August 23, 2004I had Sunday off so I decided to change my tranny filter, and was due for an oil change.
While I waited for the oil to drain, I took a look around to see if I had damaged anything during my excursions this past summer. I noticed my stock plastic front skid plate (splash gaurd) was bowing in the middle. I push up on it and a whole bunch of dirt/sand falls on my chest. WT.... SO I pull out the impact gun and take the cover off. Big honking dry chunks of dirt/sand fall out. They were about 3"-4" thick, had to clean off the top of the cross brace as well. It was packed all the way up to the pulleys and oil pan on the engine. Remnants from my 600 acres excursion earlier this past spring, no doubt. I knew it was deep, just didn't realize it was that deep. Nor did I figure it would collect up in there. We never stopped moving while in the mud.
Get the oil change done, and start on the tranny cover. I found a 1 1/2" x 12" stick laying between my exhaust pipe and torsion bar. I might have picked that up while trail riding in Wisconsin last month. Surprised it was still there. It wasn't stuck, it came out easily enough. I have put on almost 3,000 miles since then, not to mention the 9 hour drive home. Now that I think about it, I did drive over a few fallen trees during our trail riding excursion, any one of em could have been the donor.
Good news is that my tranny fluid didn't stink and was a beautiful red in color.