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steve578 10-24-2011 06:27 AM

Putting Savvy Armor to the Test
 
I was able to test out all the Savvy products that I installed last month for the first time. I put the armor through some of the toughest trails at Green Acres in Clayton, OK. Here are the trails that we ran.

Day 1 - "Jeff's Ledges" - "Green Mamba" - "Green Mamba Extension" - "8-Point"
Day 2 - "Access Road/Walter's Mule Trail" - "Cake Walk" - "Black Sheep"

Everything held up well, but I was able to put a few scratches on them. :cool:

Let's start out with the Under Armor. I gave it a light tap to start the day off.

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k1...1/IMG_4248.jpg

It provides excellent clearance underneath!

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k1...1/IMG_4313.jpg

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k1...1/IMG_4315.jpg

How about a look at the Under Armor?

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k1...1/IMG_4319.jpg

steve578 10-24-2011 06:28 AM

Next up is the corner armor. I decided to test it out by laying the Jeep on its side.

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k1...1/IMG_4333.jpg

I must have hit it just right. Minor scratching on the corner armor and door, but it got my tub.

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k1...1/IMG_1759.jpg

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k1...1/IMG_1760.jpg

steve578 10-24-2011 06:31 AM

Here are a few pics of the rear bumper. I put a nice little dent in it.

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k1...1/IMG_1755.jpg

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k1...1/IMG_4487.jpg

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k1...1/IMG_4488.jpg

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k1...1/IMG_4489.jpg

steve578 10-24-2011 06:33 AM

Here are a few pics of the damage at the end of the day.

I put a crack in one of the Under Armor welds. It's kind of hard to see it in these pics.

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k1...1/IMG_1756.jpg

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k1...1/IMG_4491.jpg

Just a few scratches. I might have even put a small crease in it, but won't be able to confirm until I pull it.

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k1...1/IMG_4496.jpg

For the most part everything held up well. I'll have to look at getting the Under Armor replaced. When I get some more time, I'll post some more thoughts.

TJRHD 10-24-2011 07:02 AM

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Wow I think your nuts. Haha jk but what a test. Thanks for sharing

Ironhead 10-24-2011 09:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by steve578 (Post 12374131)
How about a look at the Under Armor?

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k1...1/IMG_4319.jpg

is the under armor supposed to twist like that?

rubijosh 10-24-2011 09:46 AM

nice!

mrblaine 10-24-2011 10:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ironhead_Jed (Post 12374776)
is the under armor supposed to twist like that?

It's going to follow whatever the frame does. If the frame is twisted, it will twist right along with it.

KillerSloth 10-24-2011 10:04 AM

As much as I like the UA system, and I know how much Blaine has tested it, I don't trust the aluminum when it is welded and not heat treated afterward. (I never got confirmation that it was, so correct me if I'm wrong)

Welding the 6061 aluminum and not having it heat treat destroys the strength in the area that it is welded, and will cause it to crack a lot easier. I know it doesn't completely relate since mountain bikes are very thin aluminum (but aren't taking as much force), but you would never see an aluminum mountain bike not heat treated, it would snap in half the first time out...

I'm sure it would add some money to the cost to get them all heat treated, but I think it would help improve the system, making a better system, and would be worth the extra cost.

mrblaine 10-24-2011 10:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KillerSloth (Post 12374923)
As much as I like the UA system, and I know how much Blaine has tested it, I don't trust the aluminum when it is welded and not heat treated afterward. (I never got confirmation that it was, so correct me if I'm wrong)

Welding the 6061 aluminum and not having it heat treat destroys the strength in the area that it is welded, and will cause it to crack a lot easier. I know it doesn't completely relate since mountain bikes are very thin aluminum (but aren't taking as much force), but you would never see an aluminum mountain bike not heat treated, it would snap in half the first time out...

I'm sure it would add some money to the cost to get them all heat treated, but I think it would help improve the system, making a better system, and would be worth the extra cost.

It doesn't need a weld there but for aesthetics. There should be a piece of steel strap spanning across that bend and then through bolted with two bolts on either side.

I'm not going to re-heat treat that much aluminum for two small splices that are readily done and very cost effective. There's literally 3" of weld and it's simply not worth it to pay a fortune to a heat treater.

geiman 10-24-2011 10:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KillerSloth (Post 12374923)
As much as I like the UA system, and I know how much Blaine has tested it, I don't trust the aluminum when it is welded and not heat treated afterward. (I never got confirmation that it was, so correct me if I'm wrong)

Welding the 6061 aluminum and not having it heat treat destroys the strength in the area that it is welded, and will cause it to crack a lot easier. I know it doesn't completely relate since mountain bikes are very thin aluminum (but aren't taking as much force), but you would never see an aluminum mountain bike not heat treated, it would snap in half the first time out...

I'm sure it would add some money to the cost to get them all heat treated, but I think it would help improve the system, making a better system, and would be worth the extra cost.

Quote:

Originally Posted by mrblaine (Post 12374973)
It doesn't need a weld there but for aesthetics. There should be a piece of steel strap spanning across that bend and then through bolted with two bolts on either side.

I'm not going to re-heat treat that much aluminum for two small splices that are readily done and very cost effective. There's literally 3" of weld and it's simply not worth it to pay a fortune to a heat treater.


Plus, all you have to do is ask (read that post and up a bit):

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/sa...l#post12257644

Can't say they don't go out of the way for you.

Savvy 10-24-2011 10:29 AM

Steve,

You need to come out and wheel with us! I like your style! It is almost time for you to get a buggy if you like playing in the rocks.

I'll send you some steel brackets we have that will fix the weld crack. You are the second person that has wheeled hard enough to need the brackets. You just need to drill a few 3/8" holes and add the brackets and all is good.

Thanks for sharing the cool pix. Man you drive like me. By Braille! :rofl:

John Currie and Blaine taught me ease up to the obstacle and when you hit it back up and drive around it. If you every get a chance to wheel with those guys, watch how smooth they are in the rocks. It still amazes me when we go wheeling. They drive around the rocks and I bash into them.

Sweeney 10-24-2011 11:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mrblaine (Post 12374903)
It's going to follow whatever the frame does. If the frame is twisted, it will twist right along with it.

I think it's the taper of the forward skid that is providing an optical illusion.

Dabbill 10-24-2011 11:19 AM

Looks like you had a blast. Must have rattled your head good to dent that stuff. :rofl:

TJRHD 10-24-2011 11:23 AM

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Clayton looks fun. A lot of my buddies used to go there. Everyone I know went to disney this year


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