They call him flipper, flipper, king of the.......
Flipper is now my new call name among my group of wheelin buddies. I earned it this past weekend at Haspin Acers by being the only one to ever roll their rig twice in one day. That’s right Sami lost her cherry. She went from an EDD(Every Day Driver) to a ORV(Off-Road Vehicle).
I have rolled rigs before, but never a samurai. I must say it wasn't all that bad. FLYING down the 40 foot hill I was trying to climb backwards was a bit much but the flop over at the end was not bad at all. I was right at the top and it just seemed to run out of power, the carb bogged out and it was too muddy for my all terrains to hold so down I went. If it wouldn't have rolled I would have probably killed someone at the bottom of the hill so all in all I am glad it happened. And it is nice to get the first one over with, sets the vehicle/project on another path I think.
The second time I was trying to climb a 5' embankment that was at bout an 85 degree angle. I got up it(felt good) and had no where to go. I sat there for a second and saw a trail on my right, but I could not back up to get a straight shot at it without fallin off the ledge I had just climbed(which is what I should have done, but no I had to be cool), so I tried to turn down into a eroded trail from a bad angle. This time it flipped to the passenger side. We hit quite a bit harder this time being we were falling down about 3' cliff into the trail. If I’d of only had those toyo axles, a little more width here would have saved me. But no real harm done here either.
I had three passengers for the first flip and only two for the second, no one was hurt. Both times we just winched her back on her wheels and fired her up. No oil fluid leaks, except for the cooler and that doesn’t count. Just a little work with the sledge and a two-by-four and my rig will be as good as new. That is more than I can say for any other rig I have ever rolled or rolled in.
88 hardtop, custom SPOA, 31's, Calmini T-Case(comming soon)