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[*] posted on 3-23-2017 at 10:52 AM


My 2004 Tacoma with 32 inch tires and a 2.5 inch lift has 13.5 inches of clearance at the transfer case skid plate. 9.5 inches at the rear differential.
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[*] posted on 3-23-2017 at 11:04 AM


Quote: Originally posted by TMW  
My 2004 Tacoma with 32 inch tires and a 2.5 inch lift has 13.5 inches of clearance at the transfer case skid plate. 9.5 inches at the rear differential.


Same differential clearance as mine... and my transfer case is higher than 9.5", but there is an exhaust pipe that crosses over by it, and that is the lowest point, in the center of the truck. In looking at that video and my photos, would you be comfortable trying to get through there, solo?

How peeed would you be if I tried and was hopelessly hung up and SOS'd you for help? I just wouldn't risk that when there is an option... and driving back into Valle Chico then through Azufre Wash was the option.

Pappy did the reverse, and came into Valle Chico through Azufre, went to Berrendo, then down to Matomí... and drove out to Hwy. 5 in Matomí after camping near the ranch.




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[*] posted on 3-23-2017 at 12:54 PM


If solo you have to go with your gut feeling and what you think is doable.
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[*] posted on 3-23-2017 at 01:13 PM


Quote: Originally posted by willardguy  
you have to remember, david measures ground clearance from the bottom of the bumper to the ground! :(


I guess it all depends Paul on where you measure. What I told David was my clearance at the transfer case skid was 16" and I stand corrected ... it's 17". Clearance at the gas tank is 19". Ya, at the axle it's less, but that can be dealt with using tire placement. That 17" gives me the ability to break-over and drop off obstacles.




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[*] posted on 3-23-2017 at 01:40 PM


It's like that Allstate commercial... "SILENCE!"

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[*] posted on 3-23-2017 at 02:55 PM


"Pappy Jon shared his videos on Facebook yesterday of the boulder blockage at the Matomi Narrows... He got through in his 4Runner because of his 4" lift, 16" ground clearance, and oversized tires + granny low gears"

my lifted 4runner also has 16" between the ground and transfer case....same as the cross :?:members,gas tank and muffler. so is this now what we refer to as "ground clearance???
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[*] posted on 3-23-2017 at 03:14 PM


Scrutinizing photos and video, I would wager a month's pay that I could drive thru there, unassisted, in my Tacoma. That said, if I was solo, I would likely back off.



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[*] posted on 3-23-2017 at 03:49 PM


Well, several Nomads were all following me in there, online. If I had a mechanical breakdown, then that is an unintended emergency. But, if I drove into that geology and was hung up or punctured my gas tank, caused that by making that choice. Would you guys be okay to come down, or would PaulW? I think maybe so, but I don't like the idea of presuming such is the case... I mean we all have lives that don't always allow a spur of the moment Baja Nomad rescue. I want to be responsible for my decisions. I am happy that I turned around despite the couch quarterbacking from a couple of you! LOL



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[*] posted on 3-23-2017 at 03:57 PM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  
Well, several Nomads were all following me in there, online. If I had a mechanical breakdown, then that is an unintended emergency. But, if I drove into that geology and was hung up or punctured my gas tank, caused that by making that choice. Would you guys be okay to come down, or would PaulW? I think maybe so, but I don't like the idea of presuming such is the case... I mean we all have lives that don't always allow a spur of the moment Baja Nomad rescue. I want to be responsible for my decisions. I am happy that I turned around despite the couch quarterbacking from a couple of you! LOL


absolutely agree liquor, best to stick to the rigors of shell island and leave the serious offroading to the experts! ;)
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[*] posted on 3-23-2017 at 04:10 PM


Quote: Originally posted by TMW  
If solo you have to go with your gut feeling and what you think is doable.

Which I have do problem doing. It comes down to my comfort level. I was though Matomi in April 2016, so I was fairly confidant I could get through this week. I thought this year the trip through was much easier than last year. The rocks didn't seem as big and my truck wandered right through. I only dragged the bumper once.

Can somebody help me with the YouTube tags? https://youtu.be/K18S4jR1jcI

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[*] posted on 3-23-2017 at 04:48 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Pappy Jon  
Quote: Originally posted by TMW  
If solo you have to go with your gut feeling and what you think is doable.

Which I have do problem doing. It comes down to my comfort level. I was though Matomi in April 2016, so I was fairly confidant I could get through this week. I thought this year the trip through was much easier than last year. The rocks didn't seem as big and my truck wandered right through. I only dragged the bumper once.

Can somebody help me with the YouTube tags? https://youtu.be/K18S4jR1jcI

[Edited on 3-23-2017 by Pappy Jon]


Thank you, Jon. Turning up the sound make one appreciate that Toyota uses good metal!






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[*] posted on 3-23-2017 at 05:10 PM


PS, to post a YouTube here on Nomad, you just need to create the correct tags.
Here is the link for the above video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K18S4jR1jcI
1) Get rid of the watch? and replace the = with a / https://www.youtube.com/v/K18S4jR1jcI

2) The front tag includes the size, and I like 640x480 for video pixels. So the tag is [flash=640x480 ] in front and [/flash ] in back (only without that extra spaces I inserted before the ending brackets)

[flash=640x480 ]https://www.youtube.com/v/K18S4jR1jcI[/flash ]

remove those spaces...







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[*] posted on 3-23-2017 at 07:44 PM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  


Thank you, Jon. Turning up the sound make one appreciate that Toyota uses good metal!


That's funny. In both videos you can hear an annoying squeak. I have a loose fender that drives me nuts. Other than that, it's still, after 30+ years, a solid truck.




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[*] posted on 3-27-2017 at 04:25 PM


The video clearly shows all sorts of rigs going thru Matomi and speeds that most of do not go. For those of you that think you cannot make it watch the class 11 VW beetle drive thru. What do you think that rig has for clearance? Probably less that PappyJon or David? Maybe not?
Maybe a VW expert can comment?
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[*] posted on 3-27-2017 at 09:00 PM


Paul that was a year ago and obviously they had a lot of problems as seen in the YouTube from the race, so much that they are not going that way this year.

You are obviously comfortable telling anyone they can go through, I am not. Without another rig, a spotter, or 35" tires, and a spare car, I will wait until more sand is covering the rocks again. Between my photos, Jon's video and even last year's 250 video, I think anyone can see for themselves if they can take their stock 4x4 or VW beetle through that.
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[*] posted on 3-27-2017 at 09:40 PM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  
Paul that was a year ago and obviously they had a lot of problems as seen in the YouTube from the race, so much that they are not going that way this year.

You are obviously comfortable telling anyone they can go through, I am not. Without another rig, a spotter, or 35" tires, and a spare car, I will wait until more sand is covering the rocks again. Between my photos, Jon's video and even last year's 250 video, I think anyone can see for themselves if they can take their stock 4x4 or VW beetle through that.
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Not for tacomas. But from looks of the vid, easy for 2wds.
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