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  1. 10 points
    Descriptions do NOT do justice to this trail. Photos can't really portray it accurately either. You see, Cherry Creek Trail is more than just visual splendor, it's an unbelievable immersion into everything that makes Arizona remarkable. When you're not diving thousands of feet deep into a number of red rock canyons, you're greeted with the the scent of autumn in the mid-west, and the rushing sound of water - literally everywhere. I've NEVER seen this much water in Arizona. Ever. There are several unexpected surprises as well, such as cabin hide-aways, flat grassy plains, and something new around every turn on which to feast your eyes. Unfortunately, this trail's days are numbered. Between impending closure under the Tonto NF Travel Management Plan and the irreversible doom of soil erosion - this trail will unfortunately fade away unless something is done about it. We noted a number of areas where the trail soil is loose and granulated, wearing away with each passing rain and some areas literally sliding down the mountainside in many places. My recommendation: Run it and experience it while you can. Like... now. Either by government action or the next Monsoon, this trail might be inaccessible the next time you think of it. The Group's Take: This is a wonderful trail that is a solid moderate. It's literally a once-in-a-lifetime trail due to many threats to its continued existance. Jeeps and 4Runners (and smaller rigs) should be good on this trail. No full-size rigs due to many width concerns. Gladiators and Tacomas may drag their tails in a few areas. There are a few "obstacles" that may continue to degrade over time due to soil erosion - however our group had zero issues. If you run this, don't go alone. Consider making it an overnighter and camp around mid-way through the trail. You can read the original trip planning thread here. Please note this was an Offroad Passport Club members-only event. Account required to see the content. View membership options → Attendees: @4x4tographer @theksmith @Ken Ford @kaspily @Bradywgn71 Here's one of about 8 creek crossings we made with plenty of flowing water. Note the very healthy deciduous trees everywhere. Here's a wonderfully well-preserved cabin. The inside was pretty well provisioned with emergency supplies like water, propane canisters, lanterns, canned foods. There was a nice plaque on the wall that described the history (dating back to 1890) and stories about the grounds - a portion of which was farmed by the inhabitants of this little hideaway. Here is a prime example of the erosion occurring in many areas along Cherry Creek Trail. The erosion can't be easily repaired as you'd need to shore up the soil below (which in many places had 50-60ft drops). You also can't exactly "move the trail" away from the drop-off as there is a mountain in the way. The trail can be run with any "Jeep width" vehicles, but full-size rigs will not fit in quite a few spots. Off-camber was the name of the game in many places. This area is another good example of soil erosion. Every turn presents you with a new jaw-dropping vista and backdrop for some awesome photos. This area was the most "sketchy" due to a washout of the trail. However we found that with the right line you could make it across with minimal drama. As all of our rigs had good departure angles, it wasn't much of an issue. However our Gladiator and Tacoma-driving friends might drag a tail. A good look at the departure angle on this section. Again.... unbelievable views pretty much everywhere. This trail was Chris-Approved On the way out, we popped by a short 2.5 mile side trail to check out some 800 year old Solado cliff-dwellings that were incredible. From the parking area its "only 200 yards", which in ORP-speak means it a lot more. In reality, it's about a 2000 ft hike that is largely easy. To get to the dwellings, someone had built a stone cairne to mark where you should scramble up the rocks about 50-60 ft. I won't post directions to the ruins here in order to help preserve them. If you'd like directions on how to get to them, please PM me. Photo by @kaspily The rock face: Mysteriously, Ken's camera stopped working the moment he stepped inside! Many of the original timbers are still holding up some of the structure. It looked like it was multi-story at one point in time. \ Note the great condition of the stucco/mud on the interior walls. My own house doesn't even look that good and it's only 15 years old! Here's the view from the cliff-dwellings. I'd say that's a million dollar view. Can you imagine what it looked like 800 years ago? The drive past Lake Roosevelt home was amazing as well. Depending on elevation, in the distance we could see rain storms and snow storms occurring all around us. We even had a shot at a pot of gold. Roosevelt Bridge:
  2. 10 points
    Figured I'd put together a little post to help track our latest acquisition, Gandalf! For those that know us, we've been trying out different campers/trailers for a few years now, learning as much as we can by renting. We ended up landing on purchasing a motorhome due to the Jeep's pretty limited towing capacity + our family's size (with 2 growing kids). We made sure to find a rig that is fully capable of towing the Jeep with all of her added bulk. Here are some specs on Gandalf: 2005 Winnebago Sightseer 30B Ford F53 chassis (18,000lbs) 6.8L SOHC Triton V10 4R100 4-speed overdrive transmission 310 hp @ 4,250 RPM 425 ft/lbs @ 3,250 RPM GVWR: 18,000lbs GCVW: 26,000lbs Length: 30'11" We named him Gandalf after everyone's favorite wizard, Gandalf, from Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Look at the size of that driveshaft! I believe Gandalf is sporting a Dana D80 rear end. Here's the Jeep, trying on our storage slot for size. Our neighboring coaches dwarf Gandalf at 45ft.... massive. Here's Gandalf on his first voyage this past weekend to the Grand Canyon National Park. We found a nice park at "Trailer Village RV Park" (where I was expecting to see Joe Dirt), but it was actually pretty nice, only 5 minutes from the south rim! We had several maintenance items that needed to be taken care of to make the RV safe to drive on the road. I'll try to cover these in some future posts. For now, we're very happy with our purchase, we got a heck of a deal and it was very well-maintained by the previous owner. Here's to future adventures, exploring our gorgeous nation with @Yodamom and the kids!
  3. 9 points
    As if you needed another reason to visit Crown King! If you've been up to CK in the last year or so, you may have noticed some development happening in the heart of town, just across from the General Store. This will be the site of the new-old Crown King Depot. When I say "new-old", it's because that particular site was the original site of the original train depot that was built around 1904. Some details related to the Crown King Inn & Depot Open weekends only Friday, Saturday, Sunday 11am - "closing" (whenever that is ) Local Beers & Wines Offering beers that are brewed locally exclusively for the Depot (Kiss My Kaboose, Crazy Train Ale, Cowcatcher Porter, for example) They will also offer wines (presumably some AZ varieties) Restaurant with a simple menu "Grill Your Own" Burgers Charcuterie boards Snacks Flatbread pizza Lodging At least 4 "tiny homes" that you can rent that will be built from shipping containers If you're interested in more information an news as it develops: The CK Inn & Depot website: https://crownkingdepot.wixsite.com/mysite Their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/crownkingdepot Some History The depot was the result of Murphy's Impossible Railroad, started in 1901, connecting a range of destinations, such as Big Bug Creek, Humboldt, and Poland via the Bradshaw Mountain Railway, operated by Santa Fe. There was an additional spur that became the famous "front way to Crown King" that connected Mayer and Crown King and was completed in 1904. The current "front way" in on Crown King Road via the i17 was laid right down on top of the foundations of the old railroad, including all of the tight switchbacks climbing the Bradshaws. For more information on the original railroad, click here for a fascinating telling of the history. Here's a great map I found of the original Bradshaw Mountain Railway. If you look closely, you can see the switchbacks on the final climb into Crown King: Here's another angle on the original Depot. Note the snow on the tracks and the roof. Here's a shot of one of the big iron beasts that used to make the climb into CK from Mayer: The New Crown King Depot The new depot appears to be a modern spin on an old classic, with the depot being rebuilt entirely out of (currently very trendy) shipping containers. Here's a rendering of the concept/plans: The very first of the retrofitted shipping containers being installed just a few days ago in March of 2022! I'm looking forward to my next trip up to CK once the construction is finished to check out the latest reason to make the climb to CK! Hope you all found this as interesting as I did.
  4. 9 points
    Long Saturday, did not get the gears fully swapped. Ran into a shim issue on the front. But should have one that will get me the backlash I want by Friday. Did get the fenders and level kit installed and mounted the rims and tires. This week will be the bed rack swap.
  5. 9 points
    I would like the ORP community to help me acquire one of these. See trip report from this weekends trip led by Ryan for justification. https://images.app.goo.gl/5WgYNku5iqeNATvi6
  6. 9 points
    A neighbor posted this to facebook - taken last night. What a view!! That's the Cerbat Mountains in silouette, and lights from Kingman.
  7. 9 points
    The counter tops are in! Well, mostly. One of the bathroom cabinets arrived damaged, so that top has to wait, but the rest are done. I love them !
  8. 9 points
    Check out the short dash cam video in the link below. https://www.thedrive.com/news/41371/watch-a-jeep-grand-cherokee-get-kod-by-lightning-in-terrifying-video I don’t think I’d want to try and tackle that electrical repair. You can see the brake lights fade out as it coasts to a stop.
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  10. 8 points
    Thank you Marty @shellback91 for the great trail report and leading the run. We could not have asked for a better weather and conditions. We definitely had a blast meeting the ORP family and looking forward to joining on future runs. We did not take too many photos, but grabbed some screen captures from our GoPro, phone and drone video footages. There were not an abundance of drone footages because I was voiding flying close to private lands and where there were power lines. But we got a few nice shots of the overall landscape for sure. I hope to get the video edited and published within a few weeks. There is definitely a back log of trail running videos because we are hitting new trails faster than I can edit them. Please stay tuned as I will publish the video on our YT channel - J2DXPLR. Screen captures from video footages.
  11. 8 points
    I was so pleasantly surprised when I received an email from the State Land Department that my State Trust Land permit was due to expire, and its time to renew! This is a new thing for the State Department! And much welcome, IMHO! I always made it a new year task for me to get my permit every year, but this new reminder was a welcome email. There are pockets of State Trust Land all over the state of Arizona. A family permit is only $20 per year, and well worth the peace of mind in knowing that you are legit in being on that land. Apply here: https://asld.secure.force.com/recreationalpermit/ It's the right thing to do. Help protect and respect our land. smiles, ladybug
  12. 8 points
    Just returned from Winter Jamboree in Sand Hollow, riding shotgun with a local "Wickenburger" (whom I've been encouraging to join ORP... Hope he will as he would be an asset to the club). ANYWAY.... Will post a few photos later as I get time to download some. I didn't take a lot of pics, due to battery issues with the picture taking device... Was a good time, even if a overly busy/crowded on the trails, making for some longish waits at some of the obstacles. Trails ran included; Milts Mile, Double Sammi, Slip Lock Gulch, & Toquerville Falls. Here's a few shots from the event. Day one - Slip Lock gulch Day 2 - Started out badly - Dead in the water after breakfast in the hotel parking lot with a no-start condition... Which presented as a failed fuel pump, but when a new pump did not fix the issue, a bit of sleuthing of the wiring we discovered an open circuit in the fuel pump ground wiring, and corrected by adding a solid connection ground.... AND THUS... Day 2 ended pleasantly with a scenic ride out to Toqerville falls, Followed by sighting a little wildlife on the way back to town...
  13. 8 points
    Day three we went to Double Sammi, where I failed to take any photos, but on our final day (day 4), we ran Milts Mile, where I was able to get a couple shots... The "moon buggy" was owned by one of the spotters for the trails. He did not have as much excitement as the "full-bodied" rigs did... LOL These next three are of the final obstacle on Milts Mile, named "The Chute"...
  14. 8 points
    Here are a few my wife took. Nothing, quite an accurate description. A gaggle of Jeeps and their humans. A view from the top.
  15. 8 points
    Home safe and sound after a fun day! Thanks everybody who came out to celebrate the holidays after the holidays! We had an absolute blast, it was so great to see everybody. I'm with Ryan, I think I ate more cookies than I ever have. Those were some awesome cookies! Thank you everybody who baked!
  16. 8 points
    Thanks @Sonoranrunner more info and pics soon! Great meeting the group and hope the return home was all safe!
  17. 8 points
    For Black Friday @Number7 and I ran the Chloride Mines trail near Chloride, AZ. This is the trail where the Painted rocks are located. We ran it west to east, the opposite of directions shown in Wells trail guide. It is a very scenic trail, with eastern and western views from the Cerbat Mountains. We could see all the way to Valle Vista from one vantage point. There are 2 campgrounds along the way, but neither of those will accommodate a very large group. They were kind of funky, you had to carry your stuff a long way to the table and fire ring. The trail itself is easy with a couple mildly moderate spots. It took us 2.5 hours including a quick (it was freezing!) lunch stop. Overlooking Chloride
  18. 8 points
    Did one of the last interior items I intend to do on the Wagoneer. Installed some slip type seat covers from Seats Unlimited in Mesa. Before and after pics below. Carpet was done a few weeks ago while I was waiting for the seat covers to come. Still need to redo the Sun Visors.
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    Following up on my post from a few months ago, I replaced both front seat belts in the Wag with new ones from Juliano's. The retractor reel was acting up and we decided to play it safe and go with new. Installed easily and ready to go.
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  22. 8 points
    what & why i realized that i couldn't really lift a 37x13.5" tire/wheel and line it up on the carrier at the same time, so i made a hoist that can raise or lower it effortlessly. i keep a battery powered drill in my rig, which runs the hoist quickly - but in a pinch i could also just use a ratchet. i'll probably make a better video, but here's an early test: building it the main component is an LCI RV Spare Tire Winch, which is designed to mount under a camper or trailer just like the factory one on many pickup trucks. it's really just a specialized worm gear hand winch - i prefer the worm gear style over a simple two-way ratcheting winch as it gives you more precise control, can switch direction at any time you need, has less moving parts, and the design is inherently load-holding. i drilled holes across an extra splined lug-nut key and attached it to the winch so that i can turn it using anything with a 3/4" socket (i.e. a ratchet or drill with a socket adapter). FYI, this inexpensive drill-adapter would be an even easier choice if anyone decides to tackle this project themselves. i cut off the wheel grabber that it came with and put a loop in the end of the cable instead, mainly because i needed to pass the cable through a small slit (more on that in a moment). then i made a new wheel holder that hooks onto that loop and fits more securely in two of my wheel's lug nut holes. original part on left, new wheel grabber on right: here's how it fits into the wheel: i made a simple bracket to mount the winch to. it bolts into the upper 4 tire carrier mounting points. i actually have a Teraflex Alpha Tire Carrier, but it mounts to the tailgate in the same holes as the factory one. i needed a slit cut into the Teraflex spare mounting plate for the cable to pass through. to create it, i drilled 2 holes and then connected them using a rotary tool with a carbide burr. then this pulley got bolted to the plate (or this one would work as well): the little piece of aluminum over the top of the pulley is just to hold the cable in the groove even when there's no weight on it. here's the final product: cable extended, ready to attach to the spare using my wheel grabber (still sitting on top of the tire in this photo): after the spare is raised and bolted onto the tire carrier, only the cable loop is visible slightly... ...but that gets covered up by my custom license plate / third brake light / camera mount: here are the Ryobi tools i carry under the rear seat in a JeepSwag DirtBagz bag. besides the 1/2" impact wrench, there's a JobPlus base tool and 3 interchangeable heads: right-angle drill, rotary tool, and reciprocating saw. i use a 3/4" socket on the impact wrench for lug nuts, and then just move that socket over to the drill (with a socket adapter) to run the hoist. improvements & other ideas this project was pretty straight-forward and seems to work well. the only potential issue i see thus far is the length of the LCI RV Spare Tire Winch's cable. it's just barely long enough to reach the spare on the ground with my current lift and tire size. there's also no additional room on the drum, so it can't be easily extended. this Dutton-Lainson 1500lb is the next smallest worm-gear winch i could find which would have plenty of room for extra cable. but you'd need to build a small fairlead for it to keep the cable lined up with the slot in the tire carrier plate. Harbor Freight has a cheap slightly bigger one, but it's actually kind of large and heavy in-person. i also strongly considered using a small electric ATV winch, but in the end i was dissuaded by nearly 15 pounds of weight and added complexity of running decent gauge wires to it. sometimes simplicity wins out, even on a "Gadget Jeep"! i did find this incredibly cheap Tyrannosaurus 2k synthetic ATV winch that would probably work quite well. in fact, if i you have a heavy duty bumper-mounted tire carrier and 40's then IMO, that would be the way to go.
  23. 8 points
    Took the 1st load of stuff to the new house yesterday. We'll be fully moved by the end of the week. Needs a few things to make it a 'home', but I am totally loving the place. I think the island looks beautiful .
  24. 8 points
    This year's Gala is being organized 100% by Offroad Passport members! We'd like to extend a heartfelt "Thank you!" to the following folks for putting this all together, including spending their time & fuel scouting for camp sites: @4x4tographer & @Yodamom @Bradywgn71 & @kaspily @shellback91 @Trail Toy Ya'll are awesome! - The Offroad Passport Founders (Kristoffer, George & Diane)
  25. 8 points
    Clifford is all moved in already! Just make yourself at home buddy, see you in a couple weeks! I am in love with my new house!
  26. 8 points
    Stuff continues to happen at the new house, George will be up there next week painting. I grabbed this picture off facebook taken yesterday evening from a vineyard near our new neighborhood. Evening walks and skies like this are part of the reason I'm excited to move.
  27. 8 points
    My buddy Al has been working out
  28. 7 points
    I really enjoy reading threw all of your build threads so I decided to start one of my own. This is the forth XJ I have had. This one started life as a 2-Wheel Drive prop car for a movie called Zombie Outbreak (It was so small I have not been able to find a copy). The real draw to it was it had sold at Barrett-Jackson the same year that my daughter and I first went. The link is still up as of this posting: https://www.barrett-jackson.com/Events/Event/Details/1996-JEEP-CHEROKEE--204775 There was alot of cutting before I thought to take a picture, if you check out the link from barrett, they attached alot of metal in less then secure ways, and was just for looks. The pic below is after I felt it was structurally pretty sound. It did not look as nice when I got it but it was for the most part mechanically sound. Its not so modest bakini top let way to much water into the doors and the electronics where gone and one door smelt bad. Stinky doors have to go, and they where never meant to be exposed to the elements anyway. It did look sick with no doors, but we need something to rest our arms on. I went with EAG Steel doors, Im a nerd and weighed the old doors and new doors, in total saved 125 pounds. Now that it did not stink I fixed some mechanical things, normal XJ stuff, radiator and coolant flush, new brakes and then removed the cruise control, rear sway bar, and hood insulation. Noise is a lost battle, and she needs to get that heat out. Hoping to cut some hood vents in the future. I did get it with a block style lift and the springs frowning in the way springs never shood.. I got a set of 17 inch Rubicon rims, a 3 inch rough country lift kit (no judgement), and some bushing off some other XJ owners on Craigslist. Right now I am in the middle of replacing all the suspension and then will swap the steering out with the stuff from a YJ. Still so much more to do but going to start with sliders, spacers, electrical. Diffs are both open best I can tell, might be lucky and have some LSD with bad clutch? I do got one of them fancy e-brake lockers. If you care about the deets: Engine: 4.0 Strait 6 Tran: 4 Speed Auto Transfer: 2.72 (New Process 231) Gear: 3.53 (I think, and im going to re-gear when I put in limited slip or Detroit lockers) Front Axle: Dana 30 (I think) Rear Axle: Chevy 8.25 Hoping to take it out on its first event soon
  29. 7 points
    Fiona got a hard-top! Brady has wanted one since we got her, but even used they typically goes for around $1,500 - on the rare occasion you can find one locally. well thanks to @Number7's knack for spotting Craigslist deals, we picked one up with slight damage for an absolute steal, even including the $150 in gas to retrieve it from Kingman. FYI, an entire soft-top does just barely fit inside a 2-door if you take out the rear and passenger seats! the previous owner damaged a rear corner while taking it off. besides that and a few minor scrapes and scratches, it was in good shape. we'll try to do a proper fiberglass repair at some point, but i threw on a piece of duct-tape for now to get it through the car-wash without further damage. it could really use some tint... but an engine/trans skid and a couple new tires are the more immediate needs. also, me driving it to Kingman and back really upped the priority of adding cruise control! BTW, we now have a factory soft top for sale if anyone needs one!
  30. 7 points
    I'm a little behind on going through photos - here are some from our recent trip through Tribly & Ruby Wash out northeast of Wickenburg through the Wickenburg Mountains and Buckhorn Mountains. Route Recording & GPX. Absolutely gorgeous day with a mix of sun, wind, with some clouds moving in as the day went on. By and large, the trail was pretty easy, with Ruby Wash pegged as a solid moderate. I'd recommend a flexy lift and rock sliders as the minimum required equipment. We began our day by running Castle Hot Springs Road to the north, then connecting to Tribly Wash where it intersects with the road. This takes you back through some pretty cool mining areas and some damp canyons with an abundance of springs. We eventually made a steep climb out of Tribly to run up to the top of the Wickenburg Mountains, then back down Ruby Wash for some more technical wheeling. The majority of Ruby Wash is nestled at between the base of the Wickenburg Mountains and the Buckhorn Mountains. We ended the day by taking Buckhorn Springs road, breaking for lunch at the springs, then connecting to Castle Hot Springs Road again on our way out to Lake Pleasant. Sunrise: The views went on for MILES as we rode along the spine of several of the mountains in the Wickenburg Mountains. Here's a view looking north towards the Bradshaws with some abandoned mining equipment. Here's a view looking south from our highest point in the mountains. I believe that jagged mountain in the first photo are the White Picacho and Red Picacho Peaks (left/right respectively). Eventually we wound our way down some pretty steep declines and into Ruby Wash, which was quite a bit of fun. It meanders along through a canyon with plenty of boulders and tight spots to navigate through. The 'big obstacle" on the Ruby Wash trail is "the ledge". We were running the trail in reverse (as described on various trail info websites) and found the decent pretty easy for our particular group. We also stopped off to hike out to a neat little slot canyon where we found an unfortunate cow that had been picked clean.
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    The 'small dump' from my camera...I wish I had been able to catch everyone's rig in action. So many moments during the gift exchange were missed because I set my camera down. Ugh! Such an enjoyable event!!
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    I guess I will add to this thread. I am doing a kinds bigger project on my 2019 ZR2. I am adding a 1 inch level kit on the front, putting on 35inch tires, cutting the fenders and adding flares to clear the 35's, re-gearing to 4.10's from the factory 3.42's, added a hidden wench to the factory front bumper(control box is located under the hood), adding good set of under armor, and changing the bed rack to a lietner, It will raise my tent but allow me to stand the spare tire up in the bed. I hope to be done by Saturday, or early next week.
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  38. 7 points
    The first item to work on was Shelley's new front bumper. I'm using early mornings, evenings, and breaks from work to tinker on these projects. This one took two mornings and evenings, plus lunches. So maybe I'm not the fastest wrench slinger. She liked the Smittybilt Stryker front bumper. She got the full-width setup. but for this post I installed it as a stubby. The wings will come later once I get the cube lights installed into the wings and wiring in place. The stubby center section has openings that accept the JL's factory LED fog lamps. The bumper supports standard sized winches and for her Jeep we went with the Warn Evo 10k-S (synthetic rope). She found some light blue D-Rings and we closed out the install with a Factor-55 flatlink in (dark) blue with the Factor-55 rope guard. The first job was to strip off the factory plastic bumper and related parts. Bumper and plastic skid plate cover removed: Very useful tools in both removing and disassembling the bumper: Factory skid plate that covers the (anti) sway-bar disconnect removed: On each side of the frame mounting points is a bolted on brace, the inner braces (still present int eh picture above also need to be removed for the Stryker. The Stryker uses a different bolt pattern and hardware and comes with its own inner replacement braces. You can see the inner brace (looks like a backwards "C" and bolt on the passenger side frame rail better in this image: At this point, I'll say that the Smittybilt instructions leave a bit to be desired. The bumper can be used on a JK, JL or JT, and the instructions and picture are written for a JK, with extra steps in text only for a JL/JT. And the images are of black metal in not well lit conditions. This made trying to figure out that they wanted that inner brace removed but the outer brace retained. Their instructions are also not well written for someone who has never removed and taken apart a Jeep bumper before. If you have replaced a JL/JT, even a JK bumper before, you would probably not notice the gaps in the instructions. Later on in the instructions, some assembly of the bumper facia and overrider/bull bar is completely left out. You just have to realize there are "extra" bolts and holes that if filled early in the process make life a little easier. Putting on the single piece winch plate and tow points, not see are the SB inner braces. Lying on the garage floor is that factory inner brace, previously removed. Next is the Evo 1k-S winch. Due to the design of the winch wiring hook-up points and the tight space in which you have to work, and the fact that you do not want your new winch wire touching a hot transmission cooler or radiator, there is not an easy way to hide the red/hot wire. I may revisit that later on. Once the winch power wires went under the front facia, I followed existing factory harnesses along the frame rail (that stay adequately away from the potentially hot starter motor until I could route the wire up between the air box and battery. . Side note on wiring to the battery, the 3.6L engines come with nuts on the battery accessory terminals to secure accessory wires. The 2.0L engines do not (Internet verified!). The accessory posts are there, just no nuts. for the 2.0L you will need to run to the hardware store or a car parts place and grab a couple M8-1.25 Hex flanged and serrated nuts. Why Jeep does this differently based on engine may remain one of life's great mysteries. The battery image above shows my awesome aftermarket nut on the negative accessory terminal. It also helps if you go to the store and get a high tech wire routing tool. I think I bought this one about 10-15 years ago. Something I did not get great pictures of is that while the fog lamps unscrew from the intact bumper, to recover the factory fog light harness intact, you have to completely disassemble the bumper into its three major parts. The wire harness goes in through the front and back of the center plastic super structure (left in the image below, harness already removed). That a little bit of desert keepsake in the crashbar and not rust! Another goodie I added to this installation was a Factor-55 anti-theft winch lock replacing one of the four winch mounting bolts (top of image): Nothing's perfect or absolute, but it will make a would-be thief work just a little harder. Onward to the bumper facia and skid plate. The facia is held one with 8 bolts that sink into the facia, 4 around each tow point. The skid plate attaches to the facia via four sunk bolts barely visible in the image. Now the frustration in the instructions are that while the eight facia bolts also hold the overrider in place there are actually four hidden holes and undocumented bolts that hold the overrider to the main facia, two per side. Knowing that would have made this one-person install of the facia to the winch plate go a lot smoother and quicker. Not show here and also not well shown in the instructions is for the JL/JT how to secure the back/bottom of the skid plate to the frame using an extra otherwise undocumented part (bar) that bolts to the frame and to the skid plate. the JK does not need this part. Worth noting, the Evo winch with the (passenger side) factory fog lamp with the fog lamp harness plugged in is a tight fit. Crammed and jammed really. Not in the instructions, plug in the fog lamp harness at least to the passenger lamp before installing the facia. Might leave the driver's side unplugged to do harness routing after facia assembly. The driver's side is easy to plug in later. Fully bolted, torqued, and assembled bumper, winch and accessories. I think the lighter, but not flat, blue D-rings set off the appliance nicely. Factor's blue is a close enough match given it's far enough from any blue painted body surface. Warn was nice enough to include a black hawse fairlead, but not black bolts. Fortunately there were extra bolts in the Smittybilt bolt and parts bags. Given their matching size, maybe for this exact reason? And yes (for the very observant), the winch cable needs proper rewinding.
  39. 7 points
    So about the Gila river crossing and the other Jeep group... The original plan was to cross the river and setup for lunch. Three weeks prior (11/13) @CAVU2 and I had run this same route and the river at this crossing was not even a foot deep with lots of flat open room to park and pull out lunch. As we arrived at the river crossing, we came upon a group of three Jeeps, A JLUR on 40s, A JK (sport) on 35s and a JKU (I forget if it was an Rubi) also on 35s if I remember correctly. The JLUR guy said the river was running high and the had decided not to cross. Having just recently crossed it, we wanted to see for ourselves. @CAVU2 and I walked down and observed that indeed the water was significantly higher than our previous run. But knowing what the bottom likely looks like from seeing it dry and observing the very rough water texture, my opinion is that the water was likely 2-ish feet deep at the "rapid". We were hesitant ourselves at this point to take the group (more because of water speed than depth), but I decided to used my Mojave as the test since I was the only non-lifted jeep in our group. Marrin (spelling?), @LaZorraRoja's friend and passenger, decide to jump in and ride with me. My depth guess was a bit off, the water was about 3 ft deep (see @CAVU2's videos above) at the deepest point but with enough volume and velocity to push the backend of my gladiator downstream a little when I angled to cross the current. Now at this point two things happened. Dude on 40's was possibly insulted (he thought it was too deep and here is an unlifted Gladiator charging ahead) because he suddenly went from worried to playing in the water. The other thing was that @CAVU2 made the wise decision after observing my crossing to abort any other crossings from our group. I was concerned about recrossing at that location because I would have to cut the current upstream with my non-snorkeled air box opening right in the (water) impact zone. We made a decision to check the downstream crossing point about 15 minutes away to see if I could recross and rejoin or if we would have to meet up in Florence. Meanwhile and after we left the upstream crossing point, the other group had decided to all cross. We met up at the lower crossing point which actually looked deeper due to the smooth water flow and no sound of a heavy rock hitting bottom when tossed in. Again my air box would be on the upstream side if I crossed. While pondering our options and preparing to eat lunch the other group caught up with me. This time the JL on 40s wasn't hesitant, he just dove right in and played around in the water again. He completed the crossing and then came back into the water and parked upstream off the main crossing route with his nose downstream. The water here was actually about 2 ft deep with a solid river rock bottom surface on the actual and correct crossing path (dry bank to nearest dry bank and then straight cross the tributary). At that point the JKU crossed cleanly, and then the white JK crossed. This is where the disaster begins (see video attached to this post). The JK instead of following the correct and clear crossing path, decides to run a hair off course and run up the end of a tributary. Into the mud he sinks. No lockers, 35s on 20" rims with his front tires low on tread. The JLUR tries twice to using a cheap tow strap (popping it the first time trying a kinetic pull), and then after tying knots and borrowing @CAVU2's tow shackle spins his wheels on the "good path" across the river. After two failed attempts they finally listen to what our group has been telling them, which is to winch from the dry bank. The JLUR finally goes onto the bank and pulls out his winch (which he has never used). IT took us a while to get the white JK to quit pinning his wheels which was only digging him deeper (his driver rear eventually was buried under water and mud), but once we got him in neutral, he was finally pulled out. I think someone else has the rest of the recovery on video I quit recording since I still needed to make my plan to cross, which I eventually did.
  40. 7 points
  41. 7 points
    Al, Gunny and I ran the south Cherry Creek road yesterday and the first 20 miles were easy and scenic. The last twenty were pretty bad. There are many switch backs which were almost impassable. One was completely washed out and we only got through by driving over the culvert and tree branches. Pic's to follow Then we came across a Polaris and he made the mistake of making fun of Al's new York accent.
  42. 7 points
    i don't think i ever posted that Fiona inherited Gadget's factory rims, wheel spacers, and 35" STT Pro's when i went to 37's. i actually thought Fiona looked great with the black steelies and wide A/T's, but B preferred the more modern style of the 2016 OEM wheels. at least now he has a matching full size spare! both of our rigs were clean at the same time for once, so i grabbed a father-son-Jeep photo this past weekend!
  43. 7 points
    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:
  44. 7 points
    Currently working on hard mounting the compressor in the back. Picked up a Quadratech JK tailgate shelf used and mounted in in the bed. Compressor is a Puma 3.6CFM 1.5gallon and is just strapped in for now as I need to get power to the bed and get the plumbing run. I still use the truck to haul wood for my woodworking so I wanted to keep this off the back floor. when I get custom or exotic rough cut it usually come in 8 or 10' length so I need all I have!! Still a long way to go
  45. 7 points
  46. 7 points
    George got the stove and the central vac installed so we can eat and clean up!
  47. 7 points
    Most of you know we went full "nomad" phase in June 2021. Thanks to the housing market we sold our home in Peoria and transitioned to RV fulltime status. We were under contract in March on a 2008 American Tradition 42F but lost this in May to a very shady RV dealer in Sun City, AZ. However, thanks to this fraud we saved 12K in sales tax and put that instead towards a bigger and better model. In a weird twist, the owner of this 2008 RV contacted me via Facebook and didn't even know the dealer sold it out from under us and was trying to screw him on the price too. Working together we held the dealer accountable and the owner got his full asking price. So word to the wise, if buying an RV stick to a private party sale if possible or at a minimum never buy from the large well known consignment dealer in Sun City. So what did we get you ask? We ended up finding a private party sale for a 2010 American Tradition 45Y RV diesel pusher with 32,000 miles. It has the 425hp Cummins motor and the heavy spartan chassis that lets us tow 15K in weight. This RV retailed for $450K new and has all the extras. It was always parked in an airplane hanger so it looks new on the outside and the inside was in excellent condition. We purchased a flatbed drive over fender trailer that can haul 14k in weight so our fat Jeep should fit just fine. However, the RV is 45 feet long and trailer is 20ft plus hitch. So we are going to be very long going down the road. So where the heck are you is the next question we get? I lucked out and found a private lot in Rimrock, AZ on Craigslist of all places. It is a one acre lot, with room for the dogs to run around, and we have full hookups. We moved here in mid June and have been working on projects and upgrades. Travel plans are a bit delayed right now as we get everything dialed in and wait on some income to come in. However, we will be making it to Sand Hollow, St George, Utah in October for the first big trip. After that plans are pretty flexible as I look for continued virtual work. Another positive is we have the opportunity for a Chino Valley home base with the same owner of the Rimrock property. So stay tuned for that. This thread is to document the projects and upgrades for our RV. Stayed tuned for more we have been very busy this past 2 months.
  48. 7 points
    We have 2021 Gala souvenir shirts available for pre-order! This is a limited time offer, please click here for details... HUGE thanks to @4x4tographer for the fun design on these!
  49. 7 points
    couple of neat moody photos of Gadget from @4x4tographer taken on our Woodchute Trail run...
  50. 7 points
    The tile is going in. I'm pretty stoked.
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