I used my shocks last night! Expo did great on that rescue mission! Turns out by the time I got there, they'd been stuck almost 24 hours and actually spend wed night out there sleeping in the front seats of their YJ using the seat covers for blankets. Yesterday morning they hiked to indian springs and spent the day hanging out at the casino. I went out and where they were stuck they should've been able to just drive right up even being at street pressure and novice drivers. Something didn't look right... I hopped in to drive it up and almost got stuck instantly after airing way down. Ohhhhhhh, there's your problem, no 4wd!!! Anyways, got lined up and pinned it. Made it about 3/4's of the way up before it buried the rear end. Strapped them up and pulled it up the rest of the way without issue. We were back on he pavement just after dark, gassed up, aired up their jeep (I just left mine aired down a bit) and hit the road. Dropped the expo off at my house and then went and grabbed a thank you dinner with them. Was actually a pretty fun evening! The expo blasted down the trails smooth and everything was good...
Not 100% sure but may take my yota out for a beating tonight. Then tomorrow I should be swapping rear u-bolts and spring plates on my expo to get rid of the rock anchors I currently have. Need to do a couple other minor things as well.
Yup, they simply took a wrong turn, ended up down in a wash and couldn't actually climb back out of it. You can't see elevation here but this is actually a really deep wash. They went down in it thinking no problem getting back out of it not knowing their 4wd wasn't working and there was no way they were able to climb back out.
Not knowing how ugly it got going up the hill and this was Wed around dark they figured rather then getting further off the highway and not knowing what was up the wash they decided to stick it out there for the night and figure it out in the day light. You can see the distance they had to walk to get to indian springs...
That's probably a $100K truck if you paid a shop to duplicate it. And you can't really look at it as a ranger... What's Ranger on it? The cab and the frame rails? It could just as easily be ANY truck on the road, they just used a ranger cab and ranger frame rails.
This ranger has been under construction for about 8 years now. They fired it up for the first time ever last week. It's on it's 3rd owner since it started being built and it's well into the 6 figure range and it hasn't even left the shop yet.
The math adds up really easy too... Figure shop rate? $60/hr on the VERY cheap end of the scale. Let's take Jason's truck for instance. I've estimated I had about 800 hours into his truck to get it out testing that first time. That's $48K right there... If you doubt that 800 hours figure, I can remember MANY MANY weekends alone where I put 24 hours in between friday night, sat and sun, not counting every single evening during the week. I had a lot of weeks where I was putting in 40 hours towards the build between evenings and weekends. And that's cheap shop rate and low on the hours compared to what it takes to build something like that white one or this one above. You could easily be into the $75-100K range in labor alone on trucks of that caliber. And then the parts on top of that, Jason's is chump change compared to those trucks. Those rear axles are in the $5K range vs. Jason's $1300 for an idea.