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Unread 03-02-2012, 01:41 PM   #586
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Done anything to the Jeep lately or any wheeling?
Nope, I'm out at school in SLC and the Jeep sits in my driveway at home. Hopefully around May i'll finally get it out to Utah and than be able to get some good wheeling and camping trips in.


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How did the silicon on top of the rockers hold up? About to put some rockers on and debating on using silicon along the back side of them at the very top.
The silicone was okay. I used white and it ended up getting pretty dirty and stained and peeled a little bit. I'm sure that if I had more carefully chosen which silicone and taken more time applying it, it would have worked better.

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awesome build man digging the white and black theme! i noticed when you installed the grill hoop on your savvy bumper you moved your fogs to the mounts on top of the bar. my question is, could fogs still be on the actual bumper when the hoop is installed?
Savvy also sent with the bumper two light mounts that bolt under the tow hooks so that you can still mount the lights on the bumper instead of the hoop.


(Photo taken from savvyoffroad.com)

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Unread 05-06-2012, 11:07 AM   #587
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Update

Going to drive the Jeep from Maryland to Salt Lake City in about two weeks. Right now the plan is to drive to somewhere around Illinois and stop for the first night. Than head over to Boulder, CO for the next night; down to Moab to camp for a night or two; and than up to SLC.

There aren't too many cool places in between MD and CO so we'll probably just stop at a hotel somewhere in the mid-west for the first night. If anyone has any suggestions for places to go or stop at on our way, let me know!

Now begins two weeks of tying up all the loose ends and getting the LJ ready for the haul...
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Unread 05-06-2012, 11:47 AM   #588
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Oh man there's a ton of cool stuff to do in CO. What day(s) are you going to be around there? I will be there in Gunnison and could show you a few cool trails/stuff to do if you would like to stop for a few days in CO and just relax.

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Unread 05-06-2012, 02:26 PM   #589
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You could stop in Attica Indiana and visit Badlands Offroad park.
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Unread 05-06-2012, 02:29 PM   #590
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would LOVE to hit up CO for some wheeling some day..
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Unread 05-06-2012, 04:09 PM   #591
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It is a beautiful drive to Salt Lake City . What route are you taking to St Louis ? I assume your taking I 70 from St Louis across ? And I dont think two days in Moab is going to be enough for you .
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Unread 05-08-2012, 05:30 PM   #592
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Unfortunately, as much as I would love to, I don't have the excess time or money to be able to stop and wheel around Colorado or in the Badlands. I'm not sure what route I'll be taking through St. Louis or whether I'll be going through St. Louis at all. Honestly, I haven't decided where to stop in between Maryland and Colorado or what route to take in between. Open to more suggestions.

Also, If anyone has any suggestions on a trail to run while in Moab let me know. It'll most likely be just my girlfriend and I, and I don't have a winch or any self recovery gear so I'm be looking for a real mellow trail with somewhere to camp along the way.

On another note, I'm starting to tighten up all the loose ends on the Jeep to get ready for the drive. Finally wired my fog lights back up, and am considering re-installing my long range KC's for the drive. Next up is to replace a few control arm flex joints and bushings and have the wallowed-out rear/upper arm bracket fixed. My rear diff and transfer case both appear to be leaking, I need a new tailpipe, and than wire-wheel and coat of paint over the undercarriage. That, and a few other odds and ends should get the LJ running like a champ and ready for 2500 miles on the road.
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Unread 05-08-2012, 05:32 PM   #593
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Buddy ran fins n things in moab by himself with no issues. He has a rubi though, but you shouldn't have an issue, both of your jeeps are similarly built.



Oh and I ****ing hate you for going to moab. Have fun dude!
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Unread 05-08-2012, 08:04 PM   #594
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Fins-N-Things is pretty fun, but is also pretty easy. My wife has driven it in two different H3's. She's also done Hells Revenge, which is much harder, but doable with your rig.

It's never a good idea to go by yourself, but if you had to, I would suggest:

Hells Revenge (avoid all of the side obstacles)
Fins-N-Things
Top of The World
Elephant Hill

All that said, you still may want to hang around and jump in with another group.

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Unread 05-08-2012, 08:07 PM   #595
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Go to city market in the morning once your in moab, there will be other people looking for fellow wheelers.Fins and Things is a great introductory trail. From there you won't be far from hells revenge, or you can cut through sand flats and head up to the LaSalles.
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Unread 05-12-2012, 11:23 AM   #596
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Rebuilt a flex joint and laid a coat of paint along the frame and axles yesterday. Thought it would, but didn't fix the clunk that's been bothering me when aggressively going from drive to reverse or vice versa. Probably going to take it to Appalachian Offroad and have them give her a once-over before I embark.

At this point I think my plan for Moab is to take Shafer trail around and camp at Dead Horse Point for the night. Than take Long Canyon back to Potash and Moab. They're more of dirt roads but should still be a fun drive with some great views.
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Unread 05-12-2012, 12:05 PM   #597
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Fins-N-Things is pretty fun, but is also pretty easy. My wife has driven it in two different H3's. She's also done Hells Revenge, which is much harder, but doable with your rig.

It's never a good idea to go by yourself, but if you had to, I would suggest:

Hells Revenge (avoid all of the side obstacles)
Fins-N-Things
Top of The World
Elephant Hill

All that said, you still may want to hang around and jump in with another group.


This. You definitely should try to get in a group because as I can tell you, if you get stranded out there, you may not see anyone for a day if it's slower. In my case walk 14 miles back to town.
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Unread 05-12-2012, 07:46 PM   #598
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What dates are you going to be there ? If everything works out I might be able to meet up with you .
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Unread 05-18-2012, 09:23 PM   #599
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We've got the trip just about set, so here's the plan:

Sunday (5/20) - 820 mi. - Baltimore to St. Louis
Monday - 880 mi. - St. Louis to Boulder, CO
Tuesday - Hang out around Boulder
Wednesday - 375 mi. - Boulder to Moab; Camp in Sand Flats Recreation Area (dependent upon availability)
Thursday - Drive 'Shafer Trail' to Dead Horse Point for the night.
Friday (5/25) - Take 'Long Canyon' back to Moab; hike Corona Arch; 235 mi. back to SLC

Edit: Just realized that Fins 'N Things is in the Sand Flats area, so I'm considering running the first part of the trail to where it meets with a couple campsites and stopping off there to camp, or meet back up with Sand Flats road to head to another site if those are occupied. Although it makes me nervous running the trail with open diffs and without another rig or a spotter. Thoughts?

On another note, I took the Jeep to "Appalachian Offroad" to have them do a pre-roadtrip check and have some little things diagnosed and fixed. Emergency brake was disconnected, brake shoes and pads were completely shot, front caliper had a bolt sheared off, rear lower arm was extremely loose, fluids were topped off, suspension greased, and brakes were bled. I also rebuilt a flex joint on a rear-upper arm, wire wheeled and painted the frame and axles.

Corona Arch, this past April
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Unread 05-20-2012, 09:52 PM   #600
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Baltimore to St. Louis, took about 14 hours and averaged 14.3 mpg.

Still hearing a loud pop when accelerating from a stop, especially when turning. Any ideas?
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