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Kansas Off-Road (May 1998) - Kansas USA

by Chuque Henry

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Here was the first real challenge we came to. This was one of a set up steps. The larger step was on the left, which I chose to take. I don't' have any pictures of me attempting it because I did a bad job of slowly approaching it and just ran down it! We couldn't believe I didn't hit anything. I'll do better on the next one. Here's the toy in our group. This is his first time wheeling. The truck is his employers! WOW! The toy actually did pretty well. It had great stock clearance and OK articulation. On some obstacles that long wheel base came in handy.

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Here he is coming off the step. Man that thing is long. This is where he bent the snot out of his mud flap. Here's the next steps. Actually it's more of a long ledge. I wanted to try one of the harder parts of the ledge after my luck on the first steps. This time I caught the running boards, which actually turned out to make decent sliders. I took them off when I got home, so I couldget more clearance.

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This picture gives a better idea of how tall the step was. No problems on the departure. Here's Ben taking his line. No problems.

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This is a lot more off-camber than it looks. He was already on a hill, so hanging just one front wheel was pretty cool. Got to love the low center of gravity you get stock! Here's that long wheel base in action again. He's taking two steps at a time! Good thing he has all that clearance.

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He we are modeling for Vogue magazine. Between my white gut and Ben's short/boot combo I think we were ready for Paris. Actually this CJ was needing inspection after a major crack sound. Yep. Pretty sure that's broken.

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Yahoo! Up the backside of Driveshaft. If you look at the trail you'll see I'm about to make a serious jog to the left through those two trees. This pretty much rules out anything with a long wheelbase, or as wide as a Hummer! Up some steps...

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Some of the local wildlife. This lizard always hangs out in this area, and is known by the veteran off-roaders of the area. This is the only photo of this obstacle that caused us grief. After three or four tries up this side the Toy had to back it down and go around. The others in our group (that had grown) managed to make it up this side, but Ben was determined to go up the hard side. The tricky part was about halfway up there was a ledge and a few feet beyond that was a large root. You had to dodge both the ledge and the root at speed to make it up. Ben managed to get up on his third try. My first try I ran into the root and had to back it down. Momentum appeared to be the key. So with a lot more speed and a total lack of finesse I... well I just drove over both the obstacles. Oh well, I made it up didn't I?

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This was interesting. You came over the hill and made a sharp turn to the right, downhill. I'm not sure what line Ben took, but he was the only one to not hang a wheel here. Ben said it was superior articulation, but I think he was just trying to get a rise out of me. Must be a Jeep thing, I don't understand... right Ben?! ;-) Here I am already through the hairy part and heading into the river.

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Here's our Lincoln group taking a break from the trails. This little ditch gave a great opportunity to check out your articulation. The Jeep is a great off-roader, you have to give it credit.

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But the D-90 is no slouch! Of the three of us, I was the only one that could stop for the photo, and then drive out without momentum. She did me proud. You can hardly tell the Toyota is cross axled, but he isn't going anywhere. Trucks aren't known for great articulation though, and it was the only vehicle of the group with sway bars. Not bad, the Toy made a great showing for it's first time out.
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