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So as I said in the previous post, this is my first 4WD and this was my first time behind the wheel of one off road. So I had no idea what I was doing and the thought of the brush destroying the paint more or less didn't occur to me. It looks like a good buffing will get 80-90% of the paint looking good but the plastic parts will forever be scratched.

On the up side, I had a lot of fun doing this and I would do it again:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ns7cdf5tl6Q

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVqEdj57XKk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsGYEH6WaUw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pm4JcyfjENw (CRASH - She panics and points the camera down)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPw74GEhEnQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTNidU17WdM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnZ_YyAUZWA


They're only about 1 minute each and I promise they're not boring if not only for the fact that my gf and I sounds like a couple of retards which I think you might find funny.
 

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I enjoyed the videos. I'd like to see some PICS of the paint damage; before and after :!:
Also, what possessed you to take your new RRS off road like that :?:
 

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Your the man.. nice job! I just put up a thread asking where to off road my RRS in WA state.. moved to the general forum. But yeah.. I want to do the same.., I'm tired of not letting it do its full potential. Props to you for going w/ your girlie alone.. exactly what I want to do!
 

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That was cute: Love it when the GF says "you can try out the muddy feature!"

Looks like you had fun...try hooking up with the Southern California Land Rover Club (SCLR)...they'll get you trained in no time flat.

On the steering wheel...what you're experiencing is just the slow speed in Low & Rock Crawl mode, you can also shift it manually once you get more comfortable - and see which way your wheels are pointing on the 4x4 nav screen...

Serb - try out your local Washington state Land Rover club as well...same story. I think toadhall (mod) here is up in your neck of the woods.

Good to see some of the new guys getting offroad already...
 

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Trez thats brave!

The closest to off road my rover has been or is going is up my drive way :lol:
 

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awesome! my fave lines:

"i think we're going around in circles"
"we should probably pay attention to where the hell we are"
 

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phil. said:
awesome! my fave lines:

"i think we're going around in circles"
"we should probably pay attention to where the hell we are"
LOL, yeah, the thing with the park is, it's basically a maze of road that all eventually are supposed to end back up at the trailhead. Only one problem with that. It's 4 miles of this **** and you're going about 1 mile per hour. You could be out there and it turns dark, and you could potentially hit a portion of it that you can't get through or you might get stuck as I almost did in the crash video. Luckily I got out of it so yeah, you really need to pay attention to where the hell you are even in a small park. And yeah, we were going in circles a lot but it's still fun trying the same set of obstacles over and over again. :D :mrgreen:
 

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That was cute: Love it when the GF says "you can try out the muddy feature!"
She's freaking hilarious. She had gems like that one all day long. Her technical terms are: Muddy feature, Sandy Feature, and Grassy feature. She did save my ass though. I had mistakenly thought that the car was in Rock Crawl mode cause I had turned the knob to the right all the way. Didn't see the message about "low" mode and kept driving through all that crap in the "Sandy Feature" lol. But then she pointed out, don't you wanna be in the "Rocky thing"? And I looked down in horror to find that I was doing all this outside the Rock Crawl mode.
 

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Looks like you guys had a good time Trez, and thanks for posting---I watched several of them and it looked like you did very well your first time out. :thumb:

I understand your concern over the pinstriping and I don't want to downplay whatever pinstriping you received, but unless those are some sort of crazy California cactus-type bushes it is nothing compared to the bushwacking that is the Eastern woodlands. I have to get out and cut branches and bushes away with clippers on most of the trails I go on, and I also bring along my chainsaws since there are often fallen trees across some of the trails.

To give you some hope, with buffing and various detail products I've managed to get 99% of my offroading scratches out. The 1% of scratches that I can't seem to get out came from the first (and last time) the dealership gave me a complimentary wash! Bushes don't make swirl marks ;)

Most of the time when bushes are green here in the East they leave very little actual scratching and instead its a sap rub that buffs out very easily. Last year my front pass fender was scratched by some barbed wire :( and I even managed to get most of that out--but to be perfect that will need a respray.
 

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trez63 said:
....you really need to pay attention to where the hell you are even in a small park. And yeah, we were going in circles a lot but it's still fun trying the same set of obstacles over and over again. :D :mrgreen:
Another feature you can look into the next time to avoid getting "lost" are the breadcrumbs or tracepoints....and you can see where you came from...spacing is up to you to set.

Also...you could simply drop a memory point into the front entrance of the park, and then hit that as your destination whenever you try to leave, probably with that well developed park, it might take you right back.

Good fun!!!
 

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trez63 said:
LOL, yeah, the thing with the park is, it's basically a maze of road that all eventually are supposed to end back up at the trailhead. Only one problem with that. It's 4 miles of this Golly Gee Whiz and you're going about 1 mile per hour. You could be out there and it turns dark, and you could potentially hit a portion of it that you can't get through or you might get stuck as I almost did in the crash video. Luckily I got out of it so yeah, you really need to pay attention to where the hell you are even in a small park. And yeah, we were going in circles a lot but it's still fun trying the same set of obstacles over and over again. :D :mrgreen:
i laugh b/c it reminds me of our 1st time out at the hollister OHV up here in northern CA. it was only our 2nd time offroading, kids asleep in the back and we get lost and end up at the highest peak. and not knowing our way around too much, we ended taking some of the more difficult routes down. now that we know the park quite well, we easily say the same "all roads will lead to the obstacle course" line to wayward folks which is close to the exit. just keep heading down hill. :D

gooseyloosey said:
unless those are some sort of crazy California cactus-type bushes it is nothing compared to the bushwacking that is the Eastern woodlands.
detail shop told me the same thing. not much to worry about with the bushes out here. our club has access to the yet to be developed side of hollister. before we did some trail clean up this time last year, we went out there on some trails where only the rangers hopped on a bobcat to blaze a path and i took some serious pinstriping. 4 hrs at the detail shop and it's mostly gone, except for some scratches on the plastic pillars.
 

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Haha, nice vids trez! Hope to see you on the trails some day; mmmm, love the leather dash. 8-|=

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I have to get out and cut branches and bushes away with clippers on most of the trails I go on, and I also bring along my chainsaws since there are often fallen trees across some of the trails.
Where are you when I need you?
 

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Nice going Trez! Thank your gf for the cool videos, she has got quite a steady hand! My very first Dipped in Green off-road "class" with Off Roving was in Wildomar OHV back in 2006, I love that park! I got the inevitable pin striping as well (most of it is superficial and will buff out easily), and I got an education on negotiating those tricky deep ruts that seem to be at every corner in that maze of trails.



More photos from my Wildomar OHV day: http://s96.photobucket.com/albums/l177/ ... ng%20Pics/

I was lucky to have two pros like Adam Spiker and Joe Nosal to guide me on that day, as I was a complete newbie and I am sure I would have done quite a bit of damage without their guidance, and the entire afternoon I had no idea where I or the park exit were. So, kudos to you for going solo and making it out nearly unscathed. :thumb:

FWIW, I much prefer Muds and Ruts as a TR setting for that type of terrain you were on as I find the Rock Crawl throttle response too lethargic to react on anything but challenging rock gardens, where lethargic is good... If the terrain was muddy (it was quite dry when I went, but considering the recent rains...) and the steering seemed unresponsive in places it was probably because gravity is a bitch and your car was just slowly sliding downhill, regardless of your steering angle. Your city slicker stock tires probably weren't helping much. :D Which is why, especially on muddy terrain, the portion of 4x4 monitor that shows your steering angle mentioned by PJ is really useful, so you know where you will head when your front tires finally do get a grip...

Hey, you should come to Cleghorn this coming Saturday (2/20), it is off the 15 before the Cajon pass and always a lot of fun. A group of So Cal Land Rover members (myself included) are going there for the day, it would be good to meet you. No risk of California pin striping there, but the trail is even more challenging, and the good thing is that there are easier bypasses if it gets too intense. For more info and schedule of upcoming trips put together by SCLR, visit http://www.sclr.org
 

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Umberto! that image is sick. My god! you got me, I would have freaked!
Oh and TREZ63, love the whole spontaneity on the video, she rocks!. Only us can relate to your unsurmountable worry about the condition of the rig afterwards.
Enjoy the rig, and by the way anybody else noticed how quiet and tight the whole adventure was.
These guys at LR might, repeat, might, know a thing or two about luxury off-roading.
 

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Oh BTW, I love how trez63 came in to the forum swinging, I haven't seen this much love to any new member since "murdered out".
Enjoy it trez before gooseyloosey get's all up on you biz-wax about the this or the that.
No worries goosey, mean it with a ton of love man, you've guided me on the right path since I joined.
And tripleE, you the man we gotta get you on the UN to solve all that's wrong with this world, you are, for sure, the ultimate diplomat.
Love to all.


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umbertob said:
Hey, you should come to Cleghorn this coming Saturday (2/20), it is off the 15 before the Cajon pass and always a lot of fun. A group of So Cal Land Rover members (myself included) are going there for the day, it would be good to meet you. No risk of California pin striping there, but the trail is even more challenging, and the good thing is that there are easier bypasses if it gets too intense. For more info and schedule of upcoming trips put together by SCLR, visit http://www.sclr.org
Hmmm, this sounds interesting. I am definitely going to look into it. I might have to look into some better tires soon :D
 

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PJPR01 said:
Another feature you can look into the next time to avoid getting "lost" are the breadcrumbs
Just be careful, birds will eat the breadcrumbs and then you are lost again ;)
 

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Pretty cool - made me more anxious to get out there. If its light scratches, a good detail shop should be able to get those out. They would pretty much use a buffer at a higher rpm that heats up the clear coat and "move it" over the scratches to hide them.

has anyone through of wrapping their cars before off roading - e.g. www.360wraps.com. Good advertising for you business folks.
 
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