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10-19-2008, 08:26 PM

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10-19-2008, 08:30 PM
btw this is the indian in the mountain,over looking las cruces to the east!
that all i have,sorry i didnt get more pics...we had heck with 2 rigs,will's and mine!
i broke my ram mount,will burnt up his pump for his full hydro :(

10-20-2008, 07:49 AM
Thanks for the pix! :thumbsup: Looks like the weather and trails were awesome.
Jealous we could not make it...

10-20-2008, 08:10 AM
Thanks for the pix! :thumbsup: Looks like the weather and trails were awesome.
Jealous we could not make it...

:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

10-20-2008, 02:40 PM
well talked to the fellas that had to stay for an extraction today irving(tan chero)burnt up a tranny and had to be towed out this morning! i'll let them explain more on that.

i believe everyone is either home and or heading that direction! next time we'll all be a bit more organized,and ready for battle:rolleyes:

but i hated to leave early,wife had 2 sick girls on her hands! 24 bug me thinks!

i had a great time,except loosing the overgrown trail:huh::whistle: more than once! i hope LCFWDC gets out there and does some trail trimming this winter! it was great to put names with faces and rigs...enjoyed the company and the gifts from 4WParts...

10-20-2008, 03:43 PM
I got an email from Ted, he's back safe at Ft. Bliss and I assume Dusty (sp?) in the newer Chero that was with him is also.

10-20-2008, 05:13 PM
Thanks for the pix! :thumbsup: Looks like the weather and trails were awesome.
Jealous we could not make it...

10-20-2008, 09:11 PM
Just to bring everyone up to date...Yes we are all out and safe...It wasn't just your typical 4 wheeling run that 4 sure...It turned out to be a real adventure....we did do a few more trails than we planned and paid the price....Michael will be upgrading to a Dana 60 soon :D Irving will be rebuilding a transmission and motor and probably running a 14 bolt :D :D
Jaime did pretty good all things concidered Maybe a carb tune up is in order :D :D :D Myself...I'll be upgrading Guadzilla's wiring to the TPI, Fuel pump, and electric fan :D :D :D :D 15 blown fuses and a new fuel pump is too many fixes for one day :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:

It is good to know that Guadzilla can also pull a broken Rubicon with a locked up rear axle out of the way, up a hill and 2 ledges Flat spotting both rear tires to make room to pull Michael and Jaimes rigs up the last part of Cayanne crawler and then with a Jaime's help pull Irving up the same climb :eek:

We decided to leave Irvings busted Chero there till the next day when we could actually see what kind of trouble we were getting ourselves into....We left the trailhead about 9am and made it out to our objective about 45 minutes later....Guadzilla came through again :thumbsup: pulling the disabled Chero out the trail without much trouble till we Got to the hill from hell....This is a loose dirt hill with a left turn about 2/3rd's of the way up....With the Chero hooked up to a 8 foot strap Guadzilla gave it his best effort and got it about 1/2 way up the hill before it wouldn't go any more :eek: That's when we hooked up the remaining 3 long tow straps to Jaime's rig and gave 'er Hell....At first we didn't move much at all, spinning tires and kicking up alot of dust :eek: then all of the sudden we broke free of Gravity's hold and we were off to the races :thumbsup: We had conquered the Hill From Hell....:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: A way's farther up the trail and I decided Guadzilla needed a break and we stopped before the last steep hill before the trailhead....Guadzilla had a tantrum :mad: and didn't want to go up the hill and wouldn't stay running....The new fuel pump I had put on the previous day was hot and acting up :confused: after a few minutes of "what should we do :confused: :confused: It finally started working again and ran like a top the rest of the way out...:D

All and all it was one of the best wheeling trips i've ever been on...It's amazing how 4 wheelers can overcome adversity in the worst of cases and make it come together....Trails like this will challenge you and show the weaknesses in your rigs....So get to wrenching guys and let's do this AGAIN :drivin: Thanx again to Michael, Will, Sambo, Angel, and especially Jaime ...You guys are the best :thumbsup:

10-21-2008, 10:56 AM
I got in yesterday about 4, got semi-settled and slept for 12 hours :eek: . Didn't get much sleep at the KOA :confused: . I was really worried about the rescue effort and it went much better than expected. Guadzilla is a champ, great job Mike.

The whole weekend was a blast for me. As For Sunday, that is the most rocks I have ever done in one day. What an adrenoline rush! It is kinda ironic that we didn't have any big problems until the last 100 ft of Cayenne Crawler at the end of the run, then it made for a long night.

Here is some of my pics. and you can see the rest that I took on photobucket:







Willie on Michael's Rig

The Rescue

10-21-2008, 01:15 PM
I am uploading all my pics. Still need to unload my jeep, but here are couple more. Hopefully I will have some video soon too.



10-21-2008, 02:43 PM
did anyone make that climb in the last pic?

10-21-2008, 03:04 PM
I hope so, and I hope there is a video of it somewhere!!

I have seen a video some someone making it up that hill over on Pirate before... Its crazy!

10-21-2008, 03:14 PM
Nope we did not, gave Jaime a little tug with the winch and he was able to finish it.

My tires only wanted to grab going to the left....well that was not going to work. Popped the bead out of the right rear tire and all my air went bye bye, and smashed in the passenger rear door a bit. We just could not get enough traction, but it does give us something to look forward to in the future!!!!

10-21-2008, 03:21 PM
you have to ride the wall hard left on that one...that little ledge bottom inside left helps,altho it also off camber a bit..
but dont feel bad i couldnt climb it either in 06 @ the chile challenge..i was leaking p/steering fluid so they gave me the boot:mad:

10-21-2008, 04:20 PM
you have to ride the wall hard left on that one...that little ledge bottom inside left helps,altho it also off camber a bit..
but dont feel bad i couldnt climb it either in 06 @ the chile challenge..i was leaking p/steering fluid so they gave me the boot:mad:

No feeling bad at all, we did pull it hard left. Once your tires are on the top it would not grab to the right, although it did seem to want to pull you up more left but there is a tree and another ledge so it was not going anywhere, just had to give up, because it is just not possible for our rigs. Sure was fun trying!!!

Here is another of the Sunday group.


10-21-2008, 06:56 PM
amazing rigs!
Thanks for posting, I hope you all dont mind me downloading a bunch of your pictures to cherish:D

10-21-2008, 07:51 PM
steal all you can slacker:lol:

btw if one of the mods would move this over to offroad,go for it :)

10-21-2008, 08:05 PM
So who all broke what???

Great pics!

10-21-2008, 08:06 PM
steal all you can slacker:lol:
HEY SAMBO http://www.council-of-elrond.com/forums/images/smilies/trout.gif


10-21-2008, 08:50 PM
So who all broke what???

Great pics! lets see if i can remember it all:rolleyes: ; Will broke u bolts and ps pump, Sambo was good for a busted weld on his hydro assist ram, Michael lost both front shafts( 1 was courtesy of Will i believe;) )and the pull side of his new winch, Guadzilla blew like 15 or 20 fuses and a fuel pump or two, Ryan blew a front tire, and for the grand finaly.....i fried a tranny, busted a motor mount and blew a rear main seal. i was pulled the rest of the way out mostly by Guadzilla with further assistance from Heimeken when needed. i must say this FSJ group is world class! among the best people i have ever had the pleasure of meeting. if any of you reading this have a chance to wheel with any of our group your in for a treat. this was my first time meeting most. i hope to meet more at the next event:drivin: :fsj: :thumbsup:

10-22-2008, 12:58 PM
Thats pretty impressive...

Slick Willie
10-22-2008, 01:30 PM
This was a good trip, no doubt. Friday my centering pin sheared, but we got it back to camp and fixed that. Thanks to all that helped on that! Saturday my brand new steering pump developed a leak at the pulley :banghead: so I had to front-wheel-drive-only-steer the rest of the trail Saturday. I'm a little sore still! I wish my rig was working for Sunday, because that trail was really the reason I went! Rocks, rocks, rocks, more rocks, less trail, more rocks. Then Monday, I checked lug nut torque and air pressure on all 8 rims/tires, left Las Cruces around 10:00 am, and almost got all the way to Abeline. Then I felt a vibration, looked out my side mirror, and pieces were flying and a rim/tire was rolling beside my trailer down the interstate going 75! I slowly pulled over, hit the access road, and assessed the damage. All 5 wheel studs sheared from my trailer axle, sending my grease cap, lug nuts, sheared studs, and BRAND NEW TIRE :banghead: rolling down the road. Me and Melodye searched the side of the road, the median, the other side, and beyond for 45 minutes before Michael drove past and we gave up the search at 6:30 PM. I took off the hub, went to an Auto parts store in Abeline and got new studs, went back and installed them, slapped my spare tire on, and off we were again at 10:00 PM. I pulled over probably 5 times in 30 miles to double check everything, but got sleepy around 11:30 PM so we hit a hotel for the night and finished the trip Tuesday morning after calling into work. It was rough, but we made it safely, so can't complain too much.

This was a stand up group, and I'm glad to meet everyone. I was definitely excited that so many FSJ's showed up, and even big ones at that! Looking forward to next year. Thanks to Angel for the meals, Sambo for the tools and assistance, Hiemeken (sp?) for the hospitality and trail help, Michael for the organization/prizes/tools/fluids/etc, and everyone else that helped me with anything. Maybe next time I won't break one of your front U-joints Michael. :thumbsup:

Slick Willie
10-22-2008, 02:43 PM

Slick Willie
10-22-2008, 02:46 PM

Slick Willie
10-22-2008, 02:48 PM

Slick Willie
10-22-2008, 02:51 PM
Just for Michael:

10-22-2008, 04:51 PM
hmmmm, errrrr, yecht - OK, more determined to make the next one! :thumbsup:
That had to be a HOOT! <not you Tom>

10-22-2008, 08:24 PM
Me x2, But these boys look to tough for me:rolleyes: .

10-22-2008, 10:18 PM
Nice Pics! Sweet Rigs! Aggressive trails! Count me in! :)

10-24-2008, 05:32 PM
Google Earth View of our Sunday Run


10-26-2008, 09:06 AM
THANK YOU FOR THE PICS..... I wish I would have been able to make it, but after seeing the pics, I know I would not have been prepared. I guess I need to start building a true trail rig.....

10-26-2008, 11:11 AM
Hi Everyone!
Just got some internet time so I hopped on to see how everyone fared! Dusty and I made it back to Ft. Bliss without incedent. We both had an AWSOME time!! Thanks to all for bringing us along! We were both amazed and plesantly surprised to see our "junkers" can keep up (sorta! LOL) with the Big boys! My poor underbuilt Cherokee is inneed of a lil tlc but other than a rear body mount pulling through the rust...it survived!Need to put in my 44 w/4.10s real soon but i don't have the pesoes to re-gear the front...wonder if i can sell blood??:eek:
We put a lock-rite in the front of dusty's xj friday so im sure he will be flogging it more soon!
Anyone have an idea on the cost involved to do the shackle flip/ soa? what else is needed to make it work? Do you have to run a high steer setup? I think i need to plant a money tree!?!?!?!

10-27-2008, 04:31 AM
ted you mean its not falling out behind you??? lmao my kids think my $$ does:rolleyes:
tad would be the one to ask who was there as well;) cause offhand i am not sure what he charges...i just send business his way:thumbsup:

10-27-2008, 03:28 PM
Man I missed out. Jeep is pretty much done now though. Great pics, looks like you guys had a blast.

Slick Willie
10-28-2008, 02:58 PM
Google Earth View of our Sunday Run


Shew! What a day. :thumbsup:

11-04-2008, 06:14 PM
After all that carnage, i'm thinking i'm lucky my weak AT tire got ripped. OTOH, i'm thinkin' that i missed too much. There will be other times.

As said before: THANK YOU all who helped each other out! This was a great bunch of folks, i learned much. I should be here for next year's adventure, with better equipment, see what my wallet and talents can produce!

This was my first "wheel-in" so to speak...the bug is biting and won't let go...even in my recent dreams i am wheeling...sadly, i got some very good mud/OR used tires recently.

Everyone that went was super-awesome, the trail speaks for itself. sorry you lost a whole freakin trannie, McJeep, and both front axles, Mike (better than a diff, right?)...(sigh).

See you next year!

Ryan (dude in the wee Blazer)

11-04-2008, 06:34 PM
http://i478.photobucket.com/albums/rr143/firesnaketaurus/IMG_1535.jpgJaime flexin out

the crew waiting for GPS nav:

Slick Willie's encounter with MacGyver, day one:

Guadzillers mad RE flex: this is where his driver's side front tire folded his sheet metal body for him...and the tires didn't care!:

Mike, lookin at nuttin but sky:

Dusty, doin a wheel well check:

i have lots more, 300-some pics between the wife and i, i can dump a lot of pics here if you'd like me to...(must upload to the bucket first)

11-04-2008, 06:34 PM
server error <EOM>

11-04-2008, 07:45 PM
post em up lets see what we missed