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Unread 10-28-2011, 05:07 AM   #1
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French Lick, IN Jeep Jamboree 2011

JJUSA - French Lick, IN
Oct 6-8, 2011

The weather was perfect. Low 80s, sunny, and dry. It seemed that the trails were not as dusty as they were last year.
84 participant jeeps, and 20 trail guides, for 7 groups.
Down by 20 or so Jeeps from last year which made for nice sized groups.

We were once again in the Black Group (aka The Pirates) which is one of the groups for stockers or newbies. We had 16 Jeeps, which 3 were guides. Hondo and Hiker were fellow Pirates.





Sporting the new 265/75R16 MT/Rs for their maiden voyage.


Our co-pilot and group mascot:
(she wears a harness, and is clipped in either in the front seats or riding on the mountaineer rack in the rear)


Mine and HikerXJ in his new Green JKU Sport.




Hitting the dirt:






Jeep Creek (several Jeeps went 3 wheeling here


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We then proceeded over to Drivehsaft Hill.
It has a nice couple foot high legde near the top which makes for a fun drop off:






HikerXJ:




We then proceeded to run a trial and then headed back up Driveshaft Hill:


We then had lunch, Phils Hill, crossed over the Pipeline Trail, through the Still Trail and over to the Mini-Rubicon:




Mini Rubicon:


Coming back up the Mini Rubicon:


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Then we headed over to the Tressle:




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Day 2 at the JJUSA - French Lick, IN

Pretty much a carbon copy of Day 1.
This day we went over to the Dry Creek Trail, then over toRock Hill to run it up and down. After lunch, we went over to the Fireplace Trail, then finish up at Randy's Ravine.

So, we started off entering the Dry Creek. This is a very tight trail and their was a bypass that several JKs took. As soon as we begain to drop down into the creek, Hiker had an "issue." As he stuffed his driver front, it caught the disconnected swaybar link and BAM!



Everyone jumped in to lend what hand, tools, or observations they could. By the time we backed him out of the ditch, evaluated, changed the tire, and cleaned up, it was only about 30 minutes lost.

Back on our way:




Downhill on Rock Hill:
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Uphill on Rock Hill:
Our trail guide



Hondo making it look easy over the ledge:


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Trail story:


After luch we hit the Fireplace Trail.




Click to play (watch about 1min in for the Red JK to do a 3 wheel stand)


Click to play (this is a good vid of a general idea of Fireplace Trail)


After Fireplace we cruised over to Randy's Ravine.........
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Randy's Ravine (several of us attempted to go up and down it, I chose to only try up - yes, I'm a wuss)




Here's my run up Randy's






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End of the event and Paisley had had enough:


End of JJUSA Group Shot at Deer Field:


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nice pics / vid thanks for sharing
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Looked like a fun time. I've got to do that next year. Thanks for sharing...
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Nice report, looks like fun. I like your jeep too.
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Zakman describes the event very well. Not too many more pictures to add, but I will comment on a few more interesting parts of the event.

This weekend was meant to be as much a family mini-vacation as it was a chance for me to "break" in the new JKU. Only mods at this point were a Poison Spyder Evap skid, Cobra 75WX CB w/3' Firestik, and the portable Viair 300P "on board air". Bone stock otherwise, with 1 payment on it and barely any miles on it. I'm either insane or foolish. Both, probably...

Anyway, we planned on spending Friday and Saturday at the French Lick Resort hotel (thank you discount codes), but TH night I was left to find my own acccomodations (they weren't set to arrive until Saturday). Thanks to great weather I decided to camp:



As at almost any gathering of Jeeps, there always those that stand out, at least in the way that I want to shape my JKU in the future:

JF member tight_wad 's JKU sporting the look I'm shooting for in a couple of years:



He's also a pretty nice guy, which is another benefit of these events - meeting new people. Oh, and reconnecting with old ones, like Zakman, and even someone I haven't seen since high school (wife of msquaredIN).

Getting is dirty, scratched, scraped, and otherwise proving the "Trail Ready" namesake of the Jeeps.



My trusty co-polit for the trip (and many of the others we've done together):



As seems to be a habit I'd like desparately to break, something always seems to happen to me on these trips, usually from my own mis-step. The flat tire Zakman refers to stems from how I disconnected and tied the swaybar out of the way. Originally I removed the bottom bolt of the link, tied the link to the bar, then pushed the bar up and out of the way, and tied it off. Over the course of day 1 the tires apparently rubbed against the links enough to rub most of the black paint off. On day 2, easing my way down into the creek bed was just enough to push the link hard enough into the tire to slice it open.

Ugh.

Note in the picture Zakamn posted above:



We used Zakman's Hi-Lift and wheel adapter to raise the Jeep, and then used the on board scissor jack under the axle to stabilize it. We removed the flat and mounted the spare, and also removed the swaybar links completely. Thankfully, no more flats for the day.

Most of the group was gathered around and either watched or jumped right in to help. Very good group of people.

For the record, based on this experience I:

1) Now know how to properly disconnect on a JK and where to tie off the swaybar
2) Am rebuilding my Hi-Lift and even picked up the accessories we used to change my flat, include the wheel hooks and base.
3) Will be more organized in my tool storage. It's a pain to scramble around looking for something you know *should* be there but you can't find it...

At this point on day 2 I was so tired, I took this picture while singing "Convoy" in my head.



Near the end of day 2 someone asked (on the radio) name a movie or TV show with a Jeep in it. Lot more than you might think.

A few of our group did Randy's Ravine, and there were a few "pucker" moments as well:



That evil grin says "Yeah, I did that on purpose... Heh heh heh):



This guy (Chad) has his daughter with him on the way down and all you heard was maniacal laughter. Not sure if she was laughing as hard on the way up.



Hey Chad - we're still waiting on that e-mail.

There were 2 other JKUs in our group, both 2011 Saharas. They were all friends from Chicago. I felt a little bad for them in the sense that I knew what I was getting in to with the JKU. I'm not sure they did. Both did a great job for their first time out, and we all 3 had little hard top scrapes when it was all said and done. They all seemed pretty good natured about it all, and they were a lot of fun. Good job you guys (and ladies).

One of my most memorable moments was on rock hill, getting ready to watch a husband drive his wife's JK down the hill. As we stood together contemplating the right line (there's a hard line, and a less-hard line), he looks up and says he thinks he'll go down the left side, which is the less-hard line. His wife looks up and says "Are you a WUSS?!?" laughing the whole time. He basically accepts the challenge and then makes it look easy. Good job Mike!

(their JK):



Over all I really enjoyed myself, and found that the JK is a very capable rig right off the showroom floor.

Oh, and since I came home with the prerequisite dimple in the bumper, I'm working on getting an ARB Deluxe bumper to replace it.

Tires are next year. Etc etc etc.
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Zakman describes the event very well. Not too many more pictures to add, but I will comment on a few more interesting parts of the event.

This weekend was meant to be as much a family mini-vacation as it was a chance for me to "break" in the new JKU. Only mods at this point were a Poison Spyder Evap skid, Cobra 75WX CB w/3' Firestik, and the portable Viair 300P "on board air". Bone stock otherwise, with 1 payment on it and barely any miles on it. I'm either insane or foolish. Both, probably...

Anyway, we planned on spending Friday and Saturday at the French Lick Resort hotel (thank you discount codes), but TH night I was left to find my own acccomodations (they weren't set to arrive until Saturday). Thanks to great weather I decided to camp:

As at almost any gathering of Jeeps, there always those that stand out, at least in the way that I want to shape my JKU in the future:

JF member tight_wad 's JKU sporting the look I'm shooting for in a couple of years:

He's also a pretty nice guy, which is another benefit of these events - meeting new people. Oh, and reconnecting with old ones, like Zakman, and even someone I haven't seen since high school (wife of msquaredIN).

Getting is dirty, scratched, scraped, and otherwise proving the "Trail Ready" namesake of the Jeeps.

My trusty co-polit for the trip (and many of the others we've done together):

As seems to be a habit I'd like desparately to break, something always seems to happen to me on these trips, usually from my own mis-step. The flat tire Zakman refers to stems from how I disconnected and tied the swaybar out of the way. Originally I removed the bottom bolt of the link, tied the link to the bar, then pushed the bar up and out of the way, and tied it off. Over the course of day 1 the tires apparently rubbed against the links enough to rub most of the black paint off. On day 2, easing my way down into the creek bed was just enough to push the link hard enough into the tire to slice it open.

Ugh.

Note in the picture Zakamn posted above:

We used Zakman's Hi-Lift and wheel adapter to raise the Jeep, and then used the on board scissor jack under the axle to stabilize it. We removed the flat and mounted the spare, and also removed the swaybar links completely. Thankfully, no more flats for the day.

Most of the group was gathered around and either watched or jumped right in to help. Very good group of people.

For the record, based on this experience I:

1) Now know how to properly disconnect on a JK and where to tie off the swaybar
2) Am rebuilding my Hi-Lift and even picked up the accessories we used to change my flat, include the wheel hooks and base.
3) Will be more organized in my tool storage. It's a pain to scramble around looking for something you know *should* be there but you can't find it...

At this point on day 2 I was so tired, I took this picture while singing "Convoy" in my head.

Near the end of day 2 someone asked (on the radio) name a movie or TV show with a Jeep in it. Lot more than you might think.

A few of our group did Randy's Ravine, and there were a few "pucker" moments as well:

That evil grin says "Yeah, I did that on purpose... Heh heh heh):

This guy (Chad) has his daughter with him on the way down and all you heard was maniacal laughter. Not sure if she was laughing as hard on the way up.

Hey Chad - we're still waiting on that e-mail.

There were 2 other JKUs in our group, both 2011 Saharas. They were all friends from Chicago. I felt a little bad for them in the sense that I knew what I was getting in to with the JKU. I'm not sure they did. Both did a great job for their first time out, and we all 3 had little hard top scrapes when it was all said and done. They all seemed pretty good natured about it all, and they were a lot of fun. Good job you guys (and ladies).

One of my most memorable moments was on rock hill, getting ready to watch a husband drive his wife's JK down the hill. As we stood together contemplating the right line (there's a hard line, and a less-hard line), he looks up and says he thinks he'll go down the left side, which is the less-hard line. His wife looks up and says "Are you a WUSS?!?" laughing the whole time. He basically accepts the challenge and then makes it look easy. Good job Mike!

(their JK):

Over all I really enjoyed myself, and found that the JK is a very capable rig right off the showroom floor.

Oh, and since I came home with the prerequisite dimple in the bumper, I'm working on getting an ARB Deluxe bumper to replace it.

Tires are next year. Etc etc etc.
Actually Hiker, Teresa asked
Me if she should hold onto my balls or just keep them... That sir, was the inspiration for taking the harder line
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Actually Hiker, Teresa asked
Me if she should hold onto my balls or just keep them... That sir, was the inspiration for taking the harder line
Ahhhhh.... that's right. Either way you got to keep your man card.
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Glad to see it was as good as always the year I couldn't make it. It's shot way up on my priorities list for 2012, so come hell or high water I'll be there.
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Thanks for sharing... perhaps I'll make it to that event one day.
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