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Re: suzi the psychic [Re: TOASTY] #991639 09/13/13 04:57 AM
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We already knew. Somewhere in this long thread suzi pulls a wheely. Glad someone else has posted here. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" />

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Re: suzi the psychic [Re: TOASTY] #991640 09/14/13 08:13 PM
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i am so pleased that i was able to make this trip.

i respect the crew that will plan a multi-state venture to run the rubicon AND the dusy-ershim.
add carlos to the mix, and even little suzi the psychic will see the end of the trail!
thanks for letting me play w/the big boys.

i see the rubicon/dusy pics posted(i have few +video of divorce rock). outstanding- i still feel the experience.

suzi is embarrassed by her failures- i don't like being a trail plug. kevin's assist in cobbling together a fuel delivery system got me all the way home.

this pic means much to me....
[Linked Image]


'89 kick w/some modifications.
some intentional.
suzi the psychic gets me fishing.
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Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rxinhed] #991641 09/14/13 08:37 PM
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ha ha the az guys got labeled LEGIT on the rubicon, and proved it on the dusy. should be their motto.

i didn't know work had you ranging down the valley that far? i always stop at "the baths(?)"when i do the 152 run.
you do your lassen camping?

i had to leap back into work upon arrival home, and am just starting to look over suzi.
apart from bending up some steering, suzi came through pretty well. i intend to detail more.
it all kinda fits with her development "plan", oddly enough.

Last edited by rascott; 09/14/13 09:05 PM.

'89 kick w/some modifications.
some intentional.
suzi the psychic gets me fishing.
kj6esv
Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott] #991642 09/15/13 04:25 AM
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Camping at Lassen didn't happen. Instead, we road-tripped to Grants Pass, visited the Oregon Caves, Crater Lake and other southern Oregon vacay-type spots. I had my volcano-geek on, was good for awhile. Then, like you, jumped right back into the grind.

Cheers.

Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott] #991643 09/15/13 10:27 PM
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so-
some preliminary inspection of suzi's front end shows a lot of "contact".
[Linked Image]
i think an electrical panel door is minimally sufficient for a skid plate.
however, the basic structure i had it bolted to seems to have survived.
there was much evidence of skid plate use- all the way back.
her new slider additions worked as hoped- the body and trailing link mounts were protected.
of interest....
the front springs are flexing into the calipers, making the brakes kinda disappear, so i guess i need to level out those spring perches.
spring rub.
[Linked Image]
caliper rub.
[Linked Image]
body damage: suzi the pychic vs. tree.
[Linked Image]
i also noticed some camber adjustment bolt movement on the r/f. l/f doesn't seem to have moved.
i will add observations/insights,?, i'm sure.........

upchuk091813
i have pulled off the front skid.
i am going to re-construct the front skid differently-
i have a new tool that may help remove steering parts without screwing up the grease cups, replacement tierod ends, and ball joints. a new draglink is on it's way.

anybody have any old front axle pieces? I need some 3bolt flanges(off driver axle)

burpon091913
draglink jammed into diff. and diff. bracket(driver).
steering didn't work too well when this happened....
[Linked Image]
[Linked Image]
all things considered, suzuki steering seems ok unless you want to be towed into rocks and trees. then you are sure to bend something. I will avoid this in the future.
also- the strut mount bearings seem dry(noise when turning).
the new tierod tool is useless. mabe it can be modified.

Last edited by rascott; 09/19/13 07:33 PM.
Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott] #991644 09/16/13 03:49 AM
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Gonna get the Jeep Trail Tough badges? Cool!

Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rxinhed] #991645 09/19/13 07:47 PM
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trail tough. oregon. good people who speak suzuki.
i don't mind tough jeep trails. nor does suzi the psychic.
she's still getting me home.
ha ha
i am marking things, so i can see what's new next time.
[Linked Image]

justanathaday092113
received and installed draglink.
gonna try some different springs in front.
found some axles.
i have slightly lowered the front bumpstops(2 thick washers). i suspect i was using the strut as a stop, when the wheel was fully stuffed.
also found the center(tail?)front diff. mount bolts loose.

Last edited by rascott; 09/22/13 06:25 AM.

'89 kick w/some modifications.
some intentional.
suzi the psychic gets me fishing.
kj6esv
Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott] #991646 09/22/13 09:47 PM
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since the front end was being looked at........
full stuff. bumpstop "engaged", strut near compressed(-1/8"?).note cv angles.

[Linked Image]
dropped. looks excessive, but I've had no problems.......
[Linked Image]
except for the wheel fitment problem suzi has, this may be the best useful articulation using mostly stock parts and stock mount locations. swinging the rear of the a-arm out(to move the wheel forward) wouldn't change function much.
hmmm... lotta work making axles fit. hmmm......
think i'll look at the other end for a while.

the fuel tank has been smacked a bit. mabe a bit more thru the rubicon and dusy-ershim.
[Linked Image]
i had raised the tank a bit in the past.
[Linked Image]
perhaps if i cut out that brace that the current front tank mounts are on......
[Linked Image]

morwrds092413
i did cut that brace out. i think i can move the tank up about 1 3/4" more, refit(& weld) the brace/mount, then figure some shield.
i now see why i couldn't put much more than 10 gallons in the tank. perhaps i can get the volume back.

moreblather092713
couple of washers to drop the bumpstop a smidge.... might have been compressing enough to touch the end of the strut.
[Linked Image]
reassembled w/4door spings- we'll see.
gas tank project moving along.

Last edited by rascott; 09/27/13 09:49 PM.
Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott] #991647 09/28/13 05:30 PM
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suzi the psychic is getting a bit of a butt tuck.
her fuel tank had been lifted almost an inch before, now it will be moved like 2" forward, and 2" up.
I moved the front mount brace(and shortened the mount tabs some more)forward.
[Linked Image]
gluewelded some tabs for the rear.
[Linked Image]
mabe I can pop the tank back into shape........
the tank seems to fit fine. I might see if I can stiffen the stock skid.

adpic092913
[Linked Image]
just kinda straightened and reused stock skid(for now).

Last edited by rascott; 09/29/13 04:06 PM.
Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott] #991648 09/28/13 08:28 PM
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suzi's got back, huh? <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" />

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