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Date Registered: 02-2008
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Hi Harish,

As with any forum trek, you'll need to make your own decision about whether you attend with standard rubber. I haven't done all this trek myself, but the parts I did were on my standard tyres and it was fine. The roads are a mixture of rock, sand/gravel and clay. The forecast is still for a chance of a shower (but not heavy), so the grip issue may not be a concern. I would advise that you check the condition and pressure in your spare, as Zhivan's advice was that there was a lot of debris on the tracks and punctures are always a risk. My standard H/T's were not great when it came to punctures (3 in 18 months of off roading). I hope this helps your decision.

Tony...re the GPS coords: the Putty turn off is 91km from Windsor and 81km south of Singleton. GPS: S:32 58.849 E:150 41.168.

For everyone attending, latest Met Bureau advice is for chance of showers or storms on Friday and Saturday right across the region, but little precipitation is likely due to a dry atmosphere. Fingers crossed. emoticon

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Date Registered: 06-2008
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Dave
Thanks for the GPS coords, if it the only major turn off then it won't be hard to find.

Harish
My Exy is still running Factory tyres as well if that makes you feel better.
Tony




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Date Registered: 06-2008
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Thanks Dave for the advice and that's exactly what I was after, can't wait for this saturday emoticon

Hi Tony, yes that helps heap and makes me feel better emoticon!

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Date Registered: 03-2008
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quote:

Zipidee wrote:
I would advise that you check the condition and pressure in your spare, as Zhivan's advice was that there was a lot of debris on the tracks and punctures are always a risk. My standard H/T's were not great when it came to punctures (3 in 18 months of off roading). I hope this helps your decision.



Correct, when riding the trail bike I usually cop a hit or two on the boots from rocks and sticks. On this track it was fairly constant and I had to stop a couple of times to remove thick sticks from the chain guard and frame. My mate that I rode with mentioned that he noticed the same thing.

It may be worthwhile checking from time to time that you are not dragging the bush under your car (or the car in front isn't either).




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Hi Dave,

I was wondering if there's space for 1 more at the weekend. I've only had the X-Trail for 3 months and it's my first 4WD so still very much a novice but have been on some of the other Boiling Billy treks around the Watagans and Yengo and have thoroughly enjoyed them. It would be great to meet up with some more X-Trail owners and see what the car can do.

I'm still on standard tyres but I've just bought the bash plate from Jalal this week which will be fitted before the weekend. Would I need to have any specific equipment with me as I don't have any recovery gear yet?

Cheers,

Paul

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Hi Guys,

I don't mean to scare anyone off, but ALL novices need to know that the forecast is rain on the day and it'll probably be the case until late Sunday.

As such, please read what we have previously stated in this regard HERE and weigh-up your options before committing yourself to be part of this trip. This note applies even more to those of you with standard H/T tyres!

I do NOT believe it is safe to be on this track with H/T tyres in rainy conditions.

I am sorry to disappoint some of you and I do realize that it's hard to pass on such a great company of people, but as we said previously, it is better to be safe than sorry and we can organize a bigger team to hit this track in better weather conditions later on.

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Hi Guys,

To keep you informed, the forecast for the northern Central Tablelands (where we are going) is for the chance of an afternoon shower or storm on Saturday. It will be very hot up there tomorrow and so the tracks will be dry and OK for H/T rubber. The weather bureau say the bulk of any rain to be west of the ranges until Sunday, so we might be OK. BUT, if it does rain, the showers may be short and sharp and getting stuck on wet clay with standard rubber does require some experience. Take it from someone who experienced it in the Watagans on H/Ts....scary stuff.

For those of you who still feel confident to attend, (having paid close attention to Jalal's advice above), I am still a definate starter unless the forecast changes dramatically. If this occurs, I will arrange a link up tomorrow night. Otherwise...it's still on. Who is with me?

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Hi Dave,
we are still in, will give you a call friday evening. emoticon

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Dave
Those GPS co ords don't work on my GPS, is it in 'degrees, minutes, seconds?
One other thing, if we get more rain, as Jalal said, it could be quite dangerous. I'm very experienced in the dirt and even with A/T or Mud tyres on anything can happen. I will make a decision tomorow night.
Even if the trip is delayed a couple of weeks, a safe trip is often more enjoyable than an expensive one!
Will talk tomorow

Tony

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Paul wrote
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I was wondering if there's space for 1 more at the weekend. I've only had the X-Trail for 3 months and it's my first 4WD so still very much a novice but have been on some of the other Boiling Billy treks around the Watagans and Yengo and have thoroughly enjoyed them. It would be great to meet up with some more X-Trail owners and see what the car can do.

I'm still on standard tyres but I've just bought the bash plate from Jalal this week which will be fitted before the weekend. Would I need to have any specific equipment with me as I don't have any recovery gear yet?



Hi Paul,
good to have another Northern Beaches geezer join the forum. emoticon
Bare in mind this trip has not been completed by an xtrail (that we know of ) & please read the forum trip rules & read the posts Jalal has linked to your post, then you can decide if you would like to join us.
Don't forget to check this thread @ 9pm tomorrow emoticon

Happy Haloween


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