Monday, November 14, 2016

Turf-N-Surf 2016 Family Trip

We just got back from a Super Fantabulous Time at Turf N Surf 2016 at Oceano State Beach in California. It was fun to meet up with some other families with same interests.
This was are 2nd annual trip... looking forward to many more trips in years to come.




Monday, November 7, 2016

November Update

Wow, what an awesome couple of months. I have been fortunately bless enough to get in two family trips & a couple of mods done.
Here are the highlights:
7 day Yosemite area family trip.
Dual battery & fridge
Rebuilt my starter, again & finally replaced two  exhaust mounts.
Upgraded to a Fj60 hood support . 
I also added a 6 curcit fuse panel under the passenger seat. For the dual batteries I decided on the Blue Sea 7611 to seperate the batteries. 
I was able to raise the bunk beds up to slide some storage bins under them & cut in some new 12x18 slider windows.
We just came back from a wonderful time at Turf N Surf 2016 I will post up pics in next post.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

New 75mm/3" Slinky Suspension

I have been on a long jurney trying to get a suspension that actually works well on the road & the trail. It has been a big learning curve on what just works & work a lot better. I have used several products & brands of shocks & coils to get me here where I am at today.

I have had two sets of Old Man Emu coils springs and have found them to be good with drivability and handling on/off road, but not great. Again good but not great. I want a suspension that performs great on & off road. I have learnd about dual rate coils & have found several manufacturers that offer them for my 80 series rig. OME, Icon & Redline Slinky. All three have great attributes but one stands out to me for the longest suspension travel is the Slinky long travel coils. These longer coils allow my rig to have longer shocks which means my tire goes further down, has more traction & control.

Let me explain dual rate, these coils have a soft plush & firm stable feel. While just going down the road it has a soft feel but just under that is a strong firm stable heavier coil. Two coils in one, a cake & eat it situation... just simply awesome. Here is a pic of both my single rate OME & my new Slinky dual rate coils, note how much taller the silver coils are.

I have found on my rig that 1" of travel at my shock equals 2" at the tire. I am now running 2.25" longer shocks which means 4.5" more downtravel at the tire. 

The top 160lb rate section of the coil almost stacks at ride height while the rig is just about to sit on the stronger 260lb rate. This provides the soft plush feel going down the road. Once a bit more weight goes on the coil they finish compressing then it goes into the stronger part of the coil. Does that make since?
Here is a pic while installing to show how long they are.
Here is some poser shots.
Below is the new Slinky coil verses my old coils that were much shorter. The theroy behind the longer coil is they are still pushing down giving better traction at full exstension of the longer shocks rather than the tire just dangling there without downward preasure.
I'm now driving up curbs on purpose & blowing though 6" tall parking lot stops like they were 1" reflector bumps. These coils are the bomb & can't wait for the Icon shocks.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

80 series with 40" tires

Basic human nature... bigger is better. I have found some 80 series rigs with 40" tires. I just had to post.....

I have seen a lot of 80 series rigs & this this super low geared red 80 on 40"s just screams out to me "Hardcore 80". 

@wrench here on mud has been a member since 2003 but never did a build thread that I know of. I guess it wasn't cool back in the day. So his build is spread out over hundreds & hundreds of pages on ih8mud. I have learned here & there while doing searches that his "Red Macine" is worthy of a build thread. 
I'm posting this up so others can see & enjoy this Red Machine.

This is what I know so far. If it's wrong let me know:

6" Slee lift
Stock bump stops
12" Doetsch Tech 8000 series shocks
5:29s & some Black Box like 250 to 1 thing???
39.5" IROKs black steel 17x9 4.5" BS wheels
Chrome moly axles
Front ARB & 4X4Labs bumpers

I invite you @wrench to tell you story or others to do the same if you know Chris or have wheeled with him please tell your story.

In a PM @cruiser land wrote:
"Sure, I know wrench. He rolled that truck ten years ago and I spliced on a roof doors etc from a donor, thing was squashed flat!"
http://forum.ih8mud.com/threads/official-37-and-up-picture-thread.438003/page-11#post-6959770


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Family Went Wheelin on Bald Mountain Trail

As hoped for, the family has been able to go camping a little more than last year. This trip was two days on Bald Mountain.

I am continuely amazed at how well the cruiser can take the abuse of towing a loaded 6x12 box trailer on 37s & 4:10 gears. I just put it in 2nd gear & it pulls all the way up the 6% grade hill to Shaver Lake then beat it on the trail all weekend then pack it up & drive it 2.5 hrs. all the way home just cruising the whole way. Then drive it to work the next day dirty on empty, fill her up with gas & a bath at the car wash the next day. Simply amazing! These 80s are the best family rigs ever...

Enjoy the vid... wish there was more. I need to remember to take more pics on trips.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

My Birthday Wheelin Trip to Dillonwood.

I was blessed enough to have the opportunity to go wheelin... a good friend suggested a new trail on his side of the valley called Dillonwood Grove. It was a fun shady overgrown type of trail. It was a get out of Dodge kind of day. Don brought his two boys & a new friend Win came in his silver 80 series.
https://youtu.be/Sq_ZB3Ewndo
https://youtu.be/gtuFazL0kq4
https://youtu.be/VVN4faNwgD8
The waterfalls was worth the 4 hour trail ride to get there.