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Gordon's Well Trip Report

Christmas - New Year's Eve 2007

Polaris RZR at Gordon's Well - Testing Paddle Tires
Doing a little UTV dune tire testing with the RZR near Gordon's Well

Gordon's Well

Gordon's Well - Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area  Gordon's Well - Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Are  Gordon's Well - Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area

Gordon's Well Information

Sand Cars

   

     
Jeff & Charlie jumping at Patton Valley

 
Charlie's transaxle swap at Gordon's Well. 

Charlie has a 3.5L Honda with a VW Bus transaxle in his four seat Extreme Performance sand car. About a year and a half ago, Charlie upgraded from an turbo Ford Focus, to a 3.5L Honda. With the extra torque of the 3.5L Honda, Charlie was concerned about the longevity of his transaxle. So after the engine upgrade, Charlie knew his original transaxle would go out at some point, so he had an upgraded transaxle in his 5th wheel that was built by Don's Bus Box in Phoenix.

The inevitable breakdown occurred during our trip. While running up Test Hill, the pinion broke, and he had to be towed back to camp.  It was a good thing that Brett was camped with us since he has a truck built by Colorado Sand Cars that was perfect for the job.

The next morning, it was time to swap transaxles.

     

We took over Jeff's enclosed trailer since he had lots of tools, an air compressor, and most importantly, a winch that we could use to lift the engine out of the car.

 

Charlie's busted transaxle.  You can see the damage to the ring and pinion.

The upgraded VW Bus transaxle had been sitting in Charlie's 5th wheel for about a year.

   

Once the old transaxle was out, we found that the bell housing on the new transaxle was not the same.  With an incredible twist of fate, it just so happened that Don from Don's Bus Box was camped right next to us at Gordon's Well.  Once Charlie explained the situation, Don came right over and helped with the bell housing swap.

 

Putting the finishing touches on the transaxle swap

After we got Charlie's car all back together, it was time for a test drive.

UTVs

Dunes near Gordon's Well

Polaris RZR and Yamaha Rhino playing near Gordon's Well  Polaris RZR and Yamaha Rhino playing near Gordon's Well  Polaris RZR with paddle tires climbing hill at Patton Valley

Sand Drags at Gordon's Well - Dune Buggy Flats

Yamaha Rhino at the Gordon's Well  sand drags  Four Seat Rhino at the Gordon's Well Sand Drags  Two Seat Rhino with Custom Paint

Vendor Row at Dune Buggy Flats

Polaris Ranger at Vendor Row - Dune Buggy Flats  Polaris RZR with paddle tires - Dune Buggy Flats  Polaris RZR with two seat roll cage

Buttercup

ISDRA at the Mexico border - Polaris RZR and Yamaha Rhino  Vendor area at Buttercup - Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area

Glamis

Oldsmobile Hill - Glamis  Long Travel Polaris RZR - Lonestar Racing, TMW Offroad  Yamaha Rhino with two seat roll cage  Yamaha Rhinos at Oldsmobile Hill - Glamis, CA

Long Travel Yamaha Rhino in the sand dunes - Oldsmobile Hill  Yamaha Rhino at Oldsmobile Hills - Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area  Yamaha Rhino at Oldsmobile Hills - Glamis Dunes
Oldsmobile Hill

    Polaris Ranger XP - Glamis Vendor Row  Glamis Vendor Row - Yamaha Rhino

Two Seat Rhino with nice Roll Cage  Four Seat Yamaha Rhino in Glamis with paddle tires  Two Seat Rhino with aftermarket Roll Cage - Glamis  Polaris RZR with paddle tires in Glamis

Four Seat Yamaha Rhino at Vendor Row in Glamis  Yamaha Rhino with Fireball Racing long travel kit, roll cage, bumpers and leg minders  Rhino - Fireball Racing long travel and 4 seat roll cage  Polaris RZR at Vendor Row in Glamis
Vendor Row - Glamis Flats

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New Yamaha Rhino Billet Long Travel Kit  New Yamaha Rhino Billet Long Travel Kit  New Yamaha Rhino Billet Long Travel Kit
New Rhino Long Travel Kit

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