Wide, safe green trails
Yes, Rausch Creek does have plenty of wide green trails that you won't scratch up the body on. Just make sure your navigator is reading the trail maps accurately. We were on a blue trail that had "black hill climbs and black/red rock sections." I, being the stubborn jackas$ that I am, decided to try to drive and read the map at the same time(the maps are really helpful, but aren't overly specific to the turns and bends on the trails, especially the bypasses). I misjudged the distance we'd travelled and went right instead of left on one section, following all of the jeeps I was with(except for the camera man who went left to get ahead of the group. About 25-30 yards into it, my wife grabbed the map, called me a few names other than honey or sweetheart, and informed me that we were on one of the black/red rock crawl sections. I said ok, well we're already in it so what the hell, lets do it. 30 minutes and two slightly banged up rocker panels later, we were out of it the looks we got as we were going through were priceless, or so I thought. We went down blue trails the rest of the day, almost flipping once or twice. then we headed back to the entrance, and on the way, I saw a mud out that was screaming my name. Unfortunately, the huge rock hidden under the mud about 10-15 feet in decided to remain quiet and grab my back bumper as I flew into it. After a couple minutes of slinging mud everywhere, we straightened the back bumper and hooked up to a jeep with a winch. That didn't work. So we hooked the jeep to a tree and that finally worked. That rock also decided to catch my exhaust(which was cut off after the resonator for more clearance), and proceeded to bend my exhaust in half, twist it, and stall the engine, which was already underwater/mud. It also ripped off the front bumper as that came out. I had to take the rest of the exhaust off so I was running nothing past the cat.
Despite the odds, the treg drove the 2 1/2 hours home without a single vibration other than the normal BFG mud terrain sound and open exhaust.
Two days later, however, coming home from the mall, the viscous coupling on the brand new rear driveshaft was apparently faulty, resulting in the driveshaft striking the underside of the vehicle hard enough to set off the driver side curtain airbags and the whole center console lifted off the floor. When I brought it to the dealer for warranty repair on the driveshaft, they fully inspected the undercarriage and discovered more than $21,000 worth of damage hahaha. Both subframes were trashed, all control arms(front and rear) were bent, struts front and rear were bent, steering components were bent, both rocker panels were trashed, and everything underneath was bent, broken, cracked, or somehow otherwise damaged. Needless to say, the vehicle was totalled and destroyed to ensure that it would never be put on the road again.
Looking back, I should have bought it back for the $1500 they wanted for it and built a full cage, tube frame, solid axle swap, converted to a cabled throttle body setup, and started from there to build a badass machine.
But instead I let them have it and bought a super duty F250.
Moral of the story, read your maps, pay attention, and listen to your wife lol
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