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ROCK'EM SOCK'EM in Azusa Canyon 8-12-07

http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/foru...-mud-rock-romp-8-12-aftermath.html#post552152



A dirty FJ is a happy FJ. Quite a bit of river fording, mudding, very deep "dust" the consistency of talc, and a little rocking and no trail damage beyond a loose BANDI mount.

However another FJ's hassles in rocks that I declined to enter have made me reconsider waiting for the newly designed Bud Built fuel tank skid. I'll call Bud on Monday and get one of the current generation sent my way. It's not worth the alternative.

Bottom Line: A dirty FJ is a happy FJ.
FYI the FJ in question, mine, gas tank came away unscathed, with little or no damage to the oem tank skid.
 

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FYI the FJ in question, mine, gas tank came away unscathed, with little or no damage to the oem tank skid.
So should I get the BudBuilt fuel tank skid or not? I haven't ordered it yet...and it's more weight???
 

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Tom got hung up on that boulder but he was lucky that it was a flat top boulder. It was like a table. I don't think that was a good test for the factory skids. I would get the gas tank skid. The rock was just flat on the top.
 

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So should I get the BudBuilt fuel tank skid or not? I haven't ordered it yet...and it's more weight???
You know I believe you can never have enough metal underneath, but from buds pics it looks like you loose some clearance? I think I am going to concetrate on driving better!!!
 

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Is it wrong to love your FJ?


It's just sitting in the driveway like a great jungle cat waiting to pounce and I decided to take a photo because I don't think I ever took one of the FJ at night.
 

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Do not hide your feelings. It is completely natural to have these feelings of love for your FJ. :lol: My FJ is extremely jealous of your FJ. Great job!
 

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I'm just adding a bit on tire balancing because it seems to come up on the Forum a lot. So this is a re-post with some amplification:

MIR207 did the research and he's right on the money. Anything larger than a 33 inch tire will rub on full compression with a 3" lift or suspension that raises the FJ 3 inches above stock. I run 34's (Nitto TG 305/70R17) and they rub even after chopping everything I can chop.

YOU MUST HAVE YOUR LARGE AFTERMARKET TIRES DYNAMICALLY BALANCED​

When were they manufactured? The date is on the sidewall by week of the year and year (for example 2607 would mean the tire was made in the twenty-sixth week of 2007)

The older the tire is from the mfg date the greater the chance that you'll have conicity problems (the tire isn't quite round). Some tire manufacturers have problems with their tires when they're NEW but Nitto isn't one of those brands.

When a tire is mounted onto the wheel, two slightly imperfect units are joined to form an assembly weighing forty pounds for the average car or 115 pounds for my Nittos with the WE wheels.



The chances of this assembly having absolutely precise weight distribution about its radial and lateral centers are virtually impossible. Remember that all it takes is half an ounce of uneven weight distribution for a vibration to be felt. The illustration below shows how an imbalance creates vibration.



The static imbalance creates a hop or vertical vibration. The dynamic imbalance creates a side-to-side or wobbling vibration. Most assemblies have both types of imbalance, and require dynamic balancing (commonly referred to as spin balancing) to create even weight distribution. The balancing system directs a technician to place counter weights on the rim's outer surface to offset the imbalance. When the balancing system tests for virtually perfect weight distribution, the assembly is in balance and will not vibrate. Your tires will ride smoothly and wear evenly (with regard to balance).

 

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Great read!

First off....I LOVE those WE wheels. I shudder to think what the final sticker would be to get them up here in the Great White North, but I'd still love a set!

BTW...totally agree with the dynamic balancing. That's what I find with the DC FC IIs that I have...they were hell to balance properly. By contrast, I've had several sets of BFG ATs and they always balanced with minimal weights.
 
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ARMOR AS ART?



My Avatar was first conceived by Commodore Hopkins of the Continental Navy in 1775. The 1st Navy Jack was originally used as a signal to engage the enemy. It has 13 alternating red and white stripes with an uncoiled rattlesnake emblem and the motto "Don't Tread on Me." Since September 11, 2002, all U.S. Navy ships have been flying the 1st Navy Jack in the global war on terrorism. (I retired from the US Navy as a lieutenant commander so there's a sentamental attachment there)

THUBUB and I were at a box shop in Hemet, California yesterday and while there I purchased a rear differential skid plate. The front armor of the rear differential is adequate but the rear is very thin. So if you screw up your line and need to back up, you're risking the rear differential if you're rock crawling.


When it comes from the box shop (they get them from Mexico) it's not painted so the first thing I had to do was spray two coats of primer on it.


Then I got a little creative with masking tape and some rattle-cans.


And this is how it turned out.


I took it to a welding shop to tack it onto the SCORPION and now it's mounted.



However, because it's a real departure from basic black, I'm just a few shakes of the black can from sending it back to the basic (somewhat boring) color scheme that all four-wheel armor seems to be based on. Keep in mind that my BudBuilt skids are red...
 

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Ok Larry step away from the Krylon....You have been hanging around Dragon to much :D J/K

I like the red & white stripe Larry, I would keep it! You can allways go back an rattle can it or should I say "Dragon'n it" :lol:
 

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Larry I got that exact same diff guard from All-Pro. And it was based on experience, what with diff lube slowly dripping on my driveway. Could never tell exactly where the damage was; it was somewhere around the bottom of the front seal.

Also I just ordered Terra Grapplers, same as you. 325/65/18. I had to go that big with the regearing.

Can't wait to follow the Scorpion across Mojave man! The testosterone....
 

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Larry I got that exact same diff guard from All-Pro. And it was based on experience, what with diff lube slowly dripping on my driveway. Could never tell exactly where the damage was; it was somewhere around the bottom of the front seal.

Also I just ordered Terra Grapplers, same as you. 325/65/18. I had to go that big with the regearing.

Can't wait to follow the Scorpion across Mojave man! The testosterone....
Did you swap out the wheels? I mean, everything else has changed so I had to ask...and yes, I can't wait for the Mojave Trail!! I have 3 books on it now, 2 borrowed from THUBUB. I'm glad that you'll be following the Scorpion, because I know that the Scorpion couldn't keep up with you.
 

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Same wheels and unfortunately I can't remember the width on them so I'm crossing my fingers these tires will work OK. However I know somebody who works with Pirelli who advises me.
 

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"There is no heroic poem in the world but is at bottom a biography, the life! of a man; also it may be said, there is no life of a man, faithfully recorded, but is a heroic poem of its sort, rhymed or unrhymed."
Sir Walter Scott. London and Westminster Review, 1838.
 

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I have a very long way to go to catch up to you my friend:) Very nice Larry, I love watching your build thread. :D It's kind of funny, I started writing mine about 4:00am this morning and I'm still at it. I thought I would take a break and hit the refresh and see what's going on. I'm sitting here reading all the stuff you have and makes me want to crawl under the table right now. I won't be posting my build for another month, but yours is a wake up call on how far I still have to go. Love your thread buddy :D
 

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Great looking rig. Just the inspiration I need for my rig. Thanks for the ideas.
 
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