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Month: June 2016

Stillwell Stompers 2016 June Jamboree (Pic Share)

Stillwell Stompers 2016 June Jamboree (Pic Share)

Alana, Kegan, and I had a pretty good day yesterday wheeling Lil Punkin’ at the Stillwell Stompers’ June Jamboree. We met up with our friend Chris and talked him into bumping up a group to wheel with us. Then, due to the number in the group, we got bumped up as well. We ended up running with some Samurais/Buggies and were definitely the smallest in the bunch. But, we held our own up until the rear locker acted up again! (Have…

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JL Wrangler timeline

JL Wrangler timeline

David Zats, with Allpar is at it again, with a release today that finally gives us a timeline on when we can expect the next-gen Wrangler. While it sounds like it will be a “2018”, they are moving ahead of schedule and plan to release in the first half of next year. This is good news for those excited about the JL’s release, but may come as an upset for those hoping to scoop up a late JK in fear…

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Track-bar Bracket Rework

Track-bar Bracket Rework

While at the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival, I happened to look over at the Jeep and notice something seemed odd about the track-bar bracket, more specifically the end where the hydraulic ram tabs are mounted. A closer inspection revealed that the small weld at the small gusset had begun to fail. This has been a point of concern for me for some time. Presently, we have not flipped the drag link and are running the track-bar at the factory mounting…

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Old Man’s Cave

Old Man’s Cave

All day Saturday Jay (SSS) said he had plans to do a little work around the house and on the deck… but when he woke up, he decided a day out-and-about with Kegan and I was a better idea. So, we hopped in Lil Punkin’ and headed off toward Hocking Hills. We spent most of our time in/around Old Man’s Cave (which was far busier than we expected). Anyway… here are a few pics he took. We hope you enjoy! …and a few…

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ah, that’s better

ah, that’s better

As we mentioned in the last post, the 12″ tires that came on it were destined to be replaced. Since the trailer was still VERY nose high (even with a 6″ dropped ball), we decided to replace them right away. After several trips to Tractor Supply, Rural King, and a few trailer places. We finally found a set of load range C tires on 5 x 4.5 wheels that would work. Once installed, the trailer now rides level to just a…

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Go prepared

Go prepared

I’d like to introduce everyone to the newest member of our family. Her name is “Bail-Out!” We have been in the planning and design phases of a trailer build for a long time and finally came to terms with the fact that we just don’t have time to do it. So, with that said, we decided to get a small utility trailer to use and tweak it over time to better suit our needs and here she is. One of…

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2016 Unlimited Offroad Expo

2016 Unlimited Offroad Expo

Alana and I took a day trip down to check out the Unlimited Offroad Expo again this year. This makes our second year in a row. This year seemed to have more participation as a whole, but less large vendors or manufacturers…. Anyway, here are the few notables from our visit. The first is for you audiophiles… beyond the fancy lights, there seemed to be several of these replacement overhead sound systems around. While many of them were geared more…

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