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  1. The new buggy will be a lot more fun in the dunes and you will be able to pass the wife in her X3 with no effort. Your Ultra4 was a sweet set up. Was it the dune trip last New Years that made the decision for you after chasing myself, Paul, Jason and Andy around? Hope to see you out in Glamis this season!
  2. Actually 4wd is much better in the dunes and less stress. 2wd is fun, but you get a lot more tire spin in a UTV, which usually results in belts going boom sooner, rather than later. Not to mention they just handle a lot better. No need to service CVs on a UTV, like a sandcar.
  3. What the Herbst did many years ago is no where near what the current stable of Awd trucks run. I don't think the Herbst set up was running portals, not did they have the luxury of the current Awd systems. The Awd trucks have been finishing races and winning - Matney won a BITD championship in an AWD truck. Bryce has done quite well in the Baja races. I expect Andy to have a strong finish at the 400 next weekend. If you don't think it is the future then you are missing the writing all over the walls. There is a reason a lot of the top trophy truck drivers are making the switch and why Mason motorsports has a long wait list for them to build them. Robby Gordon believes in it so much he already has applied for patents.
  4. As a teenager I use to seem all the time at the local market I worked at. Super nice guy.
  5. The single shear is not an issue with the X3. The frame itself has some issues with cracks in the front clip, which the desert racers saw well before the consumer. The frame has been improved upon in the 2020 models, but they need to add some triangulation in the front clip. The frame is the 980 dual phase with a .060” wall thickness. Super thin.
  6. The 4 seaters will be at the Sand Show. You go on the Speed SXS website and they have the non-turbo 4 seaters for 45K. Absent them figuring away to make them under 35K for the 1000cc turbo models it will be a tough sell.
  7. The Awd trophy trucks are working out the bugs and will be consistently on the podium. Bryce just won the Vegas to Reno race and he should of won it the year before but for a jack failure with less than 30 miles to go. He has finished just about every race he has entered with his truck. Mason Motorsports has them pretty dialed in. Enough to make Andy McMillin switch after he has won the San Felipe 250 and Baja 500. He will be debuting his new truck at the Baja 400. Robby Gordon is finishing up his Awd truck and it should make it to the Baja 1000. BJ Baldwin is also has one in the works. I think the cost of building a 4wd sandrail/buggy would keep most away.
  8. Rhys Millen already has a 4wd Class 1 he has been racing.
  9. No need to wait. There are smoking deals on the Turbo S and X3 out there.
  10. The gas motorhomes are fine as long as you don't crazy with the length and don't expect it to tow a 10K enclosed trailer loaded with toys. I have a 2014 32' motorhome. I went from a toyhauler to a motorhome about 4 years ago. I ran out of room in the toyhauler and was tired of the bathroom stops. I do not see going back to a toyhauler. The key with the V10 motorhome is you can't be scared to spin that motor. It will go all day long at 4,000-5,000rpm. Sure it is loud, the motor is screaming and it is sucking down gas like no tomorrow, but it will make it up the grades. In 2015/2016 I believe is when they went to a 6 speed transmission which helps. I find traveling in the motorhome a lot less stressful with the family.
  11. Mild degenerative disc disease is very common and most people over the age of 40 have some findings of it and even much younger. The issue for you is what the disc is doing that caused the other symptoms. The fact the symptoms have minimized is a good thing. I would not stress over it too much. Your MRI will give the doctors an idea on what is going on.
  12. Those dirt tires in combination with your right foot to the floor is why you are blowing belts. Those heavy 30" tires are not helping and your heavy right foot is compounding the problem. That poor XP1000 is doing a lot more work to stay on top of the sand with that set up. Also remove that fan off the second inlet tube as it does nothing to prolong the belt life. I would look at getting a clutch kit, if you don't have one. I ran the Dalton clutch kit on my XP1000. Super easy to install and adjust. Made a difference in throttle response when I threw the 30" paddle tires on mine. The XP1000 has plenty of power to spin paddles. The STU 28" Blaster set up work awesome on the XP1000. There are some good deals on used ones floating around on Craigslist. I ran the STUs on my XP1000 for 3 seasons with no issues. It not those the 28" CST Sandblast set up would work really well too. The CST tires are cheap, light weight and perform similar to the STUs.
  13. The tubes are all computer bent and laser notched and indexed. Everything fits and goes together easily. We had one small issue with the passenger side rear intrusion bar. For some reason it is hitting a small rise on the platform where you bolt the cage to the frame. Not a big deal just have to notch the area on the frame a little. You won’t see it as the plastic covers it. Unfortunately the X3 frames seem to come out a little different car to car and mine is one of them in that area. If you don’t mind welding then it is a great cage and project. I like that the Cagewrx cage is not lowered in front and barely lower than stock in the rear.
  14. The tubes are all computer bent and laser notched and indexed. Everything fits and goes together easily. We had one small issue with the passenger side rear intrusion bar. For some reason it is hitting a small rise on the platform where you bolt the cage to the frame. Not a big deal just have to notch the area on the frame a little. You won’t see it as the plastic covers it. Unfortunately the X3 frames seem to come out a little different car to car and mine is one of them in that area. If you don’t mind welding then it is a great cage and project. I like that the Cagewrx cage is not lowered in front and barely lower than stock in the rear.

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