Re: Zuki testimony
Reminds me of 3 days ago, pulling my father's heavy cargo trailer up his driveway. We used my Samurai since has a shorter wheelbase and better turning radius than his Grand Cherokee. Unfortunately, the trailer weighs about as much as my Samurai. So pulling it up the driveway (trust me, it's the steepest driveway you'd ever see!) required 4wd low range. I got the trailer going, but then my front tires lifted up into the air. So I stepped on the brake, and the trailer dragged me backwards down the hill a couple feet, all 4 tires sliding! I finally said "screw it" because off-road I'm never afraid to have tires in the air...I just kept my foot down as the front of the Samurai lifed, and I pulled that sucker all the way up to the road. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
I probably won't do that again, but I had to do it once just to prove to myself that it could be done with a Samurai. That trailer's so heavy, my Samurai probably couldn't get it going more than 50mph tops on the highway. But of course, the 5.9 V8 in the Jeep has no problem. Sometimes I wish I had a big-cube motor in my Zuk, but off-road I think it's a detriment. Who needs the weight of a big motor if they have sufficient gearing? Just don't expect to be able to go very fast.
I've pulled out countless vehicles that seriously outweigh my Samurai. The only ones I've turned down helping were a Hummer and a 4wd tow truck, both of them chained up and buried to their frames in the snow. No way my little Zuk would stand a chance against those behemoths!
-- Geoff Beasley