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Old 09-13-2009, 08:08 PM   #1
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My jeep had its first official trail run today and survived surprisingly well. Prior to today, I was just toying around in the woods on roads that were on the gps. Today was the first time on the trail with a dozen other jeepers completely off of the gps roads.

I highly recommend joining a wheeling club. The one I'm joining is specifically for jeeps. They require going on a run before being inducted as a member. I just spent the last 6 hours in four low. I challenged both the limits of my jeep and my nerves. By lunch time, I was a bundle of nerves. Eating and time calmed things down and the afternoon went quite well.

There were two or three JKs. I was the only four door on the run. I didn't get stuck anywhere but the members of the club, specifically one of them got out 3 times and spotted for me through some difficult spots. There were several places with large rocks where the sway bar disconnect came in real handy. Being in line and watching what was happening gave real confidence that the jeep could do it. Some rises up onto rocks that I may not have attempted on my own were accomplished because I saw how capable the jeeps ahead of me were. We traversed water and mud up to the doors. I now have a better understanding of what skid plates are for. I used the ones available on the Rubicon several times. I can see now that protecting the oil pan and the differentials is a must. The trail was rated a 6 according to the participants. Any more difficult than that, I'll probably want to do a lift. I put the lockers on about three times to bump and grind over a couple of spots. Had to back up about three times to try a different attack line to prevent coming down hard on some rocks.

One place in particular was probably more than a 6. The run was pretty steep with loose rocks. One ot the JK's had to get his winch line out and winch himself up. The remainder bumped and ground up the hill. There were three grades of climb in that spot. I took the lesser of the three which was still pretty challenging. So, it was a very successful day and the club mad me feel welcome and confident to continue.

The jeep is dirty but not covered in it. I'll try and get pictures of it tomorrow before it gets a wash down. I'll sleep well tonight.

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Old 09-13-2009, 08:11 PM   #2
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Sounds like you had a great time! Now we just need some pictures as proof.

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Yeah pictures...... or else
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Old 09-14-2009, 02:22 PM   #5
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Sway Bar Disconnects eh... Hmm... is that a worth it upgrade for someone such as myself?
I've got a LK X and have only added 33 tires and that is it so far. But sway bar disconnect seems like something I could afford at the moment. Worth it?
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Old 09-14-2009, 02:33 PM   #6
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Sway Bar Disconnects eh... Hmm... is that a worth it upgrade for someone such as myself?
I've got a LK X and have only added 33 tires and that is it so far. But sway bar disconnect seems like something I could afford at the moment. Worth it?
Do you off road much? If it's any less then yes wait till you get a real lift that comes with them.
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+1 on some nice pics
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Sounds like it was a really good trip, looking foward to the photo's
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Do you off road much? If it's any less then yes wait till you get a real lift that comes with them.
Not as much as I'd like to because I live in the city. But when I do go offroading would it really help me and make it easier maybe?

A buddy of mine just mentioned he removed his completely off his Bronco and hasn't looked back. I've also done some research and there are some people who like the way it a Jeep drives without it, on and off the road.

Is it to much trouble for me to remove them and just try it out? I am a newbie when it comes to working on cars. I've only changed oil, tires thermostat and assisted in changing a radiator... so if it is easy and pretty dummy proof, I'm willing to give it a shot. I mean, I went looking at it today and it seems pretty simple.

Where is a good place to snag some disconnects for an LK?
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I don't know a TON about JK's but I have drivin on the highway without them being connected on my TJ and it scared the shit out of me. I would suggest you making some home made discos and go that route and then invest into a real set when you get a bigger lift. Make multiple sets of the home made kind because with a daily driver they will ware out. Make sure you go with a high grade bolt and washer just in case.
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I didn't get many pictures but here is a few, unfortunately only one on the trail and not very interesting at that.

Lining up before the run.
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On the trail.
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And the dirty jeep. Because of the dark color of the jeep, it doesn't show the dirt off very well.
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Sorry it took so long posting them. I worked after work today.

The lockers I think made a big difference while traversing very uneven terrain. The run was in New Hampshire. Most of the trail was rocky and rough. This day was a very positive experience. I would do it again. In fact, I'm looking forward to it.
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I don't know a TON about JK's but I have drivin on the highway without them being connected on my TJ and it scared the shit out of me. I would suggest you making some home made discos and go that route and then invest into a real set when you get a bigger lift. Make multiple sets of the home made kind because with a daily driver they will ware out. Make sure you go with a high grade bolt and washer just in case.
Alright, that could work. I found a website that explains how to make your own. I think I'll try it.
Thanks for the help.
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It's not a good idea in a vehicle with 4 coil springs to go without a sway bar.
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I'm only looking at making my own disconnects for offroading. That's all.
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CONGRATS! Sounds like you had a BLAST!

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CONGRATS! Sounds like you had a BLAST!

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SERIOUSLY what a BLAST!

I wonder if the club thought it was too intense a run for me. They knew I had NEVER ever done anything like it and asked me if I was OK a lot. I think maybe they were concerned that they may have overextended me on the first time out when they saw how nerved up I was at lunch. Nothing that a little food didn't cure though. Slowed my nerves right down and as I got more used to how my jeep would respond in a given situation, the nerves really settled in the afternoon. I didn't know you could pack so much fun in a jeep in one afternoon.

Hope to do it again soon.
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Old 10-31-2009, 03:54 AM   #17
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Congrats! Owning a Rubi JK stock, I know first hand how nervous it was when going out on my local Jamboree event compared to the heavily modded CJ, TJ and YJs on the trail.
Amazingly capable is an understatement. I now am pushing to get more trails under my belt and more mods done in 2010.

Keep us posted on your future adventures & happy Jeepin'....
Oh yeah, take more @@#%#!$@ pics!!!

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