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Drove up to Sierra National Forest just north of Fresno this weekend and met up with some of the NCLR guys. Was supposed to be the annual snow run, but snow was a bit thin on the ground. Ended up making it up to the top of Bald Mountain in record time this year. Some snow and ice in the shadows on the trail up there. Ended up being a total of 18 trucks on the run, broken up into two groups that left an hour apart. Other than one guy picking up a screw in his tire the entire run was pretty drama free.





270 degree pano from the top of the watch tower:

 

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Geez slackers.. Well.. The first full weekend of March I went out to Anza Borrego with some friends for an off road bachelor party or sorts for a friend that is getting married at the end of March. Went down the Pinion Mountain Trail. Only really two difficult things on this trail.

Went through "The Squeeze"




Yeah, it was a squeeze alright..





Meh.. whatever. number of f**ks given = zero

Next up was "Heart Attack Hill". If you search that name on youtube you will find a video of a jeep rolling down that hill quite spectacularly due to some crappy spotting..

Looking up to the top from about mid way:



Looking down from the top:



Starting down:





Well about 2/3 of the way down (where my truck is in the last pic) my spotter is telling me to cut my wheels one way or the other. I look at him like he's daft because I have the steering wheel to the locks..



Well crap.. Fortunately i had just bought HD track rods and had the foresight to toss them in the truck as spares "just in case". So with my truck anchored with a winchline from the top and me holding the brakes my copilot swapped out the bent track rod for the new HD one, on the hill, now in the dark:



Well, we motored it down to the campsite and circled the wagons for some grub and then shut eye:


(full moon so looks light daylight)


The next day we stopped for a group shot in Fish Creek Wash:



And then went up Sandstone Canyon:



After that we headed out of the park to some BLM land to have some second amendment fun:

 

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This past Friday and Saturday I went out with a few guys from SCLR and ran the Mojave Road from east to west starting at Avi Casino in Nevada right on the Colorado River and ending up at Afton Canyon. Good run with a good mix of trucks (2 NAS 90's, 1 95 RRC, 1 98 P38, an L322 RR, My 97 D1 and an LR3) Saw a lot of the sights on the trail. Weather was great and the wild flowers were out in full bloom along the route. Had a really great time and was nice to tick off one of the must do trails in CA. 140 miles of all dirt with the only pavement seen during the trip was crossing over a couple of roads.

stopped at the Mojave Road school bus.


my truck across the way


campsite friday night


group shot at the Mojave Road Mailbox


shot of the light in a lava tube north of the road:


trucks lined up at the beginning of Soda Dry Lake


my son getting ready to put his rock on to the "Travelers Monument" near the end of Soda Lake before climbing to the top and learning the secret of the monument
 

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I've been collecting parts to refresh and upgrade my suspension for quite some time now. The entire list of parts includes:

-Gwyn Lewis Sumo Bars track rod and drag link with greaseable track rod ends.
-Gwyn Lewis cranked HD double wall rear trailing arms
-Rovers North adjustable panhard bar
-OME 767/763 springs
-Updated OME Nitrocharger Sport shocks to replace the standard OME Nitrochargers I had on there.
-1" aluminum spring spacers
-Modified Equipe rear upper shock mounts
-Inland Rovers castor corrected HD radius arms
-Tom Woods double double cardan front driveshaft
-Goodridge +4" stainless brake lines
-Propshaft spacer to get me by until I can have DC rear driveshaft made.








Finally got around to putting about half the parts on in the last month. I have the steering rods, panhard bar, shocks, springs, spacers, upper rear mounts and trailing arms installed so far

Before Pic (Last June, only decent side profile pic I could find):



After:



I still need to get:

- new voided polybushes for the raidus arms
- lowered upper front shock mounts
- extended bump stops
- DC rear driveshaft (with upgraded 1310 u-joints)
- extended rear a-frame ball joint mount and greaseable/adjustable a-frame ball joint.
- limit straps for the axles to keep things from over-extending.
 

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Nice. I have yet to pull the trigger and buy a LR, but it's on the list of my to do's. My Dad used one on the farm in South Africa as his run around during my childhood, some great memories. Love this thread!

His looked like this

 

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A couple of pics from the local meet and greet here in Pasadena:





Had a good mix of trucks show up including the 57 107" SW and a ex-ADF Perenite 110 (with the stock Isuzu 4BD1)
 

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Can't give one of my D1's away. See sig. :(
Yeah.. I hear you.. Seeing trucks with rust holes give me the willies - and a great appreciation that I live in the land of sunshine, low humidity and no salt..

I was talking to another rover guy at the local meet and greet last weekend and he was spinning yarn about a 90 SW he was going to pick up from the east coast. The east coast standard for a truck with little rust and the west coast standard are miles apart apparently. He ended up passing on the east coast one and found a 90 SW that had lived in Arizona all its life for less money. win-win..
 

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Keeping the thread alive here..

Some pics from my trip up to the White Mountains near Bishop with some of the guys in the club:







Me and one other guy in the club were up to the task of making the hike up to white mountain peak. Hiking at that elevation is no joke.. 12K feet at the trailhead and 14,242' at the summit. My calves are still reminding me of how brutal a slog it was.





 

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keep the pictures coming :thumbup:


hey, random question, how tall is your truck (with the roof rack, but no luggage).
im house/garage shopping, and as i dont have mine anymore, i want to be sure the next one fits :)
 

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Nice LR3. Looks like you had a nice cabin to chill at.

A few weeks ago I went backpacking up on the east side of the southern end of the sierras and summited Mt. Langley, CA's southernmost 14K foot peak.

Langley from the approach from Cottonwood Lakes:



Looking northwest from the summit of Langley, the high peak in the center is Mt Whitney:



Benchmark:



Rover Content: My truck at the trailhead parking lot when I hiked out Sunday Morning. Started snowing about a half hour into the hike back:

 

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This past weekend was the annual Shaver Lake Snow Run where the guys from NCLR and SCLR meet up in the mountains northeast of Fresno and attempt to get to the top of Bald Mountain. I say attempt because some years the snow is so deep we cant even actually make it to the trailhead proper. Of the 9 times this event has been run, the group has only made it to the top 3 times. This year wasn't one of those three fwiw :) We had a smaller than usual turnout this year, only about 14 trucks. We split into two groups, with the early group leaving camp at 8am and the later group leaving some time after that, around 9 IIRC. The first group consisted of 6 trucks - one LR3, one D2, one P38, two D1's and one RRC. We made good progress, airing down where Rock Creek Road leaves Dinky Creek Road and making it up to the actual trail head drama free. Once we got on the trail proper progress quickly ground to a halt as we came to our first challenge, an area where the road crossed a stream and the stream had eroded the snow underneath leaving a deep, slick, slushy mess of a water crossing. The RRC gave it a go trying the right, more watery side:




No dice. He ended up high centered on the far side and needed to winch himself out. After that everyone else tried the line to the left with better results, but no one making it through in one shot, needing to either winch or get a tug with a kinetic rope from the vehicle in front. As we were getting the last couple of trucks through the second group caught up with us. We got our last couple through and proceeded onward, again making good progress until about the halfway point where again we were stymied by snow undercut from the stream running below. The RRC lead the way again, trying to stay high with everything locked (front, rear, center) and got himself wedged into the far end of the hole pretty good:




Because of the angle that he was wedged in we had to rig a snatch block and do an angled pull to get him back down onto all four before re-rigging and winching him backwards out of the hole. We cut the high bank of sierra cement down about 3 feet and made a shelf for the inner wheel to ride on and keep the truck more level. After doing that he made it through and hit the second undercut about 100 feet further. Again we cut the snow banks back to try and give the truck a better line to straddle the hole with mixed results. He made it pretty far but still got stuck and had to winch himself forward. After clearing his truck we proceeded to get the two D1's and the Grey Whale (LR3) through both of the undercuts using winches and kinetic ropes.


Hole 1


Hole 2

After spending 3 hours getting the 4 trucks through the undercuts and nearing our predetermined turn around time we decided to send the RRC and the D1 behind him to go scope out the trail conditions further down to see if it was worth getting the remaining two trucks through the holes. Over the hill and about 100 yards down the trail the RRC came upon another section of snow undercut by the creek and proceeded to get two wheels in the air again, sliding down the snow and towards a sizable tree.



At this point we decided it would be best to get him back on all four wheels and to head to a spot to turn around. Winch and manpower were used on this one. I scouted ahead and found a good enough turn around spot about 200 yards down the trail. After a 20 point turn with 33's in the snow we got him heading back the other direction where we tried to tiptoe around the spot where he had just gotten un stuck from. Ended up having to cut the snow bank back to give him room to make it around the undercut and using maxtrax and some judicious use of skinny pedal we were able to get him past the hole with no damage. While we were getting the RRC turned around the rest of the group got the other three trucks turned around through the two holes we had just spent hours getting through. With all four of the trucks through and two trucks from group 2 who had caught up with us we headed back down the trail the way we came. Only problem was that the snow had softened considerably and everyone kept getting bogged down needing a tug here, a winch there or sometimes a little use of both and traction aids to get out of a frame deep hole one had carved themselves when they strayed out of the tracks going up a hill.



This maxtrax was like the sword in the stone. Everyone looked and said "cant be that hard" and tried to pull it out where everyone before them had failed. After 7 failed attempts we broke out the shovel and dug the remaining 3 feet of maxtrax which had been pushed straight into the snow out..


P38 sideways after he hit a soft spot.


Sunset with rising moon at the end of a long day on the trail.

We finally cleared the trail and got back to the main road around 18:00 where everyone aired up and proceeded to head down to Shaver Lake Pizza in town for the traditional post run pizza. Made it back to camp around 20:00 and proceeded to catch up with the rest of the people from group 2 to hear their tales of the trail for the day. Their group wasn't drama free as it turned out. A bent track rod on another RRC which also had one of it's front ARB bumper recovery points ripped through by a soft shackle, and another RRC which slid down an off camber bit into a tree next to the trail creasing his passenger side fender. All in all, a great trip. Cant wait to do it again next year.
 

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Pictures like that motivate me to find the demon in my RRCand get it working again. It was a reliable truck for three years, 20k miles and two cross country trips but **** the bed on me recently.
 

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Pictures like that motivate me to find the demon in my RRCand get it working again. It was a reliable truck for three years, 20k miles and two cross country trips but **** the bed on me recently.
I know what you mean. I ended up riding shotgun to the snow run with a friend due to issues with my truck. I'd been fighting a death wobble in the front end. It was bad enough I stopped driving the truck and started taking the train back and forth to work. I thought it was the drivers side hub, changed that out to no effect. Rotated the tires, no dice there either. All the bushings and tie rod ends are new up front save for my panhard bar. I swapped those out and double checked the alignment last night. Toe was a little off so I fixed that gave all the bolts for the steering box and related brackets an extra turn to snug them down and death wobble is now gone. Today was first time I've driven the truck on the freeway today since December and all is well. No death wobble! Now to fix a few other niggly issues before a trip to death valley the first weekend of March with my son's boy scout troop.
 

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Mine just died on me one day and would crank and stumble but not restart. After towing home and waiting a few days it started and idled perfect but died after about twenty minutes of idling and wouldn't restart for a few hours. Pretty much been doing that since. When it won't start it still has spark and fuel but just won't catch. Tried a few fixes to no effect, next step is new fuel and main relays and pulling the newish (~7500 mile) fuel pump to check out. Frustrated me nough that I went out and bought a Tacoma.
 
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