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Was up in Tahoe mon. and tuesday of this week for a quick trip with the family. We (I) decided to test the Pilots 4 wheeling prowess with the new Perelli Scorpion S/T's (255/65/16 H rated) on. Also got to use the VTM-4 to the fullest.

Overall I trully impressed with the Pilot 4 wheeling abilities. It suprised the heck out of me how capable it was. It's no Hummer or Jeep Wrangler for that fact but I manage obsticles that almost no other stock 8 seat SUV could. Heres some pics, they're big so they're just links. 600k each.

First pic is the pilot on the Rubicon trail. It was late in the afternoon and our first attempt at 4 bying in the Pilot. Didnt want to get stuck miles from a tow truck on the first outing. This approx. 1/4 mile deep on the trail. (dont pay any attention to my wife sleeping in the passenger seat)

http://home.comcast.net/~myr1isfun/DSCN2824.JPG

Next pics and articulation test at the top of Twin Peaks in south Tahoe.

http://home.comcast.net/~myr1isfun/DSCN2859.JPG
http://home.comcast.net/~myr1isfun/DSCN2856.JPG

On the way back down the trail at twin peaks...We went all the way up...truly very impressive. VTM-4 used extensively, crawling over boulders, tree stumps and washboards.

http://home.comcast.net/~myr1isfun/DSCN2896.JPG

Which way do I go? which way do I go?...you guess.

http://home.comcast.net/~myr1isfun/DSCN2852.JPG

We go up over this rock right after I snap this shot. I told my wife it was a 'shear drop' on the otherside of the rock, prior to backing down like I was going to go around it but actually getting a running start back up the face and over the rock. It was a bad joke, I guess. My arm is sore and my right is deaf now. Oh well ;)

http://home.comcast.net/~myr1isfun/DSCN2891.JPG

More pics in a zip file if anyone is interested.
http://home.comcast.net/~myr1isfun/4wheeling.zip

I plan on seeing how far we can get on the Rubicon trail in the pilot next time. The Rubicon is rated Most difficult and the Twin Peaks Trail that the Pilot conquered is rate more difficult(than average) .
 

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Super first post! Congrats, and welcome. :claphead: :roadtrip:
 

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Great pictures

You have a lot more nerve than I have. I would have freaked out trying that with my pilot. Impressed that if I ever need it, it would do so well. Welcome aboard.
 

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Bravo! Fabulous pics. They could be in a Pilot commercial.
 

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Kimosabe said:
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More pics in a zip file if anyone is interested.
http://home.comcast.net/~myr1isfun/4wheeling.zip
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Kimosabe: I downloaded your 10.8 MB ZIP file and looked through all of your impressive pictures!!! Very, very nice indeed!!! :4: :17:

Here's one in the ZIP file that caught my eye (resized and resampled to fit the image requirements of this site):
 

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I am really impressed that you took your brand new Pilot on that terrain. :eek: Did you add any skid plates? I'd worry about tearing up the muffler, oil pan, or something.
 

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I am really impressed that you took your brand new Pilot on that terrain. :eek: Did you add any skid plates? I'd worry about tearing up the muffler, oil pan, or something.
I was returning home last Saturday from visiting my parents, on a dusty, rutted lane and a half gravel road. Going down a hill I met someone coming up the hill. As I passed them, the right front tire dropped into a rut and slammed the front pretty hard. So far no leaks or visible damage, but the 70 mph vibration is gone.:D
 

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Great Shots. Question... why did you go with the Scorpions rather than the Cross Terrains everyone seems to going with? Just so you know, my wife had a set of Scorpions on her CR-V and she loved them, however, we were quite limited when it came to light truck tires for the CR-V.

With the Pilot we have more choice and up here in Canada the cost difference between the Scorpion and CT is only $16 per tire.
 

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Kimosabe,

Looks like great fun!! How far up the Rubicon did you go?

Those tires look great on there, perfect size.

One of these days I'll have to drive down there, I've been itching to try that trail. Although, I'll probably leave my Pilot at home and take my Wrangler since I'm not quite as bold with the Honda.

Great pictures!

-Pete

p.s. Did that wire for your trailer hitch snag anything? Looks like it was pulled down pretty far.
 

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Great Post. My wife would kill me if i took the Pilot new or old through that tuff terrain. She gets pissed if i go on a gravel road. lol

I am going to have say we are going camping and tell her the only way to the campsite is through this trail (The Rubicon):D
 

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sski said:
Great Shots. Question... why did you go with the Scorpions rather than the Cross Terrains everyone seems to going with? Just so you know, my wife had a set of Scorpions on her CR-V and she loved them, however, we were quite limited when it came to light truck tires for the CR-V.

With the Pilot we have more choice and up here in Canada the cost difference between the Scorpion and CT is only $16 per tire.
One more question: How do you like the tires on hiway? snow? and rain? and road noise? Thanks.
 

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shutrbug said:
I am really impressed that you took your brand new Pilot on that terrain. :eek:
Because I only saw a dealer ad in place of the license plate, I was really hoping you were just taking it for a test drive. :2:

That would have been one for the record books. :4:
 

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Glad you guys liked the pics.

First off here's some pics of the ride in which I pride.

http://home.comcast.net/~vdubs/R1/dscn2333.jpg
http://home.comcast.net/~vdubs/R1/dscn2340.jpg

I really like the Perelli S/T's I had them on my '97 Exploder a while back and really like them, those were no H rated like these. I tend to super cruise on the hwy's all the time so its a liittle more comforting have the higher speed rating. The are far better than the oem tires in all aspects except road noise. It's not bad and it goes away with wear.

I got the tires from Wheel Works/ Tires Plus because they price match with TireRack.com. I got the tires for $115 a piece when retail they are $169.

On the Twin Peaks trail the only place a skid plate touch rock was when I went over the big rock to scare my wife. I went a little too fast and scraped the skid plate in front of the gas tank, she was like

:3: :3: ....good thing that ones there. Actually the skid plates under the car are pretty beefy. The approach and departure angle on the Pilot is pretty good so no bumpers, fenders or even the hitch touched anything.

My name is Kimo so I'm the real Kimosabe.........j/k....... alot of people make that association to help remember my name.
 

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Because I only saw a dealer ad in place of the license plate, I was really hoping you were just taking it for a test drive. :2:

That would have been one for the record books. :4:

Actually.......been there, done that. Just not this time.
 

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Totally impressive pics, Kimosabe. Welcome to the board!

You are helping me get over my fear of taking the Pilot on more challenging terrain than you'd encounter on some of the local road construction in my area!!!
 
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