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  1. 17 points
    Lately it seems there's been a lot of bellyaching about changes in appearance to the board. Hell, I'm an old fart and probably stuck in my ways, but I had no problem adapting to the board. I just click "Unread Content" at the upper right and I see all of the new posts. Pretty simple. The search function actually works great now, as opposed to a few yrs ago, so it's all been improvements as far as I can see. The bellyaching invariably leads to some speculation about board traffic. Sure, people have left the sport, some only read and rarely post, some are on FB, IG, whatever else. That's fine, we all have our different things we like or don't like about social media. The thing I'd really like to address is attitude. It's how some people are approaching things, it's how they're saying things. Rather than complaining about how few posts, try and be a positive influence and start some threads yourself. There are a large number of members I appreciate for the number and quality of the threads they start. They're too numerous to list and I don't want to leave anyone out, but you can clearly see who starts threads and a lot of them turn into really informative, thoughtful discussions. I want to thank all of those guys for starting so many interesting topics! I'd love to see more people participate, ask questions, share more info and by all means, post if you agree with someone said, you're not limited to only posting if you disagree! This brings me to the major point: how some of us have been treating Slappy. I'm not pointing fingers, because I haven't thanked Slappy enough over the yrs so I'm also guilty. Keep in mind, this is a not for profit website. It costs thousands of dollars per year to run it. Moderators don't get paid. Slappy spends thousands out of his own pocket to sponsor events like Vet's Weekend, the Golf Tourney, EPOs, upcoming concerts in the dunes - why? Because of his love for all of us. He loves duners and he loves Glamis Dunes. He wanted a campfire you could join via your computer and your phone to share stories, pics, plan upcoming trips, help each other decide what to buy, help each other fix our toys and even deliver stuff to each other for free. After 2,000 posts you're a member of the Brotherhood, but it begins long before that. Slappy has succeeded in sharing his love for all of us and the dunes via this website, so I'm asking everyone to please keep that in mind when you have a concern. Sure, you could bellyache, but how about phrasing it as a constructive comment? Let's treasure this great gift that has been bestowed upon us and nurture it, participate, be the change we want to see, feel free to post more threads, ask more questions, provide more answers, share more info. Keep on posting jokes, planning trips together and bench racing. Someone said something about some of the older threads were hilarious. There's no reason current members couldn't be even more hilarious! First you have to think of each other as brothers, show a little respect and keep it funny! In conclusion: no, nobody hacked my account. I was gently reminded by another great member just how much Slappy sacrifices to give us this great place. He never talks about it, he never complains. I just feel that we could start showing Slappy our gratitude with good deeds and good will. Pull on up to the fire and share with the rest of us!
  2. 16 points
    Wow I've been on this forum for almost 15 years I've seen the good the bad and the other... seems like alot of negativity every time I come on here now used to be alot of good information some of my best friends in life I met from this site ....now it's just lots of bitching and complaining and definitely alot of hypocrites.... I personally dont care if you have a 300k sand car or 1600 cc Volkswagen if your my friend I will help you the best I can . There is alot of hate for some reason for people that have nicer things ....talk to them there not all bad ....there are ahole that have a tent and ahole who drive 750k prevost .....that the world we live in . Unfortunately some one can get hurt or worse killed by a 30 mph vehicle or 150 mph vehicle .....let's help each other instead of bash .... I could sit here and talk shit about all the people on here that save spots are on every dune ride they shotgun a couple beers but I dont ....come on people let's work together not against each other do we really want more laws in the dunes ?
  3. 13 points
  4. 13 points
    I was trying to stay out of this conversation for the obvious conflict of interest reasons, but I would like to step in an clear up some of the misinformation that is being posted about our products. This does actually affect the conversations I have with people who do read these forums. Please understand that I am not trying to argue with anyone here, simply clearing up some mis-information that has been posted. For the post above, 100 pounds heavier is simply not true. We have weighed all of these units without oil on our calibrated pallet jack, I would say it's accurate to about 5 pounds, so not the most accurate, but within reason. Actual weights posted below: Albins AGB Sequential 5-speed: 215 lbs Weddle S4D (now officially rebranded): 200 lbs Weddle S5D: 210 lbs Weddle S4: 180 lbs Weddle S5: 190 lbs Again, most larger scales are not going to be super accurate, so don't take these numbers as written law. Putting percentage numbers to strength on these units is very difficult, if not impossible without spending hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of detailed strength analysis that we are simply not going to pay for at this time. We have a good baseline on what these units can handle based in history and logic. Every single conversation that I have with any customer asking what trans is best for them starts with 3 questions: What type of vehicle? What engine and how much power? And how do you intend to use/drive the vehicle? Answers to these give me the baseline of information that I need to know what trans is best for you and your application. The Weddle S5 trans that can handle upwards of 700 HP on average in a sand car will only handle a 200 HP 4 cylinder Ecotec in a Class 10 desert race buggy and needs to be serviced every 800-1000 miles. We have made some pretty major improvements to the entire Weddle (formerly Mendeola) sequential transaxles that make them much stronger than when we acquired the program. There are many things about these that I would actually put up against an Albins in strength comparisons, but overall they lack some original design details that hold them back. The S4D/S5D are pretty close to an Albins for external dimensions. Same size R&P and approximately the same length, they are both about 35" end to end depending on bell housings. True, the original design of the S4D/S5D case was a weak link, but our revised design and materials have proven to bring them much closer in strength to the Albins. There are other factors that go into why the S4D/S5D is not quite as good as the Albins on a direct comparison. Fact about Albins gears and Weddle gears is that they are actually the same. They use the same material, heat treat, and final finish on Weddle gears as they do their own gears. The S4/S5 gears were originally made to accept the removable face plates that floated on the gears. These faceplates were the weak link and would break under heavy loads. We changed the design about 10 years ago that machined the dogs directly onto the gear (Or welded the faceplate to the gear for the taller ratio's that would not allow this) to remove that weak link. Albins also integrates their dogs onto the gear the same we do for the S4/S5 gears. None of the newest Weddle sequential trans gears nor Albins sequential gears have removable dogs on the gear itself. The slider is the selector piece that can be changed out when the dogs are worn.
  5. 13 points
    Be safe out there! Are you kidding, the Pont crew is doing a public service letting everyone know (at least the ones that swing from their nuts on instagram) that they might be running 150 mph in an open space and we should all watch out..... if they kill someone its going to be a shit show of law suits. Owners, drivers, builders, tuners, organizers, blm & just about everyone else remotely linked is going to get sued. The video they posted is going to make great evidence that they are fully aware of the danger but continued to do it anyway. The speeds have gotten to the point where extreme caution needs to be taken. At 150 mph no one is safe, not the drivers, spectators, flag men and especially not the people that aren't aware of what they are doing. The idea that this is the wild west and if you show up well you get what you get is insane. If the actions are negligent, and doing 150 mph in an open space in an organized drag race without proper safety measures is negligent, the people responsible will be held accountable. If you can spend $300K+ on a car then spend a few thousand on some cones, don't let people line up on the sidelines so everyone has a clear view of the course and have a safety plan. None of the "cool" factor is worth a human life period.
  6. 12 points
    So anyone who goes to costco knows; you breeze through check out and wait in the bottleneck at the door to have the person draw a smiley face on your receipt. Well, my local walmart started this recently. Today being friday, there was quite a line. And I just walked right past the guy inspected all 1000 items in the old ladies cart at the front. He said, “hey sirrrrr” but i was gone. A guy that had just made it through the line commented to me, “i wish i had just done that”. I told him eff walmart, i paid, its not a club, im not gonna wait for their geriatric to look at my two items and my receipt, and most importantly, they wont chase down a thief, you think they are gonna chase down a paying customer? Pretty sad all us poor suckers are punished in so many ways for the fuc*tards in this country. When are we going to start beating the shit out of thieves, and making the drug atticts ruining our cities clean up or GTFO
  7. 12 points
    Yup got to callon this one. Gd has always been a place were people speak there minds. There is a lot of strong minded opinionated members on here who dont hold punches . If you say something out of line you will be held accountable whether you like it or not, if you give wrong info in a tech thread you will be called out. Maybe we dont want the type of people you mentioned as they would not be a good fit here. 98% of the topics and post are positive helpful post but, there are members who sit in the sidelines and as soon as one of these threads pop up you get the "this site is negative" response as they are fueling the flames. The most negative places are FB and IG were people come in and slam somebody and then disappear, cant do that here. I see most of the past trouble makers saying that GD is drama as I watch them trash threads on FB regularly, they were the drama. The members who use to incite most of the trouble have left or been removed and we have been happy without them. Of course these threads come up but to throw the site under the bus because you do not agree with what is said in them is kinda childish.
  8. 12 points
    Ok here we go! Devin, first I was in no way “slamming” Polaris. And in fact I do appreciate that they’re investing in the dunes by purchasing the store. Second, even if I was slamming them I don’t see how that makes me or anyone else “hypocritical.” Third, now that you’ve opened this can of worms. My first trip to Glamis was memorial weekend in 1974. Yes, 1974. I have seen the changes over the years and perhaps I long for the old days when the place was waaay more laid back. No overzealous rangers, smaller crowds and less rude ass campers. So with that being said, I remember watching Crusty Demons of Dirt in 1995 (on a VHS tape no less) and the guys were at the “trendy dunes,” and even THEN I was like oh shit here we go, this place is going to blow up. Then there were the party’s at the pit (competition hill) where assholes were digging trenches so you would wreck or get stuck, burning OHVs to the ground and it was one big effing mess til the law clamped down. So if anyone ever wonders why there’s such a HUGE presence of LEOs and BLM at the dunes this is one of the main reasons. Since you didn’t ask, my opinion on camp rzr? It’s awesome that they display the vehicles and offer test drives and will repair your cart on the spot. But. Live concerts, a big party and a a fireworks display? If I wanted that shit I’d just stay home and go to Disneyland. I go to the dunes to escape that crap and in fact refuse to bring a tv along. This type of event brings in non-duners that makes the CAMPING turn into the shit show as I referenced with that image. Some of those people dgaf and trash the place leaving it to the folks that are truly passionate about the dunes (dare I say LOVE the place) to clean up after them. Many people enjoy the event, it just ain’t for me. There was a day when guys built their own sand cars, and the only thing to finance was ATCs/odysseys/dirt bikes. Now anybody with a few thousand dollars down can get into a cart with amazing long travel suspension and an automatic (gasp!) trans. Easy to drive and easy to wreck. I think they’re awesome and will buy a Textron XX 4 seater when they release them. I’m just not a fan of the commercialization of Glamis, but there’s no stopping it. Now get off my lawn!
  9. 11 points
    Life is not easy, it most certainly in not fair either.. Have seen a lot of people who seem to have success fall in their lap, sometimes even undeserved.. I have also seen people who do the right thing, are ethical, and work their a$$ off, and live paycheck to paycheck.. In the end, you will have to answer for all your actions, and have to look yourself in the mirror, and go to bed with yourself.. If you don’t like what you see in the mirror, then roll up your sleeves; and get busy.. John, I have seen some really ingenious stuff come out of your shop.. I also have seen some real crap.. I would imagine that was happening when the economy dumped, and your life you were explaining was going south.. That was then. Here you are today.. What will people say about you moving forward? You have a say in determining that..Everyone can write a new tomorrow, and different chapter for the future.. John, if UTV’s have overtaken your buggy sales, maybe look for creative ways to apply your ingenuity to the UTV market. It is possible to make lemonade when given a bag of lemons.. .Here are just a very few tips for success that I have tried to implement daily, & have served me well.. - Do good work. even if it costs you more to deliver. Cutting corners will never pay off. Did I mention , Do good work? A persons work reads like a book as to who they are. -don’t promise timelines you can’t deliver on.. Just don’t do it.. (under promise & then over deliver)It will be some of the most effective advertising you’ll ever do. - COMMUNICATE with your customers.. Be brutally honest, and let them know if a problem has come up.. They appreciate knowing, even if it isn’t what they wanted to hear.. Things happen with suppliers or situations out of your control, no sense adding to your agony by avoiding delivering the bad news.. if its out of your control you have nothing to feel bad about.. It is however your responsibility to let them know.. -follow up with customers.. Find out if they were happy ,or disappointed.. Having a dialogue with an unhappy customers is just an opportunity to sharpen your game, & hopefully not make that mistake again if possible.. A happy customer validates you are on the right track, and lets you know where to double down your energy on for continued success.. I just want you to know .ANYONE has the ability to change, it is a matter of discipline & fortitude.. I wish you lots of success John. -For the record, the set of boxed arms you did for my DD several years ago fit like a glove , and are still in use on the car today..😎
  10. 11 points
    After reading this thread I feel like you need an intervention......... I’ll be the ahole and point out the elephant in the room that a couple of posters have eleuded to. You need to understand you are dumping and will be continuing to dump a PILEof money into what looks like a home built chassis. That chassis is not worthy of an LS. You still have a torsion housing from a VW in that chassis right? You’re building a lopsided car. Cut your loses, salvage the parts you can and search the for sale adds for a good quality chassis built by a reputable builder with tried and true correct chassis geometry, appropriate sized tubing with good triangulation. Of course resale value can also be a factor. I know you are hindered by your location but don’t let that stop you from haveing a property built car that will provide you and your family with as safe as possible experience that will take you out in the dunes so you can enjoy the time you have running the car rather than wishing you had done it right looking at your family sitting in lawn chairs while you work in vain trying to cobble some morphodite car back together in an attempt for at least one decent ride. Sorry, not trying to discourage you but we all want you to succeed in your quest for a good car, not become bitter and hate the predicament you get yourself into and disappoint yourself and your family. There have been many cars for sale that are in various states of disassembly for a great price on here. I don’t know what he is currently getting for a chassis but Jesse at JP Designs sells a very good car for a great price and will sell it in about any stage you want to buy it. If my post offends you I’m sorry that’s not my intent just ignore it and I won’t respond again.
  11. 11 points
    This may be the ticket @mac No one would know you had it in ya.
  12. 10 points
    Throw as much as you want at them, I have bills to pay. 😎
  13. 9 points
  14. 9 points
    This was sitting outside my wife's favorite Italian Restaurant, had to sit and look at it all through dinner. She has always wanted a red convertible mustang with black interior and she didn't notice it until I gave the keys. This was her 30th anniversary gift, it was a 5 year project and she never had a clue. Our good friend that introduced us 35 years ago built the car. The look on her face as she took it all in was priceless.
  15. 9 points
    Can't wait for tomorrow's thread... what do you torque your lug nuts too...
  16. 9 points
  17. 9 points
    Here is mine..Almost complete
  18. 9 points
    Well, I’m kind of a softie when it comes to this stuff, but here it goes. I was driving into work and saw a little bunny rabbit scrambling off the road, but having trouble. It must’ve just got hit by a car. She tried to get up the curb, but she was unable to, and I saw her curl up and sit there. I went into work and got my work truck and went around the corner to see you if she had shook it off and hopefully had made it. She was still at the curb, cars racing by. I approached her and she was very scared, but couldn’t run. I could tell her back end wasn’t doing very good. I scooped her up, and brought her back to my truck. She drove around with me for about an hour, and I made her as comfortable as possible, I knew she wasn’t going to make it. She didn’t seem to be in any pain, and her lower half was paralyzed. I pet her on the head as I went about the morning, and she seemed to like that. After about an hour, she raised her head one more time, turned towards me, and then lowered back down, and died. Kinda messed me up a little bit today.
  19. 8 points
  20. 8 points
    I don't stop, ever. Eff them, I stood in line and paid, now I'm leaving. I walk right past them. What are they going to do? Accuse me of stealing? Wife HATES it when I do this.
  21. 8 points
    Iv got some parts I’ll donate to his cause if he wants. SU 3 gauge dash pak deal ( made of carbon fiber ) matching bar mount tach SU carbon fiber center console I think 6 or so HID lights with bar mount. And what ever else I find laying around that we removed when doing full body etc.. im all about helping those that are doing what they can with what they have.
  22. 8 points
    Loving my Yamaha, she may not be the fastest or take the whoops as good as some of the others but she turns on a dime and slllllllllllllides thru the corners And sounds cool as hell. Nothing beats that street bike sounding motor while banging gears the others are like the four minute one octave fart as they roll past
  23. 8 points
    I thought boys who wear Uggs could suck the chrome off a trailer hitch. Maybe the answer to your question lies within. Seriously, grip tape from skateboard shops or even Amazon works great! I put some on the steps to my pool diving board and it has lasted 4 years in the AZ sun so far.
  24. 8 points
    AMEN Aron.... I met Aron in this type of situation...Was on vacation in Pismo with my family and I was away in the Bay area with my job....wife and 3 kids were at camp in Pismo and wife lost her wallet....I contacted Supreme Air (NEVER MET THE GUY B4) and asked him to spot my wife 100 bucks....His answer was Send her over we are on our way to Breakfast ….Ill give her $500 and take the entire family with us to eat...…. All I wanted was them to have a 100 bucks till I got back the next day and Supreme made my wife take more money and offered their home up and ANYTHING they needed till I got back...……. THAT is what this place was built on...…...I haven't seen Aron in a few years but if he called me for help with anything...Id drop what I was doing and jump in...…. Glamis is a wide open space and we all enjoy different stuff. DOES NOT MATTER ….Jeep Lover / Drags Addict / Dune addict / 70 addict / Quad Rider / Old school buggy driver / 2 wheeling madman / Quad Runner.... IT DOESN"T matter and does not define you....Your attitude towards others is what counts...….. We really don't need more BLM rules and enforcement.....what we need is some major common sense...….Watching these high power cars run isn't my thing but I love to watch...….. Learn from a mistake and make it better for next time...That simple...…..The crew running this "event" has the coin...do it right …………. the place its happening now and the way its run isn't working based on the video that was posted...…...I in no way think this crew has any bad intentions whatsoever...they just love to race …….fix it by making it safer …...no more ...no less...……. Sandpsycho told me about the way he was treated by the guy who parked on top of him and I 100 percent believe him how it went down....Ive known Mike for 13 years and he doesn't sugar coat it...THAT OTHER GUYS ATTITUDE is the exact reason these treads go off the rails ...…. Its simple....Don't Be a Dick....PERIOD...……...The cute passive aggressive posts jabbing away causes so much drama..... Oh.....I am glad for QG she could be in the place she loves and make a buck....That's awesome! That kid on the quad has a guardian angel!!! He was an innocent bystander headed back to camp and dodged a bullet BIG TIME. To comment that he was in the wrong for going back to his camp in a wide open desert is plain IGNORANT!.... I fully understand our Resident PPOG(perfect people of glamis) President thinks it was parenting and under his eyeful watch it never would have happened.....kinda like equalizing your grey tanks to absolute perfection to run into the black tanks with the proper mixture of whatever OR some other bullchit spew about running the correct amount of amps to a charger to remain in the dunes for 6 months at a time ,,,,bla,,,,,bla ...blaa………. Yeah,....we all get how the PPOG rolls...…. Thanks for always jumping in with such insiteful wisdom in EVERY SUBJECT known to man! I am just glad that the kid was OK...… Lets learn from it and start treating others with some courtesy and a bit of respect...….it goes a long way. This board is not a perfect place but Ill take it over some of the other cencored BS sites that promote azz kissing and remind me of MSNBC with a dictatorship from the top...…… Lets learn from what can be better for next time and hopefully we get thru some future events without any injuries or deaths...Its a VERY dangerous sport...act accordingly and help educate as many others as possible...…...OH,,,,,and rich or poor or average Joe.....DON'T BE A DICK! My Rant over!
  25. 8 points
    Probably don't need to say this and this is NOT directed to any one person: You can not organize an event (of any kind) w/o a permit that you apply for 180 days in advance - Note, my info is a bit old as the 180 day rule was in effect the last time I went to pull a permit for a Sand Lino customer appreciation weekend. We can not groom the hill, the dunes, the drags or anywhere. How long has the one bush been in the middle of the drags? The State will not accept the liability of a drag course, special area, etc UNLESS you pull a permit and included in that is listing BLM on your insurance binder for the dates/times of the event. There are some good safety suggestions - the simplest of all to me is Location, Location, Location. My $.02 - worth 1/2 that By the way, when will there be BBQ wars out there? That could be good
  26. 8 points
    Showed this video to my 8 year old twins as a lesson on how fast things happen. We always preach to them that they need to watch out for themselves and that they are basically invisible to everyone.
  27. 8 points
    It is simply the location in which they are hitting the speeds that they are reaching. It's not about speed limits, I am not calling for that at all nor for them to enjoy what they do. ISDRA BLM Page SPEED LAWS. 1. Basic speed law: Don't operate an off-highway vehicle faster than it is safe for conditions (VC 38305). 2. Prima Facie Speed Limit: The prima facie speed limit within 50 feet of any campground, campsite, or concentration of people or animals shall be under 15 m.p.h. unless changed as authorized by the code (VC 38310). CA OHV VC Book DIVISION 16.5. OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLES [38000 - 38604] ( Division 16.5 added by Stats. 1971, Ch. 1816. ) CHAPTER 5. Off-Highway Vehicle Operating Rules [38280 - 38321] ( Chapter 5 repealed and added by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1093. ) ARTICLE 3. Speed Laws [38305 - 38310] ( Article 3 added by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1093. ) 38305. No person shall drive an off-highway motor vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of other persons or property. (Added by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1093.)
  28. 8 points
    Saw this on instagram, grabbed a screen shot. Funny chit but it’s the truth...
  29. 8 points
    Read the entire thread, and found myself nodding and saying WTF to myself more than once, LOL. Sand Mountain,, Nevada has been our, "home dunes" for...crap 35 years. We built our first sand toys to run in an old hydraulic diggins area near here, then discovered "the Mountain, and all was lost. I remember being just as pissed at the release of Quads as some guys seem to be as the proliferation of the SXS today. We felt and said may of the same things being said here....too much easy money, too many idiots. And...it is a universal truth that BLM is completely worthless. They are so focused on the stuff that don''t matter that they can't deal with the stuff that does. Worthless. Ghost camping is even here now. They can't seem to find their ass with both hands and a mirror when it comes to this problem. It isn't that hard...(And this is coming from a guy who wore a badge and gun for 26 years) We spent a small fortune building what were, for the time, some of the fastest hillshooters around. Drug them clear to Glamis a couple of times, wound up coming back to camp once to find Larry Minor had camped next to us. Hearing our uncorked V-8's idle into camp he stuck his head out of the NHRA hauler he was using and said to his friends, """looks like we parked in the right place". We had a great weekend with him, he signed Tee shirts for my sons and had his drivers do the same and sent them to us in the mail. A great great guy. But...times change everywhere, folks. Everywhere. The big Weekend at Sand Mountain has always been Halloween. I won't even go anymore. We were there for the weekend before and it is crazy the people rolling in. Which brings me to my point. It ain't the machines, boys. It never has been . It is the people. Yes easy money has made it easier for people to get toys they ain't ready for, but idiots will be idiots, at home, on your freeways, and yes...in your sandbox. People. It is a reflection of what we as a society have come to tolerate. I am sure none of us here tolerate any ahole behavior from our group, and we demand our kids respect the land we ride on and each other, and pick up after ourselves. It doesn't take a lot of looking around to see that not everyone is following that lead. I think the best thing we can do when our teenage kids ask to bring a friend along...perhaps a friend who has no Dad or has no one to teach them about the outdoors is to make damn sure we do what we can to get the fundamentals drilled into their heads on that first trip...because odds are when we take that kid along we are creating another future duner. I am blessed to see my now grown sons teaching my grandchildren now. This is where the core is...this is how we keep the flow going....our children and grandchildren, and those we can have some influence on....taking it down the trail with them.
  30. 7 points
    Saw this, thought I would share: THE RETROSEXUAL MAN Ok folks, I have had it. I've taken all I can stand and I can't stand no more. Every time my TV is on, all that can be seen is effeminate men prancing about, redecorating houses and talking about foreign concepts like "style" and "feng shui." Heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, trans-sexual, metrosexual, non-sexual; blue, green, and purple-sexual-bogus definitions have taken over the urban and suburban world! Real men of the world, stand up, scratch your butt, belch, and yell "ENOUGH!" I hereby announce the start of a new offensive in the culture wars, the Retrosexual movement. The RetroSexual Code : A Retrosexual does not let neighbors screw up rooms in his house on National TV. A Retrosexual, no matter what the women insists, PAYS FOR THE DATE. A Retrosexual opens doors for a lady. Even for the ones that fit that term only because they are female. A Retrosexual DEALS with IT, be it a flat tire, break-in into your home, Or a natural disaster, you DEAL WITH IT. A Retrosexual not only eats red meat, he often kills it himself. A Retrosexual doesn't worry about living to be 90. It's not how long you live, but how well. If you're 90 years old and still smoking cigars and drinking, I salute you. A Retrosexual does not use more hair or skin products than a woman. Women have several supermarket aisles of stuff. Retrosexuals need an endcap (possibly 2 endcaps if you include shaving goods.) A Retrosexual does not dress in clothes from Hot Topic when he's 30 Years old. A Retrosexual should know how to properly kill stuff (or people) if need be. This falls under the "Dealing with IT" portion of The Code. A Retrosexual watches no TV show with "Queer" in the title. A Retrosexual should not give up excessive amounts of manliness for women. Some is inevitable, but major re-invention of yourself will only lead to you becoming a froo-froo little puss, and in the long run, she ain't worth it. A Retrosexual is allowed to seek professional help for major mental stress such as drug/alcohol addiction, death of your entire family in a freak treechipper accident, favorite sports team being moved to a different city, or favorite bird dog expiring, etc. You are NOT allowed to see a shrink because Daddy didn't pay you enough attention to you. Daddy was busy DEALING WITH IT. When you screwed up, he DEALT with you. A Retrosexual will have at least one outfit in his wardrobe designed to conceal himself from prey. A Retrosexual knows how to tie a Windsor knot when wearing a tie - and ONLY a Windsor knot. A Retrosexual should have at least one good wound he can brag about getting. A Retrosexual knows how to use a basic set of tools. If you can't hammer a nail, or drill a straight hole, practice in secret until you can - or be rightfully ridiculed for the wuss you be. A Retrosexual knows that owning a gun is not a sign that your are Riddled with fear, guns are TOOLS and are often essential to DEAL WITH IT. Plus it's just plain fun to shoot. Crying. There are very few reason that a Retrosexaul may cry, and none Of them have to do with TV commercials, movies, or soap operas. Sports teams are sometimes a reason to cry, but the preferred method of release is swearing or throwing the remote control. Some reasons a Retrosexual can cry include (but are not limited to) death of a loved one, death of a pet (fish do NOT count as pets in this case), loss of a major body part. A Retrosexual man's favorite movie isn't "Maid in Manhattan" (unless that refers to some foxy French maid sitting in a huge tub of brandy or whiskey), or "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood." Acceptable ones may include any of the Dirty Harry or Nameless Drifter movies (Clint in his better days), Rambo I or II, the Dirty Dozen, The Godfather trilogy, Scarface, The Road Warrior, The Die Hard series, Caddyshack, Rocky I, II, or III, Full Metal Jacket, any James Bond Movie, Raging Bull, Bullitt, any Bruce Lee movie, Apocalypse Now, Goodfellas, Reservoir Dogs, Fight Club,etc. When a Retrosexual is on a crowded bus and or a commuter train, and a pregnant woman, hell, any woman gets on, that retrosexual stands up and offers his seat to that woman, then looks around at the other so-called men still in their seats with a disgusted "you punks" look on his face. A Retrosexual knows how to say the Pledge properly, and with the correct emphasis and pronunciation. He also knows the words to the Star Spangled Banner. A Retrosexual will have hobbies and habits his wife and mother do not understand, but that are essential to his manliness, in that they offset the acceptable manliness decline he suffers when married/engaged in a serious healthy relationship - i.e., hunting, boxing, shot putting, shooting, cigars, car maintenance. A Retrosexual knows how to sharpen his own knives and kitchen utensils. A Retrosexual man can drive in snow (hell, a blizzard) without sliding all over or driving under 20 mph, without anxiety, and without high-centering his ride on a plow berm. A Retrosexual man can chop down a tree and make it land where he wants. Wherever it lands is where he damn well wanted it to land. A Retrosexual will give up his seat on a bus to not only any women but any elderly person or person in military dress (except officers above 2nd Lt) NOTE: The person in military dress may turn down the offer but the Retrosexual man will ALWAYS make the offer to them and thank them for serving their country. A Retrosexual man doesn't need a contract -- a handshake is good enough. He will always stand by his word even if circumstances change or the other person deceived him. A Retrosexual man doesn't immediately look to sue someone when he does something stupid and hurts himself. We understand that sometimes in the process of doing things we get hurt and we just DEAL WITH IT!
  31. 7 points
    Meet Sophie, 8 week old Golden that we picked up last week in AZ. She is very smart, and extremely determined, I expect great things from this pup! Well, you know, besides the whole potty in the house when we are not looking thing.
  32. 7 points
    Nope, that is the definition of a no win deal right there. I am pretty sure that they came there all together, and if you were not careful, you could end up with ALL of them trying to curb stomp you at the same time.
  33. 7 points
    I received this from a Tibetan Munk...I heard he was very good friends with Slappy. Who is Slappy??? Slappy McDuner was raised a child of color to a lowly share-cropper in the deep south. From a very early age, he was fascinated by the motorcycle. His first love was a QA50 mini-bike that his father, Pappy McDuner, managed to buy for him. This passion only grew as he aged. He managed to graduate and was considered "gifted" by his peers. Using his new found knowledge, he soon found himself pumping gas at "Bernies Pump and Fill". This is where his keen interest developed with the modern combustible engine. After he was fired for sniffing the exhaust one too many times, he packed up and headed west. It took him aproximately 5 years to hitchhike from Toupillo Mississippi to Brawley California. Reasons as to why it took so long are sketchy, but according to sources, Slappy had the gift of gab and would talk to people for hours on end. It is even rumored that he once talked to a man for 18 hours straight about why matchheads are red in color. Yes sir, Slappy was a unique individual. But being such a unique individual caused many people to wonder about Slappy's mental stability. While on his journey, Slappy was arrested by police after they found him running through a corn field with nothing on but his birthday suit. And after what Slappy claimed to be an "alien abduction", the judge committed Slappy to the Shady Hills Mental Institution. To this day Slappy swears that he was abducted by an alien race of "Bionic Women". Slappy met his worst nightmare at the Shady Hills Mental Institution: the men in the white coats. Slappy endured 'treatments', that in his words were, "ABSOLUTELY SHASTAMCSNAPPLISH"! Slappy vowed to escape one day. That day happened when Slappy disguised himself as a mop and escaped, never to be found by the men in the white coats again. That night Slappy began walking. He was following the moonlight that starry night, and singing songs of Robert Preston and Barry Manilow. Slappy kept walking...and walking...and walking...when he stumbled onto the most glorious site he'd ever seen. The sand glistened off the moonlight creating a satin sheet of silver, and abounding with glorious, rippled sand dunes. Her name was Glamis, Mother Glamis that is. Slappy immediately fell in love with her and the plants and animals that live upon her. He has made personal friendships with many of her inhabitants; his best friend being a Red Tail Hawk he calls "Mr. Red Tail". Slappy found his calling. Slappy searched Mother Glamis for two years straight locating various parts of machine and metal. He slept for an hour a day, enduring the heat of summer, the cold of winter, and near death experiences of men and machines. After two years, he had located enough parts to piece together a machine that would not be rivaled even to this day, "THE MCSLAPPMACHINE". Slappy and the "McSlappMachine" can be found in Glamis, and at times are seen far off in the distance ripping bowls and riding ridges. His legacy of preserving the dunes, awareness of the Peirsons Milkvetch, Dune Etiquitte, and dune education are the catalysts of his cause. Slappy is married to his darling wife, Natasha McDuner. Slappy is charming and witty, and endulges in prose and poetry. Very few have ever seen Slappy, and even fewer have ridden with him. If you are one of the lucky ones who gets to ride with him, fear not and ride like the wind, because nobody dune like Slappy dune!
  34. 7 points
    Shit, from the thread title, I thought we were finally going to get around to discussing genital warts. Oh, and Thanks Slappy!!!
  35. 7 points
    Great topic HondaJim Interesting that a lot of you regret NOT joining the military. Any particular reason? I did join right out of high school. I enlisted, was a jet mechanic for 9 years, got picked up for a Commission...flew helicopters for 16 years among many other things. I retired at 43 with my pension, medical and other benefits. I haven't worked in 6 years and just go to school. I'm getting ready to finish my second Masters. I mainly do it because the VA PAYS me to go to school...on top of paying for school. Kind of nice, but after 3 years of going to school (Masters, Culinary college, second Masters)...I'm really over school. It's not hard, just over it. I still have more time left to get a third Masters if I want. With all that said, I hated the Navy. I enjoyed my jobs, enjoyed mentoring young people, helping junior personnel that didn't have a voice. I hated the leadership, the constant social and political experiment that we had to go through. I hated budget cuts and having to try and keep my troop's morale up when I knew I was even lying to myself. I have a very different view of America. I see America as an ungrateful country and people. All the talk of people supporting Veterans is absolute bullshit. I constantly get my benefits cut or put on the chopping block by Congress and the President (not bashing Trump, just all Presidents). I was promised things that Congress takes away and gives to others who haven't earned it. Congress took away military pension retirement. Now all new personnel joining have to pay into a 401K type program if they want a retirement...which they can't draw on until they are 65...unlike my pension that I could have taken at 38 without penalty. I could go on and on... I'm glad I did it, I'm grateful for what I have, but it took a lot of my soul with it. Regrets? I wish I hadn't partied as much as I did. I had a lot of fun, have a lot of memories and stories but it took a toll on my body and mind. Overall, I just wish I had taken better care of myself. I also wish I had been a better man at times. I think we all have a few of those moments we wish we could rewind and do different. I also wish I had more actively pursued getting a job when I first retired from the Navy. It's been a challenge to find a job now having been out of work for 6 years. I don't have to work, but I just want more. Plus, I'm bored.
  36. 7 points
    Watched my daughter walk across the stage today to earn her BA (Cum Laude) from UCLA. Proud dad moment.
  37. 7 points
    My employee Brian is having the time of his life with only $4000 invested. He can hang with any CanAm turbo RS. he's running a Subaru 2.2 motor he built himself, 14psi and making 270 HP no intercooler, e85 tuning his own car!. look good at the pics, exhaust flapper, bump stops hitting the brake line, bending bars to make sure the steering shaft clears, custom arm slot as his mid rail bar was too high, but the best part is seeing the smile on his face. I'm like that was me 35 some odd years ago!
  38. 7 points
    OK...we get it...AZ is so f*cking awesome....I can't wait to get there and have sweat dripping of my balls. To some of us...this is our home. I have been here 30 years. Yeah...I really do like it here. Yeah...it's plagued by bad politicians, high taxes, liberal policies, traffic, etc... But I seriously can't see living anywhere else...and yeah...I've lived all over from coast to coast. Until I reach my breaking point, and join all the ball sweaters in AZ, I choose to live here and "hope" that maybe the people here will get fed up and move to the right a little bit.
  39. 7 points
    Hopefully you have some type of cold, refreshing beverage on board. Pop one open and sit for awhile to contemplate the mistake that has got you in this situation. Avoid getting mad at anyone but yourself as they will then typically refuse to help you any further and they might then start relieving you of your limited supply of cold, refreshing beverages on board. Once you have fully thought of all of the ways you could have avoided the situation you are currently in, the next best action is to laugh it off, avoid laughing hysterically as it might scare those that are stuck with you and they may run off, again, losing any help you might have had. Then start pushing. You might be able to get the wheels to move enough to downshift. One of these days I am going to start charging for my advise. It's clearly top notch. 😒
  40. 7 points
    I started smoking when I was about 15. for them that knows me, that was a LOOOONG time ago. I have quit, or hesitated numerous times, sometimes for a month or three, a couple times for a year or a little better. It always comes back to, I simply loved smoking. Not the smell, not the wheezing struggle of breathing after just a few flights of stairs, but the activity. I loved it. No matter what was happening in my life, I could step out to the back patio, light up, breathe deep and slowly, everything would fit back into it's own slot like it should. Once I tried Chantix, and after what I felt was a pretty successful quitting for 4 months, I found myself walking in circles around my truck in the driveway about 11 at night, feeling like there was never to be any joy ever. I have tried the gum, and I have tried the patches. Blech... all of em... I tried the cold turkey, I tried substituting other activities(sex was a a pretty close one, but then, when done, what do you want? yah.. me too), but nothing stopped the craving. Now, we all know how smoking is not good for us and we'll get cancer and bla bla bla... we have all heard it ad nauseam, people who have successfully quit flitting about like a fairy in a SF Day parade by the bay, bragging about how wonderful they are and they have never felt better and I wanted to break out the 7mm Magnum and play a few rounds of The Most Dangerous Game.. you know, just for fun. As we get older, it is harder to recover from things, and the little things do affect us more. And face it, smoking is a pretty nasty habit. I decided to try vaping. Did a little research, and decided to go the vape pod and Nicotine salts route. Start with the higher concentrations and work my way down over a period of months. Cigs now are $80+ a carton, so when I bought the pod and a bottle of the juice for a total of $64, I thought, Hey, this isn't that bad. I bought the 50mg tobacco flavored juice. It was 'okay', but certainly nothing to write home about. I had tried vaping before, and it was a wholly unsatisfactory experience. It never felt 'right'. I was always still jonesing for a 'real' cigarette. But the Nicotine salts act more like real nicotine in your body. Where before, you really didn't know when to put down the vape, because it was never satisfying, to now, you give it a few drags, and you are good to go. And I am not carrying around a vape that has a battery that weighs in pounds, and could jump start my car. I am not blowing great clouds of steam to show just how cool I am. It is filling a need that I have not been able to break. That was three months ago when I bough the pod, and I have not had a 'real' cigarette since that evening when I brought this home. I have worked down from 50mg juice to 25 mg, and hopefully, over the next few months, I can get down to where there is no nicotine, then I can look at putting it down for good. I am an old dog, and new tricks are coming slow, but I do feel a lot better overall. Say what you will about vaping, or as one of our beloved members call it 'Sucking an electronic c*ck', it seems to be working for me. I am just into the 'scene'. Edit to add: I am no longer spending $80 every other week or so, the juice costs me about $20 every other week.
  41. 7 points
    Let me say this about that. I bought a new Can Am X3 RC from the dealer in Parker, Az., and put 20 miles on it on Parker streets to start the break-in. Got to Ogilby a week later, unloaded, and drove toward the UPRR tracks (flat desert) with two other SxS's on a slower break-in continuation. At 23 miles, the right upper A-arm disconnected from the frame because there had never been a nut put on the bolt that secures it to the frame. The bolt worked it's way out, and sheared in half. The SxS was un-drivable and un-towable. From the scene, I called the dealer in Parker just to get bolt specs. No Help. Then I called the dealer in Yuma and they were even less help......"Bring it in. We'll look at it." So............then I called Coyne. Your parts guy was the only one who cared enough to pull up a diagram, locate the bolt, nut and adjacent relevant damaged parts and check his stock (had it all). He spent about a half hour helping me over the phone. First rate customer service right there. We sent a SxS back to camp. Used a floor jack to get everything aligned and an SAE bolt as a bandaid to get it together enough for a 3-5 MPH putt back to camp and went to El Centro for the correct parts. Thank you for supporting GD.com
  42. 7 points
    I stepped up and joining the club here. Car is everything I had hoped it would be and more. Already ordered new LED lights for it and I'm hoping to do a dash and hood on it in the offseason.
  43. 7 points
    630am today , my son watching Gods majesty in action. Truly marvelous weekend
  44. 7 points
    Alert - if you are not into HP and engine efficiency, just click away this will bore you... Every once in a while I come across a video that really makes a point way better than I can. There is a lot of crap on the Web (and especially Instagram) that has no science behind it and lots of people just Hype'ing BS (IMO) to perform extra steps in engine builds to make labor money with no benefits. This guy is not that guy. Steve Morris is master engine builder and tuner, this guys work is not cheap, but he constantly pulls great power and driveability out of EFI engines and especially LS's. This video shows some big and real numbers from a typical LS combo we put in Sand Cars all the time, and a bit how he does "switchable" tunes using a Holley EFI, but mostly shows how to really read plugs. Just about every Sand Car I pull a plug on lately after a hard run looks like his bad example,. Our tuners tend to go "Fat and Safe", but judge for yourself after watching whether what he is saying makes sense or not
  45. 7 points
    **** Personal Opinion **** You idiots are going to kill somebody doing these HP Wars right outside of camps on Gecko. That is a heavily traveled pathway for many people on various OHV's that are coming and going from camp spots to the dunes, just as your own video showed that quad almost getting nailed. Find another stretch of sand away from traffic that you can do your thing, pure luck nobody got nailed this year, in that spot. Is it too much to ask to go do that away from camp? or will being any further away from your hosted camp spots on the pads, hired chef's, etc - take away from yore Glamis Lifestyle?
  46. 7 points
  47. 7 points
    The bummer about this entire thread is that this is exactly the battle that we are trying to win against the campfire mechanics and word of mouth type of marketing that prevails in this industry/hobby/sport. We knew that taking on this entire program was going to be a lot of work, and we knew that we were going to have to invest a lot of money into it to fix all of the inherent issues that caused so many people to have problems with these units that left a forever bad taste in their mouth. I think we are finally starting to make some headway into changing people's minds about these things. We have gotten a lot of really good, positive feedback from customers about the changes that we have made. Many of those changes you will never notice, but are simply there to prevent a failure, and that to us is the key selling point to the work we put into them. Unfortunately, there were so many inherent design flaws with these sequential transaxles through each generation of changes that in many cases, it does cost what some might consider to be an arm and leg to upgrade these things with our new parts and make them right. I have seen customers try to nickel and dime their way with these upgraded parts, trying to make old and new parts work together, and that typically never tends to work out. We have literally made changes to every single part drawing to fix each flaw that has been an issue through the years. These sequential transaxles are certainly not a "perfect" unit, which is why we still push the Albins for those who want or need the best transaxle. We refrained from changing the name from Mendeola to Weddle for the past years because we were still uncertain on whether the changes we made to these were going to make the grade in the court of public opinion. We have now made the decision to start rebranding these units to use the Weddle name as new parts get made, next Sand Show (2019) you will probably see the Weddle name in the castings and in our marketing materials. In closing, the biggest variable that determines how any of these transaxles hold up is who's foot is on the gas pedal. Anything can break, these vehicles are toys and they are driven as such. They are not driven with the mindset that this thing has to be able to get the kids to school or make it to work the next day. If you drove your daily they way you drive these toys on a daily basis, I guarantee you that vehicle will be at the dealership/shop on a very regular basis. Horsepower costs money. It costs more money to get that power to the ground reliably. There is a reason why race cars cost more money to run than they make. If you want to drive it like a race car, then you have to expect a race car level of prep cost.
  48. 7 points
    I would see if @johnoutfrontmtrsprts could be hired to collect for you.
  49. 6 points
    For me it depends on your driving style, expectations (dune or drag) and lots of factors. I am a fan of usable HP rather than nice Dyno HP in an RPM range I regularly don't use. For me Rule 1 – There is no replacement for displacement Rule 2 – I would rather be blown Rule 3 – You don't drive the Dyno LS engines are so reliable and robust that you can just about have it all with the right build and cost can be contained "pretty well" Here is the combo I did in the past that is still my goto (assuming I have cash and the car to handle it) RHS tall deck 502cu in, KB 4.7L Liquid cooled SC on E85 solid 1400RWHP and 1200ft TQ all day long. Pulls like a rocket from just above idle to 6000 with a nearly flat TQ curve. Never need to dump the clutch or rev it like you hate it... Way more power left there - but built like this, it will last forever - run on 91 and take away 280HP and 340Ft Lb TQ. Where most Dyno runs "start" at 4000 RPM because they are hiding the low end ramp (saying you never really are under 4000 in the dunes is nuts - a well designed blown engine can cruise at 2500 RPM and when you stomp it, its a rocketsled from there..), The power under the normal driving curve with this combo is amazing, start the Dyno run at 2000 RPM and see a flat curve through the redline (6000) - that is real bragging rights IMO. Its hard to beat the "two Stroke" feel of a Twin Turbo car in a limited RPM range, but the constant pull of a well built blown car has to be experienced. Little details in build make it a super reliable runner like the right cam thats easy on the valve train for reliability yet has enough power, its a fairly basic build since it never needs to spin past 6000RPM 9.5:1 comp, no exotic head port work needed. A combo like that runs forever, just change the oil. I put this one in a 1968 Camaro
  50. 6 points

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