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Old 09-14-2013, 03:31 PM   #1
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Would we make it??

A friend and I have been throwing around the idea of running out to Moab possibly during EJS next year. We were discussing 7 Mile Rim. Our jeeps began identical but he has upgraded faster than I have. I don't plan on taking mine but both are 4 cyl 5 speed, mine is stock drivetrain, he sits with Aussie-locked HP30 with chromo shafts with 8.8 rear also locked with Eaton ELocker. Both axles have 4.88s. He sits on 35s with 2.5 inch BDS lift, MC Overline front fenders and cut rear with no flares. Im looking for opinions on what else would be needed or wanted to drive out and back to Central Florida area. Does this seem to be a good enough setup to hit highway miles both ways and run some of Moabs trails? Thanks in advance.

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That's a long haul! for something a little closer Check out West Virginia's Hatfield McCoy Ivy Branch Trail I haven't ridden it in the Jeep but we rode some of it in My Polaris RZR a couple of days after it opened & there is some decent trails for sure,Not the same as Moab but quite a bit closer http://www.trailsheaven.com/Hatfield...3.pdf?ext=.pdf

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Hatfield mccoy is a great place! I have never rodr at ivy branch yet but did ride rockhouse trail system by man west virginia..ivy branch is brand new and is the only trail system that allows full size vehicles..but never the less it was a great time
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Your Jeeps will make it fine out there and back. The only advice I would give is try to avoid going during ejs. everyone and their mother goes to moab then, and add a result, itis very crowded and busy. Ask some of the local moab residents, most time even they don't want to be there during ejs
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Old 09-14-2013, 08:42 PM   #5
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We just did 7 mile rim in my wifes jeep on Thursday, the trail was fun but not really challenging at all, just lots of small ledges to keep you occupied.

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Wipe out hill is supposed to be pretty gnarly but we never saw it.
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Old 09-14-2013, 09:15 PM   #6
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You will make it with his gear.

EJS is something that you have to experience at least once. Yes, it is crowded, but there are organized trail runs led by experienced people and lots or things to do and see. All the big vendors are at Spanish Arena with their latest stuff.
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Old 09-15-2013, 04:31 PM   #7
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West Virginia is a lot closer... Some youtube vids shot at Hatfield McCoy Ivy Branch Trail look pretty awesome. I think we can check that out at a different time. EJS would be just for the experience mostly. I think I will have to discuss it a little more and start gearing up for it.

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