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  1. 7 points
    I took my buddy Al up to Mt. Graham. We stayed at Riggs flat lake at almost 9000 feet. Nice little lake you can kayak. Also the views to the west were majestic. I would have posted but someone forgot to pay his dues so he got kicked off the site. My bad.
  2. 6 points
    So we traded in our Ram truck and picked up a 2020 V8 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk. A huge shout-out to the amazing Martin Swanty dealership in Kingman, AZ. There were by far my best car buying experience. We negotiated via email and they were very fair with no games. Then drove up and were done in 20 minutes. I highly recommend using them. The Phoenix dealers were playing a ton of games. Ask for Chuck if you decided to check out this dealership. So now a three Jeep family....God help us! So now that Chris is busy on the other two Jeeps I have something I can do easier off-road trails with. Loving all the fancy features and it is fun to drive! Up next is a set of Animal Off-road rock sliders. We are considering their bumpers too but it gets pricey! We have named her "Cupcake" for now as her coloring is Red Velvet. d rock sliders.
  3. 6 points
    I was doing some file purging & digging through old picture files, and ran across a few that perhaps a few here would find interesting. Who says a YJ has limited articulation? "Mini-Rubicon" ... These pic's are from my working days, doing vehicle development. These were courses we built and used for evaluation of vehicles and systems... This particular vehicle is sporting a rather unique full hydraulic suspension system, which allowed for 20-plus inches of wheel travel, all while keeping the body as level as the terrain would allow. Following the first few phases of development work here in AZ, we took it to the Rubicon Trail, which this vehicle's suspension allowed us to do with ease. Sadly, the complexity of the controls system, and the multitude of the hydraulic components of the system proved to be both too expensive (significantly more than doubling the cost of the base vehicle), and over the multi-year time we spent on development, re-designs, and testing, we were never able to get the reliability to meet levels deemed commercially acceptable ... Even with these pitfalls, it was one of the more challenging and fun projects I was involved with in the latter parts of my career...
  4. 5 points
    Got most of the metal portion of our sleep platform and on board water and portable fridge cage made. Up next is wood to go on top, wiring in the speakers, etc. Chris got delayed taking care of me after surgery so may not get this done in time for the ORP October gathering. Putting two portable fridges behind the front seats. Platform to go over the top. View from the back. will have a 16 gallon water tank in the middle behind the coolers and in front of the planned drawer system. Drawers to be installed
  5. 5 points
    Not sure about the steps but if you want quality sliders I have always gone to White Castles. They are the best. IMHO. Make sure you order them with cheese.
  6. 5 points
    Found this story on the Hemmings website... Thought some would be interested or perhaps amused... https://www.hemmings.com/stories/2020/03/27/were-there-really-studebaker-touring-cars-on-the-rubicon-trail-in-the-1920s
  7. 4 points
  8. 4 points
    Just an example of teaching the youth of this world to sit down, buckle up, mask up, and hang on tight
  9. 4 points
  10. 4 points
    Gaia GPS added a new map layer today that uses one of NASA's infrared heat detecting satellites, updated throughout the day. Here's the fire near the Rubicon.
  11. 4 points
    I love old pictures and these are great. Do you remember what hydraulic pump you used for this project? The reason I asked is I was involved with a Chrysler LeBaron, H body ( the hatch back because I know LeBaron doesn’t narrow things down) in the late 80’s. This vehicle was an early attempt at an active suspension system. We had a helicopter hydraulic pump mounted under the back seat and a number of hydraulic lines running all over the vehicle underside. I know nothing of the cost but can speak to the less than stellar reliability of the hydraulic system. Granted, it was a mule vehicle but I oiled down more than one stretch of I75 in Detroit.!
  12. 4 points
  13. 3 points
    New to the group, and our family will be attending! Arriving on Friday. I will utilize the same payment method as @4x4tographer
  14. 3 points
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  16. 3 points
    Here is another optional trail, very close to the House mtn trail. Beaverhead flat road is paved going N from Cornville road, but is dirt going South. The dirt road will dump you out on Middle Verde road, about a mile from I17. (Middle Verde road is the next exit up from the meet up exit, it's the one with the Casino). I drove it last week. It's 5 miles, took 1 hour, has 2 short but kind of steep hills, otherwise its mostly a 1.5 rated trail. Best views are going South (imho) The trail head is roughly 2.5 miles from either entrance/exit of House Mtn trail that Ryan mentioned. Beaverhead flat trail.gpx
  17. 3 points
    I have Ryan’s blessing to offer a short ‘bonus’ run (Skeleton Bones) after the House Mountain trail (time-permitting and purely optional). Skeleton Bones is close enough that we can stay aired down. The Funtreks site describes it as a one hour trail rated as ‘difficult’: https://funtreks.com/off-road-trails/skeleton-bones/ Please let me know if you may be interested in this optional, time-permitting run. Thanks!
  18. 3 points
    We've found a dispersed camp spot that all RV's should be fine getting into - even @ob1jeeper's giant motorcoach! It's 30 minutes east of Camp Verde, just off AZ Hwy 260 on Forest Road 142H. I don't believe the Forest Road is signed with a number, so you'll need the map or GPS coords below. Google Maps link... GPS coordinates: 34.505833, -111.582222 Alternate coordinates format: 34° 30.35' N, 111° 34.9333' W This spot is currently bone dry but would be too muddy for RV's if it rains a ton the week before the event. Just in case, we have a backup location about 10 miles away, right off AZ Hwy 87. Please be sure to double check the first post on this thread before you head up to verify the location has not changed! Here's a photo approaching the turnoff (road on the left) if you are coming from Camp Verde:
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    here's that Magnetic Vise Brake easily doing its thing on some 18 gauge metal: the only real issue i had, which was easily solved, was light gouging. if you look closely in the photo above, you can see lines of scratches near the 2 bends that i had already made. i used a file to lightly round the outer edges where the machined surface met the rough cast surface on the receiving die, and problem solved. it now just makes a shiny scuff mark, which doesn't show through a coat of paint.
  21. 3 points
    I am really sad that MBRP gave up on their Off Camber line of products. I have their rock rails on my 2008 JKUR and I like them because, they are good profile (no loss of clearance), frame mounted and body attached, offer side/body protection, and have bolt-on/off removable steps (my wife wants steps when she uses that Jeep). They also have a fairly clean look. I, not unlike @theksmith, like a non-flashy look to my vehicle. Although I give him the tip of the hat to having maybe a bit more OCD than I do about it.
  22. 3 points
    Picked up a Jeep Gladiator Mojave in August while out on vacation in southern Utah. Did some basic tinkering this weekend... Stock: Added wheels and tires earlier this month... Then this weekend added in-bed cargo management rails, Hi-Lift mount and Hi-Lift, hard tonneau cover, and (Rubicon) bed rock rails/sliders... The rock sliders were a "fun" install. I had to carve up the plastic bumper and remove a corner reinforcement part to make room for the slider bar and its bumper attachment bracket welds. The Rubicon's steal rear bumper apparently does not curve under as much as the plastic variants. And for those keeping score at home, yes I have a bad habit... Immediate ToDo's include: Replacing the factory AM/FM antenna with a AM/FM/CB using the Rugged Ridge mount bracket and signal splitter Running the Ham mag mount antenna wire in the cab for handheld radio; true mobile and hard mount antenna will come later Testing Bed-tent setup with tonneau cover
  23. 3 points
    OK guys - we're still doing this thing! Same dates, same activities, same good time... only it'll be dispersed camping instead of at a campground. New location will be announced this week, I just have to verify the spot we have in mind is RV accessible.
  24. 3 points
    Thanks! It's a 2011 JKU, the 3.8 but there's a RIPP supercharger in my not too distant future, as the 130HP and roughly same Torque will help as I keep adding goodies and run all year with the RTT. The awning is a Rhino Batwing- we love it. It's a 270 degree awning and pretty lightweight. I like that I get notifications for threads, and HOPE I'm replying the right way, as I'm still learning how to navigate the site. I've got G2 5:13's front and rear which make technical trails pretty easy so far, but the weight up top raised my center of gravity, so I am careful about where we go, and tackle moderate without hesitation- it's the difficult trails we (I) want to go on but can't without others...because getting stranded is not my idea of fun lol.
  25. 3 points
    I took my Jeep in to see Dr. Joe at On Point Performance for an inspection, diff and transfer case fluid swap a couple of weeks ago. He checked the fluids before draining them and found they were good to go, no need to swap. That was a first for me, most places would just swap them out to make a buck. I was impressed to say the least. They only thing he found was my front drive shaft was in need of replacement within the next 1500 miles or so. He suggested since I am under warranty have the dealership swap it out. All in all he only charged me for the inspection. I got a shiny new front drive shaft installed about a week later so I should be set there. Thanks @theksmith for recommending him when I was looking for a local mechanic earlier this year for another issue I was having.
  26. 3 points
    Refunds have been issued to everyone who paid in advance. If you sent money via Paypal, you should have received an email from Paypal. If you paid by check, a refund check is going out in the mail today to the address we have on file for you.
  27. 3 points
    We are still interested but may need help setting up due to my surgery. If Jeep not ready may just hang at camp.
  28. 3 points
    Welcome! You’re gonna love this group. There’s a great blend of day trips and longer expeditionary/overland stuff these guys do. The members are all very wonderful and welcoming (we joined just a few short years ago), and there are some extremely experienced and talented folks you’ll meet. If you’d like a recommendation on a great way to meet a ton of folks at once, I’d recommend the upcoming Dirt Gala, ORP’s annual shindig and weekend camping trip. Again, welcome!!! oh! And you should totally start a thread on that JK overland build you’ve got. Looks sweet as hell! I’d love to see more.
  29. 3 points
    Please add us to the list. We will meet you at the trail head, its pretty close to us.
  30. 3 points
    Kris, In the future, if you ever want to try or use the Harbor Freight brake I’ve modified, you are welcome to it. I did very little with my brake before modifying it with the roll pins shown above. I’ve never had any problem with the clamp bar slipping with the roll pins installed and I’m sure I’ve pushed the recommended limits of my brake. In my experience 16 gauge steel is pushing it. I’ve had good success with 16 gauge aluminum. I recently made these four fingers for my brake to try and turn it into a poor man’s box brake. I was able to use a friends Bridgeport in exchange for planning some wood for him. There has been only one time I’ve wanted the added capability of a box brake but you never know. When I made the tray below I could have used a finger to bend a box instead of making the tray ends out of plywood. That said I’m not unhappy at all with the way the tray turned out.
  31. 2 points
    Replaced all my lug nuts today, actually a tire shop did it for me. I do not own an impact wrench and none of my tools could get them loose. They are pretty chewed up and I did not want to round them off and make matters worse. Nothing glamorous but I do not want to have issues should I get a flat somewhere. I ordered an extra bag of 5 accidentally so I have some extras should they be needed. Maybe I will throw some on the spare so they all match up. They were expensive, need to be used & I can be OCD that way. Now I have to noodle through tire rotations because I want to avoid going through this again. I see a couple of jack stands in my future. (Don't tell the boss)
  32. 2 points
    thanks @gearhead for organizing and leading a great night run. we had a good turn-out, including @scottL's nephew Drew in his brand spankin' new pimp-mobile (an all black Gladiator on 37's)! hard to photograph night runs, only managed to get one shot that wasn't just a blur:
  33. 2 points
    who all is bringing kids and what ages? my Brady will be there, but 15 hardly qualifies as a kid anymore i guess - his friend with a JKU (16yo) is supposed to be attending as well. don't forget to bring pumpkins and something to carve them with if you want to enter the contest! (details are in the first post of this thread)
  34. 2 points
    Saturday 9/19/2020: Geode Hunting in the Brody Hills near Payson, 4x4 Moderate How about a little rock hounding action up in Payson? Stumbled across a trail description that lays out this area as a prime location for hunting geodes. The total trail length is brief, right about 2.5 miles one-way through the pines surrounding the Payson area. Image from www.trailsoffroad.com TRIP INFO: Meeting Location: Speedway (map) 2010 N Beeline Hwy, Payson, AZ 85541 Convenient location to fuel up, grab coffee, with a large parking lot next door. Timing: 8:00am meet up. Depart by 8:30am or when we're all arrived. We'll have a short 20min (10mi) drive to reach the dirt roads that will take us back (FR64) Total trail duration for the day is approximately 1.5 - 2 hours. Trail Information: This is an out-and-back trail that is only about 1.2 miles in each direction. To gain access, we'll need to take a fire control road. The majority of our day will be spent at about 5,600ft in the shade of the ponderosa pines. The area is a bit of a local secret and is home to countless geodes which may be hosting crystals. Private collection of rocks is permitted but remember to be respectful of our lands and that you cannot remove items from our forests for commercial use or sale. Generally you are limited to 10lbs of collection. Recreation & Mineral Collection Rules Trail Difficulty: Moderate Extensive trail information/description and map track downloads can be found here. The trail has a very rocky section that requires high clearance and 4x4 low range. It is not recommended in wet conditions. Route Overview: Additional Considerations: Dress for the weather Don't forget the sunscreen! Bring a chair! Bring some tools for harvesting your geodes, such as a hammer/chisel Bring a lunch and plenty of water Bring a camera! Recovery gear/traction aid Emergency supplies / Med kit VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS: Vehicle Minimums: All vehicles are required to meet state legal requirements, (i.e.: current registration and insurance) Have functional seat-belts for each occupant Must have suitable recovery points front and rear Each vehicle must have a CB Radio or a Ham Radio in good working order High-clearance 4x4's with low-range 30"+ aggressive all-terrain or mud-terrain tires Vehicle Recommendations: Skid plates on important areas such as transfer-case & gas-tank, sliders/rock-rails, aftermarket differential covers, high-clearance metal bumpers, low axle gearing, upgraded axle shafts, 4:1 transfer case, 33"+ tires. COMMS: CB Channel: 4 Ham Frequency: 146.46 MHz SIGN UPS: Rig Limit This trip is limited to 5 total rigs due to a very tight parking situation. Once the limit is reached, anyone asking to sign-up will be placed on the standby list. Please don't hesitate to sign-up as a standby because people often do drop-out so you may get to go. Post a reply in this thread saying you'd like to go and I'll put you on the roster! Attending: 1 - 4x4tographer (lead) 2 - @CAVU2 3 - @SonoranWanderer 4 - 5 - Standby: 1 - 2 - 3 -
  35. 2 points
    Saturday, October 10, 2020: House Mountain, 4x4 Moderate This trail is on the house..... Get it? GET IT???? Join me for a jaunt up to the top of House Mountain, offering insane views of the red rocks of Sedona. We'll take an alternative route back from the peak that I'm dubbing "Return from House Mountain", which is really just a fancy name for FR 9204Y/K, but would definitely make a sweet name for a movie. Image from FunTreks.com Video by member @REDROCK TONIHAWK TRIP INFO: Meeting Location: Chevron off of i17 exit 289 towards Montezuma Castle (map) 320 Castle Ln, Camp Verde, AZ 86322 Convenient location to fuel up, grab coffee, with a large dirt lot just across the street. Timing: 8:00am meet up. Depart by 8:30am or when we're all arrived. It's a short jaunt to the trailhead. Sunrise is 6:31am for reference Total trail duration is approximately 4-5 hours. Trail Information: This is an out-and-back trail, 6 miles in each direction. Capping out at 5,125 feet, we'll have amazing views of the surrounding area to include the treasures of the Red Rocks. If the group wishes for a bit more of a challenge on the way back, we'll take an optional, less-travelled "back road" down to civilization via FR 9204Y/K. Distance remains about the same Trail Difficulty: Moderate Extensive trail information/description and map track downloads can be found here. This trail is rated 2-4 (out of 10) because of the large volcanic rocks towards the top of the mountain that are quite large and require some clearance to move through without scraping your underbody. Also, the mud in this area can become very slick in the wet months. Route Overview: Red - Our trail up and back Purple - Optional "back way" back home, that I've dubbed Return from House Mountain (copyright 4x4tographer all rights and bacon reserved). Additional Considerations: Dress for the weather Don't forget the sunscreen! There isn't a lot of shade available. Bring a chair! Bring a lunch and plenty of water Bring a camera! Recovery gear/traction aid Emergency supplies / Med kit VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS: Vehicle Minimums: All vehicles are required to meet state legal requirements, (i.e.: current registration and insurance) Have functional seat-belts for each occupant Must have suitable recovery points front and rear Each vehicle must have a CB Radio or a Ham Radio in good working order High-clearance 4x4's with low-range 30"+ aggressive all-terrain or mud-terrain tires Vehicle Recommendations: Skid plates on important areas such as transfer-case & gas-tank, sliders/rock-rails, aftermarket differential covers, high-clearance metal bumpers, low axle gearing, upgraded axle shafts, 4:1 transfer case, 33"+ tires. COMMS: CB Channel: 4 Ham Frequency: 146.46 MHz SIGN UPS: Rig Limit This trip is limited to 10 total rigs. Once the limit is reached, anyone asking to sign-up will be placed on the standby list. Please don't hesitate to sign-up as a standby because people often do drop-out so you may get to go. Post a reply in this thread saying you'd like to go and I'll put you on the roster! Attending: 1 - 4x4tographer (lead) 2 - @mbuckner 3 - @CAVU2 4 - @SonoranWanderer 5 - @theksmith 6 - @gearhead 7 - @Curly 8 - @shellback91 9 - @Eugene 10 - @KtroubleA Standby: 1 - 2 - 3 -
  36. 2 points
    @4x4tographer It's fine with us if you guys want to paypal it to us. Our paypal email address is info@offroadpassport.com. Please choose just send money, not that you're buying good and services from us. Thank you!!
  37. 2 points
    We will be there late Friday afternoon(depending on traffic) and tenting it, if someone could save us a flat area it would be most appreciated. I am not real familiar with the area. Can't wait to get back to the mountains and socially distance......with beer. LOL
  38. 2 points
    sign me up please! ...i'll try not to drive into a hole this time!
  39. 2 points
    ...i mean even more than now!
  40. 2 points
    Gathering up my recovery gear. I bought an ARB 30' Snatch Strap last year so this is a little delayed. Added a couple of soft shackles to the mix recently. I also added a Rhino Shackle Hitch Receiver as an added rear recovery point.
  41. 2 points
    Yep, works now. Looks great! I wish I could by new Jeeps on vacation in Southern Utah!!
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  45. 2 points
    Hi there- and thanks for a site that allows us to connect with fellow Jeepers and Overlanders. We're new to Arizona, and have been overlanding for about a year, starting with sleeping in the back of the Jeep (ouch), then tent camping, and finally to where we are now with a RTT, a refrigerator, stove, solar and so on. Every couple of weekends a month we like to get out and explore but steer clear of any difficult terrain, as going alone can end in disaster...so we'd love to find others as passionate about the outdoors as we are. We love getting away, and enjoying the solitude of the varying terrain here in AZ! We're still navigating the site so hopefully i posted this in the right spot:) Any hints about the site, or trips, please hit us up- we'd love to get connected!- BillandPam
  46. 2 points
    Sign me up please. This noob needs some trail time/experience and this looks like a good one!
  47. 2 points
  48. 2 points
    i bought one of these Harbor Freight 18" sheet metal brakes, briefly... after a couple quick tests, it became clear the major inconvenience is the clamping bar wanting to slide backwards unless you go mad-tight with the c-clamps. i was about to weld on some adjustable stops behind the bar, but the requirements for my current project changed in a way that this type of brake wouldn't work for - so it got returned. also, the box says it can do 16 gauge steel, but it flexed substantially even on a 2" wide test piece. if i ever need this type of brake again, i think this 28" KASTFORCE KF5002 might be worth triple the cost at around $140 on Amazon Prime... it the next cheapest thing i could find that looked a little beefier and included exactly the sort of adjustable stops i was going to add, as well as integrated clamps. what i ended up getting instead (for now) is a Magnetic Mount Vise Brake Die Set (KAKA BDS-6) . it looks like a cheesy contraption at first glance, but actually works very well. by having open-ends, it lets me create complex "T" shaped corners that my project needs. i stuck it on a cheap 6" Harbor Freight vise that i've had for years. using a short cheater pipe on the vise handle, i'm able to bend 16 gauge cold-rolled steel with very little effort. (i know, tool abuse!) FYI, if you have a welder you can make a DIY one quite easily... i also found it surprising that folks have even created 3D printed versions, and standard PLA filament seems to be plenty strong enough:
  49. 2 points
  50. 2 points
    We had a really bad rain storm, lightning, thunder one night. Blew my tent over with me and Gunny in it. I need to gain some weight.
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