Just a quick note of thanks to the guys who corraled the herd on Sunday: Mike, James, Jerry, Colin, Jason, Rod, Dave, (hope I haven't left anybody out but prolly have). I see what all the talk is about - you really do have a great group.
I've been riding dirt bikes since my teens and have taken my Jeep off-road a few times solo, but yesterday was my first time doing the "group thing". Had a blast, but it was more than just the trails and obstacles. It's a lot more fun doing something you enjoy with like-minded people, and you guys are a good bunch to hang with. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
Also, I learned some new things about my Jeep:
1) After-market shift knobs can come off in your hand at the wrong time (set screws suck). Go fully threaded, or keep the boring stock knob.
2) Good tires make all the difference. I owe a big debt of gratitude to Jeep Forum on this one, because I was able to consider the feedback of a LOT of Jeep owners. Glad I bought the BFG A/Ts and looking forward to more wheeling excursions before the pavement gets the best of em.
3) A stock Jeep will do a lot of impressive things, and even more impressive things at the hands of a capable operator. Many thanks to Rod, Jerry, Mike, Dave and Colin who spotted me and gave me good lines to follow at different points along the way. It reduced the pucker factor significantly, and I'm starting to get "the feel" of what my rig can do. Also what I want to tweak or build-up before attempting again.
4) Wheeling is one helluva lot of fun. If done right, it is reasonably safe and doesn't have to destroy your equipment. Not that stuff isn't ocassionally gonna get broken, but hey, that's true with any sport/hobby...
5) If you'll be wheeling within 1,000 square miles of water, take your carpet out. If rain is in the forecast, take your carpet out. (Thanks to whomever suggested putting cardboard over your carpet/floormat area though, that one is golden.)
6) Handheld CBs still need to be tied-down to something in the cockpit. Nuff said.
7) "Air down and disco" numbers are 15 max, T-55 and 18mm. Mike, thanks for the training!
8) Always leave your top down until the very last minute. Looking cool and enjoying the fresh country air are waaaay more important than getting to the park on time.
I've got a good chunk of the trail report up fellas! Check it out!!
where's the report at? i think i missed that part.
2003 Rubicon (shale green/khaki), 33x12.5x15 BFG Mud KM2s on Pro Comp 8179s (Firestone Winterforce on stock Moabs for winter), Bilstein 5100s, 3" AEV (nth) Progessive coils, OME steering stabilizer, 1" M.O.R.E. body lift, JKS adj. track bar in the front, 1" JKS budget motor mount lift, RC quick discos, OR-Fab rear rock crawler bumper with 2" receiver, Rokmen 3/16" steering box skid plate, Rokmen rear frame tie-ins, Teraflex 3/16" heavy-duty oil pan skid plate, Alpine CDE-124SXM CD/sat radio MP3 player, Bestop sliding windows, Bestop Safari Bikini top (green military camo), Mopar "windjammer" rear window, Mopar "duster" tonneau cover with tailgate bar, Rockhard Full roll cage with full padding, KC slimlites long range/off road lights on KC windshield mounts, Tuffy security glove box, Pilot LED tail lights.
the pics are in the next section down called trail reports
I have a link to my photos and videos.I got some of your rubi I believe
05' LJ Rubicon,both tops,SRC front bumper,KC daylighters,fabbed myself-custom rear bumper,GPS mount.kids applied stains to seats.wife causing bald tires.mud if i ever get to drive it again!
Moab Trails I've done: Onion Creek, Long Canyon, Dome Plateau, Top of The World (2), Fins-N-Things (2), Poison Spider,
Golden Spike, Gold Bar Rim, Hell's Revenge (2), Baby Lion Back, Cliff Hanger, Moab Rim, Kane Creek Canyon, Strike Ravine