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4 hours ago, theksmith said:

did the post gears break-in diff fluid change yesterday - Gadget's at 124,900 miles!

 

 

and for only $36 and a few minutes of my time, i now have a more civilized hood opening experience. this hood strut kit was just 4 bolts on each side, no cutting or drilling. 

 

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I've been thinking about getting something like this myself. Thanks for posting up!

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from Rocks and Wheels (RAW) Rocktoberfest 2021 first day (photo credit @dzJeepChic)...

 

try from the left:

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try from the right:

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try starting over:

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but in the end, shame for a thousand years on myself and all my descendants:

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3 hours ago, theksmith said:

from Rocks and Wheels (RAW) Rocktoberfest 2021 first day (photo credit @dzJeepChic)...

 

try from the left:

 

try from the right:

 

try starting over:

 

but in the end, shame for a thousand years on myself and all my descendants:

 

 

I would be interested in a obstacle debrief.

* What was the struggle? Lack of traction, being hung up on underparts?

* How would you choose to adapt to that obstacle (change of configuration, parts, or attack strategy) for a future run?

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9 hours ago, theksmith said:

but in the end, shame for a thousand years on myself and all my descendants:

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So @Number7 pulled you out single-handedly, eh? 

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8 hours ago, SonoranWanderer said:

 

I would be interested in a obstacle debrief.

* What was the struggle? Lack of traction, being hung up on underparts?

* How would you choose to adapt to that obstacle (change of configuration, parts, or attack strategy) for a future run?

Getting your diffs hung up was the problem. When some one got hung up they would just spin tires and make holes between the rocks making it even harder to find a line. Short wheel base and huge tires is the way to conquer this obstacle. I was the third Jeep on this rock garden so it was not too dug up, it took me a few attempts and then I found my line and crawled up without pulling cable.

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8 hours ago, SonoranWanderer said:

 

I would be interested in a obstacle debrief.

* What was the struggle? Lack of traction, being hung up on underparts?

* How would you choose to adapt to that obstacle (change of configuration, parts, or attack strategy) for a future run?

 

Christopher Walken Snl GIF by Saturday Night Live

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carnage report from Rocktoberfest 2021:

 

 

the new wheels got some major gouges, but the fake bead-lock rings worked very well at keeping their valve stems and rest of the wheel out of the rocks.

 

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i slid downhill and drug my driver rear Nemesis aluminum fender flare against a boulder while on the Safelite trail. it held up great though - didn't bend and didn't transfer any damage to the body. i've already filed the rough edge back smooth and touched it up.

 

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of course the rock rails and skids got scraped-up quite a bit... just doing their job though! i did come down on the driver side rail hard enough to bend the middle of the hoop though (also on Safelite). i haven't re-painted them yet, but did file/sand out the sharp gouges.

 

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the only costly damage appears to be my rear driveshaft - not sure when this happened. unfortunately it's dented at that one deep gouge, not just scratched. i'm worried about that being a weak point which could lead to it twisting during some future hardcore trail. an aftermarket shaft was already on the wishlist, but now it's top priority.

 

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happy to report no new body dings except for a couple small scrapes on the rear of the hard-top from backing into tree limbs while trying to get a different line at an obstacle on Black Inky Spring.

 

Gadget did good - she's getting a hand-wax for a reward!

 

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paid the car wash for a hand-wax and interior "super clean" and then went over the exterior again myself with  Chemical Guys HydroSpeed Ceramic Quick Detailer. she looks great from a few feet away!

 

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this is the first time i've used the HydroSpeed. my normal go-to is their Synthetic Quick Detailer. it did give a deeper gloss and really made it slick as hell. however, it's also more than twice the cost of the Synthetic Quick Detailer, so i'm not sure it's worth that unless it survives more than 1 wash - we'll see!

 

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Poser! ;) 

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