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Old 10-29-2013, 11:37 AM   #1
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Talking Rausch Creek PA Wheeling With 5.9L ZJ, TJ Rubicon, Exo-Caged MJ, Lifted XJ

My buddies and I went wheeling over the weekend up at Rausch Creek Off-road Park in Tremont, PA. It's only 1 hour 45 minutes from my house which is nice. This trip had been in the works for a few months. Most of my buddies were spending Friday thru Sunday there. I just went up for the day on Saturday.

Normally I focus on taking photos (Nikon D2x and fun glass), not video, but I wanted to test out my new Canon HD video camera. In this post you'll mostly see photos & videos from me, but some videos and photos are from my buddies who were there as well.

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-Jeep Wrangler TJ: Rubicon, lockers/geared, 35's, Skyjacker long arm
-Jeep Comanche MJ: 35's, custom exo-cage, bumpers, etc.
-Jeep Cherokee XJ: 35's, front bumper, not a care in the world lol
-Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ: 5.9L, 4.5/4.75" lift, 32" MTZ's, Tomken Rocker guards, FourXDoctor diff guard



I arrived around 9:30 to see a packed park. I've seen it crowded before, but the line to sign in was out the building, down the ramp, to the parking lot. AKA, insane.











The first trail we hit did some damage to my doors, even with the rocker guards.

On-board:


Exterior:


After that was winch hill:


We then headed back out on the same trail as before. It's a fun trail in either direction:


Moving on to some other connector trails, mostly blues with some blacks and a black/red:














Once we got to the red/black hillclimb things got a bit more fun:





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Old 10-29-2013, 11:38 AM   #2
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The climb videos:









After all that excitement we moved on to some more connector trails:









Then we got to the Quarry. It's nothing amazing unless you try "Shoot the Moon".. then it gets a bit serious:


He broke the ears off his rear driveshaft:


Then had to use his FWD to try and get down to a recovery position:



Some photos from the Quarry:
















Hill climbs out of the Quarry:







Random other photos and videos from the trip:









Damage report:
-XJ: Broken rear driveshaft ears & broken passenger side axle shaft
-MJ: Nada
-TJ: Nada
-5.9L ZJ: Driver side LCA, tie rod, diff guard, doors:




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Old 10-29-2013, 11:39 AM   #3
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More videos here:
Rick Rotondo - YouTube

& here:
hairyharry155 - YouTube


All in all, another great Rausch Creek trip. Looking forward to repairing the ZJ, adding some new skids/protection, and heading back out!
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Nice! We are heading back up this weekend...yellow jacket is a lot of fun. I did it a month ago or so before i got my lockers installed. was interesting but fun to tackle open on both diffs.
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Nice Videos, looks fun
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My buddy had the same 5.9 Jeep.those things are waayyy too nice to take wheeling & dent up.Someday they will be worth money,I just wish those louvers on the hood served a purpose,not just look cool.
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Always love to see a ZJ battlewagon out gettin some fresh scratches
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Old 12-10-2013, 12:25 PM   #8
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Thanks guys! Can't wait to get back to Rausch. Still need to fix the damage left from it on this trip haha.


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My buddy had the same 5.9 Jeep.those things are waayyy too nice to take wheeling & dent up.Someday they will be worth money,I just wish those louvers on the hood served a purpose,not just look cool.
The hood louvers are functional and definitely serve a cooling purpose. The engine gets HOT, especially while wheeling. You can see heated air pouring out of them on the low speed trails or in traffic.
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WOW! Some great pics! I love that park.
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Great place been few times but never in winter. Open year round?

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