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What trails did you run?

I remember back in 2012 I led a group a pretty large group of FJ Cruisers around the park. Well at least in the morning. Ran the green trail which leads to the sand dunes. Unknown to my knowledge the break overs had substantially eroded and we're pretty rough. Then went up the little rock garden. I was in my stock 99 3rd gen and had no issues but an FJ on 33s behind me busted a cv which pretty much killed the day for the rest of the group. Most went home and others played around in the sand. Activity in the FJ forum in the Midwest came to an end after that.

I also saw a guy in his brand new JKU with a hemi upgrade catch on fire on a hill climb. Apparently he didn't know what the transfer case shifter was for. Kept it in 4H overheated the trans. Trans fluid bubble out and caught on fire when it hit his exhausted headers. Truck was able to be salvaged for the most part. There group was able to winch it out and tow it to the parking lot. I heard the guy limped it back home.

Now when I go I mainly hang out in the quarry and run the river. Orange used to be a good trail but I hear it's becoming over grown.

Sorry for the hiatus. This Covid stuff has had me entirely preoccupied with work and all.

That was my first time at the Badlands so Iíd have to reference a map to get the trail names but I lead the first run down an orange trail that you pick up right away on your way to the dunes. Ended up being a little technical but we all made it through. It helped that I trailered a buddy down with his ATV. He worked as a scout for us when we couldnít tell which way was best. We cleared some other decent trails down a river bed at the back of the dunes in the woods but that got super hairy so we ended up turning around when we saw an old Durango stuck in a pit literally up to his roof line.

Next we went into the quarry and had a friend do the axle basher. I accidentally lead the group out the wrong way thinking it was how we came in. Thatís where I teetered on tipping and a friend had to use my traction boards to prevent damage on his unlifted Rebel. Otherwise we played in the dunes, ran the puddles and called it a super successful and fun day. Other than some trail rash and a mildly bent tail pipe on that Rebel, we all drove away unscathed and stoked to get back.


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