Roaming Wyoming 701ing

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by TexasStevo, Aug 17, 2020.

  1. TexasStevo

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    No roaming yet, we thought it would be fun to replace rear bearings and seals on the truck. The struggle is real y’all. We will prevail.


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  2. liv2day

    liv2day Life is about how you handle Plan B Supporter

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    Oh $hit...that sucks @TexasStevo :patch:baldy. Effin' hell man, not what you want to have happen anytime, but definitely not when hauling a trailer. Seeing that makes me wonder how the bearings on my truck are holding up...how many miles on those that failed?

    Fack man, hope that repair doesn't sideline things too long and you're back on the road without too much pain.

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  3. Joe167

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    Oh no, Stevo! Sorry to read about the seal failure. I hope the rest of your trip goes smoother.

    Rock on!

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  4. TexasStevo

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    Not having it....
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    I smelled 90 weight when we got to my nephew’s father in law house last night, Big Mikes, just blamed it on his old 12 valve dodge sitting next to us and drank beer. Came out this morning and there was a small puddle at the left rear tire. Right was starting to go. We were fortunate for it to all go down there. Big Mike is a retired master mechanic gear head guru, and rides a KX 500. Tore it down, will need bearings as well, truck has 124k miles on those bearings/seals. Nappa no have, Advanced no have, Nissan no longer sells the seals and bearings, have to buy entire axle assembly. They had them, $700 a piece. Called ORileys in last ditch effort, and they had it all, $100 with brake pads. Took them to friend of Mikes that has a full shop and let us use his tools, got the bearings off and pressed the new stuff on. 5 hours start to finish.

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    Back in the fight. We don’t take no lip from no bartenders neither.

    Denver in rear view mirror.

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  5. TexasStevo

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    We made it to Lander. A lot later in the day, so we decided to snag a little cabin and we launch in the morning on the bikes. Snagged the below pic at Split Rock along the highway in Wyoming, a cool landmark past adventurers used on the Oregon Trail as well as a Pony Express.

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  6. TexasStevo

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    Got to see a cool thing thing this morning. Right out the gate we passed by The Sinks, cool place where the middle fork of the Popo Agie River flows until it disappears into a large cave, then re-emerges a quarter mile away at The Rise. That flow should happen pretty quick at that distance, but the US Geological Survey done in 1983 showed the dye they put in took 2 hours to pop back up. And there is more water rising out of the other side than went in, as well as warmer.

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    We pulled out of there and the 690 died, dead, nothing. Spent some time troubleshooting, fuses, relays, replaced spark plug, nothing conclusive. Thought we had no spark.

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    We weren’t far from truck so I doubled back. Some guys from a local shop got some intel and helped us troubleshoot further. Stator checked good, spark tested good with a cool tool. Fuel pump does power up, compression 40, that raises eye brows. We gave up, nephew moved all his stuff over to the kawi. Hit the reset button at Lander Brewing Co where his good friend David is the brew master. Now we snagging supplies for camp tonight and heading into the Wind River Range. The show must go on.

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  7. BrockEvan

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    Oh No! Keep us posted!
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  8. liv2day

    liv2day Life is about how you handle Plan B Supporter

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    Damn man, first the bearings and seals on the truck and now this :dirtdog :baldy

    Good thing you brought the back up bikes. Here’s to hoping no more issues, especially out in the field.

    Really cool about that river flow, had never heard about that before.

    Knobby side down guys. And no more issues, other than those self induced :lol2 :lol2
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  9. TexasStevo

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    In it to win it.

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  10. TexasStevo

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    Camp was nice last night, had trouble posting.

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  11. TexasStevo

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  12. TexasStevo

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    Having a hard time getting pics to load. Network isn’t breaking any speed records.

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  13. TexasStevo

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    We found a camp spot, burned some meat and drank something fermented, more than once. We didn’t lay down too many miles yesterday, but when we did it was a pretty rough atv trail.


    This morning we got moving pretty early, restless to see and do I am. KTMCarhart is a slow mover in the morning, here is a pic of him this morning after I woke him up.

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    After he packed up the play pen on little booger, we stepped outside our office and went to work. Mixed terrain, pines, strange rocks. We got on another atv trail as we eased south across the tail end of the Wind River Range.

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    Got into the South Pass area, beautiful country. We come back through this general area in a few days for some more of this scene.
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    Got through that rolling plains look and then into the desert for a lot of miles, southeast trajectory, all is going well. The wild mustangs were really cool.

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    Eventually popped out of BLM and ate some slab just north of Rawlins. Took a break, hit a choke and puke, gassed up and now we are headed back out. It’s not about the towns.
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  14. SwampyDeadHead

    SwampyDeadHead Dirtbagging WNC, NGA and E. Tenn Supporter

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    KLX250 was the spare ?
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  15. TexasStevo

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    Yes, nephew’s spare, normally his wife’s ride. It isn’t breaking any land speed records, but it is still in the fight. Struggled on this hill, the load and the elevation. My 701 cried a little as well, elevation, not his normal self.

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    Saratoga hobo pools are ripping hot this time of year. Was there last weekend.
    Nighttime soak is must.
    Bathroom/showers are closed for Covid.
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  18. Doogie H

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    Hey guys, had the same problem on my ktm 500. The fuel filter inside the tank cracked and doesn't build enough pressure to work the injector. Had spark ,fuel pump worked , was just putting fuel back in tank. Hope this helps
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  19. TexasStevo

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    Yesterday after we ate a late lunch in Rawlins, we hit some dirt as we made our way towards Elk Mountain, last stop with civilization for a while. Couldn’t have a fire in the Medicine Bow NF, so we grabbed some gas station sandwiches and a couple beers for camp. Topped off to be safe and headed south back into the mountains, the Snowy Range. The smoke haze has been a bummer, but still appreciating the views.

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    So we found a decent camping spot along a creek off the beaten path. We were both pretty beat, the days of driving the truck, wrenching on the truck, the 690, crappy sleep and 200 plus miles on the bikes today with the technical we asked for and the heat of the desert....we needed a relaxing evening. The creek was cold, but I still took a quick shower.

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    This morning we got moving and our technical route was pretty gnarly right out the gate, lots of rocks, lots of hill climbs. The KLX wasn’t happy, front fork seals are blown and the rear shock has faded. It was like a 6’3” monster of a man was beating on it with 60lbs of gear at 10,000 feet. It was just like that.

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    We pulled the reins back, got on something a little less challenging. It was perfect, I think it was 103.

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    And we still had some challenges, just the right amount to keep it fun. License plates are overrated, tried to find it, didn’t happen.

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    We stopped at an overlook on the Snowy Range. Then we tried to get into another good track, but it was closed, probably a long time ago. We rerouted and just grabbed some grub in Riverside. Our plan is to head back into the mountains, Sierra Madres I think.

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  20. pzvt

    pzvt Been here awhile Supporter

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    Good positive thinking. You’re going the right way. Enjoy!
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