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So how was the Reiter Pit run?
Posted 16 November 2003 - 10:11 PM
Hope the lack of a trip report doesn't mean ya'll are still out there fixing Subarus in the dark.
I'm still bitter about not being able to go play in the woods but I had to deal with unpleasant stuff instead. So did anybody get pictures at the Bothell meet-up? It was good to see John, Caleb, Austin, and Todd and his "Northern Alliance" crew (Brin, Mike?...? geez I suck at remembering names.) Anyhow if you guys are on here it was good meetin' ya'.
OK so how was the mud fest?
(BTW, speaking of mud, I did play for a while at the Mill Creek mud hole and it was as slimy as I expected. Almost stuck it a few times but had fun for 15 minutes or so.)
Posted 16 November 2003 - 10:37 PM
I had some ignition issues...
Austins XT looks best w/ a wash of mud!
And yes it was real good to meet more folks though I don't think I caught all the names by any means. We'll have to do it again real soon, and I hope you can make it next time.
Posted 17 November 2003 - 01:49 AM
Our best guess at this time is that the clutch spring dampeners (rubber apparently), failed on contact with the cold water, and left me with no spring pressure to engage the clutch. I didn't burn the clutch up, but I'm sure it was hot going into the puddle. The clutch was a 2WD clutch, and that was probably it's downfall. Ah well, I needed to put in a 4WD clutch anyway. Too bad I had to inconvenience Qman, and so many others to help pull me out and swap in a clutch.
The clutch is so dead, that it won't move under it's own power AT ALL. Had to be towed the 75 odd miles to Qman's place.
Oh - Qman wishes it to be known that HE wasn't waiting for a tow truck - I was. His Brat left under it's own power - the tow truck followed. Indeed - he pulled me into town so the truck could meet us.
Posted 17 November 2003 - 02:38 AM
I got it pretty dirty, it needs a major steam cleaning now on the inside...
after playing around at reiters, Subafly and I went up to the pass to play in the snow!! and sure enough, when we got there, there was a lot of it! (and the parking lots were compact too, which made for some fun drifting and doughnuts!)
but after all the fun is over with and on the way home by myself (well, my car and its passengers) the CV on the turbo side is now clicking- so its time to do some more work on it!
it was nice meeting more people from the board, and getting a chance to go offroadin with you guys again-
we defanately need to get together again and go to a snow park next time! ... will the xmas tree hunt have snow? :cool:
pictures are posted in my album!
Posted 18 November 2003 - 02:03 AM
The cause of the clutch failure was interesting indeed. The clutch was a 2WD, but in this case, that alone was not enough to kill it. At some point in time, before I got the car, the OEM clutch was replaced with an LUK clutch and pressure plate. These pressure plates (at least the 2WD ones), have a slightly different design where the spring "fingers" are mounted to the plate. The metal there makes a U shape, and covers part of the spring. When I went into the water, the bell housing filled with water and debris (the situation was excerbated by the fact that Qman had just driven though ahead of me, and stirred up a bunch of crap in the water...). This debris was cought in the U shaped cavity in the pressure plate making it impossible for the clutch to engage. It was stuck in a depressed state, and no amount of water or cleaner would have been able to remove it. Thus the car was rendered unmoveable :temper:
Posted 18 November 2003 - 02:36 AM
We here at the "Northern Alliance" will definately be there next time. By the way, the Northern Alliance is made up of Todd, Brian, Woody, Mike, Lance, and Cody (me) in case anyone wants to know. Good luck, see you next time, and thanks again.
Posted 18 November 2003 - 12:04 PM
There's the group photo, just flip right to see others. Thanks Austin.
Was good to meet the few of you I haven't.
By the way, Zap, thanks for the trail run back to my ride, it was awful rainy, and your hatch is bad-rump roast. We're gonna have to do it again REAL soon!!
The hatch has been solid so far. We'll have a snow run on Nov 29. Come have more fun.
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