Pt Macdonnell to Murray Mouth Goolwa, and back to 42 mile crossing.

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80lover96gxl

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Friday morning was another overcast affair. Breaky had we break camp by 9am , the goal for the day was to make Wrights bay.

My troublesome arb lockers had been playing up again with the rear still engaged since the recovery yesterday and refusing to disengage:mad:. The short drive thru southend required some wide conering with the rear diff still locked as it was chirping like a bloody hens night party:rolleyes:, i was quite relieved to drive onto the beach and reduce the pressure on the rear diff.

The drive from Southend to Beachport was a nice one with the beach again in great condition, 20 mins later we were off the beach and pulling up at the general store for one , ok two of their tasty meat pies;).

30 mins later, fueled, fed and watered we heap for beachport conservation park and more beaches. They were in good nik which made progress swift. 7 mile drift we stopped for a group photo.
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Soon we would leave the beach and head towards lake George for a play in the huge dune system that borders the southern shore of the lake.
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We had a good hour playing in here before heading to Nora Corina to meet up with Ben and Kylie and their little son Andy


The drive to NC was most pleasant with no dramas on the beaches and before long long we arrive and meet up with Ben and Kylie. Nora Corina is a private coastal village that are good enough to allow access thru, provided people stick to the speed limit and do the right thing we will be fortunate enough to keep access for yrs to come. The beach itself is set in a protected little cove that provides safe harbour for the small lobster fleet along with a great place to take a dip should one be incline.
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After meeting Ben and Kylie we discover that Dons fridge has died and he's decided to pull the pin and head for home which was a bumma as it was great having him along for the trip.

We move on and enter little dip cons park. Erringtons beach is the first you encounter when traveling this direction. It us known as one of the more natoriuos beaches in the SE and has claimed its fair share of 4wds over the years with its soft sand and sketchy entry and exit. This time tho no issues for our group and we're all across in no time.

The worms are getting hungry so a nice spot in the corner of a beach is chosen for lunch.
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We continue on making good time when suddenly we encounter peak hour on the beach with around 20 vehicles all stationary due to one becoming momentary tractionless.
Half hour later we start making forward progress and arrive at Robe. A quick alcohole stop and we head for long beach, which is chokas with people all enjoying the lovely weather. Long beach done and dusted we arrive at Wrights bay around 5.30pm, pay our fees and set up for what would be the coldest night of the trip.
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Swaggie

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My troublesome arb lockers had been playing up again with the rear still engaged since the recovery yesterday and refusing to disengage:mad:. The short drive thru southend required some wide conering with the rear diff still locked as it was chirping like a bloody hens night party:rolleyes:, i was quite relieved to drive onto the beach and reduce the pressure on the rear diff.
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Hi mate
I cannot believe your still having trouble with those lockers, have they been back again to ARB since your last trip ?????, If so I cannot believe they hadn't been able to fix them.If this is the case I'd rip them out and join the, Why Would You Want Too Install An ARB Locker...

Apart from that you looked like you had a great trip..
 

Patrick Albrecht

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What a Awesome Weekend, Thoroughly enjoyed it. Until Next time
 

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80lover96gxl

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Hi mate
I cannot believe your still having trouble with those lockers, have they been back again to ARB since your last trip ?????, If so I cannot believe they hadn't been able to fix them.If this is the case I'd rip them out and join the, Why Would You Want Too Install An ARB Locker...

Apart from that you looked like you had a great trip..
Hi mate, yeah still playing up im afraid.
It goes in tomorrow to have the original centre put back in the rear as im over it big time.
Other than that the trip was great mate.
 

80lover96gxl

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  • Wrights bay is a great camping area, big, open and protection from the prevailing on shore winds. The due was heavy leaving everything out in the open very wet but the suns rays and a slight breeze helped combat the mousture issues.
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The plan for the day was to make the mouth of the Murray river at Goolwa ,around 170klms nth, of which only 15 were on blacktop, just the way i like it;). Dan and his big defender made the call to head for home at this point so we wished him safe travels and thanked him for joining us for the weekend.

The run from Wrights to Kingston was brilliant. After the first few k's we were sitting on 60kmh in high range and cruising. We wizzed around the point at Cape Jaffa and with the morning sun lighting up the coast it really was a joy to be there that morning.
Made a quick pitstop at the Cape Jaffa lighthouse ruins for a looksie.
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Soon we were off the beach and pulling into the servo at Kingston for a fuel stop. My lockers were really shitting me by this stage so pulled the airlines out of the comp, yep full of oil:mad: but did manage to release some air atleast.

Time to move on. 10 mtrs up the road my rear diff let out an almighty bang, the locker had released. Pat behind me said everything looked good with the rear wheels as i was genuinely concerned id snapped an axle:rolleyes:.
Back on the beach , in high range and cruising at 70kmh the beach was billiard table flat , within half hour we pulled up at the Granites. A couple of big granite boulders sitting on the beach make for a good photo point and a great way to break up the drive.
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A f.ew photo's and were off again heading for 42 mile crossing for a lunch break and also where we would be saying goodbye to Alex as he needed to get back to Adelaide.

Lunch done we start the final push to the mouth. The beach was ok with signs of recent errosion but before long it became horrendous with corro's similar to those you would find on an outback track. 30kmh was all we could achieve as staying on the high line was a must as the low line in the area near salt creek is a no go zone with plenty of 4wds lost in this area over the years.

30k's further and the lowline becomes driveable. Into high range, centre diff locked and away we go . Sitting on 70kmh we were eating up the k's easily. Mat and Wayneo were having temp issues so the convoy split with 4 of us stopping to let the 2 patrols cool down abit:p and the other 4 continued on to the mouth. 20 mins later we're on the move and before long catch up with the rest of the group at the mouth or the Murray river.
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80lover96gxl

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Do you think you'll install Elockers instead ???
Well just dropped it off and inquired about the bigger seal thats apparently in the american air locker and the say there is no such thing as a bigger seal.
They think the seal may have been pinched during install stating its rare for this to happen , told em not what id heard and that its a common issue with their locker.
So going to give it one more chance and they are gunna replace the seal but told em if it happens again i want the original centre re fitted and they agreed to that.
Then will look at fitting an E locker for sure mate.
 

MyCrazy80

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Well just dropped it off and inquired about the bigger seal thats apparently in the american air locker and the say there is no such thing as a bigger seal.
They think the seal may have been pinched during install stating its rare for this to happen , told em not what id heard and that its a common issue with their locker.
So going to give it one more chance and they are gunna replace the seal but told em if it happens again i want the original centre re fitted and they agreed to that.
Good luck mate, I hope its gets sorted properly this time.
 

80lover96gxl

Moderator
Yeah its crazy, I've been deterred from the air leakers from too many bad stories, I will go a elocker for the front of the 80 as a Xmas present for my self this year.
Will be money well spent mate.
I didnt actaully buy the air leakers, i earnt them thru work;) as payment so didnt hand over any folding stuff, was just my time and effort to earn them.
If i had my time again i would have opted for a couple of different items rather than leakers but you live and learn i guess mate.
 

Swaggie

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Well just dropped it off and inquired about the bigger seal thats apparently in the american air locker and the say there is no such thing as a bigger seal.
They think the seal may have been pinched during install stating its rare for this to happen , told em not what id heard and that its a common issue with their locker.
So going to give it one more chance and they are gunna replace the seal but told em if it happens again i want the original centre re fitted and they agreed to that.
Then will look at fitting an E locker for sure mate.

Looking forward to your review of the Elocker :p;)
 

80lover96gxl

Moderator
You'd think such a company who's had so many negative reviews with this product would put there heads together and make the install process idiot proof..
Yeah its rediculous hay, after making and fitting them for so long.
Wont be to much longer and they may take the human error element out of it and use robots to fit them precisely.:eek:.
 
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