I don't know what to expect today. Without 4x4, I'd want some good tow hooks up front. So I don't know to say to you "come on". It's actually pretty decent of you to address fixing your jeep before joining a group you don't know. I've been with some who don't think like you, and ended up parked on the trail for some time while repairs were made. Sometimes things break down and I don't mind helping....I pulled a XJ on a strap all the way from Altoona to Orlando one night. It was a internet ride like this and I didn't know him. And it might be me today. But I think you're being realistic, and considerate. I'm sorry for you, but I appreciate your attitude.
Make it a "first on the list" repair to get some tow points front and rear, fix your driveshaft so you feel confident, go to walmart and get a $20 tow strap. Post up on the trail ride forum like jampop did. You'll get some fellas to ride with you most weekends.
I dont like making other people responsible for my problems, something I learned not to do when I was a tyke.
And first on the list is definately getting my U-Joints put in. I have a factory hitch that Ill be putting on for now, and that will at least give me a rear tow point.
I enjoyed meeting everyone....it continues to surprise me how often a jeep stranger turns out to be a pleasure to be around....
We had five jeeps from the forum show up....and picked up a stray YJ in the forest not long after we started. We had two YJs, a TJ sport, a TJ rubicon, a XJ, and a nice looking two door JK. It had rained all over the southeast the two previous days. The weather cleared the night before, and was very pleasant for the ride. Maybe 70 degrees. The forest is mostly sand with some clay. So rain water drains pretty fast. We only found a few water fordings, but we didn't choose trails we knew would likely be wet. We did end up on a section that had recently burnt and was in need of cutting back. Along this trail we suffered some minor scratches to the clearcoat and plastic windows.
Unlike some places where a technical obstacle allows everyone to take pictures, our ride was generally moving along. So pictures are less frequent and usually staged. I didn't take many. As the day progressed, we whittled down the group from six to three. We rode about 70 miles in the woods. No mechanical problems for anyone. Pretty tame actually for most peoples taste. I had fun.
a florida sinkhole filled by a natural spring through the aquifer....common in our area.
steve in central florida
'98 TJ wrangler sport.....gunmetal blue
XJ d30/rubicon TJ d44...33's with popular suspension mods
Had an excellent time, best vacation in a while, thanks to everybody for showing me/us around, and for waiting while some cell phone calls were made....Also found the best camping spot, the pictures will speak for themselves, ill post some here, but i have about 100 on my flickr album ill link that to.
1995 Cherokee Sport 2dr, 4.5" , 33s, some junk...