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Well after 3 years of being in the US and living in Arizona I finally managed to persuade someone to let me come along to an AZ Undertakers trail run. John at Rockin' J Offroad has been kind enough to give me work as an apprentice and just so happens to be a member of the Undertakers, so when he mentioned they were planning a run and would I like to go, I jumped at the chance...

When we arrived at the campsite everyone was still recovering from the carnage of the previous day's run, water on the trails had made some of the climbs a little trickier than usual. Once a group had got together a plan was formed and we headed out.



Trail number one was a series of tight steep notches with boulder fields inbetween. The group consisted of John in his big buggy, Rob in the rock limo, Chuck in his super-lightweight crawler, Uriel in his '4Runner' and Miller in his pissed-off-squirrel-powered Jeep.





No one had any real problems on this first trail other than Miller lying his Jeep down at the top of a big notch. I think he said he meant to do that.







It was a 15 min drive through some beautiful country to get to the second trail. The first obstacle was a large rock slab with some annoying-placed holes, and just enough water and mud to make it an ice rink. Miller attacked it hard but couldn't quite get over so took a cable to the top.





Chuck also struggled with a 3-cylinder engine and clutch problems so decided to follow Miller's lead and winch up, as did Rob. Next up was Uriel, who decided to go big or go home. That approach seemed to work as he managed to bounce around enough to get some purchase on the slick rock and bump over the top, see the video at the bottom.



When it came to John's turn he took the Uriel approach and hit it hard. Unfortunately a little too hard and ended up turning turtle in quite a hard roll. He was fine but the cage took a beating and the winch packed up.



John decided to head back to the trailers early rather than continue running the trails with no winch, which was a good idea as on the way back something definitely wasn't right with the front end. See the vid below for the carnage.

Wheelin' With The Undertakers - AZ - Dec 2011 - YouTube

It was a great day, shame we had to throw in the towel early but hopefully I'll get out to an Undertaker's run again soon, once the rig has had a little work done to it maybe...

Thanks to all the Undertakers for making me feel welcome. More photos linked on my site if you're interested.
 

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Awesome vid. Very jealous of the wheeling you've got out there.
 

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Nice meeting you Sat AM. Sorry you missed all the fun Friday :)

Thats my dawg Urial way to get it done!

John you know the tires should be on the ground at least most of the time :_)
 

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Nice meeting you Sat AM. Sorry you missed all the fun Friday :)
Exactly. 4 rolls and twice as many full throttle assaults as Saturday, along with your I'm either gonna drive it, or break it, there will be no winching approach.
 

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Urial is a great driver, especially between the cones.....:smokin:
 

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nice write-up

what are the specs on Chucks rig?
I'm not sure if Chuck is on here or not, but I'll take a stab at it.

Main chassis is 1.5" tube, everything else smaller and thin wall
Suzuki 2.2L
Suzuki tranny
Suzuki t-case with a driveshaft disconnect
Front D44 with 60 outers all 35-spline with ARB
Rear D44 with 35-spline and ARB
2.5" airshocks
39" Krawlers
112" WB, ~78" wide?
2470lbs? If I remember right
 

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Uriel and his bald BFG's for the win! :laughing:
 

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Thanks - think that's the one Frosty was talking about
 

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NICE!!!......... Get Some! :smokin:

Looks like Uriel has finally found the right combo for "getting it" with less "boom" :evil:
 

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nice stuff guys.

Miller, how do ya like the Goodyears?
So far :grinpimp: Gotta run them down to near bald and see what happens then.
 

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I'm looking forwaed to wheelin with you guys again at KOH. Bringin the new "82" so no more tacomma cracks.:flipoff2:
 
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