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Got some real winners here on the left coast

Spent the weekend washing polishing and waxing the truck, put in a set of electric seats also. While I had the interior out cleaned out the whole inside of the truck tighten all the loose bolts and just tided up everything.
Took the truck out last night and I swear it ran and sounded like it was brand new.
Promised the twins I would take them out shooting this morning and had a great time on the way home decided to do a little wheelin and go the backway home and when we crested the top of the ridge truck dropped into a big hole. Some idiot cut a four foot wide three foot deep trench across half the trail.
Dropped the right front into it jacked up my bumper and frame cracked the valance and spent 2 hours jacking and shoring up the front end to get the left rear tire back on the ground (sorry no pics) to be able to drive it out.
Truck is fixable will be dropping the bumper later today and should be able to fix the cracked valance and grill surround just pisses me off that we have idiots who just can't let other people have some fun and use public land for what it is meant for.
This trench was dug deliberately where you can't see it when cresting the ridge top and in only half the road what kind of people think that is cool is beyond me.
Got to go fix my truck and see about getting some paint work done.
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So it was on a public road? Or was it private property? I've heard of that stuff happening when people are wheelin on private land. Around here the stick pieces of rebar up at angles, destroys radiators and tires.
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What is teh name of the trail or the OHV park you were in?
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Is your truck 4x4
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Road is public part of Angeles National forest mostly used by So Cal Edision to access their high power towers but it is also an approved OHV road runs between Leona Valley and Antelope Acres. Crosses over a ridge between Johnson Rd. and ties into 140th west on the north side where it crosses the aquaduct.
Fortunately my truck is a 4x4, There is a new housing track off Johnson road that is tied into it and I am sure it was someone in there that don't like people disturbing there peace and quite.
I am sure when a Edison Truck drives into it when they are servicing the towers someone is going to be pissed. If I had a shovel I would have filled it in as best I could as I am sure I am not the first nor the last that will find it.
It is a big hole my left rear was over a foot off the groung and the truck was sitting on the frame at the tranny crossbar. Had to jack the front riight suspension up a good 2 feet to get the left rar back on the ground then piled anything and everything I could find under the front tire to be able to drive it out.
Stuff happens when your out wheelin but this was just plain mean on someones part
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Correction on location I said it was 140th West it is 130th West here is a map of the area. Dot is where the hole is. Going north you can see it going south you can't it is in your right side front blind spot.
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I would be very surprised if that was on a public road, but I guess it could be. It isn't too uncommon to see that on a road leading into a private property where douche bags have been wheeling and trashing the area, leaving shotgun shells and beer cans laying around everywhere, etc.
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Holy **** that's such a dick move. Reminds me of the people around here who lay tree branches and rocks at the bottom Of some of the dirtbike trails where you are entering into blind corners.

I just don't understand what some people are thinking
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sounds like private land around here they either dump big piles of dirt,dig ditches,or lay big trees across the trail to keep people out
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I would be very surprised if that was on a public road, but I guess it could be. It isn't too uncommon to see that on a road leading into a private property where douche bags have been wheeling and trashing the area, leaving shotgun shells and beer cans laying around everywhere, etc.
I grew up in the area, they are some private areas but this road is as public as it can get with out being paved. Any private land is posted and 90% has been developed. If you know the area this is part of Angeles National Forest and an un-incorporated part of LA County.
I can guess it is someone who moved in recently to get away from the city and be in the country. then complain about the noise, and the smell of horses.
We get a lot of people that move in up here and complain about the airplanes flying at all hours and rattling their windows. Which is funny as this area is one of the major Aerospace manufacturing and testing centers in the country with Lockheed's Skunkworks and Edwards Test Center right here.
Stupid people just boggle my mind.
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Sounds like the work of a disgruntled landowner.
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that sucks you gonna post pics of the carnage
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It's like the people who move next to a racetrack and complain about the noise. What exactly were you expecting when you moved next to the track?

Here in the boondocks of southern MD, it's all the rich city slickers moving out here to the country. They don't know how to drive so they do 25mph down the backroads I normally do 50mph on. They also barely miss hitting the people on bicycles and honk incessantly at the tractors. Guess what, I'm not here to make YOU happy because you moved to MY home. When you move somewhere, you adapt to it, don't expect everyone who has lived there all their lives to make changes to make you happy because one day decided you wanted to live somewhere else. That's not the way the world works.
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people have tried to do this up by the racetrack in washougal. bugs the heck out of me because it is public property and ZERO houses around. grrrrr. that sucks man just glad it didnt end up being even worse
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I can guess it is someone who moved in recently to get away from the city and be in the country. then complain about the noise, and the smell of horses.
We get a lot of people that move in up here and complain about the airplanes flying at all hours and rattling their windows. Which is funny as this area is one of the major Aerospace manufacturing and testing centers in the country with Lockheed's Skunkworks and Edwards Test Center right here.
Stupid people just boggle my mind.
Oh believe me, I know the types. lol
The flight school I worked at got an insane amount of noise complaints from people that live right by the airport. Most places have been developed in recent years while the airport (and even the school) have been there for decades. So I understand these types of idiots. If it truly is a private road, that sucks!

More importantly, did you call the city/county/state who is responsible for maintaining the road and inform them of the damage?
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So it was on a public road? Or was it private property? I've heard of that stuff happening when people are wheelin on private land. Around here the stick pieces of rebar up at angles, destroys radiators and tires.
im sorry that is just absolutly mindblowingly stupid... big deal it stops vehicels, but when people go "what the hell" and go out and investigate the potential for injury there is high.. lets face it most people want to go out and go to a mud hole....place on of these awsome contraptions there stop a truck and have someone get out and slip and get impaled by a vehicle conterceptive...that should be just as illeagle as the fun being had. dont get me wrong the bozo behind private property is a jack *** for being there, but sure doesnt diserve to have a pice of rusted rebar jammed through his spleen...
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im sorry that is just absolutly mindblowingly stupid... big deal it stops vehicels, but when people go "what the hell" and go out and investigate the potential for injury there is high.. lets face it most people want to go out and go to a mud hole....place on of these awsome contraptions there stop a truck and have someone get out and slip and get impaled by a vehicle conterceptive...that should be just as illeagle as the fun being had. dont get me wrong the bozo behind private property is a jack *** for being there, but sure doesnt diserve to have a pice of rusted rebar jammed through his spleen...
You would be the type of person to break into a person's house and sue them when they stabbed you with a knife, huh?

Yes it's stupid, but it's their property. People go around gates, break down fences, break locks, etc. It happens all the time out here on my boss's mining properties. They reclaim an area that has delicate soil and seed, post private property signs, gates, etc and the douche bags come out in their quads, destroy everything, then rip up and down the hills with freshly planted seed. They leave deep ruts, create washes and some of them end up sliding.
Now they post signs but rarely put up gates because people just break them all the time.
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im sorry that is just absolutly mindblowingly stupid... big deal it stops vehicels, but when people go "what the hell" and go out and investigate the potential for injury there is high.. lets face it most people want to go out and go to a mud hole....place on of these awsome contraptions there stop a truck and have someone get out and slip and get impaled by a vehicle conterceptive...that should be just as illeagle as the fun being had. dont get me wrong the bozo behind private property is a jack *** for being there, but sure doesnt diserve to have a pice of rusted rebar jammed through his spleen...
Yeah I agree its stupid. People shouldn't be trespassing anyway though
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we almost lost a air show at our airport since the peoplewho live near it called in a ton of noise compliants. guess what. it was there this year too.

agreed tho. you live near a certain spot. expect things from it. weather it's air, rail or road. transportation creates noise.
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Got the truck all torn down yesterday and last night, damage wasn't as bad as it looked at first. Bent the right side bumper frame mount back about 1 1/2" chain, tree and a big sledge hammer have it back within 1/16" to the left side's.
Both bumper lift brackets got pretty twisted but I should be able to straighten them out no problem today.
Fender took a good hit but it was all under the bumper cover so got it looking ok no damage where you can see it on the fender.
Totally did in the header panel will need to replace it and the bumper has some minor cracks that I think I can repair from the inside besides a little scuffing on the outside.
I think all in all I got lucky some time and a little paint a new header panel and I should be ok.
Haven't checked out the front end alignment yet, steering wheel is clocked a little to the left so I thing a toe adjustment is all that is needed.
Tomorrow I am going to head back up there with a shovel and pick to fill in the hole. It should help me with the frustration I have right now.
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Tomorrow I am going to head back up there with a shovel and pick to fill in the hole. It should help me with the frustration I have right now.
maybe you will get lucky and the jackazz who did it will show up and start yelling about you filling in the hole
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maybe you will get lucky and the jackazz who did it will show up and start yelling about you filling in the hole
and you conveniently have a nice hole to bury his body!
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maybe you will get lucky and the jackazz who did it will show up and start yelling about you filling in the hole
One could only wish, We have a saying out here "I own a shovel and it's a big desert out there!"
Came in for a break just finished straighten up and aligning the bumper It was a bit more tweaked then it appeared. When I mounted it up this morning the valance was still back 3/4" on the passenger side with a little persuasion and a lot bending and cursing it is lining up real nice now.
Ordered a header panel from Rock auto 28.00 for the part 37.00 to ship got the 5% discount so total was 56.00 not two bad.
Now I just got to figure out were to get paint to match.

Girlfriend just brought me here camera, better late then never almost embarrassed to post pictures now that the work is almost completed.
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post pics anyways
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post pics anyways
Got some pictures but they are after most of the repairs were made.
Damage before right side bumper was pushed back almost 3" bumper was even with headlight.
First pic just the valance which is really the bumper if you look on the left side 3" riser for the bumper it ripped both bolts out and it was just hanging free used a bungee to get it home as it was dragging on the ground. Second is the damage to the bumper cover last three is how it looks after all the work was done.
Header panel behind right headlight is crushed where the grill attaches so the right side is just sitting where ever it settles headlight is loose and pointing down a little and one of the mounts for the fog is busted off the bumper cover. Compared to how it look when I got home it came out far better than I expected.
Today I am doing a quick alignment as the right wheel is toed out.

Thanks to all that posted as this really pissed me off and getting your comments and support helped me deal with this.
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