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Shark Bait
06-22-2008, 04:49 PM
All of us are off the 'Con, except Robbie who left after we did. A good time was had by all! :clap: Big Orange suffered major carnage. Broke all the knuckle studs on both sides. Driver's side Friday in camp and passenger's side today on Cadillac Hill coming out. Tied up exiting traffic for over an hour. Luckily Mudrak was on the spot. More and pictures to follow. :D

wesintl
06-22-2008, 07:47 PM
glad to hear everyone is out. sounds like a legendary trip!

RockRunner
06-22-2008, 10:45 PM
Let the pictures begin......................

Shark Bait
06-22-2008, 11:06 PM
60WAG will be your best bet for pictures first. He flew home this afternoon. The rest of us won't be home till Monday night.

ginericLC
06-23-2008, 08:25 AM
Wish I could have made it this year. It looks like from what I've seen on Pirate and Ih8mud that there was more damage this year than year's past. The whole idea that Cadillac Hill is the easy way out is a false premise.

MDH33
06-23-2008, 08:45 AM
Glad to hear you all had fun. Can't wait to see some pics and videos!

:thumb:

60wag
06-23-2008, 12:23 PM
Some pix from the trip:
1. Mike coming down a ledge.
2. Kevin hoping to avoid some body damage.
3. Matt taking his rig swimming.
4. Ken climbing some steps.
5. Jack guiding Tim through little rocks.

60wag
06-23-2008, 12:29 PM
More Pix:
1. Mark Algazy performing some carburator magic at the campsite.
2. Kevin Kuhn assisting with Chris's FIRST stud replacement project.
3. The Marauder's bar on Friday night.
4. Chris tackling Hatfield Hill after the carb and stud repair job.

60wag
06-23-2008, 12:47 PM
More pix:
1. Tim descending Big Sluice
2. Gary Kardum helping Chris with an alignment problem.
3. Dave headed toward Buck Island. This shot gives a good view of the scenery we had to suffer with.
4. A group pose of the rigs.
5. My new 4Runner.............................Yeah right.

wesintl
06-23-2008, 12:57 PM
Big Orange suffered major carnage. Broke all the knuckle studs on both sides. Driver's side Friday in camp and passenger's side today on Cadillac Hill coming out

Did you ever recheck the torque on them? Once they loosen up they shear.

Nice pics Bruce :cheers:

Red_Chili
06-23-2008, 01:10 PM
The Hot Setup. Torque to 110 ft./lbs.
(http://frontrangeoffroadfab.com/nfoscomm/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=26&products_id=44&osCsid=9b9519fdbf98ae9fb48e69b5addb1e39)

subzali
06-23-2008, 01:16 PM
Gary Kardum helping Chris with an alignment problem

:lmao:

Romer
06-23-2008, 01:33 PM
I got home about two hours ago. i'll post up some pictures latter. It was an awesome trip with an awesome group of people

Beater
06-23-2008, 01:44 PM
um, how do you shear ALL the knuckle studs?

nakman
06-23-2008, 01:46 PM
we're sitting at mom's café in salina. I left quite a bit of rare green paint on cadillac hill... pics will have to wait until home though.

be on the colorado connection, we'll be listening

timmbuck2
06-23-2008, 04:32 PM
we're sitting at mom's café in salina. I left quite a bit of rare green paint on cadillac hill... pics will have to wait until home though.

be on the colorado connection, we'll be listening

when you get home, the case of beer sitting next to your propane tank is from me....unless Martin stole it!

T

Romer
06-23-2008, 04:57 PM
I'll do more latter, but here is a group shot

It was an amazing trail, but not as amazing as the people I ran the trail with:beer:

ginericLC
06-23-2008, 07:19 PM
That is so cool that you were able to get such a big group together to go. I remember last year I ran into Dave Brown at the Rubithon and he said that he hoped to have a big group come up next year. I'm going to try to make it next year, either that or Cruise Moab. I was hoping for SnT this fall but I figured it out and it would be like $650 per day to go. I can only go for a couple of days and the travel time and fuel just don't make it cost effective. I flew down for the TTR event in TX in January and that is most likely the only TLCA event I'll make it to this year. But I'm happy dad again. He's 5 weeks already. By next year at CM he'll be ready to hit the trails down there.

Romer
06-23-2008, 07:48 PM
Here is one of me on the way to Buck, Tim through the water, Cheeseman making it look easy, Matt Farr getting ready to go Down and Knuckles . . . I mean Chris before any breakage happened making this line look easy

Romer
06-23-2008, 07:55 PM
Tim and Mike in front on the way out on Cadillac Hill

Uncle Ben

Dave

I have plenty of video of Dave and Dan and we plan on doing a group video with everybodies inputs.

Rzeppa
06-23-2008, 08:19 PM
Looks like it was an awesome time! Thanks for the pix, and keep 'em coming!

Romer
06-23-2008, 09:35 PM
We will be combing video and pictures to make a DVD of this trip.

Which version of Matt having fun should we include, how about both Wait till you see the Canadian Cannonball :D


Matt's splash (http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/Romer/matt.wmv)

or

Matt's Rock (http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/Romer/Matt Wheeling.wmv)

Uncle Ben
06-23-2008, 11:46 PM
Just got home about 1/2 hour ago. 16 hour drive today! Awesome trip and I'll be beaming from ear to ear for a while especially when I tell folks I'm with Rising Sun! "We went....we saw....we took it on....we ate....we played....we laughed....we swatted ('skeeters)....we KICKED BUTT like we always do!" :thumb::thumb::thumb::blah::cool::bowdown::risingsun:

treerootCO
06-24-2008, 12:00 AM
Simply amazing trip and trail! Thank you everyone and thank you Kevin for allowing me to tag along. This is a trip I will never forget.

click for high resolution version ;) (http://www.root45.com/upload/DSCF5026)

Uncle Ben
06-24-2008, 12:13 AM
Simply amazing trip and trail! Thank you everyone and thank you Kevin for allowing me to tag along. This is a trip I will never forget.

Your very welcome! Nice having the best spotter and great friend right besides you all the way!

Just is case someones wondering.... the trip from my drive way back to my driveways was 2656 miles! :eek: That is a lot of Premium Fuel! :banghead:

bigbluefj
06-24-2008, 07:23 AM
http://www.pirate4x4.com/trailreports/rubithon08/index.php


nice right up on the rubithon.

Beater
06-24-2008, 07:46 AM
wow - did anyone go say hi to my sister nancy at the apple cafe?

Tch2fly
06-24-2008, 11:43 AM
Some pix from the trip:
1. Mike coming down a ledge.
http://risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/attachment.php?attachmentid=9454&stc=1&d=1214241624

Nice pics, but that isn't my truck .... didn't have time to get CA vanity lic plates :lmao:

wesintl
06-24-2008, 12:20 PM
lol.. that's alvero :D

60wag
06-24-2008, 01:29 PM
Right you are. Its the dark fender flares and the snorkel that through me off.

Rock Dog
06-24-2008, 06:30 PM
For those of you who missed it, it was an AWSOME time with a GREAT bunch of people. And similiar to how a picture never really illustrates what an obsticle is REALLY like, words cannot express how cool it was to hang out with this group for almost a week in the wilderness.

I thank you all for allowing me to attend !

Cheers,
Neil.

Rock Dog
06-24-2008, 06:36 PM
Nolen's trail report is also pretty cool !
But i would have liked to see some moe wheeling pics.....

nakman
06-24-2008, 10:26 PM
Non-wheeling pics, you ask? :D

Shark Bait
06-25-2008, 12:34 AM
Okay. Here's one where I'm not broken. :D

Shark Bait
06-25-2008, 12:36 AM
We sent this guy to Kevin's house in Calgary. :lmao:

Shark Bait
06-25-2008, 12:38 AM
Tow job. :rolleyes:

rover67
06-25-2008, 09:12 AM
Looks like a helluva time guys! Glad evberybody had fun!!!

Thanks for posting pics and stories!!!

bigbluefj
06-25-2008, 09:42 AM
here's a few to prove that Chirs had a good time also...

Hulk
06-25-2008, 11:39 AM
Matt's splash (http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/Romer/matt.wmv)


That just cracked me up!

"Drop!!"


:lmao:

bigbluefj
06-25-2008, 04:55 PM
here's on of rachel and romer

Convert
06-25-2008, 09:56 PM
Made it home post up some pics tomorrow. Great group to wheel and camp with :risingsun Dad said thanks and Hi to everyone :thumb:

Hulk
06-26-2008, 11:39 AM
RS Rubithon attendees: Please look at this this thread (http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/showthread.php?t=7493) in the members only section to talk about an article & photos for TT. Thank you!

Uncle Ben
06-26-2008, 11:43 AM
RS Rubithon attendees: Please look at this this thread (http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/showthread.php?t=7493) in the members only section to talk about an article & photos for TT. Thank you!

Matt, I will upload all my raw pix to 2 CD's....one for you and one for Romers Vid. I'll give them to you at the meeting next week.

mtncrsr
06-27-2008, 08:40 AM
RS Rubithon attendees: Please look at this this thread (http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/showthread.php?t=7493) in the members only section to talk about an article & photos for TT. Thank you!

Not being a member I cannot access the thread. Though you probably have enough good input without my two cents

DaveInDenver
06-27-2008, 08:56 AM
Not being a member I cannot access the thread. Though you probably have enough good input without my two cents
If you want anything specific mentioned, please hit me (or anyone really) with a PM. Matt just doesn't want ideas and photos in the public domain before Trails is published. You had a good Rubithon, no damage and all that, so I'm sure you have plenty of good perspective to add!

Romer
06-27-2008, 09:07 AM
Not being a member I cannot access the thread. Though you probably have enough good input without my two cents

Since you have been to a meeting and an event you are eligible for membership. If you cant make it to next weeks meeting, let us know if your interested and we will vote you in and then you will have a chance to see everything before it gets finalized.

Uncle Ben
06-27-2008, 11:33 AM
Since you have been to a meeting and an event you are eligible for membership. If you cant make it to next weeks meeting, let us know if your interested and we will vote you in and then you will have a chance to see everything before it gets finalized.

All in favor of taken Loren's money....."ay!" :thumb: ;)

Hulk
06-27-2008, 11:45 AM
Aye!!!!!!!!

corsair23
06-27-2008, 12:30 PM
All in favor of taken Loren's money....."ay!" :thumb: ;)


Definite Aye!! :thumb:

Romer
06-27-2008, 12:33 PM
aye

DaveInDenver
06-27-2008, 12:35 PM
Loren gets two enthusiastic thumbs up from me.

Tch2fly
06-27-2008, 12:40 PM
Aye:thumb:

Shark Bait
06-27-2008, 12:48 PM
Aye.

Red_Chili
06-27-2008, 03:06 PM
'Sláinte!!

Wait, what?

Convert
06-27-2008, 04:30 PM
All in favor of taken Loren's money....."ay!" :thumb: ;)

AYE :thumb::thumb:

Tch2fly
06-28-2008, 12:38 PM
Found this great pic of Romer's truck on the FJCruiser forums

Caribou Sandstorm
06-28-2008, 11:01 PM
Not sure if you all saw my message about all the pics available on the FJCruiser forums. Lots of you all.

Romer
06-29-2008, 02:14 AM
Found this great pic of Romer's truck on the FJCruiser forums

That is a great pic. I'd like to get the high res of that. You have a link?

Thanks Mike.

Caribou Sandstorm
06-29-2008, 09:22 AM
I posted the links for you all on Dave's Rubithon carnage thread.

lots of Rising sun photos, I also have a couple at ChrisSandstormfj.smugmug.com

Ther FJ cruiser forum thread is found in the Trail reports/Photo section/GPS coordinates category, go to the "Rubithon WOW" thread.

Also Woody has a giant collection on his IH8mud website.

My post in the Rubithon Wow thread has the links also.

Romer
06-29-2008, 01:42 PM
It was Sol with the cool FJ who took the photo, he e-mailed me the originals.

I might get a large size for my office wall of that

DaveInDenver
07-04-2008, 08:36 AM
From the Jeff Z. collection, some of Imelda the IFS Master.

9617
Check out the IFS flex! In all seriousness, can't complain 'bout that with 25mm Sway-A-Way bars and no winch yet, eh? Right wheel is max down travel and the left wheel has another inch or so to the bump stop. I need the weight of an M8000!

9618
Nice wheel stuff and this is the 'good' side (the right side was the pack with the broken leaf). Don't think they'll stuff like that with OME heavy packs, but then again they probably won't explode on the trail either. :-)

9622
Sitting on pins and needles watching that water line. Don't get any deeper, don't get any deeper... Intake is behind my left headlight, so I was fine.

9620
Gas Can Hill. This is where all the learning from day 1 flew right out the window and my brain kept pulling my left foot off the floor and onto the clutch. :doh:

9621
Getting some help coming down Big Sluice. I'd already bumped the WilderNest, so Neil was keeping a closer eye on me through here.

Jacket
07-04-2008, 09:41 AM
No kidding Dave - that is some pretty nice flex for IFS!

Shark Bait
07-04-2008, 10:12 AM
Here I am limping across the finish line. Photo courtesy of the Trail Teams.

DaveInDenver
07-05-2008, 11:45 AM
Trip Write-up (http://www.armbrusterweb.com/tripsfolder/longtripsfolder/rubithon08folder/rubithon08page.html)

http://www.armbrusterweb.com/tripsfolder/longtripsfolder/rubithon08folder/files/page75_7.jpg
Nakman in Reno!

http://www.armbrusterweb.com/tripsfolder/longtripsfolder/rubithon08folder/files/page75_13.jpg
Top of Big Sluice. Same upper line as the 80s took, but I squeezed through without nearly as much passenger's climbing. You can see their tire tread marks on the dirt to my right.

The whole trail, it was pretty amazing following the 80s how being just a few inches narrower made such a difference. Very rarely where an 80 might touch or have a wheel climb did I touch or get too unbalanced. My turning radius forced me to do an extra multi-point turn here or there where a Cruiser didn't, though. It's pretty obvious that a regular cab mini truck or 4Runner is ideal for the trail (i.e. Cheeseman took hard lines even, no drama).


http://www.armbrusterweb.com/tripsfolder/longtripsfolder/rubithon08folder/files/page75_15.jpg
Coming through Big Sluice. Check the flex. :-)

This is right before my sketchy tire placement became obvious. Steve had already backed me up and moved me over. Looking at the photos now I see the way I needed to be. Hindsight is 20/20, eh? Too high on the right and I needed to turn left more into the wall before dropping.


http://www.armbrusterweb.com/tripsfolder/longtripsfolder/rubithon08folder/files/page75_16.jpg
About 2 feet later. Dropped the driver's tire and the truck tipped right into the wall. :doh:

One of only two times that I found IFS to be less than ideal. With a solid axle I might not have tipped the body as much I guess. But hard to say, though. I only run 2" springs and stock-ish front end with 1.5" of lift and 33" tires. I have ball joint spacers with relaxed springs and stock rubber upper bump stops, the ride height is exactly equivalent to fully cranked stock torsion bars with about an extra inch or so of wheel travel. Running a similar sort of lift & tires even on leafs might have leaned over almost as much. The ledge where your left front drops was pretty tall. Shrug.

Uncle Ben
08-14-2008, 09:25 AM
'Nuther Rubithon Vid (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vlHlaQGarI) from Pablo...

Cruiserdrew
09-25-2008, 11:44 PM
So are you guys coming back in 2009? I think Chris' orange 40 needs some closure and Romer needs a few dents. I'm hoping you'll come back and camp with us, wheel and hang out.

If it's a quid pro quo thing, assuming gas is under $5 per gallon, we'll likely be at Cruise Moab.

:cheers:

Shark Bait
09-25-2008, 11:58 PM
So are you guys coming back in 2009? I think Chris' orange 40 needs some closure and Romer needs a few dents. I'm hoping you'll come back and camp with us, wheel and hang out.

If it's a quid pro quo thing, assuming gas is under $5 per gallon, we'll likely be at Cruise Moab.

:cheers:

I definitely want another crack at that trail with a vehicle that performs better. :p: Not sure if 2009 is the year, though. :confused:

Uncle Ben
09-26-2008, 12:09 AM
So are you guys coming back in 2009? I think Chris' orange 40 needs some closure and Romer needs a few dents. I'm hoping you'll come back and camp with us, wheel and hang out.

If it's a quid pro quo thing, assuming gas is under $5 per gallon, we'll likely be at Cruise Moab.

:cheers:

We actually thought we would do the group trip somewhere different every year. BHCC has come up in discussion. Maybe NorCal/RS should invade the Black Hills together! We seem to mesh quite well and I have no doubt we can garther more attention than the Minnesotans that frequent the Black Hills! :thumb::thumb:

Cruiserdrew
09-26-2008, 09:26 AM
Considering I used to live in Minnesota, I really don't have any interest in wheeling there. Plus it's really far from the West Coast-3 days minimum each way. I am considering making Moab a 2 week adventure this year, but have not decided yet.

There is always Dusy-Ershim for you guys to shoot for, but it would have to be a small group. More than about 4 -5 trucks becomes unmanagable pretty quickly.

Something to consider would be Rubicon followed immediately by Fordyce Creek, but I'm not sure the 80s are a good idea on that trail. It's as challenging as Rubicon, and maybe more so.

Romer
09-26-2008, 10:10 AM
Andy,
Maybe you guys should schedule some time in Colorado and we could put together something that would wet your appetiitie.

Uncle Ben
09-26-2008, 11:33 AM
Considering I used to live in Minnesota, I really don't have any interest in wheeling there. Plus it's really far from the West Coast-3 days minimum each way. I am considering making Moab a 2 week adventure this year, but have not decided yet.

There is always Dusy-Ershim for you guys to shoot for, but it would have to be a small group. More than about 4 -5 trucks becomes unmanagable pretty quickly.

Something to consider would be Rubicon followed immediately by Fordyce Creek, but I'm not sure the 80s are a good idea on that trail. It's as challenging as Rubicon, and maybe more so.

You could easily get to the Black Hills in two days! I referred to Minnesotans as they are usually the heaviest representation of non South Dakota wheelers at the event.

I would love to run Fordyce and Dusy/Ershim as I haven't run either before. Several of us that drive 80's have 40's also so rocks just don't scare us much!

What ever the destination it seems NorCal and RS have a lot of similar style so we definitely need to get together more often! Oh, and don't forget to bring the boat! :lmao::lmao::lmao:;)

Uncle Ben
09-26-2008, 11:34 AM
andy,
Maybe You Guys Should Schedule Some Time In Colorado And We Could Put Together Something That Would Wet Your Appetiitie.

werd!

Caribou Sandstorm
09-27-2008, 11:18 PM
I have the hall pass locked for next year Rubi!

Tch2fly
10-01-2009, 09:18 PM
Bump for stroll down memory lane :)

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that was a kick in the a$$ :D