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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 7:50 am Reply with quote
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This is a repost from the TN board of what happened at Tellico in 2005.
Jamie's near death flop make me think of it.

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This is a copy of a post on the TN board. EVERYONE needs to be aware of the saftey issues involved in this sport:

For those of you who were there, you saw it all, and I'm sure you can appreciate where I'm coming from. I didn't want this to be looked at as a, "Oh, somebody got crazy!!!" type of thing. A lot of serious safety issues got brought to the forefront after last weekends trip. Here are the pictures, but before looking, take a second to read this. It's an exerpt from a post I made on another forum:

There were a lot of mistakes made last weekend, and luckily everyone walked away relatively unscathed. I told everyone right off the bat that the pictures and talk were to stay off of the boards until now. One of the reasons was because I didn't want this to be looked at as "Wow, Daniel is one crazy ass %^*%". I wasn't out there putting on a show, and I wanted to make sure everyone walked away with some new insight on proper safety measures.

First off, crowd control: Spectators were given instructions to view the climb from the ridge on the right hand side. Obviously some chose not to listen. I was pretty focused and had a lot of adrenaline running through my veins, but I should have taken more time to make sure EVERYONE was clear.

Roll-cages/no doors: As far as roll cages go, that needs to be dealt with on a case by case basis IMO. For someone who likes to cruise fire roads and such, I don't think the expensiive addition of a cage should be mandatory. If you need it, you know you need it. Don't be lazy like I was. I have had plans for an in-cab cage for over 2 months, but I kept letting it lay on the backburner until I needed it most. Lesson Learned. I, like a lot of others, like riding without doors. That's fine, but again, don't be lazy. I figured one more trip before TO without tube doors would be fine. I was wrong, and you could be too. Don't learn the hard way. I've been in and out of doctor's offices since last week. I'm going to meet with an orthopedic surgeon tomorrow. It's not fun.

Proper restraints: WEAR YOUR SEATBELT AT ALL TIMES. Mine saved my life. Chris, I think the pic is a little deceiving. When I felt it start to go, I curled up and ducked into the center of the cab. Lap belts are for whiners, and I don't subscribe to that mentality. If the truck is in motion, a seatbelt should be on. On OR off-road.

Excessive speed: All I'm going to say is, know your rig and know the risks. That Friday afternoon, a friend of mine and I went up to take a look at the obstacle to make sure the bypass was doable for some of the other folks. His exact words: "You could really get in trouble up here." My exact words: "You have to get your tires spinning to heat them up. Keep turning the wheel until you feel it grab, but be ready because it shoots you like a slingshot." I can't speak for the terrain anywhere else other than the places out east, but wheel speed is, more often than not, a very essential part of a successfull climb. I knew it, and I'd been up this obstacle before, but it still got me. Just make sure you know what you're getting into, and keep your wits about you. No one is immune to stuff like this.

Secure ALL loose items: I travel very light as far supplies in the bed of my truck. BUT, a lot of HEAVY stuff came flying out of my toolbox when the lid was bashed open. No one should have to dodge 50lb toolboxes, cv's, and cordless drills. Organize/secure your gear for the worst possible scenarios. You'll be glad you did.


So here are the pics:

http://pictures.uu4x4.net/

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 7:56 am Reply with quote
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Roll on Guardrail with no doors




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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 8:43 am Reply with quote
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Good post but these pics need to be resized. They are huuuuuuge.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 8:45 am Reply with quote
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Great post...yet another reason why I want my cage done before Harlan.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 8:45 am Reply with quote
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i 2nd that....same with the copied post....i have to scroll back and forth to read it.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 8:55 am Reply with quote
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I think it is important to note that it looks to be the stock suspension of a Tacoma. What I'm getting at is anyone who drives off road from super modified to bone stock is potentially at risk.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 9:05 am Reply with quote
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resized for those that dont have 1600x1200 resolution Gives thy a finger

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 9:13 am Reply with quote
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what i love is the awesome Tacoma air bag deployment system....i have beat the hell out of my truck and hit stuff pretty hard and thought about it afterwards why my airbags havnt gone off and it appears he took several hard shots with no airbag deployment. oh well my driverside doesnt even work anymore because i broke the the spring inside the steering column so no horn or airbag. hooray for toyota safety Laughing

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zosimov21 wrote:
resized for those that dont have 1600x1200 resolution Gives thy a finger


If you resized them.......... you need to do it again. Very Happy They are HUGE!

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 3:47 pm Reply with quote
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You would have to know Daniel and how he drives. I'm sure that the truck was floored or close to it (Mark cough cough).

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http://www.uu4x4.net/main.php?g2_itemId=8171

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We need healthy gals in our sport. (hookin winch lines and makin sammiches)


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what ever you do don't google KY wrestlin match.
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Here's his foot under the slider:


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5keepers wrote:
You would have to know Daniel and how he drives. I'm sure that the truck was floored or close to it (Mark cough cough).


Wha, I'm as controlled as a stock low will let me.

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he posted those up on liu when it happened. the cat taking the pics had a good series of it rolling. i know it is monday morning corterbacking but i do not know why he was in the gas so much at certian points. i bet he crapped all over the place when it started to go off the leadge!

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ouch , roll bar not enough either , going to put cage in mine, so glad everyone is with us still ,,,
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That was 7 years ago. But the lesson to be learned is still the same.

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