Had a great day wheeling on Saturday! Tried a couple new obstacles & had a couple sketchy moments! Jeep ran & performed great! Had some issue with the flat skid. It's straight, but the driver side bolts backed out. My front nutsert was stripped, that bolts long gone, so not sure if that contributed to the other two backing out, or if it was from excessive flexing of the skid. Anyway, we have plans already to beef up the support members. The new bumper did great. It cleared everything except the more or less vertical walls. Wacked it a few times & it held up good.
When we were pulling out of the badlands I had a bad squeak coming from my left rear. Sounded just like a rock stuck in the brakes, so we headed to the gas station to fill up. Did it the whole way there. Couldn't find anything wrong, so chalked it up to a rock again. Decided to make the 15 mile drive down the two lane to I-74 & if it was still squealing, to pull over & figure it out. Well, it did. We pulled over & looked over everything real well & still couldn't figure it out, so decided to continue with a lookout close behind incase anything exploded. Was fine for the most part & would start squealing after bumps. Well, we rounded the curve from I-74 it 465 & this thing let out a ****ing screech like satan's whores! Keep in mind I am now 70 miles or more from the badlands. I whipped it over & started looking over the left rear again & low & behold there is this tiny pebble, about the size of an erase head sitting in the bottom of the dust shield. I dig it out & it has one side that is nicely polished. How the hell that little thing made the 70+ mile trip without getting kicked out or worn completely down I'll never know. Was fine & never made a peep the rest of the way home.
Anyway, on to some pics...
This was the second sketchy spot. To exit this you need to have your left rear on the rock to my left & your left front way up on the hill on the left & it's pretty easy to exit. Well, I was too far right & not on the big rock, my rig jumped forward pushing my left front up that hill while my left rear was in a big hole behind the rock on the left. It didn't feel that bad to me, not as bad as the one below, but everyone else **** a brick.
This was my first sketchy moment of the day. The front end was REEEEEALLY light here. If I rolled back any more my passenger rear was going in a hole & would have indefinitely resulted in a back right roll down a nice hill.