I Do This For The Glory
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Nobleboro, Maine
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Re: anti-lock brakes & tire size
Thanks, but that was before I built it, or should say, tore it apart. It's even more of a beast now, but I kept that huge powerplant (2.5L 4 cyl) because it runs so well and has power for everything except the highway and deep mud. I can't wait to get a Zuk, they're a lot of fun, and it'll be nice having 2 extremes. The Scrambler will weigh in excess of 4,000 lbs, and it's built to withstand a bomb being dropped on it (right down to the 3/8" thick body mounts, and 1/8" diamondplated bed and cab). I'm going to throw a 350 in it when I get the $$$ and some time, but just need to get it back together for now.
My thought is that the sensors are able to keep individual wheels from locking up by sensing differences in the speed of individual wheels. If the diameter of all wheels are increased there should be no great problem. </font color=blue>
I think that's more like the electronic Limited Slip System that's out now. It senses differences in wheel speed and adjusts the brakes to equalize them. So if one side is on ice, and spinning wildly, the brakes are applied which shifts power to the side that isn't spinning. Mercedes and a few other rigs have this, not sure about the Zuki's. I did the same thing on the Scrambler by using 2 emergency brakes, one on each wheel. I'd twist up and go nowhere, lock the spinning side, and the other side would get power, so I'd go again. It only works on the rear end, but it also only cost me $15 to install.
I think the system does do what you describe in the way of ABS, but only to the degree of the tire not turning, not the difference in wheel speed, but I could be wrong.
I love having ABS on a rig, it's awesome. Most of the time it can be disabled for wheeling by removing a fuse as well, but I have never seen the need, at slower speeds it doesn't work anyway. The ABS on our Jeep has saved it twice now from an accident, and it's nice this time of year on the snow and ice.
As far as the Tech stuff goes, I don't even own a Zuk (yet!), but will try to help when I can and if I can, you guys are great.
Winter Harbor, Maine
'81 CJ-8 Scrambled!
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