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Unread 07-19-2013, 06:29 AM   #226
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Unread 07-19-2013, 07:23 AM   #227
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Will you be at Rausch with Mike on the 28th?
As Mike stated earlier I wont be able to make it out there. Wife is getting relatively close to giving birth to our child so I dont want to be 3 hours away if that were to happen.

Maybe in the fall though
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Unread 07-19-2013, 02:54 PM   #228
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Tempting, even somewhat local. I think I might hold out for a bling wheel though, kinda tired of the black wheels I have now.

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As Mike stated earlier I wont be able to make it out there. Wife is getting relatively close to giving birth to our child so I dont want to be 3 hours away if that were to happen.

Maybe in the fall though
Congrats man, a fall trip for certain then.
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Unread 07-23-2013, 04:35 PM   #229
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This past weekend I attended the PA Jeep show in York Pennsylvania. This is probably one of the largest Jeep / offroad events on the east coast. I was given the opportunity to park my Jeep next to the KnowWhere2Jeep tent. I did not take many photos as I wandered around for most of the day on Saturday talking to different vendors and what not and Sunday I helped at the KW2J tent. I also ran the obstacle course which was fun too. I should make note that this was my first time ever towing a trailer and had only about 20 minutes of practice before I left for the show. It took me a few times to back the Jeep and trailer into my spot.

Ian Johnson from Xtreme4x4



Jeep cleaned up with my M416 in tow:





A few Grand Cherokees:



Interesting Toyota:

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Unread 07-28-2013, 10:07 AM   #230
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Rausch Creek Recap:

I went wheeling yesterday with Mike and Lori (MO2500), Scott (ScottD16) and Chuck and Rich (Squazz). It was an interesting day for sure at Rausch Creek. I didn't start off on the best foot, after driving home from South Carolina the day before (almost 12 hours) I got up 40 minutes late. Quick shower, packed the cooler and grabbed a couple things and I was out the door. I had "packed" the jeep the night before, (tools and recovery equipment) so I was all set. I stopped at the near by Sheetz and the problems began. I paid for food and gas, but forgot to buy ice. Walked back in and had to pay again. (I also spilled alot of ice trying to fill my cooler too.) Then the TJ was being temperamental when filling up. I couldn't just leave it and wait as it would shut off, so I had to hand fill it very slowly. (Anyone able to comment why it might do this?) Finally back on the road and I came to the realization that I had forgotten the tie down straps for my gear. Great, so I was running late, had to pay multiple times at the register, Jeep wouldn't fill up correctly and I forgot my straps.

Made it to Rausch Creek without any trouble, filled up at the station down the hill and met Mike and Lori in the parking lot. I had never seen Mike's Jeep, the only time I had met him prior was at KOH and he right seated the day with me. His jeep looks badass and works awesome. Maybe a little under powered though. The rest of the crew rolled in and we started over towards the Jotter's Way area. Chuck got stuck in less than 5 minutes into the day and Mike yanked him out quick. We did some basic trails while Mike did some harder obstacles along the way. (Your welcome for that rock stack. ) I decided to take the lead and led us over to a trail called 1c. It is a black level trail (steep hills) with one challenging rock spot. Everyone made it through except Chuck broke his rear window and tore off the roof rack. He split off back to camp to drop off the rack and we continued on. We did a small section of pole line and met back up at trail 5. Trail 5 is mainly known for the hill climb, but there is an actual trail leading up to it. Myself and Mike made it through fairly easily, but Scott lost some skid bolts so we took a few minutes to get him fixed up. I should make note that a few rockwelled buggies past us, we would meet back up with them shortly. After completing the trail we watched the high hp buggies do the hill climb. Mike also did the climb and Scott decided to try it as well. Thats where the day turned for the worse.

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Scott is ok, other than some small cuts and probably feeling pretty sore. We then towed the Jeep back to camp to drop off at Scott's trailer. He then headed home early to avoid the rain and the rest of us continued on for the day.

Our group headed towards the pole line area to watch Chuck get stuck again. We continued to the south property where myself and Mike ran some basic blues (18 and 12) while Chuck and another Jeep went to play in the mud. It took us awhile to find them, and keeping up with Mike is difficult since he has the fancy shocks and suspension. After finally regrouping we did a part of trail 10 and headed back to camp. A lot of damage for the day but a good day of wheeling non the less.

Proof I was actually there: (Pizza Rock)







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Mike racing until he forgot of the giant drop off at 30 miles an hour.



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Unread 09-06-2013, 10:58 PM   #231
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I went wheeling over Labor Day weekend, brought my trailer along to Rausch Creek. It was nice not having to load / unload the entire Jeep before hitting the trails. Temps climbed a little when I got to the mountains, I need to finish that transcooler...

Wheeled both days, We did 1c, 5, yellow jacket, quarry / shoot the moon, snake bite to name a few on Saturday. Sunday we wheeled the new property on some of the blue 30 trails. I wanted to finish the day on the comp course, but lost 4wd, I believe the shifter linkage is bent or damaged, might be time to invest in a cable shifter. Also I need to tear apart the front end, having alot of noise when turning, need to straighten out the Currie tie rod as well.

I have a few repairs I need to make before Big Dogs, I will be attending Fall Crawl as my last trip of the year. Over the winter I have big plans, current setup needs an overhaul.

Anyway here are some pictures and videos from this past weekend:

Shoot the Moon:
















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Unread 09-07-2013, 03:45 PM   #232
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I stopped over at one my of club buddies shop this afternoon. Put the Jeep up on the car lift, linkage is hitting the tub and bent it over time. Straightened out the linkage, I have 4wd again, not perfect but alot better. I will be purchasing the cable shifter for next years wheeling season. I also had one of the nutsets strip out (I had replaced a few of these last year.) I am ready to start looking for a new frame or Artecs kit to be released and have a fresh platform to start on...
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Unread 09-13-2013, 08:52 PM   #233
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Anyone have a suggestion why the rear diff would be puking fluid out of the vent tube?
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Unread 09-15-2013, 07:32 AM   #234
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Anyone have a suggestion why the rear diff would be puking fluid out of the vent tube?
Over filled?
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Unread 09-15-2013, 02:57 PM   #235
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Over filled?
Not to my knowledge, I have only changed the diff fluid once and that was after the gear break in process. I used 4 quarts of synethic (75W-140 IIRC) and haven't had any issues with the 8.8. I thought it might have been a gas leak (filler neck) but it doesn't smell of gasonline and leaves like a greasy stain on the hoses and frame. Then I realized the diff fluid vent line is zip tied up near the filler neck and that must be the problem. But trying to figure out why its leaking?
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Unread 09-15-2013, 03:08 PM   #236
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Do you have a high fill plug on the diff cover? 4 qts seems like a lot, I think that's what I have in my one ton rear. Is it normal to have that in an 8.8 with aftermarket cover? I think my D44 would take around 2.5 qts. and that was a little over filled to keep the pinion lubed.

If its overfilled it can foam up and push fluid up the vent tube at higher speeds.
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Do you have a high fill plug on the diff cover? 4 qts seems like a lot, I think that's what I have in my one ton rear. Is it normal to have that in an 8.8 with aftermarket cover? I think my D44 would take around 2.5 qts. and that was a little over filled to keep the pinion lubed.

If its overfilled it can foam up and push fluid up the vent tube at higher speeds.
The fill plug for the 8.8 is on the backside of the axle near the driveshaft. I do have an aftermarket diff cover (simular to Ruffstuff) but I do not have a fill plug on the diff. IIRC I was told it was between 3-4 quarts to fill.

Here is a quick reference I found:

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/am...-8-8-a-389041/
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Unread 09-15-2013, 04:12 PM   #238
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With the stock cover, 8.8s hold 2 quarts. I put 3 in the last time I changed the fluid for the increased pinion angle and Solid diff cover.
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Unread 09-16-2013, 05:54 PM   #239
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With the stock cover, 8.8s hold 2 quarts. I put 3 in the last time I changed the fluid for the increased pinion angle and Solid diff cover.
Good to know, I will probably do some fluid changes over the winter for maintenance purposes and put a little less in next time. I have bigger issues to worry about (Big Dogs Fall Crawl for example. )
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Unread 09-19-2013, 07:32 PM   #240
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I put a couple hours in tonight working on the Jeep. I didn't do any major mods, cut down a bolt to put over the transmission tunnel (was cooking my leg most of the year), changed some hardware on the belly up skid and did a good once over underneath the Jeep checking bolts, grease, etc. My next trip is not until mid October at Big Dogs but I don't drive the Jeep to often so I'd rather take care of it now instead of last minute prep like normal. I still have some minor things I'd like to take care of (trailer related) but this is my last big project:



Currie tie rod bent again. I will remove the tie rod and use a press to straighten it as best I can, alignment and track bar check.

Bent stock, replaced with JKS, bent JKS, replaced with Currie, bent Currie...Anyone have a suggestion on how to proceed from here? I think I should make my own until I can build up one ton axles and have cross over / hi-steer.
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