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FJBRADY 09-06-2010 11:09 AM

Grizzly Lake 9/5/10
 
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If you read the Wells books this trail is under represented....hard trail. This first feature is a beast! Followed by a loose hill climb I had to engage the front locker to prevent death hop near the top. Worth the trip once you reach the top to view the lake.

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FJBRADY 09-06-2010 11:11 AM

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More pictures.

FJBRADY 09-06-2010 11:13 AM

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Few more pictures

FJBRADY 09-06-2010 11:15 AM

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RIP B Mule 2F

Trail jinks got it! It was mentioned at the lake that "so far no carnage". Those words will get you every time!

simps80 09-06-2010 01:00 PM

great pictures, looks like a real good time (other than the apparent loss-of-motorvation??)

thanks for posting!

RicardoJM 09-06-2010 02:23 PM

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Originally Posted by FJBRADY (Post 161314)
RIP B Mule 2F

:confused: -what happened?

FJBRADY 09-06-2010 02:43 PM

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Originally Posted by RicardoJM (Post 161327)
:confused: -what happened?

Mule came down over the rock in the last picture and by dumb luck the point of that rock hit the oil pan skid/drain plug creating a crack in the pan just below the plug leaking a good bit of oil. We managed to drain the oil, fix the crack with I believe was some type of gasket sealer and then will filled er up. No leaks, but either the oil pump was damaged or some of the goo from the gasket fixer up stuff clogged the pump causing an oil starved engine. Mule made it 5-8 miles before the dreaded bearing throw.....at least that's what I gathered at dinner with Dee and Randy.

Air Randy 09-06-2010 04:52 PM

Yep, it was knocking pretty bad when I loaded it on the trailer last night. Funny thing though, I started it this morning to unload it, fired right up with 40 psi pressure and no knocks. Actually drove it to Castle Rock & back, but on the way back the pressure started dropping and it started knocking again.

I'm dropping the pan today, Schlegs has another oil pan and oil pump I'm going to throw in it. I'll check the rod bearings too while I'm at it. Heck, this ol' thing may not be dead just yet.

But I'm going to have to give in pretty soon and stick the new motor in it.:hill:

Jacket 09-06-2010 08:04 PM

Never been up there - looks like a fun trail. Bummer about the carnage.

Hulk 09-07-2010 12:55 AM

After running Iron Chest, everyone was ready for Grizzly Lake. The trail heads of the two trails are about 1/10 of a mile apart, so there was not much delay in getting on our second trail of the day.

Here are a few things about Grizzly Lake:
  • The big obstacle is a true gatekeeper. It's right at the beginning of the trail, and it's a doozie. Both Brady and I had to pull cable to get up.
  • Once you're past the obstacle, the rest of the trail isn't hard, but it's insanely rocky and bumpy. It's slow going even with coil springs. I can't imagine doing this trail in my 40.
  • Beautiful scenery and the lake is gorgeous.
Pics:

Kim takes the far left line up the obstacle and spanks it.
http://rustybrain.com/cruisers/2010/Grizzly-Lake-01.jpg

FJBrady goes up the middle...
http://rustybrain.com/cruisers/2010/Grizzly-Lake-02.jpg

Winch assist to get off the belly pan. Solid supporting evidence for bigger tires?
http://rustybrain.com/cruisers/2010/Grizzly-Lake-03.jpg

Randy drove Meanie up the obstacle with ease. Dee had a huge smile on her face the whole time.
http://rustybrain.com/cruisers/2010/Grizzly-Lake-04.jpg

I tried several lines with no success on any of them. Eventually, I was high centered over towards the right side.
http://rustybrain.com/cruisers/2010/Grizzly-Lake-05.jpg

Sliders and skid plates: worth every $.
http://rustybrain.com/cruisers/2010/Grizzly-Lake-06.jpg

At one point, I actually broke off part of the rock in my attempt to climb this sucker. Shortly after this, I winched up. My whale of an 80 required two 40s as anchors to drag my heavy butt up the obstacle. It was a wretched sound as the 80 scraped along the rock.
http://rustybrain.com/cruisers/2010/Grizzly-Lake-07.jpg

Here's Grizzly Lake, the end of the trail.
http://rustybrain.com/cruisers/2010/Grizzly-Lake-08.jpg

Looking back from the lake.
http://rustybrain.com/cruisers/2010/Grizzly-Lake-09.jpg

Scenery on the way back down.
http://rustybrain.com/cruisers/2010/Grizzly-Lake-10.jpg

Grizzly Lake is a great trail, but that first obstacle is a nightmare. This is not an appropriate run for most of the vehicles in our club currently, IMO.

We had a great day. After getting the Blue Mule patched up, our family headed south and went to Amica's in Salida for some pizza and microbrews. Thanks for a great day, Randy and Dee (and Nick and Kim)!


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