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Painful desert reality.

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by mjp2, Oct 2, 2008.

  1. Oct 2, 2008 at 10:41 PM
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    mjp2

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    I've been unsuccessfully trying to track down an electrical short that causes my brake light fuse to instantly blow when stepping on the brake pedal. Through process of elimination I've found it's not in the brake light circuit but rather something peripheral. Probably the ABS. Anyway, because I had the fuse box removed from under the dash I wasn't able to move my truck for a few days. Today I got tired of it so I plugged everything back in, started up the truck, and turned it around so I could work on the passenger side front suspension.

    This is when things got ugly.

    When my UCA snapped in the desert it had enough force to bend the shaft that holds the UCA in place and dent the coil bucket.
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    The shaft is cheap and easy enough to fix (cut the UCA in half to access the bolt, cut the bent part of the bolt off, throw out the old stuff, bolt in the new stuff). Willpower and a dead-blow hammer got the Fox coilover into the bucket but that dent is a concern. Along with the still-unsolved electrical short and the huge list of other outstanding items left to do I don't see how I'll be ready for this year's race. :frusty:

    It looks like I'm turning my attention to the 2009 San Felipe 250 in March or the Baja 500 in May for my first race.

    Hardest realization ever. :rain:
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  2. Oct 2, 2008 at 10:43 PM
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    OH my...... im so sorry to hear that man...
     
  3. Oct 2, 2008 at 10:43 PM
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    any chances you get it fixed on time?
     
  4. Oct 2, 2008 at 10:57 PM
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    I'm definitely gonna try. The bank account is pretty lean and I was hoping to hold off on further fabrication work until next year. I only have a few weeks left to submit my entry for the race and I'm still waiting on a quote from FuelSafe for the bladder for my race cell. That alone has taken months.

    I should be much further along this late in the game, but I'll keep pushing forward with the things I can control and see how everything turns out. I kinda need the fuel cell so I can weigh the truck and properly valve the rear shocks, but I'm gonna guesstimate, hope for the best, and fine-tune later.

    My hope was to have the truck completed so I could test for a month or so before the race just to make sure things are solid. Making changes right up to the last minute can only lead to bad things. I'll be wrenching most of this coming weekend so I'll see what headway I make. This might just be a bad night and I needed to vent my frustrations.
     
  5. Oct 2, 2008 at 10:57 PM
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    I hope you get everything straightened out!
     
  6. Oct 2, 2008 at 11:00 PM
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    Dunno why but that really made me laugh. Dude, I needed that! :D
     
  7. Oct 2, 2008 at 11:01 PM
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    :laugh: What did I do?! :p


    I just love your efforts and so I want to come down and watch you race and see how you do man!
     
  8. Oct 2, 2008 at 11:07 PM
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    Turning wrenches solo at 1am on a broke-ass truck with a deadline sucks and it's too easy to lose sight of how worth it this is gonna be in the end. The disparity between your enthusiasm and my exhaustion was hysterical to me for whatever reason.

    I blame lack of sleep and sobriety. I should rectify one of those, and considering I have go to work in a few hours I should probably go with the first one. ;)
     
  9. Oct 2, 2008 at 11:11 PM
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    Well that made me laugh!


    Your hard work will pay off though, Mike. :)
     
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    I knew the truck didn't really run!! :rofl:

    Seriously though, it sucks you've put that much time and effort into only to be chasing down minor issues. That's like me with my car! I'm so sick of trying to track down random problems I could drive it off a cliff! (Or maybe have my wife do that.... :D )
     
  11. Oct 3, 2008 at 7:04 AM
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    LOL! I hadn't even thought of how this confirms everyone's suspicions. :laugh:

    I had a '66 Mustang that I resurrected when I was 20. Every time I took that thing out on the road something else went. Totally takes all the fun out of owning a cool car!
     
  12. Oct 3, 2008 at 7:11 AM
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    That's why I don't own a Harley... :laugh: From what I've they spend more time in the shop than on the road. Just something about seeing damn near every one of them at Bike Week in SC with a toolbox strapped on somewhere.... :rofl:
     
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    Aw geez, I'm so sorry! Sending "all fixed" vibes your way."
     
  14. Oct 3, 2008 at 7:50 AM
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    Damn straight. Mine needed to have the bottom end rebuilt at 35,000 miles. That's completely unacceptable. These days I'm riding a Triumph and couldn't be happier with it!

    Thank you!!!
     
  15. Oct 3, 2008 at 7:51 AM
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    is your triumph that big one that you took to Key West?
     
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    Yep. I rode my Harley to Florida twice but it never came close to the comfort and power of cruising on that Triumph.

    The new bike also attracts random pink-haired girls. So I've got that going for me, which is nice. :cool:
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    hey man you'll be able to do it. If it wasn't hard you wouldn't be doing it. You've got the whole TW family hoping for you... Plus we'd all be pissed if you didn't!!! :D
     
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    Sorry to hear about your problems Mike. I know you wanna make the race but you need to make sure you're at 100%, if you're not then you'll most likely break down during the race and it will ruin the whole experience. i know it sucks but it may be best to try it next year.

    also that will give you time to change your mind about your co driver....
     
  20. Oct 3, 2008 at 10:53 AM
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    True. On both counts. :cool:
     
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