Originally Posted by lumpster
very nice, i hope it performs as well as it should off road and on road.
Well, I just got back from driving ~3400 miles from Texas to Arizona and back. Went all over the state from Tuscon to Page (on the Utah border). I got the chance to do some wheeling in Sedona - what a great place to drive! For those who know the area, I ran Cliffhanger, Soldiers Pass, Broken Arrow and Powerline. I have also added UCF t-case/engine skids and a LOPRO tranny mount.
The LOPRO with the rubber isolators give quite a bit of vibe at idle. I told my wife that it is the massaging seat upgrade
She doesn't really like it but it doesn't bother me that much. I also have installed a Tuff Designs bumper/tire carrier/trail rack. I really struggled with the decision here due to some of the bad reviews on it but the jerry can placement and extra storage options was the best for me. I have two Scepter OD green MFC that are mounted in the swingout as well.
We had the Jeep packed full of stuff for the 10 day trip to AZ and while I didn't take a measurement of height, but there was minimal drop with 2 full MFCs, 5 Gal water, and luggage for 3 people, there was no space in the rear seat for another person and the back of the LJ was packed to the roof. The drive was pretty good but fully loaded, the 4.0L has a hard time keeping 75-85 through the hills in west Texas, NM and AZ. My wife told me I need a bigger engine
Not sure what I want yet but it will likely be a stroker kit rather than deal with all the changes required for a HEMI/Chevy V8 option.
The suspension performed very well on the trails in Sedona. I only barely hit the corner of the rear bumper once and that is because I goosed the throttle on the way through a crevice on Broken Arrow. On the way to powerline, there is a long gravel washboard road that was absorbed very well by the progressive springs. At full stuff in the back, I noticed that I was about .25" from the ridge in the back of the wheel well. The 10.5" wheels stuff very nicely into the front corners as well. I climbed most everything without the rear locker engaged - there was a time on powerline that I needed the rear locker. The trails I ran were between 1-3.5+ for AZ ratings (2-7+ in the rest of the country) and I ran the tires at 22 psi. I am extremely pleased with the setup. The technical driving required to navigate a 7 rated trail is more than enough for me at this point. I had a bit of a "pucker moment" on powerline when my rear wheels didn't catch the step right and skipped me near the cliffside edge. Once the locker pump engaged the rear locker, I was able to walk up the step with minimal issues. I only had one nub on one of the rear tires that got ripped off during the trail runs.
I didn't take many pictures since I was having fun just running the trails but here is a pic of my son and I coming back down the slick rock on Soldier's Pass near the Devil's Kitchen