Snow Wheelin Round Two – Toyota Buggy Time

Snow Wheelin Toyota Buggies

After heading out snow wheelin last week, it was time to head out with the EMB Buggy and a couple more of the built Toyota’s for another Trail Wheelin trip. A slow morning of us running late, then waiting for another buddy, then forgetting the tow-rig lights on, then having the Jeep inhale its airfilter 1km into the woods it started out as just another one of “those days” in the woods.


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With the Jeep bailing out and heading home we continued up the trail with the EMB and the Toyota LandCruiser aka “The Goblin.” Getting to the first rock section the Goblin quickly ended up on his side after a bit of a slippery bounce. Winching him back over we finished that section of the trail, only to have the Goblin blow a bead haulin ass in the snow with his Mullet Tires. We call them the Mullet because they’re business in the front (36″ Iroks) and party in the back (37″ Boggers). 

We headed up to the top of Hamburger Hill and waited for Chappy and his buddy Nigel, they had text’d me to say they were on the way, but were now out of cell service. All part of the fun of trail wheeling. 

After Dustin finally catches up with us at the top of HH he realizes he forgot to put on his radcap after filling up at the bottom of the trail. Off he goes on foot back down the trail in search of the missing radcap….can you notice a trend. It was going to be a long day in the woods with lots of small issues to plague us! The weather was epic for filming and any day is a good day when you’re on the trail! 

Now that we were a group for 4 built Toyotas it was time to get to some proper wheelin.

With about 6″ of snow on the ground and an odd assortment of tires we started fighting small problems. The Goblin likes to bump into limp mode when the gas stays on too long, a symptom of running a 5spd tranny with a motor/ecu designed for an auto. Zero traction in the snow for the EMB meant full throttle driving everywhere except the obstacles. An afternoon of hard driving and the transmission started to shift harder and harder as the day went on. 

Turbo Time

Dustin had to heat the tires up a little too much on one big climb and later said he had a bad knock coming from his motor. Its been a hard wheeling season on motors with that turbo on it.

With everyone’s rig getting tired we left the biggest climb for last. The big rock waterfall line that we took the Tacoma up the weekend before. None of these rigs had any problems so the guys took a bunch of runs at it. Alex tried coming down the never driven “right line” to try to strip some of the branches off. Hopefully we can clean a bit more stuff off and give a try running it up someday soon.

We took a quick spin into the gravel pit, ended up facing a massive roll to the bottom and decided it was time to call it a night. Perfect time because by then we had lost reverse on the EMB and were stuck in LOW gear 2nd for the drive out. Dustin had his steering line start continually popping off and had to send Nigel for the tow rig with 5km of gravel left to go because he was running low on replacement fluid.


Epic day in the woods with smiles all around, can’t wait to get back our for our next adventure.

Check out the video below for all the days action. I’m sorry the video ended up so long, the footage was just too good to cut too much out!

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