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post #16 of 189 Old 12-06-2009, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
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November 2009:

Went wheeling yesterday. Everybody was riding solo so we did not get much in the way of pictures or video.

Here's my buddy trying to drive off a miniature cliff. At this point the fender and A-pillar were already dented so we winched him back up:



The easy way down:





A couple videos. The first is my buddy going up one side of a little hill and the second is me going down the back side:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufSDVF4irLk
www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzMe1SByvi4
So far, the Clayton suspension and new axles are working out great!


-Eric

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post #17 of 189 Old 12-06-2009, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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November 2009:

Some footage from a recent wheeling trip.









Videos of my rig on some of the more challenging parts of the trail:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfhv3WrT5RE
www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_YSHfUJ3Ps
www.youtube.com/watch?v=QI5-Ttz0XZc
www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gt2fPJuW7Y
www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJWahAgNoi8
www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxAL4lnp_k8

My buddies XJ going through one of the deeper water holes:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aJ9n8g2GXE

-Eric

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post #18 of 189 Old 12-06-2009, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
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November 2009:

A group of us from Ocean State Jeepsters wheeled Gretchen's on Sunday. Gretchen's is private land that is open to member clubs of the NEA4WD and is about the closest thing to wheeling utopia that I have ever seen. Trails range from "easy" to "extreme". There is an easy/moderate loop trail with difficult and extreme trails branching off. Its a really nice set up for groups with vehicles ranging from nearly stock to highly modified since everybody can pretty much hang together. My friend Brian is an OSJ prospect and brought his new JK out for the club initiation. I convinced him to get some sliders but the vehicle was completely stock otherwise. He was doing OK for a while; the factory limited slips were actually working very nicely, at least until the front differential grenaded! Welcome to the club Brian!! And good thing you are under warranty. On to the pictures:











Somehow managed to get through here without any body damage. At one point there was only 1/4" of clearance between the tree and door handle. That stump is what saved me; once the front tire hit the stump it pushed me away from the tree:



This is one of the extreme sections. Photo is taken from the main trail. You can see places where buggies riding 44's scraped on the rocks:





This is where Brian smoked his front differential:



Took quite a bit of heavy lifting to get him back out to the field in 2wd. In this photo we had just winched him over an obstacle on the "easy" trail and a big rock (visible under passenger door) decided to come along for the ride:




A few videos:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OSW1l6C-Ow
www.youtube.com/watch?v=06ioCSh2ovk
www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBq83L2Hmm4
www.youtube.com/watch?v=jx1_s05CKBg
www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZVWd56-wUA
www.youtube.com/watch?v=JImWa6r__Pc
www.youtube.com/watch?v=__wuM_5MC9M
www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpwkwPJ_pTk
The snow should start flying soon so this could be the last wheeling trip until spring.

-Eric

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post #19 of 189 Old 12-06-2009, 03:11 PM
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nice build man i cant wait to have mine looking similar

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Awesome build! You can send the beer to Reading PA. I'll find it!
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post #21 of 189 Old 12-07-2009, 11:21 PM
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Nice Build, And If I ever make up your way Ill take you up on the beer you owe Me!

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post #22 of 189 Old 12-08-2009, 01:39 AM
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I read the whole thing. I really like your Jeep man.
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post #23 of 189 Old 12-08-2009, 05:04 AM
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I read the whole thing. I really like your Jeep man.
You forgot to mention theBEER

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post #24 of 189 Old 12-08-2009, 04:34 PM
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Good thread! I really like your Jeep, I just love those bumpers. I had read most of it at the OSJ board, but didn't see the updated part about the long arms and axle swaps.

Great videos, too.
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post #25 of 189 Old 12-12-2009, 08:54 AM
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Nice build Eric, I read the whole thing. I'll collect that beer when we go riding. infact, since i'm the only one local to you, i'll collect for everyone who read the whole thread.

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post #26 of 189 Old 12-16-2009, 12:14 AM
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your jeep is amazing it is everything i want to do to mine and saving up to do


and i will take that beer since i read the entire thread

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post #27 of 189 Old 12-16-2009, 08:34 PM
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Hey man, i have a stock 98' grand Cherokee Laredo, straight 6, auto. this is my first car and i have had it fora little over a year had some major problems when i bought it, cracked radiator, front bumper stuff like that. but right now im thinking of christmas presents for my self and you seem like you really no what your doing. first of all your jeep is awesome looking. ok so for me i want some chunkie tires lol but i dont know if im going to need new rims or not i dont no what size or brand i should tell my mom. i dont want her to spend too much money but i want them to last and want them to look good also give my jeep a little lift. thanks i admire your jeep and what you did to it.
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post #28 of 189 Old 12-17-2009, 02:12 PM
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Sweet build man. I'm 19 so I can't drink that beer (legally lol).. Are you selling your sliders? I noticed after the Claytons and new axles were put on the sliders were gone, unless I missed some reading..

1997 ZJ 4.0 - IRO 3.5" Lift. 31x10.5x15 M/Ts - Sold January 2011 :(

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. . . ok so for me i want some chunkie tires lol but i dont know if im going to need new rims or not i dont no what size or brand i should tell my mom. . . .
I'd recommend All-Terrains instead of Mud-Terrains since they will last longer. The BFG AT's are a great mid-priced tire that wear like steel. General Grabber AT2's are also good and the price is right. Sizes 235/75R15 (28.8" tall) or 30x9.5x15 will fit nicely on your stock wheels. The 30's are about as big as you can go without a lift.


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Sweet build man. I'm 19 so I can't drink that beer (legally lol).. Are you selling your sliders? I noticed after the Claytons and new axles were put on the sliders were gone, unless I missed some reading..
I had to remove the sliders because the mounting plates interferred with the control arm brackets. I never really liked sliders anyways because they reduce clearance. My plan is to cut out the rockers and replace them with "built-in" sliders. Probably I will cut the tubing of the Stage II sliders, weld it onto the new rockers, and then sell them as Stage I sliders.

-Eric

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one more question would you recommend i get new wheels like rims will that do anything or not really?
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