So I took my wife and 10 week old, out to the Great Sand Dunes this past week and wanted to go back over Medano pass. Always heard it was a nice drive, nothing crazy...About 1/2 mile from the pass coming from the Dunes, a nice sink hole which must have just happened either late the previous night or earlier in the morning because we came upon a very stuck XJ. He said he had lockers but his front passenger wheel was in good, so good I thought his axle might get ripped off from pulling him out. Either fortunately or unfortunately, I wasnt able to pull him using a tow strap. But luckily, a nice CJ7 came along with a Ramsey who was able to pull him out while also using a come-along on the drivers side to keep the XJ from rolling. After we got him out, it looks like there is a small spring a couple feet deep which must have eroded the ground causing the sinkhole.
The CJ7 then tried crossing, but wasn't able to make it, but another truck coming from the other side was able to let him hook his winch on the trailer hitch so the CJ was then out. I thought I would be able to make it no problem....Nope, I think had the spotter gotten me over another 8 inches on the passenger side, I would have been able to make it. I was locked and in 4low and my front drivers wheel just sunk. The CJ was able to winch me out no problems. I felt like a total ass knowing my Warn 9.5ti is sitting on my workbench in my garage
I am planning on getting a generic winch plate from Harbor Freight and cutting out the OEM bumper and calling it good. I saw someone, somewhere had done this. Oh yeah, I still need to install the extended brake lines.
and dont worry, my wife took our son out of the Jeep.
I have never posted pics, so here's my first stab at it.
sorry, this is the only pic I have with the OME HD Long Travel installed. Tires are Cooper Discoverer STT 295/70/17.