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Here is a video of my first off road trip with the Suzuki. Nothing broke. Yeah! We even rescued a Chevy truck out of a creek that got stuck. Some of the roads we were on were very steep but you can't tell looking at the video. With 3 people in the Sammy it did well. Power was fine. We didn't do anything extreme but we really don't plan to use it for extreme off roading. The kids seemed to be having plenty of fun already.

Well, here is 5 minutes of our soggy California adventure:

 

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Thanks. I did feel a little vulnerable not having a spare tire, but we were not far away from civilization. Need to figure a way to reinforce the rear bumper to support the swing out spare tire mount. The current bumper mount is not strong enough and was bending with the weight of the spare tire. Will have the spare on there for the next trip.

Reposting the video cut down to a little less than 5 minutes. Pretty mild stuff but was fun for us. :)
 

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Nice video. You're Samurai is very similar to mine, tin top and ARB bull bar. Why don't you mount your spare tire on the stock spare tire mount on the rear door? Is it the rattle? I have a 31" tire mounted on it, and it seems to be holding up ok, except for a little rattle.
 

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Where did you guys go off roading ??
Looks like a the forest.....

I am in Irvine and would love to head out there sometime.
Let me know if you want another Samurai to roll with you guys.

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This is real close to you. I took the El Toro Road exit from the 405 and was there in just a few minutes. It is Trabuco Creek Road heading out to Holy Jim Trail. This link gives some better into than I can to get there:

Holy Jim Trail - Dirtopia, the Off-Road Encyclopedia

I don't know if it would be much fun dry. But after the rain it was pretty cool and scenic. Kind of nice for a quickie as it is so close to the city. I figured if I broke down over there I could easily get a tow back for cheap.

Not sure when I will be back there but the more the better! I'll PM you next time I get a chance to get out there.
 

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Nice video. You're Samurai is very similar to mine, tin top and ARB bull bar. Why don't you mount your spare tire on the stock spare tire mount on the rear door? Is it the rattle? I have a 31" tire mounted on it, and it seems to be holding up ok, except for a little rattle.
I read of some people tearing up their rear door with a large heavy spare mounted to it. That is why I wanted to mount it on the bumper. Not sure of the exact weight but the spare is real heavy. I hate rattles and our Sammy has a lot. That will be the next project to search and destroy the rattles.
 

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I read of some people tearing up their rear door with a large heavy spare mounted to it. That is why I wanted to mount it on the bumper. Not sure of the exact weight but the spare is real heavy. I hate rattles and our Sammy has a lot. That will be the next project to search and destroy the rattles.
You could probably get a Rugged Ridge Wrangler tire carrier and fabricate a bumper for it. I measured it for size on my Zuk and seemed to be an easy job. But I sold it and don't have it anymore.
 

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I have a swing out tire carrier that came with the Samurai when we bought it. I think it may work okay if I can mount the bumper in a more sturdy manner. I had to take it off because the weight of the carrier and spare was bending the bumper mounts when going over bumps.
 

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I have a swing out tire carrier that came with the Samurai when we bought it. I think it may work okay if I can mount the bumper in a more sturdy manner. I had to take it off because the weight of the carrier and spare was bending the bumper mounts when going over bumps.
Sounds like the bumper is only attached to the body with the stock mounts underneath. Use a pair of 4" strips of steel and tie into the two bolts just inside the tailgate. Drill holes for the bolt on one end and weld the other end to the top of the bumper. The tabs will come out just below the door and will keep the bumper from twisting out (from the weight of the tire carrier).

Sorry, I don't have a picture at hand here at work.

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Ha!
I built my first rear bumper and had to install the tabs later on (didn't take pics of the additions).
BUT! I found a picture of similar tab on the Shrockworks rear bumper I installed for my trail rig!
 

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I have the Shrockworks bumpers also.
The rear tabs are what makes it a solid bumper. That would be an easy add-on as long as the bumper you have is not too thin of metal.

Holy Jim Trail....
I've been on it a couple of times but when it was dry.... looks totally different in the rain. It is a good local place to stretch out the suspension and twist it up but a very tame trail.

Let me know if you are headed out that way again.
 

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SuzukiPilot... finally made it out there after the last rain.
I didn't see the trails that you were on where you show the old car over the edge and looks to be above the canyon... where are these at ??
The Holy Jim Trail just had a split at the end with both being dead ends.

Here is a video of the big water hole along the Holy Jim Trail....


Thanks !
 
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