Paul

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My Garage:
  • 2000 Nissan Frontier (3" lift, 33" tires)
  • 2004 Toyota 4Runner (1.5" lift, 32" tires)
Born in Wyoming but raised on Colorado mountains and trails. I grew up riding ATV's and dirtbike with my family on trails all over Colorado and throughout Moab, UT. Relatively newer to the 4x4 community (as far as full-size vehicles go) with about 3 years of experience in the truck. My Nissan Frontier is a really great truck. There are definitely some design flaws, but for the price, reliability, and simplicity, it is a perfect truck for what we do. Right now, it has no leaks at 270,000 miles. The truck has a supercharger conversion from a wrecked 2003 Xterra that was factory supercharged. I did the install myself and it does great at the higher elevations in Colorado.

My Garage (2)

2000 Nissan Frontier

Lift Size: 3"
Tire Size: 33"
Supercharged Denim Blue 2000 Frontier. 5-speed manual. Suspension: - OME (ARB) Leaf pack - Bilstein 5100 shocks - Sway-Away 20% stiffer torsion bars Performance: - Supercharger installed from wrecked 03 Xterra S/C - Headers, high flow cats, walker dynoflo muffler Armor/Other: - Coastal Offroad front bumper with Warn EVO 10 winch. - Modified Shrockworks rear bumper - Warn manual hubs - Custom built rock sliders - Gas tank skid plate. - 5gal 150psi on-board-air - Hub conversion to fit Toyota wheels - LT 285/70 R17 Goodyear Wrangler UltraTerrains. - Sherpa Equipment company racks (cab and topper). - LED lights everywhere.

2004 Toyota 4Runner

Lift Size: 1.5"
Tire Size: 32"
V8 Sport Edition. XREAS delete. Bilstein 5100's in place. Currently has a 1.5" lift on the front and 5th gen 4Runner coils in the rear (sits pretty level). 265/70/17 Hankook Dynapro ATM tires. We primarily use this vehicle when we are going to go on road trips. Although camping/wheeling may not be priority on those trips, it's nice to be able to do some lighter duty wheeling on the side. It has gone over a hand-full of Colorado passes and some other out of state wheeling too.

My Trail Reviews (4)

(within last 6 months)
Miners Gulch (09/05/2022)
Definitely a rocky trail - I climbed it from North to South, opposite the original writeup. It's definitely getting more and more washed out, but still not too bad - most of the rock steps are small, but there are a lot of them. Ran this in a 2000 Frontier, 33's, 3" lift, no lockers, no traction control - It was manageable. I did not have to winch anything, but some obstacles took more than 1 try.
Red Cone (08/27/2022)
Ran this trail with the following: 2000 Frontier, 33's, 3" lift, no lockers, winch. 2004 4Runner, 32's, 2" lift, no lockers, no winch. The 4Runner got stuck on 1 line and I had to pull him about 1 foot to get off the rock that high-centered him on the frame. Probably could have been avoided with a different line. The entire trail is pretty rocky/rough the whole way, so don't expect dirt road status. There's a section one 1 of the switchbacks that is pretty chewed up right now with really deep holes left/right/left/right/etc. It flexes you out and if you don't have lockers, you may not be able to drive this section. I tried a bunch of times an ended up having to winch a bit to get past it. But I also have completely open diffs, IFS, and no lockers. The GX470 that went after me made it without lockers, but it has really good traction control, he stacked some rocks, and sent it. Whatever, I digress - the trail's awesome and you're going to have a good time. See pictures.
Saints John (08/27/2022)
Saints John was a good climb (went from the Montezuma Side - I'd probably recommend this direction). You're here for the pictures, not my words, so I brought some pictures.
Barbour Fork (06/18/2022)
THIS TRAIL IS NO LONGER A LOOP. I ran into US Forest Service today at the trailhead after discovering new gates at the private property boundary (see brown square in a screenshot below). I talked to them a while and they informed me that the land is and always has been private property. The old land owner did not care about the trail crossing his land. This land recently was sold to a new owner and they do not want to allow access anymore. This is sad, but the owners are well within their rights to do so. The USFS gentlemen told me that nothing bad happened, etc. The new land owners simply have different plans for the property. That said, as an out and back, it's a fun trail and well worth it still. Fun challenges for lightly modified to fully built rigs.