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post #1 of 21 Old 09-04-2012, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
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The Cliffs.....Labor Day 2012

I had a four day weekend over Labor Day and thought it would be a good time to head out to The Cliffs for a day of wheeling on Saturday.

LeadDog and I planned to hit the park Saturday morning, but t-storms and rain were on the radar, and in the forecast. The rain I could have handled, but I didn't want to drive for an hour only to have it storming. I don't wheel in t-storms. So Saturday was a washout, no wheeling. Sunday...same kind of deal. Monday looked like it was going to be nice so LeadDog and I decided to hit the park Monday (Labor Day) morning. We knew it was going to be muddy, but didn't really care.


My Jeep, prior to the mud.

LeadDog got held up a bit and was running late, so I decided to take a look at the mud bog area, it was bone dry the last time out, just to see how muddy things were.

The trail to the bog was a mess, very muddy. The mud at the Cliffs has a lot of clay in it, and it's slippery, real slippery.

I met a TJ (99TJSahara) and an XJ (jeepinXJ01) up by the bog, who recognized me from Jeepforum, and asked if they could wheel with me. I said sure, but I was still waiting for LeadDog. 99TJSahara had a passenger, JeepinWJ86. 99TJSahara had already been stuck in Jimmy's Crack.

We went down to the lot and awaited the arrival of LeadDog...who did finally show up.

We headed off on Trail #1, to see how things were.


LeadDog

Things were muddy, that's for sure.


99TJSahara coming up Superman.



jeepinXJ01 on Superman.


99TJSahara had an over heating issue.


Mud from Jimmy's Crack was blocking the radiator.

Pouring some water on the radiator cleaned it off enough to get the air flowing again, and we off.


My Jeep.

We happened upon a Ford Ranger that was stuck and a UTV was trying to pull it out, which wasn't working very well.

Being the nice guy that I am, I decided to winch him back out of his stuckness, despite that fact he was in a Ford Ranger.


The Ranger I saved.

The Ranger only had rear wheel drive, as the front hubs seemed to no longer be locking. The lack of front tow points left him with one option, punch it and power through the mess he was in. It worked.


Some traffic on the trail.

We made our way on down the trail.








This guy came flying by, bouncing the the motor off the rev limiter. It smelled like the engine was about to give up the fight.

We would our way through some trees too.







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We tested our break over angles.







No high centering.

We followed Trail #1 back to the parking lot, had a little lunch, then decided to do Trail #1 again, but in the opposite direction.

We stopped by Jimmy's Crack.


99TJSahara took a shot at the crack.

This wasn't the same spot in the crack where he had gotten stuck earlier...that spot was way nastier.


Traction was an issue.


He took a few runs at it.


Not quite enough traction.


And then it was over.


I heard a sound I remembered hearing before. It sounded like air coming out of a tire, really fast, or an air line bursting. I new from a previous trip that it was a clogged or bent exhaust.


Bent and slightly clogged exhaust.


The tail pipe is a lot tougher to bend than one might thing. We weren't able to get a pry par into the end of the pipe, so we could attempt to pull up on it, so we came up with another solution.


Don't laugh, it worked.

Being none the worse for the wear, we headed back down the trail.








Lori's Holler.



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There was never a shortage of mud, but that didn't stop LeadDog from running topless all day.








Hey look, it's my jeep again.


jeepinXJ01 got stuck along the way.


LeadDog gave him a tug to freedom.

Before ending our day we decided to take a trip down the creek....well the rock bed that is supposed to be the creek.


There was water here and there, but nothing flowing.


I gave LeadDog my camera, so I could prove I was there.






This tree gave the XJ a fight, but the XJ did prevail.




My last look, as we headed back to the lot.

We had a great day. Once tail pipe was damaged, and possibly and tie rod on jeepinXJ01...it looked a little bent.

Aside from the creek we stuck to Trail #1 all day, no side shoots like we usually do, as the traction was pretty much gone, and besides we were having fun where we were.

If you want to see all of the photos I took Click Here

Hopefully the other guys will post up the pics they have as well.
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Jeff, a great job documenting the outing as usual! It was a great, well deserved trip.

The scenery never changes unless you're the Lead Dog.
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Damn you take some good pics, but very few get taken of your jeep, we'll have to fix that next time.

I found some additional damaged on the ride home, one of my engine drive pulleys is making a loud bearing noise, I'll look at it later.

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Damn you take some good pics, but very few get taken of your jeep, we'll have to fix that next time.

I found some additional damaged on the ride home, one of my engine drive pulleys is making a loud bearing noise, I'll look at it later.
Could be some mud in there, or not. Maybe whatever it is was slowing the fan down, slowing the cooling.

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Also heres a link to all the pics we took
http://s569.photobucket.com/albums/s...-12/?start=all
The pics aren't co-operating....
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Could be some mud in there, or not. Maybe whatever it is was slowing the fan down, slowing the cooling.



The pics aren't co-operating....
I washed about another 10lbs of mud out of the radiator, I'm pretty sure my first encounter with Jimmys crack ruined my throwout bearing also.

I try and reload all of the pics cause I'm have problems with them too

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Jimmy's Crack is not for the faint of heart.

The scenery never changes unless you're the Lead Dog.
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I try and reload all of the pics cause I'm have problems with them too
They turned out well, especially the ones of that sexy JK.

The scenery never changes unless you're the Lead Dog.
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Hey, there were actually a couple of pictures of my Jeep.....that is so rare.

So, when we all heading to The Badlands?
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Hey, there were actually a couple of pictures of my Jeep.....that is so rare.

So, when we all heading to The Badlands?
Next weekend, I wish, I think my wheeling season has ended short as it will take me a while to fix me jeep, and upgrade what needs upgrading.

Maybe I can ride shotgun for someone

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Next weekend, I wish, I think my wheeling season has ended short as it will take me a while to fix me jeep, and upgrade what needs upgrading.

Maybe I can ride shotgun for someone
That kind of sucks, but **** happens and we fix it / upgrade it. That's kind of the reason I no longer have my YJ....

People who ride with me are required to have a camera, and have to take pictures of me.

Unfortunately, for you, the next time I hit the Badlands my passenger seat may be filled by my wife. If things change I'll let you know though.
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Click free pics of me / my jeep, taken by 99TJSahara:


Front hubs broken, no tow points.....nice.


Getting ready to winch him.


Lunch


Lending a hand.



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Jeep looks great Jeff. 99TJSahara you make Jimmy's Crack look like a fun challenge. Leaddog whats next for your JK? Looks like a fun group to spend the day out on the trail with.
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