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...
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
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
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.
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"
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