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Old 05-13-2013, 01:49 PM   #91
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Here are a couple pictures from one obstacle that I had never done due to fear from all the diff lube and parts I have seen laying around.
Us locals have a name for that area - "Axle Alley" pretty fitting right?

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Us locals have a name for that area - "Axle Alley" pretty fitting right?
Never heard of the naming. I will have to pass that on to my buddy. Luckily slow and steady with a good line prevailed. The other week up there there was diff fluid all over the rocks!

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Well guys... Me, my buddy and Kawa001 met up as you can see by Kawa's post yesterday and did the trail. This was the best experience I have had up there so far since we had the entire day to play! Trail conditions were perfect after all the rain and I think it is safe to say we all had a great time!

Here are a couple pictures from one obstacle that I had never done due to fear from all the diff lube and parts I have seen laying around. Plus my buddy has always struggled on 37's and 40's in his YJ but somehow I made it look really easy!
Is that Rubi stock or do you have a lift? If lift, how much? I want to do this but I barely have a 2" lift on my 13 after bumpers were installed and my 33" Duratracs barely measure 32"


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Us locals have a name for that area - "Axle Alley" pretty fitting right?
I didn't even really think that was a tricky spot my wife wheeled thru it her first time behind the wheel offroad this past weekend, she freaked out a little bit in a couple spots but she made it thru
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Is that Rubi stock or do you have a lift? If lift, how much? I want to do this but I barely have a 2" lift on my 13 after bumpers were installed and my 33" Duratracs barely measure 32"
I have the AEV 3.5" with 315/70 DuraTrac's. I did have the 2.5" up until about 2 months ago now.
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I didn't even really think that was a tricky spot my wife wheeled thru it her first time behind the wheel offroad this past weekend, she freaked out a little bit in a couple spots but she made it thru
I really think it was more of the left over pieces that I have seen that caused me fright. I have not been wheeling that long, more worry than anything else. This is my DD too. So I tend to error on the side of caution.

I continue to find that my Jeep is much more capable that I think it is. Continues to amaze me. The only thing I didn't make was the first obstacle which is the rock wall (which we never do anyways) and I couldn't get on top of the big rock (from the steep side, other side would be cake). The big rock will be difficult for me until I get 37's due to break over angle. Maybe even move up to 4.5" lift. I did put a big dent in my gas tank skid from the effort though!

To be honest we typically are rushing through due to time constraints. Yesterday I had time to really stand there and look at it and assess that my wheelbase should be able to get me through it really easily vs my buddy in his YJ. He struggles due to being so short, even with 40's the rocks are right at each tire.
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Our Potts Mountain Jeep Video is posted. Hope you like it. Be sure to watch it in HD. GWNF Potts Mountain Jeep Trail- Mothers Day 2013 - YouTube
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Our Potts Mountain Jeep Video is posted. Hope you like it. Be sure to watch it in HD. GWNF Potts Mountain Jeep Trail- Mothers Day 2013 - YouTube
Nice video and awesome rigs! I'd love to tag along next trip!
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Looks like it was an awesome day! I need to start getting out on more of these things... maybe once I get the winch and the spare installed...
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Originally Posted by*kawa001*Our Potts Mountain Jeep Video is posted. Hope you like it. Be sure to watch it in HD.*GWNF Potts Mountain Jeep Trail- Mothers Day 2013 - YouTube
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Our Potts Mountain Jeep Video is posted. Hope you like it. Be sure to watch it in HD. GWNF Potts Mountain Jeep Trail- Mothers Day 2013 - YouTube
Great video Kawa! Was such a great day of wheeling!

If anyone else wants to go just throw out some dates!
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Bring a winch and bug spray.

I just did the regular trail (not the three or four marked obstacles) with a stock 2013 JKU Rubicon (4.11 and the stock BFG MTs), today. My partner drove a 2012 JKU Sport with 35s Trail Grapplers and 3.73. Our only recovery gear was a Hi Lift jack and a tow strap, with a lot of rock stacking along the way. You really do need a winch if you're going up there, but I feel like I had enough clearance with the stock JKUR. We did it without a winch and it was a "character builiding experience" for both of us. We had a couple dings but nothing major. The rocks were fine for the most part but there are some very tight passages through trees, including some tricky rocks that you can easily find yourself slipping off of and into said trees. It was lots of fun and there's a beautiful overlook at the top of the mountain. Next time I'll have a winch. I think most anyone will be fine going up to the first obstacle and then heading back down, but beyond that it gets a lot more technical. Also, the bugs will eat you alive. Go prepared!
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Awesome. Thanks for the trip report, zebra. It's interesting how everyone's Pott's experience differs.

How does your partner like his 35's? I have a JK with 3.73 gearing. I would like to go to 35's but I'm concerned about sluggish performance especially in deep snow.
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I just did the regular trail (not the three or four marked obstacles) with a stock 2013 JKU Rubicon (4.11 and the stock BFG MTs), today. My partner drove a 2012 JKU Sport with 35s Trail Grapplers and 3.73. Our only recovery gear was a Hi Lift jack and a tow strap, with a lot of rock stacking along the way. You really do need a winch if you're going up there, but I feel like I had enough clearance with the stock JKUR. We did it without a winch and it was a "character builiding experience" for both of us. We had a couple dings but nothing major. The rocks were fine for the most part but there are some very tight passages through trees, including some tricky rocks that you can easily find yourself slipping off of and into said trees. It was lots of fun and there's a beautiful overlook at the top of the mountain. Next time I'll have a winch. I think most anyone will be fine going up to the first obstacle and then heading back down, but beyond that it gets a lot more technical. Also, the bugs will eat you alive. Go prepared!
Which direction did you go (sounds like from 617, not the gravel/dirt road)? Also, when we were up there the other day it looked like someone was cutting a bypass on the trail for the one tough section before the outcropping of rocks. Did you take this?

I would say if you are totally stock in a Rubicon with lockers then you wouldn't need a winch for any of the "trail". Now if you were trying obstacles then yes a winch would be necessary. Or if you didn't have any lockers it makes the trail much harder in the two tough sections of "trail" that there is no bypass. I would then say yes you definitely need a winch!

I have only ever had to have my buddy winch me once up there and it was because I had slid into a really bad situation with a rock and my ds/diff but that was on an obstacle.
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Awesome. Thanks for the trip report, zebra. It's interesting how everyone's Pott's experience differs.

How does your partner like his 35's? I have a JK with 3.73 gearing. I would like to go to 35's but I'm concerned about sluggish performance especially in deep snow.
You will be fine with 3.73's I have 3.21's with my 35x12.50's an I have plenty of power if needed an I'm averaging 18mpg
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Which direction did you go (sounds like from 617, not the gravel/dirt road)? Also, when we were up there the other day it looked like someone was cutting a bypass on the trail for the one tough section before the outcropping of rocks. Did you take this?

I would say if you are totally stock in a Rubicon with lockers then you wouldn't need a winch for any of the "trail". Now if you were trying obstacles then yes a winch would be necessary. Or if you didn't have any lockers it makes the trail much harder in the two tough sections of "trail" that there is no bypass. I would then say yes you definitely need a winch!

I have only ever had to have my buddy winch me once up there and it was because I had slid into a really bad situation with a rock and my ds/diff but that was on an obstacle.
I don't want to confuse anyone, I did make it through. I'm new to wheeling and was pretty proud of how my jeep handled it. I should probably say that a winch would've made me more comfortable.

We came up the alternating dirt/gravel/pavement road and exited over the six or so mud hills and up a big gravel hill at the end directly onto the pavement, though I didn't take note of the names of the roads. I did take the "bypass" near the first outcropping and my partner took the regular trail; I'm not nearly as courageous as that guy yet...

I agree with CrushingNemo on the point of lockers. There was a point where my partner's Sport high-centered and lockers would've made it a piece of cake. Or, again, a winch...

Correction: My friend has a 2011 Sport with 33" Trail Grapplers, so he's got the 3.8L, and doesn't seem to have any problem turning them.
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Important Potts Mountain info, please read before heading up there.

Today, Brandon(bajonesy77) Martin Morrison(President of SWVa4WD), Cindy Schiffer, NF Ranger who oversees Potts Mountain and myself ran the trail from the top to the bottom. Thanks for running with us Brandon! You never know when you have to do a recovery and two rigs can usually get it done. We did have one almost flop so its good insurance

Some major concerns, please read;

The bypass that people are using to go around "The Stacks" is illegal! Don't get caught in there, if your picture gets posted on any of the boards you will probably get a ticket from Officer Price mailed to you! The bypass will be blocked off as soon as the Rangers can get back in there with a saw crew. We will be doing some work on The Stacks to make it a little easier to get up and down them.

The second mud hole from the bottom is legal BUT people are going around the tree to the right(from the bottom) That area is "wilderness" stay out of it! The mud hole is fine to run just don't go on the right hand side of the tree. This will also be blocked off by the Rangers

Please pass this on or link this thread on any boards that you see a Potts Mountain ride posted on. Its up to us to police the trail in order to keep it open! If you see someone "off-trail" or doing any illegal wheeling up there please pass the info on to me, I will be glad to pass it on to Officer Price and/or anyone else that has authority to take care of the situation.

The great news is that Cindy was pleased at how the trail has been cared for other than the two concerns. It was clean and unmolested! Keep up the great work guys and gals!

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Thanks for the update, Brandon. That bypass looked to be fairly fresh. I'm glad to hear they are closing it. Potts is so cool. Not sure why anyone would do something to jeopardize it. It would be great if we had a trail like that in the northern part of the GWNF.
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Not familiar with the names of the obstacles what is the stacks anyone have pics
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If going from the bottom up, it is the rough part right before the overlook. Here's a vid of me going up the stacks.
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O ok I didn't c a bypass when we were up there mothers day but I wasn't really looking for one cuz I knew that was the trail so, but I'm pretty sure there wasn't a bypass then
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O ok I didn't c a bypass when we were up there mothers day but I wasn't really looking for one cuz I knew that was the trail so, but I'm pretty sure there wasn't a bypass then
It was there! We noticed it because our group was using it to walk up to watch us go. I didn't notice it either since I was driving.
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Looks like a couple of us are going the weekend of July 13 or 14. Not sure exact day yet. Most likely 13th. As of now only 2 jku and maybe a couple others. If anybody wants to join up. We haven't been there yet so it would be awesome to have somebody there to lead that knows the trails
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Looks like a couple of us are going the weekend of July 13 or 14. Not sure exact day yet. Most likely 13th. As of now only 2 jku and maybe a couple others. If anybody wants to join up. We haven't been there yet so it would be awesome to have somebody there to lead that knows the trails
I'm sure I will be good to go for this and my buddy will come as well. Ill check with him and make sure.
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Sounds good. Plan more as it gets closer.
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Im interested in coming. I've never been there. Ive got decent tires but no lift. How aggressive are you guys gonna get?
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Im interested in coming. I've never been there. Ive got decent tires but no lift. How aggressive are you guys gonna get?
What are the details on your rig? Sport? Rubicon? Tire Size? Bumpers? Skids?

I think the recommendations for the trail are at least 33" tires.

I know I wouldn't have taken my stock 2011 JKU Sahara up there. Not trying to scare you off, just trying to give magnitude. Granted on a day when the trail was totally dry I think it could have done it alright. Might have needed a tug.
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Me and a couple of buddies will be camping up there that weekend. We will also be doing some other trails to buy some time during the weekend. Maybe we'll run into each other.
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Rig is 2012 JKU sport, 33" Duratracs on 16" ATX wheels.

Winch in garage, bumper almost on order...hopefully will have it on before this event.
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I'm interested. I have a 2013 JKU, 2" lift, 35" KM2s, 4.56s, and a front locker plus a winch.


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