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I went out to Johnson Valley OHV this past weekend. Man what a blast, it has so many different types of terrain. We went to the dunes, climbed up some pretty big volcanic mountains, went through some pretty narrow washes and hit my 80mph speed limiter on the dry lake bed all in one ride.

Johnson Valley is known for rock crawling as this is where the do the King of Hammers event. If you have ever seen that on TV then you know how crazy the rock crawling trails can be. All the really big trails are in the Hammers section and they are named stuff like Claw Hammer, Sledge Hammer, Wrecking Ball, Blender Alley. I knew better then to try to take my SxS up any of that stuff. We did see some pretty cool crawlers starting out on one of the trails and they looked like they could easily crawl right over stuff bigger than my SxS. We did a loop around the mountain that the Hammers all go up and found some pretty knarly trails that we were able to do some crawling in our SxSs. I wished I had bigger tires and more ground clearance, but I made it through OK.

We found some sand dunes and played around in the sand for a bit. That was really fun, but I can see where if you were doing that a lot you would want as much HP as you can get. For now my stock YXZ did fine.

We also ran up some pretty tall volcanic hills and through some cool washes with big boulders all around. We ran across a guy in a dodge mega cab out wheeling in one of the washes and I was pretty surprised he was taking that thing up the trail we were on.

On the way back towards camp we were blasting across a dry lake bed at top speed when we came across a guy that rolled his SxS and it was stuck on it's side. Turns out this dude's buddy just bought a brand new Maverick Turbo and told his friend to take it out for a spin. Well his friend rolled it and the whole side was pretty scratched up. We hooked my buddy's winch up to his roll cage and got him back on his wheels. They were lucky to be unhurt, but did seem a little shaken up. I think he was probably going pretty fast when he lost control. Anyway, he was going to have to tell his buddy that he just rolled his brand new rig.

One of the really cool things about Johnson Valley is all the awesome stuff you see cruising around camp and out in the desert. There were trophy trucks, SxSs, rock crawlers, Jeeps with huge tires and suspension, sand rails, all sorts of stuff. The OHV area is huge and once you get out on the trails you don't see many people. There were tons of people in camp and it is a pretty big party at night.

Here's some video....
 

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A buddy and I went out to Stoddard Wells OHV this past weekend and had a great time in the SxS. Here's a hyper lapse of a ride we did from the west end of the park where we were camped up to the outlet stores near Barstow. I think it was about 40 miles offroad? Climbed some pretty big hills along the way.

 
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Recently took my girls on an overnight camping trip on the RZR and found this gem of a lake. Tent set up about 15 feet from the water.

We did some rock crawling with theRZRs and the girls went paddle boarding. Pretty epic time and we are all excited to go back

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I gotta stop ripping ours around the neighborhood, drunk, on Saturdays. No more reverse now. It is a broken chain but the whole transmission has to come out. What a pain in the ass
Got it fixed and sold it for a break even on all the aftermarket items I had on it
 

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You only want one if you can ride trails like Scott can. Trailering them everywhere is a pain in the ass
Exactly why I got ride of my Banshee.. g
Had to trailer it to Barnell NJ which is 2 hours away.. but summer beach traffic would add another 1.5 hours .. that got old fast
 

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Exactly why I got ride of my Banshee.. g
Had to trailer it to Barnell NJ which is 2 hours away.. but summer beach traffic would add another 1.5 hours .. that got old fast
well if you would have held onto it you could be celebrating MLK Day in style!!! :D
 

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Hey Scott, or anyone else with experience, are the sporty looking sxs’s going to be to high strung for ranch work? We just bought a place where a sxs would be nice. Seeding, spraying, etc. I love the look of the sporty ones vs the mule looking ones, but don’t want to get something that won’t fit well.
 
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Hey Scott, or anyone else with experience, are the sporty looking sxs’s going to be to high strung for ranch work? We just bought a place where a sxs would be nice. Seeding, spraying, etc. I love the look of the sporty ones vs the mule looking ones, but don’t want to get something that won’t fit well.
I don’t think they are high strung at all. If your intent is to pull double duty you should be fine. If you are only going to do ranch work I would get the mule
 

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Hey Scott, or anyone else with experience, are the sporty looking sxs’s going to be to high strung for ranch work? We just bought a place where a sxs would be nice. Seeding, spraying, etc. I love the look of the sporty ones vs the mule looking ones, but don’t want to get something that won’t fit well.
Dino had a terex if you like Team green besides John Deere ... any kind of work rig Id make sure entry & exit isnt an issue. Then if you want a dump bed.. There are plenty of options...
 

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Well, the SxS season is upon us hear in SoCal. I went out to Stoddard Wells a couple weekends ago, my first trip this season. We were out doing some rock crawling and I smashed my parking brake rotor on a rock. I had to remove the caliper and tie it up with zip ties so I could get back to camp.

So I brought my rig over to my buddy's neighbor who works on off-road stuff and had him install a 1/2" skidplate kit and a new rotor for my brake. The frame on my car was pretty beat up and bent in a few places. He was able to straighten it out for the most part, but he recommended I get a weld in gusset kit installed at some point. These skid plates are pretty awesome and I think it will give me piece of mind when out bashing around in the desert.

I need new tires so I swaped my wheels out for my paddles and I'm going to get some 31" tires installed this weekend on the stock rims. That should give me a little more ground clearance and more grip as well.

I haven't even used the paddles yet, but I hope to do a trip to Glamis and maybe Dumount this winter...

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