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Old 06-24-2008, 10:01 PM
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Need some 'splanations with the pictures - looks like Dave did something that involved his rear wheel and Wildernest, saw Nakman and Romer, what happened to the Pig? Saw Hatfield's knuckles in those pics, did Uncle Ben have any damage? 'Ceptin' the windshield wiper blade? And how did THAT happen?
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Old 06-24-2008, 10:50 PM
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Way to go Ken, your rigs starting to look like mine. It's funny. All your damage seems so familiar too me.

Bot it looks like a great trail with plenty of big rocks requiring technical driving. It makes me really want to tun that trail. I would want a front locker though. Does Dave have a front locker? It looks like he did well.
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Old 06-24-2008, 10:58 PM
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Don't have a whole lot of carnage pics.

We blew out a trailer tire in Evanston, WY on the way out. Bought two new tires in Elko, NV.
My carburetor wasn't working well to start with. Had it rebuilt by Mark Algazy in camp.
I started with a squealing alternator belt. Replaced it after two days of wheeling.
Swing out spare tire carrier cracked my rear bumper in two places. Had it welded up by a passer by before I even left the staging area.
Bent my DS slider on the first day.
Sheared off DS knuckle studs on Friday, in camp. Everyone pitched in to fix it. Parts appeared almost magically.
Ran the battery down using my Engel fridge for two days without starting my cruiser.
Sheared off all my PS knuckle studs Sunday on Cadillac Hill. Right in front of Mudrak, who had another set of studs for me. We re-used one of the knuckle bearings we'd replaced from the DS repair on Friday.
Something happened in the rear diff going up Cadillac Hill. I no longer have rear wheel drive without the ARB locker engaged.
The carburetor is plugged up and running rich again.
I have a loud "thumping" or "clicking" sound. Not sure if it's the rear axle or the front. We may have left a couple of roller bearings in the Birf during the fix on Cadillac Hill, or it's one of the rear axles/locker.
Tow vehicle engine idler pulley siezed approximately 10 miles west of Rawlins, WY. Towed to Laramie and repaired Tuesday.
Noticed when I got home my FJ40 rear bumper is failing again.
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Old 06-25-2008, 12:27 AM
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I have a couple blisters on my toes, a dozen or so mosquito bites (those things were downright vicious), and I lost FJ Cruiser boonie hat UB gave me ...Does that count?

Matt was wise and kept me away from driving his rig other than on paved roads, otherwise the carnage could have been MUCH worse
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and I lost FJ Cruiser boonie hat UB gave me ...Does that count?
I think it ended up in my 40. I'll get it to you, Jeff.
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Old 06-25-2008, 07:30 AM
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Chris, that sucks man.

BTW, if you can drive with the rear locker turned on, but cannot drive when it isn't, pretty likely that you have a broken axle.

The locker on is giving you power to the good side, but with it off, all your power is going to the busted shaft, since that is the path of least resistance.

Probably also the source of the thumping/clicking noise.
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Old 06-25-2008, 07:46 AM
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WOW Chris,
I guess you were the green mile rig, sucking in all the bad JU-JU for everyone ! I was really bummed for you when you're studs sheared off on Cadillac. I only got 13 needle bearings out before you're magnet broke, so that may be part of what that sound is :confused.
I have over half the parts, including harness, if you decide to toss the carb and go TBI. You'll be glad you did.
Great trail, great people. We can't wait for next year !
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Old 06-25-2008, 08:26 AM
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Fortunately the damage was fairly light for me. I lost one of the spring loaded metal tie downs for my cooler and I have some scrapes along the bottom of my new skid plate. Going high around the big rock as you dropped into the big sluice brought terrible metal scraping sounds but it turned out that it was only my exhaust pipe tip scraping the rock. The real bummer was that my wool blanket that I used for keeping my ice chest cooler grew legs and walked off. I don't know if I can find a replacement for that. I will however be upgrading my small pattern steering knuckles to the large pattern after seeing Chris having so many problems with his.
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Need some 'splanations with the pictures - looks like Dave did something that involved his rear wheel and Wildernest, saw Nakman and Romer, what happened to the Pig? Saw Hatfield's knuckles in those pics, did Uncle Ben have any damage? 'Ceptin' the windshield wiper blade? And how did THAT happen?
WW took a hit from a full water can that escaped it's bondage and hopped onto the hood to holler at me about oppression. The wiper actually was not damaged as onl;y the hold down nut loosened. As far as sheet metal damage I am clean with the exception of a slight scrape and tiny dent next to my drivers side rear broken tail light. Total driver error! Backed into a rock trying to set up a line for the next obstacle at the beginning of Big Sluce. Three of four flares have rash although the passenger side rear took a pretty hard hit on Cadillac Hill same place as everyone elses damage in that area. That I have to call as spotter error as the kid assigned to that spot had no clue about wagon lines! Next obstacle was gonna be the same but I rebelled and Kardum showed up and backed me up with a spotter overide and allowed me to show the spotter what line we would need to take. Sliders did their jobs well as did all my armor. I achieve my purpose and severly bent the proto type belly pan but it did hold for the most part and save my T-case. Haven't had a chance to up load pix yet but did get the truck cleaned from top to bottom after getting it unloaded. Pix to follow very soon! :
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Managed to de-attach my rear swaybar.
Some scrapes to rear fender flares.
Scraped some paint right where the tail light starts on the right rear.
Bent the outriggers on both my sliders in a significant way.

Pictures to follow.
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