September 19, 2010
I belong to a local 4x4 club and we have some land leased here in western NC where we can do some wheeling, riding and camping on. We were holding a open ride / Toy benefit for the county DSS for Christmas all day yesterday. Had over 80 rigs show up for a great day of wheelin as well as collected hundreds of toys for the cause. As the day was winding down, Russ (mtngoat)and I were doing a little riding. He was having a rear locker issue, so we were just doing some light stuff and ended up taking a wrong turn and ended on a dead end trail. Instead of backing down a long trial, we decided to take one of the exit trails since no one was there at the time. There was a real steep drop off over a large rock near the bottom. I managed to drop over it and make my way to the bottom. As Russ was droping over it, his wheels were turn a little to the left. He then felt the rear lift so he gas it some to drive out of it, but ths forced his front wheel hard into the bank and bam! The next thing I know the CJ is ROLLING down the hill! Not once, but 3 rolls! I was like OH SH@#! It is a helpless feeling just watching. Thank goodness the jeep hit a tree or it would have rolled possibly two of more times down the trail below. I was out of my Jeep before he stopped and Thank god, he come climbing up out of it, truley shaken up, but physically ok/ Had a bump next to his eye and his knee took a good thump from the roll cage. Took him a couple of minutes to get his barings straight and the adrenaline rush worked out.I am sure he is sore today, haven`t talked to him yet.
So now it looks as if we will be looking for some new parts, hood, grill, windshield and frame, radiator, fan to start with. May get a little more tube work up front now as well.
Here are a couple of crappy cell phone pics.