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Old 04-24-2014, 08:00 PM   #151
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It's a week after I got home but I made it to Moab and back. It was a hell of a trip and definitely worth it. We wheeled Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday then was able to spend a little while at the exhibits Thursday morning before heading back.

Monday was Kane Creek, Tuesday was Metal Masher and Wednesday I wanted to do something a little more hardcore so a buddy took me to Area BFE. While the first two trails were beautiful and had some awesome scenery and I was happy to ride them they lacked anything really difficult. There were a few areas that were fairly hard but they weren't really part of the trail, just obstacles along the way.

Area BFE was awesome. Nonstop action and exactly what I was looking for. I wanted to do Helldorado so bad and even after driving by there entrance 3 or 4 times it wasn't meant to be. The only other jeep in our group ending up bound up in a crack and blowing a bead. We couldn't move him forward or backwards and after 3 winches (special thanks to the Rokmen guys for helping) and multiple arrangements he ended up breaking his Tcase rear output before we were finally able to extract him finishing our day.

Jeep did pretty well. Even after lowering it I never had any clearance problems. One issue I had was that I trimmed the front bumps the day I was leaving to try and get most of my useful shock travel up front. Unfortunately when I lowered the frame end of the track bar to match the steering I didn't check clearance as well as I should have. My track bar contacts the top edge of the diff cover when I would come off of a ledge hard or bounce the front end. I believe the fix is going to be putting a slight bend in the track bar to clear it.

I'm running 14" shocks in the rear which is probably a hair much for the captured coils. I had to bump the rear with about only 4.5" of up travel and with the *** loaded down with tools, parts and cooler along with stock rear TJ springs I hit the rear bumps a lot.

Last and probably the most annoying problem for which I am open to suggestions was I was having trouble with the motor idling. I've had the problem once before where the jeep runs fine and even idles fine but coming off the throttle it will stumble and die or almost die before it catches itself and idles. It was an on and off problem throughout the week. My first thoughts were fuel. I am running the stock pump in a cell and there could possibly be junk in the pump or filter. Another guy there was mentioning with his TJ the cam positioning sensor was going out causing his to do something similar although mine seemed to be more of a fuel problem in my opinion.

I don't know if I can afford to go every year but I will definitely be going back. Helldorado isn't getting off that easy.

Anyways, enough blah blah, here are a few pics.



















If it looks like my rear shock is bending, it's because it is. I didn't expect this much down travel with the stock TJ coils in the rear and my frame is not notched enough so the shock body hits the bottom of the frame while the axle is still arcing down. Working on a fix.





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Old 04-24-2014, 08:03 PM   #152
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Some pics from the vendors exhibits.

















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Old 04-24-2014, 08:31 PM   #153
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Old 04-24-2014, 08:41 PM   #154
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Awesome FJ.
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Old 04-24-2014, 08:51 PM   #155
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How'd the synthetic line do?
Only time I used it was trying to unstick said buddy and I pulled it hard enough to bend my winch plate one thing I noticed was it smashed the line flat in a few places (on the spool) during hard pulls. Not sure if this is just a characteristic of dyneema or my cheap line. It didn't break but I didn't use it a ton either. Going to give it a few more trips before I decide if it was worth it or not but at about half the cost of normal lines I was willing to give it a chance.

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Awesome FJ.
That's Matt owner of west Texas off-road (redneck ram) and his new family rig. 60/14b, 40s and ORIs. It did great out there and looked very comfortable while I was driving down the highway in 30 degree weather with no top lol.
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Old 04-25-2014, 06:29 AM   #156
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Old 04-25-2014, 09:28 PM   #157
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I'm interested to see what you will be doing to your rear shock mounts as i bought some f250 towers to mount my rear shocks on my stretched tj. Originally bought barnes4wd mounts but they are way to big.
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Old 04-26-2014, 09:17 AM   #158
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I'm interested to see what you will be doing to your rear shock mounts as i bought some f250 towers to mount my rear shocks on my stretched tj. Originally bought barnes4wd mounts but they are way to big.

Aren't the Barnes ones made long to cut off what you don't need?


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Old 04-26-2014, 11:48 AM   #159
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Yes but way too wide to fit where i need em. F250s are fairly slim.
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Old 04-28-2014, 07:37 PM   #160
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Yes but way too wide to fit where i need em. F250s are fairly slim.
If I would have sunk them more it probably wouldnt been issue. I will have to see if I can cut them back more at the bottom which is where im getting contact. Do you still have the barnes mounts?
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Yeah i got both the barnes and the 250s...
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Old 12-29-2014, 07:07 PM   #162
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Just to prove this thing still exists here are a few pics from our trip to K2 back in September. Wife was finally able to make a wheeling trip after a 6 year absence and had a great time. These are just a few action shots. Jeep did great except for a minor fuel pump issue that was easily fixed (and some new damage).









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Old 03-03-2015, 06:50 PM   #163
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Hit K2 again last weekend and it was one cold mofo. Luckily for me I had reserved a cabin AND can still run a top on the jeep (heater works awesome lol). Ran with a couple of local guys Daniel and Brandon in their open top rigs, those guys were troopers, they even tent camped, I'm too old for that crap.

Anyways, wife went with me and took quite a few pics but I haven't uploaded most of them. Here are a few we got while we weren't sliding around on the ice (high Saturday was around 34 degrees). I think there was only 7-8 rigs total on Saturday, too damn cold.













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Old 03-03-2015, 07:25 PM   #164
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Hit K2 again last weekend and it was one cold mofo. Luckily for me I had reserved a cabin AND can still run a top on the jeep (heater works awesome lol). Ran with a couple of local guys Daniel and Brandon in their open top rigs, those guys were troopers, they even tent camped, I'm too old for that crap.

Anyways, wife went with me and took quite a few pics but I haven't uploaded most of them. Here are a few we got while we weren't sliding around on the ice (high Saturday was around 34 degrees). I think there was only 7-8 rigs total on Saturday, too damn cold.






Is this Cyclops? If so, major props. That ain't easy when its warm ard dry!
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Nice pics. Didn't realize that was you. We were in the cabin next to you. Good lookin tj.


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Old 03-04-2015, 06:18 PM   #166
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Is this Cyclops? If so, major props. That ain't easy when its warm ard dry!
I'm not sure which trail it was. I know I got denied by a lot that I could have normally done. I was super impressed with the stickies that the other guys were running, made me look like my tires were greased.

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Same here, no idea it was you. Very few rigs out there this weekend and I don't really blame anyone, if I hadn't gone through so much to make that weekend I would have cancelled. Also thanks.
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You going 13-15? I'll be out there on my breakout run.
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Old 03-05-2015, 05:30 PM   #168
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You going 13-15? I'll be out there on my breakout run.
Don't think so, rear end is currently out looking at some stuff. Need to pull the front end out and doing some reworking I've been neglecting (front trackbar hits diff and clean up some previous work).

I'm also about to FINALLY order my 5.38s and a spool to replace the detroit in the rear so it'll be down for a bit. Also ordering a rear corbeau bench and getting my bender up and running to do a little work so we can bring the kids along in September for the WE Rocks event. You going then?
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Gonna try and make it. Mentioned competing to Jackie and she smiled. Looking at the cost I dunno. I know I need window nets and a fire suit, but it's around $300 entry fee alone. I may just say hi to Jesse Haines and not try to follow him through the cones. I still haven't decided.
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Gonna try and make it. Mentioned competing to Jackie and she smiled. Looking at the cost I dunno. I know I need window nets and a fire suit, but it's around $300 entry fee alone. I may just say hi to Jesse Haines and not try to follow him through the cones. I still haven't decided.
That would be pretty sweet. Always wanted to compete back when I used to judge the competitions. I could have probably competed back then with stuff I have now but I've always been so far behind the times with my junk to be competative I think I'll just watch.

Should be fun to bring the kids out on their first run, just hope the weather cooperates.
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Old 03-08-2015, 06:13 PM   #171
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It was raining today and I was bored so I decided to finally start on my tubing bender stand.

Took the POS old HF engine stand.



and the sawsall...



Some scrap around the garage...



Then threw the bender on there to make sure it was stable enough not to fall and kill anyone.



I've got an 8 ton air/hydro HF ram in the box, just need to figure out if I'm going to build a mount or just order the SWAG one. I really don't plan on doing a ton of tube bending right now but I have a couple of projects I could use this on....plus it was free.

More later.
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Old 04-25-2015, 09:48 AM   #172
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Didn't update but she is working now. Had to redo the mount for the bender but it all worked out. SWAG makes nice stuff.



I also bought the Bend-Tech EZ3D software, very cool tool. I will definitely be upgrading to Pro before I build my new cage.
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