Canning Stock Route

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 31, 2008 at 17:15
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Has anyone done the CSR with a recent Ford F250 (ours is 2005)?
We'd be interested to know how the vehicule fared.
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EveW
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Thursday, Jan 31, 2008 at 17:21

Thursday, Jan 31, 2008 at 17:21
Evew,

I have not taken one on the Canning But have come across one travelling in the opposite direction.

Having a long wheel base it was knocking the top of the dunes and had a very shiny sump belly.
It also made wider wheel tracks, so was more prone to side wall damage.

Wayne
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Reply By: Willem - Thursday, Jan 31, 2008 at 18:02

Thursday, Jan 31, 2008 at 18:02
I came a across a fella in a F250 out at the Calvert Ranges in 2006. He was not a happy chappie as his F250's wheeltrack was too wide for the CSR, or so he said. He was averaging 2 punctures a day and on one occasion has 6 punctures in one day. Mainly sidewall stakes. Not sure which tyres he was running but they did not fare well.

Then again, Joel Fleming drives the CSR with his Tagalong Tours and he has an earlier model Ford and it does well on the track and in the sand. Maybe you can Google his website to gather more information.

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Reply By: Peter 2 - Thursday, Jan 31, 2008 at 18:06

Thursday, Jan 31, 2008 at 18:06
Haven't been on the CSR for years but wouldn't imagine it would have too much trouble, wouldn't worry about it being wider as all them Nissan's and Toyota's aren't much thinner (only 8" narrower than my Humvee and it is wider than a effie.)
All those Nissan's and Tojo's also wander a bit and make the tracks wide enough for a proper 4wd.
I know that an effie has been across the Madigan line albeit with transmission problems.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, Jan 31, 2008 at 19:01

Thursday, Jan 31, 2008 at 19:01
Madigan Line is a lot harder than the CSR, but here's what I've seen.

Like Peter mentioned above, on a 2004 Madigan Line trip, we travelled with a F250 7.3litre auto who had had problems with his torque converter overheating, and stopping him from getting over the dunes. He was attempting everything in High range, so it may have largely been his fault. He pulled out when he got to the Hay River - he was running out of fuel.

On a 2006 madigan line trip (yes we're stupid enough to do sections of it again) we came across a GMC (looks like a big F-truck). He needed assistance getting over dunes (belly stuck on top occasionally) and had mechanical issues, and came within a whisker of running out of fuel by the time he got to Birdsville. He attempted to head south from Camp 16 on the Hay River, but stayed in the swales until he hit the French Line.
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Follow Up By: Peter 2 - Thursday, Jan 31, 2008 at 20:08

Thursday, Jan 31, 2008 at 20:08
Yes driving in high range when you are having to give it a bit of boot all the time will overheat the auto, much better to use low in an auto and get the revs up so the torque converter isn't slipping as much which eventually cooks the auto. Ask any Jeep owner that has played on the beach and in the dunes, doesn't take long before the auto overheats, overloads the cooling system and the engine management shuts the engine down if you're lucky. If you aren't the overheated fluid pumps out the breather all over the hot exhaust and whammo one cremated jeep! A few have gone up at Stockton.
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Reply By: Member - LOS BUSH - Thursday, Jan 31, 2008 at 19:52

Thursday, Jan 31, 2008 at 19:52
G'day EveW. We have done the CSR twice in a F250. One time only the bottom half. We came from Jiggalong heading due east and came out at Cannings Cain and up to Durba springs and out to Calvert range. the f250 was very good. We ran Goodyear Wrangles and had our share of staked side walls but thats probabley because we were too slack and ran the soft tyres on the harder track. We travelled with a mate that had a 100 series with Coopers on and he had a few staked tyres but not as many as we did.
The f250 was great in the sand hill part of the track. So many people have done the CSR now and the sand Hills are get much smaller on the track than years ago.we bottomed out may times but so do smaller 4wds. We had the extra 150l fuel tank on that made for a smooth underbelly.You will love it.We will be going again some time.
see you around Los
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Reply By: Crackles - Thursday, Jan 31, 2008 at 22:07

Thursday, Jan 31, 2008 at 22:07
Good friends had to abandon the Stock Route last year in their F250 after less than 100km due to tyre damage. At the rate of punctures they weren't prepared to take the risk of continuing further. It appears tyre choice is very important on the F trucks for a successful trip.
I drive an extra cab at work & believe it's ramp over angle would cause some issues on the sharp dunes. The shorter twin cab & single cab would fair much better.
Cheers Craig............
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