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  1. CAVU2

    2010 JK-R "vaal"

    So heres a current "Fleet Readiness Report" 2010 JK Rubicon "Vaal" • Rock Krawler X-Factor Mid-Arm 3.5" & Hi Steer w. Bilstein Shocks • Adams Front Driveshaft • OldManEmu Stabilizer • Yoko Geolanders 35x12.5x17 • Bushwhacker Alum Fenders • GenRight Alum Bumpers • RubiRails • RockHard Alum Full Skid • Rugged Ridge EvapSkid • RSE Dana 44 Skids • Short Headers • Magnaflow Exhaust • B&M Sport Shifter 6sp Man • Terraflex HD-Alpha Carrier • Rotopax2.5 • Rigid E-Series 10" Combo • Rigid SAE Driving Lights • Bulldog Synthetic 9500 Winch 1994 Chevrolet K1500 4x4 Suburban "Expedition Wagon" • ProComp 6" Lift • BFG 35x12.50x17 KM/2 • Eaton e-Locker • Chassis Unlimited Full Sliders • Transmission Cooler & Fan • Expedition Rack • Extreme HighLift • JW Speaker LED Headlamps • LED Front/Rear • Rockford Fosgate 10" Sub • Yeasu FTM 400XDR
  2. Equipment: Nikon D750. Token 17mm RMC. Tripod. Settings: ISO 2500 , F3.5 , 15sec
  3. I will be heading out tonight anyway, probably scoping out some sites for the 20th & astrophotography.
  4. I am thinking the 20th ... ? its a new moon for some astrophotography.
  5. I can also alter the start and do a night run ... something local? Any interest?
  6. Meet: Saturday 6/13/2020, TBD Not sure whose going or where but I am willing to coordinate or lead a run Saturday the 13th. Reply to this thread if you want to come and with ideas of some trail to try out. Trail: TDB Required: Experienced off-road drivers. Must have a street legal 4x4 with low range, a mild lift, agressive A/T or M/T tires, full skid plates and rocker protection, secure tow points. Other Info: Bring plenty of water and a lunch. CB channel 4 or ham simplex 146.46 Mhz Attending: @cavu2 (leading) Reply to this thread if you want to come and with ideas of some trail to try out.
  7. Permit Obtained? I hear you can "ask" to be put on a list to join others who have a permit. Of course can't do a whole club that way but is an option to get on the mountain. Worked for me 2 years ago where I was added to someone else permit as a 1 off. Met a great couple of Jeepers local to Sedona that way.
  8. Afterward / Parting Thoughs 1. Fuel. On Day 5 in the AM I added 5 gallons to the 42Gallon main that was about 1/8 full. When I arrived in Mesquite I added 33.8gallons. Rough math give just shy of 39 gallons used for 330 miles off pavement. Maybe I would have made it on the original 42 gallon tank, but that would have been within 3-4gallons remaining and less than 10% of the rated capacity. Estimated off road 8.5mpg. 2. Food. Took way too much. But thats good. 3. Canyon cooler had exhausted itself temperature wise and was warm. Not a Yeti. 4. Yeti cooler still had most bottles 1/2 frozen when I return to the house and several handfuls of ice. Totally good for another day at least. In fact, the next morning 2 of the bottles still showed ice in them and the cooler was still "cool" with 1 or 2 small pieces of ice in the water. 5. HAM radio. I was able to ping Bill Williams Mountain from Kelly Point and Snap Point. I was also able to get Kanab as well from Kelly Point. 6. Cell Phone Service? Yikes. All this to be off the grid and I had service reliably at Kelly Point, and somewhat reliable at Hudson Point, Tweedie Point, and Snap Point. 7. Biggest Let Down? Two really and that were at Kelly Point. So far off the grid and -- BUGS! Yikes! Horrible thumb sized flies and bugs that could just hover for minutes. Yes, I got bit. Yes. a lot. LIGHT POLLUTION! Yikes! Horribly I could see the lights all night from Peach Springs AZ and another township west. and maybe ... Three Bar LTE service. Yikes, all this way and perfect cell service. Here's the Yeti results after Sunday - Thursday in the hot desert...
  9. Day 5: Rescue? Around Burro Springs south of Wickiup AZ. I saw a new Harley on the side of the road and a biker just past it in the 105 degree heat. He had is black riding jacket on his head and was holding his helmet walking south. It happened fast and after I passed I though... "Crap, he's out of fuel" Well, I have 20gallons in small cans on the top so I cannot ignore that really. I am setup to help. Can't live with myself if I ignore this situation custom made for my reserves... Take a mile to turn around and when I get back he's standing by the road. I ask if he is out of gas but no, he's got a flat and cannot fix it. Apparently a police car came by but when they determined he had some water and a phone they drove off ?!?! I saw that he was overheating and sweating profusely, so I told him he'd better get in, and just ignore the 5 day old Kevin smell and the dirty truck. The old Suburban barely keeps up with A/C when it's over 100, but its still shade and low 80s in the truck so... His name is John and I drive him to Wickenberg AZ I drop him off at the Mickey-Ds where he planned to meet up with his wife coming from Mesa with a tire. He was riding back from Seattle on new tires on a work-road trip. He and his family recently moved to Mesa, AZ from Seattle. He was a very nice guy and I am not sure that it would be at all prudent to leave him there, COVID-19 or not.
  10. Day 5: Exit Parashant NM via Elbow Canyon (Let's Go For It) then Home!?!? Fuel Review: This morning I decided that rather than risk running low on fuel taking a narrow or tight canyon out to Mesquite NV I would put a 5gal container of fuel into the truck. I calculated I had between 4 to 7 gallons usable but... didn't want to starve out of fuel trying to prove anything. Fuel synopsis in later post. Official Guidance on BLM1BLM1299 (Elbow Canyon) BLM1299 Recommended for UTVs only. Note that the signage marked Elbow Canyon as a “JEEP TRAIL” at the turn off from BLM1004. So do I go for it in a 1994 Suburban? Though about it for a few minutes, decided that I'd go for it. Here's a time lapse: https://www.amazon.com/photos/shared/mEKqNtFvTymRKuMLneteuA.mQAlKh2Wa7Ak2OkoEqHtAA Pictures: https://www.amazon.com/photos/shared/CoW10oOxRkuvM4P8ytzWzA.zXql7JLzk_8v-OH5tyIxG3 https://www.amazon.com/photos/shared/Cpp1QzZ0ReuVGUX77MBusw.8SBi4h0hWkzAXBtOFI5XLr Synopsis, Loose granite and steep, a half dozen switchbacks that were narrow and required precise maneuvering. Fun, not scare. Did have to manage speed in low gear and brakes, not wanting the mass of the truck to get away with itself in these steep & loose rocks shelfs. If I was going up, the eLocker would be important. There was an active stream in places, and it cut across the road and in the center of the road in multiple places. Summary? The shot of the truck on the dirt road above Mesquite is a stock photo for Jeeping in the Part in that kiosk at Poverty Admin Site. Yeah, worth it. Made Mesquite by 10AM. Too early for Tacos! Final Return Home on I15 to Lake Mead NRA 167 through Moapa Valley to avoid Vegas Traffic! Much more scenic. Then Kingman to Wikeiup to Wickenburg to Cave Creek! I'd say no issues but check out the next post.
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