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Date Registered: 08-2011
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Bylong Creek 4x4 Park


Went out to Bylong Creek 4x4 Park a couple of weekends ago. It's a good spot. Pretty much bush camping (drop toilet at one camp only). Thought I'd share some videos and photos of the weekend.

First one is just a sort of 'tour' of the park from the entry gate to the bottom camp.


Saturday we went for a little bit of an explore around the park. Found some tracks through the paddocks around the creek. Including one rocky little decent



This is of the same rocky descent but shot from outside the car. There is a steep gully just before the rocky descent and obviously it was steep enough to grab the rear bumper. Oh well tucked it back in. Nothing a plastic welder won't sort out.




Then found a little creek crossing with a slippery climb out.



This of the same creek crossing but shot from outside the car. You can see about 3/4 the way up this slippery bit I ran out of traction. Just kept the wheels spinning and eventually the braked limited slip diff kicked in and gave me a little bit of extra traction.



On sunday we went exploring and ventured up the Lees Pinch lookout in Goulburn National Park.
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Then we went down to Ferntree Gully back towards Rylstone. This place is basically a rainforest in the middle of country NSW. Pretty amazing. Even saw a lyre bird.
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And of course it goes without saying the camp fire at night time
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My dog decided a sleep on my chair nice and close to the fire would be a good idea. Then one of the ladies decided he needed a beanie. Heres the result
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I can confirm the track to the campsite would be suitable for stock X-Trails. It does get very slippery in the rain though so some A/T tyres would be a good idea. We got in and out towing the camper OK and it rained as we were leaving. If it properly bucketed down we may have struggled. Obviously the 4x4 tracks around the park would not be suitable for standard X-Trails. I could only do probably half the tracks and even doing that gave the bash plate a nudge a couple of times.

Admin Edit: Just fixed the link to the first video.

Last edited by jalalski, 17/Jun/2013, 11:05 am


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Good stuff Todd,
You might need a bit more than a plastic welder to fix that tear.

Might be time to customise a rear steel bar of some sort.


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So when you drove up that bank in the creek crossing video, Todd, and the BLSD kicked in, [before you stalled it emoticon heh] didn't you have ESP off? That damn technology has always confused me and I'm yet to have experienced it in any useful way yet -__-

Looks like you really put the car through its paces coming down that rocky descent.. Pretty sure I heard the bash plate doing it's job more than once, haha, fun! Looks like a good trip all round, mate. Sounds like the missus had a ball too, which always helps!

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Tony you have no idea how much I would love to rip off that plastic bumper for good and replace it with a steel rear bar. It already had holes in it from Baal Bone.

Ian yeah the BSLD does work even with the ESP switched off. On slopes it's only useful if you can get it to kick in before the car slides backwards. As you can see it takes a few seconds to activate. Far too slow in my opinion.

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Instead of forking out for another plastic bar, spend the money at a metal fabricators and get something custom built.
Maybe you can still use the top part of the plastic bar so it still marrys with the car and cut the bottom half off and build a type of slider bar.

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For now I will just be doing a dodgy plastic welder repair I think. I do like the idea of keeping the top part of the bumper and replacing the lower half with steel tube.

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I saw that track you travelled down. Thats getting a bit narly. I'm curious as I have been looking into bash plates for my Exy. Did you have the rear bash plate on also. If so how did you find the tear behaved. Did it catch on the corner near the exhaust.
Would that rear bumper be covered by insurance. I'de expect a bumper to cost at least $1000 as the black plastic is apart of the upper body coloured section.
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I was only out there a month ago. I doubt that track has changed much since then.
I have the full bash plate set. If I didn't I wouldn't have a rear bumper at all. The most recent tear was simply a case of going through a gully that was too narrow and too steep in and out. It would all be covered by my insurance yes. As the park is private property you would need proper off road insurance.

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