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Topic Review (Newest First)
11-27-2019 01:19 PM
Originally Posted by snowracer View Post
looks like a good trip and awesome to hear the new tires worked, would think they will just get better once broke in even more
Thinking the same thing. Can't wait to try them out at the Badlands on my home turf so I can get a legitimate comparison!
11-27-2019 09:11 AM
snowracer looks like a good trip and awesome to hear the new tires worked, would think they will just get better once broke in even more
11-19-2019 03:49 PM
Grohe Damn I'm pissed I didn't go, but will definitely be ready for the next one. Looks like a blast.
11-19-2019 01:01 PM
DMANbluesfreak Just a group of guys I know in the KC suburbs. Not an actual wheeling group, I should have been more clear.
11-19-2019 12:51 PM
stan1688 Looks awesome!

And what is this KC group you speak of?
11-19-2019 11:32 AM
DMANbluesfreak After dinner we putzed around on some level 3, 4, and 5 (by accident) trails and ended up at the entrance to Copperhead (level 6). One of the guys with us gave it a try (Jeep YJ, 43s, doubler, 5.3L, linked rear) and wasn't able to get the last couple inches.

Here's someone doing it it MUCH drier conditions. It was also night when we were watching:

Eric in his Toyota was able to make it in a few tries but we heard a pop sound as he crested it. Seemed to work okay so I rode shotgun with him to finish out the trail and return to the group. However, the rear driveshaft snapped at the last (very easy by comparison) obstacle on the trail and got lodged into the leaf spring. We were able to slowly winch him up and then found one of our friends finally at the top to tow him out the rest of the way.

I think this is somewhere around Double Whammy? It's one of the only night wheeling pictures I have.

Meanwhile, a stick had gotten lodged up in my undercarriage just driving around on the main road. I didn't think anything of it until my truck wouldn't shift out of 2nd driving back to camp.

It turned out the 'stick' was more of a log and had gotten wedged up against the back part of the trans pan. It dented it just enough to break both forward shift solenoids.

Borrowed a buddy's tow rig Sunday morning to drive 90 minutes round trip to get replacements, swapped them in, hammered the pan back into its original shape, and drove 550 miles back home without issue .

Also, probably need to replace this wheel... pretty sure this happened when winching up the undercut on Rocky Road.

  • SMORR is an awesome park and I can't wait to go back. I'd call it my favorite non-Appalachian region Midwest Park.
  • I definitely need to fast-track my belly and engine/trans skids. Will also probably swap out the trans pan for a deeper one when I do this.
  • The Mickey Thompsons just hooked up on everything I threw at them. Loose mud, loose rocks, dry rocks, wet rocks... it was impressive. Very happy with that purchase.
11-19-2019 11:18 AM
DMANbluesfreak Rattler waterfall. After watching a few non-full-body rigs go up, I decided to save my bedsides. I *think* if my tires didn't slip I could do it without damage - but one mistake and it's goodbye bedside and possibly extended cab door glass.

Rocky road was by far my favorite trail. Wide, many line options, and nothing too easy.

We finally got Mike to break his dana 44 in the light blue truck (granted it only has a TBI350 and 38s). This was towards the end of day 2 so he just stuck it back on the trailer and rode with me.

One obstacle on Rocky Road I did need to winch up. There's an undercut around a big boulder and a secondary line a half-truck-width to the right of it. I started on the secondary line, but the truck slid left into the boulder and the left rear tire was in the undercut. There wasn't much getting back to the right without some major body damage (did push the driver's bedside in a bit, should push back out). So I winched up. Here's an interesting perspective on how the truck was oriented, though. I tried to get the phone as level as possible.

I think this is after we winched me past.

We turned around to go back down Rocky Road since Mike only had 3wd at this point and headed back to camp for dinner.
11-19-2019 11:10 AM
DMANbluesfreak SMORR wheeling trip was a success, but it was also quite the adventure, I must say.

My buddy Mike and I stayed at my parent's house near St. Louis on Thursday night and got to SMORR (and he unloaded his rig from the trailer) around 11am. Eric joined us shortly after in his Toyota on tons and BFG Red Labels (sadly very few pictures since he walked up just about everything first try).

The owner of the park recommended we get a feel for things by driving the main road, so we did. Here's the only difficult part on the main road (not difficult, but steep).

Trails are rated on a scale of 1-6. 6's are insane. I'd say 5s are doable by a very capable rig without winching. My rig did a handful of level 5s without and two or three with winching or stacking some rocks.

At the back of the park, our choices were a super-steep level 4 trail or a less-steep level 5 with a gatekeeper (huge 40"+ undercut) near the beginning. Eric walked up the gatekeeper so I decided to at least get tires on it and give it a shot.

No pictures or videos... but I gotta say, these new tires HOOKED. I'd never given my truck this much throttle in double low without spinning a tire. After a few tries, I gave it one final bump and snapped an inner shaft:

The annoying part is that I have no-neck-down 4340 inners sitting in my garage that just never got installed (had some things come up the week leading up to the trip).

Quickly swapped in my spare inner and continued wheeling. Gotta say, the 2500hd brake swap sure made swapping out a shaft much faster. The sprindle/bearings/hub a ll can stay together with slip-on rotors.

The Kansas City crew showed up much later that night due to a tow rig breakdown.

We did a bunch of level 4 and 5 trails throughout both days and some 3-5 trails at night (the 5s were sort of by accident/getting lost-ish ). More pics to follow.
11-12-2019 02:53 PM
DMANbluesfreak Sounds good. I hear great things about it, hope it lives up to the hype.
11-12-2019 02:48 PM
Originally Posted by DMANbluesfreak View Post
Sold the Colorado?
I did. A buddy with deeper pockets than me made me an offer I couldn't pass up.

I have another rig (slowly) in the works, so post up how SMORR is and hopefully you'll be making a return trip where I can join.
11-12-2019 01:32 PM
DMANbluesfreak Prepping for SMORR over the weekend and I tackled better tie-downs for the totes. Now they can be opened up without having to undo the entire tie-down system and they're locked into place if I don't have all 3 in the truck at once.

Got lucky with where the ratcheting mechanisms ended up. Perfectly lines up with the corner of each tote. I cut the straps to length so it's pretty quick and painless on opening up each tote to access them.

I also wired up a fan override switch in the cab so I can force them on low or high speed. Since they still don't work with the AC and I've never been able to get the engine hot enough for high speed, I want to have the ability to force high speed if needed. Still working through the tune with my tuner, so better safe than overheated. No picture, but here's a video if it works for you guys: https://photos.app.goo.gl/28zmUxsU43pXGd4W9

Also, made sure the rock light still work. Fucking 4" of snow and single digit temps in early November... Crazy!
11-08-2019 02:25 PM
DMANbluesfreak No voting, except by the magazine guys (I assume). But I hope my exposure in the magazine itself helps with that - they've got first hand experience seeing my rig in action
11-08-2019 01:41 PM
TeXJ well post the voting link, if there is one, here. I'd vote for ya
11-08-2019 01:14 PM
Originally Posted by stan1688 View Post
Dang. Wish I had a rig to join you at SMORR. It's not that far from me.
Sold the Colorado?
11-08-2019 01:13 PM
Originally Posted by TeXJ View Post
Thoughts on joining an Ultimate Adventure? I want to say I remember you saying something about that but it's probably buried in this thread.
I will for sure apply in 2020. Fingers crossed that I'm selected!

I made the Dirty Dozen in 2018 and I wanted to apply in 2019, but it would have overlapped with my Wedding, so I'm glad I didn't.
11-08-2019 12:13 PM
stan1688 Dang. Wish I had a rig to join you at SMORR. It's not that far from me.
11-08-2019 11:50 AM
TeXJ Thoughts on joining an Ultimate Adventure? I want to say I remember you saying something about that but it's probably buried in this thread.
11-08-2019 07:40 AM
Originally Posted by TeXJ View Post
That's Awesome! congrats!
Originally Posted by sterlingfire View Post
Nice job! Your truck looks great as always man. Glad to see someone i sorta know get in the mag!
Originally Posted by cj8scrambld View Post
Love the proportions .about perfect!
Thanks everyone!!! I'm so stoked to see it in print... I snagged a bookstore copy (without my address on the front cover) and stuck it in a plastic bag for long-term storage.

Wheeling trip at SMORR (southern MO) next weekend, so I finally get to test out the new rubber.

Anyone who wants to join is welcome!
11-07-2019 07:12 PM
cj8scrambld Love the proportions .about perfect!
11-07-2019 06:55 PM
sterlingfire Nice job! Your truck looks great as always man. Glad to see someone i sorta know get in the mag!
11-06-2019 03:00 PM
TeXJ That's Awesome! congrats!
11-06-2019 12:15 PM

Sorry for being so late posting this here... I thought I did a while back. It's the December 2019 issue if you wanna pick it up.

So stoked about seeing my truck in print. I would say it surpasses a childhood dream of mine - it wasn't even on my radar something I built could be featured in a popular magazine like this.

Also, I selfishly hope this increases my chances of getting selected for UA 2020
10-29-2019 07:22 AM
DMANbluesfreak Update: still having issues getting the fans to kick on with the AC. Tuner believes there's something not connected within the tune but he can't figure it out. A coworker has EFI live and we tried logging into my ECM and it wouldn't connect, so he's gotta figure that out before we can determine if the ECM is even reading the AC pressure signal.

Worst case, I believe I can run a trinary switch and ground the two relays to enable the fans. My understanding is that this would simply run in parallel with the ECM signal and not have to worry about backfeeding (would use a 0V reference signal from the ECM to feed the trinary switch).
10-29-2019 07:20 AM
DMANbluesfreak Yeah, it adds all sorts of extra space in front of the engine for... activities
10-29-2019 05:05 AM
wvracer821 thanks for that last post, I spent all night looking at turbo setups for mine lol It sure would make my exhaust easy to run
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