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Cow Mountain has your solution! If your nice, shiny paint job is getting on your nerves just point your headlights toward Cow Mountain in NorCal and all your troubles will melt away. Or at least get scraped right off...>:D

No complaints here though - I didn't buy the truck for resale or trade-in value. I'll try to buff it out and see what happens but I'm not too worried about it. It was just nice to finally meet up with my bud and his "hoopty" '94 Yota and go wheeling for the 2nd time in my life. Hopefully won't take another year+ for #3...
 

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Cow Mountain did a number on my paint too.

The way I see it, you can have a pretty truck, or you can have a fun truck. It's hard to have both. :)
Couldn't have put it better myself. Like my bud said "scars add character" - truth!::grin::

Oh yeah, also mud flaps. We were both stunned all 4 lasted right up until the last stop of the day when I noticed the right front flap was MIA. I'm thinking a set of Rally Armor Basic Plus are in my future.

Here's a little 15 minute vid. There might be foul language, so possibly NSFW (Definitely NSFW: Adult language -JeniorNV). I've got a few more vids but still working on editing out the fluff and lulls. This one was early in the day before I'd gotten any confidence in myself or the truck. Pretty much every pebble and gully was freaking me out, but luckily that only lasted a couple of hours :rofl:

https://goo.gl/photos/uxis4VuFR6DFRNZZ8
 

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Couldn't have put it better myself. Like my bud said "scars add character" - truth!::grin::

Oh yeah, also mud flaps. We were both stunned all 4 lasted right up until the last stop of the day when I noticed the right front flap was MIA. I'm thinking a set of Rally Armor Basic Plus are in my future.

Here's a little 15 minute vid. There might be foul language, so possibly NSFW. I've got a few more vids but still working on editing out the fluff and lulls. This one was early in the day before I'd gotten any confidence in myself or the truck. Pretty much every pebble and gully was freaking me out, but luckily that only lasted a couple of hours :rofl:

https://goo.gl/photos/uxis4VuFR6DFRNZZ8
Don't believe I've ever seen a mans cherry busted on video. Thanks for that!
 

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Here's a little 15 minute vid. There might be foul language, so possibly NSFW
I amended your post slightly. Foul language=technically against forum rules. I lost count of the number of F-bombs. ;)

That was an entertaining video to watch...and I mean that in a good way. You seemed to have a lot of doubt in your truck's abilities. But it did everything you asked of it. :)
 

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I'll redo the vid with just music, or at least no "narration" - sorry about the language stuff. That was definitely me being freaked out. The vids from later in the day are much less salty, and much more gung-ho since I'd gotten a much better feeling of what the truck could actually do, and what was or wasn't actually impassable or seriously dangerous.

No vids of it (a good thing...), but you should have heard me on my first ever wheeling run at HH...the vocabulary really blossoms when you just know for sure you're about to die. :willy_nilly:
 

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I'll redo the vid with just music, or at least no "narration" - sorry about the language stuff. That was definitely me being freaked out. The vids from later in the day are much less salty, and much more gung-ho since I'd gotten a much better feeling of what the truck could actually do, and what was or wasn't actually impassable or seriously dangerous.

No vids of it (a good thing...), but you should have heard me on my first ever wheeling run at HH...the vocabulary really blossoms when you just know for sure you're about to die. :willy_nilly:
No need - just leave it. Just post a big bold obvious warning next time, and I'll be happy.

I'm still new enough at this hobby that I remember being in your shoes. Actually, I'm a little wimpy by nature, so I still find myself wearing those shoes every now and then. ;)

I hope you join the Nor Cal group on some trail runs in the future.
 

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We need to get the whole crew back to Cow Mountain. We did an awesome weekend there about 5 years ago that texturized everyone's paint job! Nothing like manzanita to put some beauty marks on your rig!

Dude.... you totally cracked me up when you backed up and went the other way, then decided the first climb was better and went back! (Really, Really?!) I know that area below the obstacle course well as we played around in there for about 90 minutes....... and thanks for changing the music! That first tune was inappropriate for wheeling IMHO!!

OK.... so now you are ready to join us since you are no longer a trail virgin! Get your butt down to Hollister and join us!
 

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I'd suggest 12/18 if there wasn't already a Hollister run planned. :p
To cold to camp this time of year anyway and it's too far for a day trip! (Cuz I'm not as crazy as you!)
 

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Ok, 2 more vids.

This is still early-ish in the day but not so early that I'm still losing my mind at every tiny rut in front of me. Not very exciting, but a consistently better soundtrack than the previous vid (and yes, apparently there are occasions where Radiohead isn't appropriate - who knew?:shock:). ZERO NSFW material for the entire 7 minutes!
https://goo.gl/photos/4bsoaTSc9wmC22Pn8

Last vid is 30-ish minutes of the last...half? of trail 17 toward the end of the day. This is where I left most of my paint, and a mud flap. MINIMAL NSFW material, but some. Mostly in the songs, and I can't be held responsible for Trent Reznor's compellingly disturbed mental state...

IMHO the most offensive thing about both of these vids is that I just kept forgetting to turn off the reverse sensor alarm. I've learned my lesson since then. :nerd:

https://goo.gl/photos/auMZsVRs5MqSW4uu8

Hope to catch up with you all out on the trails, with any luck Dec 18, but anytime will do. Thanks for watching! ::grin::
 

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Just take the flaps off and leave it bare. Looks better anyway
 

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I'm thinking the tires stick out too far from the fenders to get away without flaps for long - road debris scars are much less sexy than trail stripes, and driving in the rain would be more like riding the log flume at Disney than a vehicle on a road...
 

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I'm thinking the tires stick out too far from the fenders to get away without flaps for long - road debris scars are much less sexy than trail stripes, and driving in the rain would be more like riding the log flume at Disney than a vehicle on a road...
You should just buy a different truck to wheel my brother...you're just never gonna have fun if you keep worrying about it.
 
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