Re: What kind of Off-Roader are You?
It wasn't until I moved up here that I didn't have to worry about finding car parts, nails, and other sharp things at the bottom of a mud hole so I never went on them. Now you usually get your tires chunked on tree roots. I'm still not a fan of mud because of the mess. I don't like cleaning baked-on mud from my nice pretty orange motor. Plus, I don't want to get my interior full of water either. If I go play in the mud I spark up the quad and go play and come back with mud everywhere but where my helmet was.
Rocks provide too much carnage for my liking. Maybe if I had a POS and didn't mind beating it up then it'd be different. I've seen enough grenaded differentials, blown transfer cases, and rockers that are mangled so bad that they keep JC Whitney in business to keep me from enjoying it.
I like trails. I've always liked trails. I'm a little oldschool though. I always scout ahead and then drive my truck through.
Sand, by far, is my favorite. It's probably the hardest on a vehicle though. Every seal has to be in perfect shape or you'll be buying a new one in perfect shape by the end of the day. The cooling system is going to piss and moan all day. Chances are that your vehicle is going to spend a good chunk of the day going 10-40mph at high rpms (2000-3000 most of the time) in incredible heat. Of course, when I'm playing on the dunes I put a sticker on the back of my quad that says "Speed kills.. ride a Honda." and I put a piece of plastic with a sticker on it that says "Speed kills.. drive a Ford" in the back window (I hate stickers on vehicles).
My truck, now, is a PLQ.
Aren't axles like rockwells illegal on the road since they have pinion brakes? A guy at school in the local 4wd club is building a truck like yours on top of rockwells by the way. . .