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  1. Great shots! Thanks to everyone who came out. I didn't take pictures, so I will use this post in lieu of a formal trip report. We had great night time views of Black Canyon City, I-17, and even lights at the Sunset Point rest area. Wildlife was in abundance: a fox, two! skunks, a rattlesnake, bats, owls, quail, and numerous rabbits. We also had to go around a side by side that was abandoned in the middle of the trail. K2Man56 was having issues with his CB (we've all been there, right?). This prompted a discussion about the merits of CB vs. Ham vs. GMRS radio. Theksmith said that GMRS is becoming popular among the off road community while CBs are now less common. Always curious I did some research this morning. GMRS does make a lot of sense. There is no test to take like Ham, you just pay a small fee for a 10 year license. Unlike CB, you can use a hand held unit and you don't have to tune the GMRS antenna (mobile application). Hand held GMRS radios are also inexpensive to boot. Thanks again everyone for coming out last night!
  2. I saw that, I was just concerned since it still crosses the pipeline. We can decide Friday, the meetup spot and time are unchanged.....thanks!
  3. Black Canyon City Overlook - Night Run Join up for a night run to a scenic panoramic night time view of Black Canyon City! (sign up here)
  4. Trail/Area: Black Canyon City Overlook - Night Run Description: Black Canyon City Overlook is a 15 mile in/out moderate trail. It is Trail #37 in the Funtreks book: https://funtreks.com/off-road-trails/black-canyon-city-overlook/ The trail follows Moore Gulch, then climbs along a high scenic ridge to a remote overlook of Black Canyon City which provides great panoramic views. Deviating from the Funtreks route, we will start from the south off the Table Mesa road exit (apparently the routes near the gas pipeline now have access limited due to vandalism). The narrow and winding trail is generally easy with a few moderate spots. Don't hesitate to ask for a spot if unsure. Requirements: - Driver experience with moderate trails - 4x4 with low range, aggressive MT or AT tires (32"+), skid plates, and recovery points front & rear - Rig must be road-legal with all necessary safety equipment, current registration & insurance, etc. - CB or ham radio - Flashlight with backup light source - Social distancing (COVID - 19) Recommendations: - Lift (2"+) - Over-sized tires (33"+) - Bring water and snacks for you and your passengers Itinerary: - Meeting location: east side of the Table Mesa exit off I-17 (map here) - Meeting time: Friday 2020 09 25 at 5:45 PM (depart no later than 6:00 PM) Additional Info: - CB channel 4 / Ham frequency 146.460 - This run should take 4-5 hours - This run is limited to 5 rigs total (including trip leader) Sign-Up: Attending: 1. gearhead (trip leader) 2. theksmith 3. CAVU2 4. K2man56 5. ScottL __Black Canyon City Overlook_alt.gpx
  5. I have Ryan’s blessing to offer a short ‘bonus’ run (Skeleton Bones) after the House Mountain trail (time-permitting and purely optional). Skeleton Bones is close enough that we can stay aired down. The Funtreks site describes it as a one hour trail rated as ‘difficult’: https://funtreks.com/off-road-trails/skeleton-bones/ Please let me know if you may be interested in this optional, time-permitting run. Thanks!
  6. I am interested in Secret Pass on the Oct. 18th. It seems others like me and @theksmith and @scottL are wanting to do less extreme trails. What about a milder trail like the Sleeping Princess on Oct. 17th for us? Just thinking out loud. Thanks.
  7. I have no AC but I don't care how hot is gets......I'm ready to hit the trail!
  8. It can be done, but it is a major PITA. You will have to pull the old bearings and press on the new ones which is no small task. If you count the exact number of turns to take off the pinion nut and tighten with the same number of turns, it could work. I would still recommend checking the backlash with a dial indicator (spec. is ~ .008" to .012" I think) both before and after. The new bearings will seat slightly different than the old worn ones. Google is your friend on this one. There are tons of write ups and Youtube videos. Let me know if you decide to tackle this. I'll assist the best I can.
  9. Trail/Area: Fort Tule / China Dam Night Run (North of Lake Pleasant) Description: Fort Tule / China Dam is a 8.0 mile easy to moderate trail that starts off Cow Creek Road just north of Lake Pleasant. Our destination is the old Fort Tule home stead. It features an old mining cabin and the grave of the miner’s beloved dog. Sign up here
  10. I read through both posts from theksmith and they are both great! Two items I recently added to the Jeep are a fuel pressure gauge ($25) and spark tester ($5) from Harbor Freight: https://www.harborfreight.com/fuel-injection-pump-tester-62623.html?_br_psugg_q=fuel+pressure+tester https://www.harborfreight.com/in-line-spark-checker-63590.html There are some complaints that the fuel pressure gauge leaks, but it worked fine for me when I replaced my fuel pump. You can also use the Harbor Freight coupons to knock another 20 percent off of the advertised prices. Thanks.
  11. Crapshoot Night Run at Table Mesa Area: Sign-up & more info here...
  12. Trail/Area: Crapshoot Night Run at Table Mesa Area Description: Crapshoot is a 7.5 mile moderate trail. It is Trail #40 in the Funtreks book: https://funtreks.com/off-road-trails/crapshoot/ The trail (west to east) starts from the intersection of BLM 9952 and Table Mesa Rd (9997). It runs generally south until it intersects BLM 9954 where we will turn left and begin our trek northeast back to Table Mesa Rd. The trail is generally easy with a few moderate spots (hence the rating). Don't hesitate to ask for a spot if unsure. Requirements: - Driver experience with moderate to difficult trails - 4x4 with low range, aggressive MT or AT tires (32"+), skid plates, and recovery points front & rear - Rig must be road-legal with all necessary safety equipment, current registration & insurance, etc. - CB or ham radio - Social distancing (COVID - 19) Recommendations: - Lift with good flex (2"+) - Over-sized tires (33"+) - Bring water and snacks for you and your passengers. Itinerary: - Meeting location: east side of McDonalds on northeast corner of I-17 and Carefree Highway (next to Albertsons) - Meeting time: Saturday 2020 06 20 at 6:45 PM (depart no later than 7:00 PM) Additional Info: - CB channel 4 - HAM frequency 146.460 - This run should take 4-5 hours. - This run is limited to 5 rigs total (including trip leader) Sign-Up: Trip Leader: - gearhead Attending: 1. theksmith 2. r.barraza 3. Sonoranwanderer 4. CAVU2 __Crapshoot.gpx
  13. You might regret asking that question. It started as replacing the leaking exhaust manifold and valve cover gasket, but of course it didn't stay that way! I figured I would do the crank position sensor also because there is plenty of space with the manifolds out. I then noticed that the lower steering column bearing needed to be replaced and ended up having to replace the lower steering column shaft also. I must of been leaning on the top of the radiator too much because the seam between the top plastic tank and the core started leaking, so I pulled the radiator for replacement. If I have the radiator out I might as well do the water pump, thermostat, and thermostat housing at the same time. Needless to say the Amazon delivery vans have been coming non stop.
  14. Well the wife shot this idea down when I ran it by her, so it looks like we will have to wait until the fall. Sorry about that everyone. I should of checked with her first.
  15. I'm still game as long as at least one other Jeep wants to go. Fuel is cheap right now. Do you have a preference on the weekend? thanks
  16. I am planning to lead a weekend trip to run Charouleau Gap next month, so I am taking a poll to gauge interest for the last three weekends in April 2020 (before it gets too hot). I would describe the trail as somewhere between moderate and difficult, requiring at least 33" tires. 'The Step' and 'Kissing Rock' can both be bypassed, but at least one traction device is definitely required to climb 'The Escalator' (we would run the trail clockwise from Oracle AZ and camp one night) . Write up is here: https://www.jeeptheusa.com/charouleau-gap-35.html Thanks.
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