I had to break in the gears and test the truetrac's with some wheeling ran Red Elephant Hill outside Empire, CO.
Checking for rubbing in front...could probably use 1/2" more bumpstop maybe, but no rubbing was seen.
we added a JK to our group since we were so slow...and COLOUXJ got hung up pretty bad in this technical spot:
Stop for a scenic view (COLOUXJ's the black XJ)
Poser at an abandoned mine site
The gears are AWESOME climbing the highway mountains, I-70 and such. I can actually use OVERDRIVE!!! I still need to kick down into 3rd, but much less. I can actually maintain 65mph in OD on some hills when it used to take 3rd or even 2nd gear. It still shifts and locks up WAY too soon...but thats programming issues of the 42RLE. I can actually set the cruise on the highway and it will maintain speed much better!! And the TrueTrac's performed very nicely...never spun once and walked through everything, even the more technical, slippery, loose rock and dirt stuff.
I'm liking the new tire/wheel combo, looks way better than the black steelies IMO. Are those a load range E tire?
yea i'm not a big fan of black steelies...they're cheap and easy to find tho. the new tires are 33x12.50R15's so they're C load rated. The other tires on the 2nd set of steelies were 245/75R16 - E load rated. The 16s are street only now - getting 235/85R16 studded tires (E-load rated).
i'm want to run two sets of tires so I can get to the Coloraod ski resorts in a blizzard, and still have good summer wheeling tires....but nobody makes a true 33" studded snow tire.
235/85R16 and 265/75R16 are the tallest studded tires I can find - both shy of 32". looking at Mastercraft Courser MSR's for winter...neighbor has em on an old F250 and likes em alot. theres plenty of mud tires that are studdable...but i want a true winter tire for the compound and deep siping.
TrueTrac's did awesome through some tough stuff, even when I had one front tire off the ground - they still grabbed and pulled me through. TrueTrac + Duratrac's did excellent on big rocks, loose dirt, loose rocks, streams, etc...I didn't spin once. Very happy with this choice vs selectable or automatic lockers. No fuss, just point and go, with far better traction
I did learn my front brake lines will rub the shocks pretty bad. I had to modify my Crown extended length to fit on Vanco/Explorer calipers, so they kinda stick upward toward the shocks. When installing the front axle, I either had to point the lines up, where they would rub on the shock at full stuff & full steering lock, or point them down, where they could catch on something and would rub the shock mount/bar pin area...so I picked the lessor of two evils...but looks like I need to do some more grinding on the brake line to get them to clear the shocks.
This was the biggest mushroom I've ever seen. Definitely over 12" in diameter. Anyone know wtf it is?
At the top of Halfmoon Creek:
It was so damn windy at the top of Mosquito I hyperextended the drivers door. Broke the plastic housing on the mirror as it smashed into the windshield, put a big dent and long, deep scratch into the door paint as the door hit the fender flare, and completely ripped the kevlar door strap in half. I'm glad i didn't rip the footman loop out of the door...it did bent the sheet metal tho. Where can I get a replacement door strap?
I think once you get a chance to drive it in the snow, you will love having two Truetracs even more. The front runs just a hair more factory preload than the rear, so in 4-Hi you just gas it a little to pull it straight in a slide (kinda like you do in a FWD car). They make for a very stable and confident ride. I am staying tuned for more tire updates too, the Duratrac might be just what I need.
After seeing that rig, I can say for sure my next Jeep is going to be an LJ.
Added a mudb8 style rear track bar reinforcement bracket. here's how it started:
With lots of grinding and shaping...a few cuss words...
Replaced the stupid factory torx bolt I could never get my torque wrench on due to gas tank clearance. and gawd damn, trying to get the welding stinger in there without a car lift SUCKED. crawling & contortionisms under there with the shocks still connected and the jackstands maxed out at the frame wasn't a lot of fun.