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07-17-2014 11:24 AM
Rocky Bar
Doors ETC

I always strip my TJ for the Rubicon and Fordyce Trails. Just one more item to not destroy, plus gets rid of excess weight. Carry a tarp for quick cover ups. Also with the doors off you can get a better view of how close the rocks are when squeezing by. Have fun. Cheers.
07-17-2014 10:42 AM
my996duc1 Do you guys run the Rubicon with doors on or off ??
How about softopper top sides on or off ??

I can check the weather forecast before we roll out but not sure what is ideal up there as we have never been up there.

My wife has relatives in Placerville so I can drop doors and/or softopper sider there if I want.

Just not sure what is ideal in that next of the woods.


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06-27-2014 09:32 PM
JPi1 On our trip last august, we were at 1/2 tank when we arrived at Rubicon Springs, we each had a 2 gallon Rotopax of gas that we dumped in to keep all the weight we could low for the climb up Cadillac Hill. We had also filled at the Ice House store.
06-26-2014 01:49 PM
JeepHerz I get better MPG rock crawling LOL.
06-26-2014 01:31 PM
Rocky Bar
Fuel

Yeah, you should be good. Fill up in Georgetown and refill in Tahoe City. Fuel injection motors are real good on fuel usage. Got 97 TJ with 4.0, 19gal tank, and fuel was never a problem. Have fun.
06-26-2014 01:27 PM
Serg5000
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Originally Posted by my996duc1 View Post
what about extra fuel ? you guys take any extra fuel or are the stock gas tanks big enough to get a person through without needing to haul extra. _
no need for extra fuel. I took some only to regret the added weight. I had over half tank when we made it off the trail.
06-26-2014 11:09 AM
my996duc1 what about extra fuel ?

you guys take any extra fuel or are the stock gas tanks big enough to get a person through without needing to haul extra.


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06-26-2014 10:05 AM
Sccafire
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Originally Posted by csumjr View Post
I've been watching vids of Little Sluice. Rubicon ain't for amateurs.
See you on the 14th...
Old sluice? or Little sluice? Both are two different areas of the trail. Little sluice can be done on 35's. 800 ton of rock was dumped in little sluice via helicopter. Now old sluice is rock buggy stuff in my opinion.
06-25-2014 11:00 PM
Zombiehunta666
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Originally Posted by csumjr View Post
I've been watching vids of Little Sluice. Rubicon ain't for amateurs. See you on the 14th...
Epic!
06-25-2014 10:41 PM
csumjr
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Originally Posted by Zombiehunta666 View Post
Great thread. Got some reading to do.
I've been watching vids of Little Sluice. Rubicon ain't for amateurs.
See you on the 14th...
06-25-2014 09:16 PM
Zombiehunta666
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Originally Posted by Serg5000 View Post
no actually I don't. That's why he stays home.
Haha
06-25-2014 02:31 PM
JeepHerz I have a Dobie with the personality of a lamb. The ferret snugging in the towel used to chase her if that gives you an idea. We had a mama bear & cubs walk right up to our picnic table in Bass Lake. My lamb suddenly became a "Doberman". My border collie was barking but that bear only had eyes on our Dobie- who was just snarling and standing her ground. Mama and babies went right up the trees- they would only come down once the dogs were put away out of sight. Couldn't have cared less about the big humans. Lucy is too old for Jeeping now and the GSD I have doesn't like the trails when they're too rocky. Hoping the bears take a vacation.....
06-25-2014 02:30 PM
Serg5000
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Originally Posted by Zombiehunta666 View Post
Hey serg don't you have a roof rack? :ROFL: j/k
no actually I don't. That's why he stays home.
06-25-2014 01:40 PM
Zombiehunta666
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Originally Posted by Serg5000 View Post
So recap.....

Pack a pistol or shot gun.

Bring your dog along.

For me it's easier to carry a gun. Our Mastiff is way to big.
Hey serg don't you have a roof rack? :ROFL: j/k
06-25-2014 01:38 PM
Zombiehunta666
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Originally Posted by sinbob View Post



Best bear repellant is a dog!!!!! They will come close but if they get the scent of a dog they high tail it outta there every time!!!!! That's why my trail buddy is my border collie!!!!
Sweet! We have a jeeper taking their dog in July?
06-25-2014 01:20 PM
Serg5000 So recap.....

Pack a pistol or shot gun.

Bring your dog along.

For me it's easier to carry a gun. Our Mastiff is way to big.
06-25-2014 12:56 PM
sinbob Wow I have never seen one attack a dog.....but I always have backup for my trail buddy!!!!!!
06-25-2014 11:26 AM
Smokinjoe
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yuppers.....I always have 3 or 4 rolls!!!! Best bear repellant is a dog!!!!! They will come close but if they get the scent of a dog they high tail it outta there every time!!!!! That's why my trail buddy is my border collie!!!!
Last year at Rubicon Springs the camp host was warning us about a pesky bear that broke into his cabin and attacked his dog earlier that day we camped.

one person in our group racked his shot gun before calling it a night. I sleep very good after that.

sj
06-25-2014 10:46 AM
sinbob
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Originally Posted by HARLEYDAWG01 View Post
When I was in the infantry, toilet paper was worth more than gold sometimes. LOL
yuppers.....I always have 3 or 4 rolls!!!!

Best bear repellant is a dog!!!!! They will come close but if they get the scent of a dog they high tail it outta there every time!!!!! That's why my trail buddy is my border collie!!!!
06-25-2014 10:23 AM
Serg5000 Good morning everyone.
06-25-2014 10:11 AM
DTM
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Originally Posted by csumjr View Post
Off roading is 60% driver skill, 40% common sense.
06-24-2014 10:58 PM
Zombiehunta666
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Originally Posted by Serg5000 View Post
when we did Dishpan there was a guy in a brand new all stock Rubi with us. He made it. But it wasn't pretty.
Lmao. I have the same story. Inside joke.
06-24-2014 10:55 PM
Serg5000
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Originally Posted by Zombiehunta666 View Post
Haha. He meant the 40% common sense was the jeep upgrades. I mean... Who would do rubicon on stock tires? Or dishpan for that matter!? Lmao. Lessons learned.
when we did Dishpan there was a guy in a brand new all stock Rubi with us. He made it. But it wasn't pretty.
06-24-2014 10:37 PM
Zombiehunta666
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Originally Posted by BillG.OTD View Post

If off roading is 60% driver and 40% common sense, that means the jeep isn't a factor? Darn, I could have saved a ton on upgrades
Haha. He meant the 40% common sense was the jeep upgrades. I mean... Who would do rubicon on stock tires? Or dishpan for that matter!? Lmao. Lessons learned.
06-24-2014 10:17 PM
BillG.OTD
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Originally Posted by csumjr View Post
I am going with a small group from July 14th-July 19th. I did the Dusy Ershim trail, with bare essentials. Off roading is 60% driver skill, 40% common sense. Yomondo, I trailed with you a couple of years ago. I've learned quite a bit since. See you on the trails.
If off roading is 60% driver and 40% common sense, that means the jeep isn't a factor? Darn, I could have saved a ton on upgrades
06-24-2014 07:30 PM
csumjr I am going with a small group from July 14th-July 19th. I did the Dusy Ershim trail, with bare essentials. Off roading is 60% driver skill, 40% common sense. Yomondo, I trailed with you a couple of years ago. I've learned quite a bit since. See you on the trails.
06-24-2014 01:28 PM
Rocky Bar
Trail

Yeah stuff can happen. I was on the trail 2 weeks ago, and was just putting along just past Ellis bridge heading for little sluice with two other jeeps. Got a slight noise coming from rear diff area. Went on a little further uphill on trail, turned sharp left then right, and big noises coming from rear end. Well that was it, turned around and made my out very slowly back to Loon Lake. It was a long slow trip back to Auburn, just lucky I could drive TJ out. Turned out to be broken spider gears in ARB locker. JEEP (just empty every pocket). But it's all good, and sure is a fun hobby.
06-24-2014 10:52 AM
DTM Thanks for the thread. Some good tips for sure. But really, I believe Rubicon is just another trail. I believe you need to check the underside of your jeep after (or before) ANY trail. If you have a problem, it needs to be fixed before doing ANY trail. Tools, extra parts, first aid kits, etc should be carried on ANY trail. Things can break on ANY trail (hard or easy) at ANY time. You should be prepared the best you know how. That's just my 2 cents
06-23-2014 08:02 PM
my996duc1
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Originally Posted by HARLEYDAWG01 View Post
When I was in the infantry, toilet paper was worth more than gold sometimes. LOL
YES.

Surprising how important that can be.

I have a roll squished flat and in a quart zip lock bag to keep it from getting wet thrown in the back of the Jeep.


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06-23-2014 07:55 PM
Serg5000
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Originally Posted by JeepHerz View Post
How about a strap long enough to get me up Cadillac Hill? I kid. But seriously a fire extinguisher- locked and loaded- and a first aid kit should be one of the first things you pack. I was pretty surprised to learn that a woman died from burns she suffered after rolling off Cadillac Hill at Jamboree in 2012. Don't mean to be a downer but easy to forget it is dangerous. I'd be that person that would pack an extra tie rod, pitman, 2 weeks of food for 2 days and a recovery kit- only to forget the first aid kit.
What may or may not be publicly offered is, that lady had been drinking pretty hard. She was in a buggy. As I understand it. She was trying to back up and in the process went off the edge. The fuel cell that was strapped into the rear section came loose and has was going everywhere. My friend who is a cop was talking to the care taker and that is what he told him. I recall because I made a comment about what an idiot she was for drinking and trying to go up Cadillac hill when my buddy asked me to be cool and not bad mouth her. None of the items you mentioned would have made a difference.

That said. Those items should be in your rig no matter what trail your on.
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