Making progress...

Offroad VW based vehicles have problems/insights all their own. Not to mention the knowledge gained in VW durability.

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Re: Making progress...

Post by baja5 » Mon Jun 29, 2015 10:46 am

Skidmark wrote:Maybe we should plan another run over Mengel Pass this fall, after Death Valley cools off a bit...
I would be up for that.

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Re: Making progress...

Post by Leatherneck » Thu Jul 02, 2015 11:18 pm

baja5 wrote:
Skidmark wrote:Maybe we should plan another run over Mengel Pass this fall, after Death Valley cools off a bit...
I would be up for that.
Cool beans Baja5 8) Can't in Nov. Daughter is getting married. Skid can you make this happen?

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Re: Making progress...

Post by Skidmark » Mon Jul 27, 2015 9:53 pm

Weld porn...

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Re: Making progress...

Post by bajaherbie » Mon Jul 27, 2015 10:53 pm

wow...... :shock:

now I need a cigarette..
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Re: Making progress...

Post by Getrdone » Tue Jul 28, 2015 7:08 pm

Sure ain't no tweed that's for sure!

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Re: Making progress...

Post by Skidmark » Tue Aug 04, 2015 11:31 am

Back on it's wheels again! Still tying up some loose ends and have to do the alignment still, but it will be back on the road before the weekend. The fit and quality of these Foddrill spindles are impressive. I switched from the 3" raised Tweeds to the standard height. Everyone is happy except for my wallet, which is still recovering from serious injury!! Hahaha!!

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Re: Making progress...

Post by Leatherneck » Fri Aug 07, 2015 11:39 pm

Have you taken it out yet?

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Re: Making progress...

Post by Skidmark » Sat Aug 08, 2015 9:31 pm

First test drive last night. Big improvement! Front end is definitely lower... I would say, about... 3"? Hahahaa! I found out I could eliminate a little more play in my steering column by welding a coupler I had between the bushings behind the steering wheel and the first u-joint. I originally wanted to be able to remove all the column pieces with out cutting. The slip joint (with a thru bolt) was flexing, adding play to the wheel without turning. Threw out that idea and welded it solid. I cranked up the preload on the springs another 1/2" to get back some of the ride height. I think I can go a bit more on the preload, but it is working well on the street. I am very anxious to get it on the dirt to see how it handles! I bought the 2 degree camber spindles. So the steering is very sensitive on the freeway. I put 1/8" toe in on the alignment, but I may back that out to neutral. Cornering stability is a big improvement, and it brakes like an arrow now. These spindles are very well made! Expensive? Yes, but the improvement over the Tweeds is worth it in my opinion. And I still need to test it in the dirt!
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(quote from my daughter, after driving my car)

It's not complicated, it's just expensive...

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Re: Making progress...

Post by Leatherneck » Sat Aug 08, 2015 11:43 pm

Good to hear Skid. I'm glad it is working a lot better. What part did you weld solid? I have wondered about taking the rubber disk between the steering column and steering box. Have you tried turning off the power steering and see if better on the Highway? It is dirt time, let us know how it goes.

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Re: Making progress...

Post by Skidmark » Mon Jan 18, 2016 2:56 pm

Snow run this last Saturday! Went from Apple Valley up the back side of Big Bear. Car ended up a lot more muddier than this picture shows. The snow run off turned the roads to a slippery mess, but it was a ton of fun!

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Re: Making progress...

Post by Leatherneck » Wed Jan 20, 2016 9:35 pm

Skid you have a GoPro yet?

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Re: Making progress...

Post by Skidmark » Thu Jan 21, 2016 6:20 pm

I have a first generation that I never use anymore. The video quality wasn't very good on the first ones compared to what they do now. Hit Shayne up for some footage, he was running his all day.
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Re: Making progress...

Post by Leatherneck » Tue Jan 26, 2016 11:52 pm

SHAYNE WHERE ARE YOU????

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Re: Making progress...

Post by dustymojave » Wed Jan 27, 2016 7:43 pm

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Re: Making progress...

Post by CentralWAbaja » Thu Apr 27, 2017 11:58 am

I know Skid has been out playing but he seems to be slacking in the updates department here....
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