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TR: Robe Sand 4wd trip - 21JAN-24JAN11
« on: February 02, 2011, 12:13:13 AM »
Here's the account of our much anticipated weekend of sand 4wd'n - only about 8 or so months in the making!

In attendance was:

Pezimm in his dark lifted foz
Phizinza in his green outback, basically stock other than the rear cargo sleeping/storage area
Bboypebs in his beige 2 inch lifted, 29 inch tyre wielding brumby with webber
Roger in his 'cruiser - no idea which series as I still don't understand the whole landcruiser series thing.  Either way he's done a great job on this offroader
and myself in Ruby Scoo with our new engel that was on its maiden voyage - passed with FLYING colours :mrgreen:
We also picked up some tourists in one of those decked out troopies with the pop top camper - very nice.  New D4D V8 diesel too, went like the clappers!
Sagey and his "missus" tash were in attendance too, they were warming a seat each in roger's ride initially before moving around a bit in the convoy from time to time.


Friday:
Pezimm and I met up in Baccus Marsh a little later than planned.  I'd traveled from bendigo that morning and lakes entrance the night before!  We cruised through many of the small towns that were effected by the recent floods, the height of the water in some of these areas was mind boggling!  We wish them well in their cleaning/rebuilding.

We stopped off in one of the last victorian towns - Casterton - before we hit the boarder and filled up in Mt Gambier.  Here's a pick of the subi's at lunch - compare the cargo carried (I had some stuff for oz day too, should've left that in benders!):



Phiz and Roger made their way to Robe without any issues from what I can remember.  They found a suitable campsite in the dunes at stony rise.  Before Pezimm and I headed out there we grabbed a large pizza (which was cut into 16 pieces using a sqaure/diamond grid instead of the traditional pizza slice - go figure!) - we spied this new cruiser wagon, caption reads "got lift?!":



^ That's a stock shorty patrol behind it!

The night was a good catch up from the 2009 queens birthday weekend trip.  We also "fixed" two of my CV boots - one rear one died due to age the other on the front was JUST replaced and tore through the centre of the boot - I'm thinking I didn't place the shaft side of the boot in the right spot before tightening it all up, probably tore it as I drove down the main street of Lakes :(

Here's our super technical fix:



^ a couple of shopping bags wrapped around after repacking with some grease, held in place by some cable ties.  Worked a treat on the rear, the front suffered from suspected heat from the cat converter and only seamed to be in some trouble once I got back to bendigo.  Its still on the subi now...

With that sorted and some crude jokes going around we settled in for the night camping in swags or under tarps, except for Phiz and Roger who had some pretty awesome sleeping/storage setups in the back of their offroaders!

Saturday we got going relatively early then was kind of held up before we headed off to the beach where we ended up waiting for Bboypebs who was travelling down from the Keith area - he had some driveshaft issues, seemed to be a common theme for the start of this trip!  While we waited we got some pics and played around in the sand:

The early convoy crew before bboypebs arrived:



Phiz and his worst pick for a place to stop... Gave the "max tracks" a go, they worked ok with a help from a push but we really needed to have 2 sets for the front and the rear:



Once Bboypebs arrived after some miss direction (my miss-interpretation of the beach name) we were all together and moved off headed in a southerly direction towards beachport.

On a high point above the beach waiting to re-group so that all could enjoy the view:



Here's the view we enjoyed from our vantage point from the previous pic, breath taking:



On this beach we found some new companions that were a little stuck in their trooper camper.  We helped out Manu and Rolf with their situation and offered them to join us on the rest of our trip if it fitted with their plans:



They joined our convoy and moved along well with us.  Good times had with the radio chatter after giving them a crash course on how to use the 2 ways.

We did some more 4wd'n without incident before we stopped for lunch - once we'd found a suitable location:



The aim was to head to beachport - well that's what we decided after playing around in several areas.  Our biggest issue was where we would be camped for the night - caravan park or beach/dune campsite...

On we continued, but for once actually stopped for a group photo, mainly because Manu and Rolf insisted on one for their Australian trip:



After the group pic we were off to Errings beach where I left the well worn ruts only to get bogged down right near the water.  This beach was very soft.  We managed to get Ruby Scoo out without the need for a snatch which probably would have ended in two vehicles stuck.

Many videos were recorded - I think I've actually got more footage than photos for once (don't know if this is a good thing).

On the Southern side of Norea Correna there is more dune track work rather than beach work, it can become a little boring at times but is still quite relaxing none the less.  Here's a pic of Pezimm's foz and Phiz's Outback on one of the tracks - a quick snap out of the driver's window while on the move:



In one of the dune areas where there are "drift dunes" we got another group photo with the vehicles this time:



Later in the day while pushing time trying to find a suitable campsite we came across a rather "large" drift dune on the track - the top of the track disappeared under the drift of the dune with one of those cornice like edges at the top of it.  I had a couple of cracks at it trying not to bottom out the rear tyres on the guard's edge, I ended up not making it and rolling the folded edge out to create a knife like edge that was ready to shred a tyre.  Some BFH work sorted that out after I'd tried another line that wasn't the best idea of the day.  This is how it ended up, right on the edge of a gully that the dune was filling in:



After everyone showing me how to do it I had to just go for it and got it on challenge two of the second round.  A few cheers were given before we headed off to our campsite.

We ended up camping in one of the larger campsites on the edge of Lake George.  From here we split up for a little bit, some went to town, the rest of us went to watch the sun go down:

The location selected with the beach track in the right of the pic:



And the sunset enjoyed with our new friends that we introduced to timtams :twisted:  Guess what they purchased first on their next supermarket visit...



Once again, many good times around the dinner table before it was time for shut eye.

Sunday we didn't really have a game plan but decided to head back to robe and muck around in the dunes on the way through.  We stopped for a very refreshing swim before we hit the first good area to play in the dunes:



Once in the dunes again we had a good session in an area that was like a large sand bowl where we had some sand drags up a dune.  Not meaning to brag, but after almost making contact with Russel's cruiser I pipped him at the end of that race to win.  The next one saw a couple of poor starts with a couple of good runners at the end.  Again Ruby Scoo came out well to out do Russel's cruiser only to then meet some subi competition from Phiz.  Unfortunately it wasn't Phiz that won :twisted:  Ruby may have hit the rev limiter a couple of times up the dune - no time to change gear!

We continued on with a beach track rather than head down the dune that I got stuck on near that gully the day before.  This is the view from where we were before the decent to the beach:



From here we kind of moved quickly between me getting bogged on beaches while scouting them out for the convoy - not good since the tide seemed to be coming in leaving us with the softest sand on the beach.  We stuck to the tracks after round three of that game...

At Norea Carrena we headed back to robe via the main dirt road, re-grouped on the main beach that was busier than a shopping centre carpark!  We decided on our game plan for the night - camping out at the gums after some shopping.  Once camp area was established Bboypebs and myself headed out to do a loop via Stony Rise track and one of the beaches that is easily accessed from the gums' track.  Sagey and tash came for the ride with me and Pezimm rode with bboypebs in the brumby - a little rougher than the foz I'd reckon!
Sagey had a drive of Ruby Scoo to try out an EJ'd L series, I think he might have some new plans now :twisted:  Tash then had a go as well after some arm twisting:



We decided we would have a movie night on our last night.  Macca (my laptop) ended up being the viewing platform of choice after much bagging out - only to have the DVD crap out half way through the movie.  We also had some rain so we setup some tarps that the majority of us ended up sleeping under for the night where we really appreciated our tarp building skills during a downpour!

Here's the setup:



The next morning Pezimm and I did the same loop from the night before but headed into Robe to air up before saying good bye to everyone and heading home.  We headed through Naracoorte, Horsham and split up at B'rat when I had to head to cobaw and Pezimm to Melbs.

A great time had by all!  Thanks for those who made the trip, without you it would have been rather boring, I doubt I would have been out there on my own at all.  For those that didn't make it, I'm sure we'll be organising another trip sometime in the future, for now you can live vicariously through us and our trip report ;)

Cheers

Bennie

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Re: TR: Robe Sand 4wd trip - 21JAN-24JAN11
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2011, 09:40:25 AM »
Cheers Bennie for another great trip report :)   Pretty much summed it up.
Just to edubicate you my Cruiser is a FZJ105  
FZ(engine type 1FZ-FE, F=petrol, H/HD=diesel)
J(pretty sure this means its a Land Cruiser)
105(hundred series but solid front axle, 100's have IFS)

Can't wait to go for another group trip/drive, and can't wait to meet this Russell guy and his Cruiser you talk of... hehe

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« Last Edit: February 02, 2011, 10:45:03 AM by Roger »
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Re: TR: Robe Sand 4wd trip - 21JAN-24JAN11
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2011, 10:52:04 AM »
I agree, very thorough report, thanks again for all the organisation as well!
I am also interested in this russell character, sounds like a good bloke...

Cheers
Josh

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Re: TR: Robe Sand 4wd trip - 21JAN-24JAN11
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2011, 11:24:11 PM »
Cheers for the report and taking the time.. Whe nI find some time I'll upload a few photos of mine...
I just had a flat tyre today, from a hole in the side wall. I think it did the damage on the trip and it just gave way.. Bit of a bugga.. Really don't need this right now with everything going on and cash flow at a minimum!

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Re: TR: Robe Sand 4wd trip - 21JAN-24JAN11
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2011, 11:29:42 AM »
G'day fellas,

No worries!  Somehow I forgot to check this forum/reply to this thread the last couple of times that I've been online :( :(  Sorry about that!

Ruby Got me home ok.  She's now complaining in both front shafts, the rears are out due to that vibration at speed - wondering if its the drive shaft's age or if its the tail shaft's uni joints giving up on the new angle they live on due to the lift...

Either way I had a blast - and after working from before new years to the day before we all met up it was something I really needed to do!  Just need more money to do it more often.  I reckon if anyone gets the jackpot in tatts it should go into a trust that funds our outings :D

I'm still finding sand all over the place too!  Amazing where it ends up (like inside zipped bags that were open for 5 minutes max on the trip!)

Thanks for that description Roger - I didn't realise (or should I say consciously realise) that the landcruisers had IFS until the later models from a year or two ago...

I also posted this trip report on 4wdmonthly.com.au/forum and have been waiting for a flogging about subarus as 4wd's but have only had one comment so far that was positive :D  Hopefully there will more chatter in there at some stage - that forum is HUGE and moves VERY VERY QUICKLY on some topics!

Cheers

Bennie

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Re: TR: Robe Sand 4wd trip - 21JAN-24JAN11
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2011, 03:06:15 PM »
Thanks for that description Roger - I didn't realise (or should I say consciously realise) that the landcruisers had IFS until the later models from a year or two ago...
A bit off topic but, just so there is no confusion, the IFS 100 series came out in 98 along with the solid front axle 105 series.
100 series had the V8 petrol or turbo diesel and the 105 had straight six petrol or NA diesel :)
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Re: TR: Robe Sand 4wd trip - 21JAN-24JAN11
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2011, 09:41:14 PM »
I've now got a patch in the tyre I had issues with. Hoping it will survive for a few more months so I can save up for some better tyres. Looking at the sidewall and tread on these tyres (Yoka Geolander G900b's) I can see why they are shit. They are so thin, where the tread meets the sidewall they have a band imprint ring around which would be 2mm thick at most, CRAZY. And they are so soft, almost pull them off by hand like a bicycle! Can't wait to get some better AT tyres, which will be slightly larger.

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Re: TR: Robe Sand 4wd trip - 21JAN-24JAN11
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2011, 03:26:12 PM »
So...

What's everyone up to for easter???

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Re: TR: Robe Sand 4wd trip - 21JAN-24JAN11
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2011, 07:29:43 PM »
The tyre I repaired is not up to anything rough.. In fact I believe all my Yoka G900's aren't really up for offroad. So I'll have to wait until I can buy some new tyres before I hit the rough stuff again :(

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Re: TR: Robe Sand 4wd trip - 21JAN-24JAN11
« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2011, 11:18:20 AM »
Phiz, how did you go with those pics??

Ok, here it is, the film: Sorry for the wait!!

Subaru sand 4wd, Little Dip NP, South Australia

I particularly enjoy the last clip :D

Cheers

Bennie