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Old June 28th, 2009, 10:05 AM   #1
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Default The proof is here with pics.

I've heard rumors of a certain Rockwelled ZJ doing a field test rollover of a patented exo-cage. Where's the proof?????

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Old June 28th, 2009, 02:48 PM   #2
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its true. i have seen the video and it appears that anthony was running the crap out of the zj too. im sure when paul has time the video will be up.

the field test looked good as the cage provided the needed saftey and protection needed for him and his son. im glad no one was hurt
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Did it leave a bacon trail at the scene of the crash...er..test?
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Old June 28th, 2009, 03:07 PM   #4
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the field test looked good as the cage provided the needed saftey and protection needed for him and his son. im glad no one was hurt
Bravo! Safety first, poking at someone second. I heard that both dad and junior walked away fine.

Anthony, where's the big writeup when we need it?
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Old June 28th, 2009, 05:39 PM   #5
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i was there and i can say it was a good roll.. and he still continued to Beat the hell out of it more then i have seen a rig get Beat on in a while.. it was cool to see
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Old June 28th, 2009, 05:44 PM   #6
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hes deff let his foot push a little more than when he first got it done!!! where did this happen?
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Their isn't a whole lot of exo-caged vehicles getting wheeled hard, and even fewer that have rolled. Being I run a half exo-cage It would be cool to see the aftermath and how well the cage held up.

Glad everyone walked away
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Old June 28th, 2009, 10:39 PM   #9
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I have road with him . He has a great knowledge of his rig Now and is a very good driver. The ZJ is a well built rig and HATS OFF to all who built it. We had it well on its side rubbing tree and bashing over rock drop offs. I would believe that this RIG could handle all he can put it threw. Keep it wheeling Anthony
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Old June 28th, 2009, 10:51 PM   #10
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I will chime in here. 1st. off, the reason there hasn't been any mention of it yet, is I have been in Oregon dealing with my mother's death. As it turns out, as I was rolling down the hill at Turtle Ridge on Drummond Island the weekend of June 20th. 2009, my wife was advised that there was a sheriff waiting at the gate entrance and needed to see me. It was a family emergency. How ever I wasn't told about it until after the rig was righted. It seems that my mother had passed away that thursday, and no one could find me until Saturday. I got home Sunday night and was on a plane Monday morning at 4am headed for Oregon. I will be leaving out Monday (tomorrow the 29th.) driving my mother's van back. I have been pre-occupied the whole week with her affairs, so I am sorry I didn't post sooner.

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With that being said, it is true, I would like to first reassure everyone that I believe in "safety first", and so does my wife. I had all of the protection one could have in place during this trip (harnesses, helmets, & custom seats). Now, I rolled the Jeep over hitting all three sides in the process. I was straped in, and so was my son, he was restrained in the rear Twisted Stitch Off-Road narrowed bench seat wearing a 5 point harness and a DOT helmet. (thanks CHOP for tying that rear seat mount into the cage). I was getting into a hill I had already made it up once (With my son. It was fun so we hit it again.), when my rear steer suddenly kicked (which will hopefully be fixed when I get back), and the rig shot to the left just enough to run the front driver's side tire up a 3' tall stump at the top of the hill, and causing me to roll over backwards, hitting the cage down the top driver side, and continuing to roll over the roof, and then resting on the passenger side leaning against some trees that stopped the roll down the hill. I'm thinking it would have landed wheel side up if those 2 trees weren't there, but you never know.

I want to thank everyone who was involved in the rescue of my son. I was out of my harness in less than a second I think. Believe it or not, I was turning off power to things in the Jeep & shut off the key while I was rolling over. It seemed so slow, and like it was taking forever, but I was calm as could be. Once it stopped and I was out of my harness, I checked on Sebby. He was just hanging sideways. I asked him if he was ok, and he said "it felt like a rollercoaster, can we do it again daddy?", I laughed, and then he said "can you get me out here?". I put my hand under his side, and released his harness, he fell into my arm, and I handed him up out the door to the other wheelers who were there helping to get him out. I guess they were following the Jeep down the hill as I was rolling, and they were on top of it before it even stopped rocking.

After I got out and was able to check on Sebby closer, he was still pumped, and gave me a hand slap and, said "lets go again.". Gotta love kids.

With the help of 3 winches, and some good recovery guys, the Jeep was righted again. Fired it up, blew out the white smoke, and then headed for the gate.

I want to also thank everyone for their support when I found out the bad news. I couldn't have been around a better bunch of wheelers when I found out about my mother. I talked to my wife, and we decided that we couldn't do anything until Monday anyways, so we decided to keep wheeling the rest of the day.

As CHOP said above, I beat the hell out of it on the mini rubicon and a couple other trails for about 2 more hours after that. (with out my son in the rig this time, as I was emotionally upset, and it showed). It kind of felt good to just go and go trying to do anything that was in my way. I had to finally be stopped by a few buddies as it was getting late.

Needless to say, the cage held up extremely well for having that much weight on it. During the roll over a rock did make contact with the top passenger side of the windshield, shattering that side, and another rock contacted the roof on the front passenger side. I did bounce off of a few trees during the continued beating and bent in the cage doors. Those should be easy to remake. To follow are a few pics of the roll. There is video out there, but it has to be edited first.

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CHOP heading up to get the winch line:


A view from the belly of the beast:






The roof:


My son giving me five, asking to do it again:


A shot of the after math headed back on the ferry (there were 3 other tow rigs & trailers in our little convoy heading home, but we were split up at the ferry):

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Old June 28th, 2009, 11:47 PM   #11
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Nice pic's, Glad that no one got hurt......
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Old June 29th, 2009, 01:14 AM   #12
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Sorry to hear about your Mom. That sucks man. Glad your son was okay in the roll too.
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Old June 29th, 2009, 04:54 AM   #13
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God speed for your MOM . Sorry for your lost. Buddy.

All I see is minor scratches and some raidiant deflextion for the interior. Nice shot of the skids as well Bring it up when you get back from out west for phys. Threopy . A good tree and rock rub down always feels good.

Glad to see the back window is still OK
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sorry to hear about your mom ... you need a trail tested tough badge on the zj now .
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Old June 29th, 2009, 08:30 AM   #15
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Anthony- sorry to hear about your Mom and glad to see that you both are OK.

I hope my cage holds up as well as your did when the time comes.
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Anthony,
Sorry to hear about your mom. Your day sounds like it was pretty rough.

Nice pics. Does anyone have video?
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Old June 29th, 2009, 08:45 AM   #17
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sorry to here about your mom Anthony.


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Their isn't a whole lot of exo-caged vehicles getting wheeled hard, and even fewer that have rolled. Being I run a half exo-cage It would be cool to see the aftermath and how well the cage held up.

Glad everyone walked away
my exo has held up fine. i have rolled it 11 times now.
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Old June 29th, 2009, 08:54 AM   #18
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Anthony,
Sorry to hear about your mom. Your day sounds like it was pretty rough.

Nice pics. Does anyone have video?

Yes there is, my wife got the video from the top of the hill, but you can only imagine what it sounded like when she my tires head for the sky, a lot of scared screaming from a concerned mother.

I know Paul "Night Krawler" has some, and there was some other fella's that has a good angle on the roll over as well, who is supposed to be getting me a copy of the whole trip. I think his name was Jason, and he was riding with his brother.



I also want to say thanks to everyone who has replied knowing about what happened with my mother. I appreciate all of the support.

I'm headed out the door of the hotel right now, and hitting the highway for a 36 hour drive, so I will check back in with you all in about 3 days.

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Old June 29th, 2009, 08:58 AM   #19
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sorry for the loss


rig looks even better now!
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Here is a clip of just the rollover. I will have more video of what led up to the rollover and more video of the "abuse" that still went on afterward...but not now.

As Anthony said, everyone was ok, and that was because safety was first. Everyone was properly buckled in and his son even had a helmet on


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Another pic of the belly





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Before shot (one of the attempts before the rollover)

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