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Unread 05-14-2009, 08:03 PM   #226
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Just ordered one of these to replace my kilby, hopefully itll be much lighter!

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Unread 05-14-2009, 09:07 PM   #227
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got my mitts on one for a few minutes in moab this week. i have to say that i am very impressed! i wish i could have stuck around to help install it on his rig but i was leaving that night... i am sure he will test it as hard as anyone can!
Hey Tim,

Missed you wheeling. Thanks for offering up the transmission jack. I got Larry's skid in yesterday and we had a great time on Pritchett Canyon. Funny thing is I wanted Larry to abuse the skid but since it now sits higher and he has put the LJ on a diet he never once hit the skid. Hopefully, tomorrow I can get him to go off a good drop off mor something. His departure angle is so much better. He also got the 4:1 transfer case in which helped a lot as well.

Here is his installed:
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Unread 05-14-2009, 09:58 PM   #228
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Great picture!

I've watched Larry beat the crap outta gas tank skids. I'm sure he will give it a workout! Maybe Widowmaker tomorrow? That last waterfall is hard on gas skids...

Glad you guys are having a good trip, I'm JEALOUS
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Unread 05-14-2009, 10:13 PM   #229
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Great picture!

I've watched Larry beat the crap outta gas tank skids. I'm sure he will give it a workout! Maybe Widowmaker tomorrow? That last waterfall is hard on gas skids...

Glad you guys are having a good trip, I'm JEALOUS
Matt!

Get back to work! When everythings settles down a little we'll have to go wheeling!

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Unread 05-15-2009, 09:01 AM   #230
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I'll be interested to see how this little goodie does on the trail.
Particularly how well it takes a hit.

Looks really good.
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Unread 05-15-2009, 09:20 AM   #231
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I'll be giving mine a good workout next weekend at Hi-Desert Roundup, my driving skills are at that level that it should be thoroughly beat upon during my run through Pumpkin Eater.
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Unread 05-15-2009, 10:15 AM   #232
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Hey Jerry, post some pics!
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Hey Jerry, post some pics!
What, like this?

(yes I'll post pics of the run through Pumpkin Eater if any turn out worth posting )

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Unread 05-15-2009, 10:24 AM   #234
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I'll be interested to see how this little goodie does on the trail.
Particularly how well it takes a hit.

Looks really good.
That particular grade of aluminum is interesting. It's almost as strong as steel in the same thicknesses, but for some reason that I've as yet been unable to quantify, it survives impacts with less deformation.

None of the aluminum corners and sides I've installed and wheeled with have dents or bends yet and I've seen them get banged and drug across the rocks with a fair bit of enthusiasm.

In the same areas, the steel sides on my personal rig have serious dents from the same style of abuse.

I need to figure out a good way to do a quantifiable comparison.
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Unread 05-15-2009, 11:14 AM   #235
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I need to figure out a good way to do a quantifiable comparison.
A test like they use on motorcycle helmets with a measured weight dropped from a specific height would make for some interesting comparative results. You could place the material at an angle to somewhat simulate an impact/drag/scrape situation.
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Unread 05-15-2009, 11:23 AM   #236
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A test like they use on motorcycle helmets with a measured weight dropped from a specific height would make for some interesting comparative results. You could place the material at an angle to somewhat simulate an impact/drag/scrape situation.
How 'bout some rounds from a .45 auto?
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A test like they use on motorcycle helmets with a measured weight dropped from a specific height would make for some interesting comparative results. You could place the material at an angle to somewhat simulate an impact/drag/scrape situation.
Im going to go out on a limb here and say, it would take quite a bit of weight going rather slow to simulate a jeep smacking a rock ledge. I think 6061 has just enough give to it that it somewhat springs back. It would be interesting to do the drop weight test with a piece of thin sheet metal behind it to simulate a piece of corner armor. Will it dent the steel underneath without denting the aluminum?

I may have to run down to metal by the foot to test this theory.
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Unread 05-15-2009, 02:12 PM   #238
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Unread 05-15-2009, 02:16 PM   #239
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nice, i cant wait for the bumpers to come out.
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Unread 05-15-2009, 02:17 PM   #240
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How 'bout some rounds from a .45 auto?
lol Hmm the more I think about it, the more I like it. Big and slow, like a high speed rock
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