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With the truck back up and running and time slipping away in our month of testing, we headed to the Los Chi Chis trail in the Los Padre Forest area outside of Atascadero, California. Our testing turned into an impromptu fullsize Chevy run in the rain with five trucks ranging from an early '70s stepside to our '91 Red Sled. We were looking forward to seeing if our IFS barge could keep up with all its elder solid-axle kinfolk, but we quickly found it couldn't. We were barely in the trail 1,000 yards when we started sliding off the track at an off-camber section.

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