Not much news on the front here... I just got back from 2 weeks on the road. Flew into Boston on a red-eye from Long Beach CA at 5:00 Saturday morning, then immediately turned around, washed the Jeep, and headed to meet up with the North Shore Jeeps crew to convoy down to Go Topless Day in Western MA. I had posed the idea that if people were willing to stay out towards that end of the state for the night, we could run MaBell on Sunday. All in all we had about 15 Jeeps drive down (which was awesome, took up about 1/4 mile of the highway, and nobody tried to get between us... just got waves and honks as they went by)... GTD was good, but I was exhausted so I left after the raffle which I didn't win.
Sunday was great. Early meet-up in Northampton, and then 10 Jeeps headed out to the entrance of MaBell to air down and talk about the trail. We had a huge range from a YJ on 31s and maybe an inch of lift, to a new JK on 33s and probably 2.5" of lift. Some people had never tested their rigs out like that so it was good to get them out and experiencing a trail like that, although I spent most of my time spotting and very little time actually wheeling. I will say though that it's nice to know that there's very little I need spotting on, or to worry about making it over. The Jeep continues to impress me.
There's one great photo here... maybe it'll give me a good run in TJOTM some time. The take home message is that I still need more aggressive tires, and also need to burn my cage in. As you can tell by the photo, my face has an "oh-****" expression, as I yelled at myself for not having the cage in earlier... Here's that pic:
All-in-all it was a great day. Had to use the winch twice to get some guys out of high-centered spots where the rocks just caught the undercarriages. And, for what it's worth, the 2 guys there with MTR/Ks both seemed to have a difficult time getting grip on the rocks, which goes against everything I've read on here. I'm not sure if this was due to their suspension height, clearance underneath, driver inexperience, or what... but I was unimpressed.
Ran into this guy and some friends:
MTR/Ks not cutting it: