Going to Hot Springs tomorrow for my club's 'New Guys" trail ride so I removed the hardtop and put the Rampage Softie on. The Wife’s going so I’ll leave the doors on until mid-afternoon. She hates the cold but loves the breeze.
I went back and checked and I've been on trail rides each of the last 5 weekends. The jeep is holding up pretty good. I do have a small leak at my rear pinion and the drivers rear wheel bearing seal has started leaking too. Have to replace the battery so I just hope it can make it through the weekend! This will be the last trial ride for a while; I'm having a little work done on the 18th and won't be able to get out for a trail ride at least until late June or early July. My plans are to 'supervise' my son while he replaces the leaking seals, installs the SYE & driveshaft, installs the Savvy tummy tuck, and maybe even the Savvy gas tank skid. A man can save up a little money when he's laid up for 6 - 8 weeks! The boy won't know what hit him!!!
Thanks Jason, and happy Father's Day to you as well! I've met you and your wife but I don't remember if you have any little ones.
Are you going to HS next week for our club run? I'm not sure if I'm up to it just yet. After putting the new shafts in The Wife and I ran up to Brock Creek. Had to leave after running one little do nothing trail. The neck is still a little weak or, I have a grossly huge head that's put on a lot of weight! ;-)
Eleven weeks after the surgery the Doctor finally cleared me for a little trail riding so The Wife and I headed down to Superlift ORV this morning. The Wife drove Fun Run and then Bilstein's Ravine for the first time. She is really starting to get it and that proves I am one lucky man! I drove a few 3's then the last one for the day was Humdinger, and It was! Half way up it the front locker started loosing air, the compressor started cycling on and off. I was able to limp it off the trail and get it down the Power Wagon trail then we headed home. It was a great day and the neck held up pretty good.
The Wife said she wants to go back to Hot Springs Saturday so when I got home from work took a look at the front locker problem. With just the key turned on and the front locker switch on I could hear air coming out of the brass exhaust port on the front solenoid. So I took the solenoid apart, cleaned it out a little, re-installed it and it was still leaking out of the exhaust port. Took it apart again and this time I took the plunger out and soaked it in WD-40 and removed the o-rings and cleaned it all one more time. That took care of it. Works like champ.
Here's a link to the ARB Solenoid 180103 just in case it could help others. I know its a pretty basic part but this is my first experience with air lockers so more info is always appreciated.
Phil said he had enough Crawlers showing up so I don't think so. We are only going to be there for a few hours plus I'm letting my daughter drive so we're going slow and easy! Last year I let her drive in the 'dark side' across the street at superlift and somehow she got high centered on that ridge heading to Chrysler Canyon. It took about an hour to get the jeep on firm footing and she said she's ready to try again. I'm so proud!
My oldest if home for a few days before he heads of to Afghanistan and on of the 'must do's' was hitting Hot Springs with the family.
Here we are at the end of the day, tired but happy!
We warmed up on Patriots Ravine and Fink Ravine then we headed over to Donnie's Hill and Power Wagon Point then before lunch we ran Fun Run.
Nick's CJ2A can flat out climb. He could go where my LJ couldn't. With the 104 wheelbase I need a little more tire and a flat belly. That dang skid plate stopped me twice and both time the boy's, and The Wife, razzed me pretty good. It's a sad day in the 'Kingdom' when the subjects are mocking the 'King'!
Here's Nick at the top of Fun Run, he made look easy, I on the other hand looked like the court jester! Ain't it cute coming up to that climb!