Pics from Superstition, Thanksgiving weekend
"Runt", on the top of "Lost Dutchman Trail"
Wishbone 2 - Locked up and handling business
Wishbone 3, Daughter riding shotgun
End of Wishbone 3
This last picture realy started bothering me... My daughter has almost ZERO real protection. I'm no safty natzi and I don't worry much about me getting hurt (I ride harleys on the SoCal freeways LOL) But when it comes to HER... Anyhow.
I need to find a company that makes a weld in cage that will fit with the Rampage frameless soft top. All the ones I've seen wont work because the rear spreader bar sticks out past the stock sport bar location. If I can't find a worthy cage I may buy a weld in sport cage and fab the rear up myself. I also want 4 points, which will make getting in and out a real PITA for my daughter when she's in the back...
The good news is, My jeep rocked the panties off those trails!! I was following a rock buggy on 40s with rear stear, and a super built TJ on 40s. I was 3rd in line and we came to a waterfal that I was able to lock down and crawl up, and 5 of the 6 jeeps (all locked, all rolling on 35s or larger) had to winch up. There's been a ton of ribbing sence then.
I also wanted to quickly plug 2 shops that have realy helped me out.
Brothers 4x4 in Monrovia built my axles, (for the new to the thread guys---> HP D44 front, alloy shafts, ARB lockers 5:13 gears, JJs, and a D44 rear with 35 spline alloy axles, ARB, 5:13 gears) they performed flawlessly. Gear ratio, Lockers, the way they ran the airlines to keep them out of the rocks... everything worked perfect and I couldn't be happier.
Also, The Auto Dr in Temecula.
The owner Dave realy knows his jeep stuff and has helped me out many many times. from advice to instals of various aftermarket goodies and rebuilt OEM stuff including my HD trasfercase. Dave knows his stuff.
All in all, I'm very happy with how my shorty jeep handles. I'm going to have to stay off the real rough stuff and be careful in the mild stuff till I get the cage issues figured out.
I'm replacing the last of the stock control arms today, installing 4WP adjustable uppers in the front, then sending it to an alignment shop to fix the caster angle and align it.
I pieced together my CO2 tank, got a tank from a buddy and an airline and fittings from work. Found a mount on Craigslist for $20 and bought a 150psi regulator from Airgas for $40. It doesn't have enough flow rate to run an impact gun but will air up tires just fine, saving my ARB pump for locker duity.
My buddy, a cabinet maker is starting on my custom box for the rear this weekend. We've decided to sink a 6x9 in the front of it. Should be pretty cool.
Here's my list (ever changing)
Highline front fenders and cut the rear
My jeep club (Inland Jeep Freeks 4x4 Jeep Club
) is in a local Christmas parade tonight, so I have a 750w inverter to run lights and an inflatable 'Tigger' Will get pics and post them soon.