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    Here we are working a waterfall between axle hill and rocker knocker.

    This was a cool V notch that made getting lined up and staying on the line a challenge.


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    Rocker Knocker!We tried the straight up the obstacle way up rocker knocker for an hour or so. No luck! We were holding back a bit on the beatings because it's 30 miles from rocker knocker back to pavement and it was our last day wheeling on the trip.



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    Here's the "go around" for rocker knocker.

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    Second to last obstacle is "Rock Pile" more like Rock ledge but who's counting.

    We made some half hearted attempts to crawl rock pile, but it was getting late and we still had 29 more miles to pavement. The sun set as we were attempting to stack rocks for rock pile and we ended up doing another not so easy go-around here.


    Sunset at Rockpile



    Rockpile attempt




    After Rock Pile there's a few more obstacles that we didn't get photos or video of. Yellow Hill is a super cool slick rock climb, or a really technical ledge clime to the right. We were in hardcore get back to the condo and load the trailer mode by the time the sun started going down. I had my second carnage of the moab portion of the trip on the way back to pavement. I was straight bombing down the trails towards pavement and ended up using my rear shock as a bump stop too many times. tore the bracket right off the frame. No photos of that excitement though.
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    The next morning we loaded up at the condo, and headed east! As we departed I was keeping an eye on a storm that was moving through the Rockies this day. We decided we would make a call by grand junction if we were going to try to make the pass or not.



    As we were passing through Grand Junction I had my dad keeping an eye on the traffic cameras over the pass and the radar. We were advised to not make the attempt. We grabbed a hotel and took some down time to grab dinner and some beer.





    After we grabbed a bite to eat, we decided we should use the downtime to install a trans cooler in the Ford. We found if we wanted to tow in OD (which you're not supposed to do) the trans built heat and would be difficult to get cool again. So we had ordered the parts to install a manual trans cooler while we were in Moab and had it on standby in case we got uncomfortable with the trans temps on the ride home.


    Because of the weather we retreated to a parking garage in grand junction and got our Roadkill on!


    Drained pan, Removed PTO covers


    Installed Bulkhead fittings in PTO covers for pickup, return, temp sender, and thermostat


    Built a mounting bracket for the relays and gear oil pump
    Built lines and hoses

    Pump installed

    Fan/cooler installed
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    We headed out the next morning a little after 10ish to give the crews time to clear the pass, and time for the temps to come up above freezing.


    Trans holding it's own! These hills are steep! it was a battle to keep the EGT's happy going over the pass 1100 was our critical and we'd shift down to 4th or 3rd to keep the air flow up and EGT's down for the grade.

    The rockies are awesome


    Cool snow line


    Nut and bolt check in a rest stop.




    and no sooner did we come over the top and down the backside when we had trailer brake issues :(

    Unloading the trucks


    Driving down the rockies in the rigs! This was cool, except for my super flat spotted tire from being strapped down to the trailer. It rounded out eventually.


    Front tire vibes.


    Benefits of having a live streaming location tracker. When you stop for a half hour on the side of the road in the Rockies everyone texts you to find out what's up :D
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    We rolled into a harbor freight and did some poking to try and figure out what was up.





    One axle looked not great but intact and healthy. The other axle was down past the material on the pads into the metal, Whoever owned the trailer before Devin did a full service on one axle, but not the other. This caused the pads on one axle to wear out going over the Rockies which, and in turn overloaded the other axle, which boiled the brake fluid and shot it out of the brake pump >.>


    We called around for calipers and pads, but being Friday night it was difficult to find anywhere open. We managed to find one place that had the pads, caliper pins, and axle cap in stock. We ordered a full set and decided to head there in the morning to pick it up.




    In the mean time it was beer:30, we headed into Arvada for some beers and pool :D
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    Saturday we worked on breaking down the trailer to assess the damage to the calipers and rotors as a whole.







    We spent the rest of Saturday hanging with some friends of friends and having a little BBQ.



    We met a local mechanic, Jenni Helms, she was super stoked to see the rigs and invited us up to her property Sunday for some wheeling. We happily obliged :D Jenni is 150% the real deal, Hoping we can make a Colorado trip work out because I'd love to go back and hang out with the people who helped us out so generously while we were stranded in Denver.

    We found that we needed to have all 4 rotors turned, and replace all 4 calipers, which put us back on the parts searching hustle pretty hard. It was Saturday mid day, and every heavy equipment place was closed Saturday after noon till Monday. Jenni Hooked us up with the guy who turn's her rotors. so we arranged to drop them off with the shop Sunday for pickup Monday.



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    Sunday we dropped the rotors off, and headed up to Jenni's property. Her house is wayyyyyy up at the top of a mountain. Its a super cool spot above the bald peak of the mountain.


    The view from here is amazing!








    it was an awesome day of wheeling, we got to cut our own trails and make lines anywhere on her property, it was super cool!



    Unfortunately I laid my truck over on it's side in one of the rock notches and now have some body work to figure out :D


    Shortly thereafter it started to snow, went straight from 65 and sunny to white out in the matter of minutes. Mountain weather is pretty wild.

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    Arriving back in Arvada Sunday Night


    Monday rolled around and I had to get back to work. Thankfully I can do my job remotely so it wasn't a huge issue for me to work on the road.


    Devin picked up the turned rotors and re-assembled the trailer Monday afternoon.


    We couldn't source calipers locally Monday so we decided to re-assemble with fresh pads, pins, and turned rotors and make tracks to Wentzville MO, where eTrailer had a set of 4 calipers and all new pins waiting for us at Will Call.



    Tuesday we were able to get all the calipers rehabbed to kind of working enough to make the journey. Though we found one caliper started leaking an hour outside Denver. SO we removed it and clamped off the brake line to get us to eTrailer.

    #becauseroadkill





    Somewhere in Kansas we lost the intake plumbing due to a loose hose clamp. We re-attached and tightened all the fittings and hoses while we were fixing it on the side of the highway.


    As expected, the truck was running even better with all the hose clamps tight on the boost side!

    We made it to Wentzville grabbed our calipers and hit the road home hard. We burned through day and night and landed in Keene Thursday Night.





    Celebrated our return Thursday Night with dinner at Koto in Keene!
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    What a great trip! Thanks for sharing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivoryring View Post
    What a great trip! Thanks for sharing it.
    It was awesome! We spent a lot more time fixing our stupidity than I had expected, but I'd do it again if I got the chance!

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    Chris picking it up where I left off! After the trailer broke down in Colorado, I hopped a plane home with whatever I could carry so I could get home in time for work the following week. I'm bummed I missed on Colorado shenanigans but there is always next time!

    Speaking of next time - I hope to do this trip in my Jeep next time! I had a blast being a passenger for once and being able to spot for multiple rigs as well as driving the red truck for a bit. I think I hiked most of the trails due to the need to spot everyone so often.
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