scoyoc's P4X-wing Fighter

scoyoc Aug 2, 2019

  1. scoyoc

    scoyoc Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Yeah, I'm a huge Star Wars fan. :D

    Welcome to my build and trip page. I'm building this rig for week long, family overland adventures and some light Moab 'wheeling. Since I live in Moab, Utah we frequent places like The Maze, The White Rim, and Elephant Hill in Canyonlands National Park.

    Username: scoyoc
    CB Handle: Red Leader

    Make: Nissan
    Year: 2012
    Model: Xterra
    Trim: Pro-4X
    Color: Lava Red
    Code Name:
    The X-wing

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    March 2020 - Testing out the new rear suspension on Baby Lion’s Back.

    Mods
    Exterior:

    Max Gear (@Maxterra) rear bumper with swing-out tire carrier and gas can holders
    Passenger side Gobi ladder
    Shrockworks 2-tube Sliders
    Swapped the wetbox for the standard faring
    Yakima Loadwarrior w/ extension
    BFG All-terrains KO2​

    Suspension:
    Front:
    Bilstein 5100 adjustable shocks set to 1"​
    Rear:
    Timbren Active Off-road bump stops
    Alcan Spring leaf springs 700# and 1.5" lift
    Bilstein 5100 extended travel shocks (2"-2.5")
    Adjustable lift shackles (from 4x4parts.com)
    NissTec U-bolt Flip Kit
    Removed Sway Bar​

    Interior:
    Vehicle Monitor: Veepeak OBDII reader and ODB Fusion on an iPhone 7 Plus
    Navigation: GaiaGPS on a iPhone 7 Plus
    Custom rear cargo shelf
    (TNX) ABS Off Mod (version 3) with a momentary button​

    Communications:
    CB: Midland 75-822 CB radio
    Diamond K400 hatch mount
    3' Firestik FireFly​
    Ham: Baofeng UV-5R
    Tram dual band antenna
    Opek AM-204-7C NMO connector​

    Future Plans:
    1. Front coil-overs with ~600# springs
    2. WAM winch plate and winch
    3. Skid plates
    4. Molle panels

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    September 2015 - We had to test her out on The Baby Lions Back on the way home from the dealer.
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    October 2018 - Driving down the backside of Elephant Hill mostly stock (just Timbren bump stops).
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    November 2018 - First trip on Alcans and Bilsteins, The Maze.
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  2. scoyoc

    scoyoc Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Trip: Tower Arch & Arches 4WD Trail, Arches National Park, Utah
    Date: 28 August 2016

    This was the first real 4WD trial we did in the Xterra. We drove the 4WD road in Arches from the Tower Arch trailhead to Willow Springs. The photos are on the hill from the beginning of the 4WD road in Salt Valley to the Tower Arch TH.

    The track is pretty low key for the most of the trail. There are some small ledges (about 12") on the hill between Salt Valley Rd and Tower Arch TH, some deep sand in the washes, and a deep sand hill just north of Eye of the Whale. This is a really fun track with great views of Arches NP.

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    Climbing the first rock ledges.
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    Dropping down the back side of the first hill.
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  3. scoyoc

    scoyoc Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Mod: Shrockworks Slider Install
    Date: 5 March 2017
    Mileage: 42,310

    First Mod! My buddy and I put on a set of Shrockworks 2-tube sliders.
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  4. scoyoc

    scoyoc Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Mod: Locking Wetbox Handle Install
    Date: 25 May 2018

    I replaced the original wetbox handle with a locking handle. Thanks to a little help from @AlbatrossCafe, @Zheking, and @retrograde on TNX (before my NX days). This was the easiest mod by far. It only took a total of 15 minutes.

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  5. Fromfrontier2Xterra

    Fromfrontier2Xterra I bought a Taco Super Moderator Supporting Member

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    You have a good eye with the camera. Looks great.
     
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  6. scoyoc

    scoyoc Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Trip: Colorado Alpine Loop
    Dates: July 2-5 2018

    We drove Corkscew Gulch and Cinnamon Pass, on our way out to Salida over the 4th, then took Engineer Pass on the back. What an awesome trail! I didn't take any photos of driving, but here is a couple shots of camp.

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    Camp near the Handies Peak Trailhead.
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  7. scoyoc

    scoyoc Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Mod: Midland 75-822 CB Radio Install
    Date: 20 September 2018
    I installed a Midland 75-822 CB radio with a 3' Firestik FireFly mounted to a Diamond K400.
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    ... and between console and driver's seat.
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    I think the antenna looks pretty good.
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  8. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin Super Moderator

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    From someone with a Jedi decal on the side of his truck. Well done!
     
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  9. scoyoc

    scoyoc Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Mod: Custom Gear Shelf Build & Install
    Date: 23 September 2018

    A buddy and I built a custom gear shelf for The X. This was a fun afternoon project in the garage.
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    Low let'stest her out and go camping!
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    7 December, 2019 - Added unistrut crossbars to the sides of the rack for extra support for boxes when not fully loaded.
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  10. scoyoc

    scoyoc Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Mod: Timbern Active Off-road Bumpstop Install
    Date: 2 October 2018
    Mileage: ~60,000

    This is the first upgrade to my suspension. On our recent Alpine Loop trip, The X-wing was bottoming out on everything. We are planning a trip into the Needles backcountry (in Canyonlands National Park, Utah), and I don't want to drive Elephant Hill with the stock bumpstops.

    Not many pics on this one, and the only one I have is kinda crappy. :-/
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  11. scoyoc

    scoyoc Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Trip: Elephant Hill, Canyonlands National Park, Utah
    Dates: 5-6 October 2018

    We drove over Elephant Hill and camped at Bobby Jo camp. We had planned to leave on the 8th, but we were chased out by the rain. There was water flowing down the road on Elephant Hill when we were driving up it, and waterfalls coming off the slickrock when we got back to the Elephant Hill TH. I have been over Elephant Hill about 20 times and haven't seen that much water back there. What an exciting trip!

    Most of these photos are courtesy of Mark Weissinger.

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    Dropping down the back side of Elephant Hill.
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    Climbing Coors Hill.


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    Driving out it started pouring when we got the Silver Stairs.
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    Driving back up Elephant Hill in the rain.
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    There were waterfalls coming off the rocks at the trailhead...
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  12. scoyoc

    scoyoc Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Mod: Alcan Leaf Springs Install
    Date: 18 October 2018
    Mileage: 60,182

    My buddy Mark (same buddy that helped me build the cargo shelf) and I installed my Alcan Spring leaf springs and NissTec u-bolt flip kit. I ordered the leaves 700# and 1.5 inch lift.

    Everything went smoothly, except the rear bushings didn't fit onto the shackle; the ID was too small for the shackle post. We ended up drilling it out a little to get it on.

    The Alcan leaves next to the OEM leaves.
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    Now we are having fun!
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    Drilling out the bushing.
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    Got everything put together.
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  13. scoyoc

    scoyoc Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Mod: Front Bilstein 5100 Install
    Date: 26 October 2018
    Mileage: 60,270

    My buddy Mark and I installed my Bilstein 5100's. We set them for 1". Man, using the spring compressor is a harrowing experience.

    OEM Bilsteins next to 5100s.
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    We did it! Now let's go for a drive.
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  14. scoyoc

    scoyoc Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Mod: ABS Off Switch Install
    Date: 2 November 2018
    Mileage: ~60,400

    I installed an ABS kill switch (TNX version 3). This was a fun project. My first time fiddling/modifying vehicle electronics. I used a momentary button for the switch.

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  15. scoyoc

    scoyoc Bought an X Supporting Member

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    An A-Maze-ing Thanksgiving

    Trip: The Maze, Canyonlands National Park, Utah
    Dates: 18-23 November 2019

    This was the first fully loaded trip on the new leaf springs and front shocks. OMFG! I was (and still am) blown away at how awesome my suspension set up is. Fully loaded for 6 days of food and water and camping gear for 4 people and the X didn't bat a eye. I had 1"-1.5" of space between my axle and bump stops FULLY LOADED. And she drives like a real beast off-road. In short, I LOVE my new suspension.

    Side-by-side comparison with a stock P4X at the City Market parking lot the morning we left for the trip. I'm fully loaded with all our gear for the week, ~700 lbs of cargo and people.
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    Is there a better place to have Thanksgiving?! We drove in from Green River on the San Rafael Road. Our first camp was the Maze Overlook.
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    The next day the dads drove around to Standing Rock with the kids and the moms hiked through the Maze and met us on the other side.
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    Our camp at Standing Rock
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    We had a layover at Standing Rock and the dads hike down to the Harvest Scene.
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    Then we drove to The Doll House.
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    We laid over for Thanksgiving Day and roasted a couple chickens in dutch ovens.
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    We finished the trip by driving out to Hite.
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    What an awesome trip! Great driving. Great scenery. Great friends. And precious solitude. Once we left pavement, we only say 4 other vehicles all week.
     
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    scoyoc Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Trip: Devils Kitchen, The Needles District, Canyonlands National Park, Utah
    Dates: 25-27 May 2019

    We nabbed a permit for Devils Kitchen for Memorial Day weekend. Unfortunately, I didn't take many photos but I did get some videos.

    On the first day the dads dropped the moms and kids off at the Elephant Hill trailhead and drove over Elephant Hill to camp while everyone else hiked through the Needles to camp.


    The second day the dads dropped everyone off at the Join Trail trailhead and drove up Bobby's Hole to Ruin Park.


    Then we drove back out to the Elephant Hill Trailhead and went home.
     
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  17. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin Super Moderator

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    That wheeling tho....
     
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  18. IM1RU

    IM1RU Wheeling Supporting Member

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    Hell of a build page going!
    Keep it up.
     
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  19. scoyoc

    scoyoc Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Thanks man! Once I pay for the rest of the sweet bumper Dave's building for me I can finish the suspension.;)
     
  20. IM1RU

    IM1RU Wheeling Supporting Member

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    I was up there yesterday making more parts for him (usually once a week I go up). His list is long, his time is short. Be patient... It's worth it.
     
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  21. scoyoc

    scoyoc Bought an X Supporting Member

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    I totally get that. I wanted to get the best and I'm more than happy to wait for it. I'm super psyched about that bumper!
     
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  22. scoyoc

    scoyoc Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Trip: Bears Ears Overland Route
    Dates: 8-10 August 2019

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    I have video I still need to stitch together and edit. Hopefully I can get that done in the next few weeks, but it took me this long to get this up, so.... :-|

    Download a Google Earth file (*.kmz) of the route here.
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    Day 1: Hwy 211 to Elk Ridge via Beef Basin Road.
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    I drove out to Cathedral Point (someday I'll get that video together...). That was a GREAT 4WD road offering stunning view and some great driving.

    We ended up getting to camp in the dark, but woke up to a nice camp in the morning.
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    Day 2: Elk Ridge to Bears Ears, then up South Cottonwood Canyon Rd
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    This was a great tour. No real wheeling, but great scenery and views.

    We got to camp early so the kids could play in the Ponderosa's.
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    Day 3: South Cottonwood Canyon to Hwy 211 via Steven's Canyon
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    scoyoc Bought an X Supporting Member

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  24. scoyoc

    scoyoc Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Trip: Fins and Things with @PhullD
    Dates: 22 September 2019

    Me, PhullD and my buddy Mark (he drives a GX, but he's okay :-D ) hit up Fins and Things when PhullD’s came through town on his 2019 epic road trip. A few of the highlights posted here for a little eye candy. Most (probably all actually, I was driving my X) of these pics were taken by PhullD and Mark.

    Starting at the beginning…
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    A vew of the rigs when we took a break to BS after the first good section of trial
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    The first good obstacle on the other side of Sand Flats Rd
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    Now that we are done with the Things, let’s get back to the Fins
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  25. 13ADVX

    13ADVX Bought an X

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    You live in Moab....sitting at work drooling over your pictures.
     
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  26. PhullD

    PhullD Bought an X

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    I know right? Sudden urge to browse job openings in Moab....
     
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  27. TerryD

    TerryD Total Tease Supporting Member

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    Does it snow there much?
     
  28. scoyoc

    scoyoc Bought an X Supporting Member

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    No, not a whole lot. Usually when it does snow it melts out in a day or so. We usually get a decent snow a few times a year. Except last year, it almost felt like I was back in a ski town it snowed so much.
     
  29. scoyoc

    scoyoc Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Thread bump.

    I just uploaded videos to YouTube from our Memorial Day trip in The Needles. Scroll up to post 16 and check them out.

    Cheers,
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  30. Xterrorista

    Xterrorista Bumpers Installed Supporting Member

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    Those vids are sweet! I didn't think you'd fit between a few of those rocks/walls. What a trip having to back up that switchback~
     
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  31. scoyoc

    scoyoc Bought an X Supporting Member

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    I just updated my entire build thread. Take a look.

    Now time to work on the trips that aren't in here yet... }: ) LOL. It won't let me type a devil emoji. It keeps turning it into a smiley. LOL
     
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  32. Xterrorista

    Xterrorista Bumpers Installed Supporting Member

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    Nice, I ordered this one or a similar version and the antenna but the radio got lost and I was just refunded and hadn't studied or looked at getting another.


    Have you figured it out? Like it? Recommend for an inexpensive back up to cell/cb?

    I'll eventually get a rtt and alcans out back too. I'll end up talking to them with details but when you're loaded up for a getaway, are you squatting at #700 1.5"?
     
  33. scoyoc

    scoyoc Bought an X Supporting Member

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    I like the littel BaoFeng. I've mostly used it on GMRS and FRS frequencies and to monitor local emergency services. I don't have my HAM yet, but hopefully this summer. It's easy to use and programming it with CHIRP is pretty easy too. I like it for my first HAM radio and mobility. I can take it out of the X and spot my friends via radio if needed or bring it on a hike just in case.

    The Alcan's are SICK! Here is a pic of the axle and bump stops and and another of my X next to a stock P4X, when I was loaded down to 5700# the night before we left for the Maze (Nov 2018). I had about 90% of my total weight for the trip, I figure I was pushing about 6000# when we left Moab. The ride was amazingly supple and I never felt the X bottom out.
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  34. Xterrorista

    Xterrorista Bumpers Installed Supporting Member

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    Wow, that's great! Good to hear the praise, this radio and Alcans are on the shopping list, then to a Maxterra rear bump~
     
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  35. PhullD

    PhullD Bought an X

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    We'll see how you feel about your Alcans in a year lol! I think I'm going to add a leaf to my pack to regain what I lost in sag.
     
  36. scoyoc

    scoyoc Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Ya know, I've read more than a few posts about that lately. I stick to my optimism (for now...). LOL

    I'll impressed my how well they drove immediately after install, considering 1.5" lift and 700# over, and 1.5 years in they are holding at 1.5".
     
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  37. scoyoc

    scoyoc Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Trip: Loko-Koko (The Local Kokopelli Loop that is…)
    Dates: 11-14 October 2019

    This is a long one, so grab a beer and sit back... I had to break this post up by days so keep scrolling.

    This was a dad’s trip that didn’t solidify until we were gassing before leaving town. My buddies Mark (in the Lexux GX), Adam (in the Toyota Tacoma) and I had been planning a trip over Columbus Day weekend. We had planned to bump out to Grand Junction (GJ), CO and drive The Kokopelli Trail back to Moab. The night before we left I started looking at maps trying to figure out how we could stay on dirt all the way out the GJ and avoid I-70. Then I saw this…

    Starting in Moab, we take the Copper Ridge Trail to the Klondike Bluffs Trail, then jump on to Yellow Cat, and then to Kokopelli and back to Moab via Kokopelli. Well, it almost worked. We got to Rose Garden Hill late in the afternoon, and didn’t have enough time to get our rigs down it. So we turned around there. I think I need a set of legit bridging ladders to get down that hill anyway… but a cool concept and a fun weekend to be sure.

    Here’s a map of the concept route. Download a Google Earth file (*.kmz) here.
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    This is what we drove. My POV camera died ½-way through Day 1, so I only have photos.

    Day 1
    We started in Moab and drove Copper Ridge to Klonkide Bluffs, then to the east end Yellow Cat.
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    Copper Ridge had a great entry and provided amazing views once we got through the first obstacle and some fun four-wheeling along the way.
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    Klondike Bluffs was a real treat. Great sustained four-wheeling with amazing views and some cool sights on the way.
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    Theropod (Allisoaurus-like) dinosuar tracks.
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    Yellow cat was a fun scenic traverse from Klondike Bluffs to The Dome Plateau. Some cool relicts of days gone by, great scenery, and some good four-wheeling.
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  38. scoyoc

    scoyoc Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Trip: Loko-Koko (The Local Kokopelli Loop that is…)
    Day 2

    We finished Yellow Cat and then drove up to West Water and took Kokopelli almost all the way to Dewey Bridge.
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    After a good breakfast we jumped back into our rigs and hit the trial. Yellow Cat did not disappoint.
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    Then we bumped onto pavement and made our way to Westwater where we jumped back on the Kokopelli Trail and made our way back toward Dewey Bridge.
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    Once back on across Hwy 128 the four-wheeling got really good again…
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    The day was getting late so we made for camp and some fajitas.
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    scoyoc Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Trip: Loko-Koko (The Local Kokopelli Loop that is…)
    Day 3

    We stayed on Kokoplli until the top of Rose Garden Hill then turned around and found a sweet camp to finish the trip.
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    After scarfing down some breakfast burritos we made for Dewey Bridge. This section of the Kokopelli Trail kept up with what we drove the afternoon before.
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    Leaving Dewey Bridge the road was a smooth graded road until we got to the exit of Rose Garden Hill. Then the four-wheeling kicked back in with a vengeance. What a great section of track.
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    Then we got to the top of Rose Garden Hill…
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    After deciding that we didn’t want to take our rigs down that we headed back toward Dewey Bridge to find a camp…
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  40. scoyoc

    scoyoc Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Moab, UT
    Trip: Loko-Koko (The Local Kokopelli Loop that is…)
    Day 4

    Mark (in the GX) had to get back to work, so Adam (in the Taco) and I drove Cottonwood Canyon to the Dolores Fords to finish the trip.
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    After another hearty breakfast Adam and I checked out Cottonwood Canyon which had one of the coolest shelf roads I’ve driven in a while and some good ‘wheeling.
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    Then we drove the Dolores River fords. The road down to the fords goes through a sweet canyon and we say some bear tracks on the road. The fords were fun.
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    Then we had a little lunch at Dewey Bridge and drove back to Moab on Hwy 128. I’ve driven the the Kokopelli Trail from Onion Creek to Moab, but it would have been cool to complete the trail. Well, that’s the way it goes sometimes. And so this route stays on the list for another day…
     
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