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Hell’s Revenge Trail – Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks 2014

Hell’s Revenge Trail – Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks 2014

Hell’s Revenge Trail Ride – May 17th, 2014

On the last day of the 2014 Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks we sponsored the Hells Revenge Trail.  This trail is well known for its large slick rock sections and optional obstacles; Hell’s Gate, Mickey’s Bathtub, Devils Bathtub, the Escalator and Tip Over Challenge.  Our ride went very smooth this day, so to keep the story short, I’ve captioned a few of my favorite photos from the day. You’ll also find some additional photos at the bottom. (click to enlarge)

Big thanks to all the sponsors and participants of the 2014 Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks event.  We had a blast hitting the trails and hanging out with everyone.  If you are in the market for a new set of wheels or tires look us up.  We want to earn your business for life so we’ll work hard for you.

With another Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks event in the books I can’t wait to do it all again next year.  I hope to see you on the trails! – Thank you for reading! – Don

Hell’s Revenge Trail Pictures

Hells Revenge Trail Ride

Slick Rock Section on Hell’s Revenge Trail

Hell's Gate

Looking down at the bottom on Hell’s gate while vehicles wait to climb up.

Hell's Gate on Hell's Revenge

Climbing to the top of Hell’s Gate.

One of two large bath tubs on Hell's Revenge Trail

Heading for a dip in Mickey’s bathtub

Hell's Revenge Trail Photos

I conquered “The Escalator”…. with a little help.

Tip Over Challenge - Hells Revenge

Lifting a tire on “Tip Over Challenge” – Hang on!

Tip Over Challenge

Stretching to reach the top of Tip Over Challenge.

More Hell’s Revenge Trail Photos (Click to enlarge):

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Moab Rim Trail – Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks 2014 Trail Ride May 14, 2014

Moab Rim Trail – Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks 2014

Moab Rim Trail Ride – May 16, 2014

 At the drivers meeting we met our trail guide “Woody”.   He attends many off road events and is also the owner of www.ih8mud.com.  Woody was voted as the trail guide of the year for his involvement at the 2013 event.  We were happy to have him on the Moab Rim Trail with us for the day.

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The Moab Rim trail gets started quickly with a steep climb along the Colorado River.  The first obstacle, known as the crack, can be somewhat challenging if you don’t hit the step just right. 

The Crack on Moab Rim Trail

At the crack we put tow straps on a few shorter rigs just to make sure they did not end up on their side.  Shortly after helping a vehicle over the crack I heard some commotion behind me.  Sure enough one of the vehicles ended up on its side a short distance up the trail.  Thankfully no one was hurt and the vehicle was able to continue after it was back on its wheels.

Side By side Flop on Moab Rim Trail

After everyone made it over the crack we continued on to the Z turn.  The Z turn has multiple lines and some are very difficult.  An Arctic Cat WildCat found this out the hard way and broke the rear drive line.  The owner decided to park it off to the side of the trail and repair it later.  Pictures don’t capture how rugged the Z Turn actually is.

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Once through the Z turn the trail is pretty easy other than some off camber spots and a few optional obstacles.  At the top of Moab Rim there is an excellent view of Moab down below and you can also see the snow topped La Sal Mountains in the distance.  We stopped here for lunch and took in all the beauty.

View from the top of Moab Rim

Lunch stop on the Moab Rim Trail

With full bellies, we saddled up and continued on toward the sand hill.  This part of the trail is a small loop that connects back up to the main trail.  There is an optional steep, sandy hill to climb that reminds me of the dunes at Sand Hollow State Park.

Sand Hill on Moab Rim Trail

I had a blast watching the drivers race up the hill.  One of our guys, Addam, jumped into the RZR 4 1000 demo unit I had.  I told him “Give me one more good roost!” and he did, reluctantly of course, but within 30 feet the belt exploded.  (Go figure.)  Fortunately, another one of our guys had a spare belt and Addam was able to change out the shredded belt within minutes.

RZR 1000 Belt replacement

Back on the main trail we passed a few small water holes and then started dropping back down the side of the rim.   Just before our return to the Z turn Woody and a participant helped winch a boulder out from under a stuck Jeep Cherokee.  With the Jeep freed the owners could go about replacing their broken parts.

Helping a Jeep on Moab Rim Trail

We made it back to the Z-turn and going down it can be just as frightening as climbing up it.  Watching some of the faces as the machines came down the Z turn was a blast.

The Z Turn on Moab rim Trail

Back at the broken Wildcat the owner decided to try to limp it back down to the trail head. Unfortunately, luck wasn’t on his side and he ended up bending a tie-rod and breaking one of the front axles.  After removing the bent tie-rod a few guys were able to straighten it with the assistance of a steel fence post. Amazingly, it worked and didn’t damage the fence post either. 

Trail fix on Moab Rim trail

After getting everything back together the driver needed to be extremely careful and not stress the tie-rod again.  To help, the group that was left actually pushed the Wildcat down the rest of the Moab Rim Trail to the parking lot.  What an awesome group effort.

It happened to be a long day on the trail but fun none the less.  To me there is nothing better than spending the day on the trail with good friends.

Note: Special thanks to ZBROZ Racing for quickly fixing one of our RZR’s before this trail ride.  Thank you ZBROZ!

Here are some additional photos from our ride on the Moab Rim Trail:

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Want to see more pictures from the Moab Rim trail?  Here’s a link to our Moab Rim Trail Pictures from the 2013 Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks

 

Cliffhanger Trail – Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks 2014

Cliffhanger Trail – Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks 2014

Trail Ride May 15, 2014

After the Discount Tire drivers meeting with free coffee, donuts and a surprise raffle we lined up at the Old Spanish Trail Arena and awaited a police escort to take us to the Cliffhanger Trail.

With the sun reflecting off the mountains in the background it was great to see people milling around, talking to fellow riders and anxiously waiting for the ride to start.

Drivers Meeting for Cliffhanger Trail

As we arrived at the Clifhanger trail head there was a huge line of side by sides going by for different trails.  It’s awesome to see so many off road enthusiasts getting out and enjoying the trails together.

Road leading the the Cliffhanger Trail Trailhead

At the start of Cliffhanger there are a series of large ledges that lead down to a creek at the bottom of the canyon.  After crossing the creek,  the trail can quickly justify the common 7 out of 10 difficulty rating many off road authorities claim.  

On our ride, a Polaris RZR 4 1000 ahead of me was attempting to climb a steep waterfall.  He took the wrong line and flopped over, landing hard on the driver’s side door. Thankfully he kept his arms inside the vehicle and was not injured.  After getting him out of his RZR our group worked together to figure out how to get him back on his wheels quickly.  Luckily there was only minor cosmetic damage and the vehicle was able to continue.

Side by Side Flop on the Cliffhanger Trail

Moments later, one of our Discount Tire vehicles attempted a slightly easier line but the left rear tire smashed hard into a protruding rock puncturing the tire and bending the lower trailing arm badly.  This was not a good way to start the day.  Not wanting to hold the group up, we decided to park the vehicle out of the way and come back for it later. 

Bent Trailing Arm on Polaris RZR Cliffhanger Trail

This trail has many obstacles to test both man and machine but the one that is most feared is near the edge of the main cliff.  There is a steep stair step that is just feet away from a several hundred foot drop off.  Going down isn’t too bad but coming back up can be challenging.

Obstacle on Cliffhanger Trail

If you have a fear of heights this trail may not be for you.

Cliffhanger Trail

Like the Poison Spider Mesa Trail, the Cliffhanger Trail ends with a loop that brings you back to the trail head where you began.  The turn around spot is a perfect place to stop for lunch.  Some daring souls stood at the edge of the cliff to peer down at the ground below.  It is an eerie feeling and it makes you want to hold your breath.

Viewpoint on Cliffhanger Trail

Lunch stop on Cliffhanger Trail

During our lunch stop I noticed this creative use for a small tactical style trail bag that we handed out.

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After lunch we started making our way back to the Cliffhanger trail head and as suspected the steep stair step on the cliff edge proved to be challenging.  A Can-Am 4 – 1000 was the first to have a problem.  While maneuvering the steps he bent a tie-rod.  The driver and some helpers tried to straighten it out but the tie rod was now too weak.  After bolting it back in the vehicle moved about one foot before the tie rod snapped in half.  With no spare parts and no other options the vehicle had to be left until spare parts could be brought back from town.  Fortunately, we had some extra seats for them to get back to the trail head.

Cliffhanger Trail

As we continued along the trail a few other machines ran into problems also but we were able to keep them moving.

As we made it back down to the creek we stopped and picked up the Polaris RZR 4 900 that we left earlier in the day.  Our guys had to put some plugs in the flat tire so we could limp it back to the trailer with its broken trailing arm.

Trail Side Tire Repair on Cliffhanger Trail

Just behind us, the last RZR up the hill had just one wheel drive but with some helpful winching from a participant he made it out safely.

Winching out of Cliffhanger Trail

When we got to the road the trailer and a little bit of playful taunting was waiting for us.  This ended up being a long day for such a short trail but it always puts a huge smile on my face when I reflect on how everyone pitched in to help without complaint.

Below are some additional photos from our excellent adventure on the Cliffhanger Trail.  Enjoy!!

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Poison Spider Mesa Trail – Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks 2014

Poison Spider Mesa Trail – Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks 2014

Trail Ride May 14, 2014

Poison Spider Mesa Trail is one of my favorite trails.   It has outstanding scenery and plenty of challenges that will bite you if you are not paying attention.

Poison Spider Mesa Trail  - Trailhead

Right out of the gate there is a section of switchbacks as the trail makes a steep climb up to the top of Poison Spider Mesa.  Several large rock ledges and some fun slick rock sections test the nerves of drivers and passengers alike.

Slick Rock climb on Poison Spider Mesa Trail

It’s always a blast watching different types of vehicles and drivers as they test their comfort zones while navigating the trail.  The smiles after making it up a nerve wrenching obstacle are priceless.

Happy Participant at Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks

Throughout the Poison Spider Mesa Trail trail there are many obstacles and it’s always helpful to have a trail guide or good spotter with you.  The trail guides at the Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks did a great job for everyone on the Poison Spider Mesa Trail this day.  They helped keep everyone as safe as possible while still allowing the adrenaline rush to occasionally kick in.  Below you can see one of our trail guides lending an extra hand (or should I say body) to help the driver power out of the obstacle referred to as “The Wedge”.

The Wedgie on Poison Spider Mesa Trail

The views from our lunch spot at Little Arch are nothing short of spectacular. From the top you get a clear view through the Little Arch down to the Colorado River far below.  Across the canyon you can see the Moab Rim Trail as it scales its way up,  just below the giant red rock bluff.  It is one of the best, and my personal favorite, viewpoints on the trail.

Little Arch on Poison Spider Mesa Trail

Little Arch Viewpoint on Poison Spider Mesa Trail

After lunch we all loaded back up and continued on.  Since there was quite a rain storm the weekend before there were some large puddles that added to the difficulty of the trail.  Even with wet tires everyone was able to motor on without too much slippage.

Poison Spider Mesa Trail

The Poison Spider Mesa trail basically ends with a loop that brings you back out the same way you came in.   On the way out there is one optional steep climb that can be a fun challenge.  As you can see here, this couple put on a good show for the crowd.

Lifting Tires on Poison Spider Mesa Trail

We eventually arrived back at the the trail head all in one piece and with smiles on our faces.  This was a great trail ride to start off our Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks event week.

Here are a few more pictures from the trail. (Click to enlarge) Enjoy!

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Hell’s Revenge Trail Restoration Project – 2014

Hell’s Revenge Trail Restoration Project 2014

Before kicking off the 2014 Discount Tire Rally On The Rocks we teamed up with Tread Lightly!, KYMCO and the Moab Utah Bureau of Land Management for a Hell’s Revenge Trail Restoration Project.

Just outside of Moab, UT we arrived early at the slick rock parking lot to meet everyone.  We quickly went over the scope of work then loaded up tools, fence posts, fence wire and a few other supplies to get the job done.  Thankfully, we had plenty of side by sides to haul all of the equipment.

Hell's Revenge Trail Restoration Project day - Meeting Location

Off we went! It was a little precarious having to travel up and down the steep terrain.  Many of our vehicles were heavily loaded with fencing and tools.  The slick rock on Hell’s Revenge can turn your knuckles white when you aren’t carrying heavy loads.

Heading out to the Hell's Revenge Trail Restoration Project work sites

Once at our Hell’s Revenge restoration site the Utah BLM along with Tread Lightly! quickly organized us into two groups.  Each group was responsible for building a separate section of fence.  The fencing would help keep motorists, bicyclists, hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts from widening the trail beyond its original path.

We used a gas powered drill (the Swedish Hammer Drill, Yah!) to drill through rock for fence posts when needed.  I was amazed how tough it was to drill through the solid rock but one by one we conquered it.

Drilling fence post holes during the Hell's Revenge Trail Restoration Project

Before long we had the entire group using every tool that was available.  We had people building fence while others raked damaged areas and transplanted vegetation.  It was gratifying to see how much work we could all get done so quickly.

Within two and a half hours we were almost done with what we expected would take most of the day.   Motivated to keep going, both groups joined forces and we decided to tackle an additional section of the trail.

Stringing fence wire for Hell's Revenge Trail Restoration Project

After we had completed our Hell’s Revenge Trail Restoration Project we all enjoyed a satisfying lunch.  We took in the scenery and talked about the good work we had done.  It is our hope that we can help keep trails like Hell’s Revenge open for everyone’s use for years to come.  Before heading out we all joined together for a group photo!

Volunteers of the 2014 Hell's Revenge Trail Restoration Project

Group Photo of the 2014 Hell's Revenge Trail Restoration Project

The future access to our public lands is in your hands today.  Remember to enjoy responsible outdoor recreation, stay on dedicated trails and Tread Lightly!

Special thanks goes out to the Discount Tire Rally On the Rocks Event coordinators for helping to promote this project and for raising additional trail restoration funds during their 2014 event.  Also, thank you to Camp Chef for raffling a Camp Chef stove to the volunteers during this trail restoration project.

Additional Hell’s Revenge Trail Restoration Project Content:

Video: Tread Lightly! Hell’s Revenge Trail Restoration Project Recap

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Pictures:  Additional photos from the Hells Revenge Trail Restoration Project

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See you out on the trails. – Don McNeilly

2014 Ultra4 Racing Griffin King of the Hammers Photos

King of the hammers starting line

The Griffin King of the Hammers race is considered, by many, as the toughest one day off road race in the country and in 2014 it stood up to that expectation.  Like a flash flood, nearly 40,000 fans filled Johnson Valley in Southern California and with them came Hammer Town.  As race teams began pre-running and qualifying, the brutal course started twisting, snapping and tearing vehicles apart.  By race day many teams had already put in long hours repairing and reinforcing their vehicles to better their chances of finishing.  After the green flag flew, one by one, teams started falling out of the race and once the dust had settled only a fraction of those who started had finished.

Among the competition was the Discount Tire Off Road Evolution Race Team.   This year the team competed in 3 different races including the 2014 King of the Hammers UTV race for the first time.   With their hands full the team certainly had their work cut out for them.   One race at a time, they battled the competition and they battled against the course.  During each race they had wins and loses against the course but in the end, despite their best efforts, they were unable to get a finish.

All wasn’t lost as a lot was learned and team spirit is high for this year’s race season.  The team is already hard at work preparing for their next battle at the next Ultra 4 West races and better results are on the horizon.

Photos from the 2014 Griffin King of the Hammers:

Johnson Valley OHV area, home of King of the Hammers DPP_006 DPP_022 DPP_003 DPP_002 DPP_013 DPP_014 DPP_019 DPP_035DPP_047 DPP_091 DPP_096 DPP_014 DPP_100 DPP_101 DPP_111 DPP_146 DPP_214 DPP_223 DPP_227 DPP_236 DPP_237 DPP_238 DPP_240 DPP_249 DPP_256 DPP_261 DPP_271 DPP_274 DPP_285 DPP_293 DPP_310 DPP_314 DPP_327 DPP_347 DPP_372 DPP_375 DPP_380 DPP_389 DPP_394 DPP_396 DPP_406 DPP_417 DPP_439 DPP_443 DPP_452 DPP_460 DPP_470 DPP_479 DPP_482 DPP_531 DPP_533 DPP_542 DPP_558 DPP_570 DPP_564 DPP_256  DPP_058 DPP_059 DPP_064 DPP_065 DPP_077 DPP_087 DPP_091 (2) DPP_094 (2) DPP_708
DPP_685 DPP_673 DPP_651 Discount Tire Main Pit at King of the Hammers 2014 DPP_647 DPP_642 DPP_637 Discount Tire  Off Road Evolution Evo1 Racing the 2014 King of the Hammers DPP_631 DPP_612 DPP_602 DPP_597 DPP_590 DPP_564 DPP_559 Discount Tire Off Road Evolution EvoTJ racing the 2014 Smittybilt Everyman Challenge DPP_530 Sky on Fire at the 2014 King of the Hammers DPP_483 DPP_480 DPP_478 DPP_460 DPP_447 DPP_402 DPP_397 DPP_382 DPP_370 DPP_363 DPP_342 DPP_336 DPP_312 DPP_279 DPP_270 DPP_259 DPP_234 DPP_220 DPP_203 DPP_184 DPP_182 DPP_171 DPP_157 DPP_100 DPP_093 DPP_092 DPP_090-X2 DPP_072 DPP_054 DPP_050 DPP_045 DPP_039 DPP_030 DPP_016 DPP_007

When racing it is always good to remember a golden rule. Never drive faster than your guardian angle can fly.

Pit Bull Growler BG2.5 XOR Review

Pit Bull Growler Bg2.5 XOR on Brute Force 750

Pit Bull Growler BG2.5 XOR

New for 2014, Pit Bull has now released an imported version of the Growler, the Growler BG2.5 XOR.  Pit Bull hopes their new Growler BG2.5 XOR will give them a product that will compete at a lower price point and increase their supply to meet the demands of a larger market.  The new Growler BG2.5 XOR will be released in standard diameters (25″, 26″, 27″) and will be 6ply-rated.

As a partner with Pit Bull we had a chance to get our hands on a test set of Growler BG2.5 XOR radial tires.  Here’s what we found.

Growler BG2.5 XOR Features and Specs

  • 6 ply-rating radial
  • ExD™ (Extra Deep) Rim Guards- Our ExD™ feature offers the ultimate wheel-lip protection.
  • Multi-varied patented tread blocks – create an alternating biting pattern for maximum traction, cleanout and stability.
  • Stoic Rubber compound – Flexible, durable and designed for maximum traction.
  • Stone kickers – help wiggle out foreign material buildup.
  • High Void Tread – for easy clean-out and increased traction.
  • Reinforced Tread Blocks – add strength
  • Integrated Sidewall Protectors – that can take the brunt of many impacts to help protect the sidewall and rims.
  • Manufactured in China – Built to Pit Bull standards.

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Pit Bull Growler BG2.5 XOR Review

Size Tested:  26x9R-12 Front and 26x11R-12 Rear

Vehicle: 2006 Kawasaki Brute Force 750i

High Pines Rocks: Testing began during the blazing hot Arizona summer of 2013.  To get out of the heat I headed up north near Flagstaff, AZ.  The first test was a trail that has a few fun rock piles.   The rocks in this area are rounded and can be slippery at times but Growler BG2.5 provided excellent traction.  Rather than sliding off the edges, the tires held strong and pulled me forward. I had no problems balancing my machine and holding a line even in these large boulders.

Growler BG2.5 XOR on rocks

Loose Dirt: We also found a good spot to test the traction of these tires in dirt.  Here, with two inches of loose top soil and semi hard packed dirt underneath the tires bite hard.  I tried to put my Brute Force into a sideways slide.  The rear tires dug down, found solid ground and shot me forward out of the turn.

High speed action with Pit Bull Growler BG2.5 6ply tires

Damp Clay: A few weeks later I headed to another location near Payson, AZ.  Here, I put my good friend, Beau, behind the bars and we tested the Growler BG2.5 on a soft clay hill climb.  The dirt was damp and the Growlers liked it.   Here’s Beau purposely riding in the rut just to see if he could find enough traction to climb out.

Climbing a damp hill with Pit Bull tires

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The Pit Bull Growler BG2.5 XOR tires didn’t miss a beat.  The over the shoulder lugs helped the tires claw their way out of the rut with ease.

High Speed:  Don’t ride too close behind me! Debris will fly! After feeling the bite it was time to go faster.  I jumped back on the seat and we headed to a trail where we could gain some speed.  The tires felt stable and they responded quickly.  There was not a hint of tire push when entering a corner and they didn’t pull me into mild ruts when I was riding the edges of them.

Racing through the trees with the Growler BG2.5 ATV tire

Pit Bull Growler BG2.5 XOR review

I had Beau try some high speed runs as well.  He was also impressed with the traction of the tire in soft dirt.  They had no problem applying power to the ground out of a corner.

Growler BG2.5 XOR throwing dirt

Mud:  Toward the end of the summer, monsoon season arrived and I headed back up to Flagstaff to find some mud.   While exploring a trail I found a large, sticky, mud puddle.  I made several passes through this area, some in 4hi and some in 4low.  The deep tread voids and stone kickers helped keep the mud from packing up and the tread cleaned out every time.

Growler BG2.5 XOR in the mud

Check out my full mud test and additional mud pictures of the Pit Bull  Growler BG2.5 XOR tires here:  Pit Bull Growler BG2.5 XOR Mud Test

Desert Rock: As the deserts started to cool off I moved my testing down to the harsh deserts of the great southwest.  The deserts are my favorite place to ride as they have lots of rocks and I love technical rock crawling.  I asked one of my good friends, Insane Zane, to join me and try out the new Pit Bull Growler BG2.5 XOR.  We headed for a well-known Jeep trail, “Terminator”, to see if the Growler BG2.5 could stand up to the abuse.

It didn’t take long for Zane to get on the throttle.

Growler BG2.5 XOR desert rock crawling

You can always tell when Zane is having a good time.  Even with his helmet on you can see his smile.

Insane Zane posing for the camera with Pit Bull ATV tires

Crawling the desert with Pit Bull ATV tires

Growler BG2.5 tire review

No matter how sharp the rocks were Zane had no problem with traction.  The Growler BG2.5 tires would grab the sharp points of the rocks and pull the quad up and over any of the obstacles. They withstood his aggressive riding style without damage and they seemed to taunt him to try the next, harder, obstacle.

Conclusion: Simply put, I have been thoroughly impressed with the overall performance and durability of this tire.  Despite my best efforts (over 800 hard miles) I have not had to put a single plug in these tires (knock on wood). They have taken my abuse and they show very little wear.  They’ve pulled me through rutted, rocky and muddy trails in the tall pines, and they’ve bounded through unrelenting rocky desert trails as well.  If you have considered Pit Bull tires in the past but haven’t been able to justify the cost,  pick up a set of the new Growler BG2.5 XOR 6 ply rated radial tires.  Pit Bull has packed a lot of value into this tire and they will be offering it at a price lower than ever before.

 

Coming Spring 2014:  25x8R12 and  25x10R12

Coming Summer 2014: 27x9R12 and 27x11R12 Plus 27x9R14 and 27x11R14

For more information on price and availability please contact your local Discount Tire store or visit us online at DiscountTire.com

Additional Pit Bull Growler BG2.5 XOR photos:

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Ride safe and enjoy life.

Don McNeilly

Discount Tire

Pit Bull Growler BG2.5 XOR Mud Test

Pit Bull Growler BG2.5 XOR Mud Test

Growler_Mudtest

The monsoon rains have arrived in Arizona and that means it’s a great time for some mud tire testing!  My wife and some friends and I headed to the high country near Flagstaff to camp and ride during Labor Day weekend.  In the late summer the area gets hit with some spectacular thunder storms.  I brought a couple quads including my Kawasaki 750i that is equipped with a set of Pit Bull Growler BG2.5 XOR tires.  I also brought more than enough clothes to get dirty.

According to Pit Bull Tires, the 8-ply rated Pit Bull Growler BG2.5 XOR has been designed with large alternating tread blocks, wide tread voids and integrated stone kickers to help keep this tire clean in the muddiest situations.  With plenty of mud where I was headed, I was excited to test them for myself. 

After getting our camp set up I was ready to take a ride.  I headed out on some new trails that were pretty rocky for the first few miles.  For fun, I pushed my comfort zone and picked up my pace.  I hit the sidewall hard a few times.  The extra deep rim guards built into the Pit Bull Growler BG2.5 XOR took a couple of tremendous hits.  In fact, I hit it so hard one time that my handle bars were almost ripped out of my hands.  I kept going.  Riding a new trail really gets my adrenaline pumping and I was having fun. 

Rocky Trail

Here is a short video from my ride:

When I pulled back into camp, I noticed my handle bars were a little off and as I stopped, to my surprise, my left front tire kicked out.  On closer inspection, I must have hit a rock so hard with my left front tire that I bent my steering tie rod.  My tires, however, were unscathed and showed no sign of the impact.

Growler Uber XOR Tread

Fortunately, I was able to take my bent tie rod off and I used a big hammer and a large rock to straighten it out.

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After getting fixed up and taking a lunch break, I headed back out later that afternoon.   While exploring another trail I found a large, sticky, mud puddle.  This was a good place to check out how well the Growler BG2.5 cleaned out.  I made several passes through this area, some in 4hi and some in 4low.   My Pit bull Growler BG2.5 XOR tire’s aggressive thread pattern cleaned out well every time.

Pit Bull Growler Uber XOR Mud Review

Growler Uber XOR in Mud

Here is a video of the Growler BG2.5 XOR tires going through this mud.

The next day, after even more rain, I found an area that had a lot of water but was open enough for me to hold some speed.   This area would be a good place for me to test the stability of this tire on slippery, wet dirt roads.

At higher speeds the Growler BG2.5 XOR rides super smooth.  They are very predictable when carving corners as well.  The combination of water,  mud and deep ruts can spell disaster if you don’t have proper tires.  At first I thought I would get thrown from side to side and not be able to straddle the ruts but that was not the case.  I was able to hold any line I wanted without ever feeling out of control.   I found my quad to be unexpectedly stable as I came upon some deep muddy ruts, even at speed.  

Here is video footage from this area.

After a nice but messy weekend of riding in the mud and rain I thought my tire testing was over.  After packing up camp and starting up my dually I attempted to pull out of our camping area and back on to a main gravel road.  The only problem was it had rained so much that I could not get my dually to pull my toy-hauler out of our camping spot.  My dually rear tires quickly packed with mud and acted like one big slick and my toy-hauler’s skinny tires just seemed to sink like an anchor holding strong.  I was stuck.

My solution to my slippery situation was to attempt to pull it out with my quads.  After hooking up my two quads, my wife and a friend of ours pulled the camper backwards while I pushed, in reverse, with my dually.  We were able to slowly back everything up.  I then hooked my quad up to the front of my dually and pulled it back onto the main gravel road.   It was pretty cool to see this work out as I hopped it would.  Video and pictures don’t do this slippery mess justice.   I was pretty busy trying to get unstuck but I did manage to snap a few pictures and I had my friend shoot some video as well.

You can see by comparing the tracks from the two quads that the Pit Bull Growler BG2.5 XOR tires had a lot more bite while pulling my truck and trailer.

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Here is a short video of the quads pulling my dually and toyhauler out of the mud.

Final thoughts:  During this trip I put these tires through a beating.  I pushed them hard at high speeds on rocky as well as on slippery wet dirt roads and I tried to sink them in some sticky clay mud puddles as well.  This trip was the muddiest conditions I have put them through so far and they handled it with flying colors.  Not only did they carve through the thick sticky mud with ease but, at the end of my weekend adventure they, also helped get my truck and camper out of a very soft and slippery camp site.  If you find your self in muddy situations often I highly recommend taking a serious look at this tire.

Remember to ride safe and responsibly and buy all your tires and wheels from Discount Tire.

Don McNeilly

2013 FJ Summit – California Pass and Corkscrew Gulch

2013 FJ Summit- California Pass and Corkscrew Gulch

For my last ride during the 2013 Fj Summit I joined Eddy on the California Pass and Corkscrew Gulch.   Eddy and I rode in his Toyota Tacoma Pre-Runner.  Eddy was running one of the newest tire additions to the Discount Tire catalog; the Pro Comp Xtreme MT2 in the LT 285/75R-16.  He had them mounted on a set of Level 8 Motorsport’s Guardian Wheels.

Pro Comp Xtreme MT2  LT 285/75R-16

Combining California Pass with Corkscrew Gulch is an awesome way to tour through the San Juan Mountains.  They are both scenic and there are a couple of fun technical spots along the way too.  The sign at the trail head recommends high clearance four wheel drive vehicles with a short wheel base.  Eddy’s Pre-Runner is only 2 wheel drive but his rear locker and new tires should help him get through the trail. (I hoped.)

California Pass/Corkscrew Gulch

A short time into California Pass we made a brief stop to check out some old mining buildings.  There was even some old tracks that were used by mining cars.

Old mining tracks

Old Mine on California Pass/Corkscrew Gulch

As we continued, the trail guide came on the CB saying there was a mother bear and cub in a small clearing ahead.  As soon as I heard this I bolted from the truck to try to get a photo of them. Unfortunately we were too far back in the group.  By the time I huffed and puffed to the front of the line the bears had already gone into the trees. I waited and watched for them until Eddy caught up to me, but no luck.

Here is a photo of the place where the bears were spotted.

California Pass/Corkscrew Gulch

Back on the trail, we hit a junction where the trail splits.  One direction will take you to Poughkeepsie Gulch and the other will take you to California Gulch.  We steered left and continued on California Pass toward California Gulch.

Toyota Tacoma Pre-Runner with Pro-Comp Xtreme MT2 tires

Falken Tire was also on this trail in one of their Toyota Tacomas, shod with Falken Wildpeak A/T Tires.

Toyota Tacoma, shod with Falken Wildpeak A/T tires.

The waterfalls beside the trail looked very inviting.  I wish I had brought a fishing pole, however, with the bears in the area, we might not end up being the only ones fishing.

Waterfall on California Pass/Corkscrew Gultch trail at the 2013 FJ Summit

As we exited out of the treeline there is a fun obstacle at the start of the switchbacks.  The old FJ in our group put on a show by lifting his front wheel high off the ground.

Old FJ wheels up

Eddy didn’t let that intimidate him in his 2 wheel drive Tacoma as his Pro-Comp Xtreme MT2 tires didn’t even slip as he went up the obstacle with ease.

Toyota Tacoma Pre-Runner with Pro-Comp Xtreme MT2 tires

The view of the lush green foliage on the treeless mountains was beautiful as we continued to climb.

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As we were nearing the top of this part of the trail we saw some old mining buildings off in the distance.  There was also a sign depicting some of the history of this area.  It seems the old miners used to call mules and burros the “Canaries of the Rocky mountains”.  They called them canaries because they could hear them braying from miles away.  Their noise would let the miners know they were close to a village.

Beautiful view on the California Pass/Corkscrew Gulch trail

We kept up a steady pace through the switchbacks as we were heading to another old mining town just a little further down the trail.

Green Mountains

As we pulled into the old mining town of Animas Forks it was time for lunch.  As we enjoyed a little bite to eat we couldn’t help but wonder how difficult it must have been to haul in all the lumber and equipment to build the mines and villages. Back in the late 1800’s they didn’t have all the fancy equipment and plush tires we have now.

Old mining town on California Pass/Corkscrew Gulch trail

Old mining town on California Pass/Corkscrew Gulch trail

Once again it was a perfect time to get a group photo while we had everyone together.

Group photo on California Pass/Corkscrew Gulch

Of course I had to get one more jump shot to make it a perfect trip.

Group jump shot photo on California Pass/Corkscrew Gulch

We saw lots of other people at this stop.  There were lots of side by sides and ATV’s parked along the road.

ATV's and side by sides on California Pass/Corkscrew Gulch trail

As we continued on, California Gulch laid out a carpet of green grasses in front of us.  Maybe this is why it got the name “California”?…  Eventually, the scenery started to take drastic change and the green grasses gave way to rocky, rust colored mountain tops.

 The scenery was making a drastic change from a carpet of summer greens to rocky, rust colored mountain tops.

The scenery was making a drastic change from a carpet of summer greens to rocky, rust colored mountain tops.

As we crest the summit we could see the Lake Como down in the valley.  We were also able to see 2 other FJ Summit groups coming out of the Poughkeepsie Gulch trail. What a breath taking sight.

Como Lake.

We continued on and took Hurricane Pass where the elevation is 12,730 feet. From there we dropped into Corkscrew Gulch.   I love wondering what is around the next corner and once again, the trail turned into a narrow and steep switchback trail that ran next to the majestic rust colored mountains.

The California Corkscrew trail goes over Hurricane Pass where the elevation is 12,730 feet

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Eddy was showing us what his Tacoma Pre-Runner was capable of.   With some finesse and accurate tire placement he continued along the trail with ease.   Here he is lifting a rear tire for fun.

Toyota Tacoma Pre-Runner with Pro-Comp Xtreme MT2 tires, rear wheel up

As we hit the tree line we knew the highway back into town would be coming up soon. It was kind of sad because this meant the 2013 FJ Summit‘s end was also near.

As we came back into town the local fire department was doing a benefit car wash to help them raise money for their department.  Eddy thought it was a worthy cause so he jumped in line.

After a good soapy scrub down each vehicle was rinsed with a blast from a couple fire hoses.

Discount Tire truck washed by firemen

After getting ourselves cleaned up as well we headed over to the main tent to celebrate the last night.  There was an awesome raffle after dinner and everyone gathered to try to win something.

Discount Tire Raffel at the 2013 FJ Cruiser Summit

Discount Tire Raffel at the 2013 FJ Cruiser Summit, tickets

The Discount Tire crew started off the raffle by giving away a few sets of tires and wheels along with a host of other goodies.

Discount Tire Raffel

Winner of Discount Tire raffel

Some of the people bought LOTS of tickets to improve their chances of winning.

Winner of Discount Tire raffel

Winner of Discount Tire raffel

As the vendor give away was winding down the crowd was getting weary.  It had been a long but very fun week.

Matt (one of the FJ Summit Committee members) took the microphone for final announcements.  After thanking everyone for their courteous participation he asked that everyone please line up on the main street starting at 5:30 AM tomorrow for a photo shoot.  There were a few groans from the crowd because of the start time but this had become a tradition.

Matt (one of the FJ Summit Committee members)

After another short nights sleep we showed up for the group photograph. It was a fun time to mingle through the crowded streets lined with FJ’s. I spoke with many new friends I had made during the week. It is amazing to watch all the tricked out FJ’s being lined up as the town of Ouray closes off their main street for this event.

2013 FJ Summit Group Photo

The Falken Tire big rig closed off the street for the end of the line.

Falken Tire tractor trailer rig

Here we are for one last group glamor shot.

Discount Tire group shot in Ouray 2013

Discount Tire would like to sincerely thank all the participants, vendors and promoters for your unbelievable support during this years FJ Summit.  We heard countless stories from you about your great experiences in our local stores and online.  We appreciate each and every one of you and will continue to work hard to earn your business.

Remember to take the time to enjoy this beautiful and free country we live in, appreciate your families and buy all your tires and wheels from Discount Tire. Your journey starts here!

Here are some additional photos from this ride.

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2013 FJ Summit – Black Bear Pass

2013 FJ Summit – Black Bear Pass

July, 2013 Ouray, CO: The sky was clear for day 2 of the FJ Summit in Ouray Colorado.  Our Discount Tire team was anxious to get going for another fantastic day of trail riding and I was very excited to be spending the day on Black Bear Pass. 

Today, Cary and I met at the Ouray Mining Park for the Discount Tire sponsored trail on Black Bear Pass.  The trail guides first went over some of the safety precautions and checked off all the drivers that were signed up to make sure everyone makes it through the trail.

Drivers Meeting for Discount Tire Sponsored Black Bear Pass Trail Ride

Cary and I tried to do this trail 2 years ago with another group during the 2011 FJ Summit but were stopped at the top of the summit by snow.  That year, the trail was closed through July – which was later than normal.

After the quick drivers meeting we were off and running.  It didn’t take long before we came across our first, and second waterfall for the day.  

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The elevation for the start of this trail is just over 11,000 feet.  There was water running down the rocky trail just before making it to the summit which is 12,800 feet. It was a good spot for everyone to test the wet traction of their tires.  Cary’s Nitto Trail Grappler tires, which are mounted on Method Racing NV Wheels, did great.  His tires never missed a beat on the steep, slick, rocky face.  They are an impressive tire to say the least.

Discount Tire heading to the summit of Black Bear Pass

Climbing to the Summit of Black Bear Pass

There were two Toyota Tacoma trucks from Falken Tire along for the trail ride.  Both trucks were running Falken Wild Peak A/T tires and both made the climb look easy. 

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At the top of the summit there was a slight dusting of snow from the night before.  The view from up here is outstanding.  You can see the trail off to the right.  It winds its way down into the cut of the mountains and then drops into the town of Telluride.

Summit of Black Bear Pass

We took a short break here.  It was a perfect place to line everyone up for a group photo.

Black Bear Pass

Since everyone was together I also took the opportunity to snap a photo of all the people on our trip.

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Of course, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take a group “jump shot” as well.

Fj Summit 2013 Black Bear Pass Group Photo

The colors were absolutely stunning as we started down towards Telluride.  At this point the narrowing trail turns into one way traffic (down) only.

Black Bear Pass 2013 During FJ Summit

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We saw a few Marmot’s along the top part of the trail as well.  Can you find the Marmot in this photo?

Marmot on Black Bear Pass

There was a spotter at the start of the switchbacks that asked everyone to get together for a safety talk.  He said he would be at the first obstacle to help if the driver wanted it.  He went over the hand signals that he would use to safely navigate drivers through the steep narrow rocky terrain.

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With everyone lined up, the procession started down the mountain.

Black Bear Pass looking down at Telluride

Cary’s Nitto Trail Grapplers had no problem finding grip on the steep downhill part of the trail.

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Near the top, after a sharp 3 point turn, there is a beautiful waterfall that crosses the trail.

Waterfall on Black Bear Pass

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Everyone gathered up after the falls for a look at the city before heading down the very steep switchbacks of Black Bear Pass. 

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The city of Telluride was starting to get closer in my view finder.

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As we progressed down, everyone in the group teamed up to help spot each other down.  The narrow switchback corners were very sharp and difficult to see around.

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Discount Tire On Black Bear Pass

The guys from Falken Tire did a great job navigating down the switchbacks.  Their longer wheel base required them to back up a few extra times but they had fun doing it.

Falken Tire on Black Bear Pass

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Narrow Switchbacks on Black Bear Pass

About half way down there is great view of Bridal Veil Falls.  This is a huge waterfall that seems to drop into the trees.  At 365 feet it is the longest free falling waterfall in Colorado.  I would love to have a chance to see the view from inside the building at the top but it is not open for the public.  Seeing it makes me also wonder what the waterfall sounds like from inside the house.  What a view.

Bridal Vail Waterfall on Black Bear Pass

Bridal Vail Waterfall on Black Bear Pass

At the bottom of the trail and the edge of Telluride we all gathered together for one last time.   This was the end of the Discount Tire sponsored Black Bear Pass ride for the day.   From here, we opted to continue back to Ouray on the Ophir Trail while others decided to stay and enjoy some time in Telluride.

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We had another unbelievable day on the trails.  We made some new friends and Cary and I finally got to finish Black Bear Pass.

Black Bear Pass is not an overly technical trail but it will certainly test your nerves.  The views, crisp waterfalls and three point turns on this very narrow trail are a must experience for everyone. 

Here are some additional photos from this outstanding trail ride.

 Missed our coverage of day 1 of the 2013 FJ Summit? See it here: 2013 FJ Summit Poughkeepsie Gulch

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