Strikes And Spares.....

 

This was another HCR HG Limited run to some new stopping ground HCR had developed up north. We had all hoped for a little snow to mix things up but this run blendered up our rigs all by itself, even just in the there gettin'.

Higher Ground tested out its Emergency Photographer Shuttle Service early Sunday morning while the Phoenix bunch of High Country Renegades played a shuffle of their own with trailer tires.

 

After meeting up with Alan, his Cherokee nearly shuddered us off the 101 as his axle end track bar mount tore 75% off at the weld. Yellowsub received the package soon after leaving Alan and his Cherokee's last run in shambles. 40 minutes later into the hills, FatBob would take the pass since he had a covered seat to offer in his tow rig. Around that same time, Sy's group started loosing trailer tires.

I'll let his words take it from here:

On the way up to Payson I lost 2 trailer tires and James needed my other spare because he lost the tread off one of his trailer tires. We go 10 miles and I lose the spare tire off the trailer again. James takes off to Payson to look or a tire shop while Brad and I put James tire without the tread back on my trailer and we'll see how far we can get..... lasted me to Rye where I stopped and called the towing guy out of bed and bought a POS tire and had it mounted up and we were off to Payson where James found no tires shops open.

Meanwhile we find out that Alan from Higherground4x4 lost a track bar mount and never made it to Payson.

We proceeded to the restaurant where we were to have breakfast at 0800 and we got there at 1000. everyone (9 other rigs worth) was in the parking lot waiting for us..... We proceeded to the trail, Thom's wife was looking for tire shops for us to get trailer tires after the run.

With 11 rigs heading to the trail it was bound to get better...... Such was not the case.... with all the rain we had last week there was more water in the wash then I had ever seen..... wet tires, wet rocks, mud, sand etc.... make for tricky situations.......

First I slid off a rock and wiped out my rear driveshaft, Brad and TC went back to my trailer to get my spare (Thanks again guys). I removed the broken shaft and proceeded as far as I could in front wheel drive and made it too the waterfall, bypassing all the fun optional lines.....

When I get to the waterfall my rear tire with the plugs let loose and started leaking bad so I through my spare on the left front so I could keep an eye on it and put the LF tire on the RR.....

Meanwhile, Jonathan in the Yellowsub broke a front axle on one of the optional lines down stream..... A repair attempt was made, but the broken shaft end was twisted in to tight to remove and he was stuck with 3 wheel drive for the rest of the day......

We're all at the waterfall and there is 30" of water in the bottom of it but we're gonna give it a shot, spare tire and rear driveshaft and all...... Crawled it

Brad crawled it with his Sticky Krawlers, Charlie and TC took the strap after great efforts....James broke a left front hub or stubshaft and lost a bead on the right front at the same time......We couldn't get the beads to seat so I went back to the trailers to get his spare.....

While I was gone, Jim played on the fall only to break a rear axle shaft.......James got his spare on and we were heading back out...... Jonathan and James fought to get out in 3 wheel drive but we all made it back to the trailers to "try" to head home.....

Brad and I stopped by TC's place to borrow a trailer tire just in case but his trailer is a different size 5 lug pattern......Off we go to come home without a spare trailer tire....... we made it home without incident other than the usual Phoenix idiot drivers that just cant seem to see us?

 

 

 

 

Photography: Michael D'Avy

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