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Hey, anyone near Grand Mesa, CO?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by pilotj, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. Jul 20, 2011 at 3:52 PM
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    pilotj

    pilotj [OP] Well-Known Member

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    . So I am in Mesa, CO on vacation. Original plan was to camp my way around Colorado, Utah and South Dakota this summer. Well here I am in Mesa right next to Grand Mesa. Absolutely amazing!!! 90 degrees in Mesa, drive up top and you can still find snow in some areas. But its in the 60's and 70's durring the day. There are trails all over. If anyone knows about this area or lives near here, I would love to hear from you. Maybe hit some trail...

    Anyway, I decided to take a trail with my truck (218,450 miles) the other day. I didn't think too much of it, after all, I took a few trails in the past couple months and they were just dirt/stone roads. No big deal, a trail is a trail. So I drive to Vega Res and took trail 262 south, 262 was a bit more rough than the other trails I was on. The plan was to take 262 to 260 to 121 to Hwy 65 and back to mesa. After finding 260 I took it, there was a stream I needed to cross, only 25-30' across. The water looked to be maybe 2' deep but it was cruising about 5 knts or better. I didn't want to take a chance in that so back to 262. 127 was only a mile further so away I went. Now this Tacoma is my only transportation and if something happenes I'm fu screwed big time. So its about 2:00pm now, I was planning on being home by 3:00, so the shorter the trail the better, 127 it is. I made it about 2 miles up 127, over ruts, not bad, over bowling ball size rocks, slow and easy, next mud, I'm locked in 4wd so away I go. Did I mention I have Perelli Scorpion A/T's stock size. So I hit the mud slow but accelerating so I don't get stuck. Next larger rocks numerous streams and then bigger rocks about 24" average. And the terrain is getting worse. I'm bottoming out, getting slammed and I'm just crawling along. I have about 5 more miles ahead of unknown terrain, I've had people on fourwheelers giving me looks all the way, and my option was to turn around. I knew what was ahead if I did, so that was it. It was the roughest terrain I've had my truck on and I had a pucker factor of 6. I was more relaxed crashing a Cessna 172. If I breakdown, no one kbows where I am, my tools are at home but I do have 5 gallons of water. Well it took 2 1/2 hours to get out. I was shaken, not stirred. Got home, did a walk around and everything looked ok. Yesterday I decided to take a closer look, my right rear shock was dangling below my axle. The weld connecting the shock to the lower mount ripped out of the shock. No idea when it happened, but it did. My shocks were two years old. I called Autozone and they told me to bring it in for warrantee. I didn't have a 17mm or 11/16" wrench. When I got to Autozone in Grand Junction, I was able to borrow the tools and then replaced both shocks under warrantee. Autozone ROCKS!!! And those Perelli tires, OUTSTANDING!!!
    Anyway, I wish I had a 4 wheeling partner, just in case. 4wheelen alone kinda sucks.
    I hope you enjoyed my adventure. Now I'm curious about the rest if 127...
     
  2. Jul 20, 2011 at 4:24 PM
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    pilotj

    pilotj [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Deck plate w/baffle, grey wire mod, defroster switch mod, LED footlights, LED cap lights, magnetic theft deterent...
    I LOVE MY TACOMA!!!
     
  3. Aug 5, 2011 at 3:36 PM
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    CollegeTacoma

    CollegeTacoma Well-Known Member

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    I live 45 away
     
  4. Aug 6, 2011 at 7:17 AM
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    pilotj

    pilotj [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Cool! I realize that 45 miles is just around the block in Colorado. Lol
    Do you do any four wheeling at all?
    I'm just off the mesa in mesa

    Have you modified your truck?

    Jay

    Ps: I'm heading into grand junction in awhile, if you're near there,
    and if you have some time this weekend, maybe we can meet?
    If you're having any issues with your tacoma, I might be able to help you. Mechanic for years....
     
  5. Aug 6, 2011 at 7:25 AM
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    CollegeTacoma

    CollegeTacoma Well-Known Member

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    Thanks! I was just in GJ yesterday. I had a 2006 access cab auto speed way blue with headers exhaust CAi Billie 5100's 33's and nice rims. BUt I sold it for alot more then I put in haha. I wanted a stick and got a killer deal on my 99. Which is stock right now.
     
  6. Aug 6, 2011 at 8:52 AM
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    pilotj

    pilotj [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Deck plate w/baffle, grey wire mod, defroster switch mod, LED footlights, LED cap lights, magnetic theft deterent...
    Cool! I realize that 45 miles is just around the block in Colorado. Lol
    Do you do any four wheeling at all?
    I'm just off the mesa in mesa

    Have you modified your truck?

    Jay

    Ps: I'm heading into grand junction in awhile, if you're near there,
    and if you have some time this weekend, maybe we can meet?
    If you're having any issues with your tacoma, I might be able to help you. Mechanic for years....
     
  7. Aug 6, 2011 at 8:53 AM
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    pilotj

    pilotj [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Deck plate w/baffle, grey wire mod, defroster switch mod, LED footlights, LED cap lights, magnetic theft deterent...
    So your 45 miles from GJ, I'm in Mesa, where are you?
     
  8. Aug 6, 2011 at 1:24 PM
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    CollegeTacoma

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    Yea I am have you done any mods?
     
  9. Aug 7, 2011 at 12:06 PM
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    pilotj [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Deck plate w/baffle, grey wire mod, defroster switch mod, LED footlights, LED cap lights, magnetic theft deterent...
    Deckplate mod
    Grey wire mod
    Led foot lights
    Led under hood lights, fantastic for working at night,
    Led cap lights
    Defroster switch mod
    Might be some I'm forgetting, or not....
     
  10. Aug 7, 2011 at 12:09 PM
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    MacGyvR

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    I love your tacoma too! Damn I wish I had a 4x4. That's awesome dude!
     
  11. Aug 7, 2011 at 1:00 PM
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    CollegeTacoma

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    Nice what is the deck plate mod? Didnt want to read through all the threads. What are the necessary mods do you think?
     
  12. Mar 3, 2012 at 2:59 PM
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    I live in junction and looking for people to go wheel with...
     
  13. Mar 13, 2012 at 6:59 PM
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    CollegeTacoma

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    Go to college there don't know my way around the Mesa yet haha
     
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