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Hello All,
I am looking to compile a contact list of members that would be interested in taking their Elements on off-roading trips. These could be your average OHV (Off-Highway Vehicle Park) or the Beach (Pismo) or Trails. Trails could be fun, exploritory trips to Ghost Towns and the like. I am located in Northern California, but I'd like to here from any of those in CA that'd be interested in such trips. I will add you as a contact list, and e-mail as trips are planned (Also, I am sure they'd show up on here as well)... Looking foward to hearing/meeting all of you!
 

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We went ahead and made this into a more formal Yahoo group. You can join below. or log into Yahoo and search for In_Its_Element · California Honda Element Off-Highway Adventurers.

The concept of this group is to meet other members and plan off-highway trips utilizing our versatile Honda Elements. These could be your average OHV (Off-Highway Vehicle Park) or the Beach (Pismo) or Trails. Trails could be fun, exploratory trips to Ghost Towns and the like. Anyone with a Honda Element, regardless of 2wd or 4wd is welcome to join. However some trips may only allow participation by those who own 4wd versions. This is also an open forum on the discussion of Element related materials beneficial to the off-highway experience.

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I live in So Cal and my weekends are a bit limited, but Im curous about joining such a group and doing a little adventuring.

I dont quite know how well the E will stand up to the "Elements"

Any input?
 

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Do not doubt for a second the ability of the Element. If anything will limit the ability of the Element, it is 95% Driver. And that includes being smart enough to learn the limitations of the other 5%. 8)
Things to becareful of while off-road.

Ground Clearance.
Remember it has less ground clearance on the driverside, another words, place large objects on the passengerside if able.

Torque.
The engine does not produce much torque, however it produces the most torque while using both overhead cams. THe I-VETC opperates as a Single Over Head Cam engine, up until a certain RPM range is met, then the Dual Over Head Cams engage... The means, the higher the RPM (WITHOUT REDLINING!!!) will likely result in more torque. You WILL KNOW when the DOHC's dis-engage. Use your lowergears and turn off your over-drive.

Real-Time four wheeldrive.
Limitation, yes it can be. Keep in mind, you don't want to 'try' to get stuck. SOmetimes the sytem will not engage quickly enough to save you. However in most cases, with light off-highway experiance you will learn how this system works, and how to keep your e moving. you want Inertia when going through mud and or up hills. You do NOT want inertia while going down hills. This system WILL SHUT OFF when it gets too hot, keep that in mind when looking at steep hill climbs and or muddy terrain.

Ok, any questions, feel free to ask, and I'll try to help, but keep these ideas in check while off-highway, and you more likely to make it back to the pavement. There are things that can be done to make the vehicle more functioning off-highway, but it is not NEEDED per se...

And to answer your question, get involved, there are mnay things do-able down in the LA area and or outlying areas. One place is Hungry Valley SVRA of which I'd like to make a trip too in the E. It is located near Gorman CA (Between LA and Bakersfield off of I-5)...
 

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I'm up in Redding, but spend a lot of time at Whiskeytown / French Gulch and on up into Yreka - all with plenty of opportunity for off road expeditions

One other consideration is "taking it easy" - having a unibody vehicle rather than a more sturdy truck-framed vehicle means that being overly aggressive can cause serious problems!
 
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