Our trip out West with open diffs

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I wanted to find a place to dump our pics and videos of our trip out West and thought here would be good as any :)

The Mrs. and I took three weeks off and drove from Raleigh NC to Flagstaff AZ then Sedona, Moab and Ouray.

The other reason I wanted to post is we all know how wonderful the Rubis are with their locking diffs (we wish we had bought one since we are off roading more than we ever thought we would).

BUT we did all of this with open diffs and the Jeep was still a beast in 4LO. Here are the specs:

2018 Sahara, 3.6L, 8 speed auto, @Rough Country Suspensions 2.5" spacer lift, Rubi take off 33s, @RanchoShocks RS5000X shocks, @ACE Engineering frame mounted rock rails, JKS discos and we aired down to 18 psi on each trail. We rolled the odometer over 34,000 miles mark on this trip and have only owned it a year and a half.

We are far from this build being completed... chromoly axle shafts, 35s and a rear locker on the wish list next.

The trails we ran are below in the order we did them. We only took bypasses when it was impossible to do an obstacle and honestly I think we only bypassed once or twice. If we could do any of the extra obstacles (Mickey's Bath tub, Hot tub, difficult ledges, etc...) we did. The pic of me in a hole is in Mickey's Bath tub located next to the Hot tub. The pic of me next to the Jeep with a mannequin in it is actually half of Dan Mick's Jeep... the guy Mickey's Hot tub is named after.

The rock waterfall on Poison Spider was the most challenging thing to do with open diffs. I thought it had me beat but my wife realized the passenger rear was getting stuck in a notch. Once we saw that it was onward and upward on the last roughly 4' ledge. I left some rubber and gas tank skid shavings on that waterfall for it to remember me by :) Unfortunately the video of that last climb got deleted :/

In CO we saw the remnants of about 30 avalanches, Imogene was partially closed because of one.
These pictures and videos don't come close to capturing the sheer beauty of these places but enjoy them anyway :)

AZ:
Broken Arrow
Schnebly Hill Road (badge trail)

Moab (all badge trails):
Fins-N-Things
Hell's Revenge
Poison Spider Mesa
Top of the World

CO:
Ophir Pass (badge trail)
Last Dollar Road
Yankee Boy Basin
Imogene - We could only do half since an avalanche still had the pass closed up top. (badge trail)
Yankee Girl Basin
- The northern half of the Alpine Loop:
Corkscrew Gulch
Hurricane Pass
California Pass
California Gulch
Engineer Pass (badge trail)
Then drove over to Lake City.

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And the videos...









 

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Man, those pics are amazing. I can't wait to get enough vacation time built up to do a very similar trip. What's up with the jeep on it's side?
 
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Man, those pics are amazing. I can't wait to get enough vacation time built up to do a very similar trip. What's up with the jeep on it's side?
Thanks! Dang, you hit the thread like 30 seconds after I posted it... lol.

We saw those guys going up the pass before us, all I can figure is he either went too wide on the path to allow someone to go by or he was screwing around. Good news is he laid it over onto a snow bank so there was no damage, just a little oil leaked out.
 

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Great pics. I lived out west for several years and have been to many of those places. Looks like awesome times!

Nice looking jeep as well!
 

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Looks awesome! Great pictures!!

Many of those places in Moab and the Colorado area are bucket list items for me! Can't wait to do them!

Sedona is just an 1-1.5 hours north of where I live so it's a blessing to be able to jump up there and enjoy whenever
 

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Thank you for sharing your trip with us and thank you for showing people who think they need a Rubicon with all the bells and whistles that our Jeeps no matter how big or small are very capable right tout of the box.
 
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Looks awesome! Great pictures!!

Many of those places in Moab and the Colorado area are bucket list items for me! Can't wait to do them!

Sedona is just an 1-1.5 hours north of where I live so it's a blessing to be able to jump up there and enjoy whenever
We only had a day in Sedona, I wish we could have done more. Schnebly hill SUCKS, the views are amazing but the road SUCKS. Even aired down and disco'd it was a VERY annoying ride. Something like 12 miles of never ending bouncing with no technical obstacles at all. Were it not a badge trail I don't know that we would have done it.
 
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Thank you for sharing your trip with us and thank you for showing people who think they need a Rubicon with all the bells and whistles that our Jeeps no matter how big or small are very capable right tout of the box.
You're welcome. Love the name of your Jeep :)
 

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Great photos.
Did the open differentials hinder you in any way??
 

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I wanted to find a place to dump our pics and videos of our trip out West and thought here would be good as any :)
The Mrs. and I took three weeks off and drove from Raleigh NC to Flagstaff AZ then Sedona, Moab and Ouray.
The other reason I wanted to post is we all know how wonderful the Rubis are with their locking diffs (we wish we had bought one since we are off roading more than we ever thought we would).
BUT we did all of this with open diffs and the Jeep was still a beast in 4LO. Here are the specs:

2018 Sahara, 3.6L, 8 speed auto, 2" spacer lift, Rubi take off 33s, Rancho shocks, Ace Engineering frame mounted rock rails, JKS discos and we aired down to 18 psi on each trail. We rolled the odometer over 34,000 miles mark on this trip and have only owned it a year and a half.
We are far from this build being completed... chromoly axle shafts, 35s and a rear locker on the wish list next.
The trails we ran are below in the order we did them. We only took bypasses when it was impossible to do an obstacle and honestly I think we only bypassed once or twice. If we could do any of the extra obstacles (Mickey's Bath tub, Hot tub, difficult ledges, etc...) we did. The pic of me in a hole is in Mickey's Bath tub located next to the Hot tub. The pic of me next to the Jeep with a mannequin in it is actually half of Dan Mick's Jeep... the guy Mickey's Hot tub is named after.
The rock waterfall on Poison Spider was the most challenging thing to do with open diffs. I thought it had me beat but my wife realized the passenger rear was getting stuck in a notch. Once we saw that it was onward and upward on the last roughly 4' ledge. I left some rubber and gas tank skid shavings on that waterfall for it to remember me by :) Unfortunately the video of that last climb got deleted :/
In CO we saw the remnants of about 30 avalanches, Imogene was partially closed because of one.
These pictures and videos don't come close to capturing the sheer beauty of these places but enjoy them anyway :)

AZ:
Broken Arrow
Schnebly Hill Road (badge trail)

Moab (all badge trails):
Fins-N-Things
Hell's Revenge
Poison Spider Mesa
Top of the World

CO:
Ophir Pass (badge trail)
Last Dollar Road
Yankee Boy Basin
Imogene - We could only do half since an avalanche still had the pass closed up top. (badge trail)
Yankee Girl Basin
- The northern half of the Alpine Loop:
Corkscrew Gulch
Hurricane Pass
California Pass
California Gulch
Engineer Pass (badge trail)
Then drove over to Lake City.

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Nice job dude! I love seeing people wheeling their rigs, kudos to you and the missus.....:rock:
 
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Oh a few things I forgot to mention...
We pretty much had Moab to ourselves. 90% of the time there wasn't a soul around on any of those trails, it was like our own little playground.
Broken Arrow in AZ is LITTERED with the Pink Jeep Tours and those drivers (well at least one anyway) are a bit of a jerk which was what I had heard before going there anyway :)
Moab itself was pretty empty the week after the 4th of July. We saw WAY more Jeeps in Ouray and the predominant model was the TJ, which I enjoyed since I have a '04 LJ :)
 

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Was Black Bear Pass still closed?
 

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Wow. Im jealous. Though Im going to Thailand tomorrow for work so.... :)
 
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Was Black Bear Pass still closed?
Yeah, I forgot to mention that. They said that Imogene would not be touched anymore for snow removal and that it would have to melt off.
As of 7/16 Black Bear Pass was still closed and I don't know if they planned on clearing it. I was dumbfounded that they take snow removal equipment up into these passes to clear them.
 

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