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Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 84k5, Aug 1, 2001.

  1. 84k5

    84k5 1/2 ton status

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    I think they rank them from 1-5, but could someone explain what the numbers mean? I want to see if I can do a trail that is rated 3+. Thanks.

    Brian
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  2. denver75k5

    denver75k5 1/2 ton status

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    Rating: 1
    Graded dirt road. Dry, or less than 3" water crossing depth. Gentle grades. 2WD under all conditions except snow. No width problems, two vehicles wide.

    Rating: 2
    Dirt road. Dry, or less than 3" water crossing depth. Some ruts. Slight grades, up to 10 degrees. 2WD under most conditions. Rain or snow may make 4WD necessary. Usually one and a half to two vehicles wide.

    Rating: 3
    Dirt road. Rutted, washes, or gulches. Water crossings up to 6" depth. Passable mud. Grades up to 10 degrees. Small rocks or holes. 4WD recommended but 2WD possible under good conditions and with adequate ground clearance and skill. No width problems for any normal vehicle. Vehicle passing spots frequently available if less than two vehicles wide.

    Rating: 4
    Rutted and/or rocky road. No shelves but rocks to 9". Water crossings usually less than hub deep. Passable mud. Grades moderate, up to 15 degrees. Side hill moderate up to 15 degrees. 4WD under most conditions. No width problems, vehicle passing spots frequently available if less than two vehicles wide.

    Rating: 5
    Rutted and/or rocky road. No shelves. Rocks up to 12" and water crossings up to 12" with possible currents. Passable mud. Moderate grades to 15 degrees. 6" holes. Side hill to 20 degrees. 4WD required. No width problems.

    Rating: 6
    Quite rocky or deep ruts. Rocks to 12" and frequent. Water crossings may exceed hub depth with strong currents. Shelves to 6". Mud may require checking before proceeding. Moderate grades to 20 degrees. Sidehill may approach 30 degrees. 4WD necessary and second attempts may be required with stock vehicles. Caution may be required with wider vehicles.

    Rating: 7
    Rocks frequent and large, 12" and may exceed hub height. Holes frequent or deep (12"). Shelves to 9". Mud 8" deep and may be present on uphill sections. Grades to 25 degrees and sidehill to 30 degrees. Water crossings to 18" and may have strong currents. 1-1/2 vehicles wide. 4WD required. Driver experience helpful.

    Rating: 8
    Heavy rock and/or severe ruts. Rocks exceeding hub height frequent. Shelves to 12". Deep mud or uphill mud sections. Steep grades to 25 degrees and can be loose or rocky. Water crossings may exceed 30" in depth. Side hill to 30 degrees. One vehicle wide. Body damage possible. Experience needed. Vehicle Modifications helpful.

    Rating: 9
    Severe rock over 15". Frequent deep holes over 15". Shelves over 15". Mud bog conditions (long, deep, no form bottom). Over 30" water crossings with strong currents. Steep grades over 30 degrees. Sidehill over 30 degrees. May not be passable by stock vehicles. Experience essential. Body damage, mechanical breakdown, rollover probable. Extreme caution required.

    Rating: 10
    Severe conditions. Extreme caution recommended. Impassable by stock vehicles. Winching required. Trail building necessary. May be impassable. Impassable under anything but ideal conditions. Vehicle damage probable. Personal injury possible. Extreme caution necessary.

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  3. 84k5

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  4. MOABDADC22

    MOABDADC22 1/2 ton status

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    1= All weather road 4 wheel drive not needed
    1 1/2= Graded road 4 wheel drive may be needed in bad weather
    2= 4 wheel drive and extra clearance may be needed at times. No special driving skill is necessary.
    3= Road difficult in terrain, 4 wheel drive, good clearance, low gears needed with some driving skill and dare required
    4= Stock vehicles are in jeopardy. Modifications for improved off road performance and top driving skills needed.
    5= Vehicle damage can be expected. Winch and lockers required.


    This is how we rate trails here. Red Rock Four Wheelers rate trails similar.

    Real four wheelers don't need tools to remove body panels, paint, tail lights..etc.
    P.S. Ask me why it is called "BODY SNATCHER"
     
  5. denver75k5

    denver75k5 1/2 ton status

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    Different club's, states, have different rating system's, this is the one that I think is most popular in Colorado..
    Please correct me if I am wrong..

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