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:10 AM   #307 (permalink)
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At least you ran the course! Did you keep pushing on and finished the race even though you DNF'd?
It took us a few hours to go from RM 7 to RM 14 since we had to keep stopping to let the engine cool down. At best, we had probably 15 minutes of driving before I'd have to shut it down and wait. By the time we hit Emerson the sun was going down, so if we finished the course it would have had to be in the dark, so we had to just go back to camp.

Immediately after fixing the coolant leak, at RM7, a guy in a rhino drove up and offered us water. I didn't take it because I wanted to keep pushing on and see if we could figure something out (or give one of us time to piss in the radiator again). If I could do over, I would have called the race right there, taken the water, and ran the course for experience.

Btw, I don't think I mentioned this before, but between me and Monte, we're running on practically no sleep in a few days. Add the fact that we've repeatedly got to wait 20 minutes or more for the engine to cool off, the gentle desert breeze... We straight passed out a few times. Don't know how many people can say they pulled off the KOH course to take a nap Imagine seeing our truck out there - sponsor logos, race numbers, window nets up, driver/codriver have their helmets on - heads slumped over and fast asleep (fwiw, that never happened until we officially called the race)...
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So, it took a while to get my hands on any pictures from the race, and I was also pretty burned out by the time all was said and done - it's been nice just not thinking about it, and getting back to work over the past month and a half. Here are some pics I've gotten ahold of, or just never had time to post before:

Here's the truck all put away after the race - haven't really seen it at all since then




Fuel cell mount. Not how or where I wanted it to be mounted, but this is where it ended up. One of the many things I have on the list of things to re-do




Check out that sexy dash







Bit of bumper carnage




Bit of wheel carnage




The driveshaft from Dave'z was badass, and probably weighs double what the rear driveshaft weighs. Never took the truck out of 4wd the whole time it was out there, couldn't even tell (no vibes). Pretty different after running a square shaft all these years.



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Old 03-29-2012, 08:40 AM   #309 (permalink)
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Glimpse of the shock mounts I fabbed up in the ruffstuff tent, and how things are situated in the back...




Can't wait to paint it - hopefully it's not all rusted out by now...




A shot of the tailgate. "It's one hour custom, mang" Has hinges and latches (meeting rules), and is see-through

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Nice, did the front settle a bunch? I would want more spline showing on that front shaft.
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Old 03-29-2012, 09:11 AM   #311 (permalink)
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Couple shots from race-day morning

Moving under its own power for the first time ever






Putting a quick exhaust setup together




Panels installed, and sponsor logos on - ready to race!




Haven't even taken the sticker off the helmet yet






A few start line photos:





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Old 03-29-2012, 09:13 AM   #312 (permalink)
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Nice, did the front settle a bunch? I would want more spline showing on that front shaft.
I'll take a look at it when I see the truck next. I think it's a weird camera angle though...


Couple more pics from race day. Waiting for the engine to cool at RM 12 (or somewhere around there)




Sitting in the middle of Emerson


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Old 03-29-2012, 09:27 AM   #313 (permalink)
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going to save for race only or rock as a trail truck ?
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Old 03-29-2012, 09:37 AM   #314 (permalink)
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going to save for race only or rock as a trail truck ?
I'll be wheeling it every chance I get, and may even be able to make the Jambo. It's still sitting up in Bakersfield though, so we'll see...
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My old truck looks amazing! You guys did a great job with it!
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so,,,,,,,,,,,
you racing 2013?
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you racing 2013?
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anything new ??
New tubework on the sides so I can actually get in/out
rebuilt front axle
New shocks
Etc... Have it all pulled apart right now to rework a bunch of stuff, planning on having it back together by mid January... Won't be updating this thread much, if at all, until the truck is back together - but I'll be sure to post a good recap in a few weeks.

Oh, and just redid my seat mounts for the new Twisted Stitch seats - just have to wire the seat warmers

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Old 01-15-2013, 01:43 PM   #322 (permalink)
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When you did your AP front springs and hanger did you use the stock frame tubes for the shackle or did you relocate them..I have the same setup going on a Runner and was curious how the shackle angles are going to end up...some of your pics show the angle pretty straight up and then the last pics show them more layed back.....I cant tell if you moved the frame tubes or left them stock...and how are those springs working??
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what are you doing with the old seats?
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When you did your AP front springs and hanger did you use the stock frame tubes for the shackle or did you relocate them..I have the same setup going on a Runner and was curious how the shackle angles are going to end up...some of your pics show the angle pretty straight up and then the last pics show them more layed back.....I cant tell if you moved the frame tubes or left them stock...and how are those springs working??
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They are the stock frame tubes. Earlier pics with a steep front shackle there just isn't any weight on the truck - no drivetrain, interior, etc. Stock shackle tubes, and front hanger is flush with the front frame crossmember. You could move the front hanger forward probably a little bit - I have the leaf spring centerpin moved back on the spring perches (drilled out about as far back as it can go).

I've always been really happy with the All Pro springs, but have never really run anything else. They are great springs though - last pair went through about 8 years of DD and trail running, and are still in decent shape.


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Going into my brother's 4Runner...

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They are the stock frame tubes. Earlier pics with a steep front shackle there just isn't any weight on the truck - no drivetrain, interior, etc. Stock shackle tubes, and front hanger is flush with the front frame crossmember. You could move the front hanger forward probably a little bit - I have the leaf spring centerpin moved back on the spring perches (drilled out about as far back as it can go).

I've always been really happy with the All Pro springs, but have never really run anything else. They are great springs though - last pair went through about 8 years of DD and trail running, and are still in decent shape.



Thanks for the response You saved me some headache as Im in a time crunch right now..trying to set mine up with no weight on it currently and on initial setup/mockup it looked good on mine ..just wanted to double check as you are and have run the exact setup I am installing
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