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05-23-2014 08:50 AM
Mykul Those are some
Great pictures! Looks
Like a fun time
On the trails! Thanks for sharing! Your rig looks awesome!
05-23-2014 01:16 AM
mtnbikeking incredible.
09-20-2013 08:29 AM
TimCubed I was wondering how you like your Iroks in the deep snow? I sent out 4 request for price quotes yesterday for my snow tires Irok 39.5x1550x15 roc-06 radials. It wood be nice to get a flattys opinion. Its hard to compare a cruiser or tj jk etc. I really like the orange I've never seen a flatty that color
09-19-2013 10:27 PM
CAVE Thanks for the info
09-19-2013 08:01 PM
2a_toys
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After all the changes and trips, what is the current impression of your cooling? What do you think made the most difference in keeping cool engine temps? You did radiator, shroud, tranny cooler, gearing, fenderless, and the radiator-to-grill-seal. Have you ever had a trans temp gauge?
I would say:
1. shroud
2. tranny cooler
2. gearing
3. fenderless
4. radiator to grill filler
5. exhaust re-route

it runs 195-210 like this crawling. I have a trans temp gauge on the return from the cooler. never seen it above 160 except once when I was running 45 mph climbing a serious grade at elevation.

I will probably stretch the nose a few more inches so that I can add a taurus fan and run fenders while crawling. I can run around town, stoplights, stop-go, etc... with no issues at all running fenders. might try cutting the inner fenders out first to see if that helps before the efan. mechanical is stupid simple and always works!
08-07-2013 11:32 PM
CAVE After all the changes and trips, what is the current impression of your cooling? What do you think made the most difference in keeping cool engine temps? You did radiator, shroud, tranny cooler, gearing, fenderless, and the radiator-to-grill-seal. Have you ever had a trans temp gauge?
07-26-2013 10:29 PM
h8sprint Good deal man. Thanks for sharing. I want to do that holy cross trail where you where driving up the river on your last trip.


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07-26-2013 09:37 PM
2a_toys
Last Day of Wheelin

Day 5, the only day we loaded the jeeps and went somewhere outside jeep driving distance. We went to a trail we hit last time called Half Moon Gultch but instead of going up to Champion Mine we took the "Difficult" trail up route 110J. Think this was my favorite run. It was pretty and had some good challenges for the Willys. We stopped for lunch just before the major obstacle on this trail cuz we heard this guy coming down.



Wish I would have got his name. Sweet rig!

Grabbed a pic of the Willys while I sat on a rock and ate my samich.

Had a group come up behind us with mostly stock rigs. We let them go by thinking it would be entertaining to watch them tear up their rigs. A 4 door JK with 35s and a Toyota 4 Runner on bald street tires attempted. The other 2 turned back. The JK did OK. Had to beat on it a bit but got up, the 4 Runner didn't have the same luck. He was hung for almost an hour! Luckily it had a winch. It obviously had never been used....none of them seemed to have a clue what to do. Finally decided to go up and help. I think they would have tore up the Yota had we not helped spot and give advice.


Here's a video of me climbing out. same spot as the Yota.


The rest of the trail wasn't difficult by any means. Was the highest we got at 13,500 feet. The rest of the pics below are on the way down, same spot as the video.






Well...thats it! Hope you enjoyed. This trip was more "family wheelin" than typically do. Trails were not as difficult and didn't spend as much time in the rigs since we all have kids now.

I'm sure I'll do some more upgrades to the Willys. When I do I'll post them up.
07-26-2013 09:02 PM
2a_toys
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hey KTM orange and black exc. I love that rig Im going out in a couple to pull my fenders off. And check the look. Some info. on the trail. Name, elev, Difficulty etc. Did you stage out of the cabin? I noticed no camp gear. Local 4x4 club name in the area? Thanks good to see trail pics.
Thanks! not quite KTM orange....but it's close! I have a couple team orange bikes....need to get a pic of them together. I like it with or without the fenders, it runs cooler without them so that's how it spends most of it's life.

I think I named the trails in each post, but I'll double check and add it if I didn't. Elevation would have been a good idea. They all started about 8000 feet and ended anywhere from 11500 to 13700. All the trails we hit were rated "Difficult" (per the trail book). Only exception is the passes we used to get to connect them. We ran into one club on the trails. They were called the 2 mile high club.
07-26-2013 09:08 AM
TimCubed hey KTM orange and black exc. I love that rig Im going out in a couple to pull my fenders off. And check the look. Some info. on the trail. Name, elev, Difficulty etc. Did you stage out of the cabin? I noticed no camp gear. Local 4x4 club name in the area? Thanks good to see trail pics.
07-26-2013 08:31 AM
Skip44 Reminds me of the southern Sierra. I was stationed at NWC China Lake we would go to Rockhouse Basin before the sierra club had it made off limits.

Skip
07-25-2013 09:20 PM
2a_toys
Day 3 Wheelin

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Awesome pictures. I've got a new background in there somewhere.
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X2 ^^ this is my fave

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Thanks for the complements guys!

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Did you do any fishing while you were there?

Skip
Yep did some fishing. No luck though only nibbles.

Day 3, Mirror Lake. Short day but a lot of pics. Mostly of the scenery though. Went to Mirror Lake via Tincup Pass and OLD Tincup pass to go fishing. Another Beautiful crystal clear lake.


Old Tincup pass was pretty cool. Here is a few pics of Old Tincup portion which can be bypassed. The rest of Tincup could have been ran with a stock JK. There were a lot of them up there...all rentals...all with drivers that didn't have a clue what they were doing. Was glad to hit Old Tincup to get away from them.









Guest appearance of Clarks 80 CJ.


07-24-2013 08:48 AM
h8sprint X2 ^^ this is my fave
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07-24-2013 06:21 AM
Rooney77 Awesome pictures. I've got a new background in there somewhere.
07-23-2013 09:18 PM
2a_toys Didn't get a lot of pictures the rest of the day. We didn't get back till after dark. It was a longer trek than any of us anticipated.

Continental Divide the 1st time


At the bottom of Hancock pass. Perfect poser spot




And...the only time the Willys let me down. We took gravel back up from Tipkin (Can't remember the name of the pass but I'll update when I think of it). Anyway...it connected to Tincup pass. Just about to the top she vapor locked on me. WTF??? never had that problem before. We were pushing them pretty hard...30-40 mph, aired down, climbing hard. Trannys were getting hot and air was getting thinner. So...got a little help to the top. Thanks for the ride Clark . Guess that mile of towing was enough to cool down cuz no issues after that. Investigation when we got back to the cabin revealed the fuel lines about an inch from the exhaust . In my defense, i ran the lines THEN had new exhaust installed... So, did a quick re-route and wrapped everything in aluminum foil for good measure.


Was getting dark by this point so it was headlights down Tincup. Kinda cool, but little scary at the same time.

More to come...3 more days of wheelin!
07-23-2013 09:02 PM
2a_toys
Iron Chest Mine

Day 2 was a big day. Got out early and hit Iron Chest Mine trail in the morning. The beginning of the trail is a pretty serious boulder field. Open diffs wouldn’t have made it without assistance and quads and side-by-sides avoid it like the plague, which means we were the only ones on the trail.

Started the day with a consult on tire pressure...he thought the ride was a bit rough from the back seat. I wanted 9lbs...he wanted 5lbs. He ended up winning this time.






More shelf road!






Coming back down, the wife took the helm and I took pics and video.


Heres a video from the passenger seat. Sorry its kinda shaky. Kinda cool shot of the suspension as we went back down Iron Chest at the top of the boulder field.
Click on the picture to see the video.


07-22-2013 02:56 AM
Gojeep Nice looking country side there.
07-21-2013 10:08 PM
Skip44 Did you do any fishing while you were there?

Skip
07-21-2013 09:41 PM
2a_toys
Day 1 Grizzly Lake

Alright...the fun stuff. Rented a cabin for a week near Mt Princeton, CO. We were the last to arrive at about 6pm Sunday the 7th. We chose this location because no highway required getting to the trails so, unloaded the Jeeps and left the tow rigs at the cabin. Gravel roads for the majority of it, about 3 miles of pavement. Check out the view from the cabin front window! These are called the Chalk Cliffs.



Day 1, Grizzly Lake:
Pretty steep climb with loose rock which included a narrow shelf portion. The loose rock made that a little pucker-ish. Beautiful crystal clear lake at the top.


Brought up the rear. The Green Jeep is an 88 YJ on Waggy/Scout 44s with onboard air (very handy). The lead jeep is an 80 CJ5 on Scout 44s, SBC build similar to mine drivetrain wise.




Here is the shelf part...geez it was a long way down. Had about a foot clearance.


Grizzly Lake at the top.

Ya...this is a pick of the rocks in the bottom of the lake. Probably 3-4 feet deep here.


Day 2 was a big day. Hit 2 passes and my favorite trail of the trip. Stay tuned....
07-21-2013 09:35 PM
2a_toys
Trip Report

Trip report time! 2013 version. I have 5 days of wheelin so will post a days worth at a time. Still organizing pics.
First off....these showed up literally hours before I left. They are Dutchman Chromos for the rear...Gigidy! Always nervous with a spool and stock shafts. Now that I have the big sticky IROCS, figured it was time.


Had this fun experience at 80MPH on I-70. Guess this is why you have a spare and a jack. Think I could have rivaled NASCAR with the tire change time! Can you believe that tire still has 50lbs in it?
07-19-2013 01:34 PM
2a_toys
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I was wondering how are those seats working out? Comfy after a long day?

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Seats are great. ...comfy and easy to flip forward. slides and recline works well. the side bolsters hold you in the seat pretty good but still let you move around. Had my handgun on me all week and bolsters didn't make it uncomfortable.

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Sweet! Very nice man. How much legroom does your backseat have? Was thinking of picking up a CJ seat for our flatty.
depends on how far the front seats are slid back For a gage... My battery box is between the pass seat and rear seat. can't quite put that seat all the way back. I can get a pic if you want.
07-19-2013 10:43 AM
2003_ram Sweet! Very nice man. How much legroom does your backseat have? Was thinking of picking up a CJ seat for our flatty.
07-19-2013 08:04 AM
h8sprint I was wondering how are those seats working out? Comfy after a long day?


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07-19-2013 06:40 AM
2a_toys sorry for the tease....I'll get the pics organized and uploaded this weekend. here's a couple shots from my phone when I got home. Interesting fact...5 lbs in the tires when I loaded it at 8500ish feet of elevation...2 lbs at 1300 ft back home.




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What happened to those pics you were going to upload a few nights ago of the cage modification? I love this build by the way, super cool, one of my favorites on here. I want to see your rig with the fenders on and Iroks.
Meant to but got busy packing...here's a shot of the modified cage. had to lean the C pillar tubes forward 12 degrees to clear the top. they were vertical before.

07-18-2013 03:09 PM
h8sprint X2^^^^


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