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Unread 09-14-2010, 02:19 AM   #1
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Moon/Funny Rocks/Eastern WA, 9/11/2010



Group shot when we aired down.




MCE Mike/WAC



MCE Jason/Ziptie and father Phill...:-)

This trip had been planned for several weeks. The MCE boys, (Mike/Jason; Modern classic Enterprises), Robb & Barb/RBXj, John #1, John #2, John #3 & Donna (Donna Mae & I), Rich/PepCsLj & Scott/SnoqualmieTj all met up in North Bend, WA at 8:30 am on Saturday 9/11. It was another 80 miles or so to Ellensburg, WA where we all topped off our tanks before heading to the trail head.



RBXj (Robb & Barb)



SnoqualmieTj/Scott! Great to gret to wheel with you again, Scott!



John #1



John #2



Rich/PepCsLj



John & Donna/RaggedOleMan

We aired down, did our pre-trail tasks and headed out for a day at Funny & Moon Rocks in Eastern, WA. There were supposed to be 150 rigs +/- up there that day and we wanted to be there, too. By the way, see the distorted flares on the red Tj/my heep? That's what happens when you don't add an inch or so of bumpstop to the front on a 2-1/2" OME suspension lift, 1-1/4" pucks on 33x12.5r15 BFG KM2's...no problemo, the MCE Flatty's are in the garage, about to be christened...



It was only 10/20 minutes into the trail before the only carnage of the day surfaced. A bad rear u-joint relegated the Rubi to front wheel drive only. A few minutes to pull the driveshaft and we were rolling again.



For all the d35 haters out there...the red Tj is sportin' a d35 with a Superior C-Clip Eliminator with Superior Evolution Series, 27 spline shafts. It's pullin' that Rubi up this, and several other inclines/hill climbs on the way to Funny/Moon rocks. More than once, others offered to tow him up, concerned the d35 couldn't make it, but, this was a great test of the Superior kit and well, I wanted to give it hell...it performed flawlessly and never once complained, EDIT: until it did a little over a year later. The Superior CCE with 27 spine shafts busted and took out the locker with it in January of 2012. I would not buy the Superior 27 spline set up, and run a locker with it.



A view of Manastash Lake on the way to Funny & Moon Rocks...



(Above) Not sure who this guy is, but, he made easy work of this thing. Jason had been watching, waiting his turn!



There he goes...that's MCE Jason doing the line he'd not done before.



He was providing an opportunity to check out the underside of them Flatty's! Lookin' Good Jason...



MasterPull was there...



Showin' off them Flatty's again...



That's MCE Mike. He made this little climb look easy. He just crawled to it, bumped it and floated on up. He made it look so easy in fact, that I just had to give it a try. The pics are below. I ended up doing it three times that day! Well, two...the first time I got up, but, let's just say finesse' wouldn't be the best way to describe it. A group of onlookers that were taking photo's of the attempt scattered like someone farted when I got up this thing! Man, they were lucky! We all laughed about it, but, frankly it was ugly...so I took another shot at it determined to do it better, smoother like I knew what I was doing...and man it was sweet. It was smooth...and if everyone hadn't seen me do it the first time, they'd have thought I really did know what I was doing!

Later, feeling pretty proud of myself I came back to this spot to do it again. Man, I couldn't get up that thing to save my soul! Phillip, MCE/Jason's father was shouting; "Bump it! Bump it!" But it wasn't to be...I had to suck it up and back down. Talk about embarrassing! and there was a few dozen onlookers to boot...







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That's that d35/Superior CCE again...







No sweat!



Had to go back down, so I could come up this thing again! Never did this kind of wheelin' before. Man, I never thought it would be so much fun! I'm not geared for this stuff @ 307...well, not YET anyway!



This guy was in a fix...didn't envy him! Of course, after some rock climbing seat time, who knows, eh?





He finally made it. He went around to the right and emerged "relatively" unscathed. Well, lets just say he could drive it home, but it wasn't as pretty going as it was coming...



Another 1st for me was this hill climb at Moon Rocks. I followed MCE Mike/WAC's lead...



It doesn't look as difficult from these pictures, as I experienced it. It was a little intimidating the first time up.



I got 3-4 feet of air as I crested this last little wall. I was learning to "bump" it a bit, and well, I bumped it a bit much...looked cool, though! Here's a link to the video of that last wall climb;

Naches 09-11-10 :: Climb6.mp4 video by PepCsLJ2 - Photobucket
In the video above, note how that d35 kicked the Jeep up and over...




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Finally, that front bumper of mine looks like crap. It's taken the hits hasn't it? Looks like I drive by braille! Well, a nice new, Savvy front bumper isn't in the budget, so I accepted the offer of a free, stock Tj bumper from Scott/SnoqualmieTj, and he was kind enough to bring it along with him that day. Rich, PepCsLj helped out but stuffing it in is Lj for the day. On Sunday, I made a stubby out of it and put my Kc's back on it.



(Above/BEFORE)

Below is a stock bumper, stub-a-tized. What can I say, it fit the budget and looks a helluva lot better than the other one, eh?
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ROM,

Nice pictures, and it looks like alot of fun. I do need to go there. With a son a junior at CWU, it seems like a no brainer to get up there. A Friday in October, maybe??? Something to think about.
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ROM,

Nice pictures, and it looks like alot of fun. I do need to go there. With a son a junior at CWU, it seems like a no brainer to get up there. A Friday in October, maybe??? Something to think about.
Absolutely! The most difficult trails out there really deserve the rating in the wet months. The only one where clearance issues can ruin a guys day is the Lilly Pond Trail. Other than that, the Kaner Trail contains several hill climbs, some of which are quite long and intimidating. And in the wet seasons it can be a winch fest. So, for your first trip out there let's see if we can luck out and pick a dry day!
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Thanks for posting the pics!



This is just as ROM almost ran me over . What the picture doesn't show is about .5 - 1 second earlier, the passenger tire was dangling in the air as the front of the Jeep took a sudden dive to the driver's side. John stayed on the gas and just as quick as it all turned tippy, the driver's side front tire caught traction which stopped the front end coming around and pulled the remaining rear tire up the ledge. It all happened very quickly and was spectacular, like something you'd see on a rock racing video.

I guess the age old saying applies here: "when in doubt, throttle out".


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I am up for a trip… I do want to try some other lines on the rocks.









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Man, you were fearless Jason! At my tender age, and lack of hard rock experience...I think I'd need a full pack of Depends on board!

We're headed to the Operation Shore Patrol (I think that's what it's called) this weekend/Saturday Sept 18 @ Westport, WA. But, the following weekend @ the rocks could work for us, if your schedule permits.
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looks fun! yep im sold. im getting a 27 sp. superior cce for my 35 soon. "the little axle that could"
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I wouldnt get overly to impressed with your dana 35 just yet. Before you know it one of those rear tires and axles will pass you and your jeep up! A friend of mine ran that same axle set up with 37's on the rubicon for quite a few years and got lucky. But ive seen rigs with smaller tires waste those c clip axles.

Nice pics.
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I wouldnt get overly to impressed with your dana 35 just yet. Before you know it one of those rear tires and axles will pass you and your jeep up! A friend of mine ran that same axle set up with 37's on the rubicon for quite a few years and got lucky. But ive seen rigs with smaller tires waste those c clip axles.

Nice pics.
The Superior CCE is a c-clip eliminator...his axles won't pass him up As far as running 37's on your friends d35...he must have some good karma, eh?
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The Superior CCE is a c-clip eliminator...his axles won't pass him up As far as running 37's on your friends d35...he must have some good karma, eh?
Oh daa I should of know that lol. Ya cant believe that axle stayed together on his rig. And he was rocking a dana 30 front with all the aftermarket parts. He's moved on know and is finishing his build with a 5.3 chevy v8, dana 60's and 40" tires. Makes me jealous. Oh well.
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I wouldnt get overly to impressed with your dana 35 just yet. Before you know it one of those rear tires and axles will pass you and your jeep up! A friend of mine ran that same axle set up with 37's on the rubicon for quite a few years and got lucky. But ive seen rigs with smaller tires waste those c clip axles.

Nice pics.
oh knw that the 35 isnt the strongest axle out of the bunch. yep granted im running 33s on that stock axle now. my yj is my DD for now until nxt summer(well i hope) but when i saw the pics of him pulling a rubi up a steep incline on that axle and the vids he posted about the hill climbs that impressed me seeing most bash that axle like its the plague of jeeps. i hardly go offroad cause yes ive read all over the forum the more i offroad the worse it will become but thats with everything. when i do though its mostly mudding and small hill climbs nothing big. i will prob buy this CCE 27sp kit from superior and prob their truss, that will allow the compromise of 33s and breakage. yeah im throwing money away which what most will say but hey i just want to be that guy.
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