Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Skid plate's on

Bought a nice M.O.R.E. oil pan/transmission skid plate -- and quickly realized this wasn't going to be easy to install on my back in my garage. The garage around the corner (Integrity) had a sign up they install lift kits, so I asked them to install it.

And I also got a heavy duty cross member for the transmission; when I crawled under for an oil change realized it had been beaten to shit and probably couldn't mount the new skid to it o_O

Next spring I'll work on upgrading the fairly thin factory skids on the transfer case and gas tank with the M.O.R.E. skids. (For comparison, the Mopar transfer case skid is a bit under 15#, the M.O.R.E. is 27#.)

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Jeep Prep...

Taking care of a bunch of stuff before the big trip...

Photos taken over the last couple of weeks.

New Sneakers. 33", would've liked 33-1/2" but they're short supply nationally. Sorel's couldn't get any from their distributor, Town Fair had 33" in their own warehouse.

Putting together an electrical kit -- found a USB chargeable multimeter so I don't have to worry about batteries (much).

Sat Comms :D

New drag link

Had Sorels fix a check engine light and do a multi-point. They identified drag link ends, front brakes (which I had pads from Rock Auto I bought over a year ago...so I'm thinking I knew and forgot I needed to install them :) ), and rear pinion seal. Did the first two, needs to go back for the seal.

That tool worked well -- $20 from Harbor Freight. Used it to put tension on the bolt, then did the "two hammers" trick for ball joints and whacked them several times while tensioned. Put a wrench back on the tool, it was noticeably looser and just a few turns the ball joints popped right off.

Well shit, those parts don't look right...

Alignment guy had to drill out the bolts for the steering stabilizer :/ Got new ones from NAPA.

Additions to the Jeep tool kit -- dead blow hammer, file, magnetic pickup, spark plug socket on a swivel, 18, 21, and 22mm wrenches.

Re-organizing the stuff I usually have in the back to areas more out of the way, particularly for the trip -- as long as it's below the top of the seat bench, when you fold down the back I won't have to move stuff.

The blue bag is the electrical kit.

Looks like they're building a new substation to handle the power from the new solar farm on the Brooklyn / Canterbury town line.

Wedges, brush clippers, (not shown folding saw), brush cutters, axe, rain coat. Privacy tent not shown, but went towards the front.

The curtains are curtains...I can slide them on the parachute cords for privacy while sleeping.

Hiking poles tucked up out of the way.

Bottle jack (tested that it can lift the Jeep high enough to change a tire, supplemented by a 2x4. Figured out you can fit 9 2x4 pieces about 16" long under the passenger side rear seat.

Stool, first aid kit, Manfroto tripod for the camera.

You would think they would have updated hide-a-key to the 21st century by now...

Friday, September 10, 2021

Spot-X Location


And before map of states I've been in. Not counting Delaware & Georgia since I passed through them so quickly on the highway or Hartfield while travelling.

Sunday, July 4, 2021

05 June 2021...getting stuck with the doors off...

Looks like a good time to take the doors off :)

But first...seriously Facebook? What, people got butt hurt over tax policy discussions using a common English phrase? Dead clear, for those that don't know (like prisses at Facebook), comes from water that you can see to great depths due to lack of life like the Dead Sea and chlorinated and filtered swimming pools.

Started off the day fixing the broken 4wd shift bushing...this would've been a pain on the trail (but doable). My finger tips could just reach where it goes without dropping the skid plate, but just reach -- not enough to manipulate it into position.

It's that new white thingy in the center of the photo.

Cover for the quick access to the top bushing.

Let's go check out some stuff on Eric's property...

Well...shit. We went down one trail and I thought I might need to winch through the wet spot and then winch again on the way out, and I couldn't make a difficult corner in reverse, so I did a bit of bushwhacking to make a multi-point turn.

And forgot I had my front plate on since I didn't plan to do serious off roading :D

On the way in, we noticed the tractor was at the bottom of the hill after Scott had been cleaning up stones on the road...well shit, with it freshly dug up and recent rain I couldn't make it up the hill (with the tractor blocking my from getting a good running start).

Time for Eric to learn how to be the winch wench.

06 June 2021 Brookridge

Or is it Brook Ridge?

Anyway, it's a Jeep club owned property. Not my club :)

I got home ~9:30 on Saturday night, weather looked fantastic to go somewhere without doors. Remembered a Facebook post about a land fundraising run that was "Green" trails up around Winchedon. Sure that sounds nice and easy!

Turns out it was all on the property...they admitted at the start their "Green" trails were starting to border Blue...then things got interesting :D

It was a day of some very good wheeling. I finally had to call uncle around 1pm and say let's eat lunch then head out because without the doors the heat was getting to me. Turned out good timing, by the time we had lunch and dealt with some minor mechanicals on other vehicles, the Blue/Black guys were ready to head home too.



I can do this...I need a spotter, but I can do this.


So we took a "wrong" turn down a blue trail. A hard blue trail. The first two on that (not the above) weren't issues, just needed spotting because wheel placement and timing was critical but not an challenge...I have no -- zero, nada, nicht -- idea how he managed to guide me through this section. Though we suspect this is where I bent my fron *steel* bumper.

I also put a dent in the upper right hand corner of the opening for my driver door, not bad, shouldn't cause any issues.

Not even on a hard part, I could clear a tree on a side-slope looking from hood level down...I didn't pay enough attention to my Jeep leaning left and the tree up high :/