GU IV 4.2TD YEEEEHAAA!!!

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 15:57
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Friday afternoon picked up the patrol from ARB, it had been driven straight from the dealer to them, I had a winch, front air lockers and OME 2" suspension lift fitted. Im running 285/70/17 tyres BFG Muddies..
Saturday 3pm left for the VIC high country, stayed with Brian from bushexperiences.com.au check out his website.
Every one who knows me, knows that I have a hard head, if there's a challenge i'll take it, poor brian he didn't know that before he jumped in the patrol with me.
As we were driving through the alpine state forest brian was guiding me, untill we passed a track where I asked where does that one go, his reply "thats the track of no return" me "why" guess were we ended up, yep straight down I mean straaaiiight down ther was no time for assesment it was just short of being a cliffs edge, covered with about 2foot of clay. Brian yelled S!#t use your diff locks. ( no return) boy did I wish I had of listened to him and not gone down there. Diff locks on made no difference, we were fortunate enough that half way down there was a platform enough for me to turn around and then asses the situation.
Our options were 1. Stay the night 2. Winch out, seemed almost impossible. 3. continue on down to the river, where we run the risk of the river being to high to cross, and there would be six crossings to make our way to another fire trail and a long drive ahead of us. 2. Winching was our best option.
We tried our luck driving we managed a whole 5metres, yipee only another 395 metres to go.
A little over 3 hrs later we were out, it was cold and dark. Our biggest concern was while we were winching, it was that steep that every time I released the D shackle from the winch that the truck would slide back, wich it did whilst releasing slack from the winch. (We both found Jesus that day.) oh I forgot to tell you Brian was nuturing a broken leg, so he had the easy job flicking the winch switch.
You can imagine how i felt when Brian the 4wd tour operater would step out of the vehicle every time I released that winch, thanks Brian that was really reassuring when i've got 60k of metal hanging on.
I wont be putting the GU through something like that again, but now I know its limits and its nice to know that all the feedback on how tuff the patrols are, well it stands up to its reputation. If I was in anything else I would have surely broken something, I came out damage free thank God.
bushexperiences.com.au has always been Toyota, and there was the joke when I first rolled up, no Nissans beyond this point. Lets see if Brians traded his 100series for a GU by next deer season.
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Reply By: i3websolution - Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 18:16

Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 18:16
Hi,

Sounds exciting!
Do you remember the name of the track? Do you remember if there are couple sharp turns when you went down the first hill?

I have been to a horrible track called "Three chain trek". We ended up calling police and bulldozer for rescue.
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Follow Up By: trendy - Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 20:01

Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 20:01
Jeez I thought paying a couple of army boyz a case each to pull me out of a jam with their 12 tonne mog was bad enough, gauranteed I'll be sure to stay away from "Three chain trek".
Trevor.
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Follow Up By: babs - Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 21:35

Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 21:35
I'll get back to you on the name, it sounds the same.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Saturday, Jul 02, 2005 at 00:23

Saturday, Jul 02, 2005 at 00:23
3 chains road? Comes out behind some houses at the bottom? you cross a creek at the bottom? Awesome fun track in the wet!
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 20:04

Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 20:04
Maybe you will listen next time?
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Follow Up By: babs - Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 21:39

Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 21:39
Hey truckster I would like to say I would listen next time, but my wife would differ, she still thinks If you tell me don't do it, then I interperate it as an invitation.
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Reply By: Member - Browny (VIC) - Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 21:07

Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 21:07
babs,

Great decision on the truck, but not so to send it down that track! I hope ya mate with the broken leg has forgiven you.

Browny
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Follow Up By: babs - Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 21:45

Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 21:45
Well he's certanly not going to forget me in a hurry.
But im sure its going to be a great story to tell the next lot of hunters, bike riders or tourists that stay with him. I can hear it now (bloody city Nissan driver, but ive got diff locks!)
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Reply By: Member - Jim M (NSW) - Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 22:32

Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 22:32
how ya going ? hay i checked out that web site and it looks great. the only thing it in melbourne im in sydney. do you know of any places like that in nsw. thanks. PS. i would listern next time.. lol (gutzy effort)
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Follow Up By: babs - Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 23:39

Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 23:39
G'Day Jim M, I was really down there for the deer hunting you cant hunt in NSW state forest VIC laws are better.. But im trying to find a NSW version myself as im from Sydney. I'll let you know vise versa... As for off roading a 4wd club is probably the go I have to join one myself...
Ah an idea I might put out a post on a good family 4x4 club?
See Ya,

Babs
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Reply By: Member - Jim M (NSW) - Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 23:51

Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 23:51
thanks that be great. thers a trial bike resort along the mudgee rd about 20ks lithgow side of mudgee . its called luey or somthing like that havent been there myself but heard it pretty good. not sure if they take 4wds or not.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Saturday, Jul 02, 2005 at 00:24

Saturday, Jul 02, 2005 at 00:24
Louee it is
http://www.louee.net.au/ ;)
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