Nick ^ Awesome gesture. Jankoid- thanks again for the trailer offer. Not going to make this race. The jeep is fully prepped and ready to drive on the trailer, but A. the trip is going to be roughly $800 (when I need to be saving for a front axle) and B. it is supposed to rain and I hate racing in the rain. So instead I'm going to save some of the cash into the axle fund which just puts me one step closer to my next goal.
It sucks missing it, but without the family going, it wouldn't have been nearly as fun. That being said, I'll be cherry picking a few from the remaining events:
May 25th: ECORS Harlan Race, KY (charity event)
July 6th: ECORS Devils Playground Race, NC (ALWAYS a muddy slop fest)
July 27th: Rally North America Snowshoe Race, WV
August 24th: ECORS The Flats Race, NC
August 24th: Dirt Riot Finale Durhamtown, GA
August 31st: Baja of Texas Chupacabra 300 Race, TX (300 mile desert race)
September 21st: Line Mountain 7 miler Race, PA
November 16th: ECORS Harlan Finale, KY
So to get my mind off of it, I decided to have a little fun with one of my son's toys I bought for him . He's 18 months old, but it's never too young to get your first RC rock crawler! Maisto RC crawler out of the box:
Removed front bumper and highlined the fenders. Gained 1" of uptravel:
Comp cut the rear and trimmed rear bumper:
My son weighs 31lbs and he literally will tackle this thing. Sit on it, etc. The tires were all into the body, now it clears 100%:
Next up was addressing the power issue. It has none. It bogs on climbs, wheels stop spinning if bound up. Batteries die after 10 minutes (runs on AA's). Time to supercharge this thing . Getting to the guts and cutting the power wires:
Picked up a new NI-MH 9.6v, cut the wires and added some connectors to splice into the stock wiring:
Drilled a hole through the battery box for the new wiring:
Cut off the end of the box, then dremmeled out the plastic to fit the new battery in the stock location:
Charged the battery and mounted it up:
Ready to Go! The crawler drives like it is on NOS! It pops wheelies because it has so much power now. I was..... I mean.... my son was driving it for forever with no battery drain. HUGE improvement and tons of fun. Well worth the $30 (plus battery).
I'll probably paint it white and give it a 4500 number. You know, for my son.
Thats awesome! My son has one of these and it sucks. I will have to try the battery mod!! LOL
hey jay, i checked online and your wife's h3 has around the same towing capacity as my dakota. i've been thinking about using it as a tow rig eventually or selling it to buy a full size. only problem is with the low miles it has and being paid off i really dont want to get rid of it. i'm just weary with using it to tow a 16' and the jeep.
basically how does the H3 handle with it? do you feel any concerns? wish you had something rated for more?
i've never towed anything bigger than 3,000lbs or more than 10' so i dont really know how it is to be on the verge of the maximum towing rating. whether its unsafe or bareable or what have you.
Which hummer did you look up? We have had all three versions of the H3. The '06 and '07 came with 220 and 240hp, both rated around 4,500lbs. Our current one is the Alpha with the 5.3 and is rated for 6,000lbs. I love towing with the Alpha, smooth braking with a brake controller, plenty of power, and since the H3 is lifted, locked, winched, and on 35"s- it's a perfect rescue vehicle.
Would I be happier towing with a F350? Probably, but the wife daily drives the tow vehicle and its a certainty she is not driving a pickup down town to work . However, she does take the jeep one or two days a week.
1994 yj stretched, locked and loaded - 6.0l vortec lq4, 4l60e, np231, Dana 44s 37" interco trxus m/t, 3.5" bds front leafs, double triangulated 4 link rear on xj front coils.
1997 ZJ limited - BONE stock
2003 tj - 4in skyjacker, 33" mickey thompsons
my on board alternator/welder write up
my tj 1/2 doors on a yj write up
RC vs BDS