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Badlands Freeze-Out Day 2-9-2014

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by HARDTRAILZ » Tue Feb 04, 2014 12:04 pm

Think I am tagging along with a group of JKs to go fro Freeze-out day on Sunday. You get a free pass to come back later in the summer and someone said free food. Think there are 5 or 6 guys planning to go. I plan to drive my truck unless we talk our one buddy into bringing his wife's Rubicon...he said no way without a spotter, so I volunteered to do it if he will nut up and bring it out.

Several of you locals know Scott and he will be there with his Jeep for sure.

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by The Roadie » Tue Feb 04, 2014 2:55 pm

HARDTRAILZ wrote:... if he will nut up and bring it out....
God help me I went so far as a Google image search on the medical phrase for that condition and now I'm going to shudder for an hour. And now I don't dare post what I found, but whatever you do today, don't think about it. Ick.....
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by HARDTRAILZ » Tue Feb 04, 2014 3:08 pm

The freeze takes away some of the pain.
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by v7guy » Tue Feb 04, 2014 4:01 pm

next thing you know we're going to be posting tonsil stone videos.
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by HARDTRAILZ » Tue Feb 04, 2014 4:06 pm

kidney stones at Tecore sucked
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by HARDTRAILZ » Mon Feb 10, 2014 12:02 pm

It was cold and solid ice under the snow, but fun. TB really impressed the people along. Everyone was 35s or 37 inch tires and at least one locker. My tires did amazing and managed every climb first try even when dual lockered rigs were needing a bypass after multiple attempts. I do know the 4.2s power was noticed a couple times and it really did help keep wheel speed when needed. I took very few pics and Jeep guys did not seem to want many of the TB, but here a few.

--For those that have been around Badlands and know the trails. We did the Orange Trail first. All the drops/hills/off-chamber is made even more interesting when frozen. Kinda wished I had my front swaybar hooked while in the little tllted s-turns. Supposedly there is some video, but who knows if it will ever surface.


Went up this hill first try. One of 3 of 7 to do it first try.
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Actually made me happy to have the Radflo as there was a 10-12 inch bump at the bottom that hit hard and if you did not hit it about 15 mph, you did not make it. Guess the tires caught some air but I have not seen a pic yet.

Trails were pretty but treacherous and controlled slides were necessary.
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Couple random pics from a buddy's cabin we stayed at the night before. All hand built with native wood. No electric, just lanterns, woodstove, and a rain barrel for water.

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View from loft when you wake up
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by bartonmd » Mon Feb 10, 2014 12:42 pm

Awesome!
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by boog2006 » Mon Feb 10, 2014 3:41 pm

Nice! Makes me realize I haven't done near as much snow wheeling this year as I should...
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by Edubarajas » Mon Feb 10, 2014 11:10 pm

Looks like fun!
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by Regulator1175 » Mon Feb 10, 2014 11:41 pm

Damn, looks like I missed a good time. Damn transmission!
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by jonbo2002 » Tue Feb 11, 2014 8:04 am

looks awesome Kyle.

Matt, didn't you just rebuild your trans?
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by Moots1288 » Tue Feb 11, 2014 1:58 pm

jonbo2002 wrote:looks awesome Kyle.

Matt, didn't you just rebuild your trans?
Yea he did. And he overheated it the last time he went out wheeling
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by Regulator1175 » Tue Feb 11, 2014 9:40 pm

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jonbo2002 wrote:looks awesome Kyle.

Matt, didn't you just rebuild your trans?
Yea he did. And he overheated it the last time he went out wheeling


I took a shot at adding a high stall torque converter and had yet not installed my trans cooler. The torque converter produced A LOT more heat then I expected and burnt the clutches. Lesson learned, the hard way. I had to drop it again anyway because of a leaky input seal so it really isn't going to be that much more work to put in new clutches.
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by jonbo2002 » Wed Feb 12, 2014 7:19 am

well at least you had to drop it anyway. so are you going to continue to use the higher stall TC and add the trans cooler or are you just going to go back to a stock TC?
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by ErikSS » Sat Feb 15, 2014 12:54 am

Looks like a fun trip Kyle! Maybe I will be able to make the next one!
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by Regulator1175 » Sun Feb 16, 2014 12:28 am

jonbo2002 wrote:well at least you had to drop it anyway. so are you going to continue to use the higher stall TC and add the trans cooler or are you just going to go back to a stock TC?


I am going to add the trans cooler and give it another shot with the high stall converter. Hopefully it will be sufficient.
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by HARDTRAILZ » Mon Feb 17, 2014 9:48 am

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