Changed my oil this morning, which always gets me far more excited than it should. I'm an oil change junkie. I collected a sample to get my first ever UOA from Blackstone Labs, so that's definitely something to be excited about.
Thinking about going ahead and ordering a Hi Lift jack along with their offroad kit, which is pretty much just a winching kit. I know most people loathe a Hi Lift for winching but I would just need it for light mud. I've used a come-along for this purpose many times and hate it, so I'm thinking this will be a step up. The Hi Lift Extreme + offroad kit+25' of chain is about $200 on Amazon. I know the argument is to put that towards an electric winch and I've certainly thought about it, but by the time I add a cradle and wiring it would take me around $500 and I won't use it enough to justify that cost. I'd rather put that $300 into tires or a front axle, both of which I need.
If you are going that route for mud, do you wheel near trees or something solid? If you are getting stuck in an open area, you may look into a winch anchor or something of that sort. Another option would be to trench in a log perpendicular to your vehicle to pull out from.
Nothing worse than getting stuck with winching equipment yet no where to hook it onto.
Thanks for the tip! I've definitely thought that one through and have looked at PullPals, but drive either trails in the woods or trails in the swamp and there are plenty of thick trees around. But it's still a possibility that I don't want to ignore, so that's another reason I've leaned toward the Hi Lift since I can jack it and put logs under the wheels.
It was about 75% highway, and I stick with the speed limit. I'm also in flat flat Florida and on street tires. I expect to take a little hit when I go to General Grabber AT2s. I used to get 22-23 on the highway and 20-21 on the interstate, but that was at 2" lift and 30" tires. I also save just a little parasitic drag and weight being 2wd, so it really isn't overly expensive to drive this thing. I got scared a couple summers ago when gas shot up and considered getting another Accord, which was a great car, but I only averaged 25mpg on my last one v/s 17 in the WJ. After doing the math I found I would only save $45-50 a month with the driving I do and thankfully I'm at a point where I can afford to pay that to drive what I want to drive.
Ordered my Hi Lift jack, the Hi Lift Off-Road kit, and jack mounts to put it on the roof rack this morning. I've got an Amazon Prime account so I should see that stuff between tomorrow and Wednesday. Gotta check my schedule and see if I can get tires this week. Aside from needing them badly just for daily driving, I think I'm doing some father/son camping next weekend with some friends so I'd really like to be better prepared.
Yesterday my Hi Lift mounts, Hi Lift Offroad Kit (for winching), and Hi Lift repair kit came in the mail. Today the actual jack showed up and my General Grabber AT2s came in. Tomorrow morning they get mounted, and Sunday afternoon I head to the woods with my boy and some other father/son duos for a much needed camping trip!