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Unread 08-23-2009, 09:49 PM   #1
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Default Hollister 23 Aug

I met up with a few NorCal Chapter TTORA folks for a day of fun at Hollister. I wanted to field test my extended rear swaybar links and new rear Bilstein 5100 (2 in longer than stock). Ok, ok I just really wanted to wheel.

Met up with some TTORA members at Casa de Fruta and proceeded to Hollister SVRA to meet the other 4 trucks and air down. Ran the whole day at 18 psi. I had my son with me to take the photos and vids.



Started off the day with a warmup through an unmarked trail called "The Jungle". This was a medium trail and I ran it with SASd Tacos on 35's. Needless to say the pucker factor was very high and the adrenaline flowing. Pics and vid below...














In this pic, the silver Taco ended up on his side with his mirror in the dirt. He was lucky to back out with only a few scratches to his lower door panel.



Halfway through, one of our trucks (a SASd Isuzu) lost a bead and we had to do a little trail repair. 30 min and we were on our way.





After the trail we went to the lookout for a nice view and a break.





Afterwards, we went to the obstacle course to have lunch and mess around in the mud.



Andries should remember his old nemesis, the Pit. It claimed yet another truck by flooding the electrics. He had to be towed out.







Here's a compilation video of the three obstacles. Messing around with video editing, enjoy!!



Overall I had a great time. Trail carnage was minimal, a lost wheelweight, some scratches, dings in the skidplate and the sliders finally broken in with their first trail scratch . The rear is flexing much better because I could hear my mudflaps protesting under stuffage.











Overall I continue to be astounded by the capabilities of this platform. Screw "Trail Rated", I'm hanging with SAS'd Tacos on 35s and trying stuff I wouldn't dream of. I made it through everything the first time too without getting stuck. I love this truck. Very happy with todays test.

On a side note:
My Rola roof rack is great. No rattles or squeaks and at 70 mph I did not detect any additional wind noise. Half the time I forgot it was even there.
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I had that Jeep thing... But I went to my local Toyota dealer, bought a 4Runner and it cleared that crap right up.

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Unread 08-23-2009, 10:11 PM   #2
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Sweet report.

I always avoid the Jungle trail as the risk of body damage is just way too high in my book. Tires that stick outside the fender also looks like a good idea on that trail.

Looks like you had a blast though!!! Seems like you really wanted to test out the metal to rock sound board
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Wish I knew that before I blindly followed the truck in front of me. I only ended up with a few scratches on the rear bumper after that trail. I think my skidplates and sliders got a workout on the rock garden. Airing down REALLY helps!

You should have seen my wife's face when I showed her the vids.
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Awesome pics and videos. I hope to make it up to Hollister one day.
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Nicely Done Chris!!! I've been wanting to try the Rock Garden for a while. Now that I know you got through successfully I think I'll give it a go when I get my sliders on.
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Here's a few more pics from one of the TTORA members. Really shows my rear flexin' nicely with the longer shocks and swaybar links.













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Nice flex. Do you get any rubbing with the 33s and full flex?
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Yes,
I'm rubbing on the rear mudflap bolts and flap (both sides). Here's pic...



This is the first time I've rubbed the rear mudflap since I put on the 33's. I have some ideas to relocate the mudflap an inch back using small hinges so the mudflap will fold up and glide over rocks without getting torn off. That way I will be legal for the highway and no more rubbing.
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Mudflaps normally get torn off if you have to back up while on an obstacle. They seem to bend fine going forward, but going back they get caught by the tire and get ripped.
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man i miss hollister, it feels like forever since ive been!! who wants to go???
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man i miss hollister, it feels like forever since ive been!! who wants to go???
I'd love to go if it wasn't so far for a day trip. I'd need to spend the night or weekend up in NorCal for that to be an option.
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I thought with 33" mt's the flaps gotta go.
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Cool report Looks like you guys had a blast! ....and ate good too.
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Updated post #1 with compilation video of the three obstacles.
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