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Old 12-07-2019, 03:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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First time wheeling at the Hammers

Hey all, Never wheeled at the Hammers before but This winter I plan on hitting all of the Hammer Trails that my rig is capable of, but what are the trails that my rig capable of? And what I mean by capable is not having to be winched and dragged through every obstacle, granted I do expect to pull some cable but you know what I am trying to say.
I know that this is a loaded question and trails can change from Day to Day but I'm just looking for a general idea. I have been wheeling most of my life, but by know means am I saying that I am an expert but just that I am not a complete newb either.
Some of the harder trails that I have been on in the last year; I have run the Rubicon twice, taking all of the hard lines, run Stoddard Valley multiple times including Achey Breaky and Pumpkin eater, Motino Wash several times and not to mention all of the known Big Bear trails multiple times. Thanks in advance!
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Old 12-07-2019, 05:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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35's: How much body damage are you ok with?
Stock baby Jeep axles? Bring spare everything.

Fuck it. Whiskey throttle clutch drop everything.
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Old 12-08-2019, 03:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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35's: How much body damage are you ok with?
Stock baby Jeep axles? Bring spare everything.

Fuck it. Whiskey throttle clutch drop everything.

My axels are D44, that have Chromoly shafts, sleeved, ARB lockers, heavy duty brackets, Currie correct link steering, all of this works well with my Baby 35” tires. Of course I realize that body damage is a real possibility and I accept that BUT having said that I’m not the type of guy to needless throw my rig into an obstacle knowing that I will come out with body damage, I don’t abuse my rig but I do wheel it.
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Old 12-09-2019, 02:14 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Go have fun, take straps/winch. Stack some Rock's and have fun..
Spooners was made from 2 jeeps on 35's.

Wheeling is about the challenge I say...

Dont listen to the nay sayers just go do it....

Saw a Rzr on 35's on top of sledge last week...
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Old 12-09-2019, 08:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Go have fun, take straps/winch. Stack some Rock's and have fun..
Spooners was made from 2 jeeps on 35's.

Wheeling is about the challenge I say...

Dont listen to the nay sayers just go do it....

Saw a Rzr on 35's on top of sledge last week...
Thanks! It’s all about getting out and hitting the trails. My Baby rig on 35’s is a beast to a
Stocker and the stock rigs can still get out and have an amazing time!
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Old 12-09-2019, 10:23 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I can tell you what not to do. Donít hit chocolate thunder when your the only rig out there. I broke so much shit in such a short period of time it was stupid. My rig should make it look easy, but perfect storm, and I winched for 3.5 hours


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Mark,
I'm pretty sure they were on 38's.
lets go wheeling some time.
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Hit sledge first as a warm up.
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Old 12-13-2019, 08:58 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Mark,
I'm pretty sure they were on 38's.
lets go wheeling some time.
Hey!!!! Good to see your still around..

I took a rzr on 35's up Jack last week.
Good time.
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Old 12-14-2019, 01:47 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I can tell you what not to do. Donít hit chocolate thunder when your the only rig out there. I broke so much shit in such a short period of time it was stupid. My rig should make it look easy, but perfect storm, and I winched for 3.5 hours


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before the fan blew shit on your day.. what kind of rig were you heading up Chocolate Thunder with? sounds like a lot of oh snap happened.spent a good part of thanksgiving week watching rigs either slay or stay on CT........
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Old 12-14-2019, 09:29 AM   #12 (permalink)
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My club does a run every year in JV where most folks leave their rock buggies at home and take their Jeeps and toys. So lots of rigs on 35s; everything from ZJs to Samurais.

We normally do claw hammer, turkey claw, chocolate thunder, Sun Bonnet, Big Johnson, and at least one run up sledgehammer with the rigs on 35s. Sledge is pretty easy right now due to massive rock stacking. We might even head around and do outer limits/hwy19-20 and wrecking ball with some of the better built rigs.

But this playground is very unforgiving. Unlike the trails you have already been on, every rock in JV moves, so you will be rolling around loose boulders on your belly pan and axle tubes all day. This leads to a great deal of breakage compared to trails like the Rubicon and Big Bear. Mottino Wash would be on par with the easiest trail in JV. My Ready Welder gets a lot of use every time my club does "jeep runs" to JV. I advise that you have spare parts and DO NOT wheel alone! I repeat, do not wheel alone if you are unfamiliar with this place. Nothing worse than a Newb that just hiked 20 miles from outer limits back to the lakebed begging for water and help as he staggers through your campsite half-dead. Don't be "that guy".

Rather than go to the Means Lake area (what you call the "Hammers"), I suggest trying Cougar Buttes. The trails are milder with lots of optional lines, and the terrain will not beat your rig up so bad.
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Hit sledge first as a warm up.
Might as well. Its currently one of the easiest trails out there. It was paved by the rock stackers. Every 4x4 at SEMA wanted to do a photo shoot of their bitchen JLs on sledge.
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before the fan blew shit on your day.. what kind of rig were you heading up Chocolate Thunder with? sounds like a lot of oh snap happened.spent a good part of thanksgiving week watching rigs either slay or stay on CT........


cj stretched to Lj size. Tons, 40s, 6.0, atlas. I got to a spot and slip over hit my rear yoke on a rock, bent the Ubolt spit a cap then threw the rear drive live and broke a hub and stup shaft in front too. I know better than to hit it alone but beer and poor judgement got the best of me. Thereís a build thread on my rig here cj7 unlimited or lj7


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