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Old 04-27-2013, 11:19 PM   #61
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skjeeper, will your group be running FB5?

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skjeeper, will your group be running FB5?
Maybe the first section but probably not since I will have the newbies with me.

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We will meet you guys at Rodgers camp, we would be driving back wards to go into north plains. We will unload and be ready when you guys get there.
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We will meet you guys at Rodgers camp, we would be driving back wards to go into north plains. We will unload and be ready when you guys get there.

My group was planning on entering at the Jordan Creek entrance. I will see what people want to do at the Chevron that AM. We might be able to stop by the Rogers Camp lot and split up into the groups. Should be there a little bit after 9AM. See you then.

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Looking forward to pics! Hopefully you guys will organize a Saturday run soon!
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Old 04-28-2013, 09:05 PM   #66
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Thanks for a great time. Jeep is all better. See you all next time.
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Old 04-28-2013, 11:15 PM   #67
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Had a great time, sorry for those who broke down and sorry it took me a while to get back up and running even though I was "leading". I forgot your name, but the gentleman that broke his axle on Rocky uphill, I think you grabbed my brother in law's shackle from his hitch. No biggie, but keep it around for the next time we see you up there. I hope you made it home ok. Thanks everyone, it was a fun day. Can't wait to see everyone's pics!
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No worries cmattp, looking forward to the next run. Mahalo for taking lead after I left, before Rocky Uphill.

There was another mishap after my Jeep's front axle u-joint failure? I was able to drive home on the u-joint, my caps finally flew off on hwy 6, about 3 miles right before Banks. I made it home with enough light to remove the bad u-joint and replace it with a 5-760x spare I had in my garage . It's sad that I didn't get to run Rocky Uphill, I was looking forward to it...

I'll post pics of everyone on Firebreak 5 and Hogs Back shortly.
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Old 04-28-2013, 11:32 PM   #69
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Glad you made it home bud

I hope everyone else was so lucky
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Jessie broke one of the ears off of his drivers axle on rocky uphill.

I've got a vid of someone attempting Can Opener.. Sorry I can't remember the name at the moment.

Can opener TSF 4/28/13 - YouTube
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heres the ones i got! thanks for the good time guys.
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:31 PM   #77
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4-28-13 TSF Run Highlights

So first off, I just wanted to say thanks to those who came out to play, and to IslandTJ and Cmattp for leading the groups. Unfortunately IslandTJ had to leave because of a small mechanical issue. But thanks to cmattp for getting everyone around and back to Rogers.
It turned out to be about 18 or so rigs, I lost the final tally, but it was about right with two groups. Some people did not show up, but I understand if they did not want to come because so many people had replied. As I said before, it isn't the first or last rodeo, so just keep your eyes on the forum and you will get out there soon enough.

Second, I don't think we could have been out on a better day, the sunshine was abundant, the air was cool and mostly dust-free, and the trails were not that busy. Simply put, the day was FANTASTIC for wheeling!

Third, I think (and hope) my group, the newbies and intermediates had fun. We came in on the west end, took most of Archers. We started the day on the Archers Hill Climb which was the most "technical" section of the morning. Some did it, some did not and we made our way to Rock Garden for the same thing. Eventually we stopped at Can Opener and watched a Yota' Truggy crawl through and had lunch. We stopped by the south part of Rocky Uphill and met up with IslandTJ and Cmattp's group. Said hello there, shook hands and drifted to Hoodraiser and then the first section of Firebreak 5. Some did it, some did not, no one was pressured to do it. Finally we ended on Cedar Tree and came out by the Quarry. Some people left, but some wanted to stay and play one last time with all the sunshine, so we took powerline east to west and then came back and ended the day at the Rogers parking lot. From there we finally called it a day and headed home. What a beautiful day indeed.
Our group did not have many mechanical hijinks. Everyone who kept out of the black trails did not have any damage of any kind, maybe the desperate need for a car wash, but nothing more. For those of us who did Firebreak 5 and Rock Garden, we had one sway bar disconnect with a "twist", and one nerf bar dent, but that's it. Since I had the newbies and intermediates, I did my best to find something for everyone, and I think we found it, along with the weather.

I look forward to seeing the pics/video, and I look forward to wheeling with more of you in the future. In the meanwhile, keep the pics coming and keep it real!

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Old 04-29-2013, 03:11 PM   #78
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I tracked our journey via Google Maps.... Below are the tracks.

Before Lunch (mostly Archers): TSF Archers 28-April - Google Maps

After Lunch (Hoodraiser, Firebreak5, Cedars, Powerline): TSF Hoodraiser, Firebreak5, Cedar Tree 28-April - Google Maps

Thanks to Shane for leading - it was a wonderful day to be outside!
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Old 04-29-2013, 03:41 PM   #79
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Looking forward to pics! Hopefully you guys will organize a Saturday run soon!
Yeah, I will try, I honestly didn't think there was a big difference between going on Saturday vs. Sunday, but now I will keep it in mind. Sorry about that.

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Since the Jeep is mine, I allowed my husband to drive yesterday as his birthday gift. He/we had a blast! On the way home we were discussing the fact that as a newbie I would have freaked the hell out trying to drive thru some of the stuff we went thru with the "newbie" group. He corrected me and said it was "beginner/intermediate", not "newbie"..... so, I am still a newbie driver but I am definitely an intermediate passenger now! As for the major stuff like the second half of Firebreak 5 and that insane hill climb of Archers, it's my daily driver and my baby and I just couldn't allow her to be put thru that. However, it was just as cool to watch other people do it. Kudos for those that attempted and made it. I am impressed!

I took a bunch of pictures and will be able to blur out license plates and get them uploaded soon.

I want to thank Shane (skjeeper) for a fantastic day of wheeling. We have never been to TSF and that was an amazing tour. The only thing I would have wanted more of was mud puddles, but we made due with what was there Jolene went from being black to being brown in no time at all! Thank you for the opportunity for all the smiles and laughter we had yesterday. It was awesome.
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What a wonderful day of wheeling & great weather! Thanks SKJeeper you did a very good job leading the pack with a good mix of trails and keeping us moving all day. I had a blast, got me out of my comfort zone and I needed that.
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Rusty1 making it look easy - YouTube

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Old 04-29-2013, 10:39 PM   #83
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Shane, thanks for hosting an awesome day on the trails, the weather and people could not have been better, had a great time.
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:56 PM   #84
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Matt, I do have an extra shackle. Ill keep it in there for next time. Thanks to everyone who helped me pop my winching cherry, and helped me out of there. Made it home on the Broken axle shaft just fine. Great day all in all. Looking forward to next time !

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As everyone knows, my driver's front axle u-joint went out on me, right before Rocky Uphill. During my limp home, I lost the caps. Lucky for me I had a spare 5-760x u-joint in my garage. I was able to remove the bad joint and install the new one yesterday afternoon, 4/28. Today 4/29, during lunch - as I was driving to pick up my wife, I heard a knocking noise. first thing I thought, was that my newly installed joint was jacked. Upon inspection, the joint looked ok. So I inspected the passenger's side and the u-joint was missing a cap . So after lunch, I stopped by the parts shop and bought a replacement joint. I just managed to get the new passenger joint installed, just before today's daylight disappeared. It looks like my outer shaft yoke was damaged by the u-joint's trunnion - because of the missing cap. I had to file the metal gouges messed up by the bad joint and the yoke holes looked somewhat elongated. this made it difficult to reinstall the new joint but I forced it in (still need to drive to work tomorrow). I don't know how long the outer shaft will last, but I may need to get an entire shaft replacement assembly down the road...
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I got Dad's pics uploaded. See if this slideshow works.

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As everyone knows, my driver's front axle u-joint went out on me, right before Rocky Uphill. During my limp home, I lost the caps. Lucky for me I had a spare 5-760x u-joint in my garage. I was able to remove the bad joint and install the new one yesterday afternoon, 4/28. Today 4/29, during lunch - as I was driving to pick up my wife, I heard a knocking noise. first thing I thought, was that my newly installed joint was jacked. Upon inspection, the joint looked ok. So I inspected the passenger's side and the u-joint was missing a cap . So after lunch, I stopped by the parts shop and bought a replacement joint. I just managed to get the new passenger joint installed, just before today's daylight disappeared. It looks like my outer shaft yoke was damaged by the u-joint's trunnion - because of the missing cap. I had to file the metal gouges messed up by the bad joint and the yoke holes looked somewhat elongated. this made it difficult to reinstall the new joint but I forced it in (still need to drive to work tomorrow). I don't know how long the outer shaft will last, but I may need to get an entire shaft replacement assembly down the road...
That really sux Island, of course there are always "Man I should have done this, should have done that". But really, when I pulled my front Dana 30 and rear 35, I should have kept them instead of throwing them away. I could have given you the whole assembly- axle, shafts, brakes, and all for free. Sorry man. That's a real let down to me, esp. when a great guy like yourself could have used them. I just thought with the JK now out, these things will sit in my garage forever and no one wants em'. Of course, hindsight is always 20/20, sorry man.
Good thing you made it home safely though. From Jesse.lewis's photo/post, it looks like he doesn't even have a yoke hole to put the U-joint in, so it could be worse. Luckily that's not too hard to fix either, just costs you a wee bit more

See you fellas on the next run-
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I got Dad's pics uploaded. See if this slideshow works.

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Those are some cool pics. Is that first one by Little Rubicon? I am sure my group will be posting pics as well, but since we were mostly green/blue trails, they may be too "tame" by comparison. We saw a bunch of Nissan X-terras by the base of HogsBack, probably their forum run. We probably could have started a brawl and got some cool pics that way. Just kidding fellas, they seemed like good people. Either way, it looks like both groups had a great time, mechanical hijinks or not. For me, the real coolness factor, besides crawling over rocks, it watching other people have fun and doing it safe/responsibly. Ergo, the reason why I posted the run to begin with, and great it played out that way too.

Looking at the photos of Jesse.lewis winching out on Rocky Uphill in your slideshow, it looks like his back wheels fell into the same hole my back wheels did last weekend when we were out there on the 21st. Only that time not everyone looked as "chipper" since the mud was like oatmeal and we were all getting rained on standing around/spotting and covered in mud. Just like you, I had to winch out too, even used the same tree you did in that photo. What a coincidence

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Heres a good amount of the 110 pictures I took, Ill try and get atleast one of everyone. I dont know anyones names so just chime in!

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