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Inclinometers/Land Meters worth it?

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by Shawneily, Mar 21, 2010.

  1. Mar 21, 2010 at 10:53 PM
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    Shawneily

    Shawneily [OP] "Its go time, baby!"

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    I was looking at getting a Inclinometer/Land Meter, are they really that useful? Or just something that looks cool in a 4x4.
     
  2. Mar 22, 2010 at 12:51 AM
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    They are pretty cool. I don't know how useful the land meter would be though, it might tell you too late you're going to roll! Probably more of a novelty.

    I bet it would be a good learning tool: you could get a sense on how to read terrain and learn what will tilt you and how far, or how steep is too steep for your rig maybe; it might help you push your wheeling (?)
     
  3. Mar 22, 2010 at 1:02 AM
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    ive found mine to be completely useless...my buttmeter/ohcrapmeter is far more accurate as to what i can and am willing to do
     
  4. Mar 22, 2010 at 1:27 AM
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    Seems to be the best measure of WTF am I doing lol. Ask Yotanator, she's got one
     
  5. Mar 22, 2010 at 4:02 AM
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    Trust your ass-meter.

    But then again... your ass-meter does not have a built-in memory. It will not stop you at the same place every time and is less sensitive the more you use it. Sooner or later, if you offroad enough.....your ass-meter will fail and you will roll it. :D
     
  6. Mar 22, 2010 at 6:56 AM
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    I use instruments to fly every day- When they are properly calibrated they are great...but if they are off....You are asking for trouble.

    Most likely that you'll feel uncomfortable with the situation BEFORE you reach a critical angle that the gauges will show you.
     
  7. Mar 22, 2010 at 11:33 AM
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    The gauges that record the extremes that you've been too are cool. The ones that just tell how you how far you're tilted at any given moment are worthless, IMO.

    The point where the meter becomes useful is the point at which you're rolling over, because how else would you know what your limit is? This is besides the fact that the limit changes depending on terrain, traction, cargo, positioning of the vehicle, on the throttle or not, etc.
     
  8. Mar 22, 2010 at 11:38 AM
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    My mom's old '87 4 runner had one and the only cool part was the altimeter. The inclometer was useless.
     
  9. Mar 22, 2010 at 5:23 PM
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    Shawneily

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    I guess ill just trust my ShitinPantsMeter
     
  10. Mar 25, 2010 at 5:11 PM
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    99% of the products are useless.

    1- they are all over the range because the truck vibrates. they mostly don't have an algorithm in order to have an average value that actually shows your angle. It's the same problem when you use a GPS that doe snot average on top of a sailboat mast, your speed is all over because the mast moves and slows down so without any avergae it's useless.

    2- they won't really stop you from rolling over because you won't likely look at it to see you'Re going overboard.

    There is only oen product worth mentionning but it's WAY too expensive for what it is:

    http://motiondynamicsinc.com/products.htm
     
  11. Mar 25, 2010 at 5:19 PM
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    i could think of a million and 1 ways to spend some bucks. and that gadgets not 1 of them
     
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