|09-30-2014 10:45 AM|
Went out to run Penrose this weekend with a couple of friends in their buggies. Everything was going great falling down the big drops of Independence then started to head up Patriot and didn't make it too far. Right at the start of the trail I was having a rough time getting my rear dif over this rock and fought trying different lines for about 20 minutes then I gave up and hooked up the winch and right at the start of the pull my winch line snapped. So I tucked tail and backed it down the trail and went out Liberty. Just didn't want to be on that trail without a winch. Here are some pics:
Where the winch decided to quit.
The wrong line in A-Hole.
Getting a little crazy on the exit.
|09-05-2014 12:11 PM|
Well...I went a head and made non decision for the front end and bought two dana 60's. 1 Kingpin and 1 BJ. Planning on selling one to fund the build of the other or both to fund the build of something different.
If anyone is interested in one (or both) let me know.
|09-03-2014 12:04 PM|
Hit up a few trails in the Ouray area for the long weekend. This is the most beautiful part of Colorado I had seen so far. The trails were all very easy but the scenery was unreal.
Day 1 in Ouray:
We ran Mineral Creek to Engineer Pass then took that to Lake City. Had lunch in the small mountain town and then headed back to Silverton via Cinnamon pass grab some dinner then back to Ouray over the Million Dollar Highway (Red Mtn. Pass).
Day 2: Starting out in Ouray we headed back up to the top of Red Mountain Pass to start Black Bear Pass. Black Bear is known for "keeping your attention". It has several switch backs that require multi-point turns. On the trail we saw a 4 Door JK that went over one of those switch backs. From what we heard from the forest ranger everyone was OK but he was about 1 foot away from rolling all the way down. His rear tire landed at a perfect rock to wedge his tire in place. Had that rock not have been there he would have been in Telluride very quickly. After finishing up Black Bear and taking some pics at Bridal Veil Falls (the one from the Coors can) we grabbed some lunch in Telluride, fed some ducks (my sons favorite part of the trip) then headed to Imogene pass to go back into Ouray.
Imogene pass is an easy trail but has some very narrow shelf roads. On one of those shelf roads one of the guys in our convey went off of that road and was dangling on the edge. A three winch rescue took place and we got it off of the cliff and he continued to finish the trail. It was an extremely scary moment for all that were there. Another moment where in maybe one more foot it was about a 500' drop.
It was a really great trip and there are plenty of trails left for me to give me a reason to go back.
|08-11-2014 11:12 PM|
|ken78744||Been a long time sense i have been on the forum, but damn I have to say that thing is just getting better and better!!!!!|
|07-02-2014 03:50 PM|
Set Them Free Off Road 2014-Carnage Canyon
Ran Carnage again on Sunday. The trails was worse than last year. Was a great time though. Had to winch a few times but ended up loving the way the Jeep felt. I can't tell you how awesome hydro assist really is until you do it yourself.
Here are some pics. Should have a lot of video next week.
|07-02-2014 03:50 PM|
Set Them Free Off Road 2014-Chinaman Gulch
Ran Chinaman Gulch last Saturday and the Jeep did great.
I don't really have any pics but here are a couple of videos:
And this is my bosses 6.4L Hemi 4 Door on King Triple bypasses. He couldn't make the hard line because he was a little too long but that Jeep is a beauty.
Was a great trail ride and the people we had with us were awesome too.
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|06-16-2014 08:51 PM|
|Imped||Big boy axle time.|
|05-22-2014 09:52 AM|
Picked this up this past weekend. 14 bolt full floater out of a suburban.
|04-30-2014 11:17 AM|
Anyone dig into their copy of this month's Off Road Adventures magazine?
|04-22-2014 04:10 PM|
|04-21-2014 07:30 PM|
|Roblaza||Just read through all 8 pages of this build. Great work! I really like this jeep, makes me wish I held out to find a rubi. LOL|
|04-21-2014 05:12 PM|
The Moab trip was pretty fruitful. I got the opportunity to talk to a lot of industry guys about Set Them Free which was the main reason for going out there during this time.
The Jeep handled my one day of wheeling like a champ. I ran Pritchett Canyon, Hunter's Canyon and up about half of behind the rocks.
Biggest thing I can mention is that I didn't notice my steering once. That hydro-assist now goes into my favorite upgrade position, sorry anti-rock.
The new ride height (from 5.5" springs down to 4") wasn't as noticeable as I thought it would be. I honestly thought I would hate it because of the lost clearance but it was OK and probably more stable.
My control arms are now seriously popping at every turn so those bushings need to be replaced pretty soon.
I joined up with a group of guys in buggies on 40's & 42's. Don't know what I was thinking but I started following them and trying to keep up. There is close to zero proof I even ran the trails because they hardly slowed down for anything. They one shot almost every obstacle with the exception of the rock pile which one of them did still one shot. They all drove up white knuckle hill too. It was actually pretty good for me because I ran almost the whole trail without a spotter which was new to me and ended up figuring out lines on my own from the driver's seat. I did have to pull cable a few times (up chewy hill, suicide hill and up white knuckle hill) but drove everything else, mostly on my own just trying to keep pace.
Pritchett canyon is now one of my favorite trails, second favorite in Moab behind Hell's Revenge. I can't wait to go back and take my time on some of the obstacles and get proof that I drove them!
Here are the pics I do have:
Only one from Pritchett
Up White Knuckle:
Which one of these doesn't belong?
Video of one of the guys up the rock pile (this obstacle was stupid, the bypass was even a monster)
On a more personal note, my son recently started to be terrified of the Jeep and wouldn't want to get near it. This was really strange since just a little bit ago his favorite thing to do was to go out in the garage and 'drive' it. The wife and I didn't want to push him so in Moab this week we started by taking him out to get some ice cream in it and it started out pretty rough but by the end of the trip he wasn't protesting riding in it at all. Next step is to get him on an easy trail to get comfortable with bouncing off road again.
|04-11-2014 08:07 PM|
|04-11-2014 06:40 PM|
Long time lurker here.....just wanted to say that your final cage design looks GREAT to me....one of the best I've seen.
Please keep up the inspirational work!
|04-11-2014 05:26 PM|
Few updates on the build with non-stop work the past couple of weeks. Looks like I'm going to be able to wheel at EJS after all even though there were several times I was extremely nervous it wasn't going to happen.
The cage is installed (not finished) but in the Jeep and ready for EJS and far better than the stock roll bar was. I still have the windshield brace, gussets and eye candy tubes to install but it is 80% done and I am very happy with how it turned out.
Now, on to the good stuff pics!
Raptor lining. This stuff turned out better than I thought it would. Really happy with the results:
Had to drive on and off the trailer numerous times with nothing but a bucket as a seat and man I can't wait to get those Baja XRS seats bolted in (hopefully tonight)
Teaching my nephew the fine art of grinding:
Big thanks to Danno for this seat mount design. I love it!
Mike working his welding Magic (I got a weld or two in on this beast myself as well):
And where we left off at 3:00 last night (Mike, I can't thank you enough buddy):
Tonight is harness and seat install night hope to get it road worthy for our club meeting tomorrow morning!
Saving the best for last and on an even bigger note than my Jeep. Set Them Free Off Road is exploding. Big thanks to all these awesome sponsors for stepping up and supporting the rescue of victims of human trafficking
|03-24-2014 10:02 AM|
I also acquired this little guy over the weekend!
Running into some serious questions about mounting seats right now though. Pics from you guys would be great so I can glean from you!
|02-26-2014 06:03 PM|
Here is a little promo video a buddy of mine put together for Set Them Free Off Road 2014. Enjoy!
Set Them Free Off Road 2014 Promotional video - YouTube
|02-20-2014 08:49 AM|
|02-20-2014 02:33 AM|
|skidplate04||Mine is tight as hell also.. It makes a loud ass noise when it moves. Do you use all 8 bolts on the tub? I just have 4... Maybe that's my problem|
|02-19-2014 05:52 PM|
|02-19-2014 12:15 PM|
|skidplate04||Does your hardtop slide back and forth on the windshield while you wheel? Mine does....|
|12-19-2013 03:10 PM|
Set Them Free Article
UFWDA Voice Dec 2013
Made it into my first magazine. Article starts on page 35.
|12-17-2013 10:26 AM|
Here is a little bit of an update on the happenings:
I've ordered seats and harnesses and started on the CAD for a cage. It isn't complete yet but haven't found the time to finish it.
The drawing is still missing a lot of the more 'complicated' tubes and the rear section of the top. I hope to try and finish it this week.
|12-17-2013 09:55 AM|
Man congrats on a great LJ so far! I have the same jeep and have been debating what fenders and corners to go with. I've also been eyeing the cage building skills of a local fab shop. When I get a truck and trailer I'll hit you up as a Colorado trail guide!
|10-21-2013 10:52 AM|
PSC Hydro Assist with Currie/Savvy Steering and Rokmen Hi-Lines
After installing all the lines and fighting the steering gear for at least 4 hours brute force installed it. I will say that a body lift would have easily made it clear the grill but without it we had to cut about an inch up into the grill.
Then it was finally time to add fluid and bleed the system
A little over five bottles of Royal purple later we took it out for a quick test drive at 11:00 on Friday night.
Drove it over to Mikes shop to fork it and found a leak but I just used some thread sealer on the fitting and cranked it down as far as possible (I think I created threads in the reservoir to make that fitting go all the way in).
I over estimated the amount of hose I would need on the cylinder to the box and I need to come up with a way to hide that so it doesn't get in the way and replace that last bolt in the steering gear like I said above but other than that I think it is ready hit the trail.
Thanks Mike for all of your help.
|10-21-2013 10:47 AM|
PSC Hydro Assist with Currie/Savvy Steering and Rokmen Hi-Lines
It is finished...at least for the most part. I broke one of the bolts on the steering gear mount that I still need to pull out and source a new bolt but other than that it all seems good to go. It looks like everything is clearing and I fixed up a leak yesterday. Need to check when I get home tonight to see if there are any others. Here are some pics brief notes on the process:
Laid everything out in a manner that made sense to me (that soon became chaos and didn't matter anymore once tools made their way out of their locations but it was a good idea ).
Found a problem really quickly with the PSC kit. The output fitting wouldn't thread all the way into the reservoir. Called PSC and they sent me out a new one.
Mike started ripping off the rest of the old parts while I attacked modifying the 1.5" x 6" bore cylinder from PSC. For this I needed to cut down the post and female fitting and also cut down the male fitting so that everything cleared inside of the BMB mounts.
Then we worked on getting everything mocked up and fit into the Jeep. The PSC reservoir mounts worked really well with the Rokmen Hi-Lines but needed to be slightly modified. We needed to take one of the mounts and put a 33* bend in it to keep the reservoir vertical. Mike took it to his shop and put a perfect bend in it.
Then started making all of the lines and finishing the BMB mounts
Note that the drag link needs to be ground down to be round before the mount will fit on it.
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