FJ Cruisers of Northern California
This may be a question of relativity, but does anyone know what the roll over point on the inclinometer gauge is for the FJ, on both side hills and inclines? I've been playing around on some hills near my house and thought I would ask before getting too aggressive, since I'm usually out alone when I'm close to home.
Hey guys be nice.
I didn't do on purpose I swear.
If it wasn't for you two guys I woulda went home that night.
If you are holding onto the steering wheel and your feet are dangling out the passenger window, you may have reached your limit!
But like Boss said, you get a feel for it. My personal tilt-o-meter warning goes off pretty early. Uphill and downhill do not bother me as much, I do not like side slopes. Usually I am to freaked out to remember to look at the inclinometer, but I do not like more than 25 to 30 degrees. 35 would be really pushing it for me personally.
Test your limits and the FJs, it can be fun. A spotter is a good thing to have while you are doing it.
I too am okay with front/back but freakin' terrified of side tilt. Take a look at me exercising my fear glands in this clip: http://norcalfjs.com/video/mark-on-chaparral-trail. I'm pretty sure the inclinometer did not exceed 20 degreees side tilt, but I was scared the whole time. It looks very tame from outside the rig.
As Boss said, trust your arse!
Yea Bz just easy for you to say.My truck rolled twice and I didn't do it on purpose.
I don't care what anyone else says but I wish I still had it.
Quite honestly, if you are close to rolling, the last thing you will be looking at is the inclinometer. As BZ said, you will peg it long before you reach the "tipping point". Once getting close, it's really about momentum. In an uphill / down hill situation, once your uphill tires leave the ground you are screwed. I've rarely seen anyone "drive out" of an uphill lift where both tires are off the ground. The torque at the rear axle will want to continue rotating you backwards. In a down hill rear tire lift, you have to power out of it. If you stop, the force will continue rotating you forward.
For side hill, it really depends on how much stuff is loaded high up. In stock form, you can really lean over. But once you start loading the roof, you have to be more sensitive. If you feel that you are going to tip side ways, the best way out is to turn downhill and drive out of it. Most people's reflexive action is to turn up hill, which is the worst thing to do.
Boy, that's the truth... you wont be watching the inclinometer