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Barstow trip on September 13th.

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by mjp2, Sep 2, 2008.

  1. Sep 2, 2008 at 1:15 PM
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    mjp2

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  2. Sep 23, 2008 at 3:36 PM
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    The recap...

    All pretty and stuff early in the drive out to CA:
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    Driving into impending doom. The rain on the trip out was unreal.
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    Met up with some guys in Barstow behind the KFC. Their trucks were sick!
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    Worn out coil-overs. That didn't take too long.
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    Good place to stop and regroup. Johnny Racer set us up with the Barstow Main racecourse in our Lowrance GPS systems while we were sitting around.
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    And then the carnage came.
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    With the help of Cody I got my front suspension strapped together well enough to idle the 8 miles out of the desert. It came apart 6 times so I had a little break in the monotony every now and then. ;)
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    Back in the parking lot, lined up, and awaiting a mobile welder.
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    If ever you break in Barstow, call this guy! His weld got my arse back to NJ!
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    Learned a lot out there, and even with the breakage it was a beautiful, fun trip.
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  3. Sep 23, 2008 at 3:43 PM
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    good times :thumbsup:
     
  4. Sep 23, 2008 at 11:54 PM
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    Welcome back.:D
     
  5. Sep 24, 2008 at 12:24 AM
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    A ratcheted strapped UCA.... has to be one of the best jerry rigs i've ever seen :thumbsup: +1
     
  6. Sep 24, 2008 at 7:44 AM
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    Glad you're back and the only damage was to your truck. I will say this though..... you're truck looks like a baby truck next to those other guys. i dont even wanna know what my truck would look like next to theirs.....

    what exactly is the purpose of the limiting straps? i'm not entirely clear on what they do. plus they seem like they would break everytime. seems to fragile to be on a truck, much less a baja truck
     
  7. Sep 24, 2008 at 7:52 AM
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    that had to be the best time ever....
     
  8. Sep 24, 2008 at 8:01 AM
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    Looks like a fun time!
     
  9. Sep 24, 2008 at 8:51 AM
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    Concept is that the straps will reach their limit before the shocks do, or whatever other suspension component is the limiting factor for wheel travel. For most of us, either the shocks reach maximum extension or the UCAs bind to restrict wheel travel. Do that enough times and something's gonna break. The straps are there to limit travel before anything bad happens to a critical component.

    The straps are actually amazingly strong, but I'm doubling them up for the next go-around. I started replacing the coil-overs last night and got the driver's side done. I should have more pictures posted after this weekend.

    Oh, and I did miss one from the return trip! My truck at 11,500 feet above sea level. :cool:
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  10. Sep 24, 2008 at 9:24 AM
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    Looks like Kansas on Interstate 70!! Thats the worst state to drive across in all of America (imo) I wanted to jump out the window!!
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  11. Sep 24, 2008 at 9:37 AM
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    I think it might have been Oklahoma. You should experience Kansas on US 50. They don't call it "The loneliest road in America" for nothing! :)
     
  12. Sep 24, 2008 at 9:43 AM
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    great pics mike!!! looks like you had a killer time!!! are you going to replace the set of uca's?? if so......going back with the same ones, or something different?

    oh yeah...the sunset pic is awesome brotha!!
     
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    Cant imagine and dont want to experience!
     
  14. Sep 24, 2008 at 9:43 AM
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    Nice! Looks like some serious trucks you were out there playing with.
     
  15. Sep 24, 2008 at 12:06 PM
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    that makes sense but fabric seems too weak. it there a reason they dont use thick cable instead?
     
  16. Sep 24, 2008 at 12:13 PM
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    Flexibility, and think of it as a fuse. If it breaks, then you're pushing pretty damn hard and had better slow down before something else goes.

    I know a few rock crawler guys that use chains, but then they're not moving at more than 4mph and trailer their trucks around so the noise isn't a concern.
     
  17. Sep 24, 2008 at 6:20 PM
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    great pictures. Do you have any action shots???
     
  18. Sep 24, 2008 at 6:23 PM
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  19. Sep 24, 2008 at 6:39 PM
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    No, but there is a video worth downloading and watching:

    http://homepage.mac.com/brumz/Sites/Clips.mov

    About 55MB. You get to see me almost roll because of my non-long-travel suspension and stock-valved rear shocks. :eek: Those long-travel trucks float over the terrain!
     
  20. Sep 25, 2008 at 8:06 AM
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    the video was cool. you're truck was bouncing around more than Boob's McGee's sweater cows though....
     
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