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Anyone wanna do Holy Jim Thursday? My son wants to try out his 4X4 for the first time (I was hoping someone would ride with him and show him some cool stuff). I'll bring the FJ for a shakedown run after the OME and Demello installs. Time is open....anyone?
 

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Re: Holy Jim, Thursday Oct 9th 2008

I'd be down. Depends though. I got dreaded Jury duty starting on Tuesday. If I get dismissed by Wednesday, I am more than happy to play hooky on Thursday. I have yet to get out and damage the new Icons also. I feel the need for side trails. I hope it rains a little to this week to make things a little more interesting and fun at best.
 

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Re: Holy Jim, Thursday Oct 9th 2008

Cool guys! Thanks....let me know, so I can surprise the kid. He'll love it! He's been begging to go, so I thought I'd surprise him with this.
 

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Re: Holy Jim, Thursday Oct 9th 2008

That would be cool too. But, as I stated, I'd love for an experienced driver to ride with him and talk him through the steps of 4X4....since I have no t-case, CV's, etc....The only reason I said Holy Jim is because it's close (relatively speaking), it's dirt, and it's his first off-road experience driving a 4WD vehicle.
 

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Re: Holy Jim, Thursday Oct 9th 2008

Acetechno said:
I'd be down. Depends though. I got dreaded Jury duty starting on Tuesday. If I get dismissed by Wednesday, I am more than happy to play hooky on Thursday. I have yet to get out and damage the new Icons also. I feel the need for side trails. I hope it rains a little to this week to make things a little more interesting and fun at best.
I'm in the same issue Dave!

I'll possibly see you there Larry...I have to call in tonight to see if I was excused.
 

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Re: Holy Jim, Thursday Oct 9th 2008

Suh-weet! Holy Jim it is then, Thursday. How about noon~ish, with lunch afterwards?
 

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Re: Holy Jim, Thursday Oct 9th 2008

So, it looks like it may be a morning run, around 10 AM at the trail head to beat the heat....then a nice lunch somewhere. Sound good?
 

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Re: Holy Jim, Thursday Oct 9th 2008

I'm still in. (hopefully) I have to return on Wednesday in Westminster to sit there and do nothing. Hopefully if I get called up i can claim 5150 on my self. ;D You of all people should know that being 5150 is an everyday handy cap of mine. ;) That is gonna be a bit tuff on the ole pocket book being off work for 3 days straight w/o pay.
 

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Re: Holy Jim, Thursday Oct 9th 2008

I hope you can make it Ace! I'm looking forward to seeing your rig in action with the new Icons!!
 

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Re: Holy Jim, Thursday Oct 9th 2008

Ok, so who is meeting at the trailhead at 10:00 AM tomorrow?

If not 10, then when?
 

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Re: Holy Jim, Thursday Oct 9th 2008

Ok, so no one can go. It's Thursday, after all...so I'll take pics of my son's first trip offroad and post them here when we get back. I'll be at the trail head at about 10 AM. We'll be bringing the GMC, and leaving the FJ at home. Oops, almost forgot to get the compressor and recovery stuff out of the FJ!
 

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Re: Holy Jim, Thursday Oct 9th 2008

Ok, we're back. We got there at about 10:30 this morning, and aired down to 18 lbs all around. There were 3 other vehicles on the trail as we went in. Mike got used to the truck in 4 Hi, and kinda played around a bit on some off-camber stuff. We got to the end, and turned around to come back. We decided we were gonna take a few of the side trails, and he had a blast doing it.

We went thru some ruts, rocks, and some whoops. That little GMC pulls HARD in 4 Lo!! So, as we get close to the trail head, we hit the south side spur of the main trail. To get in there you have to go over a hump. We got in, but scraped the frame rails a bit. Those frame rails hang down really far on that truck, and they hit everything. They came in handy, though.....

We played around a bit, did a hill climb, and decided it was time to go back to the trail. We went to the spot where we thought we came in, but we were wrong. High-centered, with all 4 wheels off the ground. Those frame rails did a good job making us a teeter-totter :D the rear wheels were a good foot off the ground, and the fronts were a few inches up. We were stuck good.

I called Dom, and left a message stating we were stuck good in Holy Jim, and he STILL hasn't called me back. Thanks. Appreciate it. So, I called Arien. He was getting his exhaust completely reworked, but at least he answered the phone! Thanks Mud...I REALLY do appreciate that!! I tried rocking the truck as he said, but no go. So, we started looking for rocks and hooking up the snatch strap to the right rear spring shackle.

A Water and Power guy comes by in a Ford Expedition 4X4 with winch. He says he can't help and drives off. Great. Thanks dude. But hey, I understand....he doesn't wanna get in trouble if anything happens while winching with a government truck. A few minutes later a Ford F150 goes HAULING past us, and doesn't even slow down. Thanks. We're stacking rocks to make a pretty monument. Yeah. But as the F150 passes, I see a VDB FJ 4X4 with a trailer coming from the other direction. He stops, and introduces himself as Robert. 2007 FJ with ARB bumper, caved-in bling plate, and Warn winch. He drops the trailer, and comes around behind us. We hook up the snatch strap, and about 10 seconds later we are exchanging handshakes and back on the road. See? FJ drivers are the coolest!!!

So, we go off to meet Mud at the shop where he's getting his exhaust done. As we meet, the shop next door fires up a 1969 Camaro (that does a 9.8 1/4 mile)...that thing sounded SWEET!! Mud's truck was done, so we headed out for lunch. After lunch I went to FJCruiserAudio (JT's) shop in HB, and I bought a pair of NICE Alpine 6.5" door speakers for my son's truck. His radio was KILLING me all during the trip. So, for an AWESOME deal (less than $100 installed), the stereo sounds 80% better. I can live with that. And Mike is STOKED. We had a great day, and bonded well.

Then, to top it all off, when we got home, his first paycheck from Disneyland was waiting for him. All in all, a great day.
 

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Re: Holy Jim, Thursday Oct 9th 2008

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I called Dom, and left a message stating we were stuck good in Holy Jim, and he STILL hasn't called me back. Thanks. Appreciate it.
Uh sorry Dave..

Never got a message?? ???
 

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Re: Holy Jim, Thursday Oct 9th 2008

Left one. I can tell ya what your voice mail message sounds like too :D You got me :D :D
 

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Re: Holy Jim, Thursday Oct 9th 2008

Sorry Dave that I did not make it. I did not get out of Jury Duty today until 3:30pm. I waited around in the Jury Room for 3 days and then got called this afternoon to a "case" Then the crook pleaded out and I got dismissed. 3 days of missed work and no pay by my employer. But I owe you one. I might be up for going there this Saturday. I got to drop my girl off at a B-day party @ 2:00. and then will be free for about 2 hours with no wife or daughter. Just me and the boy. He likes HJC.
 
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