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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 09-26-2008, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
 
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SLC To MOAB in the TERYX!

Last week Some friend and I went on a 350 mile treck to Moab from Cedar Fort (South West from SLC). We called it the Ultimate Adventure! We had 3 Teryx's and a RZR. We didnt know exactly how we were going to get there so that made it more of an adventure. We trecked through 3 small towns and picked up maps on the way, (Gunnison, Castle Dale, Green River). I thought for sure we would get picked up by the Cops in the small towns but they didnt seem to care at all. We stayed on dirt roads and trails most of the way except for in small towns. We left Thursday afternoon and arrived in Gunnison around 9pm. We drove right to the Subway and ate. Then gassed up and headed into the Manti Lasal Mountains.

The Lasal mountains are awesome! I cant wait to go back to explore more trails. We camped 7 guys in one tent. Dont worry it was a big tent. The next morning we headed out through the Lasals and dropped down into the San Rafal Swells range. It was really cool to see the transition from mountains to sandstone cliffs and desert terrain. We stopped in Castle Dale on the way and ate Lunch. When we would tell people what we were doing they thought we were crazy but they were excited to help us get to our next town. It was pretty cool.

After Making it to Green River we knew we could make it to Moab. We found a Pipeline service road that was mostly straight but kind of up an down a lot. It was a fun road you could open it up on. This is where Jeremy trashed his teryx. He was in front of everyone so we didnt see it happen. He said he was hauling around 55+ when he went through a dip and it pitched him sidways then it was over. We figure he flipped about 3 and a half times. Rory was with him when it happend. Jeremy had a headache, and rory was fine. The teryx was trashed as you can see from the pics. We had to change 2 tires and tow him to the closest road, I95 about 15 miles from Moab. We had a friend driving a trailer down with my truck on it so we loaded mine and his up and drove into moab. The other 2 guys made it the rest of the way.

The Machines:

Jeremys Teryx:
Custom lowered seats and cage. His is the one in the back of the truck. Unfortunatley we did not get very many pictures of it before he totaled it. The sad thing is Jeremy and Rory got there cages and roofs powder coated the day we left and jeremys only lasted about a day before it was totaled.

My Teryx:
The Black teryx on the front of the trailer.

Ryan's RZR: Pretty much stock with a nice stereo.

Rory's Teryx: Also has Lowered Seats and Cage with a Ton of Cool Stuff














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post #2 of 30 (permalink) Old 09-26-2008, 02:17 PM
 
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OMG!! what happen to cause the flip? looks like it broke the cage on the lt front mount, guys alright? How did they get the seats so low in the chassie?

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That looks like it really hurt.

I bet that would be one heck of an adventure, and you guys have some good looking rides.

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post #4 of 30 (permalink) Old 09-26-2008, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
 
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The cage broke in almost 4 places and only one break was at a weld. It was made out of 1.5 inch DOM .095 tube. The driver did hit his head and had a big headache but it didnt last that long. Needless to say, His next cage will be a lot stonger!
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Glad everyone was safe, but that was a poorly designed cage. No gussets in the right places for one. Did they piece that tube together on the passenger side? Looks like it to have that clean break in it. If it was pieced it should have been sleeved.
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The cage had no tubes pieced together. It was one continuous tube on each side from mount to mount. It did have a pretty clean break, but it was just from the impact of the roll. The cage could have had more gussets but it did its job. Remember they did not get hurt and they didnt have helmets on. I could sit in it and not hit my head on the cage after the wreck. They probably had a 2000lb rig with riders and gear. It was a very violent high speed roll. They are lucky they didnt get hurt.
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As The Pasenger I Would Have To Say That It Was The Most Violent Roll I Have Ever Been In. But We Made It Out Alive And Hope To Do It Again. Ill Post Some Pic On The Seats Monday
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This is Jennine, Rory's WIFE. He doesn’t know I’m writing this but he will soon find out. I am excited to see you all having so much fun and having such a great time together... BUT, you all need to be careful! It is extremely important you all make it home safely to your families!! JEREMY! Your wife is pregnant and Rory has 3 kids at home!! Maybe next time put more thought into the safety of your trip! This is going to embarrass the shit out of Rory.
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looks like you guys had a (mostly) awesome trip. i wish there was something like that close to me.

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AZ Keep them in line

Way to keep them in line Jannine!! My wife is prego and doesn't like it when I roll my toys either, but as you can see in my avatar she rolls hers and I have to rebuild it. I agree with AzDbBy if you are going use DOM you must use .120 wall for the important bars and "triangulate". You really are lucky one more rollover and the driver would have been seriously hurt. Glad everything turned out O.K. for the rider and driver.
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Glad everyone is OK! Thanks for the pictures. I would rather be out riding and having fun like you guys. Born to ride, Forced to work!
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I wouldn't call that cage doing its job. I guess I have higher standards. IMO a cage doing its job will only slightly tweak it. Definitely not separate. Not even once, let alone 4 times. That is a death trap. Sorry to be so negative, but facts are facts. Like greg said. One more time roll and the outcome could have been death.
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It was not a death trap or else they would be dead. It rolled several times and stopped upside down. I have seen a stock teryx cage crush from one roll so I guess they are all death traps... After we got to moab they did some more stuff to the cage to see how it would hold up and it did suprisingly well. There was still a lot of streangth in the cage over the pasangers heads.

Having said that, It could use more strength and his next cage will be out of .120 wall with more support. I didnt build his cage.
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It was not a death trap or else they would be dead. It rolled several times and stopped upside down. I have seen a stock teryx cage crush from one roll so I guess they are all death traps... After we got to moab they did some more stuff to the cage to see how it would hold up and it did suprisingly well. There was still a lot of streangth in the cage over the pasangers heads.

Having said that, It could use more strength and his next cage will be out of .120 wall with more support. I didnt build his cage.
Just because a mouse trap doesn't catch a mouse everytime doesn't mean it isn't a mouse trap. I wouldn't build it out of 1.5" again.
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Hey Martin,
I have a bunch of stock stuff for sale for cheap, Let me know what you need and i will see what i have to hook you up with. i see you Need a bed, I have a couple, Let me know.
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I wouldn't call that cage doing its job. I guess I have higher standards. IMO a cage doing its job will only slightly tweak it. Definitely not separate. Not even once, let alone 4 times. That is a death trap. Sorry to be so negative, but facts are facts. Like greg said. One more time roll and the outcome could have been death.
This cage did its job, its job was not too look pretty after a violent roll over, it was to allow the passengers to walk away and drive another day. Will we all learn from this yes. I am glad my cage I get next week has a few more bars than that one yes. Will I bitch about weight probably. Will I be happy should I ever do what happened here no. Should I walk away will I be thankfull yes. Look ...Learn....Have fun....
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I'm going with the "Cage Did It's Job".

It didn't end pretty, appearance wise, but the occupants walked away.

No real race (or for that matter automotive) chassis is "Crash Proof" (no damage after impact). In fact the higher level you go the more energy absorbing charasterics are engineered into the chassis.

Bottom line, the cage absorbed a substantial amount of energy and transfered significantly less to the occupants. This simple fact may be the only reason they walked away.

Now let's see how Ya'll did them seats!! and which seats (brand) are in the car with the 4 seater looking cage.
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A cage separating is not what I would call absorbing an impact. I guess good enough is ok. It's your lives. Guess their not that important to you.
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I going with where was your helmets? I learned my leasson a couple weeks ago getting hung up at the top of a steep hill...didn't go over backward, but if I had, BAD NEWS!!! I'm sporting a helmet all the time now...no matter where I ride...BTW that cage could have been better, but did a pretty good job considering the situation. I don't think I'd volunteer to be a test dummy for it though!

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I think the broken cage has been discussed enough. It was a very hard wreck. The cage did break, but they didnt get hurt. It could have been stonger and the next one will be. Yes they were lucky and they are glad. The next one will be stronger. Lesson learned.
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i agree, The whole Point of the thread was to share that they had a kick ass trip, i would love to do something like that sometime. Thanks for sharing pics and story.
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Thanks for sharing your adventure, you about have me convinced to at least try to do it myself!

My helmet cost 150 I think. You guys have people who need you, PLEASE consider wearing a helmet. Lucky once, how long does the luck last.

Yes I have rolled my ATV and Teryx, ATV all the way over, Teryx on side never multiple rolls with the Teryx and I have been lucky myself, mostly that I did not break a leg because I used to stupidly use my leg to stop a side roll on occasion. Now I just roll over and hold on. My wife would KILL me if I got hurt or hurt one of my friends who ride along sometimes.

Great photos and thank you for having the balls to post about it.

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This cage did its job, its job was not too look pretty after a violent roll over, it was to allow the passengers to walk away and drive another day. Will we all learn from this yes. I am glad my cage I get next week has a few more bars than that one yes. Will I bitch about weight probably. Will I be happy should I ever do what happened here no. Should I walk away will I be thankfull yes. Look ...Learn....Have fun....
I would rather have a cage that does not total my frame because it is a lot stronger than the fame I think. For not having helmets on and walking, I am no expert but I think the cage did a very adequate job of protecting the occupants. Just think if he still had the stock cage.

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I agree that it is a great idea to always wear a helmet in anything off road. I guess its a chance we take...

The frame on the teryx actually didnt get bend except for the top radiator mounts. They consider it frame damage so they totaled it. He bought it back for next to nothing and is going to fix it for cheap.

If you roll a teryx on its hood very hard it smashes the radiator mounts and the radiator. I will be building some sort of brace under my hood to protect mine.

Thanks for the coments! It was a great trip!
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I agreee about the trip I am jealous it looked like it was a true adventure among our boring lives sometimes....HMMMMM trip into canada like that, book of matches and dental floss only. what fun.. PS my new cage is braced very well and I wear helmets on hard pak. Sand I go comando....

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Definitely a spectacular trip!!

Can you guys share your GPS route if anyone had a good GPS along?
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