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Unread 02-07-2013, 11:45 PM   #3436
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Well guys, what an awesome day. Seriously, even though we didn't finish we had an amazing run up until aftershock where we just had too many things happen all at once. The belly pan skid bolts either stripped or fell out and the trans dropped, we ratched it back up, moved about 10 ft and broke a u-joint and then took out the ball joints driving another 100 ft over rocks with a broken u-joint.

Man, we had a great first lap though, really moving in the desert and was able to stay out in clean air for the majority of our run which was a huge help. We also one-shot a steep sand hill and past 4-5 guys that were all stuck/broke which was pretty cool.

And yes, we did top out at 77mph, that is accurate according to the gps in front of me

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Unread 02-07-2013, 11:48 PM   #3437
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Making it 73 miles on this course was a huge accomplishment in my book. Just an overall awesome experience for us!
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Unread 02-08-2013, 12:19 AM   #3438
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Waited at Choc thunder for you guys allllll day haha. Not many made it that far!
Nice meeting you guys!
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Unread 02-08-2013, 01:36 AM   #3439
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Our hillbilly suspension tune and a crazy @ss driver made the mallcrawler fly across the desert. The breakage well Our Desert strip malls have some serious speed bumps, so carnage was imminent. To me the best part of the day was trying to find the mall crawler back in the pitch black and get it from the trail back to camp. That turned out to be an interesting 2 hour exploration trip in the big ole sand box. Had a great time, lets crawl the strip mall some more mall crawler guy

By the way, you buy the spider 9 and I'll buy the armorall, those tires need some tire black also. Was cool hanging out with your family and Mikey and Josh you both rock this was a pretty darn good effort that started Monday morning with a bunch of crap thrown in the bed of my truck and by Monday night we were having at it like pro team.
Mikey whenever you are ready come on out for some more fun in the big sand box, was fun hanging out, same goes for you Mr Mallcrawler guy.
Oh yeah it should officially become mallcrawler racing
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Unread 02-08-2013, 01:57 AM   #3440
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Looks like it was a group from great lakes 4x4 that helped them out.

http://www.greatlakes4x4.com/showthr...=254880&page=2

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They sure did

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Unread 02-08-2013, 02:46 AM   #3441
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Congrats on the great run and great experience guys. It was very exciting watching and routing for you. I can now go on with my life today and try to get something done! lol
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Unread 02-08-2013, 04:00 AM   #3442
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Unread 02-08-2013, 06:57 AM   #3443
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Well guys, what an awesome day. Seriously, even though we didn't finish we had an amazing run up until aftershock where we just had too many things happen all at once. The belly pan skid bolts either stripped or fell out and the trans dropped, we ratched it back up, moved about 10 ft and broke a u-joint and then took out the ball joints driving another 100 ft over rocks with a broken u-joint...
Making it any distance at all after this kind of breakage is seriously impressive, in my book.
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Unread 02-08-2013, 07:28 AM   #3444
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So the u joint ears spread and pushed out the BJ? Gotcha. It's pretty admirable that you made it that far on a rig that is not only street legal, but daily driven often. I definitely appreciate that. And not to consider 'what ifs'.....but if you had RCV's, the ball joints likely would've been fine and who knows how far you could've gone. Good job guys, it was definitely fun watching you haul through the desert section. The helo got some great coverage of it.
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Unread 02-08-2013, 07:44 AM   #3445
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So the u joint ears spread and pushed out the BJ? Gotcha. It's pretty admirable that you made it that far on a rig that is not only street legal, but daily driven often. I definitely appreciate that. And not to consider 'what ifs'.....but if you had RCV's, the ball joints likely would've been fine and who knows how far you could've gone. Good job guys, it was definitely fun watching you haul through the desert section. The helo got some great coverage of it.
Ditto... Very impressive!
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Unread 02-08-2013, 07:54 AM   #3446
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Pretty cool! The dessert section was pretty awesome! To say impressive is an understatement!
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Unread 02-08-2013, 07:59 AM   #3447
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Pretty cool! The dessert section was pretty awesome! To say impressive is an understatement!
Especially with the whipped cream topping. Yum!
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Unread 02-08-2013, 08:44 AM   #3448
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The belly pan skid bolts either stripped or fell out and the trans dropped,
I actually think this is common. I had to leave early from a trail (Holy Cross CO). I bombed the trail rest of the trail since I was no longer with the group. The trail is littered with bowling ball sized rocks. I had some the bolts back out and my pan dropped. I check them all the time now!
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Unread 02-08-2013, 09:06 AM   #3449
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So the u joint ears spread and pushed out the BJ? Gotcha. It's pretty admirable that you made it that far on a rig that is not only street legal, but daily driven often. I definitely appreciate that. And not to consider 'what ifs'.....but if you had RCV's, the ball joints likely would've been fine and who knows how far you could've gone. Good job guys, it was definitely fun watching you haul through the desert section. The helo got some great coverage of it.

U joint broke, after that the balljoints got ripped out. Pretty common, is why I brought a ball joint press to the lakebed. That was my original assesment, that rcv's would have kept them in the race a bit longer, the axle housing was flexing pretty bad also, we could not keep the diff cover bolts tight.
Still from where we started working on the mall crawler on Monday morning till it started the race we turned this Jeep from a almost undrivable Jeep in to a competitor that hauled @ss across the desert. that in it self was a pretty big accomplishment.
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Unread 02-08-2013, 09:14 AM   #3450
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Congrats Team REDLYNER for an awesome experience and go at the 2013 KOH. In all honesty, it's beyond impressive that you did as well as you did with such little preparation and track time. Now it's time to sit back and relax, enjoy talking and reminiscing about the experience with everyone (If you were in Indy this would also be accompanied with some infamous tator balls!!).

I'm excited to see some of the gopro cockpit coverage and pics.
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