All week I had the top off the Jeep in preparation for the Rubicon trip. On Saturday before I left, I checked weather.com and found that Sunday afternoon there was supposed to be thunder showers in Tahoe, so I threw the top in the truck (since the Jeep was already on the trailer). Once we got to Tahoe, I pulled the Jeep off the trailer and put the top on. We drove the Jeep around town. We had a great weekend, wondering if I was ever going to need the top… Sunday afternoon, the clouds opened and dumped on us for about an hour. SO GLAD I BROUGHT THE TOP!!! (More about the top later)
Anyway, 4 Jeeps made it (Thanks again for the invite MVigo!!!) Here we are in the staging area.
We ended up leaving the top on the Jeep, because weather.com, again, made us aware that there was supposed to be thunderstorms in the area.
So, You know, I brought two cameras, and hardly took any pics!!! We actually mae great time, since we weren't posing at every rock!
I grabbed the camera at lunch when the kids rousted a grumpy old crawdad from it's resting place…
While we were at lunch a few clouds flew over and decided to leave us like 5 drops of water, only making us all wonder if that was it for the storm, or was the bigger cloud on it's way. WE packed up and started back out.
Here is the place that gave me the most headache last time… Cadillac Hill
It's a wonder what a strong axle and lockers can do for you… oh yeah, and the friends of the Rubicon… or someone… It seems that the spot was too tight (for someone of some importance) so they moved a giant bolder out of that obstacle. Affectively turning a nice crack into a highway.
This was the next obstacle that I wanted vindication on…
Last time I ripped my stock sway bar from it's balljoints by jolting a little too hard. I probably blew up the Dana 30 carrier here too, but who knows. Anyway, I started doing the same thing. My wife got a little freaked out, so I locked the front and rear, put it in low and crawled up the rocks in 1st gear… oh, that's how it is done. Actually, a few times I got cocky and relied to heavily on the lockers to get me through instead of spotting my lines. I even had to winch out once!!!
Just about then, it started raining hard. Lightening and Thunder everywhere. We began a sprint to the staging area. It was actually fun. The rain killed the dust, and it made the trip a lot different!!! But once back at the staging area, being that I was the only one with a top, everyone else split in a hurry to get to a dry place. So not many pics.
As for the 8.8, dang it took some abuse. The lockers worked great!!! I think I have an issue somewhere in my steering, but nothing is broken, so I can't tell the easy way. As a matter of fact, I'm almost bummed nothing is broken, what am I gonna fix now???
Here is a cool pic my wife took towards the beginning of the day of Mvigo…
Nice articulation for a leaf sprung jeep!!! At least it has round headlights!!!