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  1. The pictures of Ryan & the kids in the hospital & walking out were taken by his wife. She & the kids were by his side in the hospital. Yes it was announced last week that they were splitting up amicably. Both would continue working & supporting the Rescue Ranch they built to save animals. Maybe this accident will revive their marriage? Sometimes tragedies make you realize what you could have lost, and makes you rethink everything.
  2. If in the East County look up Roach Automotive in El Cajon off of Greenfield. It’s a Father/Son business and I believe they have one other employee. Nice shop with nice gated parking lot. I’ve used them on several occasions and have always been satisfied with their pricing & service. Would not hesitate to send my wife there without me. That says something! Check Yelp and read the comments. Not only do they have 5 stars, but all the reviews are high praises.
  3. OK so my guess is the Taco shop at the corner of 67 & Mapleview in the 7-11 complex? Don’t know name of the shop? My clues were, he said Taco shop in Lakeside on his way to Ramona. So he would be on the 67 and you can see the taco shop from the 67/Mapleview stop light. After that there is no restaurants until you get to Ramona. And unless he knew Lakeside, and where to go, that’s the only taco shop you can see from the freeway.
  4. Call Weddle. They are building Polaris, Can Am & Arctic Cat trans & difs. They have figured out all the weak links and what needs to be fixed & upgraded to keep these things from happening. Maybe call and get their opinion on what might have failed and pricing to do a full rebuild. Then call the dealer to see what a new crate trans cost. Even if a rebuild cost more then a new one, it might be worth it as you will get good quality bearings and all the upgraded tweaks they do to fix the factory flaws.
  5. I’ve had good luck with Simple Green. Wet the wheel, then spray Simple Green directly on the wheel. Let sit for a min, then scrub with a brush and rinse.
  6. Bigger tire, smaller hole. Theres a reason TT builders and racers worked so hard to go from a 37 inch tire to a 39 inch and now to 40. UTV’s went from 28’s to 30, to 32 and now 33.
  7. Wow, 100K! I don’t think my RV will ever see 100K. Mines an 04, gasser with the 8.1. Got a whopping 22K on it. Only down side to low miles is I replace tires because they age out, not wear out. My last set had around 7500 miles when I had to replace them. They looked new still. Hard $1400 to swallow.
  8. I have no idea what caused the damage to your paint. I’ve heard they can add lime to road base and it can be very corrosive? Don’t know if they do that out here? I was told they use allot of lime in road base in TX & the mid West on many of the oil & power line dirt roads, and it contributes to the rust & etching you see on the frames & bodies of the work trucks.
  9. I have a TFBB cage and Kevin is great to work with. His standard cages are Mild Steel, but you can upgrade to DOM or Chromolly if you choose. I did mind in .095 1 3/4 DOM and have been very happy. Even had a slow 3/4 roll over and not a single issue with his cage or doors. I built two sister cars, both have Kevin’s cages, neither have any issues. And at the last Sand Show my friend was shopping for parts for his new XP4 turbo and after looking and speaking with all the cage guys, he ordered a TFBB cage. Kevin built it just as he asked and his was done with Mild Steel. I preferred DOM, but don’t let Mild Steel freak you out. Even .095 mild is 10X better then what came stock. Most cage guys build with Mild Steel anyways. And the week point is not necessarily the bolting connections. It’s just below them where you back to the thin wall chassis tubing. BTW I think the Ivan Stewart cages might be private label CageWerx cages that they just weld up. So if you like the look of their cage, check CageWerx as I believe it’s the same.
  10. Robby made it clear his relationship with Arctic Cat is over. Part of his settlement was being able to take his patents, & designs and build his own 72/77 inch, turbo powered in 2 & 4 seat configuration. I would not expect any parts to come from the Arctic Cat manufacture. Robby’s car will have its own chassis, engine, gearbox, clutching, front dif, etc.. even the body will look a bit different. Todd told me the hood area will be wider to fit the 72/77 width, larger grill opening for more cooling. If Robby decides to outsource to 3rd party vendors like Team Ind for drivetrain, clutching then you will have better support outside SpeedUTV .. When Robby made his announcement, He was confident at the time he would build his own Z1 engine. His own drivetrain etc.. SpeedUTV was even trying to hire a Powertrain engineer from another manufacture. He even said he was not sure if they would source King for the shocks or build their own. He’s built his own race shocks for years, so that’s not a stretch, but sure could be a parts problem for the consumer or for shock tuners. It all goes back to how much does Robby choose to build in-house with his contracted manufacturing facility, or outsource to reputable UTV part suppliers. If you look at the Arctic Cat XX, on paper it looks great as Arctic Cat designed and produced a rolling chassis, and outsourced the engine to Yamaha & drivetrain to Team Ind. Both proven companies . This would be the best thing Robby could do. Design the ultimate, chassis & suspension and let the other 3rd party vendors supply the engine & drivetrain. It would take allot off the shoulders of SpeedUTV and give more insurance to the consumer. Todd Romano did not even know if they built their own engine, if they could get it CARB compliant in the Oct 2020 timeframe they have. I’ve been told it can take years to get certified. And then add the “Hell Cat” key and it’s almost for sure it would not be CARB certified. You would have to Red Sticker register.
  11. Robby will build these. No doubt about it. But I also know there will be teething issues with the first release. He knows it and that’s why they are selling the first 500 units as cheap as they are. You are signing up to be the R&D dept. One of my bigger concerns and why have not put my money down is there is no dealer support, no parts supply chain in development. So when a part breaks, you will have to go back to Robby, and hope they can order one from the factory in China as they will not have parts stock. Then you might wait months as the factory might have two production lines going. One for vehicle assembly, which is first priority., And one for replacement parts stock. This is the same issues Tesla is dealing with. They are not making replacement parts, as they can’t afford the inventory and do not want to pull from the production line. So when you need a part, it’s ordered and added to the production line parts list. So that’s why it takes 13 weeks to get Tesla parts for a simple bumper or fender bender. Plus Robby has already bullied the aftermarket world with his patents on the XX. So I highly doubt he is going to support the aftermarket industry with the SpeedSXS. This also means lack of aftermarket replacement parts like a cv, cv boot, gaskets, bearings etc..
  12. I think people leave notes or knock on doors for different reasons. Many are flippers, low buck whores and some are just looking for a specific vehicle. If they see one that looks to be parked for along time, or if the see the owner they might ask about it. I have a few experiences. Back in the late 90’s a friend saw a VW type 3 sitting in a driveway covered up. He knocked on the door and found out it was their daughters, and she was away at collage. A week later they sold it too him. It was cool as after a year or so of fixing it all up he brought it back to show them. Several years ago I was looking for a used 5x8 or 6x10 landscape type trailer. I had seen one at a house and knew the guy has used it for his remodel & landscaping. His house was done and the trailer was parked on his side yard. I asked him if he was interested in selling it as I was doing the same landscape thing. He was not sure at the time if he wanted to sell it. I left my number if he decided to sell it. A few months later it was gone. By chance I saw him outside and I stopped to see if he had it or sold it. He said he sold it, but lost my number, so he put in on Craigslist and sold it after a few days. He thought I might have saw the ad and come back. Then this past year I have found myself interested in the 70’s-80’s full size Jeep Wagoneer. Saw one parked at the Los Coaches Walmart/Smart & Final parking lot. I was checking it out when the guy came out of the store. He was probably in his 70’s. Nice guy, we talked all about it. I eventually asked if he ever had interest in selling it? He said he had no plans to sell. If he would have showed any interest I would have offered my number.
  13. NIKAL

    RC Cars

    Pretty much anything Traxxas is going to be good, and parts are available at your local hobby shop. Robby Gordon has his own RC cars coming out before Christmas. It was said they were going to be 1/14 scale, all wheel drive, based off his Stadium Super Trucks. No idea of the price, maybe $199-$250? https://speedrccars.com/ Check Robby’s Instagram as he has pictures & video of the trucks.
  14. Any upholstery shop should be able to spray glue on some material. I’m in San Diego and a local shop got me got some silver carbon fiber vinyl that matched my seats and did the roof on my UTV. Cost around $85 bucks. If they can’t spray glue and lay down some vinyl they should not be in business. Resurrection Upholstery on Greenfield in El Cajon. I’ve used him for lots of random stuff besides upholstery, like making me a custom Y strap for my UTV spare tire.
  15. Is it me or are we seeing another round of desert thieves? Maybe it’s because of the affordable UTV, maybe because the desert is more available to the masses? Maybe it’s because the economy is good? Whatever it is I’m reading more & more about broke down cars getting stripped in the dunes, or camp thieves jacking you while you sleep. One of my friends was out the weekend before Camp RZR. Woke up to hearing noises in camp. Got up to check and found a guy rummaging through the groups camp. Coolers, tool boxes, buggy's etc. when he called him out the guy turned on the dazed & confused lost camper BS. Saying I thought this was his camp. He then took off into the dark. He then heard a pick up truck parked away from camp start and haul ass! Just saw on Instagram. 3 UTV’s stripped, I assume this was during Camp RZR?

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