AzBaja.com, Home of the VW Baja Bug  
Toggle ContentToggle Content
Toggle Content AzBaja Site info

Welcome Anonymous

Nickname
Password

Membership:
Latest: thelataviayoung
New Today: 0
New Yesterday: 0
Overall: 3584

People Online:
Members: 0
Visitors: 99
Total: 99
Who Is Where:
 Visitors:
01: AMAZON.com
02: Baja Forums
03: Baja Forums
04: AMAZON.com
05: Baja Forums
06: AMAZON.com
07: AMAZON.com
08: Baja Forums
09: Baja Forums
10: AMAZON.com
11: AMAZON.com
12: Baja Forums
13: AMAZON.com
14: AMAZON.com
15: AMAZON.com
16: AMAZON.com
17: AMAZON.com
18: AMAZON.com
19: Event Calendar
20: AMAZON.com
21: AMAZON.com
22: AMAZON.com
23: Baja Forums
24: Baja Forums
25: AMAZON.com
26: AMAZON.com
27: AMAZON.com
28: AMAZON.com
29: AMAZON.com
30: AMAZON.com
31: AMAZON.com
32: AMAZON.com
33: AMAZON.com
34: AMAZON.com
35: Event Calendar
36: AMAZON.com
37: AMAZON.com
38: AMAZON.com
39: AMAZON.com
40: AMAZON.com
41: AMAZON.com
42: AMAZON.com
43: Baja Forums
44: Event Calendar
45: AMAZON.com
46: AMAZON.com
47: AMAZON.com
48: AMAZON.com
49: AMAZON.com
50: AMAZON.com
51: AMAZON.com
52: AMAZON.com
53: AMAZON.com
54: AMAZON.com
55: Baja Forums
56: AMAZON.com
57: AMAZON.com
58: Baja Forums
59: Baja Forums
60: AMAZON.com
61: AMAZON.com
62: AMAZON.com
63: AMAZON.com
64: AMAZON.com
65: AMAZON.com
66: AMAZON.com
67: Baja Forums
68: AMAZON.com
69: AMAZON.com
70: AMAZON.com
71: Baja Forums
72: AMAZON.com
73: AMAZON.com
74: AMAZON.com
75: AMAZON.com
76: Event Calendar
77: AMAZON.com
78: Baja Forums
79: AMAZON.com
80: AMAZON.com
81: AMAZON.com
82: AMAZON.com
83: My Account
84: AMAZON.com
85: AMAZON.com
86: AMAZON.com
87: Baja Forums
88: AMAZON.com
89: Baja Forums
90: Baja Forums
91: AMAZON.com
92: AMAZON.com
93: AMAZON.com
94: AMAZON.com
95: AMAZON.com
96: AMAZON.com
97: AMAZON.com
98: AMAZON.com
99: Event Calendar

Staff Online:

No staff members are online!

Toggle Content GPS

Baja Forums -:- VW Volkswagen Bug, Baja, Bus, Sandrail and Thing -:- VW Volkswagen & Baja Bug General Discussion -:- Rope
Amazon Store

Rope
Bug, Baja, Thing and Buggies. Most every thing that will not fit any any other area. See list of other Forums for better topic placement...Volkswagen General Discussion
Users browsing this topic: None
Post new topic Reply to topic Printer Friendly Page
View previous topic :: View next topic
Author Message
57baja
SGT. 1st Class
SGT. 1st Class

57baja

Offline

Joined: Jan 07, 2008
Posts: 1582
Location: Pasadena, California
Karma: +34

Post Post subject: Rope
Posted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 05:47 AM
Reply with quote

I know... It's kind of a weird topic name, just like the Shoelaces topic was a couple of months ago. You'll understand in a minute. I was out playing around the other day when I broke the driver's side lower shock mount, which, on my ride, is also the supporting point for the coilover suspension. Not a fun breakage. I tried and tried on the trail to get it fixed. I even had an extra bolt in my Emergency Kit believe it or not, but couldn't get the old one out.

So....

I ended up using some rope I bought to string it all together in small pieces. It made me a bit nervous, but I drove it over 100 miles home like this... about 50 miles of it being on a windy mountain road. My alignment was slightly off, too, as you can see from the bent tie rod.

I'm redesigning the attachment for my limiting strap now, to alleviate the additional stress that I believe broke the bolt, but I thought I'd share this:

Carry rope.

That's all folks!











_________________


SoCal Bajas Website
My (Hard To Find) Garage Page

"Kaddie Shack" Air-cooled VW Parts and Service Specialists
Shoot me an email if you need a price on something specific you're looking for that you don't see. We probably handle it!
Back to top
View user's profile
WaBaja
Staff SGT.
Staff SGT.

WaBaja

Offline

Joined: Mar 31, 2008
Posts: 492
Location: Kennewick, WA
Karma: 0

Post Post subject: Re: Rope
Posted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 05:52 AM
Reply with quote

Nice, glad you made it home safely in it.

And btw a few questions
What kind of trailing arms?
What brand of tires?


_________________
66 baja in the works!
Back to top
View user's profile
jamesr6168
Command Staff
Command Staff

jamesr6168

Offline

Joined: Feb 02, 2007
Posts: 2114
Location: The Great WHITE NORTH! Hibbing,Mn
Karma: +15

Post Post subject: Re: Rope
Posted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 06:12 AM
Reply with quote

DAMN!!


_________________
... HAMMER IT TO FIT,,PAINT IT TO MATCH !!! A people that values its privileges above its principles ,Will soon lose both!
Back to top
View user's profile Skype
fast_1
Sergeant
Sergeant

fast_1

Offline

Joined: Jul 22, 2008
Posts: 252
Location: Flagstaff, AZ
Karma: 0

Post Post subject: Re: Rope
Posted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 06:14 AM
Reply with quote

I agree about rope. It is GREAT! I had to use rope to keep my other car drivable until I could use a welder (which I had to wait a week for and drive over 150 miles) and it worked great. Luckily I was a couple of blocks from my house when mine broke, and it wasn't part of the drive-train or suspension. It was easier than something like wire or whatever, and cheaper. Tons of respect for an innovative fix!


_________________
Red '67 Baja - Tons of fun Stuff!
Back to top
View user's profile
VWDavo
Sergeant
Sergeant

VWDavo

Offline

Joined: Aug 25, 2006
Posts: 283
Location: Dallas Area Texas
Karma: 0

Post Post subject: Re: Rope
Posted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 06:31 AM
Reply with quote

Awesome ingenuity. Thanks for sharing.


_________________
A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.
-Gerald Ford
Back to top
View user's profile MSN Messenger
az350x
Master SGT.
Master SGT.

az350x

Offline

Joined: Mar 13, 2007
Posts: 3190
Location: Mesa, AZ
Karma: +28

Post Post subject: Re: Rope
Posted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 06:23 PM
Reply with quote

Here's a quick, funny aviation story about rope and a stuck intake/exhaust valve. A certain older model of Continental airplane engine commonly have issues with a stuck valve. Friend of mine flew a plane with said engine to Arizona from Alaska for another guy. Plane had been sitting, so was prone to have this stuck valve problem, usually on engine start at refueling stops. So, my friend became quite skilled at removing the upper spark plug from offending cylinder (planes have upper and lower spark plug), pushing rope into cylinder through plug hole, and hand turning prop to use piston and rope to push valve closed. Laughing

The really funny part is that he did this "fix" on the ramp right outside an FAA office, and they didn't say a word!

Anyway, sorry to run off, but thought some might find the ingenuity aspect humorous.

Bottom line- carry rope in your plane AND your baja, eh?


_________________
I used to think only about 98% of the population were worthless douchebags. I'm thinking lately of revising my estimate...

'59 Baja- SOLD

5 VW's (O\!/O) since 1/2005!

MY GARAGE LINK
Back to top
View user's profile
DRUMMOND
Corporal
Corporal

DRUMMOND

Offline

Joined: Nov 01, 2007
Posts: 102
Location: Phoenix, Az.
Karma: +10

Post Post subject: Re: Rope
Posted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 09:51 PM
Reply with quote

If you don't mind me asking a question..

What brand of arms are you running and what size?

Where did you get your front end stops? very sweet...

What springs are you running?

going outside to put some rope in my bug right now!!


_________________
Duane Drummond
Asphalt is for getting to the race track!

DRUMMOND RACING
www.drummondrace.com

PRO SEATZ
www.proseatz.com
Back to top
View user's profile Visit poster's website
perrib
1st SGT.
1st SGT.

perrib

Offline

Joined: Nov 25, 2007
Posts: 3361
Location: Chandler
Karma: +51

Post Post subject: Re: Rope
Posted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 02:08 AM
Reply with quote

Don't forget bailing wire. Good fix.

0
Back to top
View user's profile
57baja
SGT. 1st Class
SGT. 1st Class

57baja

Offline

Joined: Jan 07, 2008
Posts: 1582
Location: Pasadena, California
Karma: +34

Post Post subject: Re: Rope
Posted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 03:31 AM
Reply with quote

A few questions were asked on this post:

Trailing arms are 4" x 1/34". I thought they were Eagles, but I don't think they are now. I'm not sure whose they are. I got them from Mooreparts.

Tires are Nanco Super Traction 7.00 x 15's. They are ridiculously super awesome in the dirt! They drawback is that they wear out fairly quickly on the pavement.

Front stops: I'm assuming you mean the hook stops on the arms and the rod on the shock tower.... Home made.

Coilover springs: 200 over 300 Kings. They are perfect: Not too soft, not too hard, and once you get the center stops adusted right, they use all the suspension without bottoming out on the high jumps. It's like riding on a cloud.

perrib. I think that was you who bailing wired a pair of needle nose pliers to fix your front end once, wasn't it? I was thinking about that picture when I was on the trail out there. I actually had bailing wire with me, but chose to use the rope, as I figured there was less chance of it coming off on this particular breakage.

When you shop for rope, find the thinnest diameter you can find with the most tensile strength. This particular rope was rated at 65 lbs.


_________________


SoCal Bajas Website
My (Hard To Find) Garage Page

"Kaddie Shack" Air-cooled VW Parts and Service Specialists
Shoot me an email if you need a price on something specific you're looking for that you don't see. We probably handle it!
Back to top
View user's profile
perrib
1st SGT.
1st SGT.

perrib

Offline

Joined: Nov 25, 2007
Posts: 3361
Location: Chandler
Karma: +51

Post Post subject: Re: Rope
Posted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 03:58 AM
Reply with quote

I agree bailing wire would never have worked. Its just one of those also must take along items. You were lucky you had rope. When I broke the spindle I took off the trailing arms and compressed the opposite rear suspension to get it home.

0
Back to top
View user's profile
57baja
SGT. 1st Class
SGT. 1st Class

57baja

Offline

Joined: Jan 07, 2008
Posts: 1582
Location: Pasadena, California
Karma: +34

Post Post subject: Re: Rope
Posted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 04:19 AM
Reply with quote

I didn't actually have rope with me. I bought it when I went to the local hardware store and bought a drill I didn't really need, two sets of drill bits, an EZ-out, a propane torch and bottle, a punch, and whatever else I forgot to mention. I bought the rope "just in case" I couldn't get any of that other stuff to work... and it didn't. I spent $200 on stuff I already had at home in the shop. The rope was the least expensive and the most effective purchase. I think it was about $5.00.

I ended up buying a new 1/2 set of trailing arms, and a set of tie rods, too. When I got home that son-of-a-gun wouldn't come out of there, either. Actually those are much kinder and gentler words than the ones I was using that day.

All in a day's fun.

It only cost me about $600 so far, and I'm still not completely fixed yet....

All for a $2.50 bolt.


_________________


SoCal Bajas Website
My (Hard To Find) Garage Page

"Kaddie Shack" Air-cooled VW Parts and Service Specialists
Shoot me an email if you need a price on something specific you're looking for that you don't see. We probably handle it!
Back to top
View user's profile
JumpinBruceB
Corporal
Corporal

JumpinBruceB

Offline

Joined: Jul 26, 2008
Posts: 133
Location: Denver
Karma: +2

Post Post subject: Re: Rope
Posted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 09:16 PM
Reply with quote

jamesr6168 wrote:
DAMN!!
Now that is some trail work!!

Back to top
View user's profile
Post new topic Reply to topic Printer Friendly Page
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You can reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
You cannot attach files in this forum
You cannot download files in this forum

Toggle Content Picture Box

Toggle Content Great things to Buy

Toggle Content Other Sites

Toggle Content Parts - For your Car

If you see Errors please E-mail Eric (AT) AzBaja.com X XX XXX
azbaja.com Webutation

eXTReMe Tracker
XXXX
The logos and trademarks used on this site are the property of their respective owners
We are not responsible for comments posted by our users, as they are the property of the poster. Any use, commercial or educational, requires written permission from the author.
Interactive software released under GNU GPL, Code Credits, Privacy Policy