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Is it just me, or were those all terrain vehicles pretty crappy? They barely moved over solid ground, much less over mud and loose gravel. I just thought I would post a topic about one of the episodes rather than posting a challenge or dropping the name of my new team.

If I remember correctly, the American version with all terrain vehicles had much better machines. I'm not implying anything, other than that Americans build better machines. Ha Ha Ha

Maybe this post will get better replies than some of the other ones. Replies that are better than...."That is a good idea"...."They are showing the first season, geez read the posts".....or my favorite "Well my team built a toilet out of an old xerox machine and some fishing line for our audition tape, were called T-Wrex and I'm the captain, Booger!!!"

My God people, I know everyone wants to be part of the show, but I just felt like talking about something else for a change.

-- www.geocities.com/kablamotheclown (kablamotheclown@yahoo.com), February 20, 2001


I've got to agree with you about the ATVs that were built...they weren't quite up to snuff, were they?

One thing I noticed - the Red Team's rear wheel wobble. Whats common causes for that? Bad shaft alignment? Bad welding?

Amazing how many "mistakes" the teams were making. Not that I'm blaming them for not knowing, we all have the benefit of sitting at home and analyzing them with no pressure. I guess the "lessons learned" stuff of junkyard wars had to come from somewhere? Lesson #1 - make sure the engire runs...early ;)


-- Brian Flynn (bflynn@nc.rr.com), February 20, 2001.

I agree that the bikes weren't very good. I thought Bowser was supposed to be some kind of motorcycle guy. Normally, bikers don't have a problem figuring out what's wrong with the engine. I was wondering why the teams immediately ran for those little motorcycle engines anyway. Surely there was something bigger out there. As far as the wheel coming off, I think they welded it based on the females and Shen's weight. Bowser sat down and the bike was like, I don't think so. I was surprised at how useless they portrayed the female expert for the orange team. I hope they just edited out all of the help she gave them. The yellow expert at least seemed to know something. Anyway, I guess that's enough to count as my two cents.

-- William Barrett (wildbill65401@yahoo.com), February 20, 2001.

The wheel wobble was (IMHO) from the fact that the adapter they built was made of thin steel. when I saw the thickness of the plate they used I expected worse results than a wobble.

-- Stephen A. Binion (Stephenbinion@hotmail.com), February 20, 2001.

I noticed that they were using galvinized water pipe for an axle, not the best for side loads, as you can bend the size they were using with a hand tool, like EMT. That was a wierd looking ATV that won. Definitely not the same performance or size that the US teams built for the Dec. show. Waddy, "Rusty's"

-- Waddy Thompson (cthomp3851@aol.com), February 20, 2001.

yes,very bad. but i guess that we'll happen from time to time. i was excited to see that challeng,my children and i race moto-cross on the weekends and i thought they would have been built a little better,especialy the three wheeler.they already had the front end,however ther axle was sad. i agree with the idea of talking about new topics.i love the show and the excitment we all seem to share for the show. i would like to invite more of the teams to chat back and forth. untill next time,good by for now (the test tank babies) casey.

-- casey (finishrad@aol.com), February 21, 2001.

I didn't see the team that built the three wheeler apply any GREASE to their makeshift axle. Could that be the cause of the broken chain?

-- Gregg Eshelman (gregg1@valint.net), February 24, 2001.

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