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May 16, 2007

Jeeping Adventures

I took the Wrangler and both boys to Crown King via Lake Pleasant this weekend. Good news and bad news of course. Good news first, I got to test my winch and do some amazing crawling on one of the turnouts over some crazy rocks. Bad news is that I get to purchase a new oil pan and transmission pan.

When I did the suspension lift, the factory tranny skid plate interferes with the new driveshaft angle for the front axle. So what does one do when that happens? Well, the folks at Four Wheelers simply removed the skid and didn't tell me. I ordered a Warn tranny / oil pan skid when I did the lift, but they told me that the Warn wouldn't fit a Rubicon. They neglected to recomment the Skid Row skid plate that would.

But it is not all bad. Nothing leaked but the damage (mostly a large dent in the oil pan) was right where the drain plug is which makes changing the oil a PITA.

I'll post pics as soon as I get them back from Matt, Scott, Tom, and Ray. It was a great trip and the boys thought the winching was awesome. Tera stayed home so she didn't see what I did to "her" jeep. She thinks the Jeep is designed for her to drive back and forth to work as opposed to a Rubicon being made for offroading. As long as I clean it and don't tell her what I do with it when I am up wheeling, she is OK with me driving her Jeep. Small price to pay for selling her Jetta that she loved so I could have a Jeep. I did allow her to pick the color though so that counts for something.

Posted by Justin at May 16, 2007 01:26 AM