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Old 01-08-2009, 06:37 PM
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Vermejo's OffRoad Log 2009

For 2009 most of my Trip/Trail reports will be consolidated into one thread. Enjoy…



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Give me a shovel cause I'm diggin that Yota! Sweet pic man!
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Old 01-08-2009, 06:43 PM
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Chile Canyons 1-3-09

Saturday we met up with fellow Las Cruces 4WD Club members to run in the Chile Canyons. My sister’s boyfriend Phil from the UK tagged along for the ride. The trail leader decided on Patzcuarro’s Revenge/Rocatillo Rapids, Extreme rated trails, to my discontent. I managed a couple hundred yards before flatting. Following a quick change I managed a bit further before realizing I was over my head. After I watching the other trucks crawl through the boulder chutes pivoting with full body contact, I called it quits. A bit embarrassed I broke from the group and crept out of the canyon. We retired the rest of the day to running the foothills; nice and easy.

Trail Info: http://lascrucesfourwheeldriveclub.c...d=33&Itemid=47

















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Looks like fun!

So did you end up swapping your axle shafts with the poly performance shafts? What about your front CV's? Are they holding up alright with the 35's?

Also, are you running a 10" rim? Your tires look really wide for a 315/75 ??!

What are you using up front suspension wise? You get decent stuff from your IFS.
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Originally Posted by SC4Runner View Post
Looks like fun!

So did you end up swapping your axle shafts with the poly performance shafts? What about your front CV's? Are they holding up alright with the 35's?

Also, are you running a 10" rim? Your tires look really wide for a 315/75 ??!

What are you using up front suspension wise? You get decent stuff from your IFS.
I did end up getting the PolyPerformance shafts and will never look back. I’ve run though half a dozen CV’s in the past year in what I will say was “aftermarket CV shaft testing”: They all failed miserably. I’m now on to salvage yard factory shafts and doing better. Rims are 8 inch M/T, the backspacing and removed fenders may make em’ look a bit wider. The suspension set up is Sonoran Steel’s 1.2.
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Dona Ana Mountains Run: 1-31-09

Saturday the LC4WD Club met to pre-run trails that will be part of our annual Chile Challenge event. Departing as two groups; hard and extreme- I found myself with 3 Rubicons when the dust cleared. All “vehicle make grunting” aside, I’ve known most of these guys for years and enjoy the company. The Dona Ana Mountains are our sick little version of Moab. Many of the slopes are solid rock but feature a dusting of shale to the likings of crusher-fine. The climbs and descents place drivers in precarious off-camber situations that would allow a roll to continue for a quarter mile in many areas. Not so difficult are the obstacles than the loose traction and consequences for error.























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Old 02-23-2009, 06:40 PM
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Chile Challenge - February 18-21, 2009




Broad Canyon : ClickHere

Dona Ana Mountains : ClickHere

Upper Broad Canyon : ClickHere


In a sea of Jeeps: I made friends, witnessed the worst of the unwary and escaped without breakage.
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Beautiful pics as always. Do you have a build up thread on your rig?
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Thanks guys

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It sure looked pretty in the beginning
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The black-n-white photography gives excellent contrast in the desert-like setting, nicely done, you should post more!
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Very cool idea putting into an online log like this...Great Pics!

Pretty nice truck too for an IFS truck
Seriously like it, looked at the build thread, it has gone through some transitions, definitely like the current wheels over the FJ's..just remember a build is never done
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Cruise Moab 2009

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Hell’s Revenge
Golden Spike
Behind the Rocks
Poison Spider Mesa

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nice pics! looks like fun
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That Land Cruiser pic, 2nd from the top, has to be one of the most amazing pictures I've ever seen

Looks like an awesome time!

Btw: what camera, lens, and filter are you using? You take AMAZING pictures!

And you've inspired me to get my Yota running agian

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cool pictures. thanks.
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Thanks for the kind words. Moab is quite a place; more than just wheeling to be enjoyed there.

With Cruise Moab, Rising Sun puts on quite an event. As the pics show- any level vehicle/driver will have a good time.
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Gila Summer



This past weekend I traveled into the Gila with Jones, my GSD. Over the past few months, using 50 year old FS Maps and Google Earth, I patched a long route from Mogollion to Reserve. The route covered over 200 miles of OPEN roads that traversed everything from fern carpeted forest to high desert plains. I’m always amazed at what I still have to discover here.

The Gila provides thousands of miles of road by way of rugged and remote terrain. As help or assistance is rare in these parts, it’s advised to go well prepared. I drove over 200 miles without seeing anything but wildlife.



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