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fatwreck
January 23rd, 2006, 09:49 AM
I went up to the North Sand Hills Recreation Area this weekend (3.5 hour drive) to meet up with Bob from TNT Customs (RockYacht) and some of the other members from this board. I'm glad I made the trip out there....it was worth every penny.

There were some of the sickest rigs I've seen there. Plenty of big CJs, a couple of really nice EBs, a YJ buggy, an H1, some nice XJs, etc. One of the CJs on 42s had a 383 stroker WITH a super charger. :thumbsup: :thumbsup: It was pretty sick to see those guys throw snow behind them when it was 3-4 ft. deep.....spinning all 4 tires.

I had a hard time even following some of the tracks they made. You know it's deep when the guys on 42s are dragging diffs.....there was no way I was going to be able to follow them everywhere with my 35s. I still had a good time though.

I'm hoping some other people can come through with some pictures of the trip. I lost my digital camera out there in the last 1/2 hour. I know right where I left it, but there was no going back when I realized it. It was late in the day. I still had 3.5 hours to drive home and I only had 1/4 tank of gas left. I just couldn't go back for it. :thumbsdown:

Here is the video. I hope you enjoy it despite the limited footage that I shot:
right click, save target as (http://www.projectxj.com/videos/northsandhills.wmv)

kPs
January 23rd, 2006, 10:14 AM
That first shot sounds like your rig puttin out the horses. (sweet) Looks like a blast!!

fatwreck
January 23rd, 2006, 10:20 AM
haha....I wish. The exhaust on my rig sounds pretty good, but not that good. The audio you are hearing is the 400+ hp rig that is running up the other hill about 200 yrds away. ;)

kPs
January 23rd, 2006, 10:22 AM
All in due time...:) Sucks about the camera:shrug:

dmeis
January 23rd, 2006, 10:40 AM
Here's a big video of Eric. Notice how deep my tires are in the snow. The go pedal is on the one on the right.:D
right click save as (http://www.colorado4x4.org/dmeis/walden106/MOV04121.MPG)

Some pics...
This one was our best...
http://www.colorado4x4.org/dmeis/walden106/tn_DSC04119.JPG
Look at how the snow is formed after Eric's front axle passes over it...the misting of snow and the razor like edge on the drivers side. You can barely tell there is even an axle under the Jeep. :) haha

Seriously stuck... while I was tuning the injection I guess Dawn was taking the pics...What's Jason looking at and where is his shovel?
http://www.colorado4x4.org/dmeis/walden106/tn_DSC04112.JPG

What were these guys looking at?
http://www.colorado4x4.org/dmeis/walden106/tn_DSC04117.JPG

Oh yeah, this is what they were looking at... I didn't know this guy and I never heard if he got out.
http://www.colorado4x4.org/dmeis/walden106/tn_DSC04116.JPG

Wild Hare
January 23rd, 2006, 11:03 AM
nice lil video fatwreck, thanx for postin it.

Wally
January 23rd, 2006, 12:33 PM
DAMN that looks like a LOT of fun!!! The only snow wheeling i've done is billings and 21 road in the snow, and if you care the least bit about your sheet metal i do not recommend doing that :D

SilverstoneXJ
January 23rd, 2006, 05:17 PM
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Glad to see a few got to have fun on the run...

.

TJ_Shunk
January 23rd, 2006, 05:37 PM
I've got some pictures and I am working on a video (it will be small though) Let me get them uploaded and I will post them

-Matt

Steve
January 23rd, 2006, 08:16 PM
Wish I could have made it, but that's just too far from here with driving over the mountains, towing the EB, in the winter. :(

WyoBinder
January 23rd, 2006, 08:29 PM
Nice video,,, and Voodo Glow Skulls to top it off!!! :)

Colin
January 23rd, 2006, 08:37 PM
awesome!

willyb
January 23rd, 2006, 08:42 PM
Had a good time tearing up the snow and gettin' stuck... Here are a few shots I snapped during the day...

http://www.supermotors.org/getfile/284557/fullsize/Walden'06%20001.jpg

http://www.supermotors.org/getfile/284561/fullsize/Walden'06%20003.jpg

http://www.supermotors.org/getfile/284559/fullsize/Walden'06%20002.jpg

http://www.supermotors.org/getfile/284562/fullsize/Walden'06%20007.jpg

I think it's time for more power and some bigger rubber :flipoff2:

-Will

Jeffro600
January 23rd, 2006, 10:24 PM
Woah....i didnt even recognize your XJ with bobs front bumper on there. Really makes it look different!

MMIXJ
January 23rd, 2006, 11:57 PM
what's w/ the JPMagazine placard? you guys get some coverage?

P.S. thanks for the invite! :flipoff2:

(ah, who am i kidding... i wouldn't have driven that far anyway.
heck if i want to get stuck in the snow i can just drive west ~30 minutes.)

strom911
January 24th, 2006, 08:31 AM
Ditto what Terry said, Brian!

Brian, looks like you had a blast. I couldn't have gone anyways. I am still getting the Unibody bent back, to be able to close the doors again. Chris

OffroadGirl
January 24th, 2006, 09:45 AM
Awesome! I never would have thought of going there in the winter for some snow (it's a blast in the summer, too). Good idea!

Scorpion
January 24th, 2006, 10:18 AM
what's w/ the JPMagazine placard? you guys get some coverage?

P.S. thanks for the invite! :flipoff2:

(ah, who am i kidding... i wouldn't have driven that far anyway.
heck if i want to get stuck in the snow i can just drive west ~30 minutes.)

The snow was DEEP!

We did manged to talk JP in coming out for a little snow run. Unfortunately you'll have to wait until July '06 issue to read about it. Looks like the run may have netted a few feature articles, a cover shot, and a trip article so it must have been worth their time to make the trip. We'll have to wait to see when the features run but one of them should be a fellow CO4x4 member...

A run like this proved to many that lockers, horsepower and tire size are all that matters in deep snow. As you see in the pictures above, the snow was deep enough to bury the guys running 42's and +400CI motors but it was fun as hell to watch.

:beer: :beer:

Eric
January 24th, 2006, 12:17 PM
I'm hoping some other people can come through with some pictures of the trip. I lost my digital camera out there in the last 1/2 hour. I know right where I left it, but there was no going back when I realized it. It was late in the day. I still had 3.5 hours to drive home and I only had 1/4 tank of gas left. I just couldn't go back for it. :thumbsdown:

Ouch. Fwiw I left the keys there for the Heep, so pick them up for me when you go pack for your camera ;) I didn't get many pictures but I thought these were worth sharing:
http://www.photodump.org/stored3/DSCF2018_small.JPG

http://www.photodump.org/stored3/DSCF2021_Small.JPG

This was my first visit to the dunes and I had a great time up until I shredded the harmonic balancer on the 401 (who would have ever thought that's a wear item :rolleyes: ). Many thanks to Bob and Dmeis for helping me limp back to the trailer. All day long I heard reports of carnage over the CB ranging from mild issues (flat tires and broken driveshafts) to complete motor failure :( I thought I was going to make it through the day without any issues until the balancer let go right as we were turning around to head home. It only got better when I got home and realized I'd lost the Heep keys :rolleyes: That's a $15 lesson to separate the spare key from the primary key (f'in duh).

The dunes are a blast in the snow, I look forward to another visit!

Wally
January 24th, 2006, 12:23 PM
Eric your rig breaks more often than mine :flipoff2:

Oh....again...sweet pics guys :thumbsup:

fatwreck
January 24th, 2006, 12:25 PM
Fortunately, the camera led a good solid life of 4 years. It has been dropped a couple of times, had sand in it from moab, been bounced all over my jeep on nearly every trail I've done. I really can't complain. I got my money out of it. I would like to have the pictures though.

I've thought about going back with a metal detector....know anyone that has one of those things? ;)

Thanks for posting up a couple of pics, Eric.

Grizzly4x4
January 24th, 2006, 12:37 PM
I didn't get many pics either but here are a few. I have never seen so many people at Walden in January!:eek: The snow was unbelieveble, and just getting TO the dunes was tough.:thumbsup:

I was bummed to see you going out on the strap Eric but there seemed to be alot of that going on.
Rod blew up his motor and John lost his transmission.:rant:
There should end up being 2 features, I know of two guys who went for a photo shoot.

http://img353.imageshack.us/img353/8704/1656513r8xc.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

The D44 is surviving so far in the Bronc!:D
http://img353.imageshack.us/img353/7122/1656514r3jk.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img353.imageshack.us/img353/5998/1656516r3ym.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img353.imageshack.us/img353/9255/1656524r5qm.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

dmeis
January 24th, 2006, 01:17 PM
Hey Chris! It was good wheeling with you again. Too bad about your air leaker. :flipoff2: Didn't you learn your lesson about those when I had one?

It sure would have been nice if Eric and I would have had more backup up sooner on the back side of the dunes. I'm sure you would have followed us if it wasnt for your 3-wheel drive. The snow was pretty deep and was kicking our asses over there. I was really wanting to make it to the bowl. We finally decided to head back to the front half to see where everyone was at when we ran into Bob. Then Steve and Marlin showed up just as Eric's harmonic balancer unbalanced itself. I guess there is always next year...

FJBen
January 24th, 2006, 01:58 PM
Nice guys, we used to snowmobile in the winter all the time up there. Doesn't look like a ton of snow tho. I'm from Walden so the dunes were our backyard.

Alpine Spirit
January 24th, 2006, 02:15 PM
Nice VID!!!

Grizzly4x4
January 24th, 2006, 02:26 PM
Hey Chris! It was good wheeling with you again. Too bad about your air leaker. :flipoff2: Didn't you learn your lesson about those when I had one?
Actually it turns out the air leaker is OK. It must have been froze from staying overnight in Walden (COLD!!) cuz later in the day it started engaging just fine. Also it turns out the noise I was hearing was just the front CV joint rubbing on the edge of the tranny mount washer. :thumbsup: I am good to go without having to dump more buckets of money into it.
I figure that since I already broke one Detroit I wasn't going to try another. The ARB seemed to be the best choice, plus it will take some strain off the axleshafts.
I think most of your air leaker woes were operator error anyway. :flipoff2: :)



It sure would have been nice if Eric and I would have had more backup up sooner on the back side of the dunes. I'm sure you would have followed us if it wasnt for your 3-wheel drive. The snow was pretty deep and was kicking our asses over there. I was really wanting to make it to the bowl. We finally decided to head back to the front half to see where everyone was at when we ran into Bob. Then Steve and Marlin showed up just as Eric's harmonic balancer unbalanced itself. I guess there is always next year...
It was killing me not to be able to go with you guys. I really wanted to go bust some more snow, and with how well the Bronc worked busting the main trail I was really disappointed.
Here's to next time anyway, we still have a few more months of snow runs. :beer: Always good to see you guys.

TJ_Shunk
January 24th, 2006, 04:50 PM
Here are the pictures finally.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e98/TJ_Shunk/Pretty.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e98/TJ_Shunk/Matt4.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e98/TJ_Shunk/Matt3.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e98/TJ_Shunk/Matt2.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e98/TJ_Shunk/Matt1.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e98/TJ_Shunk/Group3.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e98/TJ_Shunk/Group2.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e98/TJ_Shunk/Group1.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e98/TJ_Shunk/Eric3.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e98/TJ_Shunk/Eric2.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e98/TJ_Shunk/Eric1.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e98/TJ_Shunk/DMIS4.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e98/TJ_Shunk/DMIS3.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e98/TJ_Shunk/DMIS2.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e98/TJ_Shunk/DMIS1.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e98/TJ_Shunk/CJ1.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e98/TJ_Shunk/Bronc2.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e98/TJ_Shunk/Bronc1.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e98/TJ_Shunk/Brian1.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e98/TJ_Shunk/Bob2.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e98/TJ_Shunk/Bob1.jpg

Jeffro600
January 24th, 2006, 04:53 PM
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e98/TJ_Shunk/Eric1.jpg


Whom does this belong too??

That things AWESOME!!! :hail:

fatwreck
January 24th, 2006, 05:00 PM
Here are the pictures finally.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e98/TJ_Shunk/Brian1.jpg


Awesome pictures! I think that is what a lot of mine looked like. Any chance you can email me the original of that one?! brian@projectxj.com

TJ_Shunk
January 24th, 2006, 05:14 PM
Whom does this belong too??

That things AWESOME!!! :hail:

That is Eric, the Head man of Colorado4x4

Marshall Brown
January 24th, 2006, 05:40 PM
Alright already, who got the feature pics taken
Marshall

RockYacht
January 24th, 2006, 09:39 PM
Awesome! I never would have thought of going there in the winter for some snow (it's a blast in the summer, too). Good idea!

That's the only time of year to go to Walden, no ATV's :D

Didn't get any pics, camera never left the bag... :( To all of you that did get pics, thanks!

Hey Fatwreck, who's your stunt double? ;) Bummer on the camera, that sucks. I know you had some good shots too... Always good to see you.

CSP
January 25th, 2006, 08:15 AM
Nice to see the Scram made it out Bob. I still want to hear that angry (dapozer's words) roar of your 440 throwing rooster tails!

dmeis
January 25th, 2006, 01:14 PM
Alright already, who got the feature pics taken
Marshall

:shrug:

http://www.rc4w.com/members/wykoff/wykoff-main2.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e98/TJ_Shunk/DMIS3.jpg

74BuckinBronc
January 25th, 2006, 02:34 PM
I saw a couple shots of EB's playing in the snow. :thumbsup: Good pics and good vids! Looks like a lot of fun!

J.D.

Marshall Brown
January 25th, 2006, 03:54 PM
Good deal!

So how are things going Dave? Haven't talked to you in a while.

Does anyone have any more video, that was pretty cool. Long sigh...I miss Cheyenne

dmeis
January 25th, 2006, 05:55 PM
We were too busy wheeling to take many pics/video. The snow was too deep this year.

Things are going well. It's good to see you keeping tabs on us. When will you be back?

TJ_Shunk
January 25th, 2006, 06:18 PM
I'm working on a short video myself that will have Bobs engine making plenty of noise in it

Marshall Brown
January 26th, 2006, 03:42 PM
That's great, I'd love to see Bob gettin after it.

Yeah, I still linger around here, don't post much. I still email Howard pretty regular and we talk on the phone once in a while. I have been talking to Kelley about maybe moving back out that way when I retire. we both liked it alot. Florida just isn't the same as it was the first two times I lived here, the people are the worst thing about being down here. I have 3 and a half years before I can retire, we'll see what happens. Being gone from home an average of 300 days every year is gettin old too.

fatwreck
January 28th, 2006, 09:40 PM
You guys aren't going to believe this! I went back today with some friends and a metal detector. We took the daily driver up there and hiked in once the snow got bad. WE FOUND THE CAMERA!! I'm pretty stoked about that. :D I haven't fired it up yet to see if it still works, but I did get the pictures off of it. Here they are:

http://www.projectxj.com/images/trail.runs/01.21.06-northsandhills/images/IMG_7271.jpg

http://www.projectxj.com/images/trail.runs/01.21.06-northsandhills/images/IMG_7274.jpg

http://www.projectxj.com/images/trail.runs/01.21.06-northsandhills/images/IMG_7276.jpg

http://www.projectxj.com/images/trail.runs/01.21.06-northsandhills/images/IMG_7278.jpg

http://www.projectxj.com/images/trail.runs/01.21.06-northsandhills/images/IMG_7284.jpg

http://www.projectxj.com/images/trail.runs/01.21.06-northsandhills/images/IMG_7285.jpg

http://www.projectxj.com/images/trail.runs/01.21.06-northsandhills/images/IMG_7288.jpg

fatwreck
January 28th, 2006, 09:43 PM
http://www.projectxj.com/images/trail.runs/01.21.06-northsandhills/images/IMG_7291.jpg

http://www.projectxj.com/images/trail.runs/01.21.06-northsandhills/images/IMG_7292.jpg

http://www.projectxj.com/images/trail.runs/01.21.06-northsandhills/images/IMG_7295.jpg

http://www.projectxj.com/images/trail.runs/01.21.06-northsandhills/images/IMG_7298.jpg

Custom hubcaps! :D

http://www.projectxj.com/images/trail.runs/01.21.06-northsandhills/images/IMG_7300.jpg

And the last picture I took before I set my camera down in a really stupid place:
http://www.projectxj.com/images/trail.runs/01.21.06-northsandhills/images/IMG_7302.jpg

RockYacht
January 29th, 2006, 08:26 AM
And the last picture I took before I set my camera down in a really stupid place...

Sweet you found it. So where was the stoopid place?

Bob

fatwreck
January 29th, 2006, 09:19 AM
It was a long drive to go back out there and I don't really know if it was worth it....figuring in the cost of gas and time....but I'm glad I have it back.

When Matt and I tried to follow you over to the other part of the dunes, I got stuck right away and buried it up to the doors. Matt was able to get out, but the only way I could get out was dukes of hazard style. So, I climbed out the window and I think I set it down on the snow bank while I stood up. In the process of hooking up the tow strap, I forgot to pick the camera back up. :rolleyes:

The scene looked completely different from when I was there last. There was a lot more sand exposed and a lot of snow had blown and frozen....I didn't figure we would ever find it....and we probably wouldn't have without the metal detector.

TJ_Shunk
January 29th, 2006, 09:19 AM
That's Awsome Brian!!!

Scorpion
January 30th, 2006, 06:58 AM
You guys aren't going to believe this! I went back today with some friends and a metal detector. We took the daily driver up there and hiked in once the snow got bad. WE FOUND THE CAMERA!! I'm pretty stoked about that. :D

NO FREAKIN' WAY!!! I'll bet you $10 that it still works too. Man that's about as lucky as it gets. I can't believe it wasn't destroyed regardless. There were about 5 rigs that both went in and out after we left so it's total luck...

Congrats dude. Glad to hear you found it. Still shocked. :beer: :beer: :beer:

RockYacht
January 30th, 2006, 07:20 AM
There were about 5 rigs that both went in and out after we left so it's total luck...

Congrats dude. Glad to hear you found it. Still shocked. :beer: :beer: :beer:

:eek: Ya 3 of them were DMies and I tandem Towing ER.

Bob

SilverstoneXJ
January 30th, 2006, 02:34 PM
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So Matt, where's this video of yours?

.

Geesh
January 30th, 2006, 05:32 PM
That looks like one sweet trip! Nice video and excellent photos. I think the value of finding the camera lies in the retrieved photos more than the camera, IMO; excellent recovery!

Just to let you know, my goal is to have my rig together and running by Memorial Day. Hoping to trailer it up there about then, FWIW. I can think of no better place to christen it than where the folks who offered the concept live ~

Lucky bastages! Thanks for the motivation -

Grizzly4x4
January 30th, 2006, 05:49 PM
Since it has not been mentioned I would like to point out that many of the rigs up there were with the Rough Country 4 wheelers on a club run. We do this every year on the third weekend of January. If any one is interested in going on other runs with RC4W you can check our web site for dates and meeting places. We also welcome anyone interested in joining the club. www.rc4w.com

Those are great pics fatwreck, glad you decided to go back for the camera. I'd say it was worth it.:cool:

TJ_Shunk
January 31st, 2006, 12:47 PM
.
So Matt, where's this video of yours?

.

Here you go.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3632061827782696993

TJ_Shunk
January 31st, 2006, 08:35 PM
BTT. New Video added

** See Above **

fatwreck
January 31st, 2006, 09:41 PM
that was a great combination of pictures and video.....nice work :thumbsup:

TJ_Shunk
February 1st, 2006, 06:31 AM
Thanks Brian.. I didn't spend too much time on this one. THere wasn't an transistions and I could use to get better clearity of the pictures in the video. I'm still learning my video edit software.

dmeis
February 1st, 2006, 09:35 AM
:eek: Ya 3 of them were DMies and I tandem Towing ER.

Bob

TRAIN! Woo Wooooooo
:flipoff2:

TJ_Shunk
February 1st, 2006, 11:25 AM
TRAIN! Woo Wooooooo
:flipoff2:

That could be talken soooo the wrong way

willyb
February 1st, 2006, 12:48 PM
That could be talken soooo the wrong way

Only you would think that way Matt... :flipoff2:

Nice video... What editing software are you using??

TJ_Shunk
February 1st, 2006, 12:55 PM
Thanks Will. :P I am using "Video Edit Magic 4.1"

Eric
February 1st, 2006, 04:13 PM
:eek: Ya 3 of them were DMies and I tandem Towing ER.

Bob
Just had to bring that up again didn't ya :flipoff2:

TJ_Shunk
February 1st, 2006, 04:40 PM
Eric, did you get the harmonic balencer fixed/replaced yet?

Eric
February 1st, 2006, 06:42 PM
Eric, did you get the harmonic balencer fixed/replaced yet?
Yup, I had a spare :thumbsup: Replaced the ignition switch too so I'm good to go :bounce:

TJ_Shunk
February 1st, 2006, 07:00 PM
sweet. glad to hear it Eric

Wally
March 22nd, 2006, 09:16 AM
Thought i'd bring this back to life for our local Rock stars in the newest issue of JP :thumbsup:

fatwreck
March 22nd, 2006, 09:23 AM
Damn....I wish my issue would show up. I want to see it!

Colin
March 22nd, 2006, 07:59 PM
I looked in aprils jp real quick but didnt see em, is may's out already?

MMIXJ
March 22nd, 2006, 08:41 PM
Damn....I wish my issue would show up. I want to see it!

well brian at least you were (also) featured in "jeep shots" (even if they did call you "lazy") since the initial photo of you from the snow fest is getting strapped by bob!!
:flipoff2:

congrats man... three photos of your rig-- not bad at all.

terry

fatwreck
March 22nd, 2006, 09:52 PM
Yeah, the may issue is already out and mine finally showed up today. Lazy or not....I'm stoked to see my rig in that magazine a couple of times. :D

18to80DDC
March 23rd, 2006, 02:36 PM
http://www.projectxj.com/images/trail.runs/01.21.06-northsandhills/images/IMG_7274.jpg
Can anyone tell me what the WMS to WMS is on this monster? Sweet rig. That's the direction I am heading in for my '82.

Mark
March 24th, 2006, 08:22 AM
Not sure - but his office is on the SW corner of Boise & Eisenhower (34) in Loveland.

Way cool rig - guy owns Anchor Auto Glass.

CSP
March 24th, 2006, 10:39 AM
More info on Marlon's rig:

http://www.rc4w.com/seals.html

I think he has a Chevy Dana 60 under the front which would put the WMS at about 69" if it hasn't been narrowed.

18to80DDC
March 24th, 2006, 04:53 PM
Thanks for the link, I was guessing 69"