So, admittedly I am not an off roader, but I do enjoy "excercising" my '05 TJ Jeep Wrangler, especially in light of the weather, with recent snowfall accumulations. Two weeks ago I happened to take a "shortcut" through a local nature preserve to play in the snow. Awesome it was, a snowy tree lined trail, through the woods with a stream running alongside, with three (3) fording points. I thought it rather unusual that the water level seemed deeper than normal, and found out why at the third and final crossing, as I literally baptised my Jeep in about 2' of water, of a normally 8" deep crossing. The ice flows had dammed and started to back the creek up, and as I started to climb the far shore bank, at the last minute, I saw a 1 1/2" thick ice ledge sticking out toward me. Not wanting to get stuck, I kept moving forward, hoping for the best, but bracing for the worst. Shouting with elation I was, as "Willy", my trusty '05 TJ came walking up out of the water, but not before I heard a loud bang, where I had presumably taken a direct hit to the grille, from the icy ledge. Further elated I was, when I got home to see no damage done to the font end, until I noticed one of my fog lights acanter, off center, leaning back. Unfotunately, the ice had sheared it off it's base. A tube of JB weld later.... As I was working on that light, it suddenly dawned on me to check the other... Yep, hanging by a thread, both fog lights sheared off. So, if anyone knows of where I can get some stock TJ '05-06 fog lights, preferably used (since I'm not made of money) I'd greatly appreciate it. In the meantime, did you know that tightening the rear lug nuts and replacing that U-joint that has a powdery substance leaking out of it makes your Jeep run smoother?!
I spent Sunday afternoon dropping the driveshaft and replacing the U-joints. God, I love my Jeep!