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Unread 08-20-2013, 04:53 PM   #106
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Unread 03-11-2014, 11:06 AM   #107
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I love the pic in post #95 with your dog driving :-) .... And you have been driving your xj, looks super fun !
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Unread 03-20-2014, 11:50 AM   #108
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Holy NO UPDATES..

So few months ago I made a trip down to Lorton, VA area to try out Red Cloud Offroad. Basically a local business (10-8 Duty Gear) leases the property from the landowner to provide local offroader's with a safe and legal place to do some trail riding.

http://www.redcloudoffroad.com/

The property is fairly large right off of 95 and the entrance funny enough is at the back of the commuter lot off 95 by Lorton.

Overall, the place is pretty new having only been open since September. It's mostly a lot of mud but has some fun tight and technical aspects and a 75 yard creek which you can drive up and maneuver through!

I went by myself but met some other jeepers and just sorta lined up and ran the trails. I had pretty good time considering it only cost me $40 for the whole day and it was 25 minutes from the house! They are working on bringing in debris and other items to create obstacles and other fun things to plan on the property.

Jeep did really well for what it is. I got stuck once in some pretty nasty slop but for the most part the XJ was outperforming guys on 2/3 more inches of lift and larger "mud" tires. I got a lot of questions throughout the day "How did you get through that part or up that trail?" :thumbup:











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Unread 03-20-2014, 11:51 AM   #109
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MORE!!

. Made the 3 hour drive to Shoe Creek, VA this past Saturday. Overall, a really fun trail with good obstacles, water crossings, and views. I'd say I enjoy it more than Flag Pole in Harrisonburg, VA as there are a few good places to flex and be technical.

Tried my hands a big rock incline and just couldn't hook up. I think if I had let a few more psi out of the tires and approached the rock farther to the right I would have climbed right up. The tricky part was getting the driver rear tire up a foot gap between the ground and the next part up the rock. Put myself in a tight spot and ended up with a cracked driver tail light and a banged up rocker. Time to buy those rock sliders.









The incline..



That big rock on the right is the culprit for all the damage





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Unread 03-20-2014, 11:53 AM   #110
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What say you JF? I need some advice on spending my $$$

I've got a AR pistol I'm selling here tomorrow which should give me ~$700 to throw towards the XJ.

I'm already set on purchasing AJ Offroads Super rock rails. Gonna run me about $360 with shipping. Likely pick up Solid front and rear diff covers with LL's. ($120)

Leaves me about $200 left to play with. I've got a few suspension items I really want to address but wonder where I should be putting my dollars.

Single options I've considered:

$130 - HD-Offroad shackle re-locators should smooth out my rear suspension and gimme DAT FLEX.

$180 - IRO Double Sheer track bar. Self explanatory

$100-$180 - Some sort of proper length LCAs. Maybe go cheaper with Fat Bobs fixed length or splurge for the IRO adjustable.

I'm not intending on putting the heep higher than 3.5". I like the 3" for DD and keeps wear and tear down. I'm building for 33" tall and skinny tires.
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Love the pics :-). I say .. If your going to keep those axles... Save up and get some steering. :-)
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Unread 03-20-2014, 10:15 PM   #112
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Looking good man!

I say shackle relocators, very happy with my HD offroad brackets.
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Unread 03-20-2014, 11:01 PM   #113
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Looking good man!

I say shackle relocators, very happy with my HD offroad brackets.
Yea that's so good call ... Or the lii slider boxes ... Throes are bad
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The IRO adjustables are great if you go with them, super beefy.
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Awesome little XJ you got yourself there. Keep it up
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Unread 03-21-2014, 07:43 AM   #116
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Love the pics :-). I say .. If your going to keep those axles... Save up and get some steering. :-)

I do need to pick up a taillight for the one I busted. I plan on trying to grab a v8 ZJ tie rod to beef it up a little bit. A 1-ton OTK steering will come in handy for the bigger tires for sure. I'd like to upgrade to the durango box and thorw in a spacer and brace too.

I'm going to leave the D30 in there but there rear is a Trak-lock D35.

I plan on grabbing a 29 spline 8.25 so that I can handle the 33x10.5s
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Unread 03-21-2014, 07:49 AM   #117
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Yea that's so good call ... Or the lii slider boxes ... Throes are bad

Vegas/Project1..

Am I going to significantly benefit in ride quality and flex by choosing those relocators over the LCAs? I'm running the OME HD leaf packs which when weighted down ( and I'm thus assuming improve the shackle angle) make for a Cadillac ride.

Vegas, what was the install difficulty? I have a factory hitch and all..
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Yea .. I should go for the shackles
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Vegas/Project1..

Am I going to significantly benefit in ride quality and flex by choosing those relocators over the LCAs? I'm running the OME HD leaf packs which when weighted down ( and I'm thus assuming improve the shackle angle) make for a Cadillac ride.

Vegas, what was the install difficulty? I have a factory hitch and all..
I thought my ride improved greatly, and its not just on road I notice it. I get kicked around a lot less offroad while trying to navigate rocky sections. My rear suspension is now plush even with crappy shocks.

As for flex, it'll let the rear end droop as far as your brakes and shocks will allow. As it stands now, Im running 5.5" longer shocks than factory out back, and while flexing it maxes them out (fully extended) and still has loads more to go down if shocks would allow. Matter of fact, with the shock fully extended on the droop side the shackle angle is still better than it was without the brackets at RIDE HEIGHT lol. Big improvement.

As far as installation, difficulty depends on whether you want the lift version or the no lift version. The standard (lift) version is a bolt-on ordeal I believe. I have the no lift versions, and had to cut the factory shackle box out, and drill 4 holes in the floor to install the top plates. Benefit is I didnt gain any height and nothing hangs down. The shackle is still in the same spot as before, only with options to adjust the angle.
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Unread 03-23-2014, 12:07 PM   #120
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Joo SON OF A *****! lol

Glad I nosed around here some today. Your updates are great!

Pics never do the trails justice. I've not tried that rock at Shoe Creek. Maybe next time. I've seen a built TJ really struggle with it and a near-stock JK walk right up it. Never know where a little XJ will fall. Did a little spring shakedown myself over the weekend and am pretty happy with everything. I need to replace the positive terminal and figure out why my blend doors aren't working but other than that, I'm in pretty good shape. We've got what should be our last round of winter weather coming later this week but as soon as the cold, white stuff stays gone, I'll feel like getting something done.
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