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    More stuff I've been up to that's not MR related (like I said in the other thread, I've been busy...)

    So I got invited to go into Baja in Feb with two other RZRs and a handful of bikes along with four of the members here. I'll let them out themselves if they want to.

    We've a group that has absolutely extensive Baja knowledge (where to get tacos, bottled water and alcohol). There was a quote about the Wizard: "He knows Baja better than the beer isle of the local grocery store."

    The plan is to drop in at Tecate on the American side in the off road stuff and cruise for 400-500 miles over four days. We'll go from taco stand to taco stand and stay at the local hotels (I'm told quality places with security).

    Time to get the R&R Tour Bus in shape and ready to run. Considering our XP41K has 9200 miles on it (new engine on New Year's day and a full chassis going thru) I'm still wary.

    Plus it needs a few "Baja mods" - I'm FINALLY getting seats! Robyn likes the stockers. Can't wait until she gets into a suspension seat so I can say "See! I told you we needed these!"

    Got a 3 gallon Rotopax fuel jug on order, waiting on a correct size tire for the spare.

    The new stator coil and rectifier/regulator are supposed to show any moment now - this is a known issue on the RZRs. Ours likes to throw an odd code, good friend and guru mechanic says this is 99% the cause of the CEL I get just about every time we go out and it tosses into limp mode. Key cycle fixes the issue but I can't have this happening out in the middle of the Mexican peninsula.

    I've also wanted a real jack setup forever. Been carrying around a little screw style and it's worthless, wimpy, hard to get in place safely - you know, junk. So flyerrider shows me this setup from Solo Motorsports that holds a Harbor Freight 1.5 ton jack in place. Ordered that and a jack.

    Crap, this trip's getting spendy.... but it's on NEEDED stuff, right???

    So I spent a couple days getting the jack mount mounted:

    The kit (and I have on on order for the MR - this thing's tits.):



    Jack receiver mounted on the spare tire rack:



    Spare tire rack back where it lives.



    Jack handles are on the underside on the left - had to make one new end.



    Tucks up nice and tightly:





    Race ready:



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    I'm lost for words.

    What a life you do lead.
    All dressed up and waiting for the beer to arrive.
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    And what a very, very blessed life it has been.
    I wake up and say “Thank you” to it every morning.
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    My early prep will be logging miles on the bike to get in shape
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    RZR Life...

    Not gonna get caught out in the middle of nowhere with a broken axle. Spare front and rear were acquired and then mounts were made. I figured I'm bolting this assembly in place. If I've had to pull out the tools to replace an axle, using a 7/16" socket two more times isn't a big deal - and it keeps them from rattling or relocating themselves since they can't flop around.

    Of course this was a two try deal.

    First concept pieces worked well but the spacing between the axles was just a tad tight (boots were rubbing against each other), they weren't spaced far enough "up" from the mounting side so they touched the tube they were going to be mounted on.

    I also cut the first set to fit 1.75" tooooobing because I planned on putting them on the rear down bar of the cage. Turns out it's not quite long enough. With a bit more searching I found that the Oh Shit bar in the back seat was a great place but it's 1.5" diameter toooobing. This just gave me an excuse to make a second set of mounts and do them more correctly. Oh - the first set was spaced a tad wrong so the front axle was able to move back and forth in the mount.

    Pretty simple concept - make receivers for the ends of the axles out of metal, line them with some nylon to secure the axles in and not damage anything.





    This is the one that the non-plunging end of the axles mount (as mentioned one is about .25" too short so the axle can move):





    Axle holder assembly assembled:



    Thought they might fit here but nope, they're just a tad too long and they interfere with a couple things. Time to relocate:





    Round two.

    Spaced things a bit farther apart, cutout fits 1.5" diam tooooobing.

    First set sitting above the parts for the second set:



    Welding in process:



    Getting better at this TIG stuff all the time now.








    Mounted in their new home away from home:







    The new PRP seats are comfy (only been after Robyn to agree to changing them out since we got the RZR) and the seat heaters WORK - good God they work well. Whew.

    Still need to get a stowage box that fits in place of one of the back seats, a correctly sized spare tire and I'm probably going to go ahead and replace both drive and driven clutches. They'll have 10K miles (16K km) by Feb, have been rebuilt once and are starting to be persnickety so it's time for new.
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    Very impressive. Let's hope now you have them you won't need them.
    All dressed up and waiting for the beer to arrive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmyg View Post
    Very impressive. Let's hope now you have them you won't need them.
    Thank you and agreed.
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