Well I figured it was about time the LJ hit some trails again as it has been far far too long. I planned ahead and found some childcare for the weekend and I drove up to Harlan Kentucky with my dad. I had never been there and wanted to check it out. What I hadn't planned for was 3-4 inches of fresh snow. It made things interesting for sure. Trails that would be nothing were slick as crap. We invented a new sport of jeep sledding as we slid uncontrollably down some hills.
Day one was spent on all green and blue trails. It was uneventful but fun with the snow. The only hiccup was on our way out in the dark I was driving along minding my own business, about to drive in an innocent little waterhole between some trees when BLAM the ice broke and fell into a 31" hole. I had to get strapped out due to the ice wall.
Second day we hit some more blue trails,ran trail 31 and checked out lions den. I plan on trying that when its dry. Then we hit upper grace, part of trail 15, and trail 13 which were all red. They Would have been no problem without the snow.
We stayed at Harlan campground in the cabins which I recommend. The trail map sucked and was not accurate. There are trails and intersections which were not on the map. Also the trails could be better marked.over all I loved it and will be back.
So I've been watching KOH online and felt the need to get something for the Jeep. My driver side rear tail light bit the dust. The brake light works, tail lights don't, changed the bulb and it didn't fix it. So time to upgrade. I looked at several options. I don't think the Savvy lights will work with my Exogate because the hinges are bigger and my stock tail lights barely fit, the Savvy ones look taller. I almost got the ORO litedots, but they aren't DOT approved and I'm not big on the round. So I stuck with the stock look and bought these LED's from quadratec. These lights are more than $100 cheaper than the other options and include the new flasher module.
I couldn't find any info on anyone else using them so I guess I will be the guinea pig and see how they work.
Tail light update: Quadratec has their LED's on back order so I switched to the ORO because I need them sooner than later for state inspection. But of course they are somewhere stuck in transit due to the snow storm.
Here is a so so night picture. My wife got a new camera for christmas I was playing with while letting my dog out. As the storm cleared the moon came out and provided some light.
I walked it, the trees seem to be the issue in making it so tight, and that big arse boulder. When I try it I'm going to ditch my top, doors, and lay down the windshield.
Have you ran any of the harder trails there? I'm definitely looking to try harder things next time I go when its not snowing.
I've done most of the trails there, but Lions Den isn't one of them. I highly suggest you stay away from Lions Den. Body damage is inevitable on that trail, plus it is hard to get out if you get stuck.
So I had aired down the tires on my wife's liberty for better snow performance climbing our driveway. Today I am airing them back up, get to the 4th tire and stop to check air pressure. The compressor stops, then won't start back. Seems like the thing is dead which is pretty frustrating since this is my second compressor since running ARB lockers. This compressor lasted 1 year and 4 months, during that life span it filled up MAYBE 16 tires. Guess I'm going to see if I can get it warrantied and look for a different set up for filling tires.