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  1. There was a recall that effected the JL’s steering damper a while back. Not sure if it impacted you JT guys. My Death Wobble issues were due to a worn TRE on the drag link. Discovered the issue using TheKSmith’s method above by having my wife rotate the steering back and forth while I laid under the Jeep and watched all the ends. The TRE had a slight up and down “pop”. Replaced it with an upgraded drag link and no more issues. I also like this process of elimination thread in the JL Forums that I’m sure might be helpful. https://www.jlwranglerforums.com/forum/threads/how-to-beat-death-wobble-an-algorithm-to-diagnose-the-issue.62313/
  2. It’s a heck of a show! We loved it last year. Might try to make it out again!
  3. Thanks for sharing Mike! Having run Cherry Creek earlier this year, it’s an absolute treasure. IT’s unfortunately fallen into disrepair and is currently impassable by anything wider than a SxS due to erosion of the shelf road.
  4. A favorite from last week's trip down the Rug Road between Klondyke and Mammoth.
  5. Wanted to share a nifty little purchase I made and got to use on the recent Rug Road overland adventure. I stumbled across these Coleman OneSource Rechargeable Camping Lights while surfing the Amazon and figured they'd make for some nice area and ambient lighting. I picked up my set for $80 from the 'Zon. The OneSource concept is pretty neat - basically Coleman is making a rechargeable "core battery" with significant capacity. The battery can be hot swapped to a range of Coleman products, such as these LED string lights, 3 different styles of lantern, 2 different flashlights, a nifty camping fan, portable speaker, a "Dust Buster", and a mattress inflator. The battery and most of the products are IPx4 water resistant. The battery also has a small LED flashlight built into it, and has a USB port for charging your phone or other portable device. Additionally, you can charge it via a USB-C cable and it even has a charge level indicator. Here's a stock photo of the LED String Light kit I purchased. The wiring is sheathed in a sort of nylon that is tangle resistant and a little more protective than just bare wiring. In using it, it was pretty easy to quickly deploy the lights with no snags or tangles. Additionally, they provide 3-4 plastic hooks in-line on the wiring for different hanging options. The lights just coil around the battery base into a small package that will fit in a cupholder in your rig, or stow away in pretty much any cubby you have available. Each LED pod has 2 LEDS in it with a warm white color. It has variable brightness control and can go from 25 lumens to 250 lumens. The battery life is crazy efficient, with 25 lumens delivering NINTY HOURS of run time and 250 lumens running for 9 hours on the max brightness setting. That's pretty crazy. You can see them in action on this shot in relatively bright twilight, just after sunset. Similar shot a few hours later and much darker. I believe I had these on "max" brightness. The lights cast a nice diffuse light over the area, which I personally prefer to squinting into the bright light cast by a typical lantern. I think this makes it a lot easier on the eyes since the light source is spread out over the entire length of the lighting strand. The light is plenty bright for cooking, setting up camp, or just hanging around. For "mood lighting" you can simply dim them down to 25 lumens and leave them on all friggin' night if you want and still have plenty of juice left on the battery. In the below photo, we were camping at the base of the Aravaipa canyon, with the walls about 50-60 feet from my rig. There are several competing lights out there for less money - such as the MPOWERD (20hrs, 100 lumens, 18ft 20 LEDs) or the EENOUR (10-12hrs battery, 100 lumens, 18ft 20 RGBw LEDs, solar). However, once I compared features I ended up with the Colemans - primarily due to the battery life (9 to 90 hours), length of the strand (20ft), and number of LEDs (38 total), and what I felt would be better long-term build quality.
  6. Just came across this "new" option for traction boards from Bunker. At only $80, they're comparable in price to the X-Bulls I have - however they look a lot more flexible/durable and stack a heck of a lot cleaner than the X-Bulls I run today. I could probably stack 4 of these into less space than my current double-stack of X-Bulls. They also have some clever features, like the integrated hi-lift base indent to help secure your jack base when lifting a vehicle. Amazon Link - here's another Amazon link to a different model (as in the video below) Here's a great review and torture test of the Bunker traction mats.
  7. Ok - finished going through photos I took on my Fuji and on my phone. Funny enough, I didn't really get any photos from inside of Aravaipa Canyon beyond a few camping shots. I do have some video that I took - just need some time to put the footage together. Here's a shot of yours truly, graciously taken by @johnpa, posing next to an old Salado cliff dwelling inside of the canyon on Saturday morning. Here's a shot of John & Lori, just a speck in the grand wilderness as we left the canyon system and climbed up into the mountains: Here's a photo of the rig line up with @theksmith in the lead as we took a break at Parson's Grove. The road was smooth up to this point and got a LOT rougher. Here's a photo of the fairly robust "cabin" on the site. Note the pop-up shower set up by some long term hunters that were in the area. Previously posted - here's @theksmith in Gadget getting a little sideways in a field of wildflowers. We found ourselves in quite a few off-camber situations throughout the trip. I was able to "top out" at 27 degrees on my inclinometer in pretty gnarly spot. Here's @OffroadFun's mellow yellow JL. We had some excellent directional light that evening and some dramatic weather before sunset. @gearhead's basecamp up on the saddle of the mountains on Saturday night. Sunset was great that evening. Don't let the warm light fool you - it got a little chilly and we had pretty steady 15-20mph winds all night. Another shot from John of yours truly at sunset. My fancy camp lights - more on those on a separate post. They were a great buy! Sunrise on Sunday morning. The clouds were very low and fast moving, obscuring some of the peaks around us. The road ahead as we departed camp. Note that you can see Carpet Hill in all its glory in the background on this shot. It's certainly a STEEP climb! All hail the conquering heroes! We made it to the top of Carpet Hill without any major issues, and no towstraps or stuck rigs! @johnpa's rig. Getting a little flexy on a surprise washout after Carpet Hill. Here's @mynr1 getting a little tippy. One last shot where the group parted ways - 1/2 the crew headed out, the other 1/2 went on for a little more 'splorin'. The old mining "city" of Copper Creek was interesting with a LOT to look at and take in.
  8. More to come, but here are a few favorites from my haul over the weekend. Here's a great one of @mynr1 giving @theksmith the double-bird 😂
  9. Sorry for all the questions John, do you know the dimensions for the fridge?
  10. That's awesome to hear! It's definitely memorable when companies go out of their way to be decent people.
  12. Clearly the rust and corrosion warranty are expired 😅
  13. Well - not really "impassable" - they made it through. It highlights how a trip can so south real quick, and how fast the weather can destroy a trail. Full story here: https://www.jlwranglerforums.com/forum/threads/charouleau-gap-impassable.102055/ I've seen the story a few times now on Facebook - but just found a detailed trip report on the JL Wrangler Forums. Looks like a diverse group went through (TJ, JL, new Broncos) and got more than they bargained for. A day trip turned camping trip. Seems to me that most of the vehicles were stock, but "high end stock" with a Jeep Rubicon Extreme Recon and a Bronco Badlands Sasquatch Loch Ness Monster in the group.
  14. Wish I could man! Fam and I will be camping. Hoping to finally catch one of these Bulldog Runs - I’ve never been!
  15. Great photos Ed, thanks for sharing! Glad you guys had a good time - good looking crew out there!
  16. You the man! I'll check out that SX design too! I need to buy this all in advance - I kick myself for forgetting to buy one every time I change my oil or our Caravan's oil.
  17. Absolutely! There's not a "ceiling" on attendees, per se. If we use their facility, it's a max of 25, I believe. We're a ways from it. If they're pretty committed to attending - let me know and I'll track them on the list towards our goal of hitting at least 12 students. They can also create a free forum account if they want to post and read the details, etc.
  18. Nope! 🙂 The course is designed for both the beginner and more advanced who may need to re-certify their WFA or other credential.
  19. Stumbled across this today - pretty popular on the JL Wrangler Forums: the Valvomax Oil Plug. Similar in concept to the Fumoto, instead of a lever/toggle design, it uses a knob design. You can connect a tube to it (like the Fumoto) for mess-free oil changes. Supposedly it has better clearance when you're combining it with certain engine skid plate combinations. I'm hopeful to find something like this or the Fumoto someday for the transfer case drain plug so I don't need to drop my tranny skid to change the fluid. Photo of it on a 3.6L Pentastar, no skid plate:
  20. AWESOME feedback @jgaz. Its interesting to hear about the WFA variance in training you've received. Though there's certainly something to be said for a broad knowledge-base - and I'm excited at the possibility of being capable of providing worthwhile assistance if needed. I'm guessing the majority folks that live here travel the southwest, not the Ozarks. I'm hoping they can place more emphasis on the unique environmental related emergencies we're likely to encounter here - like rattlesnakes, scorpions, heat stroke, dehydration, etc... I'm thinking they might be able to hone in on injuries you're more likely to sustain from a vehicle crash as well, like head injuries, fractures, shock, cuts, abrasions. I'm just guessing on all of that though 😅
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