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Russ Chung

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Russ Chung last won the day on May 8 2015

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About Russ Chung

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    2005 Jeep Wrangler X
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    Los Angeles, California, USA

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  1. The area between Silverwood Lake and Lake Arrowhead that we ran on Saturday, July 23rd is now closed due to the Pilot Fire. The closure area includes two of the trails we ran that day: 2N33 and 2N17X http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4932/
  2. Saturday, July 23 On Saturday, we travelled as a group to Silverwood Lake, about 40 miles west of Big Bear Lake, where we ran the Pilot Rock Trail which connects Silverwood Lake with Lake Arrowhead. The trip to Silverwood Lake took us on the scenic Rim of the World Highway, which overlooks the Los Angeles Basin. Unfortunately, smoke from the Sand Canyon fire north of Los Angeles hampered the view. The Pilot Rock Trail is an easy trail but has many optional bypasses that are rated "difficult". I had expected that about half of the twelve vehicles would choose the difficult route, so I was surprised when 9 out of the 12 choose the optional route. Shortly after the start of the trail, Christian heard some abnormal noise from his drivetrain; it appeared to be an internal problem with his transfer case. He decided to turn around and return to Big Bear. He was accompanied by three others.
  3. Friday, July 22 On Friday, we had thirteen vehicles and we broke into two groups. One group was led by Kristoffer consisting of seven vehicles that explored the scenic Skyline Drive on the south side of Big Bear Lake. I joined the group of six vehicles that ran two difficult trails, Gold Mountain Trail and John Bull Trail on the north side of Big Bear Lake. Gold Mountain Trail: After finishing Gold Mountain, we continued to the east end of the John Bull Trail. After a lunch break at the East Gatekeeper, we started the trail. Christian broke a brake line. Apparently this has happened before, and he carries spares: Meanwhile, George discovered that his rear locker was stuck in the locked position. He thought the problem might be caused by a recent switch in differential fluid. George was able to contact Kristoffer, who had finished his group's run. Kristoffer agreed meet us at the trailhead and bring some diff fluid. George planned to remove the diff cover, release the locked differential and refill the diff. While waiting for the group at the trailhead, Kristoffer searched the web for possible solutions to the problem, and learned that one might be able to free the locker by prying the plates apart through the fill hole, without draining the diff fluid. Upon reaching the trailhead, George first made certain that the malfunction was not due to an electrical problem, then removed the fill plug and successfully pried the plates apart. George plans to disassemble the locker when he returns home.
  4. Thursday, July 21 We had ten vehicles at the start of the 2016 ORP Big Bear Lake Adventure. We travelled as a group to the Big Bear Discovery Center, aired down at Fawnskin and travelled to the Butler Peak Lookout for a panoramic view of the area. After a break for lunch along Holcomb Creek, we toured some of the historic sites in the Holcomb Valley. This is the Hangman's Tree: The ruins of the Doble Mine: We returned to pavement near Baldwin Lake, aired up and returned to Big Bear.
  5. KEWL! Or, as OB1jeeper often says, "cool beans!"
  6. (This very informative video was released on Thursday; it should have been released on Friday)
  7. George, You misunderstand what traction control does for you. It has exactly the same effect as a limited slip differential when you are in 4Hi. If you are climbing a loose, steep hill, you don't want wheel spin, you want the wheel that has traction to get the power. Traction control does the same thing that a limited slip diff does; it reduces the amount of wheel spin so that the wheel that has traction gets more power. When you are going downhil, traction control doesn't affect the braking; it is the hill control feature that controls your downhill speed. Besides, when you are going down a steep hill, you never want to lock your brakes because then you have no control over your Jeep; you become just a passenger in an out of control Jeep. If you ever get into that condition, you want to feather your brakes instead of locking them up; that way, you can control what you run over (or run into) instead of just being a passenger! Russ
  8. The three most difficult trails in the Big Bear area are 1) John Bull, 2) Holcomb Creek and 3) Dishpan Springs. Each of those trails have obstacles that are equal in difficulty to Walker Hill, Little Sluice, Big Sluice or Cadillac Hill on the Rubicon Trail. The difference is that the 'con is over 16 miles in length and these trails are much shorter; John Bull and Dishpan Springs trails are only about four miles long, Holcomb Creek is six miles long but there are only four relatively short difficult areas. If you have done the Rubicon then you should be able to do these three trails and vice versa. I have 33s and lockers and I've been able to run all of these trails, except that I have always needed a strap to get through the east Gatekeeper of the John Bull trail.
  9. I had over 200K miles on my OEM radiator and never had any overheating. So when a hairline crack developed in the plastic header, I bought another OEM radiator from the dealer. The price at the dealer was about the same as at O'reilly and it works great.
  10. My Jeep has seriously sloppy steering. But I'm not sure if it is the gearbox or the pump or the linkage. How did George know that it was the pump??
  11. Another trail to consider is White Mountain, 3N17. It's not listed in the Chas. Wells Guide; it is located on the ridge line overlooking the Lucerne Valley between Grapevine Canyon (trail #32) and John Bull (trail #37). Although the Forest Service rates it a black diamond trail, I first ran it when my Jeep was stock and a stock Jeep can still do this trail.
  12. Both George and Diane are in my thoughts and prayers, but as for George, we all know that the best way to get his elbow to heal quickly is to give it exercise by putting a beer in his hand!
  13. Happy B-day!! Six years! (it seems like just yesterday)
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