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Old 08-08-2014, 05:59 PM   #61
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Old 08-08-2014, 10:16 PM   #62
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Since our other jeep partners are going fly fishing tomorrow we are gonna try to do some easy stuff. So first thing tomorrow we are gonna hit up alta lakes and gold king basin.

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Old 08-09-2014, 02:11 PM   #63
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Old 08-09-2014, 02:13 PM   #64
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Old 08-09-2014, 02:17 PM   #65
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Tomorrow will be Imogene pass to engineers pass to Ouray then back through Ophir pass. The 2 way vehicle pass was a bit unnerving but like I've read...we seem to have met at just the right place.

I'm thinking of airing down more saw I was at 40-42 in all 4. Also thinking about disconnecting the sway bar. I'll start with decreasing psi first.
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20 psi will make all the difference.
I ran my at 20 all week.
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20 psi will make all the difference.
I ran my at 20 all week.

I'll try it. Seems like most gas stations have air. One thing I haven't purchased is a compressor and the other jeep we are with said his was forgotten at home but I would like to air up prior to highway driving. This has been great experience thus far because it gives me ideas of what I need vs. What I don't.
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Just put it at 20 psi while you are there. Before leaving then air up.
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Just put it at 20 psi while you are there. Before leaving then air up.

Will do...thanks!
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Just got back from Imogene pass and Yankee boy basin...made it to 13100 feet. The book said it was a 4 but with the recent heavy rain a local said Yankee boy is a 4 and Imogene on the telluride side is a 6. There were good sized rocks and the slippery shale made the shelf rode very unnerving. Had to help a guy that put his jeep Comanche over the side of the trail...I'm surprised he didn't topple over.

Jeep made it out very well. Had one scary instant where there was a very narrow part of the trail that had a flat spot on the cliff side and a rock that was like a large turtle shell shape which was very slippery. The back end slid toward the cliff and my pucker factor was at about a 11 out of 10. I think most of my anxiety was due to not knowing the capability of my jeep and getting used to the sounds, movements, and not being comfortable on shelf roads.

The telluride side was unnerving, the ouray side was really fun!
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That's what it all about. Making memories that last a lifetime. How was the wife?
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She was a great co pilot and was patient with me asking if I had enough room. I was just worried about sliding off the side because of slippery rocks. We did get into a pretty nice rock section and it looked a lot smoother than it was and she hit her head on the B pillar. At that point she was pretty much done...but that was on the back end haha.

All and all it was awesome. I'd do the ouray side again and again cause I loved the larger rocks...glad I got good rock rails cause I put the jeep down about 3 times (JCR classic sliders). Tomorrow we head home, wish I had another day, but that leaves us next year to either come back and do alpine loop, Ophir pass or go to Moab.

Down hill assist was weird, didn't use it for long. It sounded like my ABS was going nuts when I had it on.
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Thanks for the updates on your trip, looks amazing. I can't wait to tackle some of these trails in a few weeks!
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Thanks for the updates on your trip, looks amazing. I can't wait to tackle some of these trails in a few weeks!
Ya...you'll have a blast. The shelf roads were new to me and were the things that gave me the most anxiety. I would recommend airing down and bringing a good compressor.

Another awesome part of this trip is it stops the guessing of what I need to do to my rig next...I'm guessing it's the same for many.

I've learned the next things I need are...
Compressor
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I went to Moab then to Colorado. Moab is not that much different except bigger rocks and no trees. And Hot!
If the wife came to me today and said "Lets go on another jeep trip, Moab or Colorado". Colorado hands down for me.
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I went to Moab then to Colorado. Moab is not that much different except bigger rocks and no trees. And Hot!
If the wife came to me today and said "Lets go on another jeep trip, Moab or Colorado". Colorado hands down for me.
We were actually talking about this same thing and wondered were we should go next year. Moab have shelf roads and basin ect? The movies I see look more like big rocks and stair steps to get up to the "basin"?
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Don't get me wrong, Moab is stunning in its own right. We only ran a couple of trails while we were there. And they were fun. I just prefer trees. Moab to me is rocks and buttes and valleys and more rocks, buttes and valleys. The scenery hardly ever changes. I'm glad I went though.
And to answer your question...........Yes Moab has shelf roads and valleys, some of them quite scary.

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