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Well low and behold fellow jeepers, looks like I'll be postponing my trip due to the [email protected]^$*$& coronavirus馃槫.

Hopefully 2021 looks better than 2020.
I feel ya pain but there are still ninety days. Yea I know. We're right in the middle of the SCAR when this hit. Keeping up with any last minute changes and feel like I should just go but like you, I'll wait. Are other trails I am anxious to ride too. Plus a vacation to put on... Dang it is hard to plan for retirement!
 

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Well low and behold fellow jeepers, looks like I'll be postponing my trip due to the [email protected]^$*$& coronavirus馃槫.

Hopefully 2021 looks better than 2020.
I have an 06 TJ I am getting ready for this trip. Apparently Sam is from my neck of the woods here in Mississippi. He has four shorter trails in our state. I am starting to ride them to see what I do and don't need for the trail. I would be interested in joining a group though when the time comes to head out west.
 

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Sam lives up near Corinth, MS. The trail used to go fairly close to his house, not sure of that anymore as the trail as changed a great deal since we did it.
 

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I may join you next year. I have done it 1-3/4 times on a motorcycle but the heat was a killer the year `I did the whole thing. 2 weeks of the lowest day temp of 103 from western Arkansas through OK, NM, CO, NV, ID western OR. Wears one out in full gear in the full sun. Sad to hear you are delayed but maybe we can do some of it together next year. Still looking for a Ruby but I think I may have found one.
Well low and behold fellow jeepers, looks like I'll be postponing my trip due to the [email protected]^$*$& coronavirus馃槫.

Hopefully 2021 looks better than 2020.
 

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Wondering what mods are necessary on a stock 2018 JK to make the TAT.
Likely not many. Good recovery gear and a buddy. :)
If you are going to mod your JK anyway, then I'd set it up with a mild lift, 33-34 tires, a winch, and some extra gas capability. The rest is up to you and there's no limit. seriously....no limit:rolleyes:. Ask me how I know.....
 
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Likely not many. Good recovery gear and a buddy. :)
If you are going to mod your JK anyway, then I'd set it up with a mild lift, 33-34 tires, a winch, and some extra gas capability. The rest is up to you and there's no limit. seriously....no limit:rolleyes:. Ask me how I know.....
Have you completed the Trans American Trail? Fuel was never an issue. These trails are set up for medium sized motorcycles so fuel is pretty easy to fine. My18 gallon (2 Dr.) tank was plenty but always stopped for fuel when I found it (never reached below 1/4 tank).
 

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Have you completed the Trans American Trail? Fuel was never an issue. These trails are set up for medium sized motorcycles so fuel is pretty easy to fine. My18 gallon (2 Dr.) tank was plenty but always stopped for fuel when I found it (never reached below 1/4 tank).
The longest stretch I did without any available gas stops was baker Nevada to wendover UT. 180 miles. Of Nothing. That was in 2017. I had a good 220 -250 range on my Honda 500 CBX rally raid so it wasn鈥檛 a big deal. I am sure I went through more water and Gatorade then gas on that stretch. It was about 110 degrees and never saw a tree bigger than a bush. In previous years they went to oregon through Nevada and I believe there was a stretch over 200 or up to 250 miles depending on if Denio Junction, I think it was, opened or not.


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Have you completed the Trans American Trail? Fuel was never an issue. These trails are set up for medium sized motorcycles so fuel is pretty easy to fine. My18 gallon (2 Dr.) tank was plenty but always stopped for fuel when I found it (never reached below 1/4 tank).
NO, nothing west of TN. I was wanting to jump in this summer with this thread but then everything went to sh*t.
My answer above wasn't clear. I just said "not many mods needed" and I should have ended it there. The rest I added was geared towards the average long term camper set up, where hopefully you won't know what you'll end up doing or encounter. I do fill up most chances I get, and I always have a little extra. Makes us feel a little better, that's all....
 

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The longest stretch I did without any available gas stops was baker Nevada to wendover UT. 180 miles. Of Nothing. That was in 2017. I had a good 220 -250 range on my Honda 500 CBX rally raid so it wasn鈥檛 a big deal. I am sure I went through more water and Gatorade then gas on that stretch. It was about 110 degrees and never saw a tree bigger than a bush. In previous years they went to oregon through Nevada and I believe there was a stretch over 200 or up to 250 miles depending on if Denio Junction, I think it was, opened or not.


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Dang, that is a 180 miles on asphalt if you chose. Did our trip in 2017 as well.
Leaving Baker, NV and heading west, GPSKevins trail runs south and west to Lund, NV for about 120 miles thru the same kind of environment. On to Eureka, NV for another 100 miles. Grand scenery thru the mountains and desert.
We mada Lund late that day and found there was a Rodeo in progress (weekend one hotel and full) so we drove asphalt to Eureka and back to Ely for a room. I think we drove more asphalt that day than the all the trails we did in two days (distance) before. I wasn't a happy person that day.
 
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Yeah, that section from baker on Sam's route was pretty nice. Head east from the casino and take your first left. All gravel but some long chattering sections and deep gravel coming over washes. It hit a good section of. the old pony express trail with an outpost.
 

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My experience on completing the TAT (GPSKevins route) in a stock, 2015 Rubicon Hard Rock leads me to say this;

1.Install a 9.5 cti-s winch and carry a bag of recovery gear (plenty informaton to read here on site) and learn how to safely use it (winch & gear).

2. Install a CB radio for just in case.... I used mine several times looking for a place to eat or bed for the night around towns and near interstates

3. Carry a Viair 400 or + for inflating tires after airing down or getting leaks/punctures.

4 Like I said, we were stock but I wished I had gottern the 2.5" factory lift once we were in Colorado. We did good, please don't get me wrong but there were places I knew we were going to hit bottom. Rocks didn't bother me as much as logs.
Sorry for the old thread bump, but I couldn't figure out how to reply to you directly. I have a stock 2015 Willy's that I plan to take on the TAT next spring.

On the winch -- did you get stuck enough you wished you'd had one, or do you recommend it more for peace of mind?

And on the lift, I read you added the lift later -- what tires did you go with and how much more clearance did that get you? Would that have saved the puckering worry of hitting bottom? (pun intended)
 

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"On the winch -- did you get stuck enough you wished you'd had one, or do you recommend it more for peace of mind?"
Got stuck in a muddy bean field with no way to winch. Just worked the Jeep back and forth until I dug down to solid soil. I did however use the winch to move several small trees from the trail where I could not go around...

"And on the lift, I read you added the lift later -- what tires did you go with and how much more clearance did that get you? "
The factory Rubicon comes with an extra 1" lift on 32" tires. I got hung up in Colorado on a couple rocks but changed my approach to get over them. Really other than What I had, I didn't need more.. I did add another factory 2.5" lift with 33" BF Goodrich KM3 tires after and it would have been sufficient to make life easier.
Corrected lift height: 2.5 " lift
 

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Sorry for the old thread bump, but I couldn't figure out how to reply to you directly. I have a stock 2015 Willy's that I plan to take on the TAT next spring.

On the winch -- did you get stuck enough you wished you'd had one, or do you recommend it more for peace of mind?

And on the lift, I read you added the lift later -- what tires did you go with and how much more clearance did that get you? Would that have saved the puckering worry of hitting bottom? (pun intended)
Welcome to the Forum, from Cave Creek AZ.
 

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So did this trip happen or still on standby?
Don't know about the folks here but there is always folks on Face Book getting ready to make the adventure in or on any vehicle they seem to see fit for the journey. Just a couple days ago I spoke with a gent like me, leaving July 5th for his adventure.

COVID19 be DAMNED! THis is out in the wonderful part of America, dealing with the real Americans of this country that scrape to get by every day of their lives. Wonderful, everyone of them!.
 

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How long are you thinking this trip will take? 30+ days? This is a bucket list for me, maybe join in Oklahoma. I鈥檒l keep this bookmarked and make a decision a little closer to then. Sounds like a great adventure.
33 days from start to return for us.
 
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