Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: socialist lib heaven mASS
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some new juice and the honeymoon is over
so, every time I go out to my freakin sami the battery is dead. I jump it, charge it up good, a couple days later its dead as a doornail again.
I figure its something stupid with the electrical system in the truck. Wouldn't be the first time the wiring in a zuk went stupid. So I disconnect the ground cable from the battery and leave it for a few days. I go to crank it up to use the winch to dislodge my eviscerasted popup utility trailer from its long-time resting place in the driveway (didnt have the right hitch ball) and it's dead again.
Conclusion? The cheapo POS walmart battery is junk. So on the way back from the Hooter meat 'n' teat last night I hit an Autozone and pony up for an oversized Optima Yellowtop battery. 9 hundred billion cold cranking amps and extra winchiness.
I drill and pry and bang myself a nice mounting spot for it with a real tie down and everything, hook up the winch and stuff and fire the sucker up. it has so much juice that it actually starts before I even turn the key. OK. I made that part up. but it started real nice.
So I did my usual and drove 20 seconds up my street to the little trail I drive when I need to wheel for 15 minutes or need to blow the coccoons and dry leaves out of my exhaust system once a week.
I cruise through, everything is working really nice. Instead of continuing to the second part, I turn around to go back through the rocky and MUDDY first part with its downed trees and general twistiness.
I hit one section that I managed to drive through with no drama on the way in, but this time I boink against some unseen rock or downed tree buried in the mud which stops my forward progress. No prob. I back up until I bump into something else and then take another crack at it. The mud is not amazingly deep but it's REAL slimy and promptly clogs up my tires. A few more back and forths and I am just plain stuck. Sideways. I can't move an inch in any direction.
I am wearing moccasins and no socks, so I hop out into the shin deep muck and haul out the winch cable. Another test for my spanky new battery! I get back in the rig and start winching myself up this gentle, slimy incline.
I can't get any traction anywhere. I am trying to help myself along with the throttle, but every time I step on it the drivers side tires get buried even farther in the goo. It's now up past the bottom of my drivers side door and I am sitting at a very uncomfortable angle to the ground. Actually kinda looking at a muddy bank right out my window. It doesn't matter which way I turn the wheel, I am just going along this very deep rut, drivers side down and towards a pretty good sized ROCK that nature was inconsiderate enough to lodge in the bank I am sliding along.
I turn the wheels hard left to try and ride up the bank a little and winch some more. It seems to work since my front tire just kinda grazes the rock and it contacts my purposefully protruding rock rails.
I slide along thinking again how clever I am for deciding to have the rock rails welded sticking out and how many times that has saved my body work. EXcept I am tilted over so far that even though the rail is sliding along the rock, the top of the rock grinds into my nice door, across the door opening, into the quarter panel and right along onto the zukboys flare.
A wonderful assortment of scraping and puckering metal noises, plus some crunching plastic and I get free of the rock and about the same time get free of the mud. I pull forward, unhook and wind up the winch cable and drive out of the trail.
So my spanky rust free samurai that I am such a pansy about not beating up has a small but obvious 'chicks dig body damage' customization on the drivers side. Compared to so many of the rigs I've seen it's barely a scratch, but it's like it broke some kind of imaginary glass wrapper around my zuk, which is now no longer all pretty and unbent.
And the best part is...I think I like it more now. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
thanks for reading,