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.
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.
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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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.
2012 Deep Cherry Red JKU Sport S - Tickastar, 6 speed, 3.73, Dual Tops