Newbie Run with Offutt Jeepers

There's nothing more I love, than wheeling with new people. It always brings me back to the first time I took my Jeep off-road... how much fun I had, a first look into the Jeep lifestyle, etc. Having the honor to be apart of someone's first time wheeling is an awesome thing. For that reason, we did a "Newbie Run" with the Offutt Jeepers. We had a few new people come out to Tuttle Creek with us, and we had a great time. Anyway, enough about that... let's get on to the pictures!

The group, halfway to Randolph. Stopped by Walmart for a potty break!

The group, halfway to Randolph. Stopped by Walmart for a potty break!

Pulled into Randolph. Airing down, and disconnecting the swaybar.

Pulled into Randolph. Airing down, and disconnecting the swaybar.

Overall, we had a really great day. I ended up attempting a harder exit from the Mini Rock Garden (also known as "The Punisher"). Corey in his Rubicon TJ had to winch out, but that didn't stop me from giving it a go. I think if I was a half inch taller I would have made it out. Sadly, I turtled the Jeep and ended up pulling some cable.

Stuck!! :)

Stuck!! :)

Thanks for letting me use you as an anchor, Corey!

Thanks for letting me use you as an anchor, Corey!

The only break we had in the day, was a u-joint on Richard's JKU. We couldn't find a replacement in town so we ended up just pulling the axle shaft and he was able to drive it home.

Hi-lift wasn't quite tall enough!

Hi-lift wasn't quite tall enough!

Pulling the axle shaft.

Pulling the axle shaft.

Check out some more pictures from the day...

I hope you enjoyed the pictures. It truly was an awesome day, despite the break. Until next time.......

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All-4-Fun 2017: Part 1

I had the pleasure of attending Mile-Hi Jeep Club's 51st annual All-4-Fun event. This year, it was held in Leadville, CO. Leadville sits just above 10,000 feet. It was an awesome event and I'm really happy I went. My Jeep's clutch has been acting funny the past few weeks and I was really concerned about bringing it and for awhile even planned on taking my Toyota Tacoma instead. I decided at the last minute I would take the Jeep, as if the clutch went out there was plenty of tools and people to help.

So on Friday morning, along side my buddies Brian and Ricky, we set out to Colorado. Brian and I stayed in Longmont on Friday and Ricky went to Loveland. We ran some trails on Saturday with some guys from the WAYALIFE forums. Later Saturday we made the last little drive to Leadville. 

The first full day in Leadville I spent downtown exploring the different shops and restaurants. Leadville has an awesome hotel called the Delaware Hotel that I'll talk about later. I also visited the "Leadville Legendary Saloon". It was a cool place to visit but the food and drinks was nothing to write home about, which was a bit disappointing. Everyone at the shops was very nice and one in particular I liked was the antique store. There were some awesome old license plates that I would have bought if the price wasn't so high.

On Monday, I ran my first trail with the All-4-Fun crew. We ended up running Baldwin Lakes and Boulder Mountain. Baldwin lakes was to this day, one of my favorite trails. It was a great mix of technical driving, scenic driving, and outstanding views. Boulder Mountain, on the other hand, was more intense as the shelf roads were narrow and rocky. At times, the trail had quite a bit of negative slope towards the edge, and it was extremely uncomfortable. Never the less, we still had a great time and I'm glad we ran it. Check out some pictures from day 1:

Check back soon for Part 2....

New Shoes!

While I loved my 31x10.50x15 Hankook Dynapro M/Ts, I decided with recent upgrades I would go ahead and order in a new set of tires. I debated for a long time whether or not I wanted to go 35s, and ultimately ended up deciding not to. I don't want my Jeep to be a purpose built rock crawler, I want it to be a "one-in-all" kind of machine. I want to be able to drive it to and from the trail heads, rather than throw it on a trailer. I was afraid with 35s I would lose a lot of the "drive-ability" of the Jeep and wouldn't want to take it as far.

Another question I had, was whether or not I wanted to run the same tires or try something new. I almost ordered a set of Nitto's, but again decided to run what I was happy with. I really love the Dynapro's, and think they are one of the most underrated tires in the off-road world. 

So enough of all that, let's get on to the good stuff... ordered a set of 33x12.50x15 Hankook Dynapro M/Ts online and they were at my local Discount Tire just a few days later.

Out with the old...

Out with the old...

Checking for any clearance issues... thankfully there are none!

Checking for any clearance issues... thankfully there are none!

All in all, I'm extremely pleased with these tires. Can't wait to get out on the trail and test them out!

Until next time....