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 Posted: Sun Nov 5th, 2017 03:40 am
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So the point of this thread is to log some of my four wheeling adventures. When I can't get out in the dirt myself or work on the truck, I like to live vicariously through others and read about their trips. This thread is for those of you like me. Feel free to comment as you see fit. All four wheeling/adventuring/outdoorsy/BS discussion is welcome!


So I've been into four wheeling since before I could drive. In fact, its been the motivation behind most of the stuff I've done to my truck. I'm a gear head, but I also like camping and getting out in the woods. Wheeling is a nice way of combining the two. But, like most hobbies, it seems like I never have enough time or money to throw at it.

This season, has been a little different. I've been fortunate enough to make it out on several wheeling trips. This was mainly because I got involved with a local 4x4 club (Glass City Crawlers). I also I finally got the truck to a point where I could take on some more technical stuff. 

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Back in June, I went on my first run with GCC to Bundy hill offroad park. Like all of the trips I've been on since, I was the only non-jeeper there. I ran with their "beginner" group, which turned out to be a little too easy for the danger ranger. I did an awful job taking pictures on this trip. I've gotten better, I promise.
 















A month or so later, I made a solo (well, a buddy went with me, but we only took one vehicle) trip to Vinton County in Southern Ohio. Vinton county has some awesome scenery and miles of unmaintained public roads that are more "trail" than "road".



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These were on Macedonia church road. I had heard this was an interesting road to run as there it took you past an abandoned church out in the woods. The church was kind of a let down, but the road/trail was fun, albeit short.











Next we ran township road 3. The trail started out pretty tame, but got pretty technical about 1.5 miles in (long washed out hill climb with 3 decent sized rock ledges/steps). By this time it had started raining pretty hard and the creek bed that the trail had been weaving in and out of started to fill with run off, and I didn't really want to attempt the hill climb in the rain, so we figured we better turn around and head back to the paved road. I made time for a photo op on the way out.










From township road 3, we headed south a ways to stone quarry road. Like the name implies, the road ran next to an abandoned quarry. We spent the rest of the day playing around there and exploring the power line access roads that spurred off from stone quarry road.








An old bridge we stumbled across. Was about as sketchy as it looks. There was a noticeable sag in it when we walked across.









The power company was in the middle of replacing a number of poles on one of the lines running through the area. We came around a corner on one of the access roads and were face to face with this. Not exactly what I expected to see that far out in the woods.






As we were leaving stone quarry, the sun was going down. So I stopped and got a little artsy with the iPhone camera.








About a week later, I went back up to Bundy Hill with the Glass City Crawlers. This time we had a smaller group, so we all ran in one trail group.






















Fast-forward a few weeks, and I headed back up to Bundy (seeing a pattern? haha).  This was my third trip up there, so I started getting a little more adventurous with what obstacles I was attempting. Again, I was the only non-jeeper there. Which I've learned is not really a bad thing. The ranger ends up getting a lot of attention. And, everybody is amazed that something other than a jeep can tackle un-paved terrain. It actually turns out to be a little bit of an ego boost.









































My most recent trip, also to bundy (Really hoping to branch out a little next season  haha), was last weekend.  I almost didn't make this one. I went out and had a beer or twelve the night before, which made it a bit of struggle to wake up at the crack of dawn and climb in the truck. But I ended up goin, and im glad I did. Ended up being beautiful weather and a great day of wheeling, even if my head was pounding.


















































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JAMMAN wrote: Hey Jimmy please read my PM before continuing this thread, thank you!

Read and replied!  :rock



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 Posted: Sun Nov 5th, 2017 07:28 pm
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loomdog32 wrote: Nice to see what looks to be a single Ranger in a sea of Jeeps!!


Thanks!    I was definitely the only ranger in those groups.  I've actually yet to meet another ranger out on the trails. We're a rarity here in jeep country  haha



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I came across this and it screamed the thread at me.. 

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loomdog32 wrote:


I came across this and it screamed the thread at me.. 




Lol!         I’ve actually started responding to the jeepers’ questioning looks with “It’s a ranger thing, you wouldn’t understand”.   







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Made it out on my last trip of the year last weekend. We made the 2.5 drive from the glass city to Southington Offroad Park in northeast ohio. This might be the farthest I've driven for a wheeling trip. And I'm not sure I'd want to go any farther for a day trip.   Haha  Anyway, 6 jeeps and I left out of Toledo at the ass crack of dawn Sunday. Three guys trailer their rigs and 4 of drove. When we got to the park, we met up with a few people from the Bantam Jeep Club from PA. This brought our group up to 9 (5 Jks, 1 YJ, 1 ZJ, 1 LJ and a ranger) After checking in and getting our safety talk, we headed out on the trails.

 

We started off on "backwoods". It wasn't overly technical, but was rutted all to hell. This made it a little more challenging for the ranger.




 




 




Stopped and played on some rocks. With IFS, open differentials and not a ton of ground clearance, I usually shy away from rocks. But I was feeling adventurous haha Later on in the day, the rocks weren't optional. 

 




 




Rock Crawling..ish   The ranger did not attempt  haha

 




 




Stopped for a group photo. (We chose this spot because the JK in the above photo broke a half shaft on this obstacle. This is where he parked when he came down)

 

 


 

After this the group from PA headed home. The guy with the broken half shaft and one of the other JKs also called it a day. After seeing them on their way, the remaining rigs headed over to the other side of the property to play some more.

 




 




 

Took another group photo

 




 




 




 

Perched the truck up here for a photo op

 




 




 

At this point we had an hr and half or so left befor the park closed, so we headed ack to the main part of the property to run a trail called "wall crawl".

 




Looking down the trail from the start of wall crawl

 




 




 




 




 










An here is where things went south  lol  I knew this obstacle was gonna be stretch for the long wheel based ranger. I didn't have enough break over clearance, and high-centered on a boulder. After attempting to stack rocks under the tires a few times, we hooked up a strap and drug her off.

 




 

That rock behind my rear tire is the one that did me in.

 




 




 

After finishing the rest of wall crawl, we headed back to the parking lot, got the trailered guys loaded up and set out on our trek home. It was a great day of wheeling with a great group of people on some awesome trails. I'll definitely be making the drive back over to Southington when I get the chance.

 

 

Cool bridge on I80 just east of Cleveland

 




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1st post, 17th photo down.. Unless Safari Snorkels did an actual design change I'm unaware of, your buddy in the 3rd Gen 4Runner there has his snorkel inlet on backwards.. Not sure if it was temporary in use that way or not but just for the information being available.

All Air Ram inlet hoods MUST be installed with the screen facing forward to ensure best performance. Airflow restriction will not be reduced if the Air Ram faces sideways; but if it faces backwards, restriction does increase and adversely affects engine performance.


This off the Airflow site.....
In the case of the air ram being turned away from the direction of travel the result is lessening of the positive pressure that is desirable. In the extreme, a vacuum is caused (i.e. turning the air ram backwards which may cause engine damage and should only be used over short distances).

This off the Donaldson site....
All Air Ram inlet hoods MUST be installed with the screen facing forward to ensure best performance. Airflow restriction will not be reduced if the Air Ram faces sideways; but if it faces backwards, restriction does increase and adversely affects engine performance.

But then this off the Safari site....
By rotating the air ram to face away from the prevailing wind/direction of motion, the air ram delivers additional protection from the choking effects of snow build-up inside the air intake.

If the concern is dirt or mud being ingested, a pre cleaner would suit better unless raining, then I'd remove it and have just the snorkel head. Everyone is forgets what causes the air to go into the snorkel as it is air pressure and not air speed.

Now there is the case of if the snorkel was high enough to be out of the pressure caused by the vehicle moving forward, then forward facing would CERTAINLY be needed or you'd have a case or turbulent air behind the snorkel and no airflow at all and in this case if it was sideways the air would be sucked out of the snorkel...

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Undrstm8ed wrote: 1st post, 17th photo down.. Unless Safari Snorkels did an actual design change I'm unaware of, your buddy in the 3rd Gen 4Runner there has his snorkel inlet on backwards.. Not sure if it was temporary in use that way or not but just for the information being available.

All Air Ram inlet hoods MUST be installed with the screen facing forward to ensure best performance. Airflow restriction will not be reduced if the Air Ram faces sideways; but if it faces backwards, restriction does increase and adversely affects engine performance.


This off the Airflow site.....
In the case of the air ram being turned away from the direction of travel the result is lessening of the positive pressure that is desirable. In the extreme, a vacuum is caused (i.e. turning the air ram backwards which may cause engine damage and should only be used over short distances).

This off the Donaldson site....
All Air Ram inlet hoods MUST be installed with the screen facing forward to ensure best performance. Airflow restriction will not be reduced if the Air Ram faces sideways; but if it faces backwards, restriction does increase and adversely affects engine performance.

But then this off the Safari site....
By rotating the air ram to face away from the prevailing wind/direction of motion, the air ram delivers additional protection from the choking effects of snow build-up inside the air intake.

If the concern is dirt or mud being ingested, a pre cleaner would suit better unless raining, then I'd remove it and have just the snorkel head. Everyone is forgets what causes the air to go into the snorkel as it is air pressure and not air speed.

Now there is the case of if the snorkel was high enough to be out of the pressure caused by the vehicle moving forward, then forward facing would CERTAINLY be needed or you'd have a case or turbulent air behind the snorkel and no airflow at all and in this case if it was sideways the air would be sucked out of the snorkel...



He probably just had the inlet on backwards, to be honest.  

I believe the snorkel was on it when he bought it.



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Got out and did a little snow wheeling this past weekend. I told myself last fall that I wasn't gonna drive the truck once the snow started flying in an effort to keep the salt off of it. Well, the little kid in me couldn't pass up a chance to go out and play in the snow, so now I have a truck covered in a nice layer of salt, ice, and frozen mud...    haha     But, it was a fun trip and well worth the current condition of the truck. 

We had a pretty good sized group of people given the weather conditions. (It's been pretty cold here in the Midwest. The high that day was like 9 degrees) There were 13 rigs and about 20 people. As usual, I was the only non-jeeper. We split up into 2 trail groups once we got there, since getting a group of 13 rigs through the woods in the snow would've been a slow process. 


I didn't take a ton of pictures (it was cold and I'm a wuss  lol) but here are the few I did take. 

Flexing on stuff :rock   This was while we were waiting for one of the guys to remove what was left of a very expensive JRI shock (he had a bit of bad luck and broke a shock shaft 5 mins into the trail)

 


Waiting in my nice warm truck while the tan JK gets winched out of a tree. He slid slide off the trail and this tree on the side of the hill caught him. 





The frozen tundra




Heading into the woods 



Shitty mirror picture of the rigs lined up behind me




Waiting on some traffic





Creepin through the woods 





King of the hill




King of the hill (from a different angle)




Waiting for the guys in the back to catch up





Guy with the broken shock working his way through a tight spot in the trail.




Waiting on a few people to make their way through an obstacle 





JKU got a little tipsy 




JKU stuck.  I made it through this same spot over the summer... when it was dry    haha




Some of the other rigs












After leaving Bundy. 




I broke through some ice a couple of times and ended up playing in the mud underneath. Here are a few shots of the mud and ice caked up on the front end.












All of this extra crap on the front end caused one hell of a vibration. I couldn't do more than about 45mph before things got out of hand. I actually stopped at a car wash on the way home and got the wheels cleaned up a little so I could do the speed limit. 






All-in-all, it was a great trip. The truck did pretty well in the 6-8" of snow that was on the ground. I was less than impressed with the duratracs in the icy conditions. As usual, I didn't air them down, which may have been part of the problem. But myself and another guy that was running them noticed a distinct lack of traction compared to the other rigs in our group. Next time I'm out in the snow, I'm going to try airing them down and see if that helps things. 

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Love the snow pics, really makes me laud over four wheel drive :(

The frozen buildup is crazy! seems like the Ranger really held it's own though.


Whilst this probably won't help you much, i really liked how well my Bridgestones performed in the snow on my 4x2.



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MaDMaXX wrote: Love the snow pics, really makes me laud over four wheel drive :(

The frozen buildup is crazy! seems like the Ranger really held it's own though.


Whilst this probably won't help you much, i really liked how well my Bridgestones performed in the snow on my 4x2.


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Yea, I was quite surprised at how bad the build up was on the front end. But, guess that’s what you get when it’s 9 degrees   Lol.  



She usually doesn’t have a problem keeping up with the jeepers (much to their surprise.  :q).



Over all, I’ve been pretty happy with the duratracs, and would buy them again in a heart beat. But, and everyone I talk to says the same thing, they do not do well with packed snow or light snow build up on the roads. This is probably because they are a more aggressive tire with less contact area.   They do great in deeper fresh snow and during the other 3 seasons though. Lol.  










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Went on a long over-due wheeling trip this past weekend, so I've got some pictures for a long over-due thread update. The ranger and I went to Wellsville, OH with the Glass City Crawlers to play on over 4,000 acres of hills, woods, and creek beds. What an awesome area! It has a "questionable" reputation, but the trails and scenery are AMAZING. 

Started off the day with a group photo (of course). Once again, I was the only ranger in the group. The hill behind is called scooby (or this one may have been shaggy...  ). We had to descend this hill after the photo, and that was the most uncomfy 400 yards of my life  lol    Hill is super steep and washed out, which made for quite a few pucker-moments. 






Coming down scooby (I have no clue why this photo is sideways, and it wot let me rotate it, so just turn your head and use your imagination  lol)






Some of the other rigs in the group










Random pics of the ranger kicking ass














Burnt up the warn winch connectors during a self recovery. Thankfully, I didn't need it the rest of the trip. This is like my third set of these connectors, so I really need to figure out what I'm doing wrong haha





























More group photos. These jeepers are real big on photos, which is a blessing, because I'm awful at them. 










All in all, it was a great trip. Once again, the truck surprised the hell out of me. I was playing out of my league the whole weekend (I had the smallest tire, only IFS rig, and was one of only two open diff rigs), but the truck kept up. I did leave with some body damage. I caved in the passenger side rocker panel and tore up the passenger side ext. cab door pretty good. Thankfully, I think I can pound out the rocker panel and I have a replacement door already (old one was really rotted out anyway). Could've been muchhhhhh worse.



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That looks like a lot of fun! Open diff can be cured.



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JAMMAN wrote:
That looks like a lot of fun! Open diff can be cured.


Yea, for a price!   Haha.    A rear locker is on my list, but not very close to the top. I really like mikeriders setup, and am kind of copying his truck. 



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 Posted: Sat Jun 23rd, 2018 02:49 pm
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Looks like a lot of fun.



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 Posted: Sat Jun 23rd, 2018 02:53 pm
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black06xlt wrote:
Is there any place in Ohio like an off road park

There’s Powerline Park  and Phoenix off road in the south-east corner of the state and thrashing trails and big maples farm in the Dayton area (don’t know if thrashing is still open), but I haven’t been to any of those (yet).

Southington is up near Cleveland and is a really nice facility. Wellsville (not a park per-say) is on the eastern border of the state and is 4000 acres of Offroad fun.   And there’s also the miles of unmaintained county roads down in Vinton County ( south of Columbus)


Im sure there are others, but that’s what I’m aware of.



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 Posted: Sat Jun 23rd, 2018 07:13 pm
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Jimmyspy wrote:
black06xlt wrote:

Is there any place in Ohio like an off road park

There’s Powerline Park  and Phoenix off road in the south-east corner of the state and thrashing trails and big maples farm in the Dayton area (don’t know if thrashing is still open), but I haven’t been to any of those (yet).

Southington is up near Cleveland and is a really nice facility. Wellsville (not a park per-say) is on the eastern border of the state and is 4000 acres of Offroad fun.   And there’s also the miles of unmaintained county roads down in Vinton County ( south of Columbus)


Im sure there are others, but that’s what I’m aware of.

Powerline park is just up the road from my house but its closed. Only runs going on there are the GNCC races



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 Posted: Sat Jun 23rd, 2018 07:17 pm
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Jimmyspy wrote:
JAMMAN wrote:

That looks like a lot of fun! Open diff can be cured.


Yea, for a price!   Haha.    A rear locker is on my list, but not very close to the top. I really like mikeriders setup, and am kind of copying his truck. 



black06xlt wrote:

I would love to attend one of these outings


I’d love to wheel with another ranger for a change!   Haha

We should all meet up one day and do some trail riding. Kinda like a small ranger meet



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 Posted: Sat Jun 23rd, 2018 07:33 pm
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I'd want to get at least a front hitch and a winch before I taste the great outdoors. A torsen for the rear at least would be nice. Would be like taking a knife to a gun fight otherwise.



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