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Old 12-29-2013, 04:46 PM   #1
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2013 comes to a close...

So another great year of 4 wheelin has come and gone..
I have to say that I've had an awesome year of wheelin my jeep. I've met some great people and have run some really great trails this year....
I was looking back over this past year and thought it would be cool to hear about the trails that have left you and your jeep wounded...
So let's hear it....tell us what part(s) you have broken on the trail and tell us what trail(s) you did it on....this should be fun...lol
Thanx guys and gals...
Happy New Years..!!
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Happy New Year Steve, hate to disappoint you, lots of trails, including a bunch of harder hammer trails and other than 1 broken JJ and a sheared mounting bolt no breakage. Still drove it across the lakebed and back on the trailer.
Fixed it the next day and went wheelin again a day later


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This was actually my very first year of actual rock crawling. Before I did light trails and had a blast. My Jeep was stock on 31's the beginning of this year and I went out to Calico for the meet and greet. I got my very first taste of rocks there. After that I was absolutely addicted. I started reading the forums religiously and started learning general mechanics. Fast forward to now and I'm sitting comfortably on 35's and working in a shop as a tire guy. I basically went from knowing how to change my oil to being able to set gears in 8 months, needless to say I've been taking this whole Jeep thing extremely seriously. My most memorable trip this year was when I first met Lorie in Hungry Valley, who knew that one person would completely change my life. Shes helped my addiction grow and I've enjoyed numerous trips with her and all of our friends.

It seems every trip I end up damaging something, I've never seriously broken anything to the point where I cannot drive home. My second Calico trip ever I ended up blowing both rear u-joints at some point, I can't recall the exact moment. On our first Big Bear trip I blew up both of my front carrier bearings on Holcomb, I honestly didn't even realize it until I did my gears. The races were pitted and the bearings were just, well, everywhere. I went to Calico again for Thanksgiving and only suffered minor body damage from attempting Gatekeeper, my friend actually sheared both the inner and outer shaft on the passenger side on the second major climb. It was completely washed out, his 40's were completely swallowed up in a hole. It just was not happening that day. He also busted his driver side mirror, his tub was pushed in through his body armor, and we had the windshield fold down on us at one point due to one of the straps breaking. Needless to say it was a fun trip, and I'm looking forward to the wheeling adventures that 2014 brings me!
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This was actually my very first year of actual rock crawling. Before I did light trails and had a blast. My Jeep was stock on 31's the beginning of this year and I went out to Calico for the meet and greet. I got my very first taste of rocks there. After that I was absolutely addicted. I started reading the forums religiously and started learning general mechanics. Fast forward to now and I'm sitting comfortably on 35's and working in a shop as a tire guy. I basically went from knowing how to change my oil to being able to set gears in 8 months, needless to say I've been taking this whole Jeep thing extremely seriously. My most memorable trip this year was when I first met Lorie in Hungry Valley, who knew that one person would completely change my life. Shes helped my addiction grow and I've enjoyed numerous trips with her and all of our friends.

It seems every trip I end up damaging something, I've never seriously broken anything to the point where I cannot drive home. My second Calico trip ever I ended up blowing both rear u-joints at some point, I can't recall the exact moment. On our first Big Bear trip I blew up both of my front carrier bearings on Holcomb, I honestly didn't even realize it until I did my gears. The races were pitted and the bearings were just, well, everywhere. I went to Calico again for Thanksgiving and only suffered minor body damage from attempting Gatekeeper, my friend actually sheared both the inner and outer shaft on the passenger side on the second major climb. It was completely washed out, his 40's were completely swallowed up in a hole. It just was not happening that day. He also busted his driver side mirror, his tub was pushed in through his body armor, and we had the windshield fold down on us at one point due to one of the straps breaking. Needless to say it was a fun trip, and I'm looking forward to the wheeling adventures that 2014 brings me!
That's a nice write up bud....looks like you and your jeep are growing at a fast rate...
Can't wait to see where you are this time next year.
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Happy New Year Steve, hate to disappoint you, lots of trails, including a bunch of harder hammer trails and other than 1 broken JJ and a sheared mounting bolt no breakage. Still drove it across the lakebed and back on the trailer.
Fixed it the next day and went wheelin again a day later

Right on Art...I'm with you on this one....I gave the ol Yj a purdy good workout in 2013... feed it a steady diet of rocks that's for sure. But I didn't encounter to many issues this year.
Other then a broken motor mount that day we ran Point of Rocks in Oro Grande....(we need to get back there soon) , a bent D shaft (but ran it for another 6 month of hard wheelin till I did that auto trans swap) and cracked front shackle on Pumpkin Eater in Stoddard Wells...O and a 10 year old Yellow Top Optima took a crap on me on Dorian in Calico....it's been a great year..
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That's been the only breakage in 3 years of hard wheelin, not bad
Bend the rear drive shafts 3 years ago but wheeled with that for over a year
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Happy new year Steve and to all jeepers out there.
Mine wasn't as bad as some of you. Bent a tie rod on marble canyon, busted a tire on mattino wash, both runs with you.
I'm looking forward to going on more runs next year.
See you on the next one.
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We did lotsa good wheeling this year Steve. I managed to get away this year with no breakage, but shes got lots of new scrapes, dents, scratches and bends! She looks good!

We'll see what 2014 brings... im ready to play harder!
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I've had my share of minor breakdowns (mostly flat tires, LOL), but the best of the worst was when Raffi saved my bacon ½ way up the first water fall at Dishpan a few months back. We made some memories that day....thanx y'all!!
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I'm hoping that all involved can forgive and forget that electrical issue that put the quash on Matino Wash that day too! All for the price of a $15 part.
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We did lotsa good wheeling this year Steve. I managed to get away this year with no breakage, but shes got lots of new scrapes, dents, scratches and bends! She looks good!

We'll see what 2014 brings... im ready to play harder!
Yes...yes we did JC....I'm glad I was there for most if not all of your jeep carnage...good times...
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First off, Happy New Years everyone. It's unbelievable when I look back at all the good trails we've wheeled this year and how much we all put into our jeeps. I had two breakdowns this year. One was at marble canyon when I literally snapped my rock krawler tie rod and had taken the spare out of my jeep the night before. (Just my luck considering I carried a spare for 2years)(Thanks to everyone who helped). The second was at big bear when I tore off a rear shock mount and to top it off my alternator died when inflating my tires (thank god for odyssey batteries).
Even after all the carnage I am not one bit disappointed. I wheeled the jeep hard this year and also gave her a major makeover. All the skids, bumpers, and armor took a great beating. I even got a chance to wheel the dusy this year which if I could describe in word would be insane. Hope to wheel many new trails this upcoming year and meet even more great people.
And Steve, I've been dying to go back to marble canyon bud. I've still have a score to settle with the gatekeeper.
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The only broken part was my heart when I sold my TJ and bought a JKU. I loved that red Rubi. Nothing broken so far but only 2 trails so far on the new jeep. Just had lots of fun learning how to drive in the dirt. It is a whole new thing from pavement racing. But I am having a blast learning.
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This has been an amazing year. My "broken" items were a bent tie rod and a leaky steering stabilizer and yesterday some leaking break fluid. Everything else I had to do was what I consider normal wear and tear. On the positive I have met some great people thru my first jeeping year. I started out the year scared in the snow. Scared to humiliate my self, scared to get stuck and scared to climb over rocks. I am ending this year with a great sense of confidence. You guys have all helped with that. I just wanna tell you all thank you for including me in your runs and teaching me all I know so far, having the patience to teach me, and answering all my crazy questions. Gunner, Woknrox, JPi1, the Misfits and several others were some great teachers. I remember Gunner looking up things on the internet and sending me info as I was working on things. 2014 will be filled with more new friends I am sure and many more great trails and fun times. To all of you happy New Year! Thank you all for being so amazing!

As for trails: I can't remember all the names lol. But as many as I could fit in the time and the budget.

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I'm starting to think I don't wheel my rig hard enough. Nothing much more than a punctured muffler and a bent diff cover.

Although this year you guys helped me raise money for two very good causes during 3 seperate fund raisers. Much appreciation goes to the Misfits for that one, and everyone else who supported. I think my favorite moment was when Dak and ChuckMRN randomly showed up in the middle of the nowhere just to show their support. Good stuff!
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Happy new year Steve and to all jeepers out there.
Mine wasn't as bad as some of you. Bent a tie rod on marble canyon, busted a tire on mattino wash, both runs with you.
I'm looking forward to going on more runs next year.
See you on the next one.
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I'm starting to notice a trend here....I was on both of those runs with you...lol
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This has been an amazing year. My "broken" items were a bent tie rod and a leaky steering stabilizer and yesterday some leaking break fluid. Everything else I had to do was what I consider normal wear and tear. On the positive I have met some great people thru my first jeeping year. I started out the year scared in the snow. Scared to humiliate my self, scared to get stuck and scared to climb over rocks. I am ending this year with a great sense of confidence. You guys have all helped with that. I just wanna tell you all thank you for including me in your runs and teaching me all I know so far, having the patience to teach me, and answering all my crazy questions. Gunner, Woknrox, JPi1, the Misfits and several others were some great teachers. I remember Gunner looking up things on the internet and sending me info as I was working on things. 2014 will be filled with more new friends I am sure and many more great trails and fun times. To all of you happy New Year! Thank you all for being so amazing!

As for trails: I can't remember all the names lol. But as many as I could fit in the time and the budget.

Rhonda & Jake & Axle
Its amazing how far and fast you've come with your jeepin experience... your one tuff cookie and its been a pleasure being apart of it....
I'm sure the new year is gonna be a good one for you ..
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First off, Happy New Years everyone. It's unbelievable when I look back at all the good trails we've wheeled this year and how much we all put into our jeeps. I had two breakdowns this year. One was at marble canyon when I literally snapped my rock krawler tie rod and had taken the spare out of my jeep the night before. (Just my luck considering I carried a spare for 2years)(Thanks to everyone who helped). The second was at big bear when I tore off a rear shock mount and to top it off my alternator died when inflating my tires (thank god for odyssey batteries).
Even after all the carnage I am not one bit disappointed. I wheeled the jeep hard this year and also gave her a major makeover. All the skids, bumpers, and armor took a great beating. I even got a chance to wheel the dusy this year which if I could describe in word would be insane. Hope to wheel many new trails this upcoming year and meet even more great people.
And Steve, I've been dying to go back to marble canyon bud. I've still have a score to settle with the gatekeeper.
I'm thinking an MC re do is in are near future bud!!
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I'm starting to notice a trend here....I was on both of those runs with you...lol
That's a good one bud.
Hey Steve I will not hesitate to go with you on any run. I've enjoyed every one of them.
Unfortunately I've been so busy lately and with the hunting season upon us, it's been tough going on runs.
I'm hoping that I'll go on more runs in the coming year.
I'm looking into either putting a rubi crawler in my 2012 JKU auto or swap in a rubi TC. I heard that the rubi crawler will not work with the 2012 auto. The other option is to sleeve, chromoly axles, and locker for my front D30. Decision, decision??

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Hey that sounds like a good plan you have for your jeep Joe...
I'd like to get you out to Stoddard Wells in 2014....show you some good ol Desert wheelin..
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I heard that the rubi crawler will not work with the 2012 auto. The other option is to sleeve, chromoly axles, and locker for my front D30. Decision, decision??

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You are correct. The rubicrawler is only for the 42RLE.
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I've been looking long and hard at the Rubi crawler for my jeep. Think that will be my next mod after a front 44.
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I smashed one of my tail light assemblies on Matino. Luckily I was able to get a complete replacement for around $50 on Amazon.

I also had JPI replace my OEM ball joints with Synergy because of some wobbly steering, but that's more of a wear and tear item than breakage.

I guess I've done fairly well considering all the runs I've been on. This is my first 4x4 and have had it just barely over 2 years, so happy I haven't broken anything major. knock on wood...
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The only broken part was my heart when I sold my TJ and bought a JKU. I loved that red Rubi. Nothing broken so far but only 2 trails so far on the new jeep. Just had lots of fun learning how to drive in the dirt. It is a whole new thing from pavement racing. But I am having a blast learning.
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I too have had a great year of wheeling with all of my friends, some local and some from WF. DAK, Moabrubi, WOKNROX, Dave049 (IIRC), Cons Table, Lab Lover, and many others that I can't think of for some darned reason. It has been a pleasure meeting you and wheeling with you.

And to those that I know here on WF that I have not met yet, we will meet sometime next year for sure. It's just a matter of time.

I have done Last Chance Canyon, Nightmare Gultch, Monachae Meadows, the Defence Mine, South Park Canyon, Pleasant Canyon, Jail Canyon, and Sherman Pass, just to name a few. It has all been good and I can't wait to do others that I have not done yet.

Come on 2014!
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Snapped a drivers side rear axle going up the big Sluce on the Rubicon. Going back in June to try and even the score. Happy New Year everyone. Dave
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I made it through 2013 with nothing more than a few pinstripes.

That is the good news.

Bad news is I really did not wheel much at all.

Maybe later in 2014 I will be able to pick up the pace a bit.
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I made it through 2013 with nothing more than a few pinstripes.

That is the good news.

Bad news is I really did not wheel much at all.

Maybe later in 2014 I will be able to pick up the pace a bit.

Rich, you had better pick up the pace at least a little. I have to put a stick next to you just to make sure you are still moving at all. Happy New Year Bubba!!
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Hey that sounds like a good plan you have for your jeep Joe...
I'd like to get you out to Stoddard Wells in 2014....show you some good ol Desert wheelin..
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Today my JKU got a rubicon transfer case swap. I can hardly wait to try it out.
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