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MOT's First Trip to Hidden Falls Adventure Park

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Offline MilesOfTexas

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MOT's First Trip to Hidden Falls Adventure Park
« on: September 25, 2011, 11:53:39 AM »
I was invited by a friend of mine to join him and a friend of his to do some wheeling at Hidden Falls Adventure Park yesterday.  I had a blast out there, but quickly learned that I need more clearance, a stiffer suspension, and better tires.

I currently run a stock suspension, but with the ARB bull bars and winch, I sit about an inch lower than stock.  The ARB bumper and winch were installed by the previous owner, but apparently they didn't account for the weight addition.

My two friends were driving Jeeps.  One was modified and the other was stock.  We were joined by two other Jeeps while out there.

At one point, the guy with the modified Jeep climbed this pretty steep bank out of a wash.  He had front lockers and made the climb look easy.  One of the other Jeep drivers that had joined us gave it a try too, but couldn't get his front wheels up over the bank, but he didn't have any lockers.

I knew it would be a challenge, but what the heck, I tried it too.  I heard the guy with the Jeep that didn't make it say, "If that FJ makes it up, I am going home."  With that said, I was determined!!!

I was the only person there with a camera, so I gave my camera to my friend and told him to take as many photos as he could.  He never had used an SLR before, so I think he did great his first time.

Making my way into the wash:


Making the approach:




Looking good so far!






Then things took a turn.  The wash had some really moist dirt, and despite my rear locker engaged, the rear wheels lost traction and slid the rear end out on me, causing me to lose my angle.  I was aired down to 20lbs.  Perhaps I needed to have them at a lower pressure, but I wasn't sure how low I could go with BFG AT's on stock wheels.



Now I was high centered, but not by much.  I only needed about an inch more of clearance!  We tried stuffing rocks in front of the front and rear wheels, but that didn't work.





My friends's friend hooked his winch up and after a couple of inches of pull I was able to drive it out.



Now it is time to start clicking my mouse to get armor, lift, springs, tires, wheels, UCA's.  Let the mods begin!!!
"I have an excellent profession, but I don't enjoy it near as much as I do when I am in the heart of the wilderness, surrounded by marvelous creations, and efforting to capture what I see and feel so I may share it with others."

-Me 09/12/2011

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Re: MOT's First Trip to Hidden Falls Adventure Park
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2011, 12:20:30 PM »

Now it is time to start clicking my mouse to get armor, lift, springs, tires, wheels, UCA's.  Let the mods begin!!!

 Yes and like many many others, who begin to enter the domains of the accesories, you will also come to terms and find out that as soon as you begin to add more stuff to your stock, out goes mileage and economy.

  Do no take it the wrong way, you have to go thru this curb to really find out what works or does not work for you. It is part of the learning experience in the Off trail world.


  I know this by heart, my project vehicle will have all things considered in my time driving all terrains. Best of luck MOT.

 It was nice seeing you wheeling in the outbacks.
Stay thirsty, my friends.

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Re: MOT's First Trip to Hidden Falls Adventure Park
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2011, 12:52:54 PM »

Now it is time to start clicking my mouse to get armor, lift, springs, tires, wheels, UCA's.  Let the mods begin!!!

 Yes and like many many others, who begin to enter the domains of the accesories, you will also come to terms and find out that as soon as you begin to add more stuff to your stock, out goes mileage and economy.

  Do no take it the wrong way, you have to go thru this curb to really find out what works or does not work for you. It is part of the learning experience in the Off trail world.


  I know this by heart, my project vehicle will have all things considered in my time driving all terrains. Best of luck MOT.

 It was nice seeing you wheeling in the outbacks.

Thanks Homero!  It was a lot of fun, and I look forward to getting out there more.  I really wanted this trip so I could establish my current limits, so I guess I succeeded!  I'm not too worried about the fuel mileage.  I'm down to about 16mpg with the current additions.  I know larger tires (up to 35's from 31's), lift and the extra weight from the armor will drop it even more.  My guess is to about 12mpg, but I can live with that.  They make an aftermarket gas tank that holds an additional 20 or so gallons, so I'm sure that will need to be added at some point.
"I have an excellent profession, but I don't enjoy it near as much as I do when I am in the heart of the wilderness, surrounded by marvelous creations, and efforting to capture what I see and feel so I may share it with others."

-Me 09/12/2011

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Re: MOT's First Trip to Hidden Falls Adventure Park
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2011, 04:21:02 PM »
Hey "cowboy", and you were out there three weeks before your hip surgery! "Ride um cowboy!"; and you got the "shot" too. Get well quick!
QS and Shelley

But of course, I am not putting life on hold!  ;)

My sincere thanks to you and Shelley!!!
"I have an excellent profession, but I don't enjoy it near as much as I do when I am in the heart of the wilderness, surrounded by marvelous creations, and efforting to capture what I see and feel so I may share it with others."

-Me 09/12/2011

 


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