Got out & wheeled Mission Impossible this past weekend. Good time! I was the least built in the group, but kept up with the big boys all day. I tried some climbs I never had the balls to do & made them. We were done at MI around 5:00 or so & headed over to the quarry at the Badlands, where I did some pretty impressive climbs there as well. No videos of those though.
cameraman! The flat belly is flat out titties! I might have sraped it maybe twice all day long. She drove smooth at butter all the way there & back at 70 mph. Didn't break anything all day.
I ran the MTR's down at 10psi & didn't have a lick of trouble with popping beads or spinning on the rim. So that's my new psi. All the sidewalls held up fine, so no need to use the Discount Tire warranty this time.
I never really found myself wanting more wheelbase all day long. It's kind of a damned if you do & damned if you don't scenario I think. There were a few obstacles the longer rigs similar to mine, on 35's, struggled a little with, that I one shot, but there were some things they tried that I back down from. Analyzing the obstacles I tackled, there is a lot more I can ask of the Jeep the way it sits. The only thing I really found my self wanting quite a few times all day, was a good cage & seats with a 5 point harness. The windshield is a critical item, that is really in harms way, so it'd be nice to remove that when wheeling, which the cage would allow me to do.
I took some measurements last night & have been looking at some of the cages out there for ideas. I really like the BTF full cage design & will probably copy that with a few changes. I will use the stock B & C pillars.
1. Extend the tube through the dash to the floor. No stanchions.
2. Windshield V bars.
3. Tube gussets on the B pillar.
4. Instead of bending the spreader bars down as the A pillars to the floor, they will run straight to the windshield, then the A pillars will come up through the dash & weld into the spreader bar. Just like their Sport Cage does.
5. Some front grab handles to make it easier for my wife to get in.
Now, let's talk about seats. I'm looking for something good, but affordable. I would like a recliner type seat as I still need relatively easy access to the back seat for my kids. I have not decided against a fixed back & price alone might push me that way. Can anyone comment about rear seat accessiblity with a fixed back seat? I'm looking to stay under $300 per seat.
PRP Daily Driver
- In my price range. The lower sides would be nice, but it's fixed back. $280
- Right at my price limit. Cloth version is $80 less. Flipper. Not a lot of hip support. $300/$260
Corbeau Baja SS
- very affordable, but is a fixed back seat. Good hip support. $200
Any others I should look at?