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Old June 24th, 2013, 03:28 PM   #601
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I'll be cheering for you. (actually, I'll be busy with other shit & won't even be thinking about you )
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Old June 25th, 2013, 07:49 PM   #602
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Old June 25th, 2013, 08:28 PM   #603
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Looks good.
See ya down there.
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Old June 25th, 2013, 08:50 PM   #604
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I hear this racer was kicking ass till they cut a tire.
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Old June 30th, 2013, 09:33 PM   #606
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good showing this weekend

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Didn't get any good pics of ya. Sorry man. My camera was more interested in focusing on rain, then on the stuff far away.

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Long read for a long weekend.

It was a pretty good weekend for us. We headed down Wednesday night with me pulling my camper and JeepM715 was pulling his buggy and the racer on his trailer. We left Fenton somewhere after 8pm and made it to the Badlands at 2:30am. I remember looking at my phone at 3am as I climbed into bed.

We had an appointment with Wayne (ZukIzzy) to tune our shocks on Thursday morning. We ended up making two huge adjustments, and two small adjustments on the shocks and bumped up the front bumps from 50psi to 100. The car was running great and we were excited for Saturday's race. We didn't put a GPS in the car to see how fast we were going, but the improvement was huge.

Friday morning we nut and bolted the car and found a few big things like the trans mount studs had fallen out and that caused the motor mount bushings to allow the engine to drop an inch or so and smashed out headers on the cyl #2 tube plus a few other minor dents. Plus a few loose jam nuts and the standard stuff you'd expect. We found a few bolts and got the trans mount sorted and then went to a neighbor's camp where JeepM715 welded some washers on the engine mounts to get it more solidly mounted for the race.

We spent the afternoon prerunning the course, which was short. We were doing laps in what seemed to be 5 minutes. In the last lap, Jesse noticed a lack of power climbing a sand hill, but we didn't think much of it. We cleaned up the car for the parade down town and checked for codes and found a TPS and coil code. We cleared codes and the coil code didn't come back, but the TPS did. We went to swap the TPS from JeepM715's buggy, but of course the connector was different. The parts stores were closed, so we figured we would just head to the parade and buy & swap the TPS in the morning.

Saturday morning we were at the parts store as they opened. The computer didn't list a 2006 Express 6.0 cable throttle TPS, only ETC. The guy said the GM dealer was open, so we went down there and worked with them, and eventually we figured out that the 4.3 and 6.0 non-ETC had the same TPS. So JeepM715 bought it and we went back to camp.

We put it in the car, and it still ran like crap. The driver's meeting was at 9:15, so JeepM715 went to that while I struggled to figure out what was going on. While I was checking stuff out, Jason from PAC springs stopped by to see how it was going. I was wiggling wires on the PCM and it got slightly better. Then Jason wiggled it on the engine compartment side and it started running perfectly. More wiggling and it was crap. So I start pulling the harness through the firewall and Jason spots chaffed wires. It looked like at some point the grommet had come loose, and it was direct rubbing on the wires to metal.

By the time JeepM715 got back from the driver's meeting I had the harness patched up "good enough" and found a small piece of radiator hose to further shield the wires running through the firewall. The jeep was running great. We turned it off and started to prep for a test drive before the race. We tried to restart and it wouldn't turn over.

We bang clanged on the starter, double checked everything we could and decided the starter must have died. It was the junkyard starter, so other than being 1.5 hours before race start, we weren't suprised. JeepM715 started unbolting enough exhaust to be able to drop the starter while I went and picked up a new one.

When I got back trailrail302 had stopped by and was helping JeepM715 get the starter out and let us borrow extra extensions and a small impact. He had to take off when I got back, but we managed to get the starter in and all buttoned up by 11:45 and the mad scramble was on to get into safety gear and get to the start line. Without trailrail's help, we wouldn't have made it. Thanks!

As we were heading to what we thought was the start line, we passed hosejockey who said there was noone there. He had been looking around for everybody, but couldn't find them. After a tour of the park, we finally lined up behind Hosejockey to be the 8th and final starter in 15 second intervals.

The race was muddy as hell. We burned through a roll of paper towels in the first half of the race, and I spent the last half trying to keep reasonably dry and mud free towels for JeepM715 to wipe his shield with. In sections low on water, I would raise my visor and help guide him through sections so he wouldn't get mud in his eyes and cause us to stop.



The first few laps we spent some time following people and making passes and trying to keep the car together. It looked to be a war of attrition, so we knew we needed to go reasonably quick, but not break the car.

On lap 12 of 16 we caught up to Hosejockey. On one of the laps we passed him, but then he passed us back in the next lap or so. Since we had started last, we decided to tuck in behind him and try and make sure we crossed the finish line within the 15 second time between us. We figured it was better to chase and let him make a mistake than the other way around.

On lap 15 the white flag came out. We were following Hosejockey and we were excited that we should be able to follow him and take the win. As we pulled up to the checkpoint, they pointed at our tire and said we had a flat. We must have cut it just before getting in the sand bowl. We took off after Hosejockey, but he quickly pulled away as we missed turns because the front flat caused the car to push so badly.

JeepM715 kept up the pace as much as he could, hoping no one would catch us and drop us back further. We managed to limp in for the checkers in 2nd place. Not bad for almost not making it to the start line.

official timing here:

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Thanks to DTS for the parts that rebuilt the Dana 60, PAC springs for sponsoring the shock tuning and getting Wayne out to the Badlands and the proper harness wiggle, Sign-A-Rama for getting us numbers that you could read, Johnny Quest & Trailrail302 (and his father in law) for loaning us tools to get the rig patched up. And Betty for keeping the conversation interesting.

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Old July 1st, 2013, 05:50 AM   #610
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Wow, that was quite the little battle you had to fight just to get there. Awesome you were able to wrap it all up and finish.
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Nice job boys. Nothing like a little adversity to keep you in the game. Although I've heard more than once (during a long truck ride) that a car should not need last minute major repairs.

It's cool to see both of the local teams fighting it out. Congrats.
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So that's the story. Here I thought hoser stole bdd's stroker and outran all the V8's!!!! Nice work guys!
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You're welcome, Im happy to help anytime. Great job and congrats again on a great race!
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Nice job boys. Nothing like a little adversity to keep you in the game. Although I've heard more than once (during a long truck ride) that a car should not need last minute major repairs.

It's cool to see both of the local teams fighting it out. Congrats.
Rolling off the trailer we were in good shape. We felt 100% prepared. We had nut and bolted the car on Sunday night, but we didn't drop the skid and check the trans/t-case bolts. That will have to go on the list. The motor mounts just plain suck and we will change the design before the next race.

I had looked at the grommet before we left and it appeared seated. We had loomed all of the wiring except under the dash. So we had lots of hands on the wiring over the past month trying to prevent something like this. When we change motor mounts, I will find a better grommet that can't pop out. This seems to be the weak part of the car's wiring, along with the crappy switches. Both can be fixed.

As for the starter, shit happens and part wear out. It wasn't giving us warning, and it may have been the switches causing the problem. The new starter definitely sounds better than the old, so it's hard to say.

Tuning was hard on the car. Our shocks were hot to the touch while tuning. Lots of banging on the car, probably as tough as the race, especially on the early passes where the car was banging through the test section pretty hard.

One thing we need to do before the next race is find better switches. We have found the winch switch dead after each race and that's not good. We think the starter switch might be flaking out too.

We knew this year would be a tough year where we find all of the car's problems. Hopefully we can keep them from DNF'ing us.
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Congrats on the finish!
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congrats all1!!!!!
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I thought you raced a jeep, what is all this car talk?
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Rolling off the trailer we were in good shape. We felt 100% prepared. We had nut and bolted the car on Sunday night, but we didn't drop the skid and check the trans/t-case bolts. That will have to go on the list. The motor mounts just plain suck and we will change the design before the next race.

I had looked at the grommet before we left and it appeared seated. We had loomed all of the wiring except under the dash. So we had lots of hands on the wiring over the past month trying to prevent something like this. When we change motor mounts, I will find a better grommet that can't pop out. This seems to be the weak part of the car's wiring, along with the crappy switches. Both can be fixed.

As for the starter, shit happens and part wear out. It wasn't giving us warning, and it may have been the switches causing the problem. The new starter definitely sounds better than the old, so it's hard to say.

Tuning was hard on the car. Our shocks were hot to the touch while tuning. Lots of banging on the car, probably as tough as the race, especially on the early passes where the car was banging through the test section pretty hard.

One thing we need to do before the next race is find better switches. We have found the winch switch dead after each race and that's not good. We think the starter switch might be flaking out too.

We knew this year would be a tough year where we find all of the car's problems. Hopefully we can keep them from DNF'ing us.
OK, no more excuses, you finished second while starting in last place.

Next race kick Hoser's ass.
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OK, no more excuses, you finished second while starting in last place.

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its a timed event they just had to finish within ten seconds of me to beat me.

it sucks starting in the back but in reality i like it because you know if you are in front they cant beat you on time

I was surprised when they caught me and was worried they were going to win on time, I lost my intercoms half way through the race and then lost my copilot (whos intercom was still working and he was talking to the pits) when he decided to eat his breakfast again. so i had no idea what place is was in and who was on my tail.
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Who was your copilot?
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