Has Timberwolf Been Tamed Too Much?

Saturday, August 11, 2001 8:57 AM
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Saturday, August 11, 2001 10:40 AM
The timber wolf kicks ass. I think they might have braked the first drop a little, and after the helix there's a brake, but its still an awesome ride.
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Saturday, August 11, 2001 12:04 PM
No Way. It definetly got rougher over the years though.
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Saturday, August 11, 2001 12:23 PM
I rode it a couple of weeks ago and it was awesome. I didn't notice any breaks anywhere, aside from the station, and the airtime was very intense.
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Current favorite coasters:
Wooden: 1) Beast 2) Raven 3) Son of Beast 4) The Boss 5) Timber Wolf
Steel: 1) Raging Bull 2) Millennium Force 3) V2 4) Wild Thing 5) Mr. Freeze
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Saturday, August 11, 2001 4:32 PM
The Timberwolf gives me a headache. I can only ride it 3 times a visit tops because it is so darn rough. It's hard to enjoy the ride as much when you feel like your head is about to explode.

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Hold on Tight, Because the Mamba is about to Stirke!
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Saturday, August 11, 2001 4:43 PM
If you think that's rough, you must think that the Orient Express is bloody murder.

I rode TW at least 6 times last visit. 3 or 4 of them in a row without getting out of the train. No rougher than Viper or the Raven in my opinion.

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Current favorite coasters:
Wooden: 1) Beast 2) Raven 3) Son of Beast 4) The Boss 5) Timber Wolf
Steel: 1) Raging Bull 2) Millennium Force 3) V2 4) Wild Thing 5) Mr. Freeze
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Sunday, August 12, 2001 6:04 AM
Timberwolf is at least 3 times more rough than the Orient. Easy.

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Hold on Tight, Because the Mamba is about to Stirke!
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Sunday, August 12, 2001 11:11 AM
Timberwolf actually isn't all that rough when compared to other woodies from the 80's.
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Sunday, August 12, 2001 11:34 AM

MambaTim said:
"Timberwolf is at least 3 times more rough than the Orient. Easy."


Well, I guess it is just a matter of which kind of roughness you prefer, or should I say don't prefer. Timber Wolf bangs up your lower body, while Orient Express bangs up your head (the 1st half is smooth - it's the 2nd half that kills you). I still think Timber Wolf -isn't- rough (judging only by the fact that many, many other coasters are more rough).
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Current favorite coasters:
Wooden: 1) Beast 2) Raven 3) Son of Beast 4) The Boss 5) Timber Wolf
Steel: 1) Raging Bull 2) Millennium Force 3) V2 4) Wild Thing 5) Mr. Freeze
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Tuesday, August 14, 2001 8:50 PM
I do not think that the Timber Wolf is rough. There is some ride jostling, and it doesn't ride like a CCI, but I think that it is definitely one of the few that Summers got right. Massive airtime is present in some parts, especially in a front seat night ride.

As for the topic question, yes, I think it has been tamed too much. CF:LP management has done some good things and some bad things for WOF, and slapping the trims on the first drop back in '96 was by far one of the worst mistakes they have made. Those who have ridden the Timber Wolf in it's unbraked form (pre '96 and the opening weekend of this season) know how insane the air can get on the T-Wolf. Big time ejector stuff, all throughout the course. With the trims on, you get some air, but not as intense as before, and it crawls through the helix.

I really don't know why the trims were installed on the first drop, but I do wish that CF:LP would get rid of them. They have a top ten ride on their hands without brakes, but a ride not-so-extraordinary with them.

Adam
--Who usually hates braking complaints but feels that a great ride has been trashed in this particular scenario.
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Thursday, August 16, 2001 2:09 PM
I think when most people say "rough" for a woodie, that comes from the high-intensity vibration (the worst I ever experienced was probably a long time ago on a "3rd seat" of the Beast). If you sit "over a wheel," meaning the BACK of any car (not necessarily the back of the train, but the back of any car) there is alot more jerking and vibration. It all translates thru the wheels and car right up to your back (since your back is over the wheels in the back of a car).

The Timberwolf when it first opened was the greatest ride I rode up until that point. We got there at night, the ride had just opened a few weeks earlier. You couldn't see much of it in the dark, and we didn't know the layout. Got the back seat, as soon as it ripped down that first drop, YEEEEEWOW!

A few years later, they added ratcheting lap bars (yuck) and ugly, blocking headrests (yuck). They also put in at least one (one that I remember the last time I rode T-wolf in '98) trim brake. The second drop was also reprofiled to dampen some of the negative G's. So it isn't was it used to be. That first year it opened, I'm pretty sure it shot right to #1 on the coaster lists.

On a side note, it's way too bad they took out Zambezi Zinger, it was a great wild ride! It even had a couple spots with airtime, and a great long dark cool tunnel.

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Ow! My lap bar IS down all the way.
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Thursday, August 16, 2001 2:41 PM
The one time I went to WOF, the Timber Wolf didn’t seem tame at all. I didn’t notice any brake on the 1st drop (I didn’t even know it was there until I saw pictures of it later… apparently they don’t use it all the time???). I also didn’t find it excessively rough. I’ll be going back in a few weeks – I hope the ride is as good as I remember it.
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