Re: The Washboard Blues
Posted by NoKarma4U on December 10, 2002 at 15:34:11:
In Reply to: The Washboard Blues posted by dvScotty on December 10, 2002 at 12:36:50:
Both very interesting articles with basically the same conclusion -- thanks Arkose and Pugsly.
In practice, I tend to do what has been said before; air-down my tires, and drive at a speed that tends to ride my tires across the tops of the washboard ruts wherever possible (usually 25 to 45 mph on long stretches of flat road with good visibility -- never at night!). Additionally (and especially where it is imprudent to travel at such high speeds) I will take advantage of the gravel and road debris that tends to build up between the tire "ruts", and along the side of the road. Sand and gravels tend to build up between vehicles tires (the tires themselves forming the ruts) and along the sides of the road. These sands and gravels tend to overlay the washboard grooves, filling them in and providing a sort of cusion which I sometimes seek out and drive upon by moving my vehicle just slightly left or right of the wheel ruts as road conditions dictate.
When doing this, be careful not to drive up onto the actual left- or right-hand berm of the graded road itself as this may contribute to losing control of your vehicle, becoming stuck, providing for enhanced water erosion of the road, or endangerment of flora/fauna along the road side. If washboarding is particularly bad and violent shaking cannot be avoided via any technique heretofore mentioned, a little extra Fix-O-Dent in the ol' choppers might not be a bad idea ;-)