Took my 2004 Rubicon home to the Rubicon this past weekend. It was amazing. With only a 2.5" OME lift and 33" BFG MTRs, I was the smallest of seven rigs in our group. We ran the trail from Loon Lake to Buck Island on Friday morning and found a nice spot there to setup camp for the next two days. The trip in took about 5 hours to go about 5.5 miles though we were often delayed by the Jeep Jamboree.
Swimming in Buck Island was awesome as the water was just the right temp. On Saturday, three of the rigs wheeled down to Rubicon Springs. I rode passenger in an XJ on 40's because I had to drive mine 400 miles home on Sunday night. That portion of the trail looked to be the most difficult.
We wheeled out on Sunday morning. It took another 5 hours thanks to a broken axle shaft on a buddy's Land Rover and a punctured sidewall on another TJ.
Bottom line was this. Traction was only an issue in a few spots due to my factory lockers. My main issue was ground clearance. I knew this ahead of time so I had installed BCC rocker guards, a Skidrow steering box skid, and a Teraflex HD oil pan skid prior to the trip. I used the rocker guards A LOT and they took it like a champ. Despite some people saying the steering box skid is a waste of money, I found it to be the best $60 I ever spent. I hit it hard at least once and it also did its job. The oil pan skid went untouched, but the piece of mind it offered every time I dragged the underside over rocks was valuable.
I look forward to my next trip up, hopefully on 35s next time. Pics to follow...