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post #1 of 22 Old 08-18-2007, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
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Hidden Valley with carnage

Let me tell you a tale:

Went to Hidden Valley today, trail damage rated it a 6, but it was washed out very badly, the run-off channels were 4 feet deep in places, added a real challenge to the trail.
I was out helping Ben through a particulary washed-out section, when the jeep rolls down the trail right smack into a tree. BAM, made a heck of a noise.

How ?? you say.

I have been having a bit problem(understatement) with the e-brake. On an 8.8 the e-brake is this little drum brake system on the inside of the disc rotor. It is hard to push the pedal enough to work.
Well, I did not set the ebrake and got out of the jeep, with it in neutral and walked away. It rolled down the trail, smack into a large downed tree. At a good speed too. Shattered the windshield and messed up the hood pretty good. We did a bit of work on and drove it home.
Bummer...

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Rollerhman...


Washed out and soft...


Me...


The damage...



Ben has, I think, pics of the offending tree.

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post #2 of 22 Old 08-18-2007, 04:40 PM
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That truly sucks....! Glad nobody was hurt.

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post #3 of 22 Old 08-18-2007, 05:23 PM
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Holy Smokes Tom!!! I've heard you mention that you're e-brake was causing you fits....wowza's....that is freaking rough. Can you claim that on your insurance?

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post #4 of 22 Old 08-18-2007, 05:39 PM
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That sucks Tom Was it a nice trail otherwise?

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post #5 of 22 Old 08-18-2007, 05:59 PM
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That's what it looked like last month. A great trail to flex out the suspension!

I'm real sorry to hear about the jeep Tom. Are the pieces salvagable?
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all in all, i would say it wasnt a bad trail. unfortunate that tom's jeep decided to take a little ride on its own though.

one of the last pics of his jeep with a perfect hood and windsheild


me <- that is the look on my face


one of the sections of trail that required some scouting to figure the best line


and now the offending tree (the jeep got a bit more of a headstart from behind where the pic was taken. i would say this is near halfway down from where it started)


atleast it is windshield height and not engine level


the good news is tom cleared the bypass around the washed out part i had to get a little winch on


making sure we pick up all the pieces the tree took from the jeep


dude in a rubi coming up behind us on newly opened bypass

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oh me oh my.... BEN GOT NEW RUBBER. Those are looking nice.

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Are those still 31's ...they look the part, how do they ride??

BFG AT KO's are a little sub par for wheeling huh. Allllll terrain huh?

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Where is this trail located in Colorado?

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Where is this trail located in Colorado?
SW of Castle Rock.

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Damn! Sorry to hear about the damage Tom. Are you going to need a new windshield frame as well? Perhaps I will need to speed up getting those axles from you so that you can fix the Jeep back up.

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Sorry to here about the Jeep Tom. Guess it is time for that Fiber Glass hood!
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I'm kinda sick about it.
I will check it out more in the morning, but for now I don't even want to see it.

The windshield frame is just the smallest amount bent, I will try to tweek it and give a windshield co a call on monday. I needed new glass anyhow, so I already know how much for it. If the frame is re-useable...
The hood is trashed, I guess that depends on how I want the jeep to look.
The mall crawler club will certainlly kick me out now.

A broken mirror, and a bent fender flair, a soft top that has needs, no other noticeable issues.

Could have been worse.
Easily worse.
My dog was in the car...I could have lost my jeep AND my dog.
Could have been worse.
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wow, yea that looks fun!

oh and Love that XJ by the way!!

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Tom sorry about the Jeep. Glad the dog was ok.

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....just need a nice tug it would be really simple to get me from behind just pull me back....
rbowling is a thief. I bought these gears from him, and now I am out my money and still no gears. Do not trust him.
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