RaggedOleMan 2005 Tj locked f/r on 33's
RBXj Locked f/r on 34's
This was back in early June and I just got the photo's uploaded. It's difficult to remember the sequence of events of that day, but it's easy to recall the company I kept!
The photo's above were taken at the end of the lower 311. The following two photo's below were taken at the outcropping of rock on the 196. That trails starts out with a modest right turn over a series of embedded rocks. Then one is faced with another set of rocks that can be a little less forgiving.
In the last two years I've broken an axle u-joint, and a Superior Evolution series CCE shaft. I try not to beat up my junk. That said, the second rock outcropping there on the 196 has been my nemesis since first we met. To date, that section beat me 5 out of 12 times. Could be seven out of twelve, but I don't want to admit it...anyway, this particular day I got my introduction into fixin' my heap on the trail. I sheared two ears off my passenger front u-joint. Rob (RBXj) came prepared with a spare set of d/30 shafts with fresh u-joints installed, so I had an easy time of the repair. Thank you, Rob...
I should mention that the front shafts are Superior Evolution Series, 27 spline. And though the u-joint was toast, the yolk & shaft was fine. That said, the Superior Evolution series C-Clip Eliminator shafts in the rear failed, snapped the drivers side shaft and took the locker out with it, though tat was at a later time. The 27 spline evo shafts aren't half of what they're cracked up to be in my experience & opinion.
Beyond that Superior didn't honor the warranty. And, they essentially called me a liar when it came to their mishandling of the issue. For the record, I could care less that they didn't honor the warranty on shafts I didn't buy retail, they got on my bad side for quoting me a price, then not shipping the order. Evidently because they quoted the wrong price. The thing is, they never told me they quoted the wrong price. After many months of waiting, I finally got Mac on the phone, and he said his guys told me they quoted the wrong price, and then updated me. They did NOT. No way. Had they told me, I would have gladly paid the difference. But they didn't, didn't call, didn't return my calls, nothing. Would never buy anything from those guys again. Piss on them.
The front u-joint failed (I believe) because I had my wheels turned hard passenger as I was sliding backwards off the rock. I knew better than to have my wheels turned hard while plowing forward or backward, but sometimes one can have a senior moment, eh? Then too, that u-joint was a "test" u-joint from MrBlaine. It failed the test...yes, he later sent me a replacement 760-x.
Rob acquired a small window rash on the 102 that day. You know that section about 500' or so up from the bottom while going UP the 102? The new "Window Breaker" section of trail for any rig with a glass rear quarter panel on the drivers side. The stump there reaches out and grabs your rig, especially if it's a bit muddy...
Short write-up...fun day. Not sure if it was the day I took these photo's or the week or so before, but we did the lower 311, the 196, the 197, the 198 and then dinner at The Rainier Bar & Grill in Enumclaw...great day!