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Old 11-02-2018, 07:01 PM   #26 (permalink)
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'17 4400 128 - fire. tranny line dead shorted on winch power line.


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2015 - Wasted a outer stub and the front locker going for a pass up jackhammer in a cluster. Were down on time with no chance to finish so we called it

2016 - Upper link mount bolt failed causing the crank pulley to wear off all the groves for the serpentine at ~ MM 30

2017 - Running in the top 10 at mile ~100 and noticed we were 3 legging it. Front axle shaft was gone. Spindle was gone. Couldnt get the rotor off.

2018 - Down on time after blowing a PS line really early in the race. Trying to make up time we ripped both rear brake calipers and ruffstuff brackets off the rear axle housing and timed out getting new brackets cut by Amada
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Our first year, I didn't have enough pee to refill radiator...then Becca climbed up on the grill shell, squated over the inlet and...well...girls can't exactly aim real well, but it was a good effort.
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Our first year, I didn't have enough pee to refill radiator...then Becca climbed up on the grill shell, squated over the inlet and...well...girls can't exactly aim real well, but it was a good effort.
If I remember correctly, that was while, and only about 30 feet from where, we were rerouting power steering lines to take the busted pump out of the system.
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Old 11-03-2018, 06:44 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Pirate is slipping. With a thread title like that I would have expected a reply something like this by now;
"Well, his name was Stephen and while he may have been on the short side he had a FABULOUS tushy."
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Old 11-03-2018, 10:57 AM   #32 (permalink)
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2015 - DNF Blew up front end like 2 minutes into the race.


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Old 11-03-2018, 03:15 PM   #33 (permalink)
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If I remember correctly, that was while, and only about 30 feet from where, we were rerouting power steering lines to take the busted pump out of the system.
You and Val had your hands full for sure!
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I feel really lucky finishing all 5 races I entered, but there was always a kerfuffle, except for the first one. Racing KOH burned me out from wheeling in general.
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Old 11-04-2018, 08:52 AM   #35 (permalink)
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Tried backdoor first lap. But the real culprit was the guy I paid to "professionally" install my third forgot to tighten the ring carrier nuts at all. So it would have snapped later. Couldn't believe that it held up to prerunning for 2 days but that's my luck.
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Old 11-05-2018, 07:37 AM   #36 (permalink)
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I feel really lucky finishing all 5 races I entered, but there was always a kerfuffle, except for the first one. Racing KOH burned me out from wheeling in general.
Really? I've found quite the opposite. I'm burned out on racing but wheeling is 100 times more fun now. Compared to the stress of everything involved with ultra4, regular ol trail wheeling is way more fun now. Anything off the clock is more fun to me since I began racing.
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2013- timed out in traffic jam on Jack Hammer thanks to Millers broken Jeep
2014- came back with a linked suspension instead of leaves and made it to pit 1 (45 min faster.) Broke back case of trans, engine mounts, air cleaner assembly and frame in the process.
2015- came out with new car, hit large rock with tire and broke steering box, hiked to pits to get parts, only to have it blow another 100 yards down course.
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2019- I would be disappointed to not finish...
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I feel really lucky finishing all 5 races I entered, but there was always a kerfuffle, except for the first one. Racing KOH burned me out from wheeling in general.
That's too bad but I see lot of that. What was billed as "Guys getting together to see who was best" has turned into who can spend the most money. Pretty much wreck recreational wheeling at the Hammers too. Every idiot and asshole in California with a vehicle is on it.
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Old 11-05-2018, 11:59 AM   #39 (permalink)
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2010 DNF- Was working in the pit for Ridgway. Started the race in a great position but we found metal shavings in the oil filter the night before. Couldn't get another motor fast enough. I believe he did complete 1 mile of race before he windowed it.

2011 DNF- Was happy, at home. Ridgway showed up and drug me to California. We worked on the car and got it ready. New everything that could show wear, even the throttle cable. Started at the back of the pack. Ridg was not content back there. Passed 50+ cars in the first 30 miles, footage was great. Then pulled into a checkpoint and throttle was stuck open. Had to shut it down and jerry rig a new cable. Made it to a ways further with less responsiveness in the throttle. Got into the rocks where too much throttle became a problem. Broke lots of stuff, Co-dog walked to the remote pit where I was. He took all the parts and tools he could carry but the car had to be recovered after the race.

2016 DNF Legends- New car to us, first time with the car was 2 days before the race. Start off with a miss that we think is electrical and chase that for 2 days. Enter the race never finding the culprit and Ridg got little seat time. Car leaves the start but limped back into the pit well behind the leaders. Car is starving for fuel and we entered with only 1 of 2 pumps working at 100%. Ended up working in the tank most of that race changing out everything.

2016 4400 Finish - We entered the race knowing we couldn't compete with the big boys. Ridg took care of the car and though there were many gremlins (even a flash fire in the pit) that almost took us out all day he crossed the finish line and sat on the stage with minutes to spare. Victory, now I can stay over here and watch from a screen.
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2010 DNF- Was working in the pit for Ridgway. Started the race in a great position but we found metal shavings in the oil filter the night before. Couldn't get another motor fast enough. I believe he did complete 1 mile of race before he windowed it.

2011 DNF- Was happy, at home. Ridgway showed up and drug me to California. We worked on the car and got it ready. New everything that could show wear, even the throttle cable. Started at the back of the pack. Ridg was not content back there. Passed 50+ cars in the first 30 miles, footage was great. Then pulled into a checkpoint and throttle was stuck open. Had to shut it down and jerry rig a new cable. Made it to a ways further with less responsiveness in the throttle. Got into the rocks where too much throttle became a problem. Broke lots of stuff, Co-dog walked to the remote pit where I was. He took all the parts and tools he could carry but the car had to be recovered after the race.

2016 DNF Legends- New car to us, first time with the car was 2 days before the race. Start off with a miss that we think is electrical and chase that for 2 days. Enter the race never finding the culprit and Ridg got little seat time. Car leaves the start but limped back into the pit well behind the leaders. Car is starving for fuel and we entered with only 1 of 2 pumps working at 100%. Ended up working in the tank most of that race changing out everything.

2016 4400 Finish - We entered the race knowing we couldn't compete with the big boys. Ridg took care of the car and though there were many gremlins (even a flash fire in the pit) that almost took us out all day he crossed the finish line and sat on the stage with minutes to spare. Victory, now I can stay over here and watch from a screen.
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As far as I know it has never been published or shared. I have it somewhere, I'll see if I can dig it up.
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Vapor lock this year and still scratching my head about it .. shit. Nothings worse than being able to drive onto the trailer after a DNF
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First year I've gone and didn't race. It was kinda cool just going wherever whenever, but I miss it a bit.
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KOH 14 - New car, didn't have the right fuel filters and clogged injectors. We made it to the last obstacle of Aftershock and broke the steering box and lower link with a half running car.
KOH 15 - Bad prep, didn't torque the lug nuts and sheered the wheel studs just outside of pit 1a on the second time through.
KOH 16 - Finished 5th in class with a stuck thermostat.

KOH 17-19 - Needed a break and had a baby haha.
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Vapor lock this year and still scratching my head about it .. shit. Nothings worse than being able to drive onto the trailer after a DNF
pumps in the tank?
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Dual in tank pumps, Aeromotive regulator at the tank with a single line going to a dead-headed FAST Intake/Rail set-up. The FAST set-up was new for this year but the plumbing, including the dead head did not change from previous years set-up.

At one point the drivers side fuel rail (entry) was warm to the touch while the pass hot was uncomfortably hot to place your hand on. Let it cool for 10 mins, dumped a bottle of water on it and the son of a bitch came roaring back to full power .. for 1/2 mile hah!

I am torn on the dead head issue being the problem .. perhaps that's better than running hot fuel back into the tank itself?
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