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4x4tographer

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  1. I left my favorite camera at home, so here are some shots from my phone!
  2. Check out this list of compliant filters/glasses: https://eclipse.aas.org/eye-safety/viewers-filters
  3. Welcome to the club! Enjoy the run with Shellback and the crew - they're a lot of fun! If you're looking to get started with a GMRS radio, there are pair of pretty good threads here on the forum on the topic you might find interesting: GMRS on a Budget GMRS for Beginners
  4. We were talking on the radio about you and Gadget when we hit that first stretch of mud! 😆
  5. Couple of favorites from today's Crown King run!
  6. Another year, another great run to Crown King in the books! Had a great time with @REDROCK TONIHAWK, @OffroadFun and @K2man56 This was one of the most "dynamic" trips I've had up to CK via the back way, thanks in part due to a great weather system that brought a ton of much-needed rain a few days prior. The surrounding area received about .75" of rain on average, and Crown King itself had about 4" of snow. Our day consisted of some mud, some dramatic clouds, and some snow to cap it off! Ironically, despite the rain and snow - all of the creeks were bone dry - a big disappointment, as I was looking forward to some water crossings! The road in was MUDDY. Those of us with narrow fenders rued the day 😅. After we arrived at the CK rock, the road surface changes from dirt to a more sandy/rocky texture and the mud was pretty minimal. As we climbed higher into the Bradshaw Mountains the clouds decided to get a little dramatic. They hugged the terrain, and at one point we were driving through the clouds themselves. The crew kicked butt, crushing obstacle after obstacle. Every challenge was more interesting due to the slick rocks and wet ground causing traction to become our elusive friend. We were feeling pretty good and decided to take on "The Escalator" which is one of the most challenging of the optional obstacles on the trail. Smattered with boulders, none of the group had ever tried it. @REDROCK TONIHAWK was the first up and spanked it. @OffroadFun also nailed it All 4 of us made it to the top with minimal drama! Speaking of drama, more from the clouds. We cruised through the active mine at Burro John and broke for lunch in the shade of a huge oak tree. I was hoping for Humbug Creek to be flowing with water from the recent rains, but no joy. After lunch, we made our way down to the final pair of obstacles - the waterfall/ledge obstacles at Oro Belle Mine. And of course, it was a crap-show. 😆 The trail changes every year - and this year was no exception. About 2021, a new by-pass popped up at the first ledge. It was still there in 2023. Today, it was completely gone - washed away. The red pick-up in the below photo is at the top of where the by-pass used to be. There was a group of about 6-7 Jeeps working out how to get up the ledge when we arrived. Some SxSs and dirt bikes joined the fun. There was much rock stacking and tow strap tugging. @REDROCK TONIHAWK and @OffroadFun both noticed fresh oil all over the top of the waterfall. Someone had obviously peel led open a differential cover or damaged an oil pan and were in for a bad day later. When it was my turn, I tried the "usual" way of climbing the ledge from the front, but kept landing on my belly skids, despite rock stacking. We decided to take a different tactic and run the same line in this video from a few weeks back: @REDROCK TONIHAWK did a great job spotting me though it! You have to hug the wall to the right and then pivot on your rock sliders. After the 3rd attempt, my rig was up and over the ledge! I was able to give the next in line a tug, and they pulled up the next, and so on. A blended group of SxS and Jeeps jumped in to help stack rocks and keep things moving, which was nice! After we got through the ledges we started our climb up the mountain and into Crown King! The scenery quickly changed: Much of the snow on the ground in town had melted into mud. On the flip side - the large group of SxSs that was in town when we arrived all left and we pretty much had the town to ourselves. We stopped for a burger at the saloon and were soon back on the road with great views of the snowcapped Bradshaws.
  7. I have a name suggestion. "Luddite"..... ya know, because they're anti-gadget. 😂😂😂☠️
  8. RIP Fiona ✊. I'm'a pour one out for you homie - and thank you for keeping B outta harms way!
  9. Hahaha! Good eye! Whenever I snag a hardtop, I’ll be able to flip the tank from “outboard” to “inboard”. All the soft top mechanics are currently in the way 😁
  10. Began working on a water storage solution leveraging the Hi-Lift Trail Trak system I installed last year. The Trak system came with an interesting mounting bracket that allows you to vertically mount accessories like Rotopax and Power Tanks. Mounting everything up was quite easy. The track system allows you to move the mount up and down easily. After getting everything adjusted how I liked it, I discovered an issue with the Rotopax mount that came with the water tank. No matter how tight I cinched down the locking handle, there was some slop and movement in the tank. I imagine on the trails, a 2 gallon tank rattling back and forth could be a problem. The solution ended up being a "premium" Rotopax mount that has a better tightening handle. Here's the original: Here's the "premium" mount. It basically has a longer threaded rod and a "spacer" handle. You can really crank down and tighten the handle on this one. The "slop" in the mount is completely gone now and the tank has no movement left. Here's a final shot of the tank through the window. If everything goes well with this solution, I'm planning to add a 2nd tank to the passenger side for double my capacity to 4 gallons. I plan to modify the cap on the Rotopax to allow for a tube to be inserted to the bottom of the tank. I will use a pump, like the Dometic Go for easy access to the water without needing to remove the tank.
  11. WOW! Those petroglyphs are stunning. So many! 😳
  12. Lasted longer than the diesel, I think! 😅
  13. I’ll chip in $20 on a “timeshare” 392 😁 Any takers?
  14. Another project in the books! Thanks to @Yodamom, who gave me an early birthday gift, we've got a new high-clearance exhaust set up! ❤️ This is Hooker Blackheart's "high-tuck" axle-back exhaust kit for the JL. I've never replaced a muffler before, and was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was. As with most things, it was supposed to be one of those 30-minute jobs that turned into 2 evenings. 😝 First was the removal of the OEM "giant diaper" exhaust. Overall VERY easy. 4 total bolts for the 2 exhaust hangers and 1 bolt for the OEM exhaust clamp. Some PB Blaster, WD40, and a little twisting and turning and I had the factory muffler removed in about 20 minutes. I wrestled the new muffler into position, bolted the hanger brackets into position and went to tighten the exhaust clamps - but ran into a problem: As you can see, the clamp is fully tightened, but nowhere near tight. Turns out, Holley sent over a 3.5" or 4" clamp with the kit. The JL pipes are 2.5". A quick search on Amazon and I had a pair of 2.5" clamps on my doorstep by 9am the next day. *GOD I LOVE CAPITALISM* Another quick 20 minute wrestling session and the muffler was in position! I ended up trimming about 4-5 inches off of the tailpipe in order to get it to tuck up under the bumper and out of the "smash zone". As you can see, it's LOW profile. You can barely tell it's there. Another view from slightly below the bumper's "line of sight" The tone is nice. After listening to @theksmith's JK version of the same exhaust set-up, I was sold on the fact that it has a "near stock" sound/volume to it. You can get some grunt out of it when you floor it, but at highway speeds it's comparable to the OEM. No rasp, very smooth tone. You can listen to some expert revving by my garage assistant here. Here's a photo of my assistant, posing with her work! Ignore the tan XJ to the right of my JL. All in all it was a fun project, and I learned something new!
  15. Upgraded my Rugged Ridge rockers/sliders with some new beefy Metalcloak Overline sliders that should be able to take more abuse and offer better protection. My big complaint about Rugged Ridge's design is the way they mounted. They came in a 2 piece design that utilized a bracket adapter at the frame. This installed with a u-bolt through the frame with the thread/nuts pointing down. This location took quit a bit of abuse over the years and I've had to create several new replacement u-bolts out of threaded rod. Here's a photo of the bracket/bolts just before I removed them. These two nuts/u-bolt and 1 flagged-bolt are all that secured the front of each slider. I used a pry-bar to get them as straight as I could in order to remove them. One side I was able to get the impact on and remove pretty quickly, the other side I had to use a grinder. The Metalcloak Overlines were pretty straightforward to install. It installed much like the OEM Rubicon sliders along the pinch seam along the bottom of the body. There are a few extra bolts that go into the bottom of the body as well. Metalcloak has you drill 2 extra holes and widen a few others. All in all, once I had the drivers side figured out, I got the passenger-side installed in about 30minutes. Overall about 3 total hours on the project, including the removal of the old sliders. These sliders have a lot more clearance than the previous set. The Rugged Ridges had a 2 tube design, with the bottom tube being at the same level as the frame. These sit a lot higher up, snug to the body, and I'm expecting I'll actually hit/drag them less due to the extra clearance. I'm digging the new look!
  16. Thats a nice modification to “sink” the winch into that bumper man! Glad it found a good home. Looking forward to seeing it in person!
  17. I’ve got a list from Clayton that I can post up later tonight after I scan it. I’ve been following those specs for a few years now and only had an issue with the axle-side front trackbar bolt. I don’t believe they’ve got enough Uggahduggahs on it as I had some minor DW starting around 45mph. I had it in to our good buddy Joe over at @OnPointOffroad and they torqued it down to whatever spec sheet they have and the problem went away. JLWranglerForums also has a comprehensive spec sheet from Jeep themselves that I refer to from time to time. https://www.jlwranglerforums.com/complete-torque-values-for-jeep-jl-wrangler/
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