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Old 09-01-2013, 10:15 PM   #61
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I'm going apple fest weekend, anybody else going?
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First time at Silver Lake. 10psi, 4Hi in 2 OD off, Esp off. Great day!
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Old 09-02-2013, 03:33 PM   #63
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Looks like great fun. I'll have to plan a trip soon. When does the season end there, if at all?
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Old 09-02-2013, 03:43 PM   #64
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Looks like great fun. I'll have to plan a trip soon. When does the season end there, if at all?
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:48 PM   #65
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3rd time this year, I can't get enough!! 8 lbs, 4 lo the whole time. Made a big difference taking the spare tire off.
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Old 09-02-2013, 09:04 PM   #66
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3rd time this year, I can't get enough!! 8 lbs, 4 lo the whole time. Made a big difference taking the spare tire off.
I have only made it once this year. 1st time on the dunes with a jeep. I am usualy on yfz. And it rains.Lots of fun with the jeep. When it rained, I just laughed. My son had a blast too. Nice break from Atv. I was in 2wd except in hills

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Old 09-03-2013, 06:46 PM   #67
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3rd time this year, I can't get enough!! 8 lbs, 4 lo the whole time. Made a big difference taking the spare tire off.
Went out again Monday. 8lbs, 2wheel drive 2nd auto. All dunes except test. Made it up test in 2 wheel just couldn't get over top!
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:10 PM   #68
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Went out again Monday. 8lbs, 2wheel drive 2nd auto. All dunes except test. Made it up test in 2 wheel just couldn't get over top!
That's pretty good...it's tough to get around in two wheel. I had 4 passengers, so I needed it all. My daughter really surprised me, she made it up to the top of test hill and got stuck. She then backed up a bit and then muscled through it to get over the top.
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So I'm driving my Rubicon Unlimited up Test Hill in 4 hi and half way up I look to my left and what do I see? A Wrangler right next to me driving up Test in reverse!
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So I'm driving my Rubicon Unlimited up Test Hill in 4 hi and half way up I look to my left and what do I see? A Wrangler right next to me driving up Test in reverse!
I did the same thing haha but I was in my dads lifted Xj this time my buddy was stuck at the top in his zj so of corse I had to embarrass him and do it in reverse!
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So I'm driving my Rubicon Unlimited up Test Hill in 4 hi and half way up I look to my left and what do I see? A Wrangler right next to me driving up Test in reverse!
It's surprising how well they go in reverse. I tried it once but didn't make it.
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With my TJ I have gone up Test in reverse, and have discovered that I had to have much speed at the bottom of the hill in order to get to the top.
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Old 09-25-2013, 11:54 PM   #73
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I was there this summer as a complete rookie. I bought my first Jeep, a stock 97 Wrangler Sport 4.0 in the spring and decided to make this my first off-road trip. Never tried Test Hill but sat at the bottom and thought really long about it. Reason was that I still had not built up confidence in the Jeep which I had only owned for a couple months and I kept thinking, "I still have to drive this thing 250 miles to get home." I did go up just about everything else there with no problems including the large hills north of the entrance.

3 low seemed to work best on the more difficult hills and I just cruised around in 1 and 2 high the rest of the time. Interesting that I recently figured the final gear ratios and discovered that 3 low is just a slightly shorter gear ratio than 1 high and slightly taller than reverse. So I think the little extra "oomph" from 3 low made the difference.

I was running 18 lbs in all tires going with the most conservative pressure listed on the placards and I was weighed down with 3 passengers and beach gear. An experienced guy in town told me I needed to go with 8 lbs or I would just "spin and spin everywhere." I just thought that was too risky for losing the bead on the tires. He was exaggerating a bit but there were a couple times I had to make a second run at a hill when I dug in.

I'm thinking of going back over Columbus Day weekend to give it another go. This time I'll go about 14 lbs and give test hill a try in 3 low. Love this place!
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I was there this summer as a complete rookie. I bought my first Jeep, a stock 97 Wrangler Sport 4.0 in the spring and decided to make this my first off-road trip. Never tried Test Hill but sat at the bottom and thought really long about it. Reason was that I still had not built up confidence in the Jeep which I had only owned for a couple months and I kept thinking, "I still have to drive this thing 250 miles to get home." I did go up just about everything else there with no problems including the large hills north of the entrance. 3 low seemed to work best on the more difficult hills and I just cruised around in 1 and 2 high the rest of the time. Interesting that I recently figured the final gear ratios and discovered that 3 low is just a slightly shorter gear ratio than 1 high and slightly taller than reverse. So I think the little extra "oomph" from 3 low made the difference. I was running 18 lbs in all tires going with the most conservative pressure listed on the placards and I was weighed down with 3 passengers and beach gear. An experienced guy in town told me I needed to go with 8 lbs or I would just "spin and spin everywhere." I just thought that was too risky for losing the bead on the tires. He was exaggerating a bit but there were a couple times I had to make a second run at a hill when I dug in. I'm thinking of going back over Columbus Day weekend to give it another go. This time I'll go about 14 lbs and give test hill a try in 3 low. Love this place!
I know it, I've been there three times this year and I'm going up again this weekend. 8 lbs seemed to work pretty good for me. Getting rid of the doors and spare tire really helped too.
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I usually go down to 6lbs. Never had any problems. I don't do donuts all day either.
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So I just got back from Michigan. I was out on the dunes all day Sunday. Weather was a little cool but man, what a good time! I figured it was going to be uncrowded, but I didn't think I'd have the whole place to myself... well almost.

I tried Test Hill for the first, second and third times all in one afternoon. Made it up every try no problems. Pulled up to the base of the hill in third gear with the transfer case in 4L. Applied throttle smoothly to between 4000 and 4500 RPM and just kept it there right to the top. Did not take a running start. Seemed way too easy, but I guess I've been contemplating it for so long with "mental practice" that it was well rehearsed. Kept my eye on the tach as much as the point I was aiming for. That 4 liter was really grunting near the top. Third time up I think I started to smell my clutch so I figured that was enough.

I went with 14 lbs of air pressure. Accidentally deflated one of my tires to 11 lbs in the parking lot and it just looked too flat. I think there must be differences for the ideal air pressure depending on the tire type. Seems 8 might be okay for light truck tires with stiffer sidewalls. I'm running P235/75R15 passenger car tires and I think 14 was just about right. Didn't have any problems anywhere. My Wrangler is a completely stock '97 Sport except for the slightly larger tires.

Stupid me forgot to take a picture from the top that included the Wrangler. I do have some video "proof" though for my skeptical friends. The pictures do show how uncrowded it was. Great time of year to be out there!
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