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Old 02-15-2014, 11:11 PM   #1
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Hey guys I know it's a bit late to be postin this but were doin china wall tomorrow meeting place is Joanie's deli in woodland park at 9am post up if you wanna go

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Can this be done in a stock Rubicon with all the snow right now?

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Can this be done in a stock Rubicon with all the snow right now?
You shouldn't have any problem. It's not a high elevation so not much snow. Plus it gets a lot of traffic to pack the snow down.

Where you coming from?
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Old 02-16-2014, 09:13 AM   #4
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Ya it can I also have a 10k winch just in case
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Old 02-16-2014, 07:33 PM   #5
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Anyone coming down 285 from the north (Conifer area)?
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Old 02-16-2014, 08:08 PM   #6
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Well, that was interesting...

Sebastian needs to do some work gauging his breakover angle. First time I ever saw a jeep with all four wheels in the air that wasn't upside down...

He did make up for it with probably the best poser stunt I have yet seen. Hopefully he'll post the pictures of it.

I only got stuck once, when I turned sideways going down into Box Canyon. I was able to dig myself out so I didn't have to subject myself to Sebastian's winch and derision...

On a less happy note, while we did the whole trail without mishap (I'm ignoring Sebastian's trying to pretend he's a turtle), when we got back out on 77 I hadn't gone a mile when my rear axle completely locked up. So Maude came home on the back of a flatbed. Looks like I'll be tearing down the axle tomorrow to see what broke...
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That's some bullshit Ed. I don't know what to say it "hopefully" is cause I'm pretty sure no part of an axle is cheap.
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Hey guys I know it's a bit late to be postin this but were doin china wall tomorrow meeting place is Joanie's deli in woodland park at 9am post up if you wanna go
What time do you plan on being at the trailhead?
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We were out there today Chuck. Sebastian posted it Friday evening.
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We were out there today Chuck. Sebastian posted it Friday evening.
Well shit then. Thanks Ed.
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lookin forward to the pics!

Sorry to hear about the mishap, ed! Hopefully it'll be something you can tackle quick, although as posted by brian...nothing for the axle is cheap. Good luck though, man.
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That's some bullshit Ed. I don't know what to say it "hopefully" is cause I'm pretty sure no part of an axle is cheap.
Well, first guess is a broken axle shaft, not cheap. Second guess is a blown gearset, also not cheap. Third guess is blown TruTrak, way not cheap. I'm really hoping for a broken axle shaft but the symptoms don't fit
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Aww man. Sucks bad Ed. Sorry to hear.
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Thanks Justin, Owen. Yeah, it totally sucks but it is the first breakdown I've ever had wheeling. And it happened back on the blacktop, not out in the back forty of China Wall. Guess I can't complain too much
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Tis true. I'm sure that saved you a ton of money by making it to pavement. Need any help or anything?
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Oh yeah, they do off road recovery but I don't even want to think about the cost. And they did knock twenty percent off the mileage because I'm local. I'm not complaining

Thanks, but I've torn down that axle so many times I can do it in my sleep. Getting it in the garage, though, is going to be "Don't try this at home, kids. This guy is certifiable."
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Lol let me know how it goes.
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Sorry to hear Ed. Well at least there is still plenty of wheeling this season. Hell the "season" hasn't even started. Glad you got out ok.
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We were out there today Chuck. Sebastian posted it Friday evening.
Well were there pics?? Lol And man I'm sorry to hear about your axle. Hopefully it's not the TrueTrac.
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Season? Hell, it's the winter season Although with the 4.88 gears and the short wheelbase it's tough to keep pointed in the right direction. Keeps wanting to go sideways. Maybe I should try driving backwards in deep snow and not even try fighting it. I watched Sebastian back most of the way down the last hill in Box Canyon.
I guess he posted some pics on facebook, maybe he can provide a link.
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I watched Sebastian back most of the way down the last hill in Box Canyon.
X2 lol.
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Old 02-17-2014, 03:48 PM   #22
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Here are the pics and I'm not that crazy
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Although coming. Down that one hill was really sketchy lol
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Looks good Sebastian! Ed you get to look at that back axle yet?
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Yes, Sebastian, you are that crazy

Yes, John, the autopsy is complete

Seems I dented the lip of my diff cover on the last rock at China. Enough so that I lost all my oil. By the time we got back to 77 the rear pinon bearing seized and that was all she wrote. Let's just say that the ring and pinon are very well mated now. I don't know if they are salvageable or not. Need to get some opinions on that tomorrow. Wheel bearings are ok, differential bearings look ok, both pinon bearings have to be replaced. I'll know better by tomorrow where things are at. As my sainted grandmother used to tell me "shit happens"
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I'm sad for you and Maude
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Aww man. Sorry to hear Ed.
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Thanks guys, but the thing is if you play hard stuff will break. I don't break often but I made a change that wasn't well thought out and this is the result. Hindsight really doesn't cut it and now I know better. Yeah, it sucks, but that's part of the sport. If you aren't willing to have stuff break and don't want your rig banged up then stick with the bunny trails. Otherwise you have to accept the reality that shit does happen. End of sermon, go in peace
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Well that sucks for sure ED, what kind of Diff cover were you running?

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