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Old 04-22-2013, 09:09 PM   #1
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Thinking about the Rubicon

I have a 2004 LJ with 4 inch lift with 33 inch MTR's, 8K winch and Rock Sliders, and I am thinking about doing the Rubicon this fall. Is it do able without too much drama?? I am thinking about regearing and putting an E Locker in the rear. What are my chances of having a good trip???

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You'll be fine as long as you don't go for the bonus points. Even better if you regear and throw a locker at it.

Watch this video. Classic and just puts me in a good mood every time I watch it. Your Jeep is more capable than you know.

Carry some spare parts and watch your spotter.

Enjoy the video!



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Old 04-22-2013, 10:30 PM   #3
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Are you going alone and how much experience do you have? You can go practice on the John Bull for it. I haven't done it yet but my buddies have and they say the hard part of the John Bull Is like the Rubicon. If your going with a group I would go for it.
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What kind of spare parts would you take??
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I'd be carrying at least an axle shaft and U-joints..fluids..find out what everyone else is bringing so you don't have to bring everything. That way if something goes wrong, everybody together will have all bases covered.

How fun was that video!
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That video was way too much fun. I really enjoyed the guy in the orange jeep at the end who likes the skinny pedal as much as I do. Lol
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If you are at all handy with a welder it is never a bad idea to bring an on-board welder with you. My buddy always takes one with him on the extreme trails, along with the things Lorie said. A spare oil filter is a good idea as well.
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That video was way too much fun. I really enjoyed the guy in the orange jeep at the end who likes the skinny pedal as much as I do. Lol
They literally almost Bounce out of their Jeeps..and do you see the HUGE smiles on their faces?!! I love that video!
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They literally almost Bounce out of their Jeeps..and do you see the HUGE smiles on their faces?!! I love that video!
That should be us smiling like that next summer. Yes?
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Sorry Birdmann, didn't mean to hijack your thread. Obviously we all get excited at the prospect of running the Rubicon. Again, and again. Lol
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I want to plan a trip for the Dusy.
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I want to plan a trip for the Dusy.
The Dusy is even more demanding then the Rubicon ...and August is the time of year to go...
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I have a 2004 LJ with 4 inch lift with 33 inch MTR's, 8K winch and Rock Sliders, and I am thinking about doing the Rubicon this fall. Is it do able without too much drama?? I am thinking about regearing and putting an E Locker in the rear. What are my chances of having a good trip???
I heard the Con has gotten easier since I ran it last summer, but I'd say 33's, one locker, and rock rails minimum if you want to enjoy the trip. Bring recovery gear, tools, spare parts and fluids. There will be bears and LOTS of mosquitoes, so be prepared for those too. If you're not going with someone who is familiar with the trail, do your research. One of the many water crossings can get pretty deep straight through the middle, so you'll need to know which line to take because of course you can't see what's underneath. Also Cadillac Hill can be tricky, and it's on a narrow ledge so be careful. That's where that girl had that accident last year that cost her her life. You may need to stack rocks and pick a good line.

If you don't have an on-board welder in your group, take down this contact for in case you get in a bind out there. It might be a good backup to keep his contact info anyway. The owner is David Beam. We met him on the Rubicon Trail last summer. He volunteers every year at Jeepers Jamboree as a spotter. He can do trail recovery and fixes (welding).

BCS Fabrication
6441 Agra St, Pollock Pines, CA 95726
530-391-6893

If it helps, here's a compilation of GPS tracks and waypoints for the Rubicon Trail and access roads leading to and from the trail.

Rubicon Trail Reference

And here's a video from last summer.



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The Dusy is even more demanding then the Rubicon ...and August is the time of year to go...
I'm tentatively planning on doing the Dusy 2nd week of September.
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Man I Mondo ...September sucks for me...that's when we go on mandatory overtime 7 days a week to push all the assets of the base.....for the end of the fiscal year ....

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