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    by Published on 03-17-2015 02:53 AM
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    Ahhh - gotta love Monday's!! I mean, what better way to kick off the work week then to get back in the office and get right to work. Of course, when your office is a local trail and your desk is your Jeep, who can complain, right? Fortunately, Cindy and I were able to get our good friend MTG to join us for our Monday Fun Day Run and the trail we got to play on was Bronco Canyon. Located just east of Reno, we started our run off I-80 so that we could work our way up the canyon and make a few stops along the way including one to the historic Choppa Ranch and the Lagomarsino Petroglyph site. From there, we took on the boulders strewn trail and ending our day in Virginia City. Here are some pics from our day at work, I hope you enjoy.
    by Published on 02-18-2015 04:38 PM
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    Although this trip had been on the official WAYALIFE Run Schedule since the beginning of the year, getting it to happen took a lot more effort than I would have preferred and for that matter, it almost didn't happen at all. Coming off the heels of King of the Hammers, we still had 3 Jeeps that were down and for a while, I just didn't think we'd be able to get one fixed in time. But, as luck would have it, our good friend Tony sent me a message on the Thursday before and asked if it was safe to assume the trip was cancelled. This of course was the kick I had been needing to just figure things out and make it happen and, that's exactly what I did. The crazy thing is, even with the run being announced just a little more than a day before the trip, we still managed to get a total of 9 Jeeps to come out.

    For our purposes, the 2015 WAYALIFE Presidents Day Weekend run would be one that explored the Inyo Mountains just east of the town of Lone Pine. Using the Dow Villa Hotel as our base camp, we spent the first part of our Saturday up in the hills digging for the fossil remains of Ammonites, extinct marine invertebrates that lived in an ancient sea over 235 million years ago. From there, we descended into the depths of the earth as we drove a 1/4 mile into the Reward Mine and then finished the day with a visit to the old WWII Manzanar Japanese Interment Camp. On Sunday, we climbed our way up and over 9,000 feet to explore the old Swansea Salt Tram ruins before heading out to another fossil bed to dig for ancient shark teeth.
    by Published on 01-05-2015 07:49 PM
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    With a convoy of 60 Jeeps that stretched about a half a mile long when parked end on end and well over 2 miles long when moving across the trail, the 2015 WAYALIFE New Year Kick-Off Run was by far the biggest runs we've done to date and maybe because of it, one of the most fun ones we've done as well. Certainly, having a starting point so close to Primm, Nevada didn't hurt as it allowed more than half of our group to meet up the night before and party with new friends and old.

    For those of you who weren't able to join us, we started our run from the north east corner of the Mojave National Preserve, made our way to the Cinder Cone National Natural Landmark where we explored a lava tube there, cut through the Old Dad Mountains, drove over a section of plank road, visited an old ranch called Sands, climbed up to the mysterious Mojave Megaphone, examined the petroglyphs at Mesquite Springs, climbed our way up Spooky Canyon, forded two deep water crossings and 75 miles later, worked our way out of Afton Canyon and back on to pavement again. Unfortunately, with a group this big, it was all that Cindy and I could do to keep everything organized and moving and so it was next to impossible to take as many photos as we would have preferred but, here are a few shots of what we were able to take as well as shots that others were able to take. We hope you enjoy.
    by Published on 01-02-2015 02:49 PM
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    Concrete Arrow Quest : Search for Transcontinental Airway Beacons - Part 5

    This is a concrete arrow that I've known about pretty much since I first heard about the transcontinental airway beacons. While I have been meaning to check it out for a long time now, I suppose I kept putting it off being that it's so close to Las Vegas and somewhat easy to get to. I mean, being that I'm always in the area, I figured I'd get to it sooner or later and as luck would have it, that later happened on New Year's Day 2015. After spending some quality time with Cindy's folks, we drove to the south end of town, parked our Jeep and went on a short hike up a small hill to see this very well preserved concrete arrow.
    by Published on 12-09-2014 02:43 AM
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    Thanksgiving weekend has always been a time where Cindy and I have taken a trip out to Death Valley and done some exploring. In fact, we had been doing this for years by ourselves and more recently, with all our WAYALIFE friends. For 2014, we decided to begin our adventures in the town of Ridgecrest, CA, and spend our Black Friday working our way over the Slate Range, through the historic Fish Canyon, across the floor of the Panamint Valley, up Goler Wash into the Butte Valley, down into Death Valley and then finally end our day in Shoshone, CA. On Saturday, we headed back into Death Valley to enjoy some of the tourist traps like Ashford Mill, Bad Water, the Devils Golf Course and then worked our way up and over the Funeral Range through Echo Canyon and ended our day in Beatty, NV. For our final day on this epic three day adventure, we paid a visit to the historic ghost town of Rhyolite, headed back into Death Valley through Titus Canyon and then made our way back to Highway 395 where we all said our goodbyes and went our separate ways. Below is a photo narrative of all the things we had seen and done and I hope you enjoy them.
    by Published on 11-16-2014 02:38 PM

    We all hope that it never happens but, when you play hard enough with your, there's always a chance that you will flop or rollover it over on the trail. And, should that ever happen to you or one of your friends, the post below will help you to know what steps you should taken before, during and after the vehicle has been recovered. This information was provided by my good friend Greg and it's about as good as it gets.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to post them here as they would be more than welcome additions to the discussion and will be sure to help others as well.
    by Published on 10-13-2014 06:43 PM

    I know there are a lot of people on the internet who really sound like they know what they're talking about and will tell you that you need to replace your factory 10.9 metric track bar bolt with a new 9/16" grade 8 shouldered one. And, I know there are even a few reputable vendors out there who sell whole grade 8 replacement bolts kits as if there's something wrong with all your factory bolts, BUT, I'm hear to tell you to NOT buy into the stupidness and save your money. Just because it's said on the internet doesn't make it true and let's face it, vendors are in the business of making a buck - they will sell you whatever it is you are willing to buy. Fact of the matter is, there nothing wrong with your factory bolts, they are the right size, they don't need to be shouldered and Chrysler purposefully put them on your Jeep for a reason.

    To put things into perspective, you need to know that there are over 1,000,000 Jeep JK Wranglers out there on the roads today and 99% of them or more are still running these so called "wrong size bolts", for about the last 8 years now and without ANY issues. If all these bolts are really the wrong size, you would think it would be all over the news and some kind of recall issued by now. What the naysayers don't understand is that if bolt size were really the only thing that mattered in keeping things from moving around, there would be no need for torque settings.

    Still not convinced? Let's take a closer look at how things work. When you look at the bushing of your track bar or control arms, the metal piece in the middle where your bolt will go through is called a "crush sleeve". AS IN, it's designed to get pushed really really hard from either end. The purpose of your bolts and nuts is to provide "compression" and cause your mounts to act like a vice by clamping down really really hard on the crush sleeve. The crush sleeves is NOT supposed to rotate AT ALL when installed correctly but rather, the bonded rubber bushing will twist around it. Of course, if you have a polyurethane bushing, heim or other aftermarket joint, the bushing will rotate around the sleeve or misalignment spacers - again, there is NO movement around the bolt and therefore, shouldered bolts are NOT necessary. This is the reason why bolts are rated for "torque" and NOT "sheer" - the value of compression strength is all that is necessary to hold things together. Don't believe me? Place a pencil between your index finger and thumb and hold it in the air. Why doesn't the pencil fall? I mean, there's no bolt going though your finger and thumb to hold it in place. Pinch it harder and it will even take effort to move the pencil around. Imagine that - compression alone made that possible.

    If you really want to spend money on your Jeep, invest in a good torque wrench and use it as a part of regular maintenance.
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