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PLANNING: Interlake Weekend Trip May 13th-15th

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by HARDTRAILZ » Tue May 17, 2016 12:39 pm

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by HARDTRAILZ » Tue May 17, 2016 12:43 pm

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by HARDTRAILZ » Tue May 17, 2016 12:46 pm

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by HARDTRAILZ » Tue May 17, 2016 12:49 pm

Thanks to Chris and his girl as some of those shots are theirs. I had started saving theirs to do this and he sent me a link so i know they got more to share when they get a chance and think Matt took a few shots with his good camera.

Would definitely go back. Cant believe it was free, but they may be charging $10 like the other SRA at some point later this year. If so they will likely have on-site camping. we saw DNR out each day working on the trails. They have a newer rock garden area that not bad, but still really loose and random. Only had glorified outhouses, but a nice large gravel lot for parking and setting up or airing down/up.

Thanks to yall that went along and Happy B'day again Chris!
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by tsmith1156 » Tue May 17, 2016 5:21 pm

HARDTRAILZ wrote:Thanks to Chris and his girl as some of those shots are theirs. I had started saving theirs to do this and he sent me a link so i know they got more to share when they get a chance and think Matt took a few shots with his good camera.

Would definitely go back. Cant believe it was free, but they may be charging $10 like the other SRA at some point later this year. If so they will likely have on-site camping. we saw DNR out each day working on the trails. They have a newer rock garden area that not bad, but still really loose and random. Only had glorified outhouses, but a nice large gravel lot for parking and setting up or airing down/up.

Thanks to yall that went along and Happy B'day again Chris!


Looks like a fun trip you guys had, I saw some snapchats and pictures from Chris, I wouldn't mind going there if I ever get mine lifted but he said it was pretty sloppy
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by wink » Tue May 17, 2016 6:35 pm

Felt good to get out in the dirt and mud again. Thanks Chris for putting this together. Can't wait to see what Matt has in store for the top of his truck.
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by HARDTRAILZ » Tue May 17, 2016 6:48 pm

For all the rain I thought it would have been sloppier. Surprised we didn't find deeper ruts so I think drains nicely into the many lakes
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by BC backroader » Tue May 17, 2016 7:15 pm

Looks like a fun weekend of wheeling. Were the vultures circling in search of stranded GMT drivers?
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by tsmith1156 » Tue May 17, 2016 7:20 pm

HARDTRAILZ wrote:For all the rain I thought it would have been sloppier. Surprised we didn't find deeper ruts so I think drains nicely into the many lakes


Chris said I'd prolly had a hard time without abide lift
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by Chris68chevy » Tue May 17, 2016 7:35 pm

It was a great time, I learned a thing or two from you guys that came out. Thanks again for making the trip out. Glad everyone made it home in somewhat one peice. Looking forward to more trips out with y'all

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by Fisker » Tue May 17, 2016 9:09 pm

tsmith1156 wrote:
HARDTRAILZ wrote:For all the rain I thought it would have been sloppier. Surprised we didn't find deeper ruts so I think drains nicely into the many lakes


Chris said I'd prolly had a hard time without abide lift


Who had the least amount of lift? And how did they fair?
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by Chris68chevy » Tue May 17, 2016 9:29 pm

Least amount of lift was wink 5.5" (2.5" suspension + 3" body) if I'm not mistaken. He wheeled just as hard as the rest of us. He's actually how we realized my tie rod had a bend in it before it snapped.

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by Fisker » Tue May 17, 2016 9:43 pm

Do you believe that that was the minimum you could use on that particular trip? It looks like a cool place just curious!
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by Chris68chevy » Tue May 17, 2016 9:54 pm

I don't know if I would say that's the minimum as I've seen videos/pictures of Barton take on some pretty nice trails in his rig. I would say that if anyone is planning on going out there to bring spare parts. There were a few areas were I'd say the extra 3" BL kept water out of my truck though. I know Kyle and myself had water at the bottom of our doors from some of the holes out there.

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by HARDTRAILZ » Tue May 17, 2016 10:04 pm

You could do any of it w 31s n skids. No big rocks and nothing real deep except real short holes n most could be avoided. There is tougher stuff there we skipped in exploration but Matt has dome waypoints marked for return.

Lift is less of concern than being scared of some pinstriping from tighter sections.
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by Fisker » Tue May 17, 2016 10:08 pm

Cool! Ive been looking for some trails but here in Raleigh is pretty flat with not a lot of parks. Been watching where y'all go to make a list of some popular and possible trips!

Pinstripes look good if they are on there on purpose lol
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by Chris68chevy » Tue May 17, 2016 10:14 pm

Kyle, my truck is gonna be getting the regulator special paint job here soon, those trails added some real pretty stripes down the side of my truck when I was leading in the group saturday. Fisker if you wheel with common sense and know what you're doing you'd be fine out there. They have a trail there Matt looked at. Kyle talked to a guy and he said you basically just take a buggy out there and roll it down the hill. I forget what they called that challenge trail.

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by HARDTRAILZ » Tue May 17, 2016 10:36 pm

Shit will buff out...

Mine is still covered in mud, just hoping rain doesn't show any real dents went it gets rinsed
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by Chris68chevy » Tue May 17, 2016 10:53 pm

It's raining off and on here, it goes in for realignment tomorrow at 2 so I'm gonna wash it before then. I've got 2 or 3 from headlight all the way back to the gas cap. Should buff out with some effort.

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by HARDTRAILZ » Tue May 17, 2016 10:57 pm

I should prolly do an alignment but I think I got close on thread count with the tie rod
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