Camping was great, the wheelers were great, all was great until the end of the Rubicon. Right after Cadillac Hill, I went to shift the planetary back into high and it would not go. It would just blow the fuse. (Which had been normal every 4th or 5th time) I only had 5 5amp fuses left, so after the third try I left it in low and made my way slowly to South Lake Tahoe.
I check into a Hotel call my brother and sister-in-law to tell them what's going on. They had been expecting my wife and I. The sister-in-law calls John at Banged Up Offroad. He's engaged to my sister-in-laws niece. John thinks we're still on the trail and is about to come get us. This is at 9:00 PM! I don't need that, jeep moves, it's just the T-Case just ain't right. I'm tired and I look and feel like Pig Pen so I call it a night.
Next day I talk to John, he asks me everything I already did and has me call Advanced Adapters. I get on the phone with Steve Roberts from Advanced Adapters. He has me try to pull the actuator off, but that ain't happening. I can tell I'm going to strip the hex with the limited amount of space I have above the T-Case in the parking lot of the hotel. I give up again call John and and tell him I'm going to need a trailer.
John gets off his day job at 9 PM and I say that's fine, South Tahoe is nice. But Tony volunteers to come out and get us. They all live in Reno so it's like an hour and twenty minutes out.
We get it in the shop work on it some. John has already talked to Advanced Adapters. John and Tony get the actuator pulled off. (If you ever have to do this, It's way easier to pull the pin instead of trying to unscrew the bolt.) Get it into high and there is this grinding noise. Man that ain't good. Call it a night again and go to my brothers for a beer.
I get up and wait for Advanced Adapters to open so I can call Steve. He and John have already talked and it ain't good. Not good at all.
Pull the 4-Speed looking into what plan C is going to be. Plan B was a new front Axle or anything else that I might break. I did not even contemplate the Atlas giving out on me. Need a new T-Case and lengthen the rear drive shaft, get this one T-case rebuilt, or just put it on a truck and ship it home.
This is where Advanced Adapters stepped up. They got me a loaner T-case off the line and had it in Reno in two days. It's a 2-Speed. (The 4-speeds are being redesigned) When the new 4-speeds come out, they are shipping me a new one and they get the 2-speed back. Steve was there for any questions I had installing the loaner T-case while John was at work. Tony Helped get the T-case on and John worked on it every night when he got to the shop. Steve even gave me a number to call over the weekend if I ran into any problems on the way home.
My Jeep's at home now, not sitting on a trailer on it's way home, all thanks to Advanced Adapters, Steve, John and Tony from Banged Up Offroad and my brother.