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Old 09-22-2003, 12:36 AM
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Thumbs up Fall 2003 Fall Season Opening

The season opening was fun. We run the Sledgehammer.

On Friday, mrblaine, JeepKat, Chris L, and I hit the rocks for the first time after the hot summer. Getting back in the grove was definitely nice, and long waited. For Chris L it was the first Hammers run, and you could tell he loves this stuff.

For the second day, the attendance was the same, minus Chris, plus sethmark, plus Tommie with a white YJ on colovers. Andrew_TJ, rode the shotgun in my Jeep, talking pictures and video. The fun was served again in hefty portions. The Sledgehammer was as challenging as it has ever been, and seems very difficult after the season break.

My steering box is leaking. Oh well, it's gona need to be replaced one of these days?

What would be the highlight of the trip... Probably that the guy, who broke a Detroit earlier, broke the Ox locker, this time around. Yea, gimme a locker, I'll break it. I have yet to break an ARB, but I am working on it.

Thank you to Andrew_TJ, for the reality check. I was bragging on Saturday before the trail run, on how I never seen a tire damage that couldn't have been successfully plugged, to finish the trail, and that was why I wasn't carrying a spare tire, with benefit of compensating for the added weight of the corner guards.

First I ripped another hole in the sidewall of the tire that was damaged the day earlier. And then, I got an "L" shaped rip in the passenger side rear tire, that kept spitting out the plugs every time the jeep was put in reverse and the rocks got a grip on the garland of plugs sticking through the plugged tear. Man, we had to start with the plugs all over three times, and the tire would still not hold air.

Driving back home was definitely an experience; I would do anything it takes to avoid in the future. On my spare rack I had the tire that was no good. My Passenger side rear was the double plugged tire that showed pretty good spirit on Saturday.

Well, that tire decided to quit, on Interstate 15, just as I was approaching the Cajun pass downhill. Fortunately, by mrblaine's advice, I borrowed Andrew_TJ's spare tire, just in case. So I called up Blaine and Kat on the cello, and they came back with the spaare.

After the plugged tire was replaced, five or so miles down the road I was trying to figure out why was it my jeep feeling like there were gusty winds outside, but I couldn't see any evidence of significant wind on the tree tops and power lines. Until, a driver gestured me off the road with a look oh his face, as if he saw something scary.

The driver side rear was completely flat. Couldn't figure out the reason, and didn't have any spares left. The two tires that were not touching the road were dead. So we just had to put some CO2 in the flat tire, and stop to refill it several times. The pathologoanatomical study on the leaking rubber showed that the culprit was in fact damaged valve steam.

Anyway, my rims are going to be sent for beadlocking as the first measure, and I definitely want to be one of those guys who just bring their jeep the trails, unroll it, wheel, roll it back, and don't have to worry about driving it to and from the trails. Working on it.

The Sunday afternoon was spent figuring out what broke, and what needs to be replaced.

Next weekend there is going t be a lot of wrenching. Help needed. Sagged springs, all around, will be replaced with a fresh set. Bump stops are gonnna be replaced with Currie units, for more precise suspension travel dialing. The rod ends in the upper control arms need to be replaced. Steering needs to be taken out and straightened. A couple of control arm brackets will have to be welded because for the cracking. If I get the Advanced Adapters transfer case shifter bracket, it would be nice to install that too.

I am hoping to get an ARB locker in my front axle running this week, if John at All 4-wheel Drive can squeeze my jeep in.
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Old 09-22-2003, 04:51 AM
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Damn.... sounds like a "fun" (for lack of a better word ) weekend. I'd help ya out if I wasn't 3k miles away.

I'll catch up with you later today.

BTW, how'd you break the OX?!?!?!?! And now you are going to lose the purdy cover too.
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Old 09-22-2003, 05:35 AM
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Damn.... sounds like a "fun" (for lack of a better word ) weekend. I'd help ya out if I wasn't 3k miles away.

I'll catch up with you later today.

BTW, how'd you break the OX?!?!?!?! And now you are going to lose the purdy cover too.
He wasn't doing any thing that outrageous. Just a little stuck and minor tire spin to ease out of it and a fairly siginificant pop let us know that something was amiss.

I think that the spring loaded shifter let the shift fork move slightly under torque and it sheared off the tips of the teeth that engage each other to lock the axles together. That's based on the small chunks of metal in the bottom of the diff and the fact that the engagement collar will no longer slide over to the engage side. Not even with a good pry with a big screwdriver.
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Old 09-22-2003, 05:43 AM
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That stinks.... Is it safe to assume that everything else (gears) are ok and weren't taken out???

All this tire stuff and breakage is making me a little leary of driving there in JV. j/k I think I could never pass up the chance.

BTW, I'm assuming beadlocks are not street legal on the roads in Cali.... will this mean that the truck is coming sooner then later?

Still looking forward to the pics!!!!
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Old 09-22-2003, 05:47 AM
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It turned out to be the ox after all?
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Old 09-22-2003, 05:57 AM
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It turned out to be the ox after all?
near as I can tell
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Old 09-22-2003, 06:15 AM
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Yikes. Good luck with the warranty on that sucker!

Let me know if I can help with screaming deals.
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Old 09-22-2003, 06:30 AM
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Yikes. Good luck with the warranty on that sucker!

Let me know if I can help with screaming deals.
No warranty required. We're going to install an ARB and be done with it.
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Old 09-22-2003, 08:06 AM
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So what I really want to know is how did your Jeep work Blaine?

And Sergey - you are going to have to wait until MY Jeep is done at John's shop before you get yours fixed

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Old 09-22-2003, 10:33 AM
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Jeff, I wheel my jeep, therefore it gets the priority.
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Old 09-22-2003, 10:37 AM
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I'm assuming beadlocks are not street legal on the roads in Cali.... will this mean that the truck is coming sooner then later?
Why wouldn't they be legal? And how would presence of a truck make them more legal? Is this one of the girly logics, that I would never understand?

BTW, thank you for the package! We opened it one of these nights by the camp fire, and I really like the contents.
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Old 09-22-2003, 12:05 PM
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Why wouldn't they be legal? And how would presence of a truck make them more legal? Is this one of the girly logics, that I would never understand?
Must be one of the JU myths I haven't been corrected on. I've been under the impression they aren't allowed on the road and the truck, by towing the Jeep would make them ok.

Nope not a girly topic, just a naive girly that is thankful this site is here to correct any misconseptions.

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Old 09-22-2003, 01:25 PM
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Re: Fall 2003 Fall Season Opening

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Well, that tire decided to quit, on Interstate 15, just as I was approaching the Cajun pass downhill. Fortunately, by mrblaine's advice, I borrowed Andrew_TJ's spare tire, just in case. So I called up Blaine and Kat on the cello, and they came back with the spaare.

I am hoping to get an ARB locker in my front axle running this week, if John at All 4-wheel Drive can squeeze my jeep in.
I could have brought you my spare for driving purposes!

Sergey,

I have a spare D30 in the garage if you need to swap out the axle to take to John. If you have time tonight, we can throw it on, and you can take the axle up so that you have something to drive..
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Old 09-22-2003, 01:31 PM
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Thumbs up

Thank you William. You also can call me anytime you need help or a spare something, or anything.

I think I'll just leave my jeep at John's, as my rear axle is leaking again, and I want him to check it out too.
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Old 09-22-2003, 05:31 PM
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Old 09-22-2003, 05:33 PM
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So what I really want to know is how did your Jeep work Blaine?
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Old 09-22-2003, 05:49 PM
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Old 09-22-2003, 05:55 PM
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Talking OK, you asked for it.........

You can get there from here: Under "new"
http://www.justaddrocks.com/Johnson_...son_valley.htm

or go to the page from here:
http://www.justaddrocks.com/Johnson_...pt_'03.htm
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Old 09-22-2003, 05:59 PM
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Great pics, thanks.
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Old 09-22-2003, 06:03 PM
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Re: OK, you asked for it.........

Excellent! Thanks!

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You can get there from here: Under "new"
http://www.justaddrocks.com/Johnson_...son_valley.htm

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Old 09-22-2003, 06:03 PM
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Re: Fall 2003 Fall Season Opening

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The season opening was fun. We run the Sledgehammer.
First I ripped another hole in the sidewall of the tire that was damaged the day earlier. And then, I got an "L" shaped rip in the passenger side rear tire, that kept spitting out the plugs every time the jeep was put in reverse and the rocks got a grip on the garland of plugs sticking through the plugged tear. Man, we had to start with the plugs all over three times, and the tire would still not hold air.
Safety Seal demonstration
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Old 09-22-2003, 06:51 PM
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Old 09-22-2003, 07:00 PM
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I wanna be a host on the Safety Seal infomercial!

"How many times did you whish you could plug a slashed tire? Well, now you can!..."

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Old 09-22-2003, 07:42 PM
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I wanna be a host on the Safety Seal infomercial!

"How many times did you whish you could plug a slashed tire? Well, now you can!..."

Yes Sergey,

And you could follow this up with a little package label for retail sales that reads "As seen on TV!"



Hi Kathryn,

Great pictures, thank for putting them up to share.


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Old 09-22-2003, 07:55 PM
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Kat,

Very nice pics!!!! I loved them.
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Old 09-22-2003, 09:12 PM
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Jeff, I wheel my jeep, therefore it gets the priority.
Is that what you call it?

Stevie Wonder called - he wants his Jeep back......



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Old 09-22-2003, 11:34 PM
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Tell Stevie, I am not done yet.
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Old 09-22-2003, 11:51 PM
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Great pictures! I can't wait to see this place for myself. Try to keep a few rigs whole until I get there.
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Old 09-23-2003, 10:59 AM
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Great pictures...thanks for sharing
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