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  1. Count us as tentative/back-ups. We're in MO until early next week, so... If it fills up before we get home and confirm our calendar, it's "OK"... ;)
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    2021 JLURD

    SWEETNESS indeed Russ... ;)
  3. Ryan, FWIW: Replacing the control arms does nothing to correct the inherent geometry issues created by a lift. AEV's geometry correction, matching each of their lifts, is what separates and places their lift product as the top-of-the-line system. By correcting the geometry to account for the different force vectors caused by lifting a vehicle, they achieve optimal handling, braking, and ride comfort, while obtaining the added ground clearance of a lift. I know of no other company who does anything more than use longer/stiffer springs, (and perhaps some control arms and shocks) while retaining correct geometry for an UNLIFTED vehicle, which is not optimal for any of these characteristics. In laymans terms, their lift has the geometry that an OEM would use, to optimize handling & braking performance, while maintaining ride comfort. Again, YMMV... ;)
  4. FWIW: the AEV lifts were designed and developed by a former Jeep chassis dynamics engineer, who developed the most seamless and IMHO best quality lifts for JK's & JL's, in terms of ride quality, handling, and durability of any aftermarket kits available. YMMV...
  5. Kudos on the new ride Russ... Can't use the tires at the moment, but will shop them around a bit for you ...
  6. Found this story on the Hemmings website... Thought some would be interested or perhaps amused... https://www.hemmings.com/stories/2020/03/27/were-there-really-studebaker-touring-cars-on-the-rubicon-trail-in-the-1920s
  7. I recall the system you are referring to Jim, but it was a vastly different approach than the system we were attempting to develop. This one had no externally driven pump, but it certianly had miles of hydraulic lines and wiring for the myriad of sensors...
  8. I seriously doubt it Kris... Manufacturing tolerances, techniques, etc., have not made any "Quantum leaps", in the years since I retired, that IMHO would solve the basic flaws/issues of this system.
  9. I was doing some file purging & digging through old picture files, and ran across a few that perhaps a few here would find interesting. Who says a YJ has limited articulation? "Mini-Rubicon" ... These pic's are from my working days, doing vehicle development. These were courses we built and used for evaluation of vehicles and systems... This particular vehicle is sporting a rather unique full hydraulic suspension system, which allowed for 20-plus inches of wheel travel, all while keeping the body as level as the terrain would allow. Following the first few phases of development work here in AZ, we took it to the Rubicon Trail, which this vehicle's suspension allowed us to do with ease. Sadly, the complexity of the controls system, and the multitude of the hydraulic components of the system proved to be both too expensive (significantly more than doubling the cost of the base vehicle), and over the multi-year time we spent on development, re-designs, and testing, we were never able to get the reliability to meet levels deemed commercially acceptable ... Even with these pitfalls, it was one of the more challenging and fun projects I was involved with in the latter parts of my career...
  10. Perhaps a clarification is in order for the naysayers. It's about the target market... IE: When the former Grand Wagoner ended production in the early 1990's, and for MOST of the previous 20 years until it went to pasture, it was marketed to a significantly different market than what it debuted as, and additionally this market is a drastically different than the bulk of current FSJ owners, who are mostly focussed on either modifying them to suit thier personal tastes, or because the iron is hot for FSJ's at the moment, some are and continue to be totally refurbished as an investment, just like the original Bronco's, etc. are today. A look at the advertising starting with the "Super Wagoneer" of 1966, and ramping up into the '70's and continuing the trend until the end of production, clearly depicts the lifestyle of the upper 5% of wage earners of those times. IE: the target market. This new iteration getting it's first unveiling is IMHO, NO different. I'm willing to make a sizeable bet with any that care to, that it is going to be marketed to the same "top 5% of wage earning" market segment, with the difference being that the top 5% wage earners when the former Grand Wagon went to pasture, was in the $100K range... Today's "top 5 % earners" are making a minimum of $250K annually. And like the days of old, these new GW's will SELDOM (if ever) see any offroading (unless it's a gravel driveway), as these folks are seeking a more refined, luxurious means of occassionally towing the boat, or the horse trailer, vacationing with the family, and other similar pursuits, but in as posh and comfortable a surroundings as they can afford. YMHO... YMMV...
  11. Welcome to the fun... I'll simply echo what's already been said...
  12. Or perhaps a stronger tent? LOL...
  13. Looks like a GOOD time... Especially given the weather this time of year... Thanks for sharing...
  14. Thanks for the heads up, Dad... I'll try to do better in the future...
  15. Gear ratio's for the transfercases in high and low rangeses are identical, so no changes should be evident due to the t/cases The gear ratios for the two transmissions you have are: Original 4- cyl. Manual "AX5" Current 4L60 (same as 700-R4) 1st 3.92 3.06 2nd 2.33 1.62 3rd 1.44 1.00 4th 1.00 0.70 5th 0.85 N/A NOTE; CORRECTIONS HIGHLIGHTED IN RED The highlighted "bold" numbers are your transmission over-drive ratios, which indicate that you should be seeing a LOWER RPM with your current automatic trans when in Overdrive gear, by a factor of 0.15, than you saw previously with your 4cyl when in 5th gear PROVIDED the axle ratios AND tire sizes remain the same. IE: you can multiply your former 4-cyl RPM's at a given highway speed in "OverDrive" gearing, by 0.15, to get the number of RPMs that your current setup should be LOWER at the same vehicle speeds, PROVIDED axle gearing and tire sizes are the same... Hope this helps...
  16. I am familiar with this type of incompetence... ADEQ came to Wickenburg in the late 1980's digging test wells, trying to understand how so much Mercury & Arsenic got into the soils along the Hassayampa River. They spent several hundred thousand $$'s of taxpayer's money, and were still baffled, when they came to my property, asking permission to dig test wells. I asked what they were looking for, and when told, I then asked if they were aware that the Wagner dam (above Yarnell, near Peeples Valley) on the Hassayamp breached about 80 years ago, which caused sever flooding, and flooded several arrasta mills upstream along the Hassayampa, flooding Wickenburg, and points downstream for several miles, and obviously must have carried the mill contaminates downstream with the flood waters. They all had blank looks on thier faces... None of them had done sufficient (or apparrently ANY) research before coming here to start digging test wells. If they had, they would have known where to dig to begin with, and would have known that the area contained several mines and mills, in the late 1800's, and into the early 1900's... IMHO, just another case of governmental incompetence...
  17. Story broke a few weeks or so ago... I find it sad to see that the local government folks who SHOULD have know about this mine, either did not know, or somehow the developer was issued a permit inspite of it... Either way, a HUGE failure of the local governments responsibility to protect it's citizens...
  18. VERY Much enjoyed seeing and visiting the area again, via your posts and trip report. thanks for sharing... ;)
  19. Thanks Jim, No major changes other than I just finished (a few days ago) removing all the "Ricky-Racer" stickers which had been plastered all over the side panels. I am NOT a fan of the " I drove it through a Crap-Magnet Store" look. A few "yet-to-do's" : - Minor changes to the ramp and aft deck of my car-hauler, in order for it to load & fit better with Paddles on it. Not fond of having to take the paddles along and change them once @ the dunes... Would rather do that @ home... - Replace a couple of the rear polyurethane suspension bushings, which have more looseness/clearance than I like - See what I can do about a few oil drips from the engine & trans, but both are more annoyances than real leaks, leaving only a dime size drip of oil every couple of weeks anyway. I think I've enough time, as Dune season is still a few months off...
  20. We are certianly hoping it is as much fun as the 2-seater has been. Just wanted more room to enable enjoying with friends & family .
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