Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Youngstown, Ohio
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I went to my second wheeling trip in Wellsville, Ohio over the weekend. My 2010 2-door JK has a Rock Krawler 2.5" lift with 285/70/17 Duratrac tires with open differentials and auto trans. My tires were at street pressure, around 30psi. I didn't have anything to air down with or anything to air back up for that matter.
I was in a group with three other Jeeps, a YJ with Dana 60's and 35", a YJ with 33" and a 4-cyl, and a TJ with 32" and a 4-cyl. The Dana 60 YJ blew its engine coming up a steep rocky hill. Being that I had the only 6cyl in the group, I was tasked with towing it back to the trailer. The trail we were on wasn't the most challenging or muddy, but it did have a couple good hills we had to cross along with loose rocks, ledges, a couple water filled holes and some good ruts. At first, I wasn't too sure if my Duratracs would have enough grip to get up the hills while towing another Jeep.
The first hill had loose rocks on the bottom and ruts going to the top. The tires gripped and made it's way to the top without any problems. It didn't even feel like I was towing anything. At the top, I had to go back down. But this was a little hairy as the down side had washed out ruts and a couple off-camber areas. I went as slow as possible so that I wouldn't tip over. Luckily the brakes still worked on the YJ.
The second hill proved to be the most challenging. It had rocky ledges in some areas. The first ledge I had to goose the front wheels over it and then my wheels started to spin. I gently turned my wheel left and right and eventually gained enough traction to make my way over the ledge. That was the first time I felt the other Jeep behind me as I had to tug it over the same ledge. The second ledge had a large tree branch just past it. I made it over the ledge and my tires got stuck on the branch trying to go over. They started to spin on the branch. I backed off and turned my wheels to the right and tried to go over the branch at an angle instead of head on. This helped my tires gain traction and over I went.
We made it to the half way point to a flat area. We had one more small hill to climb. This one was a little muddy with tree stumps on the right side. Controlling the throttle was key in this part. We got the top and was greeted with some shallow water holes. These weren't a problem, just had to go slow to not create a wake. I made it back to the bulldozed trailer area and ended the trip.
Cliff notes: The tires impressed the hell out of me considering I was towing another Jeep up and down hills.
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