Sierra Trek is this week.
It’s probably too late to sign up to make any of the runs but the base camp is open to the public, no charge!
Feel free to stop by Friday or Saturday. You can check out the vendors, buy raffle tickets, enjoy the live bands or just hang out and talk OHV stuff.
North on 89 out of Truckee for 14.5 miles
Left (west) on Forest Road 07 for 9.5 miles
South on gravel road 10 miles, past White Lake, toward Meadow Lake
There should be markers at all of the turns.
I just found the date on the Tahoe Nationl Forest website: July 16th.
No fires, no welding, no charcoal. Gas only and you still need a permit.
Don’t be that guy.
So, it’s been a long time coming but the winch is finally mounted.
So this is the ‘project’ Jeep. I thought a simple project like getting the winch mounted would be quick and easy and a good motivator for the next step, replacing the leaking freeze plug.
It’s a Warn HS9500i. I got a screaming deal. Sneavy’s Off-Road was the source for the winch line. It’s mounted on a Warn winch plate with a modification. I’ll need to get out and re-wind the winch under a load to get it tight.
With it being a high speed winch, and looking to double the capacity of the pull, I often use a snatch block. On the current trail rig, there is a standard hook that I connect back to on the winch.
On this install, I decided to upgrade to a D-ring. I had to cut down the face of the winch plate for better access to the D-ring. I cut a 1/2″ plate to size and bought a D-ring mounting point online.
I outsourced the welding because although I can weld (sort-of), I didn’t want to have second thoughts every time I used the D-ring.
This project took WAY too long, but don’t they all. Although it looks like a stock bumper, It’s actually a 1/4″ plate bent to look stock. I cut down the bumper to 46″, that’s like 4″ off each side of a stock bumper. Then I had it powder pointed.
For those looking REALLY close at the details, yes, I still need to snug up the frame bolts.
Not sure where the front license plate will mount, if it gets mounted. Maybe just a magnet mount somewhere for to and from the trail.
Now to move on to that freeze plug.
Just an update on current conditions on the Tahoe side. 4-5-2018.
The pile of snow, curtesy of Placer County snow removal, has been over come on the right side. There not much of a climb.
Just over the berm there is a two-track heading up the trail.
There is a very wet storm headed in tomorrow, Friday, and hanging around through Saturday. Snow will melt away and what’s left will be very heavy. Great for wheeling, in the morning, but beware in the afternoon as it melts and gets very slippery.
The Eldorado National Forest has posted the date for its open house to discuss OHV grants for the 2018 season.
February 6th from 4-7pm @ 100 Forni Road, Placerville.
This is a good opportunity for the users to give the forest service input as to how we want our OHV funds spent.