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Moab Trip October 2018 Report

Back from my Moab trip. It was my first trip where I experienced an issue on the trail, but I will report on that in a minute. I decided to cut my trip a day short due to the rain, but all in all it was an awesome trip. I did my first night trip on Fins and Things, and it was awesome, but I really see the need for rock lights, which I am adding to my list of things to do. On the way down we went to go in the west entrance of Arches, but it was closed. So I decided to go in in the main entrance and see if the trail to Tower arch was open from Balance Rock, which is was. I made it back to the first obstacle on the trail back to the arch and ran into some other rigs going the other way, so I decided to go up the rock on the left side but did not have it in four wheel drive as I started up it and had to get out in lock in the hubs. Well this is where I learned a big lesson. I set the parking brake as to not roll back in the rock wall behind me, put it in 4 Low when I got back in the Bronco and proceeded up the rock. Well after moving for 3 to 4 feet I heard a really loud bang and felt the Bronco shudder. After getting on top of the rock I go out and looked to see if my frame had broke, only to discover there was brake fluid running out of the left rear brake drum. I thought is my be just a blown wheel cylinder so I got back in and headed down the trail to see if I could make it out, only to discover that it was making some really bad noise so I pulled off the trail, jacked it up and pulled the drum off. This is what I discovered.


This is what happened when I pulled the drum off, every thing fell out on the ground.



I don't have a picture of the backing plate after I pulled it to replace it, but the 4 mounting hole for the axle were actually ob-longed by more than an eight inch, the mount for the shoes and springs had been sheered off and the parking brake cable snapped. I ended up cutting a piece of rubber off an electrical cord I had and created barrier between the brake line and the wheel cylinder in order to finish me trek to the arch for my friend.
Needless to say I learned a big lesson. Anyone that thinks there are wrecking yards in Moab is mistaken, there is not a single one left, they have all closed. I found a replacement for it at a mechanic shop, offered him $100 for it and he countered my offer at $150. I said screw that and rented a car for $60 and took a 4 hour round trip to Grand Junction Colorado and picked up a complete backing plate with a parking brake cable for $41, and $25 in gas. Still came out ahead of being ripped off at $150. Anyways I spend Thursday going to Colorado for parts and doing repairs. Was able to finish and get in a night run on Fins and Things.
Friday we ran the Trifecta and took the alternate route on Where Eagles Dare. Met some really great people on the trail and go to see an 800HP buggy in action. Guys name is Tom, owns his own race team, sponsored by Tonka at one point, now VP racing fuels. Super nice guy, he even lost a bet to others in his group, he was betting them that my Bronco had the IFS in it. He should not have made that bet, as the others in his group had been at the Golden crack when I crossed it, be he had been 2 hours waiting for his group to catch up. I had to laugh. Any ways, we ended up packing up the tents Saturday morning while it was dry, then headed off to find some off the beaten path trails like 4 Arches, and another trail below Metal Masher. We then headed for home just as the hard rain started.

I also took my youngest son that is 18 and got him hooked. I let him drive some of the Trifecta, including the V crack you have to straddle, as well as some other mildly technical obstacles and he did a great job. He is hooked finally on something other than video games.


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Cool story, but bummer about the breakage. You spent 4 hours driving to save $24? That seems like drinking time well wasted.



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Wow


So you grenaded your rear brakes/parking brake because you drove with them on?

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So you grenaded your rear brakes/parking brake because you drove with them on?
Yep, that is exactly what happened. Only the driver side though. must have been adjusted a little tighter on the driver side. I have never seen this happen and I have worked with drum brakes for 35 years. I was totally baffaled when it happened.


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Cool story, but bummer about the breakage. You spent 4 hours driving to save $24? That seems like drinking time well wasted.
It was more the principle of the matter more than the money. I made a very good offer at $100, but he got greedy and I don't take well to someone trying to rip off people. If I had taken his counter offer of $150, it would have sent him a message that what he was doing was ok. Maybe next time he will think twice about trying to rip someone off.
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Sounds like a great trip all the way around..well except for the douchey mechanic...

I'd say it's a pretty good day if the only damage was some busted brake hardware..

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Sounds like a great trip all the way around..well except for the douchey mechanic...

I'd say it's a pretty good day if the only damage was some busted brake hardware..
Jermil, it definitely was a good trip. I just can't get enough of Moab, I can't wait to go back. The brakage and rain kind of messed up my plans a little. I really want to run Kane Creek,
Elephant Hill, and Top of the World some time, and there are many others that would be fun runs as well. Next time I hope for better weather to do some different runs. I really like the Trifecta, it is a long day though, but so much fun and the views are spectacular.


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It was more the principle of the matter more than the money. I made a very good offer at $100, but he got greedy and I don't take well to someone trying to rip off people. If I had taken his counter offer of $150, it would have sent him a message that what he was doing was ok. Maybe next time he will think twice about trying to rip someone off.
Understandable but from a business perspective, you were the one in a pinch not him. He won't learn anything or change his ways because the next 5 guys will gladly spend the extra money not to go through the hassle of renting a car and driving elsewhere to save a few bucks and teach him a lesson.

I'd definitely stay away from douchey mechanics too, so kudos to you for sticking it to the man.

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Jermil, it definitely was a good trip. I just can't get enough of Moab, I can't wait to go back. The brakage and rain kind of messed up my plans a little. I really want to run Kane Creek,
Elephant Hill, and Top of the World some time, and there are many others that would be fun runs as well. Next time I hope for better weather to do some different runs. I really like the Trifecta, it is a long day though, but so much fun and the views are spectacular.
I'll have to send you a message next time I'm in Moab. Would be fun to wheel together!
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Wheeled my non Ford rig at EJS this last year with the Fullsize invasion guys. There was one Bronco with us. The Fullsize invasion guys are a great crowd to hang out with if you want to go on a Big weekend.
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So do we just get pics of a busted rear brake drum.

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So do we just get pics of a busted rear brake drum.
No, just waiting for my photographer to upload the pics he took. I will also be working on reducing the size of some of the videos I have so that they don't exceed size limites on SM. I am still looking for a free video editing software so that I can trim them up to reduce the size. Got any suggestions?


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This is my son driving a couple of the obstacles on Golden Spike. This is the first time he has driven any thing like this and he absolutely loved it.

These are me on the Golden Crack and on some steps on Gold Bar

I will post up some more stuff once I get new pics


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This is my son driving a couple of the obstacles on Golden Spike. This is the first time he has driven any thing like this and he absolutely loved it.

These are me on the Golden Crack and on some steps on Gold Bar

I will post up some more stuff once I get new pics

Looks like a really fun time!



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My friend just sent my the pics, so I will go through them and upload some of the cool pics


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Here are some more shots of the trip.





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What PSI did you run in those tires?

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What PSI did you run in those tires?
Deathmobile, I was running them at 15 PSI. That is what I normally run them at when off road. I have thought about going down to 12 PSI, but have always just settled on 15. Maybe when I go to 37's and bead locks I will then go down to around 10, but that will be a while.


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