Alright...such a busy weekend. I spent all day friday night getting those bumpers finished up (prior post). Barely slept, felt super loopy from chemical fumes and way too much coffee. 4AM, no sleep...yada yada. All this for a big push to go wheeling Sunday. Saturday we ran some errands, got some tools for heading out at Harbor Freight. That place is awesome for certain tools, but some you can't trust...hah.
I highly recommend anyone who's setting up a CB to get an SWR meter. With a little time and adjusting on the antenna, i got it dialed in to 1 SWR. Anything above 3 can be damaging to your radio, and it was so easy to not do.
So the Al's liner had some time to cure, but it was still really soft. I think this was partly because it's been cold here lately, and of course humid. We were extra careful installing the front bumper. It seemed to cling better to the painted surface (front bumper) than the rear bumper which was unpainted. Fail on my part, but i was a bit rushed. I should have hit the rear with a primer and let it dry first.
I'm really pleased with the fitment of the JCR bumper. I'm going to trim my bumper caps and reinstall them for now, but eventually i'll bedline that lower quarter to match the rest of the body:
So sunday rolled around and we decided to hit up Elbe Hills. Preflight checks:
There was a good bit of snow up there, and i found out quickly how crappy MTR's at 24psi are in the snow are. I was sliding everywhere, and it was pretty sketch getting up to the top:
It was sort of embarrassing when we reached the snow park and there was a prius with chains on it that had made it up
So we had to pull over and air down to avoid the Prius showing us up
We had no idea where the trails were, since we left the trail map at home...Doh.
We ran into a small group running open diffs and 31's. They didn't last too long, so we yanked them and continued :
And i got a chance to test out my new JCR rear bumper:
Notice the well prepared "wheeler" in the background with the abercrombie shirt and designer jeans.
He asked me for EVERYTHING, tow strap, shovel, shackles.... Finally i ended up winching him out.
Great day out wheeling. Nothing broke, and since this was a shakedown for my buddies jeep he just got rolling, it was kind of a surprise. By the end of the day the snow was really coming down, and i didn't want to be hitting the highway with those tires. It was skating all over the place til we finally got to dry pavement.
Oh, and it's awesome coming home from a long day to find this at your door a day early
I'll have a detailed writeup on that to follow.