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Old 08-02-2012, 09:02 PM   #11
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Another point to remember is that when Dina says something is clicking it is time to stop and check it out.
Oh God! That is like admitting she was right when she said I told you so!
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Old 08-02-2012, 09:05 PM   #12
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Did I read right, the steep hill which you couldn't go up backwards in 4wd locked, you were able to go up forwards in 2wd unlocked (after the explosions)? I've only got 2wd so I can't back up any hill, but I would have thought with 4x4 it wouldn't matter which direction you're going?
It really wasn't your average road conditions. You had to have been there to appreciate it. As I said up above, I am kicking myself now for even attempting it. I have done category 5 trails before with this vehicle and this was something beyond that.
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Old 08-02-2012, 09:09 PM   #13
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Rock On!

Thanks for posting the pics of the lake, looks like a GREAT trip!
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Old 08-03-2012, 07:55 AM   #14
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After 43 years of marriage I finally discovered that they are always RIGHT !!!
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Old 08-27-2012, 11:56 AM   #15
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Charlie, don't let this keep you from going back! You learned a lesson but you still made it. Next time you will be more aware of how the lockers should be used and you'll do fine.

I'd like to go with you and check it out in my 4x4 van.

Did you air your tires down? I'm not as heavy (7,000lbs ish), but I air down pretty low...like 12psi. My tires are bigger but airing down is really important.

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Old 08-27-2012, 02:18 PM   #16
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I do air down sometimes, but am pretty careful as to when where and how much. When I first got the van I aired the BFG's down to 25 psi. I learned that created way too much bulge on rocky trails. My sidewalls took a beating from the sharp rocks. Couple that with the fact they were only D rated tires and you have a bad situation brewing. Sand is a different issue, I took them down low last year when traversing the sandy gravel washes along the Mojave Road. I try never to go under 35 with the BFG's, or just enough to give me a bigger traction footprint or soften the ride on washboards.

Start thinking about a SMB group run for 2013. Our Death Vally trip was great last April.
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Old 09-03-2013, 09:13 PM   #17
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Great lesson. Even better that you made it out under your own power.


If you don't mind, could you post some basic specs of your van?

I know its EB from the pic... But what size tires are you running and what engine? Thanks!
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:22 PM   #18
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When both axle shafts are forced to rotate at exactly the same speed while in a sharp turn, bad things can happen.

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Herb hit the nail on the head. I would add that I think about using my lockers to pull me. Not necessarily applicable in a down hill situation.

For down hill, 4WD Low and shifter in lowest gear are your friends. Brakes if required.

A good lesson to learn from those that have paid the price ahead of us. Thanks for sharing!

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Great lesson. Even better that you made it out under your own power.


If you don't mind, could you post some basic specs of your van?

I know its EB from the pic... But what size tires are you running and what engine? Thanks!
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The wheels are 17 x 9 aluminum with 12.5 wide by 35 diameter tires.

But alas, its not mine anymore. EV-2 is a completely different animal.
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Charlie ,
Who or What is EV2 , catchy name !
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