OK, had a couple more mins for some commentary and pics.... the weather was semi-horrible... 30-40+mph winds most of the weekend, a good rain on Friday night and it never was very warm, even during the day.
Blaine/Kat and I did Clawhammer Thursday Evening... had a couple spots where I got hung up on the Long Arms/Belly, but overall not bad. I did Jackhammer with my club guys on Friday (also just 2 spots that I needed to Winch), and then Turkeyclaw with Blaine/Kat and Dan (dcope17 needs a winch!) in the evening and Saturday morning we did Sunbonnet with only minor scrapes and scratches (thankful I had tub rails...got into the pass side pretty good from a bad line/co-pilot spot). Blew my Steering Stabilizer the first few minutes on Clawhammer and ripped off pass rear fender flare and rubbed the other 3 pretty good. After watching 3 out of 4 rigs go on their sides on Chocolate Thunder in the first 20 feet, I decided to skip it and just watch from the hill.
Overall, pretty happy with the rig and how I did... didn't get hung up on many spots on Jackhammer than the other "bigger" rigs I was with did. Most frustrating thing was still steering...Blaine:"Turn all the way "driver" Wade!" ->Me "That's as far F'in "driver" as I have, Blaine!!!" . The long arms got me hung up in some spots, some of that was just the arms and some was my bad line/driving skills. Need more work on the 'bump' technique's... I tended to hit and let off the gas (mental block I guess). I think I did a little better this year than last (as it's only my 2nd time real "Wheeling" and all). Possible my front springs are starting to sag a bit too...noticed some spring perch droop that wasn't there before...maybe time for a Currie Spring Upgrade!
OK, I'm still looking through the Pics, but wanted to post a couple more...They are out of order I think...
Cool pics, I love the old flat fender. Wanna try Choco thunder again so bad.
The bumping thing is cool, but good rear suspension geometry and tires greatly reduce the need for it. I have been tweeking various things on my little Jeep and it's finally hooking like it should.
On 2 runs through the Doran gatekeeper first time it did not want to bump up the last ledge no matter what I tried, second time after messing with the rear geometry and swapping the old krawlers for some used redlabel krawlers no bumping needed it just walked up the ledge without any wheel spin, just krawling up it the way it should.
My Tinkering and wheeling thread http://tinyurl.com/pbwdm5u
What rear Rancho shocks do you have? A little JV love looks good on your Jeep!
RS999028 Shocks in the Back, 11.25" travel, 2.75" Body. Extended Length 28.125 in, Collapsed Length 16.875 in.
I think Blaine mentioned something about not getting this particular one to work on other rigs, possibly due to my 4.5" RE Springs (that might be more than 4.5"). He also mentioned that my fronts started looking kind of "saggy"... Some we'll eventually need to remedy (maybe I can hold out until I can afford the whole lift kit swap).
... and first layer of dust knocked off, windows off and 1/2 doors on...ready for summer! Went ahead and yanked the driver side flare for now... too lazy to pull the corner armor and tub rails off so I could re-set new nutserts to hold the flare in on the pass side that got ripped out by rock.
... Most frustrating thing was still steering...Blaine:"Turn all the way "driver" Wade!" ->Me "That's as far F'in "driver" as I have, Blaine!!!"...
Wade - Sounds familiar. I left my steering box & pump stock with my rebuild (the project did have a budget). I then did one JV trip w Blaine & gang. I heard that verbal abuse more than a few times, and my arms ached at the end of the day.
The very next upgrade was the PCS assist - expensive but necessary. It works very well; easy to get used too.