Hey, I heard your guys’ office was located in Irvine, California. Well, I was in that city the other day and got pulled over by a bike cop who claimed my frame was too high. He reported it as being 34.5 inches tall.
Later, back at the bat cave, I measured my frame, and I’m at 23.75 inches. Damned city trying to steal my bacon! I’m going to drop the pressure in my tires so I’m sub 23 inches and tell the cop to pedal his ass back to Winchell’s!
When you’ve pissed off the nicest guy in Orange County, it’s time to do something! Could you write an editorial on how lame Irvine is? Please!
Newport Beach, CA
It sounds like someone thought you had the word "sucker" written on your back window. Make sure the officer didn’t screw up frame height with bumper height, as that could have been possible. I’d hate to think that the PD was just trying to create some ill-gotten revenue, thinking you wouldn’t know any better.
According to www.liftlaws.com, vehicles under 4,500 pounds are limited to a 27-inch frame height. Vehicles between 4,500 and 7,500 pounds are limited to 30 inches, and vehicles between 7,500 and 10,000 pounds can have no more than a 31-inch frame height. These are all measured from the ground up to the bottom of the frames.
What About ZR2 arms on an S-10?
I was reading online about the Almighty Dime in the magazine, and I remembered the story from last year. I noticed that in one of your pictures, you were running spacers on the front of the truck to increase track width. I’m no Baja pro or anything, but wouldn’t that increase the stress and strain on the wheel studs? That leads me to wonder why you couldn’t use ZR2 upper and lower control arms instead of spacers? I mean, the ZR2s are about 1.5 inches wider than the stock Dime’s. Thanks for the time and the awesome mag.
Mark, you’re definitely correct about the increased strain and stress when using wheel spacers. It’s putting as much strain as a widely-offset wheel would if it had the same spacing that our current wheel-and-spacer combo does. Since we weren’t using a deep-enough wheel for our build, we chose to use spacers. While it’s not great, it is found to be acceptable if you’re willing to deal with the consequences (like increased ball-joint maintenance).
And as for your ZR2 arm idea, it’s a great idea, but it won’t work. Our S-10 guru, Jeffro, AKA Metal Munky, tells us that the arms won’t work in the stock S-10 frame’s pivot points.
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