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Today my brother, a couple of his friends and I were suppose to go to Rennie, MB for a day of rock crawling. We were suppose to meet up with the others at 6:30am. Unfortunately we were running a few minutes late and got there at 7:00 to find they had already left (despite my message left with his wife). Oh well.

We ended up going to a near by gravel pit for the day as we figured it would be too difficult to catch up with them and find them on the trail.

First problems of the day - front drive shaft came apart (ran out of travel) when I was doing a hill climb. Never happened to me before, don't know why it does it now.
The shaft kept seperating through out the day, I ended up having to climb under the truck and fix it 7 times [img]images/graemlins/thud.gif[/img]






A buddy of mine joined us a couple hours after we got there.




posing on a rock








The hardbody samurai got high centered






and so did I:
















































road/stop signs??


On the way back we got some nasty weather. It started to rain, then started to hail heavily. At times there was zero visibility.

We rigged up a tarp to cover the front and rear sets. I only had a fastback top so we had to take it off to fit the back seat in.




noisy as hell on the highway with that tarp!




I also have some short video clips for download:
http://home.off-road.com/~asheng/suz...3/DSCF0012.AVI
http://home.off-road.com/~asheng/suz...3/DSCF0016.AVI
http://home.off-road.com/~asheng/suz...3/DSCF0161.AVI

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Anton






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Great pics Anton. Your samy seems to be burning a bit of blue. I'm looking forward to seeing some of the places you go when I get my samurai built.
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Nice pics anton, how are the 6.5s treating you? Were my bearings relatively good?
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Looks like you guys had a great time. If I were you I would rethink wheeling with passengers in the back with no roll protection. It only takes one time to lose a life and it isn't worth it. Tell those guys to get a zuk or buy you a cage!!!
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GREAT PICS !!!! Anton I wish I was there looks like it was a GREAT day !!! [img]images/graemlins/40BEER.gif[/img]
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Loooks like fun, Anton. I like th twin snorkles in the first picture.

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AWSOME pictures. Tell me about your suspension setup. You have some great flex there!!

Funny to see you guys wearing coats. It was 90+ degrees here again yesterday.
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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]

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Well that explains why there were only three of us at breakfast on Sunday. [img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]
Looks like a good time, I wouldn't mind taking a trip in there once before winter sets in.
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Re: pics - 4 wheeling at Ross Pits, MB

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We were suppose to meet up with the others at 6:30am. Unfortunately we were running a few minutes late and got there at 7:00 to find they had already left

[/ QUOTE ] Well, Hugh is always adamant about punctuality. And he's always said we're leaving at xx:xx o'clock no matter what and if you you're not here by then you can catch up or go home. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

You probably had more fun anyway because they were just going to mark trails this time anyway.

I've never been to Ross pits before but it looks like fun. Glad to see you got a chance to try out the new gears. I bet she climbs 90 cliffs now.

So any of your buddies want to buy a Samurai now that they had a chance to see (and drive) what it can do. I'm getting ready to sell my 3.8L Zuk soon so I can start building the LWB.

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