So mpleitez and myself decided to blow off the off road show in Ontario and go wheeling in the south end of Kern County... Miller Jeep Trail
It was a good test of the ATRAC system and although I was very impressed how well it works, I would say it is not for continual use - I was very surprised that I found it's limits. For a while I was thinking my locker might not get another work out after this run.
I was doing a "point and shoot" attack on one of the most challenging climbs in the large rocks and the ATRAC system was just a bit overwhelmed - If it makes any of you die-hard ATRAC users feel better, I spun a couple of my tires on that run and need to go re-balance them. I was running 18 psi on all wheels. It would be interesting how this would work running beadlocks!
While I am at it... Next time you mount or balance your wheels, place the 'I' in the Max PSI (if it is on the tire) in the middle of where the valve stem is. I've used this indexing on my mountain bikes for years to make sure I can fix a flat (know where the thorn is). On our trucks if we spin a tire on a rim and we have to ride back from a long distance, all you need to do is break the bead with your high lift jack, re-clock the tire to the right position, seat the bead and be on your merry way.
Overall it was a marginal company , good weather (75 and no wind until up on top but that felt nice!) and a great little wheeling challenge. Being that we didn't know where the hell we were going since it was very last minute, I called Ebradda and he was cool enough to email me directions to my Droid - the same Droid that took all of these pictures and video.
Traveling Up the 5 to Frazier Park Exit
At this point we are aimlessly wondering as we don't know if we missed our exit!
On the Trial Not Knowing If It's the Right One - This wasn't it
May the Hills Begin...
We found the Lockwood Creek Trail!
Still Very Burned out on This Part of the Trail!
Another Part of that Trail We Weren't Looking For
That's what we like to see!
And even better - Miller Jeep Trail!
Just if I could shake this guy from my ass!
Good thing I washed it the night before...
End of the Lockwood Trail
Riding the ridge
Another view of the Burn
Mario Testing his Diff Breather Mod...
My Denny License Plate Holder
Might be a good place to camp... good firewood supply!
A view from the top
A view from the bottom
Trip in to the back side of Hungry Valley OHV in Gorman
Hmmm... allows firearms, fires and camping - sounds like my kind of place!
Custom and Original
Mario? Where is that picture of you behind the sushi bar! He knows a great place we hit up for all you can eat sushi!!! Plus he's a regular celebrity and we get the red carpet treatment!
All-in-all - great trip and found the limits to ATRAC system.