Share more photos. It's beautiful there. I didn't realize Utah had such areas.
And yeah, AT's aren't great in mud. Mine are tolerable, but best in conditions such as you mentioned. MT's are terrible in most driving situations other than mud, deep snow, or rocks. So for a Jeep that's mostly driven on-road I find AT's a worthwhile compromise. Until you're in the mud.
Yeah, the AT's are the right tire for me. I might go for Duratrac's next for a little bit more aggressive tread. The kevlars were great, but not really good for a DD.
Hopefully 311 will post up some addtional pics, it was a perfect day for wheeling. I just had my cell, but he had a really nice camera with him. Utah has great outdoor recreation areas, there are canyons like this all over the northern part of the state. Everyone is more familiar with the look of Southern Utah though, all red rock.
I've only been through Utah in recent years when it was winter, and terrible at that. I stayed in Ogdon, I believe. In any case, I am amazed at the landscape. You're a lucky guy to live in such a place.
Were they Good Year that you're speaking of with the kevlar? I almost got some, but they were going to be over $100 more for the set of 4 vs the Hankook. Hankooks are great so far. They're a fairly soft rubber, so grip is great, yet somehow they aren't wearing much. I have to have 10k on mine now, and while I notice that they're not new, if you wash and clean them up good, it's hard to tell. They're cheaper than BFG AT's by just a bit, too. Discount Tire will give you a good deal. With full warranty and replacement I paid $770, tax and all. Okay, that's a lot, but you pay for good tires. I think it was going to be near $900 for the GY SA's.
So I fabbed up my own light "tabs" today. They aren't really tabs, more like bars. I have u bolts that work with my roof rack that I ordered from Surco, but I didn't want to use their light tabs. They didn't look strong enough, these HID lights are hefty and I don't want them bouncing around when I am offroad.
I was looking for steel, but everything I could find locally was either overkill for strength/weight. All the aluminum stuff I could find was flat stock, not c-channel. I wanted a c of some type to keep the bar rigid. I will post pics of it installed when I get a chance to do that. My new light bars will mount to the roof rack cross bars. then extend out past the front of the rack. They will bolt to the outer edge of the rack, so they will be very strong and should not allow the lights to bounce at all.
After searching for the right metal, my bro suggested railing steel (yes, for the interior of a house). He even had some lying around. It worked perfect.
I notched the bottom of the back side where it rests on the roof rack cross bar, drilled holes for the roof rack outer u-bolt, and a hole for the roof rack light. Then I strung them through some old cable wire to prime and paint them. They are now ready to install.
Yeah i mean with the lights and brackets,just wondering how solid it was up there and if u were getting any kind of vibrations from it,i like the lights you chose,they dont seem to sit over top of basket like some others do but looks like you are gonna get a lot of light shining in cabin unless you keep sunroof closed.You might have to make some kind of shield mount under your lights if it becomes a problem.
I didn't want them to flop around at all, so that is why I made the extended bars to support them. I imagine it would be like looking at the sun with the sunroof open. When we are night wheeling, it will just stay closed so that doesn't become an issue.
The HID's mounted on the roof rack are officially wired up and working! I was expecting them to be bright, but I had no idea how insane they would look. Four lights is probably overkill, they are blinding.
I bought the lights from CrawlerReady, Tyler is great to buy from.
I mounted the switches on the panel above the steering column and below the gauges. It is a great panel to use for switches because there is a ton of empty space behind the panel.
I like how it turned out. The switches are accessible, but not obnoxious.
They make the headlights look like they are parking lamps. I am really impressed with HID lights.