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Old 09-07-2009, 04:08 PM   #1
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It was a Awesome event, I had a blast.

We arrived around 11:30 Friday night and sat up and visited with Dott, River Rat, RVreddog, Kling-on and SAK5 till about 3 AM. Kling on even danced for us while attempting to molest my cage. Dott was schooled on John Deere Green and snow plows.. and we all had a chuckle or two..

6:30 AM Sat morning SAK5 and RVreddog were up cooking breakfast for the Midnighters. Job well done guys.. After Breakfast we had the drivers meeting then off to the trails. We wheeled all morning, then I made a quick run back to camp. Came back out and waited around for the guys @ widowmaker while watching some others on widowmaker. Started drizzling rain in the Afternoon but not too hard, parked under a tree and stayed pretty dry. River Rat and his posse showed up a little after that and some headed back into camp and the rest of us when to run a cpl more trails. Rain make rocks slick.. Later we headed back into camp and just after we arrived Chris @ 4WP sounded the horn that dinner was ready. Big shoutout to Primetimek5 and his crew for cooking! After dinner 4WP had a kickass raffle, Set of tires, two winchs, lots of lights, DVD's and other assorted goodies and a cool seat that I won.. I was shocked..I never win stuff @ raffles.. and this was awesome, I needed a seat. After the raffle we kicked back @ Midnight Crawlers trailer and did some visiting and then off to bed.

6:30 AM Sunday morning RVreddog and SAK5 were up again making breakfast for the Midnighters. hats off to you guys.. 8:30 we all headed down to the corral for the KOT drivers meeting and final few signups. 9:05 the race started with me going 1st. I ran the course in 12:50 and I thought I was doing good, the Dragoonranch comes in with a time of 12:05. the winning time was 8:23 IIRC and the winner was Fred? from Corpus, he has a kickass buggy and can for sure wheel it hard. After the Rock Race We went and cleaned up the banners and flagging from the course, then had Lunch. After lunch we got a group and went wheeling and ran several trails. Had a great time wheeling with all the folks. We got back to camp around 6 or so and had a good dinner and then some cold refreshments and a whole lotta laughter. I crashed around midnight, but I heard this AM that the rest hung in a lot longer. Even had a show of sorts..

We did not get any pics but several folks did..

thanks to 4WP for all the work and the awesome event. Everybody I met and spoke with all said they had a kickass time, and I agree. Kudos to Chris, Kling-on and the entire 4WP crew. you did outdid yourselves.
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looks/sounds like ya'll had a great time.
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The weekend went great. Friday was pretty hot in the afternoon, but the rest of the weekend was real nice. The nights were cool enough for comfortable sleeping.

I got to run a lot of trails I've never been on before. Lots of wheeling time and the rain didn't really spoil it. We were in the middle of running an uphill and had to winch a few, but still had a good time.

Here are my pics.

The King Of Trees run was a blast. I came in 3rd out of 18 with 4 DNFs. There was some carnage (nothing major) and a lot of laughs. I've never driven my truck that hard before. Really got to blow the soot out.

Whoever had the idea for the KOT, we gotta do it again.

Oh yeah, I think I got a new paint scheme for my rig. No more Krylon black for me.
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i dunno i wasn't operatin the camera i was co-dawgin.
you really missed a show though i can tell you that much
i hope someone got pics or video of it
we ran like that allllll weekend
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I had a great time it was awesome to meet all of you guys. Anyways I will get the few picture I have uploaded soon but I am looking for any videos of me, the yellow TJ running the KOT race.

It stinks that I broke a driveshaft and had some spring issues but we will be back next year to give it a try again.
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I want to thank those that came out to rescue us Fri. night SAK5,Chuey,Richard and Bobby.Then again Sun. to Rastus,and Richard after our DNF.
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Lynne, Richie and I had a great time. Great event "Four Wheel Parts".

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THANKS EVERYONE .. .. It was great event and a even better time... will post my pics soon
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had an Awesome time, Good Friends, Good Wheelin, Good Times...

Joel, Chris, Great Event, ( what a way to end the season at Trees)....

And thanks to all the Midnighters, Ya'll kicked ***** on helping out....

Big Thanks to fred & mavrick, out of Corpus for pulling over & helping me out with my blowout on my trailer coming out of Kerrville....

No pic's ,,But i got some Video......



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No pictures from when it got sloppy??
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not on his camera unforunately. i thikn some other people might have some stuff, hopefully it surfaces.
i wish i had my camera for southpark in the rain, that was some fun ****
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That sounds great ya'll. Shoot..I missed another good run. Im lookin forward to all the good pics. A little of this and a little of that an i will be read. And aaa Rastas,,,I got a pic of your last chair(insident) from a year or so ago. an yes you do need a new one Ithink I was the only one that got a pic
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Awesome weekend started off a bit warm, got a little rain (which made Widow Maker a(n almost) blast (wink, wink, tee hee hee), and ended up with a good bit of cloud cover which made it very nice!

It was a pretty uneventful trip down barring a bit of rain on the drive there once we got out of Austin. My brothers and I stopped at Rudy's on Research/183 in Austin to eat supper with my cousin Kim, and I believe that time we spent eating was well planned because we ended up missing a big storm that rolled through south Austin. It left the road pretty wet, but we missed the heavy downpour at least. We made it to the TA truck stop at exit 193 in San Marcos where we met up with Brian who was pulling my red flatbed with his Blazer and mine. We both fueled up and I scaled out the dually with the travel trailer, 100 gallons of fuel and a full water tank tipped the scale at just over 21k total. We hit the road again and hit I-10 about 40 minutes ahead of Creighton who was coming up I-37 (slowed down due to rain). Once we made it to 41, the drivers lubrication began!

We pulled into Trees and got everyone registered, paid up then started to set up the travel trailer so we would have a nice cool place to pass out. Creighton showed up and promptly infromed us that Joose is kick ***! (After about his 5th (and the 3 or 4 pack of joose), he started in with the Sharpe syndrome and proceeded to tell us about the 7,000 dollars that were spend in fuel and other expenditures in the Baja for about 4th time. :2: The trailer was on a pretty uneven spot and by the time I got it decently level, Creighton could almost walk under the kingpin.

Drivers Meeting-0830/Saturday morning: Creighton cranks up the texas wok and gets breakfast going while Brian and I head over to the drivers meeting. Bob tells us that this is only the second event that the owner has agreed to being non-guided and to be on good behaviour. (there were no problems that we heard of so hopefully it will stay that way) I had on my pink tx4x4 shirt, and Rastus (owner of tx4x4) walks up and introduces himself. We have been talking **** to eachother about the KOT race for a few weeks and we start it up there again. All BS aside, it was nice to finally meet him and put a name to a face. We get everything strapped down after some breakfast burritos and a jug of chocolate milk and head out of camp. Just as we make the turn out of the gate to head down the road towards the main house, Brian grenades his u-joint on his rear driveshaft at the TC. We laugh, hand him tools and laugh as others drive by us laughing as they are headed out. We then pat him on the back and tell him it's going to be a good day becasuse it's not as another rig that goes by already being pulled back to camp with cooling issues.

Once we get down to the bottom, we decide to run the race course but guess what! I left the maps at camp so we are unsure of the course. It is already marked out, so we start out at what we believe is the beginning. After about 45 minutes of puttering along the course we finally figure that we have missed a turn in the creek we are in and turn back around. Once we figured out that we were running it backwards, we decided to head back towards the start, but wanted to get in some wheeling on the way back. Brian wanted to hit Widow Maker, and I wanted to hit Mighty Mouse (the trail I grenaded my driveshaft and D70 shaft on and Creighton blew a u-joint last year at Twister).

We get to Mighty Mouse first, and proceed up to the top with very little problem. Once we get to THE ledge, I creep up and try a few hard runs to get the rear tires up with no luck. We get out and look it over for a few minutes and decide that you could stack another of my boggers on the back tire and still not be as tall as that ledge (it was a good foot lower than last year I think). Not wanting to grenade something this early on, I decide to take the bypass and we start to head back down the exit. Not knowing that I threw my water pump/alternator belt, the engine gets hot and blows a hole in the bottom radiator hose right next to the radiator. I pull it and trim back past the cut while Brian and Creighton head back down to look for the belt. I pour all of my bottled water (that wasn't still frozen), all of mine and Creighton's cooler water into the radiator and get it about half frozen. While working on this, 'shortsub' from pbb comes over and introduces himself and we chat for close to an hour while someone in his group makes repairs on the other side of the fence (not sure what trail they were running). He is good peoples, and look forward to wheeling with him in the future.

We head back towards camp to get water for the radiator, and catch lunch also. Creighton has to pull me back a good bit of the way to keep the motah from getting too hot. We get to camp, top off rad. and coolers and re-. We head back out and head to Widow Maker.

Before we got there, it had started to shower on us which was nice as it knocked the dust down. Little did we know it made the rock slicker than goose snot! Creighton made it up a good bit and ended up sliding back into a tree and putting a 'new' dent in his right rear fender. That hit on the tree knocked another 'shower' off of the leaves and rewet the rock that he had just dried out with his tires. :doh: I do believe that his revlimiter will never be the same after this one, it got beat so hard the guy that installed it at the factory will be sore for atleast three more weeks. :laughing: Once he was very close to the top, we noticed fluid running down onto his driveshaft. It was determined that he was leaking from the water pump, so he backed off and Farma Fred laid into it and made it up. Some where in there, the tx4x4 crew showed up to spektate. I got in line and started up. I laid into it and tried to dry the tires off some and it seemed to be working a bit. Unfortunately, the extra grip caused me to shoot sideways and into the same tree Creighton backed into. When I hit it though, I caugt it on my battery box (and those who where on the Co. trip know it needed to be relocated anyways) which inturn nailed my propane vacuum shutoff valve and knocked the fitting loose unleashing a huge cloud of propane. Thank the good Lord that the manifold was not glowing red yet or that the positive terminals didn't get shoved into anything causing what would have looked like a mini Hiroshima had it ignited.



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This is also the time that I figured out that the CS144 had **** the bed. It was charging a steady 14.7 that morning, but would only muster about 11 volts whether the fans were running or not. Brian ran up the waterfall that is right beside WM (and was actually the first obstacle/starting gate of the race the next day). He had a good time on the throttle to get up the still slick rock and then once on top, ran a winch line down to me to help get me off of the tree so that Creighton could pull the main line and hook it straight to the mixer. Rastus pulled up and gave me a jump once the lines were replumbed and I backed off with out incident. With both of our prides a bit battered and bruised yet still intact, we decided that was enough wheeling for the day and headed back to camp to repair everything for the race in the a.m. and catch grub that 4wheel parts was providing that night before the raffle.

Dinner was hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and lemonade/raspberry iced tea. The burgers were outstanding. Brady won a few bottles of Lucas oil products, and then made a diving catch in the dirt to snag a (six pack sized) fabric cooler from Creighton! We then headed back to finish up repairs on the rigs. I swapped the original alternator back on and Creighton pulled his water pump and jb welded the weep holes shut and reinstalled it. For the most part, we were ready to head out in the morning so we ramped up the liquid carb intake for the evening!

The next morning we gathered up everything and headed out to the starting line. The were supposed to do a random draw on the starting line up, but just did it in the order that you signed up. Rastus was first, Creighton third and I was fourth. They started everyone in five minute intervals. Brian decided to be co-driver for Creighton and I believe he regretted it with in the first three seconds after Creighton got the green light.

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His revlimiter took another extreme beating on the trip up waterfall, and his poor rear springs were already off the buckets before he made it half way up! He is not for sure, but possibly coming down the Lathe he grenaded his rear CV and didn't figure it out until trying to climb the first of the bowls. He backed out and parked out of the way (or so he thought )

I made a pretty impressive run out of the starting gate until I stalled out half way up the waterfall because I was in 2nd instead of first. :doh: Once I restarted and mashed on it the rocks went to flying. Once to the top, I turned down the lathe and the long wheel base made it look easy. Making the hard right turn into the creek with the bowls, there sat the yellow TJ and Creighton began to sweat it as I brought her around in true Duke style and he thought I was going to run her over out of spite. Well, I caught too much traction and made a tighter turn than I thought and missed out on leaving bogger tracks across his hood. I did try very hard once I was almost strait to take out my windshield with a rather large tree branch that was just infront of his TJ though, but still no luck on the extra air conditioning. :laughing: The bowls were not too much trouble at all and once I made it to the end of them, you made a loop to the right around a tree and headed towards Deception on some pretty flat ground. Poor Brian had just walked down there and thought he could catch me at a slow spot and jump into help me out, but he got there just as I was catchin another gear and slinging rooster tails of fresh cow patties 50 foot into the air! I dropped down into the creek to start up deception, but got turned around and ended up backing up the creek about 100 foot before I realized I just needed to turn around and keep going. Had we prerun the course, this would have not been a problem. I did the same thing coming out of deception and had to back up and make a hard left to start up Greg's Hill. I didn't tighten up my shoulder straps enough, and by this time I was really starting to wear out from trying to hold myself still enough to still drive and not knock myself out. of:

I came down off of that hill and finally hit the flat land again, crossed back through the creek and headed for the finish line balls out. Close to the corral, I ran into a pack of cows and new that trying to save a few seconds wasn't worth having to pull hamburger meat out of the grill for the next few hours (and I just wouldn't have felt right had I run one over for a race like this). I made the s-curve at the corral into the finish line in style with my tailgate hanging on by only one of the chain latches on the passenger style (still haven't found any video of it yet ). Rastus walked over, gave me the bird and informed me that I had beat his time. I came in at 12:05.40 IIRC, they had figured it to be a 20 minute course.
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I let mine cool off and visited with a few other racers and spectators before I jumped in Brian's blazer to take tools and refreshments back to them where the TJ was parked at the bottom of the Lathe. I got to watch the last 7 or 8 racers come down while we sat and BS'ed after Creighton showed me his CV and that he wasn't going to worry about it and just drive back in front wheel drive. The narrow cab old red dodge that was in TTC a year or so ago was also at the bottom of the lathe, he sheared 4 of the five studs on his passenger side C/high steer arm coming down the last drop off out of the lathe. I believe Bob gave him **** about being able to run TTC, but not handle KOT.


I wasn't really aware of it, but RVReddog was broke at the top of the lathe with a bolt that came loose connecting his HSteer arm and his tie rod on their blue scout.

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The fourth DNF was val in a pretty nice two seat buggy and he went out with a busted Trailready beadlock. Creighton said that as he went back by the bowls/end of the lathe on his way to start deception, his tire was flat but he was hammering on it so much that it has stood back up. You could tell it was flat as soon as he let off the skinny pedal and started to make the turn. He bent the rim at first, then knocked a near fist sized hole in it, then completely busted the center section out of it and finally shut her down.



There was one TJ that came down the lathe that nearly endo'ed and almost got to try out the fab fours bumper/stinger that he won in the raffle the night before and promptly installed. A few of the short wheel base rigs got tippy there, but everyone managed to drive out of it with out much trouble. Once everyone was through, Brian pulled Creighton up out of the creek bed and we headed back to the Corral to see how everyone fared. As previously stated, Farma Fred won with a time of 8:23

Once the trophy was handed out everyone headed back onto the course to grab all of the flagging they had strung up and we gathered up with the tx4x4/midnighters crew for lunch and headed out for Stair Way to Heaven and on to Cork Screw. We ended up taking the 'bypass' out of it which has a couple of gnarly ledges at the top which take some wheel speed to get up. They are short wheel base friendly and there was and 'open' diff xj being piloted by an Iraq vet who put some wheel speed to it and did pretty good. Once I got up there and almost had it once and was on only one tire with the stupid pedal on the floor and Creighton hollering at me to not flop it on his side another time, I lost steering control. The end of the orbital from PSC has a 'cap' that is just pressed on and it slipped off. Once we got it pulled out and tapped back on and tightened down, we were back in business. While we were hanging there, they pulled my winch line to a tree to as a safety line while it got worked on. I went ahead and winched up to keep things going because it was starting to cloud up a bit and I wanted everyone to get in as much wheeling as possible. This was a bad idea! The xj pilot (who was also a longhrn fan) decided to start giving me a rash of **** about my rock rings. This ended up going on all afternoon...
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I can't exactly remember which trails we ended up taking next, but they were behind the gate on the high fence at the back of the property. We finished up on Gun powder which has a few good obstacles coming up it and a not too bad hill climb with a what looks to be challenging line to the left. Everyone made it up with out much trouble until Brian gets to it and as he bounces his rear axle up onto the last hard ledge his same u-joint that busted as we left out Sat. morning grenaded again. We pull winch line again for safety, and the xj pilot starts up the rash of **** again only this time it's Brian who is taking it on the chin. :laughing: Brian winches out (and realizes that if he doesn't fix his winch controls before Clayton, he is going to have his nutz fried up in Creightons wok!) and everyone decides it's been a good hard day of wheeling and heads back to camp. We grab the TJ once we get back to the corral and away we go with two rigs in front wheel drive!

Brian loads up his Blazer on Creighton's trailer, grabs his gear and heads for aggieland! It was after midnight when he finally rolled into the house, caught a few hours of sleep and headed off to class the next morning. Creighton and I decide that there is way too much in the cooler to haul back and decide to do something about it. Creighton breaks out the wok again and starts up the fajitas for the night. I dig the watermelons out of the cooler and head over to the tx4x4 camp and they dig in. Creighton came over after he had them cooked up to tell me it was time to eat and we ended up sticking around talking to them for a while longer. They are really a good bunch of folks. A bit older than the TAMOR crowd, but like to have a good time all the same. Once we were back at camp, the fajitas were great. I don't know where he gets it from, but they are tasty! Lots and lots of later, we finally decide it's time to hit the rack (before we get so bad off the idea of spooning in the big bed starts to actually sound good. )

The next morning we clean up, pack up and head out. We make it onto I-10 and Creighton starts to get a tad bit low on fuel so we pull over at the rest stop to transfer some from my nurse tank. I had to turn around up there because the hose is not long enough to reach. Once he is full and I start to turn around, another truck with rigs pulls up and asks if we have any spare diesel. They had their truck that was pulling their travel trailer run out as he pulled into the rest stop. We pulled down and and transferred a few gallons and I learned how to prime a Dmax. He went to pay me and I told him to keep it and handed him a few business cards and told him when he was ready to change the Rotella in the truck to give me a holler.

We stopped in Kerrville to grab some lunch and Creigton and I topped off then headed to San Antonio. Creighton had part of his old cage that Tate has been wanting a good while, and I had a copy of Microsof t Of fice to give him, so off we went. We arrived and got a tour of the garage with the mystery bronco in it. We tried to convince him that he just needed to hunker down and finish it, but Elise had power tools in the front yard and we both figured it was better for our health to leave it at that and hit the road again. :laughing:

Creighton headed on to Korpus Krusty with my red trailer with his jeep and my POS on back, and my brothers and I turned north. The ride up 35 to Belton was uneventful other than a few spots of holiday traffic heading home. We stopped in Rosebud to meet the folks for supper and then headed to the ranch to start unloading. Now, here I sit finishing this. I will definitely want to try and make this run next year again if things work out, because I definitely want to kick *** in the race!


Oh, and there were a couple of guys there who were talking about building a Duramax/Allison buggy all weekend, what a bunch of tools. :blackwink:
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We had a great time this weekend! Thanks to everyone who contributed to helping out and, of course, to 4WP for the sponsorship! I'll spare y'all a lengthy trail report, but while the rest of my pictures and videos upload, I'll share two videos that've uploaded already.

Here's the tubed Suburban climbing Widow Maker. Turn up the volume!


And a little video of me doing the bowl near Coco's Corner.


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