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JCWages

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Hey, I know you!

So, here's how it was before:

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You can see in the pic where the tire was rubbing the wheel-well liner even just street driving.

A few weeks back (before that last wheeling trip) I took a lot of material out of the liner and the bumper:
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In the middle pic you can see the foglight bracket and wiring (lower part) and the windshield washer bottle, pump,wiring etc. (upper part). All of that actually needs to come out. Yesterday I just cleaned some of the trimming up and cleaned up the wiring I had sort of pulled out stuffing the tire into it, but I didn't get pics. I mostly was poking around to see what all I'd have to do, and play with some ideas of replacing the factory foglights with a much lower-profile LED setup that wouldn't interfere at all (as you can see, the factory foglight and mount are very deep). Part of me wants to keep the factory front bumper and hide a winch like this:


(not, that's a 2004 front bumper/grill... I don't like the grill as much, but I like the bumper cover better and with round fog-light holes it'd be easier to retrofit something aftermarket)

Still, at the end of the day I think I'll go with an aftermarket bumper, probably with fog-light provisions so I'll keep all the factory wiring in place, but just ditch the fogs for now while I'm still running this bumper.

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(my '03 front end for comparison)

-TJ
I've seen some of the Tacoma guys make new fender liners with ABS. Probably doable in your case if it's a relatively small area that has been removed.
 

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Took the WJ to Hollister Hills to check clearances and flex after installing Rough Country front discos a while back. Also let Yvonne get a bit of driving experience in the obstacle course and through the tunnel. The WJ had a budget boost on when I bought it, and with 3" lift Ranchos, front discos, and a little work on bump stop extensions I am surprised how much flex this little Jeep has. And as usual there was rubbing on the front bumper plastic, but I think I will let that self clearance (for now). Rig is officially ready for OB Sierras 2019!
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Downs

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I agree,, those are really cool trailers, but my oh my they are heavy.
Not too bad. I think empty weight is around 1200 lbs with the bed. The M116 chassis is around 750ish. Hard to beat my little modded HF trailer that I can pick up and move around when it's empty haha.

It does look like it's about to run over you. LOL
It tows really nice. The surge brake is pretty functional. Just not how much weight I want to tow around with a 200,000 mile Jeep haha.
 

JCWages

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I broke another wheel stud. This time in the rear. The semi stripped lug nuts must have migrated to the rear during tire rotations because one got cross threaded and I couldn't remove it without breaking the stud. Thankfully the O'Reilly's in Auburn stocks the Dorman replacement studs. I'm also thankful I was able to "press" the new stud in using only a few washers and an OEM lug nut to pull it into place. There's no room to hammer the studs into the rear axle like you can up front. *whew*

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Nothing big today... pulled the busted and infuriatingly noisy old auto-antenna and did the whip mod we’ve seen on the forums (link). Worked like a charm. And while we had the head unit out to replace the antenna, we decided to swap in a new head unit with blue tooth capability. Now, we can actually get local radio. We shouldn’t have waited a year to do this! Easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy.

Junk out:

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Good stuff in:

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19mystic96

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I'm always down for some snow wheeling. Even the paved roads become fun.

Foresthill Rd near China Camp.
Cool video! Those Snow ruts really control where they want you to go haha

I stumbled upon Sugar pine reservoir while I was out there and saw they have campsites and day use areas there. Have you camped out at That area? If so, how’d you like it?
 

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Cool video! Those Snow ruts really control where they want you to go haha

I stumbled upon Sugar pine reservoir while I was out there and saw they have campsites and day use areas there. Have you camped out at That area? If so, how’d you like it?
Trying to get out of the ruts and into the fresh snow becomes a game. lol

Sugar Pine is pretty but I tend to avoid it and especially Sly Park because it's a favorite spot for large groups of Russians to hang out and party. People have been trapped on the lake because the partiers hang out at the boat launch area and threaten boaters truying to leave. I had 2 guys in a Mercedes use the boat launch as a drag strip and they almost hit my family as we crossed the road on our mountain bikes. That's my experience though others may have had better experiences out there.

I prefer to camp near Bowman Lake, Jackson Meadows, Webber Lake, or even Ice House way over by Hwy50. I'd also suggest heading up to the Downieville/Graegle area. Tons of lakes and lots of dispursed camping and some great off-road trails.
 
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Trying to get out of the ruts and into the fresh snow becomes a game. lol

Sugar Pine is pretty but I tend to avoid it and especially Sly Park because it's a favorite spot for large groups of Russians to hang out and party. People have been trapped on the lake because the partiers hang out at the boat launch area and threaten boaters truying to leave. I had 2 guys in a Mercedes use the boat launch as a drag strip and they almost hit my family as we crossed the road on our mountain bikes. That's my experience though others may have had better experiences out there.

I prefer to camp near Bowman Lake, Jackson Meadows, Webber Lake, or even Ice House way over by Hwy50. I'd also suggest heading up to the Downieville/Graegle area. Tons of lakes and lots of dispursed camping and some great off-road trails.
Sad you can't even camp out in your own local without harassment...RUSSIANS ???
 

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Sad you can't even camp out in your own local without harassment...RUSSIANS ???
Yeah. I didn't mean to sound xenophobic/racist or whatever. It's just a common thing around here. Most of the time you have no issues at most of the lakes around here but there are a few where it can be dicey.
 

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Yeah. I didn't mean to sound xenophobic/racist or whatever. It's just a common thing around here. Most of the time you have no issues at most of the lakes around here but there are a few where it can be dicey.
I understand, race has nothing to do with it.
Any group of people who disrespect the people around them is unacceptable. I think too many people are obnoxious and rude at best in today's world and show no respect for others. I go to the outback to get away from that sort of people.
 

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Applied some Noico noise mat to my 2004 TJ’s front floorboards (getting her ready for the next Canyonlands trip). I’ll see...hear...if helps reduce some road noise after my Tom Woods CV driveshaft arrives and R&R the front upper control arm bushings. Southwest Jeep, not a speck of rust discovered after pulling up the carpet.

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Not a spec of dirt either!
 
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19mystic96

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Trying to get out of the ruts and into the fresh snow becomes a game. lol

Sugar Pine is pretty but I tend to avoid it and especially Sly Park because it's a favorite spot for large groups of Russians to hang out and party. People have been trapped on the lake because the partiers hang out at the boat launch area and threaten boaters truying to leave. I had 2 guys in a Mercedes use the boat launch as a drag strip and they almost hit my family as we crossed the road on our mountain bikes. That's my experience though others may have had better experiences out there.

I prefer to camp near Bowman Lake, Jackson Meadows, Webber Lake, or even Ice House way over by Hwy50. I'd also suggest heading up to the Downieville/Graegle area. Tons of lakes and lots of dispursed camping and some great off-road trails.
Woah, good thing I asked. Don’t want to get caught up in that stuff. Haha

I’ve been out to Jackson meadows a few times for day trips when I was young. The one thing that always stuck out with me there was how we could be out on the lake and realize we were the only ones there. And when you shut the boat off, it was nothing but silence. Which I think is pretty dang cool.

bowman lake was another on my list to visit. I’ve seen pictures of it from a friend and immediately wanted to go. I’ll also check out Webber lake. Thanks for the suggestions!
 

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Woah, good thing I asked. Don’t want to get caught up in that stuff. Haha

I’ve been out to Jackson meadows a few times for day trips when I was young. The one thing that always stuck out with me there was how we could be out on the lake and realize we were the only ones there. And when you shut the boat off, it was nothing but silence. Which I think is pretty dang cool.

bowman lake was another on my list to visit. I’ve seen pictures of it from a friend and immediately wanted to go. I’ll also check out Webber lake. Thanks for the suggestions!
My pleasure. I have gpx files if you want route info. We just did an OB overnighter at Bowman last month.


If you have 2 days available then Poker Flat Trail is fun.