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CRAZY COWS – Our 2017 Overland Adventure

CRAZY COWS – Our 2017 Overland Adventure

What started as us helping our son Tommy and his new wife navigate across the country to their new home in Oregon over a year ago, ultimately unfolded into what would become our own next big adventure.

The plan was pretty simple… Blast across Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, and half of South Dakota before slowing our pace to explore and visit several National Parks, Monuments, and Forests. We would be visiting The Badlands National Park, Black Hills National Forest, Mount Rushmore, Devil’s Tower, Bighorn National Forest, Shoshone National Forest, Grand Teton National Park, Bridger-Teton National Forest, Yellowstone National Park, Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Custer-Gallatin National Forest, and the Theodore Roosevelt National Park…. and we tried our best to connect them with extremely remote roads and trails.

Now, if you’re more of a video person, check out the video below which is our best synopsis of this epic journey. If you’re looking for a little more detail and more pictures read on!

 

Almost from the get-go there were some “bumps in the road”. While the initial travel was going fine, it became clear that Mother Nature was planning to throw some curve balls at us, at least for the first couple of days. Nowhere was this made more clear than part way through Illinois where we found ourselves on the leading edge of a nasty storm that was trying to stir up some small twisters. Luckily, it was still pretty light out and we were able to keep moving forward. We were actually moving across the country so well, that it looked as though we might be able to make it into the Badlands National Park just after sunrise instead of late morning as planned.

Once Kegan and I settled into our uncomfortable sleeps, Jay must’ve put the hammer down a bit. He has a way of getting laser focused so this really didn’t surprise me, I could tell that he was crunching numbers and was going to make a run for sunrise as I settled in. By the time he woke me just after 3am for my turn at the wheel, a Badlands sunrise was a real possibility.

Almost like a kid on Christmas morning, Jay was excitedly back up within a couple of hours to push the final distance into the park for the sunrise!

 

The sunrise light Jay so desperately sought after only lasts minutes and, before long, we were back in Klondike and exploring the park. As with so many of the locations on this trip, words nor pictures can really do the beauty to be experienced justice.

 

By late morning, our explorations had strayed from the pavement and were on some of the area’s back-country roads and trails. It was along one of these routes that we found a pretty epic stop for our lunch. We were all alone and on top of the world!

 

It was after lunch and as we made our way toward our planned campsite that Mother Nature smacked us into reality again. It was amazing how quickly storms brew up here and, before we knew it, we were getting wet.

For much of this time, we decided to stay parked and take in a little nap to recover from the long previous night. Eventually, however, we decided we needed to finish our push to a suitable camping spot and this is where things got VERY interesting.

We’ve experienced our fair share of mud… Even clay based types which are prevalent in our southern Ohio area. This said, The Badlands’ bentonite clay and small volcanic rock deposits had a new lesson for us in what became some of the stickiest mud we have ever seen!

Soon, we were getting bogged and having trouble moving forward, or so we thought… What we thought was just normal loss of traction from mud later turned out to not be slipping at all, but rather us dragging our trailer with jammed up tires from the mud that had clogged them. It wasn’t only the trailer that this had happened to, but also the Jeep.

 

It would be after a fair amount of digging, scraping, and checking before we were rolling again. Thankfully, the weather cleared as quickly as it had turned and almost within moments there was no evidence at all the rain had even happened.

After this experience, we decided we needed to check the weather forecast. This isn’t something we wanted to relive! Unfortunately, it revealed that more storms were on their way and it was at this point we decided to ditch our super remote camp and make a run for the Sage Creek camping area where hopefully the soil was more forgiving when wet.

This was a wise choice as we barely got set up before getting hit with another storm that dwarfed the predecessor.

 

The following morning we were headed into the Black Hills and towards Mount Rushmore. It was here that all the “open range cattle” signs were first spotted and for good reason! Multiple times we had to wait/nudge cattle from a road or trail. It wasn’t just while moving. Cows were also our biggest camp nemesis throughout the trip and these interaction are what founded the name of this adventure.

 

Before long we were pulling into Mount Rushmore. While it is an amazing spot that really should be visited by everyone, we kind of enjoyed the journey there more than the destination itself. To this point, we honestly didn’t hang out there long before moving on to camp.

 

This next leg through the Black Hills and to our planned campsite got a little interesting. The forestry road we had selected gradually went from a wide and well-maintained gravel road to a very narrow 2-track lane, so much so that we checked the MVUM map several times as we thought we were on an ATV route. The picture below doesn’t show it well, but this clearing for a downed tree was barely wide enough to wiggle the Jeep and trailer through, especially considering the shear drop that the log is clinging to.

 

The track did eventually widen and the remaining trek to camp was largely uneventful.  The site we had scouted was pretty nice other than the cow patties that sprinkled the area. Since most of them looked to be fairly old, we went ahead and set-up.

Other than some VERY near coyotes early in the evening, sleep here was great…. right up until we woke to a rather loud Moooooo!

Yep! We were surrounded by cows… Big-ins, little-ins, and all those in between. Most were pretty responsive to the shooing Jay gave them. However, there has to be one in every crowd and this one had a heifer that was hell bent on staying. The Mexican standoff was intense for a bit, but Jay eventually won. 😛

 

Once packed, we had more backroads and beauty to enjoy as we worked over and through the Black Hills and to Devil’s Tower.


 

By lunchtime we were at the base of the tower. There really isn’t much to do here unless you are planning to hike or climb so after a quick lunch and taking in the sights, we were on the move again. We had a fair amount of ground to cover to reach our evening stop (hotel).

 

With a much needed shower and nice meal in our bellies we worked our way along Bighorn before making our way up and over. While much of this route was on pavement, it was still a wonderful drive that was full of vista views.

 

The landscape on the other side of the summit was very different from the eastern side. What was once green had turned to brown. Not only was the vegetation different, but the rock was more brown over the greys and reds we saw earlier.

 

We still had a bunch of ground to cover once over Bighorn. The goal was to get into the southeastern part of the Shoshone National Forest for camp, but when we passed through Thermopolis, WY we had to stop at what they claim to be the “World’s Largest Mineral Hot Springs”.

Trust me… the pictures are better than real life as one of the prevalent minerals is sulfur…  🙄

 

We ended up rolling into camp a bit early, and while it wasn’t the exact spot we has scouted, it turned out to be one of the best sites of the trip. The only real negative to it at all was the mosquitoes.

It was at 9634 ft! We had clear views of snow covered mountains that later we learned were nearly 40 miles away. Heck, our own site had a 20×10 pile of snow that had yet to melt.

 

 

While this was our favorite site, we didn’t sleep the best here… Neither Jay or I could turn our brains off in the quiet. We live pretty rural and thought we knew quiet, but we were wrong. We could literally hear mosquitoes bounce off the tent, in between Kegan’s snores that is…

After cooking some breakfast and packing up, we headed for Grand Teton.

At one of the first overlooks, Jay stopped to try his hand at rock stacking. The one on the left is his so I guess he is alright at it!

 

There really isn’t a lot to say about the Grand Teton area. It’s amazingly beautiful, no matter where you look you are in a post card.

 

….and of course we made a stop at Old Faithful. I mean a trip here just isn’t complete without seeing this notable geyser. This said, we almost missed it twice. Once due to the crazy traffic throughout the park and the second because we were cleaning up from dinner that we decided to make in the parking lot.

 

After driving and visiting just a bit more, we made our way to West Yellowstone (Montana) where we would make camp in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.

Beyond a solo coyote, this site was pretty tranquil and offered a nice night’s rest.

 

As nice as the Grand Teton area was to see and visit, a few things had become clear that after a quick discussion, prompted us to once again change our plans and cover most of Yellowstone in the following day.

The traffic and people were just too much for us to ever really relax enough to enjoy the area. With us always wanting to “get out of places” we were covering ground far faster than we anticipated and we just couldn’t see how to fill three more days. So, we got up early and planned to make a full day of exploring Yellowstone with an exit out the northeast corner on the Beartooth Highway (US-212).

I was happy this plan seemed to excite Kegan and he seemed much more engaged with taking pictures and being a part of the action and views.

 

As I mentioned, we decided to leave the park on the Beartooth highway (US-212). This trip offered a mountain climb to nearly 11,000 feet and had spectacular view after view along the entire route! …and where else can you have a snow-ball fight in early August? 😛

 

After another hotel stay, we decided to stop by the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. This is a really nice park, but I must admit it was a little less appreciated by us having already experienced so much natural beauty over the last several days.

It did seem fitting to say farewell to the adventure here though… What began in the Badlands National Park would end in the Badlands of the park honoring the president that worked to protect so many of the areas we’d just ventured through.

 

If you’re interested in seeing more pictures that Jay and Kegan took while on this adventure, feel free to check out the Google Album HERE 

Klondike can now breathe a little easier

Klondike can now breathe a little easier

This is a little bit of old news to our Facebook and Instagram followers, but about a week go we installed an AFE Power cold air intake.

Normally, we are not fans of CAIs, especially with the Pentastar engines. We know several people that have pretty severe oil consumption after running their JK/JKU (3.6L) in dusty environments. Sadly, many ultimately needed a new engine to resolve and the fault was put on the CAI they ran. Even the Mopar branded intakes did not shield the warranty denials. Compound this with the fact that we tend to believe all those power gains felt are a placebo effect from spending money and not wanting to admit it was a waste of it. After all, if it were that easy why wouldn’t the manufacturer do it?

As stubborn and opinionated as we are, we still listen and keep open minds. So, when so many people over at The Jeep Cherokee Club mentioned not only felt performance gains, but also increases in fuel economy (something we have struggled with), we thought it made sense to give it a try.

To make a long story short, Jay and I can’t believe the difference the intake has made. We have noticed fairly significant throttle response improvements and while it’s a little too early to tell for sure, we think our average MPG has jumped by about 2! These aren’t the only gains though, the little 3.2L sounds pretty amazing! We had no idea she had such a pretty voice 😛

The changes are literally so drastic, it got me wondering why? After all, even AFE only advertises a 9HP/10lb-ft increase. It’s hard to imagine this change on top of the 3.2L’s 271HP/239lb-ft stock specification would change the vehicle’s performance so drastically.

The only real answer I have is where the power is added…. See the dyno chart below.

The 3.2L Pentastar has a VERY steep HP and torque ramp in the 2,000 – 2,400 RPM range. After this, the torque is very flat and the HP follows a nice (and far shallower) ramp. The thing is, the ZF9 transmission that the KL Cherokee uses keeps the engine in this very low RPM range where even the slightest wind, hill, or load change forces a drop in gear, or even multiple gears, for the engine to find enough power to handle it.

This is just my opinion, but since the largest gains the CAI provides seems to be right in this area, it makes for a fairly drastic drivability improvement. There are small grades that Klondike used to downshift for where she now easily holds onto the current gear.

So, all-in-all, we are extremely happy with this mod and recommend it to just about any 3.2L KL owner.

In the spirit of full disclosure, AFE needs to reevaluate the hole location for the air temp sensor. Ours barely reached the hole they provide and this was after removing some tape that held it to another harness which allowed for more direct routing. Also, notice the sharp increase the AFE intake provides at ~2200 RPM… This is felt when driving. It almost feels like the engine hits a “power band” like a 2-stroke 😛 . From this point until about 2600 RPM is also where the largest sound change is, so it’s hard not to step into it a bit for the sound. In any case, it does take a little getting used to when putting around town. 🙂

 

JK/JKU Parking Brake (E-Brake) Adjustment

JK/JKU Parking Brake (E-Brake) Adjustment

If you own a JK or JKU, and especially if it happens to be a manual transmission, you know how crappy the factory parking brake is. There are a few factors to this. For one, it seems the lever and activation mechanism is prone to breaking and, even when it is working “correctly”, seems to not reset well. The other major factor is in the drum itself. While it is supposed to auto adjust (we don’t see how), we have never seen one that does so. Thus this write-up on how you can manually tweak them in and get your JK/JKU holding again.

Now, this write-up begins with the assumption that you are already fairly familiar with auto maintenance and are comfortable with safely jacking and lifting the Jeep, along with removing the wheels and calipers.

With the above said; this video should help you with everything else…

 

A few additional points you may want to focus on a bit more are pictured below.

The red circle depicts the actual wheel that spins like a nut to extend the screw and spread the shoes apart (this is the fixed side). The lever in the cab pulls on a cable that spreads the opposite side to engage the brake. When the fixed side is too loose there isn’t enough throw in the lever/cable to spread the moving side far enough to make the brakes grab.

The green arrow is the access port where you can adjust the parking brake without taking the drum/rotor off. Our issue with doing this is the missed opportunity to clean and inspect the area.

Here is how this inspection/adjustment port would work. Note: The spring not only holds the shoes in place and tight to the adjuster, but also works as a prevention method to keep the adjuster from free spinning.

 

I know this may have been the Cliffs notes version for many, so if there are any questions please post them as we are happy to help. 🙂

Klondike Gets Some Color!

Klondike Gets Some Color!

Ever since we got Klondike we have liked her white color… Unfortunately, it seems many people like white Cherokee Trailhawks as well. In an effort to both add some much needed accent color and to separate her from the crowd a bit, we removed some of the factory badging and replaced it with…. well… COLOR!

We tried to keep the factory(ish) “Cherokee” font but we made it much larger and made it red.

 

Not only is it red, but it’s reflective too! So, now when lights hit her at night, there is some pizzazz! 😛 Here is a shot with the camera flash 🙂

 

Since doing this meant removing her name from the sides we also made a new sticker for the hood. It is made out of matching red with an ever so small outline of white to make it pop on the black hood decal.

 

We are pretty happy with her new look, and while not exactly typical… it sure is an awesome Mother’s Day gift to me. Plus, I still have my two butt smacks from SSS to look forward to LOL.

JT pushed into late 2019

JT pushed into late 2019

It looks like the new Jeep Wrangler pickup (JT) has been pushed into late 2019. This is a significant delay from the original ’18 goal.

While this news was mostly skirted around in a recent article from  The Detroit NewsIt read as though the main reasoning is either budgetary with recent spending outlay on the Toledo Assembly Complex upgrades or simply timing with all their focus on the much anticipated JL Wrangler release.

Don’t let this little one-liner scare you away from the article though… It’s a good read and there is lots of insight to a possible name beyond the “JT” body designation.

In truth, this comes at a bit of a relief to us… We are pretty sure one of these will end up in our driveway as soon as they are available and 2019 is much better timing for us.


 

San Antonio, Texas — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV plans to begin producing a Jeep Wrangler-based pickup truck in late 2019, the head of the Jeep brand said.

That truck does not have a name yet, but Jeep head Mike Manley and Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne are considering some historical Jeep names.

 

The last pickup sold by Jeep was the Comanche. It was produced from the 1985 through the 1992 model years, when the company discontinued it to focus on a Dodge Dakota pickup (the Dakota was discontinued in 2011). Before that, the Willys Jeep Truck was built from 1947 through 1965, followed by the Jeep Gladiator full-size pickup from 1962 to 1971 and the J-Series from 1971 to 1988.

 

All of the Jeep trucks were built in Toledo, which is where the Wrangler-based pickup will be built.

Jeep for years has teased the idea of a pickup. It has shown pickup concepts before, such as the Jeep J-12 produced for the annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari off-roading event in 2012, and a Jeep Gladiator based on the Jeep Wrangler platform that was shown at the 2005 Detroit auto show.

Cox Automotive executive analyst Rebecca Lindland said automakers need to evaluate bringing back nameplates on a case-by-case basis. The Comanche name could be especially problematic.

 

“The issue they’re going to find with Comanche is, quite frankly, political correctness: Is it going to be seen as offensive,” she said. “The trick with bringing a nameplate back is understanding the current culture when you’re reintroducing this.”

Using Willys could also be difficult, as the name is seen “as the holy grail of Jeep,” said Lindland. She said Jeep might consider offering Willys as a trim line.

Many analysts had expected to see the Jeep Wrangler pickup begin production next year, which Jeep confirmed in January 2016 was coming. Analysts predict the likely midsize lifestyle-oriented pickup could sell about 40,000 to 45,000 annually.

LMC Automotive estimates a Wrangler pickup could have peak U.S. volume of up to 45,000 a year and likely will be priced higher than some competitors. Sales volume could be challenged by Ford Motor Co.’s midsize Ranger pickup that is expected to be reintroduced around the same time, the research firm said.

 

Manley said last week he expects the bulk of sales for the Wrangler pickup to be in North America and the Middle East. His comments came at an event in Texas to introduce the automotive press to the next-generation 2017 Jeep Compass.

Jeep will launch a new Wrangler SUV in the fourth quarter this year, Manley said. Fiat Chrysler is spending $700 million at its Toledo Assembly Complex to retool the north plant to produce the new Wrangler.

Manley said the Italian-American automaker is planning to maintain Wrangler production during the changeover to the next-generation SUV. The Wrangler is now produced in the Supplier Park part of the Toledo complex. Wrangler will shift to the north plant to give it more capacity, and Jeep will use the Supplier Park plant for the Wrangler truck, Manley said.

“The key thing for me is to make sure the new Wrangler is fully up and running,” Manley said of the timing for introducing a pickup.

Also in the works: Jeep plans to debut a new high-performance Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk at the New York International Auto Show in April. A facelift for the Cherokee is planned for next year.

Jeep production is being shifted at several facilities: Fiat Chrysler has stopped building the Jeep Cherokee in Toledo in order to move that SUV to Belvidere Assembly in Illinois. Production of the last-generation Compass and the discontinued Patriot ended in December in Belvidere. Manley said Cherokee production is expected to begin in the second quarter at Belvidere, where FCA is spending $350 million to retool.

In January, Fiat Chrysler said it would invest $1 billion to retool its Warren Truck Assembly Plant to build the all-new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer and to retool in Toledo for the new Jeep pickup. The company said work for those projects was slated to be done by 2020 and would create more than 2,000 jobs.

Manley would not give a date on when work for the Wagoneers would start in Warren. He said it would be after the Ram 1500 pickup is shifted to the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant, where Fiat Chrysler is spending $1.48 billion for retooling on a new Ram due out in first quarter 2018.

“That pushes Grand Wagoneer probably until late ’19, or early ’20, which from a timing perspective I’m very very comfortable with, given all that we’ve got to achieve in the next two to three years,” Manley said.

The Grand Wagoneer had been planned to debut in 2018, per Fiat Chrysler’s five-year plan released in 2014.

Manley said the Grand Wagoneer could be sold in certain global regions such as the Middle East, China, Latin America and some Asian markets. Analysts expect the luxury Grand Wagoneer will compete with SUVs from brands such as Range Rover.

“They have customers, they have owners, that play in that space and that have the kind of income” for more expensive SUVs, Lindland said.

Manley said he expects Jeep this year to exceed its 2016 global sales of 1.4 million vehicles. U.S. sales, which rose 6.1 percent to 926,376 in 2016 will have a harder time topping 2016 figures because of plant changeovers, completing the launch of the new 2017 Jeep Compass, because it has stopped production of the old Compass and Patriot and as it has reduced fleet and rental sales, Manley said.

Jeep U.S. sales fell 6.9 percent in January compared to the same period a year ago; in February, they were down 14.7 percent for a drop of 11.1 percent through the first two months of 2017.

“All of those things combined will mean we’ll be down to flat this year in the U.S.,” he said.

FCA Extends Warranty on JK/JKU Clocksprings

FCA Extends Warranty on JK/JKU Clocksprings

Does your airbag light come on and chime at you? Has your horn or steering wheel buttons stopped working?  If you haven’t experienced your clockspring going out, you probably have heard about someone else’s as it is a common failure on JKs/JKUs. Clockspring failures are not an all or none situation. Some of the below symptoms can have other causes if they are occurring by themselves. However, if there are multiple things going on like you have little electrical gremlins. (BTW…Don’t give the JK a bath or feed it after midnight…) Look to the clockspring as the culprit.

  • horn stops working
  • cruise control stops working
  • radio control buttons stop working
  • airbag light on and chimes many, many, many times
  • windshield wipers and/or washer fluid sprays suddenly while driving
  • horn suddenly goes off while driving

It is important to note that if your airbag light is coming on, even if it is randomly happening, it is important to have it looked it as soon as you possibly can. There have been instances of the airbag not deploying during an accident, as well as, airbags deploying while driving without any impact or accident occurring. I don’t know about you but that would be one serious pucker moment if the airbag deploys spontaneously! 😯

Given the number of complaints from JK/JKU owners about the airbag issue, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performed multiple investigations. In the end, FCA issued a recall in May 2016 for certain 2011-2016 right hand drive models but it is only for the airbag failures. FCA has decided to take the situation a step further and extended the warranty coverage on the clockspring from the normal 3 years/36,000 miles to 15 years/unlimited miles.

We received the letter below advising of the coverage change.

 


 

 

 


 

They included with the letter a claim form for those that have already experienced issues with their clockspring outside of the original warranty period and had to pay for the repair.  One thing to note is that they say “you may be eligible to receive a reimbursement” in the letter. You will need to complete the online form (www.fcarecallreimbursement.com) or mail in the completed claim form shown below and include the original receipts, invoices and/or repair order. I am guessing they know they will be inundated with these and state that your claim will be acted upon within 60 days of receipt.

 


 

 


 

What I find interesting is that they are only extending the coverage on this item IF the air bag light is on or if the air bag circuit is compromised. I guess it’s back to the old school way of tuning your radio and maintaining a constant speed of travel. Oh and don’t mind the wipers and washer fluid spontaneously blocking your view while driving. 🙄

 

What do you think? Let us know by commenting below.

 

 

Klondike is getting some armor!

Klondike is getting some armor!

Klondike’s sliders have arrived!

It seems the only purchasable options for KL Cherokee rocker armor is with Rocky Road Outfitters (RRO) or Mopar. We were trying to work with a few other fabrication shops but they have decided they are too busy with current projects and/or are not interested in supporting the KL. We had even considered making our own for a time and possibly selling them. The thing is, when SSS started to design them for what we were looking for, they were so similar to the Mopar sliders we just decided to go that route.

We were able to negotiate the price down from the MSRP of $1189 to $685 at our local dealer. This may seem like a bunch, but when you consider the metal, hardware, finishing, and consumables, it really isn’t that bad. We know the the RRO offering is still less expensive, but we are just not that impressed with the fit and finish of them.

Here is what the Mopar’s look like (featured on the Jeep concept “Trail Carver”).

Beyond the lift and tires, this is the first step we have made toward this overland rig project and are pretty excited to get them installed.

Look for the install write-up soon!

WeatherTech KL Cherokee “FloorLiner” Review

WeatherTech KL Cherokee “FloorLiner” Review

There are many things we like about our KL Cherokee. We have come to enjoy exploring with some comforts and this little Trailhawk has a bunch of features that make long road or trail days nice. One feature we don’t really like (or even understand) is the carpeted floor Jeep has made standard across its vehicles. Sure it cuts down on heat and road noise, but it’s tough to keep looking decent.

The most common solution to this would be to get some rubber floor mats. And when we were ordering Klondike this is exactly what we did. Sadly, the factory floor mats are lacking coverage in some places sure to see lots of wear and tear. The dead pedal that is built into the driver’s side floor is completely left uncovered.  Oddly enough, this usually isn’t something we care about with an auto transmission, but find ourselves putting our left foot there with Jeep fairly often. The result in just 5k miles is carpet that is matted and dirty.

 

With winter knocking at the door and all the salt, road grime, and wetness that comes with it, we began looking for other options. After a fairly extensive internet search and some phone calls, we settled in on WeatherTech’s FloorLiner kit.

We purchased them directly from WeatherTech for just over $189.90 plus shipping. The kit would include both driver and passenger front mats (liners) but also the rear, which is a large one-piece instead of the factory two.

 

We couldn’t be happier with the fit and finish of these liners. They dropped and locked into place absolutely perfectly.  Our only slight dissatisfaction is that the dead petal is still not completely covered. Still, coverage is greatly improved.

 

Here is a shot of the passenger side. Nearly every bit of the carpet is now protected.

 

The rear mat is in a whole new realm of carpet protection. Again the fit was absolutely perfect! Another very slight negative that is best visible in this picture is the color that is close, but still off just a bit. They don’t match the plastic, carpet, or leather, rather falling somewhere in the middle of them all.

 

In Summary:

The fit of the WeatherTech FloorLiner is absolutely perfect. Coverage is greatly increased but there still are some areas where carpet will see wear and dirt.

Color is close, but not exact. We suspect those with the more popular black interior rather than our chocolate wouldn’t have this issue.

There is less texture with these liners than with the factory mats, while we got in and out several times (almost trying to slip) and always found the traction we needed, our feet were clean. Adding a covering of mud may change this.

Would we order them again? Yes, without hesitation.

Lifted Trailhawk VS Stock Limited

Lifted Trailhawk VS Stock Limited

We happened to park next to a standard stock KL Cherokee over the weekend… It illustrates the differences between the Trailhawk, lift, and tires we have changed pretty well. Granted we are comparing to a standard Cherokee, but still… 😉

Pic Share – (Sept 17th, 2016) Daniel Boone Backcountry Byway

Pic Share – (Sept 17th, 2016) Daniel Boone Backcountry Byway

Our day, which we knew would be long, started pretty early. We were up and ready by 5am. By 5:15 we had met up with our neighbor and her girls (Sheridan Girls) and were on the road. We started in some pretty heavy rain, but this soon ended as we made our way south. Before you knew it, there were some pretty “epic” (see what I did there Sheridan Girls ) views of the full moon through the receding clouds.

Soon the sun had started to peak over the hills. Since we were running a bit ahead of schedule, it was time to transition the trip into “SSS” mode and hit some backroads! It was here we found this neat old barn with some recently harvested tobacco hanging to dry.

Just when we thought we had missed the show, we crested a hill to a pretty amazing sky and paused for a little photo.

Before we knew it, we had arrived at the meeting spot and people started to showing up!

With everyone gathered, we headed over to the trail-head at Pumpkin Hollow Road to begin the Tour. This is where some members of the Ohio River Four Wheelers who would be joining us for most of the day and helping around some temporary reroutes.

There weren’t too many opportunities for pictures up until our lunch spot…

From here, we picked up the pace to one of our favorite spots on the DBBB….Old Fincastle Road. This is where we had the opportunity to get pictures of everyone who joined us for the day. 🙂

We really love this shot! Jeeping is very much a family sport/hobby for us. As we wrapped up this little spot, it is awesome to see all of the families and kids making their way back to their rigs.

After Old Fincastle Road, most of the group from Ohio River Four Wheelers departed us and continued on their own. Soon, a pit stop was needed and it was here that most of our southern friends from the Jeeps and Wrenches crew also decided to call it a day.

A few of us continued on to see Chimney Rock and The Nada Tunnel before calling it a day. The sun would set on our way home from this pretty awesome day!

We enjoy bringing people together through jeeping and exploration. This ride had members of the Ohio River Four Wheelers, Jeeps and Wrenches out of Tennessee, and a Kentucky Wayalife member. This is one of the very reasons I wanted to start this community! It’s great to see people step outside of their normal groups and leave with new friends through our efforts.

Thanks to everyone who joined and spent the day with us!