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Old 06-06-2010, 08:11 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Thanks for your reply whincup. That makes sense.
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Old 06-06-2010, 09:55 PM   #12 (permalink)
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the header and exhaust is well worth it! and unless you are sourcing from the junkyard, i agree with what whincup said - about regearing the Tcase. BUT if you are going the cheap route, then yeah, probably cheaprer to do the tracker diff gears
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pretty sure whincups figures are about right on the T-case, but keep in mind that if you do not plan on doing hardcore offroading, the extreme lowgear isn't realy a requirement. I have a GRS2 T-case and it's way more than low enough for my mild offroading and trail riding. It tachs out at about 2 mph in first gear. I can get it up to 20mph in 5th with the engine wound all the way up. When I built my rig, I didn't have kids and it was intended for a more recreational truck, but it's turned into a Daily driver with a very rare trip to the desert. With it's current useage, it would have been better to do a ring and pinion swap on it. The R&P gearing keeps the load on the drivetrain from the diffs to the tires. The T-Case gearing puts your load on the ujoints and output shaft, tcase gears and components as well as the tcase mounts. You have a lot more parts taking the load of the gear reduction and whatever part is the weakest is going to be the first to go. If you plan on doing some harder wheeling off road then the T-case is the way to go, but for trail rides and daily driving, the diff gearing is the way to go.
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Nice clean rig...very good to start on one that has not been 'fiddled' with.
When you plan to go out in the rough, think first about traction.
My first list would include a locker in the rear. Way before the change in gears in the T/C or the diffs.
You might even find that enough change in the diff.
Be cautious in the tire department, I am partial to 'pizza cutters' on these little rigs. Still allows me to use 5th(overdrive) on the highway trip to the trail head. I keep them at the top allowable air pressure until airing down at the trail head. Raise the psi immediately after the run and before getting back on the pavement. Heat kills tires.
A Suzuki can keep up anywhere if prepared and driven wisely.
Keep the greasy side down.

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arlo, do you run narrow tires in sand? Everything I have read mentions wide, very low pressure and not very aggressive tread.

It's sometime kind of hard to figure out what to do.

In talking with Brent at TT he mentions that with what I am planning to use it for I should consider the Old Man Emu under conversion and a transfer case 4.16 conversion and run 235 tires. I know that would be easier on the back pocket and it looks like a much simpler install.

I do appreciate everyones input and will continue to listen to what everyone has to say before I jump in.

Thanks, everyone.
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My tires are 700 15 8ply Bridgestones/Toyos
Truck tires really.
But they allow me to air down to 3-4 psi.
With the heavy sidewalls they seem fully inflated until they hit a rock/log.
They worked in the sand at Las Cruces.
We have little or no sand here where I live so it is mostly rocks/gravel hillsides and logs to stop us. Rough old washed out logging roads. Usually wet.
They laughed at me in NM until they saw how it worked for me.
My air up is a CO2 tank and curly hose.
On the hiway I run 55-60 psi
In bush, it depends on the terrain, but usually 6-8 psi.

greasy side down !!!

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comanche79p,
With sand you want to float on top with a nice soft rubbery tire that will envelope the sand. Think of a balloon filled half way. The last thing you want is a hard - firm aggressive tread. You do not want to dig in. If you dig in with sand, you dig down. Think hard solid shopping cart wheel.
Depending on where you are it could really be an issue. I did a lot of surf fishing and the last thing you wanted was to be stuck going over the dunes blocking the way, or even stuck during low tide and have the the tide come in and claim your rig.
With a light weight sammy and the right tire, you don't even need 4wd.
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