Originally Posted by Anticanman
I've got 27 spline shafts so I can share the spare parts and save space.
When are you going up and do you have room for one more?
Sorry Anticanman, I didn't see this post until I got back yesterday. We went up Saturday. Trail took us about 8 hours to do. We were definitely not ready for it. A couple of guys who didn't read the info we emailed them brought a stock tacoma, and 2 practically stock JK Unlimiteds. Once we got to the 'canyon' they turned back and went to a spot we scouted to camp.
Luckily there was a group of Jeepers that helped us out once we got to the slick rock descent. My buddy with his 4Runner got kinda off the trail and hung up on a boulder, and almost rolled it due to our inexperience. They saved our butts, and then just helped us out throughout the rest of the trail.
Most of what I went through, was simple. IDK if it was because I was last in line, and the toyotas had needed some rock bridges, so it made it easier for me, or the Jeep is just that much easier to get through. I'm not going to make this a Jeep vs. Toyota issue lol.
I took a wrong line leading up to the stair case, and started bouncing and got sideways. That screwed up the rest of getting through the actual stair case part. Apparently it took like 45 minutes to get through, I don't remember most of it. Worst part was no front locker to help with wheel spin, and no power steering (this was my biggest problem)
Lessons learned? Don't hop on a 6 rated trail when you should really be doing 3 rated trails, at least without experienced guides/spotters to help get through.
If those guys wouldn't have been there, we'd have more body damage (at least the toyotas, they put their sliders/bumpers to use) rolled it, or broke something and would have been stuck on the trail.
I need a front locker.
I need to get my worn shackle bushings replaced and put some boomers on and get it to flex a bit better, eventually replacing the springs.
I really 'learned' my rig. I feel like I'm 'one' with the Jeep now.
I learned you don't need to use the clutch as much as you think, in 4 Low.
I learned to pull the IAC sensor and it'll help crawling...too bad I learned this after most of the trail lol.
I need to get power steering.
We had to go back around and back up the first parts of the trail to get to the camp site, we did it at night, and we walked through everything like nothing. This was before the canyon though.
I didn't use it (thought I did) but I grabbed a smittybilt (SRC?) bumper with shackle mounts just in case I needed it.
I can say that I've been through slick rock trail, without needing to be recovered, winched, or towed, with no lockers, only a 4 inch lift, only 31's. (and no body damage!