Well I spent 30 days in Utah running through all the backroads to see the sights because the Natl Parks were closed. The only access was through backroads. I discovered I hate gravel.. Give me a good dirt road. I love dirt! Gravel gets lodged in the disk brake pads and makes a racket.
The Subbie went through every road as long as there was clearance enough. Streams were not a big problem (most were under 15" deep) but a lot of cleaning resulted from the crossings. A few dirt roads were deeply rutted, so deep that the front bumper guard scraped and in some others I could not proceed for lack of clearance. Had to back off and out of a few trails. Crossed quite a few rivers and because of that spent many hours at the car wash getting red gook off the motor and underside of Subbie. A couple of times it took over 2 hours to get the red crud off the vehicle.
The gravel roads were a pain in the petunias. Because the gravel was packed by continuous track (tank thread) there were bumps about 3" high every 12" in some gravel roads. (Apparently they are starting to pave all the off road or OHV trails so tourists can drive their mustangs and corvettes on them. They still have to cross streams, But bridges are springing up over them, some of the streams were about 12" to 16" deep. The only way to go accross these gravel roads that were smooth in some places for no more than 20' was at 50 mph so the Tires were riding on tops of the gravel created tractor track bumps. The flying gravel tore up the plastic rocker panels. Plastic rocker panels do not belong on a vehicle that you advertize as able to transverse unpaved roads. That includes that Aussie Outback.
Any way we had a grand time and took close to 7000 pictures. Hit all the places Valley of the Gods, Monument Valley, Arches, Zion, Hells backbone bridge n trail, Canyonlands (including all the oerlooks), Burr trail, Dixie NF, Capitol Reef, Escalante and even Valley of Fire in AZ, The last 3 days we drove to Silverton in CO and drove through Mesa Verde. We met a lot of European tourists and practiced a lil French and a lil German. All spoke pretty good English (The did no want to hear us kill their language?)
Did not need the winch. It just left a few scraped on rocks on the way up.. The all wheel drive got us throught muck, mud, water and gook. Good thing those plastic rocker panel parts are cheap.. Next time they get taped over with blue tape and two coats of duct tape. That oughta handle the flying gravel. I did lose a tire to a cut on the side. Ya can't fry an egg without breaking the shell..
Next on schedule is Wyoming, Colorado, etc. The Subbie no longer smells like new.. No longer a virgin..
Edited by wanhanlu, 04 November 2013 - 12:09 AM.