Looks like it kept up with the big boys. I watched all of these videos on your you tube channel, and there was one that the Ace really stood out showing its smaller size in the mix of all the SBS's - It looked um, "cute":smug:
Cool videos -- The warmest part of the day today reached a whopping 12 degrees, so you can imagine my envy of the desert rides. I am having fun in the snow, buts it gets pretty cold fast, takes away a bit of the thrill, not to mention the limited places to ride.
I like your camera mount. I have a couple ram mounts laying around to rig that setup in mine. I also had the same pn30? GPS. It got me and the wife in a terrible situation on a cold and dark evening in unfamiliar wooded terrain a couple years ago. We were following a track back to our destination when it started to reset over and over again. I had to resort to a cell phone gps, and ride illegal along roadside. Much more to the story, but needless to say, I had to really come up with some very good rides afterwards to keep the wife interested in riding.. She was ready to throw in the helmet after that bad experience. I had used that gps for two prior years with zero problems.
I've tried a variety of mounts, and I find that the RAM system is simply the toughest, holds things the steadiest, and is easiest to adjust. Expensive, but worth it.
I've had the Delorme Earthmate PN-40 since April of 2009, and have used it off-road extensively. I liked it enough to buy a second one off of CraigsList a couple of years ago.
Mainly I bought the second one to get an updated copy of the maps, but also so that I would have a spare.
The first one very occasionally locks up and I have to pull the battery, but that doesn't happen often, and after a reset, it's good. The second one has been rock solid.
I don't think it's the best GPS out there, not by a long shot. But I like the way the charging kit hooks up without traditional USB plugs so it's waterproof, and it works well enough for how I use it.
The impressions that I have from a very dusty place in Texas
I just installed the same wheels and tires that FJK has on in the above videos. (WREC 14" Rim with Sedona Ripsaw tire kit Item 2878878)
After the installation, I backed out of the garage and the tire tread on the right front rubbed the body. I was thinking that’s odd. But if it was not cranked all the way it would be OK. Then as I am going down the driveway (I have a very long drive) I noticed it not being as stable and the tires on the right stuck out more than those on the left. You would have thought that it would have dawned on me then…but no… I got to carving around some dirt corners and I was not liking the handling at all. It was breaking loose in an odd sort of way. All confused. Dust was coming in the cab badly. I was not liking my choice at all. Then I pulled it back in the garage and walked around the back and DOH (as in Homer Simpson DOH). I had put the rear tires on the right side and the front tires on the left. My keen eye for detail and highly honed deductive reasoning skills led me to thinking that could have something to do with the odd behavior of the machine.
So I swapped the left rear for the right front. Went for another little ride. Oddly, the tire did not hit the body, the stability was back to normal and the handling was similar with a couple of exceptions: It had a rougher ride due to the size of the contact patch I think; perhaps I can fix that with a shock adjustment. It was harder to break loose the inside rear tire when making sharp turns so you have to watch that. I suspect the acceleration is a bit slower but I could not say it was noticeable. It is likely that the top speed will be a bit higher but I have never been over 25 since it is not yet broken in completely. Finally, there is a real dust problem now that was not there with the narrower stock tires. So I may have to spring for the fender flairs. But the wheels/tires sure do look good.
EDIT> I ordered the fender flairs. Overnight I had another thought: Why not take out the front windshield. That should help a bunch with the dust. Can I borrow that propeller beanie?
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