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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Burt4x4, Mar 5, 2002.

  1. Burt4x4

    Burt4x4 3/4 ton status

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    Do you all think that because 69-72 K5 has 104" WB and the 73 up has 106.5 that a First gen K5 has an advantage over the other generations when rockcrawling and/or general trail wheelin, ya know the stuff granny gear was made for??????
    Or is 2.5" relly not that big of a difference?
    Anyone wana test this theroy???
     
  2. Greenblazer-AZ

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    I think it would be hard to tell the difference. Many people move their axles for more clearance on rock crawlers resulting in longer wheel base. Shorter is not always better. I've read about trails in Moab that Heeps have a real hard time on 'cause their too short.
     
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    What do the heeps run? I don't think that 2.5 would make that big of a difference on most trails. Thing is, sometimes a short wheelbase is a blessing and sometimes not. The competition I was at last weekend, there was a hill where shorter wheel bases were having troubles with a hill unless they had a lot of power and long wheelbases just hit the front bumper, and my 106.5" was just perfect (all but the damned spare tire carrier coming off /forums/images/icons/mad.gif)
     
  4. Burt4x4

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    Oh no girl!! Your new carrier came off??? Better fire your welder/forums/images/icons/smile.gif
     
  5. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Burt,

    Speak for yourself.....my wheelbase is 105" now.....and I expect to be at maybe 106 - 106.5" by the time I get the 14BFF installed with the offset blocks.....

    1st Gens Rock! Don't let a silly thing like 2.5" of wheelbase cloud your judgement....... LOL!
     
  6. Burt4x4

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    Oh no I was thinking the 104 is BETTER!! Not too short and not too long!! I think it will be cool to see all the K5s at Moab doin the same obstical. Some will take it with ease and some will have problems..hmmm I wonder........who will make it look easy???......
     
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    Ya..it broke the gusset and everything on the bumper. It just needs to boxed in. The bumper would flex enough and let that carrier come open and it did that during the competition and the weight of the tire bouncing around back there bent it. /forums/images/icons/crazy.gif. Ah well! Least it's home built! It can be fixed!
     
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    Aahh i see, your right that is the best part about home built stuff!!
    Good luck!
     
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    Did you really have carrier probs? I was thinking about just having it on the carrier for daily driving duties, then do something like that when I go wheelin
     
  11. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Yeah.....

    I like Steve's setup.....kinda reminds me of a "Mad Max" vehicle.... /forums/images/icons/cool.gif

    Just drivin' around the desert all day lookin' for gas......and hitting the "nitrous" button.......what a life!!! /forums/images/icons/laugh.gif
     
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    Mine will be 107.5 soon . Moving the front axle forward to help with clearence The rear may get moved back and inch also so I will be 108.5 quite possibly by the end of next month.
     
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