this is a long one..
Ok..thought i would address the issue out there that people are hearing about my "crash" ...Friday i got into camp at gordons well. Met up with a bunch of Seths (desert cat) friends. All great people. We decided to go on a night run. it was fun, had my wife and my 2 girls in the car. We snaked out to pattons hill in a group of 5 utvs. When we got to the hill we were about to turn around but i decided to make a run up the hill to test the power/clutch...i launched up in hard sand but it got soft real quick and i got about 100 feet up then decided to turn around..
when i apexed the turn at the top i got on the gas too much..the back swung around and kicked out and by that time it was too late to counter steer into it..the low side wheels stuck in the soft sand and we went over and over and over. I saw sand, my wife screaming, sand, my wife screaming etc..
We came to a stop after 3 rolls about 30 feet up the hill. Lucky for us my driver door came open and knife bladed into the sand about 3 feet deep which caused the car to stop rolling. Everyone was ok. The kids and wife kept their arms in the car. I had only the lap belts on the girls so i am thankful they were ok..We all wear helmets and i think i made believers out of everyone there to buy and wear them..(to each his own) but i am glad i have taught my girls that lesson. Everyone was a bit shaken and nerve racked.
A few things i learned from this experience..
1. things not tied to your car fly around alot when rolling, tools, fire extinquiser (sp) etc..
2. seatbelts save people...no matter what.
3. things can and do go wrong
4. too much safety is not enough
1. i broke 2 "stiffy"whips off
2. i blew 3 beads on the tires
3. the battery dies when upside down for 20 minutes
4. my quicklight LED whip did not break, even though the car was on top of it.
5. i peeled the roof back on the driver side above my head about 6 inches
6. because of my design of the front bumper and cage there was no damage to the hood or my 1500$ light set
7. there were some minor dings but i was able to pound them out by hand.
8. that clutch is friggin knarly powerful
9. the cage held and there are no dings/scratches or bends anywhere on it.
10. the driver door bent down about 1/2 inch from where it latched into the cage, we were able to lift it into place.
11. your foot and leg will smack the crap outta that big a$$ brake pedal leaving you cut and bruised.
to me there are 2 types of people that ride, those who have crashed and those about to...I am most of all happy that the cage and belts did their jobs and my family knew what to do when going over. I am thankful for the good friends that were riding with us that got us all out and made sure we were ok and got us back to camp safely...I spoke to my kids about it saturday to make sure they knew that this can happen and does/did and thats why we wear seat belts, helmets and ride inside a cage. They were more than eager to get back in the car saturday and go riding. this isnt something to be afraid of, but to learn from and move on. I hope i have given everyone a few things to think about in their cars when riding and hope everyone rides safe..I am in no way implying this had anything to do with my new clutch..only that when i thought i needed power, it was there. I made a mistake in trying to power out to a finger on the hill to my left avoiding a valley to my right but was too far around by then to make,,it was an error in judgement and unfamiliarity with that part of the hill (in the dark) that was my mistake as an operator.
all n all everyone is safe, and the car is in good shape considering what happened...devil cats revenge...
Will post up some pix if i can get the camera working..Split