Well my shake down run is complete! Everything went well. I will have to get used to it again as it just feels different. The stretch made a lot of obstacles I've been climbing for years just seem much less steep, which I guess is what you'd expect. The anti rock was nice, mostly because I didn't have to fiddle with the discos. It did seem to control the front axle and keep it from feeling "floppy" under the rig. It seemed quieter up front with less sounds coming from the coils as they quickly go from extended to compressed on the rocks. Over all it felt good. It was very nice not slamming down on the tank! I barely scratched the skid at all. Well.... overall I'm happy. Everything worked well, no issues, no leaks, no weird sounds.
I decided to try a climb called $10 rock that gives the area it's name (I have no idea why). I've pulled up to it but never actually tried it and no one in my group has done it un-assisted either. Well.... I did it! Haha. I pulled up to it not really thinking it was doable, It's about a 10' waterfall, steep and fairly intimidating, something that with stock wheelbase makes you instantly feel like you're going to go over. I pulled up a couple times and it didn't feel to bad. It was just me and son so I didn't want to do anything unsafe, but after a couple feelers I went for it and climbed right up. Felt pretty good to do something I haven't done before after all that work!
Here's some photos and maybe a video or two.
My wheel well cut out came out pretty perfect.
Tate shot in vertical.... dammit, haha. Of course video does no justice once again.
Thanks Kyle, feels good to have it out again. And now I can focus on some smaller things. Getting through the stretch and getting it going is a HUGE weight off my shoulders, since I kind of went a non traditional route and didn't really have a guide to follow.
Originally Posted by aw12345
For climbing you simply cannot beat wheelbase, nice pics and vid
Thanks Art, I think we got a pretty good climber here now... well good for a 35" rig.
Originally Posted by my98tj
Jeep looks great man. I could see it with rokmen rub rails on the back and take the rear flares off.
Thanks man, I like those Rokmen rub rails and have thought about that.
Originally Posted by jermeyg
Jermeyg, what's up buddy, Thanks! Wish I had your hydro assist!
Originally Posted by G Beasley
Nice work Nate !
Thanks Beasley, Can't wait to show you around over here!
A little bit more media from today.... Just got the jeep all dusted off and inspected for anything loose or leaking. All is well. Looking forward to the next couple weeks getting the new front bumper dialed in and the flat skid figured out. Should be some pretty worthwhile mods. Then after that it's Duroflex time.
Definitely makes my life easier having a guide you made from your stretch.
I can't wait to see your variation, I think you can improve on it. I'm a little worried about your tank being the bigger one. You need to get that tank under there for a mock up and see exactly what you're working with.
Originally Posted by AngryTJ
pics looks great Nate glad its working as planned
What skid and front bumper do you currently have?
Right now I have a Rough Country skid, it's not a bad skid at all, it's 1/4 plate and 2" deep. It's served me well. My front bumper is a Smittybilt classic that I cut 4 inches off each end and welded the caps back on, with a separate winch plate..... that's the part I hate.
I think the new bumper's going to look much cleaner, and the flat skid has it's obvious benefits, we'll just see how much of a fight it puts up going in.