June 19-21, 2020: Final Prototype's First Test (continued)
While I was taking the above photos there was talk of a shopping list going around for some of the people who had been there the whole week and needed resupplies. Butch, who is a club member with a Jeep YJ and one of Marlin's closest local friends, volunteered to take his YJ out both trails and back to Shaver Lake City. Knowing I'd be much quicker than his leaf sprung Jeep, I interjected offering to take him in the Tacoma which he was happy to hear since he wouldn't have to do any of the work
and I was happy because I'd get to run both trails again
I straight-up biltzkrieged
both Coyote and Red without stopping all the way to the Sand Flats in just over an hr!
That was some of the quickest off-roading I've done in the Tacoma. This truck is surprisingly smooth over rocks at speed
But, guys, check this out...
...So either it's already fully bottomed out as shown or my fenders are gonna get one hell of a massage next trip.
This happened dropping down the Gate Keeper on our way back through Red Lake. I was definitely going too fast and while being articulated down the center line and turning into the corner hard-right the inside passenger front tire flexed all the way into the fender!!
I also briefly flexed the driver front tire into it's fender but it wasn't nearly as bad. When this one happened it sounded worse and I was thinking the fender had been blown up. Was relieved to see it wasn't that bad.
I am so excited to have so much flex but hot dang this sucked haha I've been running big trails and have zero body damage! I don't want to call this body damage!
This wasn't driver error, it was self-inflicted!
What do you guys think?? haha
I'm sure the metal of the passenger side fender has stretched so it'll need to be replaced entirely. I've needed to add supports to the fenders since all I ever did was just trim them. At least now I have a reason to redo them with extra clearance and get some bar stock welded along the leading edge so this won't happen again!