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04-17-2014 09:37 PM
wranglerevo
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Originally Posted by brighton View Post
Looks reasonable to me. Probably don't need a specialized 4x4 shop for that work anyway.
Yeah, was just trying to figure out if I overlooked any Jeep specific mechanics in the area

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Originally Posted by HSL 4X4 View Post
I could do all that in my garage for the price of some beer. Unfortunately that doesn't really help you with reasonable price.
Thanks, I really should be asking "who will help me install these things", but I think my busy schedule would be difficult to work arond
04-17-2014 12:36 PM
AAONMS
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Originally Posted by brighton View Post
I don't know if they are the cheapest, but I highly recommend Happy Trails 4x4. They are a jeep-only shop and I've trusted them with my regear/lockers and other work that I've had done there over the past few years.
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04-17-2014 05:21 AM
HSL 4X4
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Originally Posted by wranglerevo View Post
anyone have any good mechanics to recommend between Daytona and Jacksonville area??

I'm trying to get a few things installed /changed but there are very few mechanics in the area where I'm at...

Just labor for the following from the cheapest mechanic so far:

Springs + Shocks: $245+tax
Brake pads front/rear and front rotors: $80+tax
Plugs + Wires: $105+tax

Reasonable?
I could do all that in my garage for the price of some beer. Unfortunately that doesn't really help you with reasonable price.
04-16-2014 09:46 PM
brighton Looks reasonable to me. Probably don't need a specialized 4x4 shop for that work anyway.
04-16-2014 09:32 PM
wranglerevo
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Originally Posted by brighton View Post
I don't know if they are the cheapest, but I highly recommend Happy Trails 4x4. They are a jeep-only shop and I've trusted them with my regear/lockers and other work that I've had done there over the past few years.
Yeah I've heard about them, a bit far from me.

Looking at the work I'm looking to get done (above) does the estimates a mechanic gave me sound reasonable?
04-16-2014 07:58 PM
brighton I don't know if they are the cheapest, but I highly recommend Happy Trails 4x4. They are a jeep-only shop and I've trusted them with my regear/lockers and other work that I've had done there over the past few years.
04-16-2014 06:22 PM
wranglerevo anyone have any good mechanics to recommend between Daytona and Jacksonville area??

I'm trying to get a few things installed /changed but there are very few mechanics in the area where I'm at...

Just labor for the following from the cheapest mechanic so far:

Springs + Shocks: $245+tax
Brake pads front/rear and front rotors: $80+tax
Plugs + Wires: $105+tax

Reasonable?
04-16-2014 05:24 PM
brighton
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Originally Posted by SupahMinah View Post
How often do you guys go out?
I try to go off-roading at least once a month, preferably a couple times a month. I'll hit Osceola about 6 times a year but I really like going north for some more terrain. Unfortunately, that involves at least a 5 or 6 hour drive. Going to Gulches next month. I also have trips planned to Jasper, Ga. in Sept., Chocco Mountain in Oct. and a Jeep Jamboree in Cullman, AL in Nov. I'd like to add a trip to Hardrock sometime this summer.

I sure wish there were more good places close by, I'd be out more often.
04-15-2014 10:21 PM
elite56
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Originally Posted by NFGZ View Post
haha wrong person then. I thought I saw a photo of your jeep and it looked like a buddies roommates. But looking back now I cant find the photo I saw. Maybe it was the orange jeep from the UNF club
Do you mean this orange jeep?

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04-15-2014 08:55 PM
SupahMinah How often do you guys go out?
04-14-2014 02:38 PM
NFGZ haha wrong person then. I thought I saw a photo of your jeep and it looked like a buddies roommates. But looking back now I cant find the photo I saw. Maybe it was the orange jeep from the UNF club
04-14-2014 01:56 PM
brighton
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Originally Posted by NFGZ View Post
Brighton, do you have any roommates by any chance??
Only my wife and kids, and a dog.
04-14-2014 01:27 PM
NFGZ Brighton, do you have any roommates by any chance??
04-14-2014 11:57 AM
NFGZ
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Originally Posted by brighton View Post
Good advice. I try to always go offroading with someone else, but I'd be especially careful about Flagler Estates. Some of the mud holes are deeper than they look and can swallow your Jeep. Plus, the place is huge. It helps to go with someone that knows the best places to go. Some of the power lines are nice.
Ive been too afraid to take my jeep out there lol. Stock height on 31's just doesnt sound like it would make it.

Theres some good youtube videos of jeeps out there at flagler estates
04-14-2014 09:25 AM
brighton
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Originally Posted by NFGZ View Post
Yeah its pretty much just mud. And not just any mud, my cousin and his buddies call it "peanut butter mud", its soft and deep man. DOnt go out there alone (rule #1), but also dont go out there without someone well equipt to yank you out because its very easy to get stuck there.
Good advice. I try to always go offroading with someone else, but I'd be especially careful about Flagler Estates. Some of the mud holes are deeper than they look and can swallow your Jeep. Plus, the place is huge. It helps to go with someone that knows the best places to go. Some of the power lines are nice.
04-14-2014 08:23 AM
NFGZ
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Originally Posted by wranglerevo View Post
Hi everyone, new to the area, located near St.Augustine

Anyone have any experience in Flagler estates area? Is it just mud?
Yeah its pretty much just mud. And not just any mud, my cousin and his buddies call it "peanut butter mud", its soft and deep man. DOnt go out there alone (rule #1), but also dont go out there without someone well equipt to yank you out because its very easy to get stuck there.
04-13-2014 09:59 PM
wranglerevo Hi everyone, new to the area, located near St.Augustine

Anyone have any experience in Flagler estates area? Is it just mud?
04-11-2014 05:23 PM
NFGZ
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Originally Posted by brighton View Post
That sucks. At least it's not as bad as the WK that came out to Osceola about a year ago, and on the very first water hole, hydrolocked it. He had to get towed out and ended up replacing the engine.

That's the only really bad experience we've had in Osceola when I've been there. Generally, all of us are pretty careful, and if there's any question, we'll go around or take another trail. Fortunately, there are a couple of jeepers that know the trails pretty well, and know which areas to avoid if there's been a lot of rain.
Yeah it was a silly mistake, had hit this same hole plenty of times. Unfortunately a 2wd truck had just went in and got stuck, rutted it up, and when I went in I hit the rut and got stuck too. Took a minute to get it out and at that time it had sucked up a good amount of water. Oh well, pay to play right? hah. Once everything is tightened up I'd love to join on a Osceola trip

Also, on my work PC so I cant see the photo, they have a few misc blocking programs here. I'll check it out when I get home
04-11-2014 03:46 PM
brighton
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Originally Posted by NFGZ View Post
I have a 2000 4.0 with the 3spd auto. For sure, I've done plenty of water "crossings" where it was pretty deep, my issue was I got stuck pretty bad in water ... Enough to come into the jeep... Also, the 32RH does not have a breather tube on it -- learned that the hard way -- and is vented on the top. So thats what the issue was ... Going to have it rebuilt by Alvie at Alvies Transmissions and have that vent sealed and have the breather added.
That sucks. At least it's not as bad as the WK that came out to Osceola about a year ago, and on the very first water hole, hydrolocked it. He had to get towed out and ended up replacing the engine.

That's the only really bad experience we've had in Osceola when I've been there. Generally, all of us are pretty careful, and if there's any question, we'll go around or take another trail. Fortunately, there are a couple of jeepers that know the trails pretty well, and know which areas to avoid if there's been a lot of rain.
04-11-2014 02:43 PM
NFGZ
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Originally Posted by brighton View Post
I'm curious what caused it. Did you use your clutch in the water (assuming you have a manual)? Maybe water came through the transmission breather hose?

I've been through water crossings a fair amount over the last couple of years, along with many in our jeep club, and I haven't had transmission issues because of the water.

This is not unusual in Osceola:

I have a 2000 4.0 with the 3spd auto. For sure, I've done plenty of water "crossings" where it was pretty deep, my issue was I got stuck pretty bad in water ... Enough to come into the jeep... Also, the 32RH does not have a breather tube on it -- learned that the hard way -- and is vented on the top. So thats what the issue was ... Going to have it rebuilt by Alvie at Alvies Transmissions and have that vent sealed and have the breather added.
04-11-2014 11:43 AM
brighton
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Originally Posted by GeckoSupra View Post
What time are you guys meeting on Saturday morning? Working until 10AM or so, but would love to be able to come depending on time though. I ordered the 2.5" TF BB - should be arriving UPS today, but have alot of front-end dive now when braking and some front-end sag after the new bumper & winch install last weekend. My factory springs (2013 2DR Rubicon) are 14 front /56's rear ......I bought some 18/60's JKU springs off ebay last night to help with the weight of the winch. Not sure if I will bother to use rear springs Does anyone know if that will be too much lift for dealing with driveshaft and front end componet changing out. Trying to avoid all that....
We're meeting at 8:30 and leaving at 9:00 so it looks like we'll miss you. Maybe another time. We go out to Osceola fairly regularly.

A 2.5" lift shouldn't cause driveline issues. I have a 2.5" lift that actually netted me 3.25" in the front and 2.75" rear so it removed the front rake. That's with aftermarket bumpers and winch. Somewhere around 3.0 - 3.5" is when you have to be prepared for driveshaft problems. I've had my lift for 1.5 years without any issues but I've been planning to replace my driveshafts with Tom Woods shafts if or when the time comes.
04-11-2014 09:45 AM
GeckoSupra What time are you guys meeting on Saturday morning?

Working until 10AM or so, but would love to be able to come depending on time though.

I ordered the 2.5" TF BB - should be arriving UPS today, but have alot of front-end dive now when braking and some front-end sag after the new bumper & winch install last weekend.

My factory springs (2013 2DR Rubicon) are 14 front /56's rear ......I bought some 18/60's JKU springs off ebay last night to help with the weight of the winch. Not sure if I will bother to use rear springs

Does anyone know if that will be too much lift for dealing with driveshaft and front end componet changing out. Trying to avoid all that....
04-10-2014 01:20 PM
brighton
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Originally Posted by NFGZ View Post
Maaan careful with that water ... My transmission is acting up bad because of water. Going to be rebuilding it here soon... Lesson learned here.
I'm curious what caused it. Did you use your clutch in the water (assuming you have a manual)? Maybe water came through the transmission breather hose?

I've been through water crossings a fair amount over the last couple of years, along with many in our jeep club, and I haven't had transmission issues because of the water.

This is not unusual in Osceola:

04-10-2014 09:42 AM
NFGZ Maaan careful with that water ... My transmission is acting up bad because of water. Going to be rebuilding it here soon... Lesson learned here.
04-08-2014 10:06 PM
brighton
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Originally Posted by UnaJeepa View Post
hello all! visiting my parents just north of Daytona, about 45 min south of Jax. Im from Chicago. We definitely don't have much in terms of trails there. Anything that you can recommend close to Daytona or just north of there? Nothing major, and not a huge mud bog, just something to actually get off asphalt for awhile! Not looking to be too aggressive, I still need the jeep to drive BACK to Chicago this weekend. Thanks!
Your best bet might be to drive the beaches. Northeast Florida has some of the best (and only remaining) driving beaches in Florida. You can drive on Daytona Beach but it's packed sand that's like driving on a highway (although still kind of fun).

North of Daytona, beginning at Crescent Beach to St. Augustine Beach is a stretch of beach that requires 4wd. Depending on weather conditions and the tide, it can be very soft sand or more packed sand, but it's about 8 to 10 miles of very nice beach driving.

Inland, there is the Ocala National Forest that has some sandy trails, but it would be a bit of a drive. You could also drive to Hardrock in Ocala, which is an off-road park, but again it would probably be about a 1.5 to 2 hour drive.

If you're adventurous and want to drive to Jacksonville, we're going to Osceola National Forest on Saturday. It's about an hour west of Jax, so you're looking at maybe 1.5 to 2 hours to Osceola if you're 45 minutes south of Jax. Sandy trails, a little bit of mud, and a fair amount of water, especially with the rain we got this week. We're meeting at the Winn-Dixie off of I-10 west of Jax, but anyone is welcome to join us.
04-08-2014 09:52 PM
UnaJeepa hello all! visiting my parents just north of Daytona, about 45 min south of Jax. Im from Chicago. We definitely don't have much in terms of trails there. Anything that you can recommend close to Daytona or just north of there? Nothing major, and not a huge mud bog, just something to actually get off asphalt for awhile! Not looking to be too aggressive, I still need the jeep to drive BACK to Chicago this weekend. Thanks!
04-08-2014 10:50 AM
MIAMI4QUAD Middleburg / OP checking in just picked up a triple black 70th anniversary a couple weeks ago. Have lift, wheels, and tag relocate on order!!
04-08-2014 09:31 AM
NFGZ Im about to have my transmission rebuilt ... didnt like the water the wife and I took it thru ... whoops..
04-08-2014 06:37 AM
RHINO965 Town Center here!
04-05-2014 09:51 PM
GeckoSupra
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Originally Posted by elite56 View Post
Don't forget about the UNF jeep club show and shine this Sunday!

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Darn wish I would of saw this ...............I went riding around with my daughter to Huguenot and Amelia park that weekend.

LOD Stinger bumper and Warn 8000-s Installed today /cheer.
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