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Old 06-16-2014, 08:21 AM   #1
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Buried the Willys this weekend

Took the JKU Willys out to Haspin Acres in Indiana (what an awesome place) to see how see would perform. The looks I got from peope as they saw this shiny Jeep pulling up with temp tags still on was pretty funny. They couldn't believe I was bringing it there.

Well I saw a nice mud hole so I got out and put a stick in it to make sure it wasn't too deep. The stick showed about a foot deep so I said what the hell lets do it. Well the hole ended up being a sand hole with water so it was super soft. Got it into the hold and once I came to a stop, I realized how deep it really was. The right side was deeper than the left side with the tires just under the surface of the water so it was 32" deep.

Two guys on a quad and a side by side came by and winched me out. The Willys is stock so I was wondering about water in the axles. Should I be concerned? I made the hour drive home with no problems.

Other than that, I was really impressed with how the Jeep performed. There was a decent rock section that she just conquered with easy and everything performed flawlessly. If you ever get the chance, go check this place out. $20 per person for a 24 hr pass. You can camp where ever you can get to and they have 100's of miles of trails on +700 acres. I definitely plan on going back.

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Old 06-16-2014, 08:35 AM   #2
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Yup, be concerned and change your fluids!

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Old 06-16-2014, 09:19 AM   #3
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I wouldn't worry too much about water in the axles--it is unlikely as long as the breather hoses are up high and have the ends in them. If you are concerned at all check the fluid level--after a short trip--the water will be at the bottom but the oil will appear milky--if it is milky at all it needs to be changed.
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Old 06-16-2014, 10:09 AM   #4
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never stop in a mud hole or water like a stream or creek. You will sink right in as you experienced. Keep the momentum going.
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Old 06-16-2014, 10:16 AM   #5
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Haspin is either dry as bone or wet slim... there are some good rock trails back behind the barn that go over to the big climb... and a cool mostly dry creek with ledges you also get to over in the area with all the shoes on the tree...
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You're braver than I am. I wouldn't even take my 06 up there and wheel it, it's nothing but ruts because they don't maintain it anymore.
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Old 06-16-2014, 10:26 AM   #7
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Maybe just that I'm an old fart, but calling a JK trim package vehicle a Willys just makes my stomach turn a bit.
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It's worth a check. Suck a little fluid out the fill holes and look for cloudy/yellowish fluid.
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Maybe just that I'm an old fart, but calling a JK trim package vehicle a Willys just makes my stomach turn a bit
although i don't have such a strong opinion as you, I too am a bit bothered by referring to the JK as a Willys. But, that's the fault of Jeep marketing. It would have made sense if they brought out a separate Willys brand, or a "wheeler edition" JK rather than a trim package with an automaker's name. Still, of the special edition JKs, the Willys package is the best. Let's just hope Chrysler doesn't buy the rights to the Hummer name.
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Ok .. Let's not ruin this poor guys thread. (Edit)
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Old 06-16-2014, 11:44 PM   #11
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OP, I would check all your fluids just to be safe, seeing as how you still have temp tags .
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Old 06-17-2014, 07:37 AM   #12
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Just curious as to when you got it buried, 4 lo or 4 hi, traction control off or on? I know you are stock and it sounds like quicksand but the little Jeep can dig some snot sometimes.
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Old 06-17-2014, 07:48 AM   #13
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Thanks for all responses. I will crawl under it tonight and give everything a check.


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Just curious as to when you got it buried, 4 lo or 4 hi, traction control off or on? I know you are stock and it sounds like quicksand but the little Jeep can dig some snot sometimes.
I was in 4lo. I kept it in 4lo (besides just cruising the main strip) when I was on any trial out there.

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