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Month: May 2016

Rubbing is Racing…. Right?

Rubbing is Racing…. Right?

So…. The Jeep Xperience in Texas was truly an amazing trip and weekend. This said, we didn’t exactly leave unscathed 😯 😳 In other sad news….. It looks like my beloved #HondaLights might be leaving… We took on some very deep water this weekend and some got in one of the fog lights (which were flaky anyway) and zapped several LEDs. I also noticed that moisture has started to build in one of the headlights a couple of times. The…

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Extreme Weekend Warrior-ing! JEEP XPERIENCE – Hidden Falls Adventure Park, TX

Extreme Weekend Warrior-ing! JEEP XPERIENCE – Hidden Falls Adventure Park, TX

5/23/16 Whelp…. Mrs. SSS and I are in full preparation for an extreme weekend warrior trip to the great state of Texas! I pondered making several posts for this due to the miles we will be covering, but since this really is only an extended weekend, I thought it was best suited to just cover it with one and edit to add as we can. Where are we going?…. We are headed to the Jeep XPERIENCE weekender at the Hidden…

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Jeep Door Cart

Jeep Door Cart

Sure, driving your Jeep around naked (topless and doorless) is great, but what do you do with the doors when they are off? It seems no matter where we go a Jeeper will tell us, “I wish I could take my doors off, but I have no place to put them”. We get it, they can be tricky to store off the Jeep and keep free from damage, especially with the larger JK doors… But here is an idea that…

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A case of the “bland butt”

A case of the “bland butt”

Whelp, her butt sure isn’t as sexy as it used to be, but I still love her! 😆 We actually have just a weeee-bit more down travel in the rear and the same in the front. 😎 Turns out… the other rear Bilstein shock is not so good either. The rebound is shot. Fronts are still good though. Kinda sad… I know we work the Jeep kinda’ hard but it seems they should’ve held up better. ….With this job done,…

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Purdy new shocks

Purdy new shocks

So, with a tight budget and time crunch to the next gig, we opted to try Metalcloak Rocksport shocks. Unwilling to put red under Dirty, I just put the last coat of paint (clear flake) on the shocks this morning. This was after three coats of silver. For those that are running the Metalcloak Rocksport shocks and deal with winter salted roads like we do, I HIGHLY encourage you to take your shocks off and paint them, even if you…

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Bilstein bites the dust

Bilstein bites the dust

One of these things is not like the other… 😆 It might look funny, but it brought us home. 🙂  That being said, I was amazed how well the Jeep drove without a rear shock! So, after a tap with a rock while backing up for a better line took out our driver rear shock our day was done…. Without the shock there was no way to keep our rear spring seated so we finished the day either by foot or in…

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Rausch Creek – Season Opener – 2016 (pictures & video)

Rausch Creek – Season Opener – 2016 (pictures & video)

It seems every trip to Rausch Creek is a good time…. While this year’s season opener run got off to a pretty slow an painful start, the end of the day moved at a much better pace and we were able to hit some cool trails. This definitely wasn’t one of those “everything went our way” kind-of trips. In fact, I think the only person who finished with a fully functioning rig was the guy with the trailer. 😯 It’s…

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ARB failure testing

ARB failure testing

I thought this was a cool video to share. We run an ARB along with 35 spline axle shafts in the rear of Dirty. We made this change when we needed to replace the factory locker and have been very happy with the upgrade. Yukon now has a line of air lockers that I believe are essentially the old ARB design. After watching this video you might get an indication of why they should not be compared. ARB continues to…

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Spa Day

Spa Day

The new Ram Rod ends arrived and seem to have resolved the popping in the steering! 😀 I am also liking that the new ones are greasable! To celebrate… Dirty had a spa day :LOL:   …and she also has a new skid for the rear. We have never had an issue with the carrier when the tire gets rubbed coming off ledges, but this is cheap and easy insurance.

Down to the wire!

Down to the wire!

After resetting the P0600 DTC everything seems to be okay…. ❓  I’ve been questioning my battery for some time. Perhaps we need to pull the trigger there. In other news… we still have a small “pop/knock” when steering under load. Not when we change direction but rather in motion. I was hoping this would be resolved with the Ball-Joints but, of course, it wouldn’t be that easy. 👿 I know the rod ends for the ram are worn a bit…

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