One of the things I think defender source has always been missing is an area to post trail write ups and trip pictures. So I thought I would throw up some video and pictures from this weekend...
3 of us were supposed to run the fordyce trail but the river was too high so we ran the rubicon instead. As always, trail is beautiful and in great condition. Thanks to all who work to keep it open (we saw many working this weekend).
The group included my d90, a 2003 tj, and an international scout. We went in from wentworth springs and made it about 1.5 miles before our first break. Climbing the granite slab the defender tore it's driver side engine mount and the motor hopped a good six inches which yanked the throttle cable and jammed it open so the motor was pinging off the rev limiter. For our trail fix we Ended up unbolting the passenger side mount and used a bottle jack off the top of the diff to lift the entire drivetrain up so we could remove the engine mounts. Drilled 4 holes in the broken mount and ran grade 8 bolts thought it to sandwhich the mount back together. Reinstalled everything, lowered the motor back down and it fired right up and held for 300 miles to get back home! Later on the trail I came down on my slider so hard that the rear view mirror and my third brake light fell off the glass. Also the driver door is now out of alignment as a result. Sigh. All easy fixes..Anyway, we didn't take too many photos but thought I'd post what I have.
Combatting my leaking valve stem..
This unimog is used to pump out the vault toilets on the trail and was donated to the Rubicon trail foundation.
There was a death on the trail last week so sheriff was enforce this weekend
And here are some videos from me coming down big sluice. They aren't edited so don't expect cut scenes and annoying heavy metal music
As for the other trucks, the TJ was rock solid, the scout blew a power steering line and blew a pinion seal on the way out of the trail(which was only noticed when the diff grenaded from lack of lubrication) so it's coming home on a flatbed but everyone got off the trail! Beautiful place and an awesome trail. Recommend it to anyone!