So that brings us to the JJ.
Luckily, the trip out to Llano was uneventful but I did take a beating from the wind. I was surprised that the brutal crosswind that day wasn't the worst part. It was actually the wind whipping around and hitting me from the back and on the right side of my head/face. It really made me consider getting a windjammer for the door-less trips. So that has been added to my list. i also felt like I was hearing the rear end make more noise than it should have. I wrote it off as my just having the doors off but it got louder over time and by the time I got back, well that's another story for another post.
Once we got out there, we got registered and settled into camp. Tommy, Doug & I had planned on camping but thanks to Todd, Gordon, & Keith for opening up their RVs and letting us crash indoors. The mornings were cold enough to freeze the dew on the ground (and my topless jeep) so a trail cover has also been added to my shopping list.
I couldn't begin to tell you what trails we hit each day but I did learn a few things as it was my first time in the rocks. I was aired down to 10PSI and given that I think the procomps did pretty well compared to the other tires I saw in use. My lockers performed perfectly and the suspension was OK but I did experience a little hopping on climbs now and then. So .. add long arms to the list.
Another thing I found was that my RE drop trackbar and the extended swaybar link mounts I have .... they make friends under articulation. Well, actually, the stud that the quick disconnect slides onto hits the drop trackbar mount. So, for wheeling, I removed the stud as well and all was good.
OK Ok .... here are the pics:
Some highlights included this crack.
Not because of the crack itself, but because I started dumping diff fluid out the top of the rear axle. Apparently the rear hard line bracket bolts did not make their way back into the axle after I had the rear shock tabs moved. Oops.
This little dump and bump was fun. Don't fall backwards.
Well ... they certainly flex ...
Fun little double dump and bump...
On day 2, we had a little accident. one of the AWOL guys did a little 270 roll with a twist. i was amazed at how little damage he had after the roll ... and it put getting a cage at the top of my list of things to do.
The scenery and weather were awesome for both days. if you have never been out to Llano for this event, I highly recommend it.
I also added a few videos to my website if you want to check them out....
Here is a sample... (yes, I am a slow and steady driver)