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    Hi All,
    We did the Klipdrift trail at Hennops this weekend.
    The vehicles:
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    LR Discovery 2 V8
    LR Discovery 4 (less than 5000km)

    We planned to start the trail at 9h00 but started a bit later.
    You can definitely see that the trail is not as "commercial" as the Hennops one as there is a lot of loose and sharp rocks on the route.

    Not far into the route, and Wayne lost a sidewall to one of the sharp rocks. We replaced the wheel and continued on...Wayne being very negative as he had new BF KM's on which is now discontinued...

    About two obstacles later it was my turn. We went down a rocky slope. I stopped at the top of the obstacle before going down. I managed to stop on a large rock that seemed fixed in its position. I guess the braking and the weight of the Landy was too much for it and it tilted upward. my nose slowly dropped to the right as the rock gave way, and wham, the rock snapped my Track rod running behind the diff. I lost my steering and was in the middle of the road. We managed to control the direction of the wheel and went backwards to get the Landy out of the way. We removed the rod and decided to continue the trail, repair the rod and return. We had to spend the rest of the trail in a Toyota...

    The trail soon took its toll on the Toyota as a rock hit the plate on the nudgebar! We managed to finish the trail without any more damage to the Vehicles. I must say, the two Disco's came off the best from the route, finishing without any damage!

    The trail seemed a bit short and it did not take us more than 3hours to complete, but is surely is challenging when you don't want to write of tyres or damage your vehicle. Personally i think once the loose rocks is out of the way it will have a rating of about 3-4...depending on the weather conditions.

    Well, we still had to get my vehicle...browsing in the field together with the rest of the cattle...

    We returned to the Hennops office where they were friendly and helped us immediately to fix the track rod. I welded it together adding some support...

    We decided to do the trail again up to the Landy, fix it and finish the trail again. The Disco's did not join us the second time round, but we tagged along a Pajero SWB instead...

    On the way to the Landy, it was the Triton's turn... Regardt took a knock on the step and the front of the chrome pipe came loose...bolt sheared off. We removed the step and carried on.

    The obstacles went much faster and we reached the Landy in no time. Popped in the fixed rod and off we went. I must admit, I enjoyed it much more back in my vehicle! Maybe doing it myself had something to do with it, I'm not a good spectator...

    We got to a small uphill obstacle where I got distracted by SWAMBO and her friend's laughter! I took the wrong line and found myself in a axle twister, without the luxury of diff lock... I wanted to go back, but a rock prevented me from going back as it sneaked in behind my rear diff... Wayne hooked me up and we were on the road again...

    Now it was the Pajero's turn... Frans hit the sidestep on one of the obstacles and scratched and bent it... We really had bad luck on the route.
    I don't think you can call it something else.

    Anyway, the route was challenging, but I really did not enjoy driving it. I did however enjoy the day with friends and fellow 4x4 enthusiasts!
    I was too worried about loosing a tyre. I don't think this is a relaxing route, rather a bit technical/challenging- not to damage anything.

    Swambo took photos and I will post some later.
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    Ja nee... Ons het omtrent bad luck gehad... Thanks vir die Trail Report

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    Pity about all the damage but you sound as though you had a good time,sharp rocks are a nightmare!
    I was advised a while ago from a mod on this forum-think it was Zantus,that he was advised to lower his tyre pressure right down. Since then I've been doing the same on my BF muds-down to .6 to.8 for hectic rocks and I must say I've never had a cut/slice since.
    Looking forward to your pics!
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    Hennie dit was lekker PRET gewees tot die probleme begin het maar soos hulle se elke sport het sy beserings, te minste was dit nie nodig om die stof af te was nie .

    Lyk my ek sal te minste die wiel kan red hou vir my duim vas anders is dit tickets vir daai mooi bande .HARTSEER MAN!!

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    Sin met jou lift gekap?
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    As daar nie fotos is nie het dit net eenvoudig nie gebeur nie..


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    INCREDIBLEBLOB
    My tyers were at 1bar wich was to low in my opinion but i supose it was just one of those things that were meant to happen and also the first time i have lost a tyre on a trail.I pumped my tyers up 1.3 and when we fetched Hennies landy no problem same trail.
    I suppose different strokes for different folks but even Regardt(sinwolf) damaged his brand new km2 was not happy??

    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by incrediblebob View Post
    Pity about all the damage but you sound as though you had a good time,sharp rocks are a nightmare!
    I was advised a while ago from a mod on this forum-think it was Zantus,that he was advised to lower his tyre pressure right down. Since then I've been doing the same on my BF muds-down to .6 to.8 for hectic rocks and I must say I've never had a cut/slice since.
    Looking forward to your pics!
    That's right Bob, I keep them pressures really low on sharp rocks. So far it has worked for me over the last 8 years after having a lot of bad luck with tyres during my first 8 years of 4x4ing. Since then, I've had 10 different 4x4's, done a few hundred offroad trips, 15 different sets of tyres between all the 4x4's, and so far no terminal cuts due to sharp rocks, or actually no offroad punctures at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4x4 freak View Post
    Sin met jou lift gekap?


    As ek nie ore gehad het nie, het my smile reg rondom my kop gegaan…. Daai body lift IS DIE S%&#$( !!!!!!!!!!

    Ek het die naweek deur dips gery, waar die ander bakkies se neuse en agterbumpers geskraap het, dit klink of hulle hulle agter bumpers gaan af skeur, so erg is dit.... En dan gaan ek deur SONDER om eers te raak agter !!!! Dit was GREAT !!!!

    Ek moet se, alhoewel die body-lift net 45mm is, het ek die agter bumper omtrent 60mm gelig... Ek het maar bietjie gesteel waar ek kon om hom daai "ekstra" bietjie hor te kry
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    Awesome!!
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    Ja nee, Daai Triton is nou hoog...
    En nou ry hy darem sonder difflock ook!!!
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    Hennie nou kan ons 'n trail doen waar almal gelukig is en almal lag saam nie soos die bundu wat hy soos 'n stoute seuntjie in die hoek sit en huil nie.
    he he .
    Hennie ook daai V8 van jou laat my hoener vleis kry hy klink AYOBA!!!

    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by wayne harvey View Post
    Hennie nou kan ons 'n trail doen waar almal gelukig is en almal lag saam nie soos die bundu wat hy soos 'n stoute seuntjie in die hoek sit en huil nie.
    he he .
    Hennie ook daai V8 van jou laat my hoener vleis kry hy klink AYOBA!!!

    cheers

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    AG NEE WAT BEEN THERE DONE THAT NIE MEER LUS NIE !!!!

    nou maak ek jou hart seer ne .
    kom ons reel vir vroeg volgende jaar Jan/Feb daar rond ek is ook baie lus self met drie gooie bande sal ek nou superman ook ry.

    he he.

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    regardt, jy is lus vir Superman,
    Wayne, jy wil Superman ry...
    Dit klink soos 'n PG18 fliek...
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    Hennie nou moet jy net lockers in sit en superman ry dan kan jy ook saam kyk!!!!
    he he PG18 hell as ons daar klaar is moet daar geen kinders naby wees nie want ek dink daar gaan of baie gehuil word of baie gekuier word.
    Ek gaan net 'n navigator nodig he want ek glo nie die ou toppie moet daai trip saam ry nie he he.

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