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#31 Old 12-30-2012, 08:33 AM
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In the meat of trail #3. This is where it gets fun... well maybe not for the FJ's.





We won't call them stuck... just impeded. The yellow FJ just didn't have the clearance for this giant rock in the middle of the trail. It kept bashing its front skid hard and eventually ended up high-centered. A couple of strategically placed rocks got it over. The maroon FJ was on one of the slickest slopes of the trail and just could not hold the line it needed to to get up onto the next ledge. I really think the shorter wheelbase hurt them more when compared to our 1st gens. It's a game of inches on the trails.



We did figure one thing out, if you want to convince Ryan's dad to air down his tires, threaten him with a winch. After airing down to around 17psi, he made it just a few attempts later.



How is that for a view? The park entrance is down there somewhere.



#27 ended up just a 2 mile stretch of cobblestone river.



2nd Gen... flex? :P




100lbs of mud later.



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Nice pics, good times!

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Day 3:

Jake had one awesome FJ.



Ryan "lettin' the 4.0 eat." Light 'em up!








You want to talk about cold! Flurries mixed with drizzling rain and at or sub-freezing temps. I felt bad for him... As my heater was on 2.



With the elevation gain, the white stuff starts getting a little heavier.










And you can't have a trip without a "poser shot".



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awesome pics guys! I love all the rocks you have down there, maybe I'll bring a few back to Ohio the next time I'm down that way
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For everything we went through, damage was somewhat minor (until further inspection is done). I sheared a front sway bar mount (which was literally brand new) and I possibly bashed in the front leaf-spring mount on the driver's side. It possibly happened on the run Kelly and I did prior to Coal Creek but so far, no alignment issues that I can tell. Everything is tracking fine. If anything, the driver's side might be just a touch lower then the passenger side. Like I said... for what we conquered, I can live with that. Skids and sliders got a good work out.

I wish I could have taken more pictures of RacerXXL but he was always either a few rigs behind me or in front. I definitely wish I had the camera ready when he literally launched on trail #3. His front-end was easily 3' or more in the air. My first thought was busted CV or blown front-diff. Luckily he was smart enough and quick enough to jump on the brakes as soon as it got air and prevented that or at least severely damaging one or both. There is a little issue happening now but not near as bad as it could have been.

Only had one necessary extraction the whole trip. I had to use my X as an anchor point for an FJ to get over this ledge. Another wheelbase issue I feel. The rest of the times we had to pull cable, it was more out of safety than lack of capability. I did run down a highway while we took a break to pull a stranded 4-runner up the mountain. As we came around on trail #11 you can see the two-lane highway across the valley and I saw a vehicle with the hood up right in the middle of the road. These two geniuses lost all electrical power in a blind curve on a mountain. Probably the absolute worst spot they could have been in. Mining and logging trucks come through that area at a very high clip and had one come by, those two would have been knocked completely off the mountain. While the others grabbed lunch, I ran down there, strapped them up and dragged them up the mountain to a safe place to park.

Oh and if you only have maybe a few gallons left in your gas tank and you get on a very steep hill climb, you're not going to make it. Ask me how I know this. I got extremely lucky though. We hadn't seen a rig all day but as soon as I ran out of gas (or at least it couldn't reach the pick up), two side-by-sides pulled up behind us with two spare gas cans. I happily gave the guy $20 cash for one of his 2-gallon cans and we were back on our way.


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damn, i've been wanting to hit 3 up again so bad lately. Looks like an epic time though, pretty jealous. You guys should come out in feb to cc again so i can see these rigs in action again.
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damn, i've been wanting to hit 3 up again so bad lately. Looks like an epic time though, pretty jealous. You guys should come out in feb to cc again so i can see these rigs in action again.
Would love to. Problem is, probably the same with RacerXXL too, is that is when my job starts getting busy again. I know as of right now that I am likely gone 3 out of the 4 weeks in February (San Francisco, Ft. Lauderdale, Anchorage, AK). It may be June or July before I really get any kind of a weekend to get away. Hence the reason we made it such a big trip this time.


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damn, i've been wanting to hit 3 up again so bad lately. Looks like an epic time though, pretty jealous. You guys should come out in feb to cc again so i can see these rigs in action again.
Unfortunately I'm gonna be in the same boat as Drake. Starting Jan 2nd I'm back on 12 to 16 hour days and working 6 to 7 days a week getting stuff ready for the 2013 season.

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Seeing the pics and vids from the fun you guys had makes me want to try to be a bit more aggressive with the stock setup. Looks like you guys had a blast while you had some free time over the holidays.
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That place looks incredible. Great pics! Wish I would have went wheeling more than once this holiday break! All the precipitation really made for some challenges everywhere!

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