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Old 08-17-2008, 10:04 AM
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hey james, nice little trail you guys found!! looks like fun, not something i would take my truck through



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Old 08-17-2008, 12:09 PM
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No, I'm not even remotely skilled with a Welder nor do I have the background to do custom work,,,good question though, anyway my Fab guy did this entire thing free-hand.. He just took the truck for the day and in between us going back and forth with digital pictures in email, he did this from scratch..

This thing is a BIG TIME SH$$ KICKER. It pretty much goes through anything,,

Very good at helping taking down overgrown brush on marked trails....as well as it protects the front end in a big way.

The skidplate looks very good too. I would love to have a front bumper like that and have the skidplate also. does the skidplate block the oil pan or does it just go to the front of the frame?
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Old 08-17-2008, 12:35 PM
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I've been looking into this. Not too many places around that would have an extensive enough trail system to keep us occupied for a whole weekend.

Right now, I am thinking of the George Washington National Forest. Its pretty much smack dab in the middle of the east coast, so everyone should be able to go. I have a few trails in mind, but the following link is a map of all of the forest access roads.
http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/gwj/maps_brochures/mvum.shtml

Its going to take a good amount of planning and coordination, but I would love to do this. I think we could get at least 5-6 trailvoys out there.

Off roading, camping, beer, grilling... doesn't get much better.
I found this website.. http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/gwj/recreation/atv.shtml


Looks like this would be a very fun place to go. Even with me having 2wd I'm sure I could make it in places other 2wds couldnt.. its all about strategy and technique. I wouldn't be drinking seeing how I'm 18 Arn't I honest But Camping, grilling, exploring, getting to see the views I'm in for sure. Did anyone happen to see TRUCKS! yesterday on spike tv? Then went to a place called Turkey bay which is an orv park in kentucky but they have trails from beginners to very difficult. I wouldn't mind taking a trip out there either. gosh now I'm really excited! hope we can go through with this.
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Old 08-17-2008, 12:48 PM
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Looks fun! Hopefully i'll find some good ones around here once I start to get set up for it.
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Old 08-17-2008, 02:14 PM
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The skidplate looks very good too. I would love to have a front bumper like that and have the skidplate also. does the skidplate block the oil pan or does it just go to the front of the frame?
Forgot to add that - god note to point out

That bolts from the bottom frame (The control arm frame starting points, probably using the wrong verbiage) and it goes to the front bumper. It is a skidplate and having used it, it is great for blue rails where the rocks get badddd... good question.
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looks like you guys had a great time
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Old 08-18-2008, 09:07 AM
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Also, Unkljon. You can bring my truck back any time now. I know you like it better than with the stock suspension, but let's face it. You had it long enough
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I found this website.. http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/gwj/recreation/atv.shtml


Looks like this would be a very fun place to go. Even with me having 2wd I'm sure I could make it in places other 2wds couldnt.. its all about strategy and technique.
and having a decent snatch strap...

and don't forget the hi-lift and hi-lift off road kit!



With those simple things nothing will stop you....
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and having a decent snatch strap...

and don't forget the hi-lift and hi-lift off road kit!



With those simple things nothing will stop you....

I don't yet have a hi lift but I will certainly be getting one before too long. Always carry 2 snatch straps and one 10,000 lb rated tow rope if it was ever needed. Also always have a shovel in the back of the TB and my toolbox along with first aid kit and medical gloves. my friends always come to me asking me if I have tools.. guess its just who I am to be prepared.

Also you've got me headed to the trail tomorrow with a friend that has a jeep zj (grand cherokee) and then my friends huge dodge. I'll take lots of pictures and videos too with the roof rack mounted tripod.
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I don't yet have a hi lift but I will certainly be getting one before too long. Always carry 2 snatch straps and one 10,000 lb rated tow rope if it was ever needed. Also always have a shovel in the back of the TB and my toolbox along with first aid kit and medical gloves. my friends always come to me asking me if I have tools.. guess its just who I am to be prepared.

Also you've got me headed to the trail tomorrow with a friend that has a jeep zj (grand cherokee) and then my friends huge dodge. I'll take lots of pictures and videos too with the roof rack mounted tripod.
So this will be you:



I've got waaay to much free time...
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