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Old 06-10-2012, 04:41 PM   #1
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Rubicon Trail - 6/7/12 6/10/12

The Rubicon trail is simply amazing. yomondo on here and I went with some guys over at Skeletoad-Offroad. We hit the trail for 3 days, camped at buck island lake the first night and rubicon springs the second night.

The days were long and we took our time taking pictures and spotting, since none of us had done the trail, except for myself and ive only done from loon to spider lake and back. the trail gets a lot harder after spider lake also. Big Sluice and Cadillac hill are the tough parts on the trail, and lots of fun. the trail does not give you a break from spider lake to Cadillac hill, just one big boulder field, steep climb, large rocks, drop offs, water crossing, hard obstacle after another, a jeepers dream! and even before and after these sections its still pretty good wheeling.

all of my pics are here http://s1262.photobucket.com/albums/...20-%20rubicon/








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WOW! That looks like a great way to spend 3 days. Hopefully someday. I am glad y'all enjoyed yourselves. That is beaautiful country.
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Old 06-10-2012, 06:09 PM   #5
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What a great time. What was the damage report?
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Thanks for sharing Brad! That is a must do in your lifetime trail! Looks like a great time, did you guys keep the trail damage down to a minimum?
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Old 06-10-2012, 07:23 PM   #7
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ya no major trail damage. I damaged a valve stem - quick trail fix and i damaged the ends of my front bumpers (arbout time lol). one guy peel back his rear dif cover, BFH fix! armand has a leak i think from his front dif cover. another guy i think damaged his under carriage cross member, it was pushed up into his exhaust. other than that and the usual bumps and scrapes, no issues.
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Nice pictures. Thanks for taking the time to post this...

Been itching to go out there. Kind have been building my Jeep for that trail specifically.
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Here are my pictures.

I have lots of video clips, but it's going to take some time to sort through them all and put together a video.
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Beautiful country up there. Looks like a perfect trip.
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Great pictures! Thanks for sharing those!

What was the smallest tire size in the group?
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we all had at least 35", a few 37".

one guy was 35" and rear locker only made it thru no problem.

another's lockers stopped working 1/2 thru and she made it, on 35's.
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we all had at least 35", a few 37".

one guy was 35" and rear locker only made it thru no problem.

another's lockers stopped working 1/2 thru and she made it, on 35's.
Thanks, I figured as much. My TJ is set up correctly for, and is sitting on 33's. Doubt I'll be on 35s when I come over to do the Rubicon. (Don't want to regear again, add bigger brakes, hydro assist steering, etc.) I have ARBs front and rear though, and I'll make sure I finish armoring it up before I head over.
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you should be able to do it with 33's.
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you should be able to do it with 33's.
I hope so. I'll bypass the sluices.
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That looks like Jeep heaven right there...cant wait. I am up in Tahoe for a meeting in July and were going to go check out the area. Hope to run this next year!
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Here's my video. Enjoy!
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Awesome video!
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Very nice video.
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Thanks guys.
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Ready to guide on the trail, Yomondo?
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Ready to guide on the trail, Yomondo?
Almost. Personally, I'll want to pick up a Ready Welder portable welding unit, a CO2 tank, and a few more tools first. Then it would have to be with a group of experienced wheelers with adequately equipped rigs and gear. The more collective knowledge and experience you have in the group, the better. Lots of spotting is needed, so it's helpful to have a few who are good at that. And there's a high chance of breakage, so knowledge of trail repairs helps.
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Almost. Personally, I'll want to pick up a Ready Welder portable welding unit, a CO2 tank, and a few more tools first. Then it would have to be with a group of experienced wheelers with adequately equipped rigs and gear. The more collective knowledge and experience you have in the group, the better. Lots of spotting is needed, so it's helpful to have a few who are good at that. And there's a high chance of breakage, so knowledge of trail repairs helps.
I understand what you mean. I have a York on board air setup, so air isn't a problem as long as my engine will run, but I would like to add a Premier Power welder to my rig before hitting the Rubicon. Also, I need some more armor. I'd be looking at probably 2014 before I'm ready. Got a baby girl on the way, so I probably won't even go to Moab next year, which means I'll have a year to get my rig ready and find a truck to tow with. I drove my Jeep to Moab last year, and will again this year, but when I come out there to run that trail I want to haul.

I've turned a couple of wrenches in my life so far, so trail repairs shouldn't be too big a worry. I guess that all depends on what gets broken, and what spares are available.

The only thing that bothers me is my tire size. Nick is running 33s on Junior as well. Oh well. I guess we'll make do.

I think Nick and I will likely try to be there at the same time.
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Almost. Personally, I'll want to pick up a Ready Welder portable welding unit, a CO2 tank, and a few more tools first. Then it would have to be with a group of experienced wheelers with adequately equipped rigs and gear. The more collective knowledge and experience you have in the group, the better. Lots of spotting is needed, so it's helpful to have a few who are good at that. And there's a high chance of breakage, so knowledge of trail repairs helps.
We're in the planning stage of next years Rubi trip. Let's get a group and do it!
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We're in the planning stage of next years Rubi trip. Let's get a group and do it!
Let's talk about it when we get together, but at this time I don't know yet if I'll be able to do a Rubicon Trail trip next year. I only have so much time off per year, and I'm thinking of doing the Dusy Ershim next summer.
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Let's talk about it when we get together, but at this time I don't know yet if I'll be able to do a Rubicon Trail trip next year. I only have so much time off per year, and I'm thinking of doing the Dusy Ershim next summer.
And that's another option that I hear is awesome, and closer
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hey, saw you guys out there. it was a great weekend perfect weather and great views. looks like you had a good time
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Let's talk about it when we get together, but at this time I don't know yet if I'll be able to do a Rubicon Trail trip next year. I only have so much time off per year, and I'm thinking of doing the Dusy Ershim next summer.
yes im in for the dusy, and its almost twice as long

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hey, saw you guys out there. it was a great weekend perfect weather and great views. looks like you had a good time
cool! yeah couldn't have been better everyone enjoyed themselves!
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cool! yeah couldn't have been better everyone enjoyed themselves![/QUOTE]

your jk's were clean. i was in the blue tj rubicon our groups kinda kept passing each other on the trail.

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