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Unread 10-05-2013, 09:38 AM   #1
StormChaserTim
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Storm testing the WJ!

Last night, we didn't have a great shot at tornadoes, but I needed to get out in the Grand Cherokee, and see if it would fail, or strand me, or do other undesirable things.

After being put through rain so heavy that the wipers couldn't keep up, and hailed on, and driven for about 200 miles, it did GREAT!

I also got a couple of pictures!




My trust in the WJ builds daily.

Tim

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Unread 10-05-2013, 09:44 AM   #2
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We got a taste of those storms last night, too. The tires I have right now are TERRIBLE in the rain, so I just switched to 4W Full time and carried on... It poured pretty dang hard last night but I just powered through it... Gotta love these things.

I was a little bit excited that my Rezeppa-Rezeppa didn't blow up when I turned the 4 wheel on, since I lifted recently and it is NOT at a good angle. Gotta get that replaced sooner than later...
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Unread 10-05-2013, 09:50 AM   #3
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I actually cut down a dirt road, and with my two wheel drive V8, I sometimes looked like a World of Champions rally driver. Never got stuck! But drifted like a mad man on a few occasions!

Glad to hear setup held up for now!

Tim
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Unread 10-05-2013, 12:48 PM   #4
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After being put through rain so heavy that the wipers couldn't keep up
Sounds like you need to apply some Rain-X. Seriously. Once you use some of that you'll never want to go without it.
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Unread 10-05-2013, 07:48 PM   #5
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Yeah, I haven't had an opportunity to Rain-X it, but this was the sort of rain where Rain-X wouldn't have really done much. We're talking sheets. Turd-floater. Frog-choker.

Fun!

Tim
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Unread 10-05-2013, 09:34 PM   #6
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Dude, seriously, no one should be without RainX. Especially a storm chaser.
Seriously the stuff is amazing. Glad the WJ is performing well, really it would make a great storm chasing vehicle, as long as its reliable. You need to start a 4wd swap build thread!
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Unread 10-05-2013, 09:35 PM   #7
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Oh and btw, the hardest, dark red-pink spot on the radar type of rain is where rainx shines. I promise you. Everyone else will have their wipers on and driving 20 mph while you soldier on, probably without your wipers on.
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Unread 10-05-2013, 10:42 PM   #8
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That last picture is awesome! The wiper looks like a downed spaceship - some kind of shot from a movie.
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