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  1. 5 points
    New meats! The trusty Yokohama G003s in 35x17x12.5 have been replaced with another flavor of Japanese rubber in the form of Toyo Open Country R/T Trail tires in 37x17x12.5. The Yokohama's lasted 3 years (LITERALLY to the day) and 30,500 miles. The last 6 months I've been dealing with some pretty bad cupping of the tires that have had me chasing down a pretty noticeable wobble that reliably occurred at 40-45mph and when aired down any less than 34 PSI. Additionally, they've gotten excessively loud to the point where I need to keep the windows up when I'm above 60mph (I've measured sustained noise in the cabin at 97dB with the windows down, not an enjoyable experience). All-in-all I've been happy with the performance of the tire off road. I've never felt like I didn't have enough grip, zero flats, nice flex/deformation over obstacles, and very comfortable when aired down to about 13-18 PSI off road. They've taking a lot of abuse and have their fair share of battle scars and chunking, but no missing lugs and punctures. Here are a few photos of the condition of the tire at the time of their departure: You can really see the cupping on this shot-- Looking ahead to this year, I've got several long trips lined up and it was time for a change. I've been really looking to go up a size and also try "something new" in terms of the type of tire. The new Toyo's are a literally new version of their popular Open Country R/T tire - called the Open Country R/T TRAIL. The R/T stands for "rough terrain" and are a hybrid tire that tries to blend the best of the mud terrain and all terrain worlds. The tread pattern is more aggressive than an A/T, with larger lugs, deeper gaps, "stone ejectors" and decent siping - but aren't as aggressive as a full-blown M/T. The R/T/ Trails come with a 45,000 mile tread life warranty. The 37's are Load Range E, which is the same as the 35” G003 Yokohamas. Another spec that drew me to the Toyo's was the weight - they clock in at 75lbs. The Yokohamas were 70lbs each. Many of the tires in the 37" range are pushing 80-88lbs which I'm a little wary off without more extensive driveline/axle upgrades. One last comment - inflation SUCKS. I paid $288 for the Yokohamas in 2021 - the price has climbed over 40% and they're now $405 per tire. Outrageous. The 37" variant of the same Yokohama was $488/ea. 😳 I was able to take advantage of the new Total Offroad's "tax sale" where they pay the sales tax. The tires were $404 each - about as cheap and lightweight as you can get in 37's without going to a Milestar Patagonia. Here's a few close-ups of the new tires. First impressions on the drive home - they're QUIET. I was able to hold a conversation with my daughter in the car with the windows down - that was nice. The road-feel is "smooth" in terms of not being able to "feel" the lug rumbling down the road - and best of all - the "wobble" was gone as far as I can tell. I'm feeling a little power loss (still on factory 4:10 gears) but the 8 speed automatic really helped there with around the town driving on the way home. I've got to get it on the highway still - the run up the i17 will be a good test. I need to do some flex testing, but with all of the clearance the Jeep JL's have in the wheel wells I'm thinking I'm scot-free without needing to do anything extra. I might possibly have to adjust my bump stops in the front, but the rears look pretty clear. More to come!
  2. 4 points
    Met up with @theksmith tonight over near Lake Pleasant to do a little flex test to check clearance with the new 37's. Pretty good at full flex - some rubbing in the front fender liners due to their one-piece design and barely touching in the rear. Planning to add 1" of bump stop to the front and rear and will recheck - but pretty confident that should do it.
  3. 3 points
    Great! Looking forward to getting out before it gets hot. I am not aware of a FB page but it doesn't matter since I don't have a FB account!
  4. 3 points
    Massimo tboss 550, got it from tractor supply. Touch screen, front & rear cams, blue tooth/Wi-Fi connection for the updates to the GPS driven maps, 3k winch...and front/rear lockers. Ridiculous amount on add ONS, couldn't say no to $9200. Bonus, no sales tax in these here parts.
  5. 3 points
  6. 3 points
    This is what happens when you DON'T use a car cover!
  7. 2 points
    We’ve got a Facebook “feeder group” where I’ve already got an event post up for this run 😉
  8. 1 point
    Wrapped up another smaller project related to adding some power to the rear of the Jeep. Ran 8 gauge power from the battery to the rear Added a fused power distribution circuit Upgraded connectors from the standard 12v cigarette plugs to some Anderson PowerPole connectors Added a hard mount ground point While the JL has a 12v outlet in the rear, the wiring is very thin and can't carry a lot of current. I need to be able to run my fridge back there, while also running some higher amperage items, like my RoadPro portable 12v oven without burning up the factory wiring. Here's a shot of the power circuit from Blue Sea. It will support up to 100 amps, which is overkill for my use. For the moment, I have it zip tied to a molle panel from Molle Panel Solutions that I already had. Eventually I'll relocate it somewhere more permanent. Power runs down the driver's side trim and pops out at the grommet designed for the Jeep's hard top wiring and washer tubing. There's a ton of slack at the moment as I'm not entire sure where I want this thing to permanently live. An 8 gauge ground is run to a nutsert/rivetnut I installed in a panel with a gap behind it. Just needed to unsnap the carpet and peel it back a few inches. Got this idea from @theksmith who did something similar on his rig for his fancy new house battery solution. It's a nice durable grounding solution. Here's a photo of the Anderson PowerPole connectors I wired in. I replaced the 12v connectors on my RoadPro oven and my fridge with matching powerpole connectors. These are MUCH more secure than the 12v connectors which can be a little finicky and tend to unplug themselves on washboard roads. To plug anything it, I just need to reach behind the driver's side rear seat. With the Blue Sea circuit, I've got space for up to 6 total connectors/devices in the rear of the Jeep now.
  9. 1 point
    I recently picked up Rough Country's knock off of the ARB Twin - while the design and features are very similar, the build quality might be a little suspect. K recommended swapping out the two relays inside as his burned out shortly after installing his twin compressor. When replacing mine, I discovered the manufacturer did a shoddy job with their soldering and heat shrink. I also recently took a few interesting (at least to me) tire measurements to compare the Yokohama Geolandars to the Toyo R/T Trails, mostly because I was curious. I also was interested in seeing how quickly my new air compressor could air up my tires from the typical off-road pressures I normally run. Yokohama Geolandar G003 | 35x17x12.5 Tire height with vehicle weight @ 36psi Fronts 85cm / 33.46” Rears 85.5cm / 33.66” Tire height with vehicle weight @ 13psi Fronts 83cm / 32.67” Rears 83.5cm / 32.87” Air Up Speed Test: 11psi to 33psi: 6min 35seconds 13psi to 35psi: 7min 3 seconds Toyo Open Country R/T Trail | 37x17x12.5 Tire height with vehicle weight @ 30psi Fronts: 90.5cm / 35.62” Rears: 90.5cm / 35.62” Tire height with vehicle weight @ 19psi Fronts: 89cm / 35.03” Rears: 89.5cm / 35.23” Tire height with vehicle weight @ 13psi Fronts: 88.5cm / 34.84” Rears: 88.5cm / 34.84” Air Up Speed Test: 14psi to 30psi: 5min 35seconds With the new tires I was surprised they didn't loose as much height when aired down to "trail height"... they really only lost an inch! If I had the presence of mind, I should have measured ground clearance at the axle and differential, since that's probably a more meaningful metric.
  10. 1 point
    RATS! I am going to be out of town that day. Have a safe ride!
  11. 1 point
    I am thinking around 9:30am at the Usery Pass Trail Head. A permit is required, it's $6, lasts 6 months and is specific to the Bulldog Canyon area: https://www.recreation.gov/vehiclepermits/3332401 Bring something for lunch. We'll stop for about an hour for lunch Technical Rating: 2.5 REQUIREMENTS: A stock clearance 4x4 with a low range transfer case option, suitable front OR rear recovery point (trailer hitch is fine), stock tires. Rigs & drivers must meet all the typical state/federal legal requirements for on-highway vehicles (license, insurance, registration, seat belts, lights, etc.) $6 permit per vehicle. Each OPERATOR must have a permit, families can share a permit This is a great trail for people with little to no experience. Everyone must stay on the designated trails Radios: Not required. Ham on 462.700, CB or FRS all work for me. Trail finding is easy and we'll keep you in our mirrors. I have spare radios too. Itinerary: Meet up time will be 9:30am at fr3554 trail head off of Usery Pass. We'll air down (optional) and chat a bit. We'll stop at least twice to enjoy the view and chat. I'll make some cheese crisps for anyone interested in a snack when we stop for lunch. I would like to try to get to Wolverine or perhaps even Cottonwood (Apache Trail exit). We will see how it goes. Bulldog has a lot of options. Folks can either head out trail 10 or head to the wolverine/cottonwood exits. When we get to Wolverine we can decide to continue to Cottonwood depending on time and how things are going. We will stop at the watershed building for lunch. This is not the normal spot, It's closer to the Wolverine exit. Bring the kids, the pets, Grandma. WILL E 1983 Full Size Jeep Cherokee Serenity 2012 Wranger
  12. 1 point
    I'm down. Been there a couple times this last year. I live a ten minute drive away though :-) ya may wan to to post this on the FB page too. Just a suggestion if not many respond.
  13. 1 point
    i like how far the sidewall lugs come in - for both the aesthetic and potential extra grip.
  14. 1 point
    Very nice! I am running the Toyo Open Country A/T III tires on my rig and love them. They seem to be good quality tires so far.
  15. 1 point
    what brand/model is that little guy?
  16. 1 point
    OK update time again, Still going through some health testing, monitoring and treatment. Primarily working with Mayo but feeling and doing much better. During one of my trips to mayo recently, I had my local mechanic install all new stainless brake lines, hard and flex lines. Found the calipers to be showing their age so replaced them as well, since well, if my kids are going to ride with me, brakes need to be non questionable. Finally got to head upto windrock and really flex this wj out and so far so good! Even on 32s! Did trail 51 upto Panther Rock and earned my Badge! Even went up the other day with some friends to see the eclipse. Plans Moving forward, New set of Nitto trail grapplers have been sitting in my garage for a month now, also just waiting on shipment from Battleborn wheels for some new beadlocks going on. I like the JK takeoffs but it's time to start stepping up a little bit more if I'm going to continue to play around at windrock lol I already have 1" taller springs sitting in my garage so those will go on about the same time. I've also been talking with HK offroad. I have placed an order for their new rear bumper and tire carrier. I don't mind the spare riding in the back hatch area but I'd like to get it out back and add some rear protection armor. Plus the new tires being bigger will take up more space... either way, its coming out and my 'overland box' is going back in with some modification to fit a new fridge. The JP40 has been great but its honestly just been a little too big for me. So sizing down to 20qt and modifying my box to fit it which already has sliders. Also planning on rock sliders, need those for sure! And likely putting on my old DBM rear corner plates on this jeep that I saved off my old jeep. Also installed some new cabinets in the garage... one is almost strictly WJ "TO-DO" stuff. lol its sad but its chucked full of projects. That's all for now!
  17. 1 point
    You are very welcome sir! Typically, we wash every 3.6 prior to removing the upper intake or lower. As we all love our Jeeps, the 3.6 tends to store dust and dirt in strange places. So, to avoid any internal contamination, its best to clean them first!
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