You need to get that 90 on the trail when it's all sorted. You don't need to do anything bonkers but you'll be surprised how much they can do. It's just like riding a bike on trail - pick the right line and use the right amount of "throttle".
You're absolutely right Don. I've realised that just tooling around in the RRC this past week (even with it's failing EAS system). I'll get the 90 down here before Winter and start enjoying it.
I used to wheel my LR3 a few years back. After playing around with some other Rovers and mostly Toyotas I bought, modified, and wheeled a FJ Cruiser but eventually came back to buy and wheel my Defender.
My major problem is I want to trailer my 90 to the places I wheel so I can wheel a little harder with less fear. Last time out I drove 400 miles home with a 5th gear that sounded like metal clicking around in the tranny. Ans we don't have enough places to wheel in or around Illinois!
I used to take the truck out about once a month or so from 1998 when I got it, till I came down with Ulcerative Colitus in 2004.. UC pretty much took the fun out of it. Took the fun out of lots of things. Still have the truck though, I'm not sure what I want to do with it anymore.
If you guys want to go to ringwood, join R.O.V.E.R.S.
One of our members set up an agreement with the rangers. We help clean up the park (including dragging out abandoned cars) in exchange the club gets to use the trails to get there to clean things up.
The club is really a model of 4x4 citizenry and I think because we don't do a "big event" like MAR (but rather 5-6 smaller events per year) people don't notice us as much.
For example, trials are Oct 23 and 24th. roversclub.org for info
I joined ROVERS for a year right after I bought the 90. Seemed like a cool club and all but events for me right now in my life are always last minute with my family schedule. I do trail maintenance for the mtn bike/hiking trails in the area and can really appreciate what they do to clean up the woods. Until you do it, you do not really understand how much work is involved.
But now that you mention it, I'll check the ROVERS page and forum for events and updates more frequently now.
I thought this kinda poll was the excuse to own multiple Rovers- first one to wheel, then one to explore- built, but more storage/range, and of course a nice low mile unique animal like a TReK. Sadly, the nicer it is , the more it becons to be wheeled?! The 130 sideways on Caney Fork was a handful:-) as was this 30k mile 90...