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RockRanger

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bkennedy, RangerX and myself headed out today to do a nice easy day run :rolleyes: . We all met up this morning and headed up. Got to the trail head aired down and hit the sidewinder trail around 10 am. In the first 100 feet we all put are lockers and sliders to a great test. We knew we were going to have fun.

After more crawling some verticals and some drop offs we are about 3/4 mile in on the trail (trails only .9 miles long 10:45 am) and bill comes on the radio "I broke my radius arm" Sure enough the driverside rancho arm snapped right in half. He was able to drive in about another 50 feet to a nice flat spot to start the repairs.

We start tearing in apart to get the arm off knowing we needed to weld it. However none of us have a welder on our rigs (Thanks for not showing up Jefe :p ) So we decide the fastest way to fix it is to take it back to my house and welded up. So we get it apart RangerX and I hop in my truck and drive the 56 miles back to my house. We weld it back together and add a piece of 3/8 think angle iron to plate it for some extra stength. In the truck 54 miles back to the trail. We get back and toss it together and are back on the trail around 3 pm.

We decide to make the nice senic loop around the park then head home. This trail in afew spots that have mud holes that go 3/4 of the way up a 37" tire. So we all get our trucks covered in mud and I get stuck once. I learned that 31"s dont do well in ruts left by bills 37"s :confused: Anyway somewhere along the way we missed a turn and ended up on a pretty challanging trail that wasnt on any of the maps but is maintained by the terra del sol 4x4 club. That trail took about 3-4 hours for us to complete with a good bit of challange.

Once we got aired up it was dark and heading home. I forgot my camera but bill and brian had theirs. Im sure tehy will post pics.
 



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hehe, that WAS fun! :D We had a little bit of everything. Rocks, mud, muddy rocks, hills, woods, fog, rain, cold, fun!
The broken arm took a 4 hour chunk out of our day, but at least I was able to drive out and home, thanks to Matt. :thumbsup:

The terrain up there reminds me alot of Los Coyotes. The one trail, Sidewinder, is like the John Bull trail at Big Bear, only all the best parts squeezed into 1 mile. It might even be a little tougher than John Bull.

I'm having a problem uploading pics tonight, I'll try to post them in the morning.
 






Well, I guess it's time for Bill to build some new cusom arms now :D

Sounds like you guys had fun, sorry I missed it :(
 












FROADER said:
Bill you could secretly swap your bad arm for one of Matt's that are on his truck right now! :D

LOL You are talking about mr Ranger junkyard bill. I think he has a few more laying around his garage to swap on. The arm broke right where the flat steel pieces end that reinforce the front part. It had been cracked for awhile as when it broke some parts of the tube was dirty from oil and what not on them. The scary part is that the arms are only made out of .188 wall tubing at the most maybe even closer to .134. I was shocked to see how thin they were.
 






It was fun, and we need to go out there again. More trails to explore......someone please bring a map next time! Sidewinder is tougher than John Bull, only a lot shorter. I did have a good nap while waiting with Bill's truck.........a little more boring than what I was hoping for.. :eek: Corral Cyn has everything; dirt, rocks, trees, MUD, tight challenging trails.

I will post pictures later.
 






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From the pics it does look like Los Coyotes out there. I would like to check it out some time, but maybe make it a Saturday day trip. That's a long way to get there by 7:30a.m. :rolleyes:

Great pics Bill.
 






Your new clutch broke your radius arm :)

You should have brought a spare!!

Man how many is that now? bent or broken? hahahaha

Looks like fun......maybe I can join you guys soon...
 






RockRanger said:
We start tearing in apart to get the arm off knowing we needed to weld it. However none of us have a welder on our rigs (Thanks for not showing up Jefe :p )
You think I WANTED to work on sunday? I would have loved to be wheeling with you guys. Glad you guys were able to get Bill fixed up so fast under the circumstances. :thumbsup:
 


















Take it to the station and wash it right in front of the rear door. boss' like that. :D
We have a "de-ionized" washing system here at our place and all the emts wash their trucks and get reamed for how much mud and dirt they leave around. It's amazing how dumb some people are.

Did you make it through that pit Brian? That place looks really fun.
 






Cool pics. Thanks for sharing.
 






BKennedy said:
.........a little more boring than what I was hoping for.. :eek:


That's what you get for hanging with those Ranger guys! :p
 






pics look great, and it looks like you guys had fun, at least for most of the day.
 



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Looks like a helluva day out there despite Bill's carnage, we should plan another trip out there in the summer if it doesn't get to hot out there.
 






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