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Old January 12th, 2009, 10:13 PM   #281
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The smallest rig was on 31's. He was the tailgunner for my group.
I was on just about bald 31'' BFG AT'S and in front of the trail gunner
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Old January 13th, 2009, 04:35 AM   #282
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I have 31s , If it would not have blown the radiator, I am pretty sure I could have kept up on Jim M's run if I would have been in back half, judging from how well it was doing fri night. It really impressed me.
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Old January 13th, 2009, 08:02 AM   #283
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Dan's zuk had 33 boogers
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I think I may have been the smallest in our group on 34's...
My buddy in the white yj had 33" on the back and 32" on the front with a limited slip in the rear and open front and 4 screaming cylinders of stock power, and only got stuck once. Plus he drove it from Grand Rapids and back.
He was right behind the little Zuk.
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Old January 13th, 2009, 12:50 PM   #285
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There was plenty of fun to be had for those of us on smallish tires or driving stock/nearly stock vehicles. Just needed to be a little creative, and get a little help from friends now and then.
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Old January 13th, 2009, 01:24 PM   #286
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My buddy in the white yj had 33" on the back and 32" on the front with a limited slip in the rear and open front and 4 screaming cylinders of stock power, and only got stuck once. Plus he drove it from Grand Rapids and back.
He was right behind the little Zuk.
we watched him all day from the hummer and I must have said at least 5 times, I cant believe how well he is getting around. We had a little conversation about driver skill as well. He did a great job with his equipment. Looked like he had a lot of fun on the cheap.
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I had no problem last year on 33's. Sometimes it's just about wheel speed and momentum. You can't be tailgating the guy in front of you on a hill climb or go real slow into a turn and wait till you start to get bogged down, then mash the gas and expect to make it. Just watch the guy in front of you and keep your distance. If it looks like the guy in front of you on 35's is working hard, you're gonna need a little more wheel speed to possibly make it.

Last year there was a guy in a Cherokee on 29" tires with open diffs who was climbing all sorts of hills, of course he was going about 40mph (not really, that would be unsafe, but his motor was screaming, "before" he started the hill climb) when he hit them, but at least he knew what it might take to make it.

On the other hand, I was with a guy last year who got stuck at almost every turn. In fact, he got stock twice just as soon as we turned off of the paved road onto the trail. He entered the trail like he was Grandma on a Sunday afternoon turning into a parking space at the local sav-a-lot.

You definitely don't need to be on 37's or 42's to have fun on this run, the majority of the time, it's all about the driver and his skills. And if you're new to winter trail riding, you will learn from experience.
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Old January 13th, 2009, 02:06 PM   #288
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I have 31s , If it would not have blown the radiator, I am pretty sure I could have kept up on Jim M's run if I would have been in back half, judging from how well it was doing fri night. It really impressed me.
I was right behind you on Friday night and you were motoring right along. You seemed to have the right wheel speed when you needed it
Your Tracker was doing quite well.

At least until you pushed that tree until it stopped and then broke off in your radiator

I saw the whole thing except for the fact that there must have been a branch sticking out of the tree. We were watching you try to go over the tree, but you were hung up on it. Then, you started pushing it until it got wedged in between another tree and then "snap" it broke, but what we saw that broke was like an 8-10" diameter tree/log, we didn't see any branches sticking out (probably because it was in your radiator)

Glad you had fun.
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I wanted to thanks again to the Sofo guys and gals for putting on such a great event.
It was nice meeting Jim Roy (bult4mud) and Kirk Matson (deathdealer)

Thanks for the sponsors and their donations for the raffle.

The raffle was
2trackmindsoffroad and the 4 (four) $50 gift certificates
2trackmindsoffroad for the t shirt and windshield banner
DTS for the $50 gift certificate
Mumbly's offroad for the shocks
The r/c jeep of whom I can't remember who donated it (my boys are abusing the crap out of it)

At one point, my ticket go pulled three times in a row, cool, but embarrassing.

Thanks for the So-Bling award, my jeep must have apparently been seen before the trail rides, because now I have So-Many-Scratches after following Kelly (ClarkstonCracker) on the night run and Jim (WhiteRhino) through the trails.

By the way, cool looking award Jim, I like the skull and the play on the SoFo name.

Thanks to 2trackmindsoffroad for helping turn my jeep into an awesome trail machine. So-Bling and So-Capable.


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I was right behind you on Friday night and you were motoring right along. You seemed to have the right wheel speed when you needed it
Your Tracker was doing quite well.

At least until you pushed that tree until it stopped and then broke off in your radiator

I saw the whole thing except for the fact that there must have been a branch sticking out of the tree. We were watching you try to go over the tree, but you were hung up on it. Then, you started pushing it until it got wedged in between another tree and then "snap" it broke, but what we saw that broke was like an 8-10" diameter tree/log, we didn't see any branches sticking out (probably because it was in your radiator)

Glad you had fun.
I guess I took one for the team, If I didnt snap off that log it may have lodged in someone elses rig. Better to have been in my junk. Picking up new radiator tomorrow. $141 mistake
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we watched him all day from the hummer and I must have said at least 5 times, I cant believe how well he is getting around. We had a little conversation about driver skill as well. He did a great job with his equipment. Looked like he had a lot of fun on the cheap.
I'll be sure to pass that on to them. The white Yj guy[Glenn], doesnt have a computer anymore, and my buddy Dan[little zuk], doesnt get on here much.
But dont let that little zuk fool you, it is a pretty well built rig and will run many high dollar rigs on the rocks and trails, just lacking a little horse power for the deep snow and sand. I think he was missing his old V8 jeep a little after watching me this weekend. He kept telling me to shut mine down so he could hear his run
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I'll be sure to pass that on to them. The white Yj guy[Glenn], doesnt have a computer anymore, and my buddy Dan[little zuk], doesnt get on here much.
But dont let that little zuk fool you, it is a pretty well built rig and will run many high dollar rigs on the rocks and trails, just lacking a little horse power for the deep snow and sand. I think he was missing his old V8 jeep a little after watching me this weekend. He kept telling me to shut mine down so he could hear his run
That Zuk was a real nice, as was listening to that engine in yours Dan popped his hood to show us the the Zuk motor and at first we thought it was a sewing machine Had lots of fun with everyone, wish we could have mixed the spots up a couple times and met more people. Looking forward to next year and bringing a full top.
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Old January 14th, 2009, 12:57 PM   #293
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LOL.. the 300.00 Yota did OK!!
just had a slight issues going around the rigs on the shoulder....
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Old January 14th, 2009, 01:45 PM   #294
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Paul, you are welcome for the trail ride and the So-bling award. Note that I nominated you for the Bling award as it would have been embarassing to nominate myself....... so I made and extra one that is hanging in my office.

Look for new awards next year of a similar theme but they won't be the same.

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I sure hope that RenegadeII's stainless steel gerry cans at least put him in the running....
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I sure hope that RenegadeII's stainless steel gerry cans at least put him in the running....
What, none of you noticed the polished PTO winch up front????? Dammit I spent 20 minutes with a Mothers powerball getting that thing to shine
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What, none of you noticed the polished PTO winch up front????? Dammit I spent 20 minutes with a Mothers powerball getting that thing to shine
I noticed, I was trying to count how many bolts I would have to undo to get it home
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What, none of you noticed the polished PTO winch up front????? Dammit I spent 20 minutes with a Mothers powerball getting that thing to shine
There are those that wheel and there are those that pimp themselves.
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I always wondered why you had that Pheasant feather in your hat, now I know.
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