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xodeuce
01-16-2011, 09:10 PM
Just put in my registration today, and looking forward to it!

I'll be wheeling my (currently stock...) Taco for the first time, and will be doing some prep before hand getting the truck ready. A deadline should help me get the lift and tires done with plenty of time to spare. No more putting it off.

Registered for Chicken Corners, Sevenmile Rim, and Fins and Things. Also talked a buddy of mine from Dallas into caravaning along for the ride in his 4runner.

All that said, I know there's the list of stuff on the CM website that is required and recommended. Anything that's not on the list that's a good idea?

Cheers!
-Keith
:beer:

RockRunner
01-16-2011, 09:34 PM
Water, Water, Water, Water and clothing for winter and a very warm spring day 80*+

There are so many things you can bring along that it can get confusing. There will be others that can tell you what you need, read it all and decide what you need.

Hulk
01-16-2011, 11:33 PM
Bring a camera.

Romer
01-16-2011, 11:55 PM
Buy your liquor before you cross into Utah

xodeuce
01-17-2011, 05:11 PM
Upon watching a bunch of youtube vids, is a 2.5-3" lift on a 2nd gen Tacoma + 285's going to be enough to get around some of the stuff on Fins'n'Things and Seven Mile Rim, or do some of the obstacles have bypasses?

Air Randy
01-17-2011, 07:56 PM
Seems like the area most prone to damage on any relatively stock vehicle is the rocker panels. Even with bigger tires the longer wheelbase makes them vulnerable. Removing stock running boards (if you have them) and installing a good heavy set of sliders is usually a good idea.

A winch is always nice to have but not mandatory except on some of the higher rated trails. A high lift jack is a good thing to have too.

Jacket
01-17-2011, 08:01 PM
Agreed on the sliders. Tacomas have a long wheel base, so I'd make rocker protection a top priority.

RockRunner
01-17-2011, 08:02 PM
You WILL scrape your rear bumper on some of those runs for sure. It all depends on your line, spotter and right foot. A skilled driver can can do those with no to very minimal damage.

Jacket
01-17-2011, 08:09 PM
^ Yea, that's true as well. If you have a hitch installed, it will protect you on most ledges.

RockRunner
01-17-2011, 10:19 PM
^ Yea, that's true as well. If you have a hitch installed, it will protect you on most ledges.

Good point, get a straight hitch and it will help. Just be careful when you make turns going down ledges.

xodeuce
01-17-2011, 10:30 PM
Good point, get a straight hitch and it will help. Just be careful when you make turns going down ledges.

Was thinking about a receiver shackle. Would that be sufficient, and provide a recovery point, or should I just leave a straight ball in for most of the time and keep the shackle in the truck?

FJBRADY
01-18-2011, 07:50 AM
Was thinking about a receiver shackle. Would that be sufficient, and provide a recovery point,

Yes.

Corbet
01-18-2011, 09:11 AM
A receiver hitch will do a good job of protecting your rear end on the trails you registered for. Pretty much all the ledges and steep climbs you'll see are straight on but it will be a little weird until you get used to the sound of steel scraping the rock especially on Fins and Things were really steep climbs on and off of rock formations are the norm. Leave the receiver empty while wheeling.

Don't worry about it you'll really enjoy that one.

I agree you'll want some rocker protection.

Otherwise be able to carry at least one gallon of water per passenger in your truck per day. Weather can go either way. Make sure you have good shoes, leather work gloves and a rain jacket on the trail. Double check your truck against the requirements posted.

And if you bring adult beverages into Utah keep them out of sight in the case of a traffic violation. Don't want a 2nd ticket. You can buy when you get there but its a PITA and expensive.

If you are planning to camp at Slick Rock Campground you'll want to get your reservations in pretty soon. It does fill up.

xodeuce
01-18-2011, 05:04 PM
Booked the tent site at Slick Rock yesterday.

Thanks for all the tips everyone!

Corbet
01-18-2011, 07:40 PM
What site number?

xodeuce
01-18-2011, 07:45 PM
What site number?

112, next door to Marco.

TX4Runner
01-18-2011, 08:01 PM
I am the other new guy traveling with xodeuce to Moab. Thanks for the tips... I think sliders are next on my list. Also going to re-route my exhaust out the side for a better departure angle. The stock location out the back is likely to get crushed before I drag on my hitch.

Really looking forward to this trip.

Corbet
01-18-2011, 08:09 PM
I crush the tailpipe on my 80 regularly and open it back up with a channel lock. After I get rid of the OEM bumper I need to do the same.

xodeuce
03-17-2011, 08:59 PM
Thanks for all the tips. I installed the lift this past weekend, sliders are on as of yesterday, skids should be in soon, and there's a set of BFG 285/75/16's waiting in my basement as soon as the alignment is all set.

I wish we were leaving next week!

rover67
03-17-2011, 09:06 PM
post a picture!!!!!!!

xodeuce
03-17-2011, 09:22 PM
post a picture!!!!!!!

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5177/5521275737_81ae5402cb.jpg

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5260/5532952981_5354c1072f.jpg

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5299/5533533572_fe0204ed6f.jpg


Wheels and tires to come...

Edit... and here they are:
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5188/5554588204_2412a0c1c7_z.jpg

farnhamstj
03-26-2011, 08:05 PM
good work.

rover67
03-26-2011, 09:01 PM
Looks great man! Can't wait to see you in Moab!!

xodeuce
03-27-2011, 07:32 PM
Looks great man! Can't wait to see you in Moab!!

Thanks :)

I'm torn. I'm so ready for it to be here, but I've got a couple of weekends of work left to finish.

Inukshuk
03-27-2011, 09:11 PM
You'll love it. We ran 7-Mile last weekend. You'll have fun. Don't forget to air down. 15-18 PSI. Start at 18 and if you spin on the slickrock, drop a bit more. Also ran chicken corners. Again, a blast. A few rocks to play on and a great intro to Moab with mind altering scenery.

Rzeppa
03-29-2011, 11:12 AM
You'll love it. We ran 7-Mile last weekend. You'll have fun. Don't forget to air down. 15-18 PSI. Start at 18 and if you spin on the slickrock, drop a bit more. Also ran chicken corners. Again, a blast. A few rocks to play on and a great intro to Moab with mind altering scenery.

I still don't understand why more people don't sign up for Chicken Corner. I have led it a number of years and we always have a really small group. It is so beautiful though, I consider it to be like an e-hill that's closer to town!

Jacket
03-29-2011, 12:39 PM
Looks great! I love that color. Good luck with the axle shims - hope they do the trick for your vibes.

xodeuce
03-29-2011, 09:48 PM
Looks great! I love that color. Good luck with the axle shims - hope they do the trick for your vibes.

Thanks. I ordered the shims and the centering pin spacers this afternoon. Hopefully it will all be here before the weekend, and I can get it knocked out Sat or Sun. That's on the agenda along with bolting up my skids.

Edit: Shims worked like a champ. Thanks Matt!