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A wet day @ Rausch Creek. It had rained solid almost the entire day before and did not stop pretty heavy rain the entire time we were there.
3 of us, Kev (reptillikus), Joe, (BronocJoe96) and me (OX1). Many trails were like driving through a river. We covered a lot of ground and
ran a decent amount of red trails. Helps when the smallest tire in the group is a 42.

I only have a couple pics/vids, but I'm sure others will chime in with more.



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We made it back alive! It started raining sometime Thursday night, and didnt stop until very early this morning. It turned yesterday's trip into the wettest muddiest trip ive ever been on there!

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Despite the abysmal weather and it raining non-stop the whole day, we ran a pretty decent amount of miles, close to 10 if im not mistaken. Honestly did not get a ton of pics as it was pouring all day long, and we really didnt stop very much at all.
We took the typical pathway into the East side, taking B to C to O. We detoured and ran CV trail while we were there
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I absolutely walloped the driver rock rail! It took quite a hit, but it did its job well, the rocker & door remain unscathed
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From there we went down and ran Topless for Tatas, and then made our way via B/E over to the west side, where we went down J, across 11 and then into Rock Creek!
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Here we stopped for a soggy lunch break
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...and then further into the creek we went
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Finally at the other end we decided to keep going and run Death Trap, which was completely under water
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Out the other end we picked up 19 and took it up to 11. At this point Joe's transmission was overheating so we escorted him back out 11 to H and up to Tower Road, were the front pump seal gave out and he started puking (extremely burnt) ATF. so his copilot stayed behind with the truck, and we brought him back to the parking lot to get his truck & trailer since it was clear the bronco wasnt going to make it back on its own at this point.
After all that me & Ox went back out into the park and went down into the South side to run Cemetery, Boot Hill & Tombstone
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From there we went further in yet and ran down S1-4 over to Snake Bite and Camel Back, which is probably the tightest trail you could run a full bodied rig down! That one was a snug fit for my wide rig, but we made it thru w/o and body damage thankfully. However, we did manage to get a log up underneath the body, where it smashed my gas filler neck!
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crumpled the steel neck, tore the rubber hose and popped it off the gas tank entirely, so im pretty sure my tank is full of water & mud now. From here we headed back to the parking lot and called it a day!

So despite some issues, it was still a pretty good day of trail riding :cool:
 

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The side window "shower curtains" had to come off almost immediattely. For some reason, I removed
the defroster ducts a while ago. So on defrost it was just blowing out the top of heater case. I grabbed
an extra radiator hose I had, mounted it inside heater case, and strapped it in a wire harness right below the dash.

It didin't blow air through the defrosters vents, but it did through the single dash speaker, (tiny holes, grill like opening)
that are in every 78/79. Yet another win for the best FSB's, the only one's that had only one radio speaker in the center of
front dash that doubles as a defroster vent. LOL!!.

Then the wipers started working only when the engine was tach'd up. And of course that doesn't work too well "crawling".


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This thing is just a beast. I think it has bigger exh than Kev and I combined, LOL!!


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Wheeled this thing like a pro as usual. The trails we ran and the spots he fits this thing through with
ZERO body damage are annoying to the rest of us mere mortals, who can't drive for shit. :rolleyes:


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Look at that FLEX baby, with my 1" additional wheel travel up front :)


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Weirdest thing I've seen in a while. It's said by "some" you should not be using gas anyway, here is your chance to do the "right" thing. :(
 

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Wheeled this thing like a pro as usual. The trails we ran and the spots he fits this thing through with
ZERO body damage are annoying to the rest of us mere mortals, who can't drive for shit. :rolleyes:
Dude, Camelback was tight. Thats gotta be the tightest trail in the park. It was rough getting thru there w/o smacking the hell out of the rear fender. Especially with how slippery/muddy it was.
That said...
Weirdest thing I've seen in a while.
...this definitely happened on Camelback. There was a dead tree across it, no chance of clearing it w/o a saw so we ran it over, and 100% when it snapped it went up under the body of the truck. I found tree bark wedged into the u-bolts for the leaf springs o_O

Looks like everybody had a great time, wish I could have made it. Seeing these pics & vids makes me think I need to swap in a set of 40's and a np435 doubler combo
I mean, lets be honest.......it would be super cool :ROFLMAO:
 

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Looks like everybody had a great time, wish I could have made it. Seeing these pics & vids makes me think I need to swap in a set of 40's and a np435 doubler combo
Would be a decent compromise to get you around on the hrader trails, but still have less overall issues than with 44's (and be a bit more streetable).

It was rough getting thru there w/o smacking the hell out of the rear fender.
Do you have dual emerg brake cables now? It looked like only one rear wheel was locked up on that front dig you did.
 
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Looks like you guys had a good time despite the rain.

I’m with Darrel, might have to go to 40’s to hang with you guys, lol. I kinda like my set up though.
Jim, your bronco is too sweet to mess with
Would be a decent compromise to get you around on the harder trails, but still have less overall issues than with 44's (and be a bit more streetable).
Sounds like its settled :p
39-40" is probably where id stop; even that is borderline too big to stuff without having to trim the fenders a little bit.


Kevin, what tires are you running? Your bronco looks great
Maxxis Trepadors :cool:
So far im happy with them, but it would have been nice to see how they hook on rocks that were dry :LOL:


Do you have dual emerg brake cables now? It looked like only one rear wheel was locked up on that front dig you did.
I didnt set the pbrake, that was all brake pedal, which is a little spongy so i think i need to bleed it again.
The ebrake actually works ok but im having issues with the return spring not being strong enough to lift the pedal back up (and i havent had the time to get a heavier spring in it) so i didnt use it all day.
 

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Sounds like its settled :p
39-40" is probably where id stop; even that is borderline too big to stuff without having to trim the fenders a little bit.
Thats what flares are for! I run 37s on mine but have the room to stuff 42s. 6" lift and 20 year old add a leaves on 37 year old leaf springs.

Yeah its a poser pic...

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A wet day @ Rausch Creek. It had rained solid almost the entire day before and did not stop pretty heavy rain the entire time we were there.
3 of us, Kev (reptillikus), Joe, (BronocJoe96) and me (OX1). Many trails were like driving through a river. We covered a lot of ground and
ran a decent amount of red trails. Helps when the smallest tire in the group is a 42.

I only have a couple pics/vids, but I'm sure others will chime in with more.



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Crazy large vid file (159 meg) of above.


Rock Creek money shots.








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Really diggn' the light bar on top of the black 5th FSB. Do you mind asking how/where he found the mount(s) for that setup? I hate where mine is because it's a constant whistle on the highways. I need a different setup.
 
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I've got some pictures/videos to post up too, but I just haven't had a chance to go through them yet. I think tonight I should have the time.

Really diggn' the light bar on top of the black 5th FSB. Do you mind asking how/where he found the mount(s) for that setup? I hate where mine is because it's a constant whistle on the highways. I need a different setup.
Thanks Dave! It's actually a canoe rack/roof rack that I repurposed to hold the light bar. It clamps right onto the drip rails, and is super sturdy. I've plowed a ton of trees with it and all that has happened is that I just twisted the light bar some.
 

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Really diggn' the light bar on top of the black 5th FSB. Do you mind asking how/where he found the mount(s) for that setup? I hate where mine is because it's a constant whistle on the highways. I need a different setup.
Carr makes a couple different light bar mounts that attach like that. KC might as well. Dick Cepek used to. Thats how the old KC daylighters were always mounted.
 

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Carr makes a couple different light bar mounts that attach like that. KC might as well. Dick Cepek used to. Thats how the old KC daylighters were always mounted.
Thanks for the names @BigBlue 94
 
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Sounds like its settled :p
39-40" is probably where id stop; even that is borderline too big to stuff without having to trim the fenders a little bit.
My 37’s have already kinda self clearance the lower part of the fender, lol,
 

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Hey Guys, finally got a chance to go through my pictures/video and compile them all together. I had an absolute blast on the trip, and pushed the Bronco harder than I ever have before. All the recent mods seem to have worked great!

Like you guys mentioned though, inbetween our pace and the weather I didn’t get a ton of pictures/videos, especially of you two. You guys were blowing through the hard stuff before I was done figuring out my line. :LOL:

I can’t wait to get back out there, hopefully it’ll be a pinch drier though…
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You guys have some beasts and made it look easy! Thanks for sharing.
 

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@BroncoJoe96 How's the transmission?
I'm pretty sure it was on borrowed time, but that was the final nail in the coffin. The front seals gone and it pukes out any fluid you add. New torque converter and HD rebuild kit is on the way! :cool:

Is there anything else I should address while I'm in there? It's already got an upgraded valve body/shift kit. Should I replace the solenoid pack since it got so hot?
 
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