Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Castle Rock, CO
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So I gave Red Jeep a little trial by fire, first long road trip and first off-road experience would be to Moab. Did fine on trip other than previously noted shimmy at about 45-52 mph.
My buddy that went on the trip with us has a Tacoma TRD Off-road, nice truck and he is stock other than victory sliders. So after hitting up Arches NP for hiking the first half of Saturday, we went on Tower Arch trail located inside the park. This trail has an about 1 mile section of rowdy rocks to test the Jeep on (reminded me more of CO trail than Moab) with bypasses that weave in and out of the main trail that we could get the Taco through. Rest of trail is easy sandy roads and small obstacles, was a good trail that let me get a feel for red Jeep off-road and tested my buddy’s Tacoma.
Sunday was all trails, ran through Hells Revenge first and then Fins n Things, completed both trails in about 4 hours. Very happy with how the rig performed, was able to take hard lines the whole way and only dodged the really deep hot tub at the top and the Escalator, not trying that section without an experienced spotter. No idea when it happened but I bent my front driver side sway bar link in half. Looks like the sway bar was able to rotate down 90 degrees due to the sway bar link being a little too short, this binded up the sway bar and when the axle came back up (or Jeep came back down) the sway bar link didn’t stand a chance. More on this later, still looking for a solution to get front sway bar link lengths I need.
My buddy was a good sport riding shotgun and being spotter so we headed out for a trail his Tacoma could run, found Kamikaze trail near Canyonlands park. Absolutely amazing views on this trail, quick hitter and only had one obstacle that his truck needed a second run at.
Monday we headed back to Canyonlands for more hiking and amazing views to end the Moab trip. Drive home on Monday took a really crappy turn when it started snowing pretty good over Vail pass and they closed I-70. We diverted south to Buena Vista and then headed back east towards Colorado Springs, ran back into snow at Woodland Park. Off and on snow until we were almost home where we had heavy wet snow, experienced the LED headlight issue of this type of snow building up on the headlights and causing very poor visibility, will have to look into different headlights but don’t have to worry about it for the next 4-5 months.