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Wheeling photos from Wharton - 11-28-10

I met up with Adam and a few of his friends on Sunday for some wheeling in Wharton State Forrest. We rode some trails, drove through some water... got stuck in some water and did a little bit of hill climbing.
We had a great time, resulting in a ripped up a bed side on my truck and a hydrolocked engine one one of the Jeeps. Luckily the damage on my bed side is not too bad, and we were able to get the Jeep's motor running again after pulling the plugs and cranking it over a few times.

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This truck got stuck quite a few times, it didn't have any tow points, so we ended up pulling it out by it's front sway bar:




Me going through the same hole (notice the Hellas behind the grille, I threw em in last month):





Adam's friend took the next water hole a bit too hard and ingested water through the intake. After a quick spark plug removal, we cranked out the water and got it running again. Luckily it wasn't a 5.4L Ford V8:








Our two depth finders, Justin and my dog, Storm:


At some point after this photo was taken, I got stuck twice in the Ranger. Unfortunately my camera was in the truck with me, so I don't have any photos. I bottomed out pretty good both times.

Stuck again:


And... stuck again:


Adam got stuck trying to get to the Jeep, we got him out with my truck:






Setting up to pull out the Jeep:




A photo of the whole group:


At the hill climb:








Auto exposure didn't like my hellas:


















The aftermath:

Chest waiters were finally used for the first time:




Busted up bed side:


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Looks like it was a good time! Some carnage but everyone made it out after all haha. Did you mess up the bed side on the hill climb? That sucker looks pretty technical.
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Yeah, that's where I chewed it up. It looks a bit worse now that I've washed it off. I might try to throw some epoxy over it to make sure the fibers don't rip any more.
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Nice pics! That hill climb looks fun.

Sucks about your bedside.
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looks like fun man, ive had the itch to go out lately. And welcome to the hella club
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looks like fun man, ive had the itch to go out lately. And welcome to the hella club
Long time member of the hella club, I just haven't had them on for a while.



I like them much better behind the grille.
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I agree man...behind the grill looks awwwwesome.
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Thanks.
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Long time member of the hella club, I just haven't had them on for a while.



I like them much better behind the grille.
much cleaner behind the grill.
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looks like a blast man! wish i could have come out. Guess that means we gotta go sometime soon then! hahaha how about a meet??
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looks like fun...once i fix my truck(s) ill be able to play




yes i sayd trucks :D
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I'm up for some more, kinda wish that I was double lifted and on 35's now - but chances are that it will never happen.
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that looks like a good time! i need to get out and wheel again... its been awhile
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do those jeeps have all season tires on them? no wonder they got stuck everywhere.
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Whatever happened to that meet?
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Those are all season tires, but that was some nasty mud out there as well. The second you lost your momentum to lock into 4x4, the truck would sink about 2+ inches and you'd be bottomed out in the ruts... At least that's what happened to me, because I wanted to have some fun in 2wd and it was apparently not the place to do it. Oops.
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Those are all season tires, but that was some nasty mud out there as well. The second you lost your momentum to lock into 4x4, the truck would sink about 2+ inches and you'd be bottomed out in the ruts... At least that's what happened to me, because I wanted to have some fun in 2wd and it was apparently not the place to do it. Oops.
haha damn. I went through stuff like that this weekend but i was in 4wd already and i have km2s...no stuckage haha
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I may be lucky that I didn't have it in 4x4, we found out later that a guy on 44's got stuck a bit further up in one of the holes I was stuck in. That could have been baaaaadd.
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yea it was a great time.... maybe next time i will actually try one of those puddles.... i just get nervous because i am so big and i am never sure if someone else can get me out....
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Sounds like a plan, and a good excuse to get a winch.
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also nervous about hydro lock.... trying to find some sort of way to prevent that without spending 700 bucks on an f250 snorkel and making that fit
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Yeah, I'd be nervous about hydrolocking a 5.4 as well. Pulling the plugs on that on the trails is just asking for trouble.
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Yeah, I'd be nervous about hydrolocking a 5.4 as well. Pulling the plugs on that on the trails is just asking for trouble.
i am not that worried about pulling the plugs on the trail i would just pull the fuel rail and injectors its actually easier lol but that just my opinion. i wanna avoid having to do that though. snorkel is really the only thing i can think of but i dont wanna spend that kinda money
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Forget the snorkel and just go slow... the worse that happens is you get stuck from not having enough momentum like I did. It makes for easier pulls anyhow, which is one of your concerns with the weight of the F150.
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