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I'm Kurt G, live in the great city of Las Vegas, NV.....

Have had dirt bikes, quads, sxs's and raced Dwarf cars.....

Current toy is a T2 to which I look forward to playing with....

Oh, I guess you could almost call me a Vegas native, I been here 30+ years....

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I'm Kurt G, live in the great city of Las Vegas, NV.....

Have had dirt bikes, quads, sxs's and raced Dwarf cars.....

Current toy is a T2 to which I look forward to playing with....

Oh, I guess you could almost call me a Vegas native, I been here 30+ years....

Welcome, some good people and info here,

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I'm Kurt G, live in the great city of Las Vegas, NV.....

Have had dirt bikes, quads, sxs's and raced Dwarf cars.....

Current toy is a T2 to which I look forward to playing with....

Oh, I guess you could almost call me a Vegas native, I been here 30+ years....

Hi Kurt

Have not talked and seen you on BN for awhile.

How is the T2 treating you now that you have had it for awhile.

Does your Bro still have the 650?

And yes, anyone that has been in Nevada for more than 20 years is considered a native. :P And what a fun place it is!

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Welcome to UTV! George and I are also longtime Nevadans. Let us know if you ever want to get together for a day of Trooper fun, we have a T4 and are always happy to take it out and have some fun. We were suppose to go to Logandale this week-end but the rain but a damper on that. We're in Henderson.

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Hi Jimmy....A knee replacement and work have put a bit of a dampner on my riding time....I have about 260 miles on it and have had no problems...My Bro-in law still has the 650 and he snapped a rear lower a-arm hitting an unexpected hardpack woop......

Looking forward to doing the Fox shocks like people are doing on here.....and maybe the 15" wheels w/BFG's for tires....

We were just out at Logandale and I got a pic....

Also have taken it in Duck Creek, UT area and was great on the trails....

Cinda & George, I'd like to get together...I live NW area....Like to ride to Mt Charleston Lodge when it's warmer....

rocmoc, I'm not sure about Moab but I am interested....Just gotta make sure work doesn't get in the way...

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Hi Jimmy....A knee replacement and work have put a bit of a dampner on my riding time....I have about 260 miles on it and have had no problems...My Bro-in law still has the 650 and he snapped a rear lower a-arm hitting an unexpected hardpack woop......

I hope that is not your clutch knee you may have to go for an auto trans. ;)

How does the Trooper compare to your LJ Tech since they have the same Chery 1100?

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Jimmy,

The replacement was my clutch knee....lol....Much better now ....

The 1100 is a great motor...It pushes this heavy beast around pretty darn good....The LJ Tech was SO inferior in build, I was nervous every time I took it out..... I just didn't have the time to constantly work/fix it....This Joyner may be heavy but it has evolved to be much better than when you had one....

I am very happy with it, but I would still like a "sporty " 2wd buggy to thrash... Something like the Joyner 800 would be fun if price was lower....Actually most any of the single seat mini buggies would be a gas except for $$$$$.....

I tend to get into my "Rallye Car" fantasy when I am in the T2 alone...heh...I'd hate to wreck it and not have anything for my wife to enjoy....

Kurt G

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A military helicopter crashed on the course just hours before the start on Friday morning. The crash area was declared off limits by the military, which left Best In The Desert scrambling. Casey Folks and the BITD crew came up with Plan B: When the racers reached Pit #1, they clocked in and then had to load up the race vehicles and take them down the highway to Pit #2. This resulted in the race being able to continue around the off-limits area. Plan B worked, but it couldn't prevent the carnage that ensued. Race Mile 6 marked the start of a very deep silt bed... something short course racer Weller hadn't seen before. "When we hit it, we were in a complete white-out. While you can't just stop in the silt, it's extremely dangerous to just plow through at full speed, so I did my best to maintain a decent speed, but not go so fast that I couldn't make a sudden stop if I needed to" says Corry. "That is when we started to see the ghost images of upside down trophy trucks, just the rear wheels sticking out of the ground, and outlines of drivers and co-drivers waving frantically at us to avoid the carnage all around," she explains. "One of the shadowy figures waved us to a space just big enough for us to squeeze through without stopping. We managed to make it through that mess without stuffing our own YXZ1000R into a ravine or hit anything." The efforts of good Samaritans somehow saw all three remaining DragonFire teams make it through to the restart at Pit #2. "My team unloaded, fueled and sent us back out still in the top 5," says Lacrecia. As the teams plowed through another 200 miles of pure silt, belt temps began reaching 240-degrees, overheating the CVs and melting the occupants inside the race cars. "Luckily a couple of water crossings gave us a bit of a cool down. We crossed the finish line on Day 1 6th overall UTV and 3rd Pro Production UTV." The wildcard entry of Jimmy Keys and Russell Griffin did even better on Day #1. This couple of jokers came all the way across the country to compete (normally they race the UTV Rally Raid Series in the Southeast) and they made the most of their spot at the table, finishing just in front of Lacrecia 5th overall and 2nd in the Pro Production class. "We love Lacrecia and Corry, but we didn't come all the way across country to finish second," says Keys. Desert racing newcomer Corry Weller started 27th position in class, out of 30+ entries, and after all of the Production Turbo UTVs. "We also started after the bikes, quads and trophy trucks," she notes. "This meant a very torn up course for us and very deep truck ruts... but that was to be expected." Nothing like eating the dust of 300+ entries and running a basically stock UTV in the longest desert race in the U.S. for a real trial by fire. "We wanted a light and simple race car for our first outing, so we went with stock suspension and only added the basic Best In The Desert safety requirements because we know what a great machine the Yamaha YXZ1000R is for this type of racing!" A twist for Day 2 was that all vehicles started in order of finish... that meant Trophy Trucks, buggies and UTVs were all mixed up. "This time, not only were we in the top 10 of the UTVs, we were running in the top 65 of all the cars and trucks," says Lacrecia. "Our DragonFire teammate Russell Griffin just beat us on time Day 1, so we started right behind Jimmy who was in the saddle for Day 2. Although we always wish our teammates well, we didn't want to be eating Jimmy's dust all day." There was no wind at the start and the dust was thick as the #1970 RZR of Keys took off. One minute later the #1924 Rockstar RZR headed out after the KeysCrete car. "We passed them quickly and tried to get some time between us. Just before we hit the pit, at Race Mile 100 a belt let go. As we struggled with a hot clutch and a bent clutch tool, we lost a couple of spots, including Jimmy in the #1970!" explained Lacrecia. Meanwhile, Corry Weller was on a mission, charging up through the pack on Day #2. "We finished 90th overall on Day 1, which meant we started ahead of a LOT of trucks and fast buggies that had broken the day before. Having smaller, slower UTVs starting in front of large, fast vehicles makes for some really sketchy situations - I was glad we had made a sturdy rear bumper on our YXZ! Tapping a bumper in desert racing is par for the course, but the UTVs and smaller vehicles are equipped with a blue strobe so that the larger vehicles know not to touch us. I think they all ignore that rule, and my neck is still feeling it..." Running with the big dogs did help Corry catch up to the front of the UTV field. In fact coming into the final 50 miles, the three DragonFire cars were in order on the track and made a charge for the podium. Dreams of an all-DragonFire podium will have to wait for another day, but at the end of the longest race in America, #1970 Griffin, #1924 Beurrier and #1870 Weller finished 5, 6 and 7! "Just to finish this race is a huge achievement, but to finish where we did is awesome, especially in a stock machine," adds Weller. When the silt settled, the DragonFire teams were topped by KeysCrete's 5th out of 34 in the Pro Production class UTVs; 10th overall out of 70 total UTVs (including the Turbos and three new Maverick X3s) and 62nd overall out of all the truck/car/UTV class entries. "Guess it really is true that three of a kind beats the two pair we had at the start of Vegas To Reno," says DragonFire's Brice Ginn. "We think this is a pretty good accomplishment, given that we run a bone stock motor," says Russell. "I just want to say, that without my team, and sponsors, this would not be possible. Just keep a watch out, we are going to give the ole girl a bath, and get her ready to give them hell at the Blue Water Challenge. See you there!" View the full article

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