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Old 05-20-2019, 03:17 PM
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Cool pictures James. Brings back memories from my younger days. I ocassionaly try to do this kind of shit with a golf cart when the marshal isn't watching.
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BIG THANKS TO: Mike L, Steve, Trent, Guy, Dan, Ruben, Josh H, Scott, Brian and everyone else who has put a hand in to help me.

best time to date: 12.39

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Old 05-20-2019, 06:58 PM
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Old 05-20-2019, 07:05 PM
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So with the Limo's engine screwing up my fab time for the long travel, ive just been doing maintenance stuff on the tracker. did a whole a/c revamp as the compressor was noisy and the condenser had folded over fins from the pusher fan creating too much head pressure on them. Put new EMF rebuildable joints in the upper link and pan hard bar (uses a brass insert and ran on many different ultra4 cars, bad ass stuff from canada). rebuilt a leaking coilover and de-rusted things from when i was in mexico.

Then we were suppose to do a trail run from phx to crown king with some family friends. then found out they wanted to do this longer way from mayer to crown king. all dirt roads and a long day that way. We were taking my 4 month old son with us for the first time so a long day was not something i was after. told my wife i had to cancel that trip due to length and she agreed it was too long but then said she really wanted to go wheeling and was looking forward to it. Well shit, you dont have to tell me twice! i will put something together to make damn sure we go go wheeling saturday!

So got a few friends together, my brother in law, his buddy and my parents and did a run up to Crown King via the normal crawling way everyone goes. "should have been" a half day to 3/4 of a days worth of wheeling but that road has gotten torn to shit from all the rzr's running it and all the rain we have had this winter/spring. Surprisingly my little boy didnt make one fuss the whole damn trip and my 3 year old daughter had a blast as usual (she loves going out in the tracker). I even got my wife to drive over a couple obsitcals since she was in the rig moving it up as i guided people over an area. made her drive the next few miles . Got back to teh valley by 5:00 pm and had left our house at 7:30am. Even stopped for dinner with everyone so we didnt get home till 7:30pm. it was a great time for sure.

some pics and ill see if i can get the videos uploaded to youtube of me and then my wife.







my dad as he gets high centered and i had to winch him back. man power wasnt cutting it lol




my wife driving at this point, me guiding




my buddies GV i helped build. he had to stack some rocks to get up this as he has no front locker, just the rear







my brother in law using the rockers he just built at the beginning of the week lol



His buddy in a pretty sweet taco



overall, not a real tough trail. Just enough obsticals to make it fun and give a little challenge if you dont hit the right lines.
Looks like a great time James! And congratulations on your son!

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Cool pictures James. Brings back memories from my younger days. I ocassionaly try to do this kind of shit with a golf cart when the marshal isn't watching.
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Old 05-20-2019, 07:22 PM
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Looks like a great time James! And congratulations on your son!



Lol Mike
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Old 05-21-2019, 07:33 AM
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Hell ya James! Looks like fun to me
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Old 05-21-2019, 07:50 AM
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Thanks guys

here is a couple short vids of going up where my dad got stuck and then my wife driving.



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02 LB7, LLY, LBZ, LMM, LML, L5P 2500HD CC/LB dmax/alli "The Limo"

BIG THANKS TO: Mike L, Steve, Trent, Guy, Dan, Ruben, Josh H, Scott, Brian and everyone else who has put a hand in to help me.

best time to date: 12.39

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Old 05-21-2019, 12:41 PM
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That’s awesome James.


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Old 10-07-2019, 10:07 AM
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Truck engine really ate into my tracker fun time. now that thats out of the way, ive been tinkering on it. i did some wheeling up in camp verde over memorial day weekend. drove up from phx each time, wheeled for the day and drove home. put about 600 miles on it that weekend. Then once the truck engine was done, i hauled it up in the toy hauler to flagstaff for Labor Day weekend. just cruised back roads with it that weekend.

once i got back, i decided it was time to address the rattly timing chain ive had for over a year. The v6 is notorious for this. While i was in there, figured i would put the custom cams in i had done a couple years ago..... then the whole "while im there" struck and i wound up yanking the heads to put new valve guide seals in and new headgaskets/head bolts in. this thing burnt oil ever since i bought it. Compression and leak down test said the cylinders were awesome but after looking at the heads, i understand why.



head torn down



leaky leaky



im sure the guides need replacement but they arent sloppy, just a touch more movement over the intake. the seals on the other hand were hardly even touching the valve.

new seals



while i had the heads off, figured id check the health of the cylinders. cylinder service limit is 3.3090, im at 3.3087. out of round limit is .004, im at .003. cylinders look awesome. for retrospec, factory new fresh bore is 3.3076 to 3.3078. 233k miles and only that much wear, im good with that! shes ready for boost

miles of chain going back in



That brings us pretty close to up to date. The cams helped bring power in sooner and probably gained a few ponies as well but nothing majorly noticeable. that prompted me to start looking at these




which was a waste of time because ebay t3/t4 is all the same regardless of trim, so f**k it, its boost time. Should have most of the parts here tomorrow. T3/T4 china turbo with 8psi internal waste gate, 20 x 7 x 2.5" intercooler, drain, feed, RR FPR (going to run 1.5 to 1 or 2 to 1), and other goodies.

i did this because i needed to put an engine cross bar in my rig to keep frame flex down due to some 2.5" shocks i planned to run for a trip to mexico at the end of the month. Bar has to clear the turbo.

so sunday i spent the day fabbing up shock mounts. Driverside is all done, just needs paint. Pass side is all tacked in, needs fully welded and painted. its tight as hell fitting the 2.5 shock in there but everything clears with over a 1/2" or more in every area (full bump, tires cranked or full droop and tires cranked). im hoping she will be a little more contained in whoops now




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Mike L is my role model. I want to be like him when I grow up.
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02 LB7, LLY, LBZ, LMM, LML, L5P 2500HD CC/LB dmax/alli "The Limo"

BIG THANKS TO: Mike L, Steve, Trent, Guy, Dan, Ruben, Josh H, Scott, Brian and everyone else who has put a hand in to help me.

best time to date: 12.39

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I wish I had those skills James. Wow.

Top notch as normal.
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I wish I had his motivation haha
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Old 10-07-2019, 01:15 PM
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ha! Thanks guys! Hopefully i can get the shocks semi valved before my trip on the 24th. going to be interesting getting them to work with the strut valving and not be too stiff. have some ideas though.
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02 LB7, LLY, LBZ, LMM, LML, L5P 2500HD CC/LB dmax/alli "The Limo"

BIG THANKS TO: Mike L, Steve, Trent, Guy, Dan, Ruben, Josh H, Scott, Brian and everyone else who has put a hand in to help me.

best time to date: 12.39

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Old 10-08-2019, 03:24 PM
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In AZ, we finally hit boost season in the mornings (cool temps). So naturally, this is fitting

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02 LB7, LLY, LBZ, LMM, LML, L5P 2500HD CC/LB dmax/alli "The Limo"

BIG THANKS TO: Mike L, Steve, Trent, Guy, Dan, Ruben, Josh H, Scott, Brian and everyone else who has put a hand in to help me.

best time to date: 12.39

motor died/bent rods = 3/11/11
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Old 10-09-2019, 08:10 AM
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exactly
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Mike L is my role model. I want to be like him when I grow up.
James

02 LB7, LLY, LBZ, LMM, LML, L5P 2500HD CC/LB dmax/alli "The Limo"

BIG THANKS TO: Mike L, Steve, Trent, Guy, Dan, Ruben, Josh H, Scott, Brian and everyone else who has put a hand in to help me.

best time to date: 12.39

motor died/bent rods = 3/11/11
back from the dead 7:04pm 4/9/2012

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Old 10-10-2019, 08:57 AM
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Everything is in, added a strut/cross bar to keep frame flex down and took it for a test drive. F**ker is stiff. Valving will be an interesting one since the struts have valving too. Got an idea with the help of a few other guys on what to start with. Going to open all the free bleed holes in the piston and run a very light to semi stiff shim pack like below and a “rate plate”. Basically, when the largest top shin hits the rate plate, It limits how much oil goes by, increasing stiffness. This one will be flexible as too stiff and it can cause oil cavitation (would require more nitrogen pressure) or blow the resi apart (too much nitrogen)

Piston
1.65” x 0.008”
1.5 skip
1.35 x 0.010
1.2 x 0.012
1.05 x 0.015
0.900 x 0.015
1.65 x 0.020
.0.900 x .100 spacer
Rate plate washer
Shaft

See how that works.

Right now it’s just a

1.65 x .012
.9 x .010 for flutter fulcrum
1.5 x 12
1.35 x 15
1.2 x 15
1.05 x 15
.9 x 15

Way too much and I have a feeling only 1 maybe 2 bleed holes are open
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02 LB7, LLY, LBZ, LMM, LML, L5P 2500HD CC/LB dmax/alli "The Limo"

BIG THANKS TO: Mike L, Steve, Trent, Guy, Dan, Ruben, Josh H, Scott, Brian and everyone else who has put a hand in to help me.

best time to date: 12.39

motor died/bent rods = 3/11/11
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