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Old 01-06-2018, 06:34 PM   #21
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Having run a lot of 2wd, you could probably do the entire route, but at what cost in body damage/broken bits
Not sure I'm fully understanding ya....

....only thing I can think is that perhaps you are implying that (compared to a 4WD), a 2WD van would have to go extra fast through the same areas to avoid getting stuck....and it's that extra speed that would potentially cause body damage / drivetrain & suspension strain.

If instead you're thinking that body damage to a 2WD would be a result of low clearance, then I should clarify that I'm talking about 6" lifted 2WD vans with 33" tires (such as a Camburg, WeldTec, Action Van setup.) Similar tires/height/clearance/approach & departure angles to an Agile 4WD setup.
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Old 01-06-2018, 07:07 PM   #22
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Cost is definitely per van.
I think the number of people per van is limited to 2, but check with Rachel and Bill to be sure.
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Old 01-06-2018, 07:16 PM   #23
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One of the biggest advantages with 4WD is the low range on the t/case. Even with 4wd, I came down Sheep Canyon at Anza Borrego in my Bronco when I had the stock t/case and a Ford 4 speed top loader transmission. Driving a manual trans without low gearing meant riding the brakes and the clutch an awful lot (19:1 crawl ratio). When I went to an Atlas t/case and a ZF 5 speed, it was a WORLD of difference (100:1 crawl ratio). Of course this is MUCH more significant and challenging with a manual trans.

Regardless, don't let 2wd scare you of the trip. If nothing else put in a call to Rachel and she'll get in touch with Bill and ask his advice.


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Old 01-06-2018, 07:21 PM   #24
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I contacted Bill and you guys are right. The price is per vehicle. I don't ask how many per vehicle are allowed. I put down a deposit and I believe the class is now full. Just need to convince the wife that this will be a fun thing to do...

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Old 01-06-2018, 07:36 PM   #25
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... Just need to convince the wife that this will be a fun thing to do...
Bill is so easy going, you can't help but learn and have a great time. Not intimidating at all, and your wife will enjoy the class as well.


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Bill Burke confirmed that the class is now full.
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It’s a great class but at that cost I might just start doing classes myself for fun and help people get comfortable with the vans off-road.
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Not sure I'm fully understanding ya....

....only thing I can think is that perhaps you are implying that (compared to a 4WD), a 2WD van would have to go extra fast through the same areas to avoid getting stuck....and it's that extra speed that would potentially cause body damage / drivetrain & suspension strain.

If instead you're thinking that body damage to a 2WD would be a result of low clearance, then I should clarify that I'm talking about 6" lifted 2WD vans with 33" tires (such as a Camburg, WeldTec, Action Van setup.) Similar tires/height/clearance/approach & departure angles to an Agile 4WD setup.
I was referring to the speed to avoid getting stuck, and possibly different lines for the 2wd.

Need to get a locker in my van still too!

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Do it gooseberry!


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Just spotted this thread, sounds like a very cool learning experience. Someone type in its full is this correct? Thanks
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