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  1. Kiwi if that were the case, the sdc being of no advantage in mild soils, then the 7000 would also be of no advantage, but obviously you are getting your share of small gold missed by the gpx . I use a 7000 also, but after a spot is cleaned, the 2300 can go right behind and pull even smaller gold. Its basically a 7000 with a tiny coil. Guys out here in Nevada were killing it with the sdc when they came out, and that ground is very mild. Yes the sdc has an even greater advantage in mineralized ground, but there is no doubt they will pick small, low conductive, porous, crystalline, flat gold right along side a 7000. Sorry I gotta stick up for that little blue detector because they work so good.
  2. Flak, our California boys were no joke either! I dont know what these guys were eating to work that hard.
  3. Kiwi, I have the 750 watt bbsHD motor. Its the newer version thats supposed to have beefed up internals. These have a bad offset for the chain line to begin with, but it hasnt been an issue for me, even with the 30 tooth. Been using a gold KMC chain and have about 300 miles on it so far. A friend of mine has the same setup as yours and also runs a 30 tooth sprocket. He had an 8 speed rear cog that he moved the lowest gear to the center, so that his chainline is perfect in the low gears. Honestly he didnt need to do that as mine runs fine with some angle, but if you want it perfect, that's an option to remedy that. Man these things are super fun. I used to kill myself biking up hills and now its all thumb throttle or some moderate pedal assist. What I also like is they run so quite that no one is bothered or suspects you have a motor. Stealth!
  4. Yep I'd try the smallest ring you can get- 30 or 32 tooth. Your bike will be a whole different hill climbing beast. One thing, your chain line might not run as straight when in the lowest gears, depending on your bikes geometry. Just run a good chain, keep it lubed, and it shouldn't be a issue. Thanks and have fun!
  5. Kiwi, I was going to make a suggestion on your ebike. If you do a lot of hill climbs, swap out the front sprocket for a 30 tooth chain ring. Thats what I run here in the California hills. You might loose a little top speed, but you gain waaay more torque going up hills and put less stress on the internals of the motor. Its a very good mod for those kits and not expensive!
  6. Im going to say the Z is a bad choice for most creeks. You would be better off with a gpx and small 8x6 coil for creek hunts unless, you have flat bottom bedrock with minimal crags and cracks to allow use of a large 14" coil. The small coils will out-depth large coils because you can bring them in closer to the bedrock and stab the coil down into cracks. Thats my experience a least.
  7. SDC is a PI detector, so yes on more depth and stable threshold. None of that awful noise you have to put up with while using a vlf. Unless you only have tiny flake gold, get the sdc! Most guys that dig out creeks here in the Motherload of California run these.
  8. Just download areas before heading out. No need for a signal. Couple good apps to use are US Topo maps, onX hunt, and of course Google maps.
  9. Kiwi, Myself and a bunch of the guys I hunt with switched to the 2300 for small gold. I will tell you a lot of gold was missed by the gpx series. Why, I dont know, but probably something to do with a fast decay rate of the electric field in certain shapes of nuggets. I know the balance and feel of the detector is really goofy and not the most pleasant to swing, but the electronics pick up where the 5000 left off. Sorry to hear you had a bad experience with your 2300. Ive used minelabs since the 3k, including the 7k, and will say the 2300 holds its ground as a top gun. Anyway I always enjoy reading your posts, just my opinions here.
  10. For small gold, you cant go wrong with a 2300. Handles mineralization like a champ and nice depth . And the less mineralized the ground, the more depth you will see. Great detector in both ground conditions. This was some sdc bedrock gold missed by my 5000 running an 8x6 coil. As Steve said , it basically meets a vlf in the small gold department.
  11. If you already have a mnt bike, look up the BBSHD 1000watt mid drive kits. I paid aprox $1500 for the kit about a year ago, and it is nothing but fun. Thumb throttle too, unlike most of the factory ebikes which are only pedal assist.
  12. SDC is the King of detectors for hunting small nuggets in all types of ground. I hate to see any negative feedback about this detector because I know how well it works. We have very mild and also highly mineralized in California, and I certainly dont see the vlf detectors getting depth like a PI detector does. There's a reason a vlf is sub $1000 and the SDC is $3000 plus. I had a friend in Nevada that was darn good with his gold bug vlf, but after finally convincing him he needed to step up to a minelab, he bought a SDC, and he sure started finding a lot more nuggets. Sure his take on tiny gold flakes dropped off, but he was finding nuggets of consequence at depths the vlf just doesnt see, and the weight was adding up fast.
  13. Since your gold there tends to run small I would definitely get the NF 8x6. Exceptional coil for creek hunting, and hot on the small nuggets! When I had the gpx, I used to run mine in creeks all summer long here in California. I did get some moisture in them eventually, but I'm hard on coils and all coils eventually fail. Some extra silicon around the cable fitting, to minimize water entry, may be a good idea.
  14. I wonder the same thing. We have some mines in my area that prior to the war were gold but then switched to Chromite as they were on a Serpentine/Slate contact. Not a bad deal, the waste rock was now worth money and kept the mine running.
  15. Good times for sure! I was in New Zealand when I was 14 and still have fond memories of the pristine blue skies and mountains. You guys may want to look into getting minelabs sdc2300 for creek hunting. It kills the small gold at depth, and no hotrocks or ground noise to listen to. Just that sweet weewooo
  16. Like Steve said, only if its windy or other background noise. I clip the speaker on my backpack strap, or detector arm cuff. Speaker is much easier on my nerves and hearing when hunting noisy ground and trashy areas like all of California
  17. Be prepared for some nasty groaning ground noise until that alkali soil dries. Locate patch setting can help a little to cut some of the groan.
  18. I use mine 75% of the time. Sure makes swinging the beast a lot easier using both your arms, especially if you have some grass to saw through.
  19. Mitchel, I'm sure there were small discoveries in California before James Marshals, but this certainly was not the spark that started the 49ers rush and mass migration of travelers, as this article tries to imply. Ive read many journals from the early 49ers and never a mention of any Lopez or Placrita canyon.
  20. If they could overlay claims down to the quarter section, like lr2000 lists, that would be sweet!
  21. Ok guys I just ordered some sheet plastic. I'll post when I have some done. Wes those batteries must last a looong time. I got to running the smaller 18650s, and the run time is incredible. Nice job on the adapters.
  22. I saw those clip ons, and they don't fix the problem of the rotating coil. It only keeps the knuckle end from wearing, but doesn' lock your coil in place. I hate to constantly adjust the coil back into proper position, so I came up with this design.
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