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Old 11-25-2019, 08:03 PM   #451 (permalink)
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Nice update. Do you like your job? Sounds like you're doing fine out there.
Yeah, the job is great so far. It's definitely challenging since it's vastly different than what I did before. I'm really liking it out here so far and I'm looking forward to the winter to do some snow wheeling!

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Welcome to Washington lots of great spots out here. You will have a great time east of the mountains or over the border in Vancouver.


On my cutting brakes I have had good luck by cracking the lines at the cuttings brakes first then bleeding them at the calipers. I have noticed that a lot of companies have a bleeder valve on them know, you could probably take it apart and drill and tap for one on yours if it's a older one that doesn't have one.
Thanks!! I've heard there are some fun trails over the boarder. I suppose I need to get my passport.

So you cracked the lines loose at the cutting brakes then proceeded to bleed the brakes at the calipers?

Hmm, thats certainly an idea. I'd have to see how to retrofit a bleeder screw into them. Usually you shouldn't have to deal with too often but it seems my luck I would have to. haha
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Old 11-25-2019, 10:02 PM   #452 (permalink)
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So you cracked the lines loose at the cutting brakes then proceeded to bleed the brakes at the calipers?
Yes, first the in line then the two out lines, one at a time last the calipers. It's not bullet proof but it just takes about two times of bleeding it by the instructions after if I dont get it.
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Old 11-26-2019, 07:26 PM   #453 (permalink)
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That's good to hear. I hate working with brakes and I'm really fed up spending the past 2 weekends trying to get the air out of them.
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Old 11-27-2019, 08:57 PM   #454 (permalink)
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Welcome to the party! I moved up here from Crestview a few years ago, see you on the trails.
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Old 11-27-2019, 09:12 PM   #455 (permalink)
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Welcome to the party! I moved up here from Crestview a few years ago, see you on the trails.
Wow, what a small world. I moved here from Navarre and I've got a couple buddies that live in Renton that worked with me in FL.
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Old 02-13-2020, 08:11 PM   #456 (permalink)
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KOH2020 is in the bag and what a great time it was!!!!

I was able to wheel for 6 days and the only issues that I ran into were that I sheered 2 bolts that attach the driver front high steer arm to the backing plate for my portal box. Luckily I hit up Hammer town and the folks at McKenzie's Performance Products were SOOO awesome and gave me the 2 bolts that they had in their bin to get my rig going again! I was blown away that they'd do that for me since I wasn't a racer, just someone there to watch and wheel.

The other issue that I had was that I had a wire burn for my accessory switch. A little history about this switch, a few weeks ago while snow wheeling here in Washington, I had an issue with my accessory switch falling apart. The terminal actually came out of the switch body itself. So, now this happened and it seems to be a trend which means a relay is needed. So I wired up a relay (a very poor job wiring it up I might add because it was a trail fix to keep me wheeling and of course I'll rewire it properly). The relay should alleviate the amperage going through that switch.

We covered so much ground wheeling it was amazing. I'll admit, I was worried most of the time that I'd break something big but luckily I didn't but I also brought a ton of spare parts in case I did. I brought a spare front axle housing (for the inner and outer C's if they failed), a spare 3rd member as well as a spare inner long side shaft. And I loved the fact that I was able to beat on the rig pretty good without any real breakage!!!

But man did I go through some propane!! haha Which was a great thing because that meant I was wheeling! I brought 4 full 8 gallon tanks and I came home with probably 1/2 of 1 tank left.

Here are some pics from the trip.

Here my buddy Kyle's jeep buggy with the 4.0 and stock 5 spd but with an atlas. The treps started working great on his rig once they started to get broken in. They were brand new before this trip.



I believe this was at the top of Sled Hammer.









In the middle of the desert on one of the sand dunes where my buddy's yoke backed off his tcase. Dude had a bunch of issues/breakage but was able to fix em and keep wheeling like a champ!



I can't remember which trail this was at the top of, but it was a fun spot to play around on the rocks and had a good view.



On the way home is where things got interesting. While on the Mt Shasta pass which was only about a 6% grade but it went for about 7 miles, I had 2 rigs in tow on my trailer (grossing about 45k lbs) and as I was nearing the peak, the turbo blew and left us stranded on the side of the highway for a few hours while I waited for a tow.





We ended up unloading one rig and he drove it the rest of the trip home...which was about 8 hrs. My toter, rig and trailer were then towed (separately sadly...I say that because the tow company had to send out 2 trucks to tow me to their shop) to the big rig repair shop. They said the parts wouldn't be here until Monday-Wednesday so there was no point in waiting around, I had to be at work on Monday. I jumped in a buddy's RV and we finished the trip home.

Because I can't leave my rig and trailer in Northern Cali while I live in WA, after I got home, I got about 4 hrs of sleep then grabbed my Dodge and did a turn and burn to rescue my rig and trailer. It was a long drive but I made it home safely. My pups were champs being stuck in an RV and my truck for so much time.

My toter is still down in Northern Cali while I wait for them to replace the turbo, intercooler, and air filter. In trying to figure out why the turbo blew, my suspicion is that the air filter got clogged from camping in the desert and while on that pass, it was trying it's damnedest to get air flow and it sucked a piece of the filter into the compressor wheel and boom goes the turbo. This is just going off the pic of my broken compressor wheel. You can see some fabric stuck in there and there should be no way that would happen unless the filter came apart. When it happened, the turbo was making 28 psi of boost and the EGT's were around 1200-1300.

Once I get the word that the toter is fixed (which is gonna really hurt the wallet due to the tow, parts and labor), I'll get to go down to Northern Cali once more to rescue the toter.

But all in all, I had a blast at KOH!!
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Sounds like a great trip. (Except for end) The pics are fantastic. I'm very envious. Some day I'm riding those trails. (Probably not as tough as the ones you took)

Did you take any video?

I'm courious, why didn't you drive your rig along with your friend home? Do you not have it legal there? I suppose propane could be an issue.
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Old 02-14-2020, 07:01 PM   #458 (permalink)
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You should definitely make it to Johnson Valley, there are a ton of trails and they are a blast!!

I did take some videos, I'll have to edit them and upload them to youtube then I can share the link.

Well, there are several reasons why it wasn't an option:

1. $3000 tires that will wear out quickly
2. Fuel is hard to find and it doesn't get good fuel mileage on the street or driving down the road.
3. Not enough room in the cab for me, my 2 dogs as well as all of my gear/food that I didn't want to spoil in the RV while it sat parked at the repair shop.
4. I still have to come back and get the trailer so why not leave the rig on it to get them both at the same time.
5. The gear ratio isn't intended for highway speeds, it's got 7.56 gears in the axles.
6. It's not street legal in Cali nor Washington and I'm not sure if it is in Oregon either.

Those were just a few off of the top of my head. haha
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