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Re: BigMike's 2016 Tacoma Trip & Trail Log
« Reply #60 on: Jan 25, 2018, 09:47:01 PM »
The first time a 3rd gen Tacoma tackles the Little Sluice? Maybe!





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Re: BigMike's 2016 Tacoma Trip & Trail Log
« Reply #61 on: Jan 25, 2018, 09:48:01 PM »


Another sequence. BIG THANKS to Amanda, the official TLCA event photographer, for these awesome pictures!!


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Made easy work of the Sluice Box! Of course nowadays the Sluice is only a shadow of it's former difficult glory. You can still get crossed up in here but it is far easier than it was in the hay days of the early 2000s.



(RE the Lil Sluice: It's a long story but at the turn of the century people were winching and rolling large boulders into the trail to make it harder and nearly impassable for anything less than a Truggy. To keep this short, it basically turned into a real party spot. With continued roll overs raising increased concern of soil contamination the Rubicon Trail Foundation worked with the El Dorado National Forest to dynamite the boulders and make the trail passable again for most vehicles. It wouldn't have been such a problem if not for the fact that this is the actual trail; Not a bypass. A difficult bypass is maybe okay, but when the right-of-way to the trail begins causing so much issues and attracting environmentalists, that's red-flag enough that something needs to be done before we lose the entire trail altogether. Welcome to California.)
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Re: BigMike's 2016 Tacoma Trip & Trail Log
« Reply #62 on: Jan 25, 2018, 09:49:58 PM »
I stopped on the backside of the Little Sluice area to make sure we all made it through the Sluice Box.



Nice flex shot. Front tires pushing the fenders up. That's not good.



Rear tire is doing some self-clearancing back there hahaha Nice

As mentioned in my build thread, I wasn't too concerned about this because I'll be doing a lot of trimming at the end of the season.

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Re: BigMike's 2016 Tacoma Trip & Trail Log
« Reply #63 on: Jan 25, 2018, 09:51:37 PM »
Get'n my feet wet





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The section in the photo below is one of my favorite places on the Rubicon. I can chat about it for a while. I built my Hilux to the same width as an FJ80 Land Cruiser (even wider in the front @ 67" WMS) and have never been able to take the direct/straight path along the right side due to being so wide that it pitches my cab into the huge boulder on the driver' side. So I always go up the left. This section is both deceptively easy and hard. There are times when I walk right through it and other times when I get super hung up and have to stack rocks. I've spotted dozens of rigs through here. Pickups, 4Runners, FJ40s, Wagons, Truggys and Formula Toyotas. It is really fun.

Now for the Tacoma.... Oh man. Oh man. The Tacoma is even bigger than my Hilux so I took my normal line up the left and this was the first time I really noticed how awful the ground clearance is on this truck. I got hung up and had to back up a few times. Never got stuck but certainly could not take the same lines I'm used. It was a lot of mental adjusting. At the far end there is a sharp crest with a sizeable drop-off through which you must crank it hard driver to clear the side of the hill which makes the drop-off even worse. I must have slid down the full length of my All Pro EX Sliders. On my Hilux - with the same 37" size tires - I do not even contact my sliders here. The 9" ground clearance difference despite being on the same size tires truly hurts the Tacoma's off-road performance (discussed in my build thread).

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Re: BigMike's 2016 Tacoma Trip & Trail Log
« Reply #64 on: Jan 25, 2018, 09:54:08 PM »
After this there are a few tough exposed ledges and then the fun descent down the slabs begins

We came up to a couple of our long time customers, one of which was "83 TOY" who grabbed some simple footage of me in action:


I did this with the transmission in 1st gear (3.98:1), the Transfer Case in 4WD High Range (1.00:1), and our TacoBox in Low Range (4.70:1). With my 4.88:1 R&P, this results in a 91.29:1 final drive ratio. With this low of a ratio regardless if it's an automatic or stick shift setup, the engine compression braking is multiplied so much that on terrain like this the truck has no trouble holding itself back without having to use any brakes. All you gotta do is point-and-shoot with full driver control. Any tire slip or loss of traction is actually safer than using brakes because the tire never stops: It is continuously very slowly rotating even while undergoing slip, which, *drum roll* is the same principle behind ABS brakes (kinetic > static friction).

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Re: BigMike's 2016 Tacoma Trip & Trail Log
« Reply #65 on: Jan 25, 2018, 09:56:31 PM »
I stopped to chat and catch-up with good friends and took a walk around the truck. Not trimming enough was taking its toll but I wasn't too worried about it





This, however, I do not like. Once the fender is trimmed nearly to the door this should straighten out some



Flare separation due to the bed side being pushed under. This will make the flares easier to remove later :D



Plastic parts not so happy



I can take this stuff lightly because I have a strong and clear vision for the truck. Please do not mistake this for carelessness. One step at a time! :thumbs:
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Re: BigMike's 2016 Tacoma Trip & Trail Log
« Reply #66 on: Jan 25, 2018, 10:00:17 PM »
Once down the slabs there are a few more tricky sections before Buck Island Lake but nothing the DUAL CASE TACOMA cannot handle!





Stopping to regroup and take a quick lunch at Buck Island Campground



From there I pushed and didn't stop to regroup until about a quarter down the Big Sluice



Regrouped and doing good!



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Re: BigMike's 2016 Tacoma Trip & Trail Log
« Reply #67 on: Jan 25, 2018, 10:02:29 PM »




And that's it for the Big Sluice!

Ok guys, I have to comment on something I definitely remember about my experience with the Tacoma and the Big Sluice.

Because we barely stopped on our way through, none of the pictures illustrate this, but when one of our employees asked me how the Big Sluice was I said, "I imagine it was like giving birth to a full size Saint Bernard". Seriously. This truck is freak'n huge compared to my Hilux. I took all my normal lines and had to use Dual Ultimate 1st gear multiple times to avoid body damage. I'm definitely looking forward to more practice on the Big Sluice because that was a lot of work. I'll need to adjust many of my usual lines through there. I didn't need a spotter and never got stuck or had to get out, it was just a lot of finessing. I haven't worked that hard to get through that section of the 'Con in a long, long time.
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Re: BigMike's 2016 Tacoma Trip & Trail Log
« Reply #68 on: Jan 25, 2018, 10:04:26 PM »
Continuing towards the Rubicon River







This spot is now becoming one of the hardest parts of the entire trail. Just when you think you're off the hill you get hit with this section which seems to get harder and harder every year. There are a few tight sections that make it impossible to pass, so if someone breaks down in the road that's it, full-on traffic jam.

Tight, technical obstacles like this are also done without using any brakes thanks to how slow and how much control the Marlin Crawler TacoBox provides.


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Got through without a scratch!

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Re: BigMike's 2016 Tacoma Trip & Trail Log
« Reply #69 on: Jan 25, 2018, 10:05:50 PM »


Sweet shot with a glimpse of the red TacoBox



Finally made it to the Green Bridge (which Marlin helped build back in the 1980s!)





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Re: BigMike's 2016 Tacoma Trip & Trail Log
« Reply #70 on: Jan 25, 2018, 10:07:05 PM »
One more fun spot before the Springs Campground


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And we made it! This was a smooth day for us, didn't have to stop to repair any Land Cruisers! :D







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Re: BigMike's 2016 Tacoma Trip & Trail Log
« Reply #71 on: Jan 25, 2018, 10:08:07 PM »
The next day during the main event I was asked if I'd like to park my Tacoma between the kitchen and the stage which was really awesome! Thank you Toyota Land Cruiser Association!





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Re: BigMike's 2016 Tacoma Trip & Trail Log
« Reply #72 on: Jan 25, 2018, 10:09:18 PM »
Sunday morning

Because we run the trail on Friday and have multiple rigs in our group who tow, we always head out the same way we came in on Sunday to get back to everyone's tow rigs.

But not me. Not only do I not tow, but I was on a mission. I had to become the first 3rd gen to complete the Rubicon! So I continued on by myself to complete the trail up Cadillac Hill and through to Lake Tahoe.

Here I am warming the truck up early Sunday morning before others had woke up



I had Trevor (one of our sales guys) ride shotgun with me in case I needed help and we didn't stop even once almost to the very top of Cadillac Hill.

Here is a sequence climbing up and around Morris Rock


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Re: BigMike's 2016 Tacoma Trip & Trail Log
« Reply #73 on: Jan 25, 2018, 10:11:26 PM »
Before I discuss what happened next, TLCA chapter clubs across the country (mostly from CA) volunteer to help with spotting of difficult sections throughout this 6-day Rubithon event. Spotters on Sunday morning are very important because the event has 150+ rigs all trying to get out of the Springs Campground and any delays can add hours to your Sunday travel back home. So it is awesome that people volunteer to spot.

Like every year there were spotters at the bottom and at the top of Cadillac Hill that morning. Usually when spotters see a rig from our Marlin Crawler group they crack jokes and ask us if we even know where the ignition key goes and so on, but on days like this these volunteers are tasked with getting dozens and dozens of rigs up Cadillac Hill as smoothly as possible so it's all business here.

The #1 golden rule is always watch and follow your spotter. Their job is to direct you and your job is to put away distractions and listen to them. Yes, there is a limit to which you should know your own and truck's ability, and you can freely request to not be spotted, but on large events like this when people just want to get home proper trail etiquette is to mind the spotters and don't show off.

But... This guy...



At the last hard spot of the day... Eating his morning bundt cake...



Decided to direct me here



WHEN THERE IS A MILE OF ROAD TO MY RIGHT SIDE >_<



To make it worse, the guy was asking me to also go over the above rock at this location which would only pitch my body deeper into the driver's side rock.
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Re: BigMike's 2016 Tacoma Trip & Trail Log
« Reply #74 on: Jan 25, 2018, 10:12:54 PM »
He even did the same to the guy in front of me (who is a customer of ours, what's up Jon!) but that guy isn't driving a truck as large as a 1st gen Tundra like I am so I got into a huge mess!

Tons and tons of room to the right but for some reason he is directing everyone very close to the rocks at the left



About the spotter: It is hard for me to complain. The sun hadn't even come up yet, the poor guy hadn't even had breakfast yet, and after all he was a volunteer. It is great that spotters exist. I've had some bad spotting in my days and in my opinion you just do what you can and make the most out of it. I don't blame him for this; Probably he has never tried spotting a vehicle almost 20% wider than a 1960s Land Cruiser. It didn't help that I cannot see jackcrap out of the cab of the Tacoma due to how huge the dang thing is and had no clue myself that there was a smooth runway 3-feet wide to the passenger's side...

Here is the pickle he directed me into. Millimeters away from disaster:



That was it. My perfect, flawless virgin Rubicon trip had come to an end: I had got stuck and now required help and wasn't sure if I'd make it without body damage.

I held up traffic so more hands showed up to help. I couldn't move forward or rearward without taking damage and had to remain hard on my brakes. Most people were just standing around watching when a second volunteer spotter came running up from the bottom and wow that guy really took charge and organized everyone to start helping. He was a real go-getter unlike Mr Redshirt McMuffin Breakfast eater over there.

After a few carefully positioned Hi-Lift jacks the eager guy who ran up to help asked, "Can you try to go as slow as possible?" to which I replied, "Sure, I've got 28 gears, how slow would you like me to go?" haha That was classic!

I fired the engine up in 1st gear Dual Ultimate, slowly pivoted over two hi-lift jacks, and I was clear scot-free!! :D :D I sure wished I could have shook the hands of that guy who ran up to help. That guy was a real leader when it comes to vehicle recovery and I'd love to thank him for getting me out of that mess dent free!

My goals for this trip were (1) to be the first 3rd gen through the Rubicon, (2) without getting stuck, (3) without requiring any spotting, and (4) without taking any body damage. I ALMOST accomplished all goals except for the very last hard spot of the trail which could have ended so much worse. I was so happy to get my 14-month old Tacoma through without jacking my cab and freshly re-painted/bobbed bed sides. WHEW.

Here is a final pic while idling forward in Dual Ultimate 1st gear, slowly moving away from disaster:

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Re: BigMike's 2016 Tacoma Trip & Trail Log
« Reply #75 on: Jan 25, 2018, 10:21:43 PM »
Fortunately, against the spotters advice, I had seen the impending doom and had stopped in time. Without the added reaction time from the Marlin Crawler, I would have tagged that rock pretty good.

Getting the hell outta that section has never felt so good


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Re: BigMike's 2016 Tacoma Trip & Trail Log
« Reply #76 on: Jan 25, 2018, 10:30:22 PM »
And we're done! Made it to the top unscathed and before the sunlight!





"I LOVE WHAT YOU DO FOR ME, MARLIN CRAWLER!" ;)



Cool shot in the sunlight before exiting the trail



And finally, a good 8 hours later, drove back to Fresno & parked outside Rock Crawling World Headquarters :D

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Re: BigMike's 2016 Tacoma Trip & Trail Log
« Reply #77 on: Jan 25, 2018, 10:32:22 PM »
The First 3rd Gen Tacoma through the Rubicon Trail?

So, did I make it as the First 3rd Gen Tacoma to complete the Rubicon trail? This is sure what I thought when I wrote a huge post with these pictures to our Marlin Crawler Facebook Page back on 7/19/2017 and even got a Like from Toyota USA for the accomplishment :D

Reasons why I thought I was the first:
1. Before the trip I had asked prominent magazine editors if anyone had submitted an article about this and none had.
and
2. The Rubicon trail itself had only been open for less than a week before we got there so this meant someone would have had to run the trail last year when fewer aftermarket parts were available for the new Tacoma.

A few days after posting my trip report to Facebook someone commented if a popular YouTuber hadn't already done the Rubicon trail in his 3rd gen Tacoma. I was quite surprised. Then someone posted a photo of a white 3rd gen Tacoma illegally driven backwards about three truck lengths into McKinney Lake. Horrible, horrible thing to do and just one more bad-apple example as to why "us off-roaders are destroying the planet". But McKinney Lake is NOT part of the Rubicon Trail and can be accessed with a 3-cylinder Geo Metro. So that is no proof it was done.

I spent some time searching around and discovered that in fact the YouTuber and former Disney Channel star Jake Paul did in fact get his 2016 Tacoma through the Rubicon, or at least his dad did it for him, before me. Yes, Jake Paul, the brother of Japanese people-hater and Japanese society-hater Logan Paul (see this report by one of my favorite Japanese vloggers, Yuta) who profited from finding an actual dead body hanging in Japan's very sad "suicide forest" and then made a bunch of jokes at the dead body. My wife, my family in southern Japan, all our Japanese friends are outraged over this. Yes, that guy's brother's truck was the first 3rd gen to get through the Rubicon. Unbelievable.

I found pictures of his white 3rd gen TRD Off Road at the new Loon Lake Rubicon sign, parked at the Springs Campground, and another of it on the trail with his Dad driving and a caption thanking his Dad for how much work and effort it was getting his truck through the trail. His truck is on 35s with full body armor and they did it one week after our Round Up event last September. Conveniently that is after thousands of trucks had the trail paved easy with stacked rocks galore. Arrgggg. Sucks because I was scheduled to take mine one week before him to last year's Round Up event, but as discussed in my build thread (reply #254) that never happened. After learning this I remember thinking of all the people to beat me to it, why-oh-why did it have to be that guy...

BUT! Get this! About a month later a friend reminded me that technically neither of us completed the Rubicon trail: We both entered from Loon Lake which is not the official entrance to the trail! That's right! There is still an opportunity to become the first 3rd gen through the official, full Rubicon trail which on all forest service maps starts at Wentworth Springs, and this is something I plan to do soon!

So who then is the first 3rd gen Taco to make it through the Official Rubicon Trail? We'll have to wait to find out!! :hyper:
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Re: BigMike's 2016 Tacoma Trip & Trail Log
« Reply #78 on: Jan 30, 2018, 11:10:50 AM »
I'm still laughing at your mental gymnastics.  Always a pleasure to hear your thought process.

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Re: BigMike's 2016 Tacoma Trip & Trail Log
« Reply #79 on: Dec 04, 2018, 09:30:55 AM »
Back from the dead, it's this thread!

I am about 1.5 yrs behind with this thread and my new Instagram Tacoma account (@SlowestTacoma) has caught up to this point so it's time to push updates with minimal discussion to get this thread back on track. If you have any questions about any image, please feel free to ask!

It's a bummer to be behind like this because I love indulging in detail about each trip. Building the truck and, more recently, developing new product, takes so much of my free time that when I'm able to work on my build and (this) trip thread I'm too burnt out. This 2018/2019 off-season should be the last big push for additions to the truck for a while so eventually I'll be able to stay on track once the truck is up to the level I've been waiting for!

Now on with some updates!
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Re: BigMike's 2016 Tacoma Trip & Trail Log
« Reply #80 on: Dec 04, 2018, 09:38:43 AM »
Trip #11 - Black Bear Pass (July 20, 2017)

I attended FJ Summit XI, my first FJ Summit event! https://www.fjsummit.org

For my first trail I was recommended to run Black Bear Pass. It was awesome! I've wheeled in such beautiful places as Dusy/Ershim, which takes you up to 11,000 feet and overlooks the backside of Yosemite National Park, but that failed in comparison to the wide open majestic vistas that is the Colorado Rockies, in and around Ouray and Telluride, Colorado! For sure this is the most beautiful views I've seen while out wheel'n. Ok, enough with the chit chat, I could go on for hours talking about each photo. I've done a true disservice to this thread by falling more than a year behind on updates. Ok here come pics!











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Re: BigMike's 2016 Tacoma Trip & Trail Log
« Reply #81 on: Dec 04, 2018, 09:38:56 AM »










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Re: BigMike's 2016 Tacoma Trip & Trail Log
« Reply #82 on: Dec 04, 2018, 09:39:07 AM »










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Re: BigMike's 2016 Tacoma Trip & Trail Log
« Reply #83 on: Dec 04, 2018, 09:39:15 AM »


Looking down at the city of Telluride!









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Re: BigMike's 2016 Tacoma Trip & Trail Log
« Reply #84 on: Dec 04, 2018, 09:39:26 AM »






And now in Telluride for my first time! The trail took about half a day.

Here we are stopped in Telluride for lunch





From this view I am looking back up at the pass we just came down

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Re: BigMike's 2016 Tacoma Trip & Trail Log
« Reply #85 on: Dec 04, 2018, 09:40:42 AM »
Here we are heading up and over Ophir Pass, which is a shorter and far more enjoyable route to get back to Ouray rather than airing up and hitting the highway









...and that concluded my first day of FJ Summit XI!

There was a Vendor Show that night which the Tacoma was featured in, but I was so busy I didn't have any chance to take pictures.

After we got back to pavement there was a dirt road with bridge over a river that had a decent current. A few rigs were playing in the river crossing rather than taking the bridge so I took a shot at it. Another event participant took video which was awesome and I got a copy of it!


We originally uploaded this to our MC Instagram account (@marlincrawler) and answered the following questions:

When asked why BigMike didn't just floor it, we responded with the following:
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It is true that if this truck did not have low gearing then it's only choice would be to gun it. This is what the previous half-dozen FJ Cruisers did who were in front of BigMike (this was filmed at a FJ Cruiser event). They hit this short hill so hard most got their front right tire airborne requiring multiple attempts of violently spinning and slamming tires on the slope.

All were sliding around and bouncing very hard. As such there was a dedicated spotter and even he said in the video that BigMike needed to backup to get more speed before being proven wrong. What people don't realize who have never driven a truck with a Marlin Crawler is that the Marlin Crawler *provides* the *option* to *try* and Crawl it.

With a stock truck there is no such option: You only have High or Low so you must gun it as hard as you can and cross your fingers that you can make it without breaking. By having a Marlin Crawler, you can simply shift one gear lever and become 370% slower and then try to Crawl the obstacle using a number of gear choices all lower than stock (BigMike's first 7 gears are all lower than stock).

Some objects do require momentum to get up, however our products educate and change mindsets that it is better to first take it easy and Crawl before risking any damage to your truck, persons, or environment. How else did such a deep grove form on this slope? It wasn't from trucks with Marlin Crawlers. It was from trucks flooring it bouncing around and struggling.

This is why the non-profit organization Tread Lightly! (treadlightly.org) uses the famous 1980 "Crawler Truck" (with a 1,148:1 final drive / Crawl Ratio) in their marketing literature because the Marlin Crawler is an industry-leading product at trail and resource preservation.

The Marlin Crawler changed the game in 1994 and our customers agree that it is the de facto reason why Toyota trucks are relevant in today's off-road world. Take away the Marlin Crawler and the Toyota truck would be like a Nissan Hardbody or Mitsubishi Montero which fewer than 1% of the USA uses for Rock Crawling. Please see our About Us page for a deeper look into the history and development of Rock Crawling: https://www.marlincrawler.com/about


When asked how much horsepower would be required to have a 235:1 gear ratio, we responded with the following:
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Please understand that this is a gear reduction [235:1] and not a multiplication [1:235]. In fact, we could use an engine much, much, much, much smaller than stock to achieve the same outcome.

To illustrate, consider how much torque is being developed from a 2.4-liter carbureted Toyota 4cyl at a constant 800 RPM idle. We'd have the moment of inertia of the spinning flywheel plus whatever trace amount of fuel is required to maintain idle.

For argument's sake, let's assume the little 4-banger is developing 10 lb-ft of torque without any throttle at idle. Now take that 10 lb-ft and multiply it by the Marlin Crawler gear ratio (in BigMike's case: 235) and the result is nearly 3 times more torque than a 2017 turbodiesel Ram 3500 HD Dually at full throttle and full boost.......and we haven't even touched the gas pedal of this lil Toyota carbureted engine.

This is precisely what the Marlin Crawler enables: In a world that used to be dominated by V8-conversion Jeeps and FJ40 Land Cruisers, we can now take our lightweight, small & efficient Toyota pickup and Tacoma drivetrain and produce torque *vastly* exceeding that of any V6 or V8, normally aspirated or Supercharged/Turbocharged/NOS on the trail today.

When you reduce your gear ratio with the Marlin Crawler, you increase traction (static friction is higher than kinetic friction), increase torque, increase control, while simultaneously reduce bouncing, reduce breakage, reduce trail abuse, and reduce risk. And because the Marlin Crawler can be disengaged, you retain your same city & highway driving and same fuel efficiency. Here at Marlin Crawler we truly love to Crawl and we hope it shows! Happy Crawl'n!

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When 13th gear won't cut it, just engage your Marlin Crawler and let the extreme low gearing find the traction you need! Marlin Crawler: Providing driver control and finesse all at the flip of a lever. 2016 Tacoma TRD Sport shown with a Marlin Crawler TacoBox Supreme 4-speed t/case system comprising of 24 forward and 4 reverse gears and a 235:1 Crawl Ratio. Thank you @asrparts for the video!!
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Re: BigMike's 2016 Tacoma Trip & Trail Log
« Reply #86 on: Dec 04, 2018, 10:26:20 AM »
Lots of room for my Sequoia on Black Bear it appears.  It was part of the plan on my trip to that area a couple years ago, but it wasn't open quite yet.  I think we missed it by less than a week.  The same issue with Imogene.
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Re: BigMike's 2016 Tacoma Trip & Trail Log
« Reply #87 on: Dec 04, 2018, 10:42:46 AM »
(whoops, posted the wrong trail, removed a few posts and starting over:)

Trip #12 - Poughkeepsie Gulch (July 21, 2017)

The next day I ran Poughkeepsie Gulch, which is rated as the most difficult trail for the event. The trail itself as I found out is incredibly easy save for one obstacle known as The Wall. I was told it is even more difficult when wet so I was excited to check it out.

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No more than 10 mins on the trail and this happened!! YIKES!!







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Re: BigMike's 2016 Tacoma Trip & Trail Log
« Reply #88 on: Dec 04, 2018, 10:44:52 AM »
Truck was safely extracted which was remarkable because had the truck rolled it was a good 200+ foot drop into a river!!

The only damage was a pair of dents and an engine that would not run do to some engine code. I don't recall what it was but I believe they had to tow it to a dealer to get the computer cleared











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« Reply #89 on: Dec 04, 2018, 10:45:22 AM »
Really beautiful trail











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