The Mighty Merc – Front Locker Woes

Bit of a chicken or the egg situation I had going on with my front Spartan Locker. I’m not entirely sure what failed first, but, lots of stuff broke… kind of.

This issue was a bit of a pain to track down an started on our last CO nearly a year ago, and was slowly getting worse. Everything would check fine when it was cold, but after being on the trail for a bit, the front locker would start acting more like a spool, and when it did unlock, it was very violently. Even with just the hubs locked in, running around in 2wd, the front would do all kinds of nasty things. Continue reading The Mighty Merc – Front Locker Woes

The Mighty Merc – 7th ORT – Flat Nasty Off Road 7-28-18

Now that construction is complete on the new place (well.. mostly) we felt well overdue for a trip to the woods. A friend picked a weekend at Flat Nasty, so we loaded up and rolled out. The kids were very excited to get to the park as ever since we had mentioned “Going to the Woods” a few days prior, they kept asking if it was time to go yet:

Sara L.: 7th ORT 7-28-18 Flat Nasty &emdash;

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The Mighty Merc – 6th ORT – Flat Nasty Off Road 2-10-18

Yes, 6th trip. I only took one photo from the 5th trip out so you’ll just have to use your imagination on that one!

After a few stops on the way down to scrape off the windshields from the freezing rain we encountered, we arrived at Flat Nasty to find that we had the park nearly to ourselves. Apparently not many goofballs want to brave the cold and freezing rain to go play on the rocks!

Given that it was dang cold, and I was often holding a kid, the photos are lacking a bit. Which is often the case these days. But here’s what I’ve got

We covered a touch over 6 miles in the park:
Sara L.: 6th ORT Flat Nasty 2-10-18 &emdash;

Photos form the day:
Sara L.: 6th ORT Flat Nasty 2-10-18 &emdash;

Sara L.: 6th ORT Flat Nasty 2-10-18 &emdash;

Pop riding shotgun:
Sara L.: 6th ORT Flat Nasty 2-10-18 &emdash;

Sara L.: 6th ORT Flat Nasty 2-10-18 &emdash;

Sara L.: 6th ORT Flat Nasty 2-10-18 &emdash;

Sara L.: 6th ORT Flat Nasty 2-10-18 &emdash;

Sara L.: 6th ORT Flat Nasty 2-10-18 &emdash;

Sara L.: 6th ORT Flat Nasty 2-10-18 &emdash;

The kids were done by the end of the day:
Sara L.: 6th ORT Flat Nasty 2-10-18 &emdash;

Sara L.: 6th ORT Flat Nasty 2-10-18 &emdash;

We ran into more freezing rain on the way home. Lots of stops to clear off the windshields, but we made it back just fine:
Sara L.: 6th ORT Flat Nasty 2-10-18 &emdash;

Another good day in the woods even though I mostly stayed out of the fun spots in the park. Wrenching in the cold just didn’t appeal to me that day! I still managed to nearly blow out the Drivers side rear window, and the tie rod was frowning at me by the end of the day.

Over all, the truck still works pretty well. Once I get into the new house, I hope to address some areas to improve upon things.

Link to the photo album form the day (Click ME!)