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  1. OK, so the over winter refresh didn't happen, due to too busy and new shed still not being built,but I did remedy a few things. Firstly I took off the rooted bash plate, cut off the destroyed bottom end, then bashed it to shape, and redrilled new holes, so the bit that was way up the front, is now in the danger zone. Next I fixed the rip in the UHMWPE. I heated it with a gas torch, beat the shit out of it, tucked the edge of the rip under the bit in front of it, added a few more bolts, then ground it flat. I also trimmed the UHMWPE a bit, as it was slightly covering the edges of the intake. Next I made a new steering cable mount. Out with the 50x3 full of holes abortion, and in with a solid 50x6 hunk of beef. I also added and extra bolt, offset the hole for clearance, and made the cable mounting hole the correct size. (New one not finished in pic) Then I decided I wanted full throttle. It could only get about 80/90% due to lever hitting steering wheel. I modified the piss out of the lever, so it was out further when closed, giving a longer throw, allowing full movement of the throttle body. But then it fouled on the dash (was hitting before it was modified) so I shortened the lever, and made a 25mm steering wheel spacer out of nylon. (I painted the lever and made a cable holder after pics were taken) Next I changed the hitch to a 50mm, and put a new jockey wheel on, as the old one was a faggot. BUT then the windy handle fouled on the upright the winch is on. So I moved the spare wheel and the winch upright back, but still too close (the old jockey wheel winder handle cleared by 20mm which was a cunt) so I cut the top off the upright for clearance, trimmed off a few other bits of steel that didn't need to be there, and then made a new receiver (which is a bit yuck, and I'll redo again some day). Now everything has lots of clearance, and works much betterer. Then just a week of two ago, me and the lads went for a little pre season test boat. It was a lovely we outting, I didn't break anything, and I only hit like 4 rocks, and not very hard, so I'm getting better. The only pisser was, even though I spent ages jumping up and down on a big bar, trying to bend my ride plate back down, I failed to bend it back enough. I couldn't get much over 55kmh before it started porpoising and jumping completely out of the water, which sucked due to me having 100% throttle, and not being able to use it. I took off my last half assed effort of trying to fix this, and had another go. It seems to be bending the sides of the ride plate out, thus letting the plate come up, without the bottom of the plate bending (it's been dead flat all along) so I bolted some lengths of 50x6 angle to the sides of the plate so it can't bend, forced it down to level with the bottom of the boat, then bolted it to the stays. Hopefully this works. Neat. Regards, VG.
  2. @terceldude hello Sir, I sold this car over 5 years ago, so am unable to help with the pics and info you are after sorry. Ive never seen another since I sold this one, they are pretty rare in NZ now I guess, and I don't know where to find info on the NZ ones. I can't even remember if mine was NZ new or a Jap import tbh.
  3. Yeh so I haven't driven the off-roader since a week or so before the initial covid lockdown, and still haven't finished the trailer, but I did just make a terrible financial decision, probably induced by severe sleep deprivation, but hey, these things happen. So a customer of mine offered me an unused pair of 10" travel FOX factory racing remote res coil overs, at basically half the new cost. I then priced up a second pair to match, and the eight springs I need to go with them. Not surprisingly it got very expensive. The new second hand shocks, plus another matching pair, plus all the required springs was going to be north of $3600. I also thought about doing a mixed set up with FOX air shocks on the front, and these coil overs on the back, but my OCD wouldn't allow it. So, I've ordered a full set of FOX 2.0 10" travel air shocks (Basically the cheapest decent shocks you can get for this sort of application) and you don't have the added cost of springs. These are way too flash for this thing, but I have a cunning plan. So because I am basically going to cut the front and back ends off the current offroader for all these suspension and drive line upgrades, and because the cockpit is a little small for me, I've decided I will build a new frame from scratch, and then sell the current offroader to possibly pay for a more modern (EFI hopefully) engine (or just use the spare 600). Because SXS's have become so popular, a few motorbike parks are having SXS days, so I will actually have legit places to use this, which makes me happy. Now to finish the other trillion jobs I have to do, so I can play with this thing sometime in the future. Regards, VG.
  4. I bet your CT just breathed a huge sigh of relief though. It doesn't have to haul my hefty ass around for three days.
  5. Well i'm out, blardy step niece decided to get married on the 13th. Wife said "Do what YOU want to do" which translated to English from wife language means "You better come to this wedding cunt"
  6. Oh golly, you are going to have so much fun on this. Good choice on the tyres, I had 70/30 spec ones on mine, and it was rubbish off road, and was still able to spin a tyre on wet roads, so didn't inspire much confidence. I loved blasting around on the 220, felt sort of naughty.
  7. Look at that smokey little whore on the right end. The one behind Sue.
  8. Keen to bring my off-roader and mower over sometime.
  9. We sell teng at work, most of the stuff is pretty good for the money, but we have a lot of problems with the torque wrenches. Ok for the home handyman, but if you're going to use it a bit, pay more and get something that will last.
  10. Slap supercharger on, then fit your spare set of carbs to adjust for full boost fueling, maaaaaaaaaaatttttttttteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.
  11. Eh, I just came in to ask the same thing. I'm also in the market for a decent spool gun, for ali via mig. Halp. Def go for a spool gun Mr Sentra, the ali liners for a std mig lead/hand piece always suck ass.
  12. Ol mate of mine is down from Aucks, and was keen to go for a bash (which we did, unfortunately) so we did the dam to dam run again (Matahina to Aniwhenua) all went well on the way up, apart from bad porpoising again, due to ride plate being bent up from rock bashing the last few outings. On the way back my steering failed again, praise allah it was just after the gnarly rapids/pressure waves, but was about as far away from the car as possible. The dude that built it, had used a 3mm bit of ali angle to hold the end of the steering cable under that dash, and it sheered off. I managed to loosen the remaining bit of angle, and wedge the edge of the bit connected to the cable under it, then do it up. I added a cable tie to try stop it popping out. Amazing it lasted the trip home, but it was a bit nerve racking driving back thinking it could fail at any moment. We hit a few things as I was scared to do sharp steering movements, or go too fast, but we made it back. We hit a few things we shouldn't have hit, and I made a few poor piloting decisions, which has led to some hard hits, and some of the worst welds letting go, I've also torn the UHMWPE by the intake, which is a bit of a pisser, not sure how I'll fix this yet, Also, this bit protects the bow/keel/join in the UHMWPE (I dunno boat bit names) and I made a mess of it last weekend (ref: above video) So I have lots of things to fix/upgrade/rearrange/maintain now, so might take it off the road/river for winter and get to fixin! Regards, V "fuck that's a big rock" G.
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