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    Mighty dusty trail




    Felt right at home.





    Pause for a few minutes




    Hooooo brah, hardcore trail.

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    Did i mention the dust?



    Nice scenery on the way out of the hills.



    Wow. Very cherokee. Much Pirate.



    Sunset.





    The end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    invite a brother my friend
    Will do in the future! But 454, stretched, 42's? Doesnt sound like you'd be driving that thing 300 miles on the road!

    got a pic of your J20?

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    Not really any wheeling, but had a 460 mile road trip in the beast over Labor day weekend. Rolled the beast out to June Lake, CA on that Friday. Made it out there fine. On Saturday we rolled up to Virginia Lakes for some fishing, up to nearly 10,000'.

    Sunday found us putting around Mammoth Lakes, up to the summit overlook again well over 9000'.

    On Monday on our way home we stopped in Bodie to walk around the ghost town for a while.

    It was a great trip, jeep ran flawlessly over all the passes and up all the mountains. Sadly, I have realized how badly I need new tires and really dont want to do much more highway driving until I can throw a new set on the truck, which wont be for a while.

    Anyway, nearly 500 trouble free miles starting at about 4000' elevation and going up as high as 10,000'. I'd say shes runnin' pretty well.

    the town of june lake:


    Minaret Summit in Mammoth Lakes...it was SUPER smokey from all the fires. Getting my jeep to Mammoth Lakes has been a goal ever since i owned it. I never thought it would happen because we lived in Vegas and would have to cross over a number of pretty high and twisty passes. I was so psyched to achieve the goal of getting it there with my wife.


    One of the lakes outside the town of Mammoth


    Few random pics:






    Sadly, this is what my tires are looking like all around. and this particular one is wearing oddly because of a balance issue.

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    Thanks!

    And unfortunately, I decided to be a responsible adult and ordered a set of 265/75r16 kumho AT's for my pickemup truck because the rear tires are nearly bald, and one of the front tires is the original spare that came with the truck in 2004. Sigh. It made sense to buy tires for m "real" vehicle and not the jeep.

    That means I REALLY cant be spending money on jeep tires until maybe the spring. So I'll be keeping it mostly local this winter and wont be doing much highway or long distance driving.

    And the Nova needs tires too....all 4 vehicles need new shoes this year.

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    So nothing new on the wag but the truck is looking better. new tires are a few inches larger and wider than before. They ride great on the highway.

    I went ahead and plasti dipped the wheels too. Looking better! I'm going to do the grill tonight to delete the chrome.




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    Boom baby! New shoes!

    33x10.50 KO2's




    And whats that I spy? A full size spare?! OMG! First time I've had one of those in 5 years.

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    A friend set up a wheeling trip to Bodie CA this weekend. A few of us decided to go camping the night before in June Lake CA again.

    On the first day I fired up my jeep at the campsite and the alternator belt was squealing. Turns out the bracket had snapped in half. We JB welded it and let it set overnight, but in the 30 or 40 miles to the trail head, the JB weld failed. At the trail head we fashioned this awesome repair using a butter knife, stainless zip ties, and a hose clamp.



    At this point, knowing the condition of the roads in and out of Bodie, I opted to pass on the trail ride and headed 120 miles home. The bracket is now out and ready to be welded tomorrow.


    So alternator issues aside, It was a nice weekend. I went camping, fishing, met a few new FSJ people, said hi to everybody at the trail head, then went home.

    Jeep ran flawlessly up into the mountains and over all the passes (regardless of the busted bracket).





    Upper Virginia Lake (roughly 10,000')


    Upper Virginia Lake (roughly 10,000')


    June Lake




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    a sight that is all too common in the FSJ world.


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    BJ's offroad 2016 Calendar.....Miss July looks a little familiar!

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    Realized that i now live somewhere with weather and seasons. Wasnt gonna fly that I had no drivers side defrost. Ripped apart the dash for the umpteenth time and rebuild the vent and ducting.


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    For some time now i have known that my rear shackle bushings have been TOAST. The springs and axle would shift left and right with a massive CLUNK every time i took a corner or turn. Finally decided to tackle it.

    You can see the shackle riding high on the mounting pin, because it was just floating on there.


    It was a pain in the arse to remove the sleeves from the shackles. One busted loose with a balljoint press but the other was mangling the shackle so i had to cut it with a hack saw and peel it out.



    Pressed back in.


    Voila!


    Then did an oil change for the first time in god knows how long, and replaced wiper blaces since i have found them less than functional in the snow.

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    Dang that wagon can fly!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Marneaus View Post






    That style FSJ spring hanger is super easy the swap a Chevy shackle and flip it to get a couple inches of lift
    This space for rent. Inquire within.

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    Quote Originally Posted by litlmeck View Post
    That style FSJ spring hanger is super easy the swap a Chevy shackle and flip it to get a couple inches of lift

    Yeah a a buddy of mine with a 73 just plain flipped his stock shackles and got a bit of lift that way. I'm fine with the current ride height and have a feeling my driveline wouldn't really appreciate any more lift in its current configuration.

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    I posed all of my pics in the trail run thread, but here's the pics of just my rig. Was definitely more than I wanted to put the old girl through, but she handled everything 100% and gave me zero issues.







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    Jumbo Grade with a bunch of FSJ's 3.20.16









    Carb didnt like this position, not one bit.









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    Great rig. I've been considering a Wagoneer lately. Yours is set up pretty much how I'd want to.

    What lift does it have? Do you have any rubbing with the 33" tires?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManNamedJed View Post
    Great rig. I've been considering a Wagoneer lately. Yours is set up pretty much how I'd want to.

    What lift does it have? Do you have any rubbing with the 33" tires?

    I have a 4" lift, which is not enough to clear 33's. I have super minor trimming front and rear that isnt particularly visible unless you look for it, however, its there. On 8" wide wheels, with 3.5" backspacing, it rubbed in the back pretty regularly on the body. When i switched to 6" wheels with 3.75" (read: factory wheels) and added some overload coil-over type shocks to the back, it stopped the rubbing.

    You absolutely cannot fit 33x12.50's and will be stuck with 10.50's if you go the 33 route. 4" lift is about perfect for 31's.

    If you find a widetrack (cherokee or j-truck) you can stuff 33's with no lift.

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    Thanks for the detailed reply. I'd read that a 6" lift was necessary to run 33s. I'd rather not do that much of a lift. Its good to hear you made it work with 4".

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