Predator at SFDL?

Wednesday, November 7, 2001 6:07 PM
I know it has those awful trailered type PTC trains so it must be a bit shaky. However just looking at the design it dose not seem like you typical Summers and Dinn airless machine. Are those hills I see! Dose it have any air and What's it like?

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Wednesday, November 7, 2001 6:22 PM
Beats me. I've been to the park twice and the ride wan't open either time. In fact, the second time it was closed for the season for massive retracking!

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Wednesday, November 7, 2001 7:37 PM
To be honest, it wasn't that bad of a Mean Squeak any 'ol day IMO. I had a good ride up front, but I just HAD to take the suggestion of a fellow ACE'r and try the suicide seat for kicks. This is better known as right side, last row. Never again! If nothing else, it is an attractive design.
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Wednesday, November 7, 2001 8:01 PM
Haven't ridden it either, but if it follows the path of the other Summers-Dinn creations, it was a beautiful coaster AND a great ride when built.  Apparently they have proven costly to maintain, and sadly most seem to have lost much of their original luster.  Thunder Run was the best ride for me of the S-D coasters I've ridden.  Dinn's daughter seems to have inherited the elusive "coaster-gene", LOL!
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Thursday, November 8, 2001 1:59 AM
Ugh.  Definately the worst wodden coaster I have been on.  Too bad as it is a nice looking coaster. 
Thursday, November 8, 2001 3:02 AM
This ride used to be a kickin' ride a couple years ago. Seems like it didn't age well? Does the ride now have a brake on the first drop?
Thursday, November 8, 2001 3:35 AM
Actually, the coaster isn't TOO bad unlike a couple years ago. I don't know if it was any re-tracking or just a change of mind to change seats...

...but I found out that the very front seat offers the smoothest ride. It's tough, but there is some spots of air-time throughout the ride. I think what you have to do, however, is to take OFF the seatbelts once the train dispaches or just put it on very loosly.

Also, the general lap bars themselves come down too low to really get an "ejector seat" feeling. You can try to keep it a setting higher, but I guarantee it won't last past the 2nd hill. It's kind of ashame, but even worse because of the seat-belts. Why does a woodie have seatbelts?

I hope the ride can improve because I also heard that the back seats are true killers (offering a ride from hell)

Thursday, November 8, 2001 10:31 AM
To answer your question:

Does it have air?
From 1992-2000, no... if your lucky, you might get a little bit, but the ride is too darn slow going over those hills. One day during the 2001 season I experienced a "magical" day.. it was really humid and wet out, and rained earlier in the day and we were FLYING through the track..... a day I will never forget. Other then that, its just a rough, slow, ride.

Lot of hills, no air. I am gussing it probably did when it first came out....

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