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Unread 04-26-2013, 01:49 PM   #3916
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Those rockwells?

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Unread 04-26-2013, 02:26 PM   #3917
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you should dig up a dirt trail for him to race on, and some whoops and place rocks as obstacles lol
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Unread 04-27-2013, 08:18 AM   #3918
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Go race in snowshoe!
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Unread 04-27-2013, 10:05 AM   #3919
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Go race in snowshoe!
Priorities are Snowshoe Rally, Durhamtown Ultra4, Baja of Texas.

The 300 mile desert race is a bucket list one for me, if it doesn't happen this time around, it's still a major goal. Work travel and mud/rain will pretty much dictate the rest if the year.
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Unread 04-27-2013, 12:50 PM   #3920
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The Texas Baja race sounds like a good time!
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Unread 04-27-2013, 07:29 PM   #3921
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The Texas Baja race sounds like a good time!
Oh yeah? Think you are up for 8 hours of "see anyone behind us? Anyone back there? Are you sure we are on course?"


It's a poor man's Baja 250/500.
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Unread 04-27-2013, 07:47 PM   #3922
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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
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Unread 04-27-2013, 08:17 PM   #3923
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Oh yeah? Think you are up for 8 hours of "see anyone behind us? Anyone back there? Are you sure we are on course?"

It's a poor man's Baja 250/500.
I'm installing a mute switch on my helmet

Jk, I can take it lol.
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Unread 04-27-2013, 08:29 PM   #3924
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Thats awesome! My son has one of these and it sucks. I will have to try the battery mod!! LOL
I agree it was weak sauce out of the box, but man it is a roided out hampster on a wheel now. I'm sure we'll burn through the motors, but until then, it's all smiles.



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I'm installing a mute switch on my helmet

Jk, I can take it lol.

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Unread 04-27-2013, 09:38 PM   #3925
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Where exactly in NC is the Devil's Playground race? Going to be in the Outer Banks that week, and may be able to convince the wife to come watch if it's close.
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Unread 04-28-2013, 05:39 AM   #3926
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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.
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Unread 04-28-2013, 07:52 AM   #3927
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If you do the Texas Baja I may be able to help out in the pit crew. It all depends on when I end up shipping out.
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Unread 04-28-2013, 09:02 AM   #3928
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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.
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Unread 04-28-2013, 09:18 AM   #3929
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my dakota has the 4.7 v8 magnum with 270 hp or in that area. i used a vin reader and it says standard towing 4,000 lbs/maximum 6,450.

edit: ive only done liuttle utility trailers so brake controllers would be new to me also. i just never see midsize trucks towing vehicles on trailers so it has me wondering
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Unread 04-28-2013, 09:56 AM   #3930
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I just never see midsize trucks towing vehicles on trailers so it has me wondering
I think there's a reason for that. I don't think I'd ever tow a car distance with anything less than a 3/4 ton. I don't wanna have to worry at all.

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