A big offroad(ish) benroy (B.O.B.)

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Re: A big offroad(ish) benroy (B.O.B.)

Postby SCwood » Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:07 pm

2018 BOBupdate: BOB took a little trip to the Grand Canyon over the holidays
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It wound up being an uncommonly warm weekend for the end of December and the first come first serve campground that stays open during the winter wound up being completely full by the time we got there. But not to fear! We tried our hand at off the grid camping in the national forest. It turned out to be great- we drove a few miles off the highway and there wasn’t anyone to be seen. We’ll probably look to do more national forest camping in the future even if campsites are available.
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On the trip to the canyon I noticed BOB was riding lower and lower. I used the timbren 2,000 lb springs and with BOB weighing in at 2,500+ I figured I needed to upgrade the springs. A quick check of the fenders confirmed the tires were bouncing off the fenders since the paint was rubbed off:
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I ordered 3,500 springs and went about installing them. The 2,000 lb springs were easy to remove since they were so compressed, but the 3,500 springs were a beast to install. I wound up getting them close, then using a clamp to get them almost all the way in, and finally prying them into place with a screwdriver:
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3,500 spring on the left (part # A00101-5500D - sold individually by timbren retailers) and the 2,000 spring on the right
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In the end I wound up with about 2 extra inches over the old springs:
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I also mounted the final items I’ve been planning on- an axe and shovel secured by a few quick fist clamps. I think that means BOB is finally done! Probably...
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Re: A big offroad(ish) benroy (B.O.B.)

Postby KCStudly » Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:35 am

Nice! :applause: :thumbsup:
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Re: A big offroad(ish) benroy (B.O.B.)

Postby bc toys » Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:43 am

I have seen a ton of builds on her and I can say I enjoyed reading your at the top of the list You did a really great job and glad you are enjoying it BOB looks great :thumbsup:
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Re: A big offroad(ish) benroy (B.O.B.)

Postby clamlamp » Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:31 am

Beautiful build!

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Re: A big offroad(ish) benroy (B.O.B.)

Postby SCwood » Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:14 pm

Time for another BOB update!

We were heading out to a campground just a few hours away around February and catastrophe struck! After adding the larger springs apparently I forgot to torque the lug nuts on one of BOB’s wheels. It came off in the pitch black night going about 70mph. Losing the wheel sheared off 3 studs and we also couldn’t find the tire. I took 3 lug nuts off the other wheel and we used the spare from the 4Runner to get BOB back on the road. Luckily my parent’s house was close to where we lost the wheel and we stayed there for the night. The next day we found the wheel about 75 yards off the road in a field. It had some gouging from riding on the studs after the lug nuts let loose, but otherwise it was in pretty good shape.

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The brake drum cracked from riding on the pavement and the dust shield bent, but that was the extent of the damage. I was expecting to find The side of BOB all torn up but apparently he doesn’t really care if he has wheels or not.

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With BOB back in action we headed out to visit my grandparents in St. Marys GA. Since it was a long drive we decided to split it up by stopping in Pensacola first.

Pensacola:
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Turns out that’s where the blue angels practice and we got a front row show on the beach:

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Campsite at St. Marys:
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During the summer we took a trip out to lake texoma and had a blast there:
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We also finally took a trip to Padre Island National Seashore and camped about 30 miles down the beach. BOB did great on the beach!
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And finally, we just got back from a trip to the Ozarks. During the trip I did a video tour of BOB and will have it ready soon.
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Re: A big offroad(ish) benroy (B.O.B.)

Postby tony.latham » Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:06 pm

Great post. (Except for the midnight issue....)

How's Bob ride with the heavier rubbers?

:thinking:

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Re: A big offroad(ish) benroy (B.O.B.)

Postby ssuuki19 » Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:27 pm

tony.latham wrote:Great post. (Except for the midnight issue....)

How's Bob ride with the heavier rubbers?

:thinking:

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I second that notion - glad the situation worked out ok (i have done the same thing). Also curious about the new rubbers and any chance you were able to monitor the fender clearance since they were installed.

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Re: A big offroad(ish) benroy (B.O.B.)

Postby SCwood » Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:50 am

ssuuki19 wrote:
tony.latham wrote:Great post. (Except for the midnight issue....)

How's Bob ride with the heavier rubbers?

:thinking:

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I second that notion - glad the situation worked out ok (i have done the same thing). Also curious about the new rubbers and any chance you were able to monitor the fender clearance since they were installed.


I think they’re working out pretty well. I know some people downgrade to the 2k lb rubber because of excessive bouncing, but I think BOB is heavy enough that it’s not a problem. It’s probably settled 1/4 inch or so since the rubber was installed, but there’s still plenty of clearance in the wheel wells.

Also- the BOB tour is up!
https://youtu.be/dWFQykH4PH8
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Re: A big offroad(ish) benroy (B.O.B.)

Postby KTM_Guy » Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:21 pm

I like seeing these posts of the campers in use. Really makes me want to get mine done.

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