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Re: pics - 4 wheeling at Ross Pits, MB
We sure did have a good time. It was kind of strange getting there so early though, because the sun was rising when we were almost there, and by the time we had enough 4 wheeling it just past noon.
This was the first time out with the new Calmini 6.5:1 gears. It sure is lower than the GRSII.. Too low sometimes. I can go the same speed in 5th gear low range as I can go in 1st gear high range.
My motor took a lot of abuse because of the tendency to rev it higher to go faster. I let everyone drive so it saw a lot of time in the 5000+ rpm range. Not to mention about 8 minutes steady at 6000 rpm in 5th gear going about 40km/h to get to another part of the trail. All of that took it's toll on the already knocking, worn out bottom end. It's okay though, I have a GTi motor to put in when this one goes [img]images/graemlins/40BEER.gif[/img]
Kevin, your donor case seems to be working good so far. As far as I can tell the bearings are good, but I wouldn't be able to hear over the exhaust and road/wind noise even if they were noisy. The 6.5's work great, I'm impressed with the ulta low low range. The extra 2% reduction in high range also makes a difference from what I can tell - I could keep up with highway traffic a bit easier than before.
NC_Zuk, you have a very good point about the rear cage. I understand that a roll over with rear set passengers would be a disaster. I avoided any tough obsticals that could lead to a potential tricky/dangerous situation for this reason. At any rate, we all know that a roll over can occur when least suspected, so I will try to get some form of rear passenger roll protection implemented before taking passengers in the back seat off-road.
The suspension on my zuk consists of Jeep YJ 5pack leaf springs all around, with the front in a shackle reversal configuration. The rear springs utilize a single shackle at each spring, this shackle is logner than stock at 6" hole to hole.
The suspension works great for the most part, yet I still have some bugs to work out. These include my front drive shaft seperating (longer splines), my tires rubbing against the backside of the front fenders under compression (BFH or angle grinder), as well as my front shackle angle is too flat and has resulted in the premature wearing of the bushings, and the shackles collapsing against the frame under compression (drill new hole in shackle hanger).
I sure wish I were in florida. Now that fall is here, it gets cold at night, and lately we've been having miserable weather during the day, like high winds, rain, cloudy, etc.
It must have been around 0*C or 32*F at 6:15 when we left. That gets real cold when cruising down the highway with no top, espicially when the sun isn't even out! It may have warmed up to 10*C (50*F) later in the day, but with the rain and hail we were still freezing out asses off on the highway. I'm not looking forward to winter.. [img]images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img] but at least I should have a warm draft free Toyota to go 4wheeling in by then. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]