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Unread 04-04-2013, 01:01 PM   #31
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Unread 04-06-2013, 11:03 AM   #32
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Trail Tested

Moab 2013 – Easter Jeep Safari - Trip Report

In a word, the trip was amazing. We (well, mostly I—since my wife Kat came down with a case of vertigo and was having trouble keeping tabs on which direction was up most of the week) had an absolute blast and even managed to make it through the week without breaking anything. Of course there are a few extra squeaks and rattles in the rig now!

We got in to Moab early Sunday and took a quick jaunt up to Arches including the obligatory tourist photo at the entrance and in the park. A few of the pictures were even absent of the Jeep. We did manage to find the back way out of the park along a dirt trail which offered a less beaten route and amazing vistas, but offered very little in excuses to use the 4wd.



Day 1: Monday morning Kat woke with vertigo and decided that bobbing around in the Jeep wasn’t a good idea. I figured it would be fine and that she wouldn’t really be able to tell since for her the world was already bobbing around. So I headed out, sans my mission photographer, and met up with the group for the first run on a brisk 24 degree morning for Fins-n-Things. While the trail was not technically difficult, the climbs and descents were hair-raisingly steep in a few spots. However, the traction on the slick rock was unbelievable and I soon realized that I really need not panic and kick in the front and rear lockers on every knoll. It was a great introduction Moab but alas, little did I know, this was going to quickly seem like a mere bunny-hill.





Day 2: The second day I met up with the group that had signed up for Gold Bar Rim and the day also started out 20 degrees warmer than the prior morning. Admittedly, I signed up for this run based on the cliché picture from the top of the rim that over-looked the Moab valley and I was not disappointed. The trek up the rim was great and offered a bit more technical challenge, a completely different terrain from Fins-n-Things and a couple of holy-@#$% obstacles of which the jeep did surprisingly well through---better than myself for that matter. I continued to be absolutely impressed with what the rig (and my nerves) was capable of.



Day 3: Today’s trail was Flat Iron Mesa. Of all the runs that I went on this one seemed to be the most poorly managed run. We left town at 9:00 am and I didn’t make it back to the RV until about 7:00pm. There were 54 people on this run including the trail officials. So, for each obstacle we had about an hour wait while each person navigated through it. There was even a bone stock 4-door Jeep a couple of guys had rented from the airport (no lockers, 28” tires and no gear at all) which was extremely humorous for the first few miles of rocks and bumps but quickly became tiresome watching and waiting for others to have to drag him off of football sized rocks or over 12” steps on the trail. Throughout the day, there were a couple of good obstacles (luckily with bypasses for the stocker) and I managed to recruit someone to snap a few action photos since my mission photographer was still bobbing and weaving with vertigo back in the RV.







Day 4: I headed out to Hells Revenge with the group. This trail was back on the slickrock and quickly became my favorite trail of the week. I wasn’t as lucky to catch someone to be a surrogate photographer but had a blast anyway. During our lunch break at the top, we even were treated by a few buggies playing in Hell’s Highway Hot Tub and on the Escalator. The biggest challenge for me on this trail was the off-camber Tip-Over Challenge obstacle requiring accurate tire placement and of which I passed (or failed…to tip over-- depending on your perspective). That evening Kat and I went to the Jeep Trade-show/Convention in town to start the shopping list for the next round on mods to the rig!







Day 5: Today I was signed up for another long run: Steel Bender. However, I opted out when Kat declared that the perpetual bobbing of the vertigo was somewhat subdued and instead I took her out to where it all began: Fins-n-Things (this time with my photographer!). It was a nice warm day on the rocks and without having to wait for 30+ other folks to clear each bump, we ran the trail in about half the time. After lunch we wandered through town to buy the obligatory t-shirts to show that we were here and a few odds and ends for Kat’s grandkids (I refuse to acknowledge that I share in that “grand-something-or-another” title).





And thus, the 2-day marathon drive home began as well as the countdown for next year!
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Unread 04-06-2013, 06:32 PM   #33
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Awesome build! I just picked up a 2013 JKUR in Commando as well, gonna have to steal a few of your ideas!

Did that Smittybilt MOLLE panel for the tailgate come with those 2 pouches?
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Unread 04-06-2013, 06:42 PM   #34
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Great Jeep. You have some great pictures as well.
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Unread 04-06-2013, 07:03 PM   #35
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Sounds like you had a blast. I can't wait to get back out there.....May 18!
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Moab Trails I've done: Onion Creek, Long Canyon, Dome Plateau, Top of The World (2), Fins-N-Things (2), Poison Spider,
Golden Spike, Gold Bar Rim, Hell's Revenge (2), Baby Lion Back, Cliff Hanger, Moab Rim, Kane Creek Canyon, Strike Ravine

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Unread 04-06-2013, 10:00 PM   #36
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Awesome build! I just picked up a 2013 JKUR in Commando as well, gonna have to steal a few of your ideas!

Did that Smittybilt MOLLE panel for the tailgate come with those 2 pouches?
Congrats! i love that color. Yeah, it came with the two pouches. In order for the panel to fit well, i removed the tail gate swing stop bracket, pierced a couple extra holes in the cargo panel and reinstalled the bracket on top of the cargo panel. The gate still closes without the bracket binding and the stop works--and it allows the cargo panel to sit flat and snug on the gate. The bags have several straps that weave into the panel straps. It is not the easiest thing to take the pouches off or put on, so I just leave hem on. Conversely, you don't have to worry about them bouncing off!. The olive drab is a perfect match for the Commando Green.

Keep us apprised on your build!

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Unread 04-06-2013, 10:25 PM   #37
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I enjoyed reading your thread ,it is well written with great pics . You have built a nice looking JK Rubi though I am partial to a green Jeep .
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Unread 04-07-2013, 11:56 AM   #38
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Build Summary

Thanks to everyone for all of the encouraging words...

Here is my build summary for "Sarge", my 2013 JK Rubicon--though a Jeep is never truly ever finished. After all, a Jeep is just a down payment on accessories. I am considering this my Stage 1.5 build since it decidedly more than just a budget boost lift and new wheels, but also falls short of a 4" long arm lift and 37+" tires (...someday...). For a daily driver and weekend warrior I think it fits my needs almost perfectly---almost because for about 340 days a year it is perfect but the other 16 I wish I had more lift and bigger tires!

List of components including vendor source, pricing and personal rating:
***** Great item and great quality. Considered an absolute "must-have".
**** Good item and quality. Would definitely buy it again. No complaints.
*** Decent item and/or quality. Impartial but would likely buy it again.
** Poor item and/or quality. Would not likely buy again. Look for alternatives.
* Utter Crap. Regret wasting money on item. Destined for scrap bin.
No rating: Haven't installed or used item.



(A) Suspension:
Lift: AEV 2.5" Dual Sport Lift (Northridge 4x4) $949.95 ****
Axle Gussets: EVO Inner-C (Northridge 4x4) $60.99 ****
Front Sway Bar Links: EVO HD Links (EVO Mfg) $94.99 ***

(B) Wheels and Tires:
Wheels (5qty): Black Rhino "Imperial" 17x9 (Les Schwab) $161.00ea ***
Tires (5qty): Toyo Open Country MT 295/70-17 (Les Schwab) $335.00ea ****

(C) Front Bumper:
Smittybilt XRC MOD Center (4 Wheel Parts) $399.99 **
Smittybilt XRC MOD Bull Bar (4 Wheel Parts) $49.99 **
Smittybilt XRC MOD Mid-Width End Caps (4 Wheel Parts) $99.99 **
Winch: Smittybilt X2O 8000# (4 Wheel Parts) $399.99 **

(D) Rear Bumper and Tire Carrier:
Rear Bumper: Smittbilt SRC Rear Bumper (Quadratec) $499.99 *
Tire Carrier: Teraflex HD Hinge and Tire Carrier (Northridge 4x4) $499.99 ****
Jack Mount: Rugged Ridge Jack Mount - Modified (Quadratec) $94.99 ****

(E) Armor and Protection:
Siders: Ace Rock Sliders (Northridge 4x4) $319.95 *****

(F) Auxiliary Lighting:
Bumper: KC Slimlight 100 Watt Fog Lamp Pack (Quadratec) $176.99 ****
Windshield: KC Slimlight 100 Watt Driving Lamp Pack (Quadratec) $169.99 ****
Lower Bumper: Cree High Power (10w) LED Light (Amazon) $26.00ea **
Switch Mount: Rugged Ridge A-Pillar Switch Pod (Quadratec) $29.99 ****
Windshield Mount: Poison Spider A-Pillar Mount (Northridge 4x4) $29.99 *****

(G) Interior and Misc:
Seat Covers: Coverking Neoprene Seat Covers (Quadratec) $169.99 ****
Tailgate Storage: Smittybuilt G.E.A.R Tailgate Cover (Quadratec) $59.99 *****
Grab handle: Master Craft Roll Bar Handle (4 Wheel Parts) $19.99 ***
Fire Extinguisher Mount: Rugged Ridge (4 Wheel Parts) $26.99 ***
Inclinometer: Rugged Ridge Inclinometer (O'Riley Auto Parts) $29.99 ***
Window Vent: AVS Ventvisor (Quadratec) $44.99 ***
Tuner: AEV Procal (AEV) $149.00 ****
Tow Harness: Cooltech Tow Harness Kit (Cooltech) $119.99 *****

Recovery:
Snatch Block: Smittybilt 18,000# (Quadratec) $24.99 ***
Hi-Lift Jack Accessory: Wheel Lift Adapter (Amazon) $34.09 ***
D-Ring Shackles 7/8 Shackles: (Northridge 4x4) $19.99 ***
Receiver Shackle: (4 Wheel Parts) $29.99 **
Recovery Strap: 30' x 2" Strap (4 Wheel Parts) $39.99 ***
Tree Saver: ARB 16'x3" 26,500# Tree Protector (Quadratec) $47.99 ***

Summer Gear:
Mirrors: Rugged Ridge Mirror Relocation (Quadratec) $59.99 ***
Soft Top: Bestop Trektop NX Frameless Top (Quadratec) $655.99
Trail Doors: Body Armor Tube Trail Door (Quadratec) $289.99
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Unread 04-07-2013, 12:29 PM   #39
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Good post, but good lord that had to take some time to put together.
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Unread 04-17-2013, 11:36 AM   #40
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Unmovable Object verses.... a Jeep

As basic as E=MC^2,

Jp + PR = INPJTR
(Jeep + Pile of Rocks = Insatiable Need to Put Jeep on Top of Rocks)

My wife doesn’t get it, so it must be something genetically linked to the Y chromosome.

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Unread 04-17-2013, 09:18 PM   #41
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Hope I'm not intruding on your topic, just wanted to elaborate on your formula
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Unread 04-18-2013, 08:18 AM   #42
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Hope I'm not intruding on your topic, just wanted to elaborate on your formula
I like that one too!

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Unread 04-25-2013, 12:11 AM   #43
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Hope I'm not intruding on your topic, just wanted to elaborate on your formula



Found another pile of rocks and just had to test your theorem again and wouldn't you know it... it held true. Though I think it might actually need to be fun^2.

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Unread 04-30-2013, 10:06 PM   #44
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Saw you running in the JK contest and creeped over to your thread through your signature link. I like the build you got going on and I'm also running that Teraflex Hinged Mount and LOVE it. I'm jealous you got out to MOAB and hopefully I'll be going soon. Also when I saw that commando green in a photo I absolutely hated it....saw it it person and think it's the best color for the JKs. Also I checked your location and feel better knowing that I most likely haven't given you the "thumbs down" gesture as your EX-Hummer passed me in my Jeep
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Unread 05-01-2013, 12:24 PM   #45
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How do you and Tanimal like the TF mount? I am debating between it, the GenRight carrier, and the ORF carrier.
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