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    Re: SUN'S LAST RUN TO WILSON, WY - 991 C2S CAB LIFE, END OF AN ERA (Part II)

    [the turn from Sands Blvd to the LV strip straight away]


    Re: SUN'S LAST RUN TO WILSON, WY - 991 C2S CAB LIFE, END OF AN ERA (Part II)

    2500 mile comments on the 2023 rubicon [392] [AEV]:

    Generally a good rig for rough mountain tracks, but.....

    This old drill road is 1600' vertical climb, lots of lockers to here.  61F back in September,I get POWER STERRING OVERHEATING message [not today 23F]

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    This drill road reminds me of my first life as an exploration geologist in Nevada, Eire, Norway and Morocco. One of the biggest Lead Zinc Silver mines [1870-1950] in the Rockies is just over the hill and they drilled each road for orebody extension.

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    In Spring [early July] in this other range on a long very rough climb, same overheating notice.

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    I had my dealer reach the Jeep engineers - "yes it's a problem, just stop". So Jeep expects owners to be slaves to their trucks just like EV engineers, instead of providing a reliable rig that not only get you Way Back In but Way Back Out.  They also say 2024 no fix, however new suspension, added fender lips as mud buildup is huge on windows, doors, fenders in 2023. I'm trading the 23 for the 24 instead of keeping both, as Madame's jump offs are accessible in the Expedition.

    Flash:  The marketing chick who destroyed Bud Light is now at Jeep!!! 2024 interior is bright red leather!!!! Not an option and no other choice!!!  Imagine 4 muddy Labs and muddy me on this, besides the hideousness.

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    The good news if your rig is going to AEV, you can add black premium leather for 2800 usd, which I did.  

    The rig has super steering wheel and seat heat, very important in the Rockies Oct-June, much better eg than the RS6. Also the Jeep locks running for Labs' AC, whilst the Audis and Expedition do not.

    It a better rig for bad tracks than the Raptor, TRX, old Rubicons without detachable sways, RR LWB 5L, only the Raptors were absolutely mechanically reliable.

     


    Re: SUN'S LAST RUN TO WILSON, WY - 991 C2S CAB LIFE, END OF AN ERA (Part II)

    Typical.  Under-tested for moderate off-road conditions.  Same team must work on the Ferrari F1 team side of the company too.   Interesting story about the mine and drill roads. Thanks for sharing. 


    Re: SUN'S LAST RUN TO WILSON, WY - 991 C2S CAB LIFE, END OF AN ERA (Part II)

    watt:

    Madame sends pix, from her 57th floor suite at the Wynn, of the lights and barriers up for the race.  Traffico Intenso already.

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    Las Vegas...we always loved it there...I hope she had fun. SmileySmiley


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    RC (Germany) - Rennteam Editor Lamborghini Huracan Performante (2019), BMW Z4 M40i (2022), Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk (2019 EU)


    Re: SUN'S LAST RUN TO WILSON, WY - 991 C2S CAB LIFE, END OF AN ERA (Part II)

    CGX car nut:

    Typical.  Under-tested for moderate off-road conditions.  Same team must work on the Ferrari F1 team side of the company too.   Interesting story about the mine and drill roads. Thanks for sharing. 

    Once the orebody was drill delineated, being largely horizontal under the hill, the mining strategy was to drive a horizontal adit [tunnel] from the mine mouth over the hill, support the roof, run tracks and roll the ore out. Cheaper by far than vertical shafts.

    Development drill holes off existing ore placed by a competent geologist have a high rate of striking the orebody, compared to exploration drilling sited from mapping, geochemical and geophysical anomalies - my exploration strike rate over say 2,000 holes was 10 strikes becoming 3 mines; oil exploration and development have similar statistics.


    Re: SUN'S LAST RUN TO WILSON, WY - 991 C2S CAB LIFE, END OF AN ERA (Part II)

    Well, dueling RS Madame and DaDa, and only one 911!!!!

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    Porsche helped by making 992 so fat and huge, and Audi RS by  winning the design sweepstakes against their sister company, per discussion of Panamera turbo S above.  Baby Boomers have labs and skis -- in the Frozen North Audi RS     do well and are very, very quick.

    The electronic overkill is a drag, but Porsche has it too.  

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    Re: SUN'S LAST RUN TO WILSON, WY - 991 C2S CAB LIFE, END OF AN ERA (Part II)

    The RS6 is just a beast, what a cool car. 


    Re: SUN'S LAST RUN TO WILSON, WY - 991 C2S CAB LIFE, END OF AN ERA (Part II)

    watt:
    CGX car nut:

    Typical.  Under-tested for moderate off-road conditions.  Same team must work on the Ferrari F1 team side of the company too.   Interesting story about the mine and drill roads. Thanks for sharing. 

    Once the orebody was drill delineated, being largely horizontal under the hill, the mining strategy was to drive a horizontal adit [tunnel] from the mine mouth over the hill, support the roof, run tracks and roll the ore out. Cheaper by far than vertical shafts.

    Development drill holes off existing ore placed by a competent geologist have a high rate of striking the orebody, compared to exploration drilling sited from mapping, geochemical and geophysical anomalies - my exploration strike rate over say 2,000 holes was 10 strikes becoming 3 mines; oil exploration and development have similar statistics.

    Thank you for the information.  The son of my former business associate was an independent in the Eagle Ford and Bakken fields so I learned a few things in oil & gas exploration.  We licensed a technology originally developed in the healthcare field for controlling drug migration as an enhanced oil recovery technique. We hired a professor at the University of Texas Austin to help commercialize it.  


    Re: SUN'S LAST RUN TO WILSON, WY - 991 C2S CAB LIFE, END OF AN ERA (Part II)

    watt:

    Madame sends pix, from her 57th floor suite at the Wynn, of the lights and barriers up for the race.  Traffico Intenso already.

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    Just realized your pic is showing my roomSmiley 

    I will be staying at that penthouse corner suite facing Las Vegas Blvd.

    Likely can't see much from the room because of the viewing angle, will be at Venetian hospitality most of the time if not at the Alfa garage. 


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    Re: SUN'S LAST RUN TO WILSON, WY - 991 C2S CAB LIFE, END OF AN ERA (Part II)

    watt:

    Well, dueling RS Madame and DaDa, and only one 911!!!!

    IMG_9503.jpeg

    Porsche helped by making 992 so fat and huge, and Audi RS by  winning the design sweepstakes against their sister company, per discussion of Panamera turbo S above.  Baby Boomers have labs and skis -- in the Frozen North Audi RS     do well and are very, very quick.

    The electronic overkill is a drag, but Porsche has it too.  

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    I had the chance to drive the Cayenne GT (old model) at the Porsche experience center here in the UK yesterday. Even compared to my normal Cayenne turbo it is a beast. Very impressive. My money stays on Porsche for the big car vs Audi….


    Re: SUN'S LAST RUN TO WILSON, WY - 991 C2S CAB LIFE, END OF AN ERA (Part II)

    996FourEss:
    watt:

    Well, dueling RS Madame and DaDa, and only one 911!!!!

    IMG_9503.jpeg

    Porsche helped by making 992 so fat and huge, and Audi RS by  winning the design sweepstakes against their sister company, per discussion of Panamera turbo S above.  Baby Boomers have labs and skis -- in the Frozen North Audi RS     do well and are very, very quick.

    The electronic overkill is a drag, but Porsche has it too.  

    IMG_9504.jpeg

    I had the chance to drive the Cayenne GT (old model) at the Porsche experience center here in the UK yesterday. Even compared to my normal Cayenne turbo it is a beast. Very impressive. My money stays on Porsche for the big car vs Audi….

    you mean '24  turbo gt?  quick, but your definition of big car is insufficient [the RS is my Lab rig, Madame does not carry them in the much smaller RSQ8] - please test and see if 4 or 5 95 lb Labs fit easily, if so I'll be all over it; A ROCKET!!!!Smiley

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    Re: SUN'S LAST RUN TO WILSON, WY - 991 C2S CAB LIFE, END OF AN ERA (Part II)

    Carn& Driver vastly prefers the RSQ8

    BEST MID-SIZE PERFORMANCE SUVS AT A GLANCE

    1 2023 AUDI RS Q8

    2 2024 BMW X5 M

    3 2024 BMW X6 M

    4 2024 PORSCHE CAYENNE COUPE TURBO GT / E-HYBRID

    5 024 PORSCHE CAYENNE TURBO E-HYBRID

    6 2024 AUDI SQ8

    72024 AUDI SQ7

    8 2024 MERCEDES-AMG G63

    9 2024 MERCEDES-AMG GLE-CLASS

    10  2024 ASTON MARTIN DBX


    Re: SUN'S LAST RUN TO WILSON, WY - 991 C2S CAB LIFE, END OF AN ERA (Part II)

    What a difference a year makes:

    22/11/2022:

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    22/11/2023:

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    Re: SUN'S LAST RUN TO WILSON, WY - 991 C2S CAB LIFE, END OF AN ERA (Part II)

    Climate change!!! Or just an El Niño winter.


    Re: SUN'S LAST RUN TO WILSON, WY - 991 C2S CAB LIFE, END OF AN ERA (Part II)

    ah yes el Niño, I forgot.  Thanksgiving dribble of snow...

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    Re: SUN'S LAST RUN TO WILSON, WY - 991 C2S CAB LIFE, END OF AN ERA (Part II)

    The ludicrous unneeded fair weather electronic complexity of modern Audis becomes clear with snow!  All sorts of warnings this doesn't work, that doesn't work --  just delete them all from. the design!!!!

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    Re: SUN'S LAST RUN TO WILSON, WY - 991 C2S CAB LIFE, END OF AN ERA (Part II)

    The Labs, Elk, Mountain Lions, Moose, Wolves and Coyotes suffer no performance deterioration with winter - actually improvementskiss

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    Re: SUN'S LAST RUN TO WILSON, WY - 991 C2S CAB LIFE, END OF AN ERA (Part II)

    watt:

    The ludicrous unneeded fair weather electronic complexity of modern Audis becomes clear with snow!  All sorts of warnings this doesn't work, that doesn't work --  just delete them all from. the design!!!!

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    That’s unfortunate as Audis were masters of the snowy winters. 


    Re: SUN'S LAST RUN TO WILSON, WY - 991 C2S CAB LIFE, END OF AN ERA (Part II)

    It’s those stupid parking/proximity, cruise control and lane departure sensors. They get snow on them and the car has a melt down (no pun intended).


    Re: SUN'S LAST RUN TO WILSON, WY - 991 C2S CAB LIFE, END OF AN ERA (Part II)

    Audi's 4x4 system works well, but the grocery chopping nannies  don't like the snow on their cameras and sensors indecision


    Re: SUN'S LAST RUN TO WILSON, WY - 991 C2S CAB LIFE, END OF AN ERA (Part II)

    15" of dry, 28F, as remembered from the first Raptor, K02s are hopeless.

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    Re: SUN'S LAST RUN TO WILSON, WY - 991 C2S CAB LIFE, END OF AN ERA (Part II)

    Turning on tiny slope almost impossible, if it wasn't for lockers, we'd be walking home 12  miles.  Note the semi circular slide marks of no traction.

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    Re: SUN'S LAST RUN TO WILSON, WY - 991 C2S CAB LIFE, END OF AN ERA (Part II)

    But Sir Cos never lost his ball

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    Re: SUN'S LAST RUN TO WILSON, WY - 991 C2S CAB LIFE, END OF AN ERA (Part II)

    It looks like  https://www.falkentire.com/wildpeak/at3w. have the best winter capability in 37", I'll put them on the AEV 392n2024, which is now being built at AEV.

     


    Re: SUN'S LAST RUN TO WILSON, WY - 991 C2S CAB LIFE, END OF AN ERA (Part II)

    Lucky you made the U turn in that pack of snow. Probably helped it was fresh and cold powdery and specially that there is no hard base layer for the moment.  Not mentioning your good skills of course. 
    The ball is the most important ­čśü


    Re: SUN'S LAST RUN TO WILSON, WY - 991 C2S CAB LIFE, END OF AN ERA (Part II)

    Sulla had to see the surgeon = and more to come = so 400 mile run in the RS6! Great fun:

    1. car is a rocket, smooth flowing power, shred passing strength
    2. Gee, I forgot it was twin turbo- sooooo smooth yet wow!
    3. superb seating position and shifting and braking
    4. great headroom on egress, for the micro market segment like me of fully fused spine
    5. corners quite well on Pzero winters; 33F day, pavement clear
    6. estate shape lowers one's profile... relative to e.g. the 812 SuperFast or turbo S...
    7. one look at the wheel wells and ground clearance... not a snowstorm rig, but that's what the Expedition is for
    8. steering wheel heat is weak, but seat heat is not?  hello engineers.....
    9. I'll never use the electronic categories other than climate and the map...  would like to figure out night vision as I came home from dinner last night through a herd of 200 Elk.
    10. all in all, the perfect rocket Labrador Retriever rig -- looking forward to 30 more HP/T in my 2024.

    Drove to dinner behind Madame in the RSQ8 last night-- the RS6 rear end/lights design is much better..

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    Re: SUN'S LAST RUN TO WILSON, WY - 991 C2S CAB LIFE, END OF AN ERA (Part II)

    Beautiful

    I hope Sulla will feel better soon.


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    If I don't fly, I drive my .:RS :)


    Re: SUN'S LAST RUN TO WILSON, WY - 991 C2S CAB LIFE, END OF AN ERA (Part II)

    Sulla getting an MRI  of his front legs mid -January; surgeon hopes to identify the problem causing atrophy of his front right leg muscles, hobbling him.  Very sad, praying the surgeon an improve his future.

    Sabre, the Siberian Snow King...

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    ohh. more Snow Kings

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    Re: SUN'S LAST RUN TO WILSON, WY - 991 C2S CAB LIFE, END OF AN ERA (Part II)

    the affinity between Labs and snow is remarkable!

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    Re: SUN'S LAST RUN TO WILSON, WY - 991 C2S CAB LIFE, END OF AN ERA (Part II)

    the 392 is skating us through =. rear lockers on full time, front lockers when needed.  it will be a relief to get the 2024 302 AEV in a month or so with Falken wild peak a3w.

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