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Re: I finally drove it!
To answer a couple of questions before I head off to work...
Yes, I'm concerned about the ARB in the 30, and I'll be sure to let this board know if I break it. If I'd discovered this board before I made that decision I would probably have done things differently. I knew it was a weak front end but it was a money decision to wait until later to spend the money on another axle. Now I know there are several different front ends out there that I could have scrounged the local parts yards for and it would have barely cost more than what I spent. What is it people say... "Every mistake you live through becomes experience for later?"
I plan to keep the front unlocked unless absolutely necessary, and I've got an automatic to absorb drivetrain shock. Between those to facts and the fact that I've absolutely got to keep this front end from breaking until I pay off some Visa, I think I'll be able to make it last a while. We'll see.
Mike, you're exactly right in your description of what it was like the first time, and yes it was great!
I've barely driven it enough yet to give driving impressions, but I can say that I think I'm really going to like it. The ride is significantly better on the road than it was before I started, and I attribute most of that to the shackle reversal up front, and possibly a little to the new tires.