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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-18-2003, 02:30 PM Thread Starter
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Mud Boggin\' Madness

Ahhhhhhh!
Competed in my 2nd one this weekend!
Looks like ~6th? place again, albeit 30 trucks this year, versus 24 last year, so I did move up a bit.
1st place (dude in this post with the dinged door, and a rather "healthy" 460) was 4.34sec,
2nd was 4.6something, 3rd was 4.84, and I had a 5.03.
The stop-watch timing was "semi-questionable", but I'm not that concerned, it was just a good test of the ole rig. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

Course, just like last year, all the hints came after the event, not before.
Seems there was quite a bit of "fuel" modification going on. [img]images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img]
Not sure of the exact stuff, but it's similar to this mix.
Most of the rigs were running carburetors, and they just re-jetted for the nitromethane mix.
Again though, it would have been nice to know of this handy trick before-hand. [img]images/graemlins/cussing.gif[/img]

Now for the majorly important question:
How in the "bejeesus" do you keep from the coating the entire engine compartment in mud??? [img]images/graemlins/thud.gif[/img]
Yes, I'm a clean-freak like <font color="blue">TheJuice</font color>, but that's not the problem.
I'm worrying more about mud intrustion to the internal components rather than keeping the engine clean at this point:
My fan shroud was filled up at least 4" from the bottom with gobs of goop!
The lower radiator hose was almost pulling off due to the weight of the mud on it!
The front of the oil pan is completely packed solid right out to the harmonic balancer!
I know some of you are more into this muck on a regular basis.
I pulled the fan off this year for the 2 runs, but that didn't make a bit of difference.
Seems like a mud flap running from behind the bumper, underneath the radiator, and terminating just in front of the axle would aleviate some of the "intrusion".
However, I don't see a convenient way to rig something like that up.

What do you do to protect the engine compartment, <font color="blue">Hakefisherman</font color>, <font color="blue">MuddyBronco</font color>, <font color="blue">BurnedBronco</font color>....anyone?

PS, I borrowed a helmut for the wife so she could ride along for a change.
She's still talking about much fun it was! [img]images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]
"Here's to mud in yer eye, Babe!" [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

PSS, Ran "topless" for this one! [img]images/graemlins/burnout.gif[/img]
It's so cool coming out the end of the pit, and "the crowd is roaring with enthusiasm".

PSSS, I should have some pics, and a video!! in a couple days.
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Re: Mud Boggin\' Madness

nothing i have doen other than wash it out good after each time.
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Alot of guys make one big mudflap, thats about the width of the frame rails, and hang it off the bumper, almost to the ground. the idea is that it will deflect some of the mud under the axle instead of over it. It sorta works [img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]
There really is no good way to stop it that ive seen. Maybe an OBW (On-Board-Water) setup would help clean it, though [img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

Cant wait to see the pics and video! [img]images/graemlins/RockOn.gif[/img]
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Re: Mud Boggin\' Madness

When I used to mud bog with my dodge I actually screwed a piece of carpet to the front bumper that would do what rep-t was talking about. It worked so-so. I would never do that to your pretty Bronco though. I can't wait for pics!!
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Re: Mud Boggin\' Madness

most of the guys at the local mud races run a conveyor belt type rubber sheet hanging off the front bumper and it seems to work. I've done nothing special and the 6" lift seems to keep it pretty clean in there except on top of the ttb xmember. I don't normally hit stuff very fast though, but if I did I would rig up all kinds of plastic sheeting under the engine to keep the mud out, though once muddy water comes through the radiator and "hits the fan", your engine is as messy as it's gonna get [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Re: Mud Boggin\' Madness

once muddy water comes through the radiator and "hits the fan"
That's why I removed it this year, but it sure didn't make much of a difference. [img]images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img]

Here's a shot of the rear-end in preparation for cleaning. [img]images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img]
There's sh*t everywhere! [img]images/graemlins/chair.gif[/img]


I spent about $8 at the power-wash right after the run.
However, (must have been the bad lighting), it wasn't worth it.
I got the rig way cleaner at home than I did at the wash. [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
The only good thing the power-wash did, was clean the body well.
Maybe it's cause you can control the spray better with a garden hose nozzle?
Plus, I had more room to crawl around underneath it with the rig up on some ramps. Who knows.
At least I don't have big chunks of "doo doo" falling off on the road anymore. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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I know I shouldn't but I love watching mud fly off the tires and into the air and hearing the thump of it coming loose when I leave the trailhead for the highway. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] That looks like way too much mud for too little wheelin! lol. I won't knock it untill I try it though. [img]images/graemlins/40BEER.gif[/img]
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Shoot, got a good shot, but we're off on a float trip for the rest of the day. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/beach.gif[/img]

I'll get it scanned in tomorrow.
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Ah, back from the float trip.
What a relaxing day on the "Mo", a.k.a. Missouri. [img]images/graemlins/beach.gif[/img]

Here's the shot I got of the mud bog.
Note, the passenger this year. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
Janet still can't believe how quick it was over. "That's it?" she says. [img]images/graemlins/chair.gif[/img]

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Great shot WD, but lets see the wife's Escape in the 6 banger class!!

When I see that picture I can't help but think of your drivetrain pics on your Super Ford site, it was soooooo clean. [img]images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img]
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