The Moab trip was pretty fruitful. I got the opportunity to talk to a lot of industry guys about Set Them Free which was the main reason for going out there during this time.
The Jeep handled my one day of wheeling like a champ. I ran Pritchett Canyon, Hunter's Canyon and up about half of behind the rocks.
Biggest thing I can mention is that I didn't notice my steering once. That hydro-assist now goes into my favorite upgrade position, sorry anti-rock.
The new ride height (from 5.5" springs down to 4") wasn't as noticeable as I thought it would be. I honestly thought I would hate it because of the lost clearance but it was OK and probably more stable.
My control arms are now seriously popping at every turn so those bushings need to be replaced pretty soon.
I joined up with a group of guys in buggies on 40's & 42's. Don't know what I was thinking but I started following them and trying to keep up. There is close to zero proof I even ran the trails because they hardly slowed down for anything. They one shot almost every obstacle with the exception of the rock pile which one of them did still one shot. They all drove up white knuckle hill too. It was actually pretty good for me because I ran almost the whole trail without a spotter which was new to me and ended up figuring out lines on my own from the driver's seat. I did have to pull cable a few times (up chewy hill, suicide hill and up white knuckle hill) but drove everything else, mostly on my own just trying to keep pace.
Pritchett canyon is now one of my favorite trails, second favorite in Moab behind Hell's Revenge. I can't wait to go back and take my time on some of the obstacles and get proof that I drove them!
Here are the pics I do have:
Only one from Pritchett
Up White Knuckle:
Which one of these doesn't belong?
Video of one of the guys up the rock pile (this obstacle was stupid, the bypass was even a monster)
On a more personal note, my son recently started to be terrified of the Jeep and wouldn't want to get near it. This was really strange since just a little bit ago his favorite thing to do was to go out in the garage and 'drive' it. The wife and I didn't want to push him so in Moab this week we started by taking him out to get some ice cream in it and it started out pretty rough but by the end of the trip he wasn't protesting riding in it at all. Next step is to get him on an easy trail to get comfortable with bouncing off road again.