__________________ "He almost broke the land speed record in 1977, popular opinion amongst his team was that his beard caused to much wind resistance. He would have shaved it… No, no he wouldn’t have."
I rebuilt my slider mounts and now have my sliders welded to the frame instead of bolted as they used to be. The mounts I made actually tie into the claytons mounts with plate around the frame rail, should strengthen things up quite well.
Heres a pic of the bumper and shocks as they sit...
I have though, been wheeling the piss out of it this summer.
Well I was told I need to update this build so I'm gunna throw a few pics up for giggles. Done some work recently, after that massacre of the front bumper I decided to rebuild the sides for better clearance and strength.
Then wheeled it some more
On that trip, 5 miles in to the 6 mile long Barrett Lake trail I shattered a rear axle finally around 8:30PM. We decided to turn around, and limped it all the way back near the trail head, setting up camp around 1:30AM. Next moring made some calls, got a new shaft lined up and a ride up to us so we went out to the pavement, and tore the rear end apart. When the shaft arrived we threw it back together, then wheeled the whole trail again event-free to save the weekend! Went on a long hike from the lake and got some EPIC scenery also.
Aaaand then we fast forward to now. The D44a is semi for sale, and I am picking up a 9" tomorrow...set up for claytons suspension with a Strange nodular 3rd member, 35 spline moser axles, detroit locker, and a u-bolt style yoke for the 1350's. I'm stoked.
haha yeah I beat the hell out of it. The 44 shaft was actually quite a predicament, it was a chain reaction thing. I was on one of the hardest obstacles of the trail when I flexed out too hard and dropped a rear coil. We didn't notice for a sec, and I pushed for the next part untill I got on it hard. The body dropped onto the bumpstop on that side, ripped the bumpstop off the truck sending the tire FULLY stuffed into the wheel well and at the same time snapped the shaft. Part of the reason it bound up was my tire was jammed up against the wheel well that hard.
Sorry the lense of the camera was super dirty, but this was RIGHT when it happened. Talk about stuffin 35"s.