Re: Geoff Mikuni cabs Kick @$$!!!
These Swampers are wearing GREAT! I've put almost 10,000 miles on them and you can hardly see any wear. I couldn't have lost more than 1/32nd-inch tread depth yet. The only way you can really tell that these tires have been well used is that the edges of the tread blocks aren't a sharp 90* corner like new (they're rounded off a bit, as all tires get) and they have some grooves and a couple small chunks out of them (from the rocks). I rotated them at about 7,000 miles which made them noisier for a few hundred miles as they wore into the new rotational pattern. But overall, they are virtually silent (hardly any tire hum, just the wind noise they generate) and still drive like an all-terrain tire on the pavement. Off-road (except in deep gumbo mud, in which the Boggers are superior) there is no better tire, as far as I'm concerned. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
As for my timing belt, I haven't changed it yet. I've put about 12,000 miles on my motor and it's running better than ever. I made the switch to synthetic oil too quickly (all it did was drink it, requiring another quart every 2,000 miles) but I've switched back to 10-30 conventional to continue letting it break in. These chrome rings take a long time to seat properly! I'm sure happy with the motor, though. It's not even strained when the tach pegs, although I usually shift at that point anyways. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img] This little high-compression GTi hybrid can pull 5th gear on the highway despite turning 34-inch-tall tires with a GRS2 and stock axle gears. Those 3.73's are about to be replaced by some 4.57's though, so I should be able to pull 80-85 again on the highway and outrun my friend Adam's 8-valve 1600 with ease. I'll tell ya this, though: it's sure scary to go that fast on such a tall, short-wheelbase, softly-sprung vehicle! I wouldn't want to go any faster than that. It's nice to just be able to downshift and hold my speed going up hills, rather than slowing down and getting tailgated by big-rigs.
-- Geoff Beasley