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Been wanting, but putting off new ones since then. But the last couple months as its gotten brighter and brighter coming out of winter, I’ve really needed some.
Turns out it really is a fast easy change too!
To me that was a steal for $32 (local price; Online you can find them as low as $19.99, but before shipping. ) especially since it is 1/5 what replacing the last ones could cost IF I could find a pair (discontinued model).
It’s even cheaper than the last safety/sun glasses I had, a smoke black pair from 3M, they were $45. They lasted me about 4, naybe 5 years, and are still useable, but some of the marks on thd lenses are getting pretty annoying.
They’ve been backups in my truck for a while, but now in my bike bag, a last ditch pair.
Those by 3M are what I was going after to get again, when I found the Radians.
Here are the frames sans lenses, and then changed to the smoke from the copper shown above. Only takes maybe 45 seconds, a minute max to swap them.
Adjustable temple/earpiece lengths and soft bridgr pads, plus super light weight= really comfortable.
So far I’m using the smoke for general wear, and changing to the copper, which is a deep orange/amber with a pink tint, for riding the bike. After a few minute my eyes adjust and take out the pink tint, then the amber does like other brown/amber glasses I’ve had; Hightens contrast and boosts depth perception.
Only time will tell how the other colors will work but so far I’m really enjoying them.
Range day with a couple friends yesterday.
Very few pics, I didn’t take many, was having too much fun… 😉😆 Maybe more later, a friend took several, if I can lay hands on them… (yes, you Weston!)
Got to make sure of the sight in on my 30-06 for upcomming hunting seasons; still doing a 2.5″ ish group at 75 yards, peep sights, 3″ high with my hunting loads: good enough! .Also, played around with my 45colt Beretta Stampede; nice bullseye group at 75 yards! Like a 6″ group, but still, not bad for open fixed notch sights on a 3.5″ barrel, that I don’t shoot often!
Played with a buddies Ruger Mini 14 223, (I REALLY need to finally get the 223 I’ve wanted for 5 years… such a nice light plinking round!)
And I was finally able to try some handloads I made for my 30-30 in late 2014. .30cal round ball loaded light, for small game. bunny busters I call them. Pretty accurate to 75 yards, with no sight change on the rifle, quieter than a .22lr too. Only problem is you have to single feed them, they won’t feed into the mag tube.
Got a couple rounds into the black(paper plate sized roughly) at 100 yards with the 30-30, also peep sighted… Been 3 or 4 years since I’ve shot that gun at all, nice to see how easy it was to get back close to where I was then(Used to make nice sub 2″ even 1″ groups at 110 yards with it… with the peep sight. 😎 )
The Remington model 25 has that new sight that you guys might recall I put on over a year ago. Finally got to try sighting it in.
Couldn’t get on paper at 50 yards, always low, even after coming up a LOT on adjustments… Was running low on ammo and patience, then got side tracked. Will have to try another day and start closer…
This is what we call 36 mile range… It’s at the 36 mile marker on my road, about 12 miles into the Chen River recreation area.. (22 miles east of me on a windy 2 lane blacktop)
It’s just 3 benches and about 125 yards max aaaallll the way up the back slope… 100 yards max applicable use unless your really ambitious 😉
My stuff, the 25-20 out. Some of you will (should) recognized that scope laying there, it’s the one that was on my 30-06 since my Dad got it new in the 60s.
The one that had the elevation adjustment break during sight in several years ago… About drove me nuts! Took it off and used the irons that season, then after that my buddy Swany gave me a scope to use.
(It’s a little funny, Swany had the other scope on a .22 he used for squirrel. I used it one season and then gave up on scopes all together for serious use, and I now have it on a .22 for small game. Came full circle! )
Anyway, I now use the busted scope as a monocle/spy glass I call it, for a spotting scope at the range. I’ve even worn it slung around my neck hunting instead of binos! The 3-9 magnification and focus rings still work great.
My buddy’s stuff, S&W 44 mag, S&W 45 auto, Ruger Mini14.. Sorry, I can never remember the model #s on the S&Ws..
Hey guys/gals, just a heads up type thought; go check your tire pressure!
Last week I got ready to go for a ride, and did what I always do, always have; get on bike, and rolling forward hit the front brake hard; front shock compresses, and weight hits front tire hard. Watch front tire, and if it deflects/bulges, I check air pressure.
I started that years ago with dirt bikes, and then my Rebel 250 street bike…
As i recall, several pounds low and they’d show it. Apparently the tires on my V-Star are a lot stiffer of a side wall!
As I said, I did that test this last week and had the tire flatten a little. So I checked them.
Rear was 10 psi!
Front wouldn’t read at all!!
So, I’ve been ridding on basically FLAT TIRES. Thankfully God is gracious, and it hasn’t killed me!
Aired them up, and the bike rolls better by hand than it has in a LONG time. Now when I clutch to shift while moving, it will roll faster, where before it would slow/drag. (Be interesting to see how much this improves my gas milage!)
Talk about stiff side wall tires! Run flat is an understatement! Apparently they’re just so stiff my little test has never really worked on this bike.
Lesson learned. I’ll now gauge check pressure every month, and seasonally when the bike comes out of storage(yeah, should have been doing that anyway).
Can you imagine a tire run too low suddenly shifting or rolling sideways on the rim at highway speed?
Or for instance, a couple weeks before this, a moose ran out in front of me. I locked front and rear brakes and slid 20ish feet in a basically straight line at 60mph (didn’t know I could do that!).
If the tire had flattened then, or rolled sideways?
Option on hitting moose; bad enough…
Tire coming off rim binding up the wheel and cartwheeling me and the bike through the moose; uhuh…
GO CHECK YOUR TIRE PRESSURE!!
A buddy of mine is converting his outboard river boat to an inboard. Going from a outboard prop to inboard jet.
The motor is a GM made Ecotec supercharged in line 4 cyl 2.4L. Mostly stock Except some EFI, exhaust, and cooling components. 240HP. And the super charger is off of a 2.2L Ecotec… the 2.4s didn’t come with them.
The outboard that came off was 80HP.
He had a custom boat(among other things ) welding shop that another buddy works at chop, channel the boat and build the motor and jet pump mounts in the boat. Then he’s done all the install, wiring, tuning(most of it) etc himself.
There is a lot of custom stuff done with this motor, it’s a popular one to swap into things, but this is the only jet boat, and IIRC only boat of any kind in the world with one!
I was out with him on Monday the 18th for the first ever in water running and tuning. We spent 9 hours on the water, only about 45 min running it. The rest of the time was chasing fuel supply issues, mostly mechanical, but also in tuning the computer control of the EFI..
I’ve learned an Epic amount of stuff that I didn’t know about how EFI systems work.
There is a lot of his builds details posted on a couple forums;
Apparently jet boats are Really popular in NZ? A lot of the info hes using came from down there!
It just amazes me, the new motor and jet setup is only about 100lbs heavier than the old setup, if that much, he’s still only drafting 6″ under this thing,(on step it has to be 3″ or less!) With selling the outboard motor off it, he’s almost broke even, and gained 100+ HP ( 80 to 240, but ya lose some to the jet pump).
Unfortunately I lot all my video and pics from that day except one shot;
Yeah, the scenery is pretty epic too! 🙂
That lake is unique in the area, and relatively new, only been there a couple years. It’s only about 1/2 mile, maybe a touch more across the London way, 1/4 the other way I’d guess… BUT It’s within 2 minutes of the industrial part of town, and 5 minutes from metro/downtown, a 10 min max from just about anywhere in Fairbanks.
It’s Deep, has a great launch and floating dock, picnic areas, bathroom facilities, and allows power boats. That last one is the big thing… Otherwise it’s a 1.5 to 2 hour drive to a lake that allows powered craft. Otherwise it’s the rivers… But playing in a current can get old, and these are shallow water rivers… Can be less than fun at times.
It’s perfect for this project, as shallows and a current could be killer for testing a new motor!
As a bonus, this lake does outlet into the Tanana river, so it has options. And fish.. 😉
So, onto the next time we were our with it, last Saturday;
Junk yard GM ecotec 2.4L with a supercharger from a 2.2L. Full custom setup for fuel delivery and injectors( the only GM part left is the rail itself). The jet pump unit is top of the line made by Scott.
Our day out the first time that Monday, 9 hours on the water, 45 min run time mixed with problems…. But it did run all the time… or would run for short times.
This last time out on Saturday, boat was in the water 6 house before we got it to run at all… uhuh.
First 3 hours it would fire over but not stay running. We were trying to run it without an O2 sensor (which technically it should do!) since the machinist that’s making the O2 adapter for the marine water jacketed exhaust had the sensor.
We had his spare sensor, but different plug/wire harness and colors. Tried unsuccessfully to hot wire it in.
Drove the 40 miles(1.5 hours) round trip and picked up the right O2 sensor.
Then it wouldn’t even fire!
Checked and found no spark.
Serriously turning into a rough day at this point. After over an hour of checking everything, I found a main fuse blown. We’d shorted out something and blown power to the whole setup when hot wiring the first O2 sensor! Oops!!
Them it ran great! Other than a hick up or two at about 3200 rpm, where it would stall out, and if you pushed it, the compute would kill the electronic throttle…
We found out later that the tuning/computer fuel tables transition at that point to a higher rpm/load setup, but it not set right and it leans out too far– enough to cook the motor fast– computer was doing right to protect the motor when it was cutting off.
So that will need chased in the programing, to richen up that tables’ mixture curve.
For the rest of our testing we kept it below 3K without a hitch.
Its a non issue for general run though. We hit 50% throttle and 25 to 30 mph at 2800 rpm or below depending on load in the boat.
And there is the big point; load in the boat.
First run with around 900 pounds in the boat and it went “on step” within a boat length, and ran like it was empty!
So we bumped up to all we had.
Two 50 gallon drums, two 20 gallon drums all full of water, my friend and I, and we had 1800 pounds in the boat.
With the full 1800 in it, it took maybe 40 feet to get on step, then ran 40% throttle to 25 mph, at around 3000 rpm, ran fantastic, circle after circle in the lake, without a hitch.
Never bogged, never pulled bad… was almost like an empty boat!!
Technically, the hull itself is only rated at about 1800 pounds, so add in motor, jet pump, and gear weight etc, we were a good 500 pounds over that. Ha!
So the most weight you could ever safely have in there, and more than you’d ever really need to, and it ran basically like the loaf just wasn’t there.
100% success to the project! (A single 66″ moose, 2 guys and their gear last fall with the 115 hp outboard, he couldn’t get it on step, and they got back with less than 2 gallons of gas to spare. Almost didn’t get back, basically!) The point wasn’t a speed demon, but a super weight hauler for hunting. I think he’s got it.
A bonus too, on about the third loop around at constant rpm/speed, the fuel ratio suddenly improved by dropping on air percentage.. anything over 15% is bad, and 17ish on up will cook the motor.
We were running between 14 and 14.7 to start, at cruise speed. OK but not great. It suddenly dropped to 12.5. The computer is learning what it can do, and what the motor needs, and is tuning itself.
At this point, the more it runs, the better it should run the mixtures as it continues to learn. Shouldn’t have to worry about it as much.
Anyway, our last two runs of the day, part one and two from in the boat. And part three from the launch, while we waited for some kids to get out of the way of loading on the trailer.
Slight hitch at the end of this next one… lol.
Sorry you don’t get to see me.. (lucky you actually! ) we started out both filming, but he ran out of hands between throttle, steering wheel, and phone… lol.
So, anyway, this has really been a lot of fun for me, I’m super grateful he’s included me, and allowed me to be a part of helping with this.
As you all know, I Really enjoy custom work, things out of the ordinary. Along with my automotive interests, growing interest in boats, and absolute (if probably a bit weird)love of troubleshooting, improvising and chasing a problem, I really am loving this project.
As I type this, he is mounting the marine water jacket exhaust(last few days anyway), and custom O2 sensor mount. Be interesting to see how, or if, that changes the run of the motor.
All things stay good, and God willing, on the 3rd of August this boat is one of three going on a church group fishing/camping trip. 3 days in Minto Flats, one of the biggest and most remote norther pike hot spots in the state. Yes, I’m going! 😉 😀
Although, small is relative. This was long for me. 17.25 miles.
In 3h18m. About 2 hours moving, 1 stopped(accumulatively).
About 6.5 miles of back country high country trails, 5 miles of log roads, and around 6 miles along the highway, some on a trail, some on the road itself.
The rock cairn is along the log road, about halfway. It’s really cool, and new, wasn’t there this spring.
One stop soon after the log roads was the local K-6 school, got to walk around on the grass and rest my back.
— much needed after the 3 miles of trail before the road, The roughest trails you can get, over tree roots and stumps in dense black spruce, and old growth white spruce (some big trees up there are a good 3.5′ or 4′ dia at the bottom!). Wish I’d taken pics while up there….
After that rough section I found a turn signal hanging loose. Thankfully the wire traps the nut!
Next stop was at the local dump transfer site, scrounge some bed rail steel, that I ran up the trail a mile to a buddies. Lucky the trail is wite through there, it stuck out a foot on both sides! 😉
Overall a really nice day out! Getting moving was welcome after some work I did early. It was 80Fs in the shade, an I saw 98