Post your off-road pics.

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  1. P. A. Schilke

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    Hi Dave,

    Okay, another back story. I was managing Ford's off road racing...Baja, out West etc. We decided to get involved with the short course Mid West off road racing. So we brought our West Coast teams back to Crandon Wis off road track. What an awakening. The local teams were coating their racetrucks with WD40. Every team had a gas powered pressure washer. What the Hey???

    Such a different sport. Mud in the tenth degree. West Coast teams did okay but we did not kick butt as anticipated. A real learning experience, so we approached Jeff Dorr and Scott Taylor, Class 4 and Class 8 champions to join the Rough Rider Program. I got a real appreciation for mud...sticky, shoe clogging MUD...Wow!

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    Hi Phil,

    Reminds me of the movie My Cousin Vinny where they're stuck in the red Georgia mud!:D Stuff is so thick it's like molasses!
     
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    @WxNerd2015 Love the pics!

    Question - it looks like you're using a tonneau cover, but also a rack sitting on top of that; I have a hard folding tonneau cover, and am looking for a rack that would fit/work in order to carry lumber, canoes, etc. What kind of a rack do you have, and how does it work/fit? Thx.
     
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    I second this inquiry. I've wanted something similar but haven't found anything that really works the way I want it to.
     
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    The setup that I have on the back is a RetraxOne Tonneau cover (from @PandaMotorworks) with the Yakima Overhaul HD and Yakima 68" OH Bars (From REI and Moosejaw). The full details on my setup and the installation of it are on my build thread here in the following posts:
    The cover is the Polycarbonate cover, they also make an aluminum cover one, but the Polycarb has been great so far! It is retractable, and can hold 200lbs on the cover itself, and the rails of the cover have a t-track system for any t-track accessories, which Yakima has made their Overhaul HD and Outpost HD setups to work with! Ford also sells the same cover, re-branded as the Embark LS, but also works with this setup. The rack is extremely solid and all welded steel. Iv'e hauled up to 4 kayaks on the rack, and I believe the weight rating is up to 500 lbs. though decreases for heavy off road use with weight, still a great setup though and I definitely recommend it! Here are a few other threads on the matter as well:
    Any other questions, let me know! I am happy to answer more!
     
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    Ah, I don't think that this'll work with my hard folding cover, but you have a great setup!
     
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    Hi Folks,

    One of my Ford Off Road Racing House Teams. Los Angeles Sheriffs Deputies racing team RangerLASD Racing.jpg . Deputy Steve Williams, Driver
     
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    This is as close as I’ll get to being “off road” :crackup:

    My wife’s family cemetery use to be surrounded by woods. The property has been sold to a developer that will be putting industrial warehouses on it.
    Sad site to see but at least they are giving us a better access road and 30’ green space around our fenced gravesite.
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    You might need to upgrade to the Fx2 package :LOL:
     
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    I forgot to check on the video, but it got posted to youtube so here it is starring my Ranger doing some casual offroading:
     
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    Borrego springs, CA.
    Tectonic plate trail to Gettysburg trail
    Scratched a skid plate and bottomed out the suspension once but preformed beautifully.

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    What are your thoughts on the retractable covers? I've always had the opinion (not necessarily founded on any facts or data granted) that they would get easily jammed and end up breaking. In the end that's why I steered away from them when I was looking for a cover months ago. I'm starting to regret that thinking as now I can't have a bed rack due to the cover I went with. I'm just always curious what other people think of those types of covers.
     
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    For me, since the bed is already short, I didn't want anything that would reduce the length any further. While my trifold will reduce the length, it is easy to take off if I want/need the entire bed length. Removing a retractable cover is not nearly as easy I don't think. If I had an 8' bed, I think I would LOVE a retractable cover. I certainly like how they look.

    I believe (I think) there are foldable covers that will work with bed racks, although I never really looked into it too much since it wasn't something I was interested in.
     
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    Probably should get some mud tires at least.
     
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    First official off-road adventure! This is right off I-90 East of Seattle almost to Snoqualmie Pass. Damn, having a truck is so awesome!

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