I had this saturday off so I decided to head up to Shaver Lake to escape the heat and try out my little YJ on the Strawberry lake trail. I debated if I should have just toughed it out with my Jeep and the heat so I could enjoy having it up at Shaver for the weekend, or if I should just take my Saturn so I can enjoy nice cold A/c, and spend less on gas...
Well as you can see by all the crap thats piled on top of the Saturn, the Jeep won the honor of going
Before I left I decided to take the sway bar off since I wasn't sure if it was going to make it even with it disconnected. I left work early around 2 o'clock and started heading up the 5. 105 degrees outside, no top, no A/C, and I was already working in the heat before leaving. It was hot, sticky and I had to stop every 30 minutes to pee because I was drinking so much water. But my little 2.5 was putting along quite well. I was cruising up the 99 at 75 mph no problem, and even maintained that speed going up the Grapevine. As soon as I got up the Shaver Lake, I knew it was worth fighting the heat the whole way up. The weather was perfect and I couldn't wait to get out on the trail on Saturday.
My dad decided to take his CJ7 and his dog Raz up to so we can both go wheeling together. After going over both of our Jeeps to make sure everything will work smoothly, we headed up. Got to the trail head, air'd down our tires and started on our way. My Jeep was conquering the trail like a champ, didn't get stuck once nor did it lose traction at all. My only problem with it was not having power steering makes wheelin a real workout. Needless to say, thats next on my list.
Raz really had a good time too. He's 10 years old now, but you swear he was still a puppy with how playful he was at the lake
The next morning I decided to head back home at 5 in the morning to beat the heat, which was smart on my part because I didn't feel hot the whole way home. Unfortunantly though, as I was slowing down to the street to my house, I started to hear a squeek come from under my Jeep. U-joint is going out. Luckily it waited until I made it home before it started to do anything. But on the bright side, brown santa left me a present while I was gone.
Speaker pods. I'm going to start shopping around for some good speakers and start collecting parts to add power steering to my Jeep.