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theksmith last won the day on January 15

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    2016 JK Unlimited Rubicon
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  1. i used to have a 4D MagLite that i put a TerraLux LED conversion in. i don't doubt their claim of 1,000 Lumen, but it's $70 (mine was an older 600 Lumen version). however, these days you can get that sort of brightness from a nice rechargeable light for well under $50. @gearhead gave me this Anker Bolder rechargeable which is an awesome general purpose flashlight with adjustable focus and a claimed 900 Lumen output. there's also another version now with double the run-time that's still extremely affordable. my EagleTac G25C2 MKII that i got back in 2014 has been my go-to light for exploring mines and around camp . i have a full review of it here... no doubt those D-cell MagLites still make good weapons though!
  2. welcome, what kind of Wrangler do you have?
  3. This is the Sunflower Mine run re-do (the previous run was canceled due to flooding)! Located off Highway 87 near Mt. Ord., the trail offers a variety of challenges: rock crawling in the creek, steep loose climb out of the creek, narrow and sometimes off-camber shelf roads, and more! The trail is very scenic, as it winds back into a canyon, and offers neat views of the highway and Mt. Ord. Club members: Sign-up & more info here...
  4. i'm going to try and make it up there to run Safelite with you guys, and possibly The Wedges.
  5. Happy Birthday @dzJeepChic
  6. happy birthday @stockjeep Wayne!!!!
  7. Gadget did good on the Elvis run this weekend with no new carnage! trip report here... thanks to Sarah (@kaspily) these great photos, especially this one of Gadget twerking: and thanks to @dzJeepChic for this one too:
  8. glad it's covered at least!
  9. those new extended front brake lines turned into their own little project... i put a slight twist in them when installing in order to direct them in a way that was clear from getting caught in the coil springs and shocks, but they ended up rubbing the tires at full lock. so i ordered these handy dandy Teraflex brake line anchors for JK's. note they also have a longer universal version. to install those i had to loosen the lines to rotate the twist back out, which meant i needed to bleed them again (yay for the speed bleeders)! next i drove out to a wash to do a flex test and found that my new routing with the Teraflex anchors was causing the lines to be pulled a little tight on full droop. i needed to rotate the anchors to point upwards more. i finally ended up installing them on the outside of the existing nut and adding a second nut just to hold the anchors on. this allowed them to be angled up high enough, but not hit the shock body on full compression.
  10. i'd say 30-40% are "recreation miles", i.e. trails, going to/from a trail, or otherwise on some sort of overland/exploratory trip!
  11. ran across this old thing in a wash, i think it was a car at one time! hilariously, the bumper sticker is holding out pretty well... @Curly or anyone else, can you identify it from just the handle? or maybe from these body lines? ok, final hint is these weird steps coming off the back bumper on each side: it can't be too awfully old, there's lots of modern plastic and wiring in that pile.
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