View Full Version : A Test Run out in Toolangi State Forrest, VIC

Dave Gavin
07-07-13, 08:47 PM
So after doing some repairs to my car on Friday night (replaced axle seal, fixed up axle cir clip etc that had not been fitted properly when Locker was installed, Axle was pulling in and out) and my mate Gav doing a bit of tinkering to his Rangie on saturday it was decided we would have a run up to Toolangi to test out our repairs.......

We met up in Yarra Glen, filled up and discussed my attack plan, alot of Toolangi has the usual seasonal closures so with my list of closed tracks I planned a route for the day.
First up ROCKY TRACK. We pulled in off Melba Hwy and parked up at the pipeline to air down, lock in the hubs, and prepare our GoPro's. Gav had brought his wife and kids along for the day and his wife was keen to get into the drivers seat. Gav however had first honors. Gav had not seen Rocky before so I was trying to explain the different routes to the top and their degrees of difficulty, In the end it was decided I would head up the bottom section first, then we would stop and check out the middle run (The hardest), I had already told Gav I was probably going to go up the left and avoid the middle section, I have done it numerous times before and so far manage to escape any significant damage (just a nice dinted side step and it decided to remove the front mud guard).

The hard run up the middle.

Gav could not leave without giving it ago, especially with the knowledge I had done it before........He thought he would never hear the end of it. So here goes


Everything was going well, Gav was driving through all the holes, picking all the lines, wheels lifting, car flexing, just taking it easy and crawling up as best he could with the loose rocks slipping and sliding under the wheels. A second or so after that last photo was taken there was a loud CRACK and there was no longer any drive on the front wheels, we winched the car several times up trying to get it out of the middle run so we could assess the damage. The winch was working well, I was running around getting warm at last, but then Gav lost steering so the decision was to chock up the back wheels, take up all slack on the winch and jack the car up where it sat. Then the tools came out and so did the CV.........


With the axle removed and all the bits cleaned out Gav could once again steer the car so the winching recomenced. Gav made the decision to push on to the top as he didnt want to go down the hill with only 2 wheel drive, Rocky Track is covered in loose rocks of lots of different sizes and he didnt want to risk sliding on the rocks with only drive to 2 wheels. So a bit more winching, and then a hell of a drive by Gav saw him get to the top, from here we followed the track out to the Spraggs rd, aired up, and headed home........................

07-07-13, 08:53 PM
Very exciting.

Just the sort of thing you want to do on a hill climb.

08-07-13, 02:55 PM
I think a set of Ashcrofts heavy duty CVs and axles are in order or a cheaper way is a set of Land Rover County CVs and Longfiedls heavy duty axles.

Best way to test the strength of something, is to do that track:driver:

Dave Gavin
08-07-13, 05:35 PM
Yep it certainly is a tough track........there are many a broken car part, be it side steps, mud guards, mirrors, etc on the side of the track climbing up Rocky...........
In the book "Bush tracks of Victoria" it does state when climbing Rocky expect some panel damage ;)

08-07-13, 05:40 PM
A front locker would be the best fix seeing those photos show a spinning front wheel.

08-07-13, 05:50 PM
Thanks for adding the report and photos Dave. Love the action you have been able to capture. Got any video?

A front locker would be the best fix seeing those photos show a spinning front wheel.

That was one of the things I noticed in this photo Lep.

It always worries me when people beef up this part of the drive train, as I think of it as a fuse. When you beef it up it just moves the problem to the next weakest area, which might be a bit more expensive to repair.


09-07-13, 07:12 PM
Great pics Dave, Gav a least know how to pull that thing apart with his eyes closed...:laughing:

Touring Rich
09-07-13, 07:21 PM
Nice work Dave, you blokes don't do anything by halves mate!

Thanks for sharing it with us!


Dave Gavin
09-07-13, 09:24 PM
We will have to go for a drive around Toolangi Kev.......alot of tracks closed at the moment though :_( It has a bit of everything, Rocky hill climbs, muddy circuits with MASSIVE bog holes, clay hill climbs.........

10-07-13, 10:22 AM
We will have to go for a drive around Toolangi Kev.......alot of tracks closed at the moment though :_( It has a bit of everything, Rocky hill climbs, muddy circuits with MASSIVE bog holes, clay hill climbs.........

Sounds good to me !!!!

10-07-13, 10:39 AM
Some great photos, pity about the CV.
As Gary said in his post, people beef up one part of the drivetrain but forget the rest putting unnecessary strain on other parts.

Dave Gavin
10-07-13, 06:00 PM
I think he actually had upgraded the front axles already...............but its still a Rangie ;)

11-07-13, 12:22 AM
Time to get a Patrol me thinks. Good photos Dave!

11-07-13, 10:50 AM
Every trips an adventurer with you Dave or should I say a lesson in mechanics :)
photos were great making good use of the new camera mate :thumbsup: would love to see some gopro footage of the tracks you guys tackle

Dave Gavin
11-07-13, 08:30 PM
Here is some GoPro footage of Rocky track when I tackled it earlier in the year ;)