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Old 02-06-2014, 12:35 PM   #1
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Change of plans.. Hard Rock on Feb 15th

We were going to do Ocala National Forest but, we decided on Hard Rock instead.....
Anyone want to meet up?

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hmmm... day after valentines? might be able to swing that.. I'll let you know.

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Old 02-06-2014, 09:46 PM   #3
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I would but that's a sailing weekend
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Old 02-14-2014, 07:13 AM   #4
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OK folks... last reminder about Hard Rock Ocala this weekend. And we are going shooting on Sunday at a close outdoor range.
I will be on channel 20
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club ride up there on sunday. i think a few folks are headed out there saturday as well, i can't swing saturday. kids have a function...
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club ride up there on sunday. i think a few folks are headed out there saturday as well, i can't swing saturday. kids have a function...
Club ride?
Would they welcome a few tag-a-longs?
Neither one of us has ever been to Hard Rock.
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sure. i'm running it we'll be up there around 1130. leaving tampa at 0920; by the time we get in the park... and aired down... it'll probably be around 1130.

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Cool... We are leaving West Palm at 0600 but, we need to make a pit stop. We will probably show at the same time.
If you see me, I am in a blue JK sport and I will be with a guy in a black 92 Fullsize Bronco.
We will probably show at about the same time.
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Cool... We are leaving West Palm at 0600 but, we need to make a pit stop. We will probably show at the same time.
If you see me, I am in a blue JK sport and I will be with a guy in a black 92 Fullsize Bronco.
We will probably show at about the same time.
sounds good. honestly have no idea how big our group will be. but at the core, you'll find me 2010 Rescue Green JK, a 2010 Rescue Green JKU, and a 2013 Commando Green JKU... come up and introduce yourself to one of us. we'll get you squared away.
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Old 02-15-2014, 06:41 AM   #10
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I bet it will be wet in there this weekend....we have had a lot of rain here in Ocala this week.....I hate cleaning Clay of my rig !!!!
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This is a cool pic of a guy that we meet last time we were there....bad Ass ride!!
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What a fantastic time we had at Hard Rock.
My Jeep was the only stock on there and naturally, the first one to get stuck.
Thanks once again for Bob and the entire group for encouraging me to do climbs and decents that I really didn't think I could do.
What a great bunch of guys and girls.
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Looks like you had a blast!

I'll make it down to hard rock one of these days...
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I hope this works

Tampa Jeep Krewe in Ocala at Hardrock Cycle Park - YouTube
It shows what a stock Wrangler Sport can do with a mediocre driver and a good spotter.
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What a fantastic time we had at Hard Rock.
My Jeep was the only stock on there and naturally, the first one to get stuck.
Thanks once again for Bob and the entire group for encouraging me to do climbs and decents that I really didn't think I could do.
What a great bunch of guys and girls.
glad you had a good time Bill!

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Looks like you had a blast!

I'll make it down to hard rock one of these days...
yep the hard rock is a great place to wheel!
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Nice video! Can't wait to check the place out!

We're headed there this Saturday with Orlando Jeep Club. Really looking forward to it! Wanted to meet up with you guys last week but had tons going on.
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Here is one of the descents we took. Again, the video really does not show the pucker factor involved.
Going Down a Big Hill at Hardrock in Ocala with Tampa Jeep Krewe - YouTube
By the way, big thanks to Mark for shooting and posting to you tube.
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One of the great things about wheeling with a group is the weak points of my own Jeep really stood out.
Obviously I need new tires. That would have gone a long way in helping me up and down some of the stuff. I do think my biggest problem was traction.
Second, I bent one of my exhaust hangers. Not a big deal but, it shows that I do need to do some exhaust work and get those pipes tucked up out of the way instead of lined up with my hitch.
Third, the carpet needs to go. Between having to climb in and out all muddy and my Son not knocking the mud off his shoes, the carpet is pretty much useless.
I am not planning on a lift but, I will look into quick release sway bar disconnects. I had one tire in the air too often.
Fourth, I need a new CB antenna mount. I am currently using the magnet one and it got knocked off a few times.

This is what it's all about if you ask me.
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Very well put!

I wheeled mine a time or two before deciding what I needed to improve upon. My first issue was ground clearance. Came down off of a small rock and slammed the rear tow hook and at one point dragged the under carriage. The lift helped quite a bit, but I still fear for the underside. I'm currently looking at the EVO Protek skid system...but there are so many options.

Wheeling with a group is not only smart for safety reasons, but teaches us a tremendous amount and you make some pretty good friends to boot! I'm still relatively "new" to all of it, but have learned a bunch from others.

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