Yes, there is no doubt that my bud was to aggressive on the throttle. The video is the second attempt to pull it. The first gentle tug did not move it.WOW. Not being there is hard to tell but looks like a simple pull not snatch would have been fine. He was definitely sending it front the start.
sorry to hear about all the damage Ted but glad everyone is good. Would hate to see that coming through the windshield
I hate mud also. There was an hour of the water hose, $6 at the high pressure car wash, then a premium drive through car wash, then home for a bucket hand wash and wax and full detail on the inside. It took about 5 hours to get it clean. I would much rather be on the rocks out west.Thank goodness everyone is ok, could have been so much worse!
BTW, I hate mud! Well really, I just hate cleaning mud afterwards...
I would and I have. The tires have 52,000 miles on them. I have a set sitting in the garage. The Cooper STT PRO 37s have served us well. We have them on 6 JLURs with a combined milage of over 200,000. Zero flats, zero issues, zero uneven wear.no leaks, and they perform great in just about any type of terrain. From the Rubicon Trail, to Moab, the mud in Wyoming, the mountain passes in Colorado, the rocks and mud of Windrock TN, and Rausch Creek in PA, the sand dunes in Michigan, 39 badge trails all over the US and even more non-badge trails. 22,000+ of the miles were towing a camper. No crazy steering pulls. The Coopers have performed great. I am getting ready to replace them, as I have a set of five to go on. Kind of waiting as I plan to go to Drummond Island in Michigan about 700 miles round trip next month and then to Flagstaff Arizona in September. So I am trying to get every bit of life out of them. Why, because in January, I am leaving for a 20,000 mile 11 month trip and would like to have as new as possible tires on the Jeep before I leave.Looks like it’s about time to tire shop, those look like they wore well, would you buy again ?
I like your video style.. very well done! subscribed!So up wheeling over the weekend and been in 2wd all weekend. The trails are sandy and no real threat of getting stuck..... well or so I thought.
We are leading the pack as normal. Enter a water hole and bam stuck we are. Out comes our kinetic rope. The 2nd Jeep drives around the water hole and hooks up to pull us out. We are not super stuck. Should be an easy recovery. My bud gives it a yank and the kinetic rope breaks.
Turn up the sound. It sounds like a rifle shot through the woods.
The rope come back to my Jeep and destroys the winch control box, and winch solenoid. Then hits the grille and bust the grille insert and caves in the AC condenser. I unhook the positive cable to winch to ensure that the exploded wires do not turn the winch or or ground out the battery. Luck is on my side though as the A/C condenser is not leaking and we still have air. We continue wheeling the rest of the day without issue.
Winch Control box
Get home and today, finish ordering everything I need.
Bought a new Warn winch to replace the Smitybuilt X2O. The cost to get a new control box,, solenoid and wireless control module and I had planned on replacing the synthetic rope in the near future, it just made sense to upgrade to the WARN and have a new winch. The Smitybuilt had served me well, but I just could not see dropping approx 400 to 450 into the Smitybuilt winch when that money could be used to upgrade to the Warn.
I bought this for a winch $840 of Amazon. About $50 cheaper than anywhere I could find it on the web.
Warn VR EVO 12-S Winch with Synthetic Rope
I ordered a new Gladiator center grille insert. $23 at the dealer. I could find it for $13 on the web, but by the time I added shipping, most places were at the $45 range. Score one for the dealer.
The new A/C condenser was $54 + shipping and total cost was $75. I will still have to pay someone to drain the old system and recharge it after I install the condenser so there is no total cost on this.
Bought a new kinetic rope from Factor 55. Cost $170
Just the cost of wheeling.
Some pics leading up to it and the weekend in general.
Pic of the Jeep and camper heading home after the weekend.
out on the trails
Drone flight through our base camp at a lake that is off the beating path in Northern Michigan.
Isn't that the truth !!!The cost was not the issue.
"... probably just jinxed myself ..." Geez I hope not TED (hopefully shouting your name will unjinx it )I call it the cost of wheeling. It is one thing to drive a Jeep as a daily driver and a whole different thing to drive it as a drive to wheeling location and wheel it hard vehicle. The amount of maintenance that I put into the Jeep to be able to drive it to Moab and the Rubicon Trail and wheel it then drive it back home while towing a camper trailer is on a whole different level. Than what most are doing.
For instance, I have change the diff fluid 11 times. The guys that Jeep travel with me also do a ton of extra maintenance. It is common for us to put a torque wrench on every suspension, steering component and lug nut before we head out. Out of all the wheeling we have done, the only failure we have had on the trail is one of the JLUR alternator failed.
39 badges from all over the US from coast to coast.
zero body damage….. probably just jinxed myself.
The rope failure was a surprise as it is rated well above the towing vehicle weight, but hey it’s the cost of wheeling and the Factor 55 should be an excellent replacement.
I am more happy that my wife didn’t flip the Jeep over backwards at Roush Creek.