We did a similar climb out of Alders Gulch near Virginia City, MT: 28% grade, loose stones and a detour thru the woods around a fallen tree. I was in a JLUR on 4 Lo but didn't need the rear or front locker engaged.... so any Jeep is pretty impressive even without lockers. Climbing big ledges in Moab is really the only time the lockers came in handy because of the slickrock.I have a somewhat similar setup to Tommy's in that my Sahara has a 2.72:1 transfer case, a rear Trac-Lok limited slip, and no swaybar disconnect. Granted, I also have a Mopar lift and 35-inch tires.
Nevertheless, last weekend I went off-roading with some friends to a remote area in the Cariboo Region of British Columbia. On a 10-point scale, the level of difficulty was in the 6-8 range. The Wrangler handled it with flying colors. No ifs or buts; it simply got through everything I threw at it without issue.
At one point we climbed a steep 1.5-mile long, 20%-grade trail of loose rock to a mountain top, with 5 adults and 2 dogs on board. I engaged into 4L and kept a steady 3 MPH: the Jeep got to the top without complaint.
I am very happy with this thing.
You can faintly see the trail to the top of the mountain in the distance
I've never had a problem locking my sway bar back up. It's kind of annoying that it automatically locks back above 15mph. So when you're driving in sand or gravel between obstacles, you have to practically stop to disconnect it again.Basically the same here, it's amazing what it can do. The brake lock differential is surprisingly effective in situations where you lift a tire and would otherwise want lockers (although it's not a substitute).
Manually disconnecting the sway bar makes such a big difference, too! Just a bit annoying trying to get it back in line to reconnect. I carry a bottle jack to help get everything lined up again.
He was talking about disconnecting —and reconnecting— manually.I've never had a problem locking my sway bar back up. It's kind of annoying that it automatically locks back above 15mph. So when you're driving in sand or gravel between obstacles, you have to practically stop to disconnect it again.
Heck, I got 10% off mine and peeled the dealer sticker off as soon as I got home.He said sticker was nearly $33,000. He paid 31,800. The nearly $35,000 was with TTL, dealer etc...
Of course he did include one hell of a product placement ad of the dealership license plate as the default screen of the video, at the 26 to 33 second mark and at the 5:23 second to 5:32 mark
Hope he got a little better deal than his nearly 4.5% discount.......
Anybody else notice they used the same drone video at the 53 to 1:02 second mark and the 6:18 to 6:36 mark?
but slickrock is super sticky for rubber tires. pretty crap for metal shoes like horses and bicylists wear. I rarely use my lockers in Moab. I will engage them for steep climbs or descents because I have them but they're not needed very often.Climbing big ledges in Moab is really the only time the lockers came in handy because of the slickrock.