Mudduck and one of his buddies got caught up in some other business so it was Turner and I all day for cojo's first tellico ride.
The day started out with me meeting him at walmart so we could get a few things such as air pressure gauges, drinks, straps..ect. Rolled by hardees in ocoee for breakfast and finally made way to tellico. While filling up at BP in tellico plains, a guy in a white GMC 4x4 rolls in with a huge buck someone killed this morning. Filled up the tanks, and proceeded to the OHV. Ofcourse we had to stop at bald river falls and take a pic or 2 of the waterfalls and watch the rigs getting towed up there go by...the day instantly started out great. We arrived at stateline campground and immediately jaws dropped because of all the rigs. Every camping spot was packed with tents, tow rigs and tube buggies of all sorts..Many on 49x21 Iroks
Pictures simply dont do those things justice. They are HUGE in person. There was atleast 10 or so at the camp grounds when we arrived and 4 more come in off the trails. One of which was a CJ on rockwells and 49s and the smaller of the 4 was a zuki on 33x14 cut boggers.
After snappin a few dozen pics of the rigs coming in and out of the trails we finally got to prepping ours. We disco'd the axles and aired down to 20psi in the tires (Mine 20lbs front - 18lbs rear), locked in the t-cases and hit the trails. We started up 6 where we spent most of the first part of the trip then proceeded to 7 to check out peckerwood (yes this trail is closed but we pulled off and walked it a ways). Its insane once you get past the bridge on 7, only a built rig or someone who doesnt care to break stuff could make the rock wall going up 7. When we got back to the jeeps we headed down to fains ford to crawl around on the wet rocks and re-strap my toolbox (got a little air coming back down part of 6 and flipped the toolbox over). We finished the day by heading down 4, passing 2 of the biggest rigs we saw all day. The CJ on rockwells/49s and a stretched YJ on 44" swampers. Also saw a nicely built liberty on X-terrains where 11 connects to 4. We took plenty of action and poser shots and got several videos, most of which are on trail 6.
We never got any carnage besides my gas tank skid took 2 good blows that left decent dents but nothing serious, my rear bumper cap on the drivers side took a good hit but didnt rip it off....dang
and turner's rear tube bumper took a good hit but it also wasnt anything serious. All in all it was a great day. The weather was great but a tad chilly yet still warm enough to take the top down. Saw probably 20+ rigs all day, got muddy and got a little rock rash on everything that didnt have enough ground clearance
Pics and videos are being uploaded as we speak and should be on here soon.
Turner, as usual bro I had a blast and wished your better half coulda come and MD didnt get caught up in sweetwater
Also, This was the first wheelin trip Ive put on my new procomp MT in the 31x10.5 flavor. After we ge some rain so I can test them on wet roads I will post something in the review section but so far heres what I think of them.
Road Noise: There is some, not too bad yet enough to let you know you are rolling on MT's.
Dry Pavement handleing: They ride very smooth and cornering on dry pavement is awesome.
Dirt/Gravel Roads: They definatly are a improvement over my GY RT/S street tires and definatly handle this terrain better.
Mud: They clean out very well IMO. We got into some muddy uphill grinds on the trails today and I never lost traction or got stuck. They spun alot, slinging mud everywhere but kept moving forward. Turner can vouch for this because I kinda covered his YJ hood with wads of mud the size of baseballs
Rock: Aired down to around 20psi they grip rocks like freakin crazy! I spun quite often but this was due to a badly selected line. The sidewalls are pretty tough. Mine got some serious rock rash and got pinched pretty bad many many times but never got punctured or sliced open. I rate them a solid 8-9 on rocks.
Wet Rocks: I never got stuck or lost traction but as expected they slipped alot on wet rocks, just like any other tire but still did pretty well.