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Serg5000
06-06-2012, 12:16 PM
Here I come. Today is the day I leave for the Rubicon. I have been waiting for this morning for months now. When the alarm went off I jumped out of bed and hit the ground running. My beautiful wife thought I lost my mind.

I will post pictures and stories when I get back. For me, this is the trip of my life time. See you all in a few days.

MTG
06-06-2012, 12:26 PM
Here I come. Today is the day I leave for the Rubicon. I have been waiting for this morning for months now. When the alarm went off I jumped out of bed and hit the ground running. My beautiful wife thought I lost my mind.

I will post pictures and stories when I get back. For me, this is the trip of my life time. See you all in a few days.

Awesome man! Have a blast! Be sure to change your "favorite trail" when you get back too. ;)

Franck
06-06-2012, 12:54 PM
awesome, i would be as excited as you are :yup: have a blast ! :rock::rock:

LoPo
06-06-2012, 02:50 PM
Enjoy, I plan on getting a weekend in at Rubicon this summer.

Chairokey
06-06-2012, 03:40 PM
That's really awesome, congrats!

Question about Rubicon.. Is it really a 10/10 as far as difficulty goes? It's just that I've seen trails rated lower than a 10 where a stock rubicon couldn't make it (for instance, a step that would require bigger tires and a lift to clear.). However the Trail Rated jeeps acquired their badge because they were able to clear the rubicon straight from the factory (according to the jeep website.) any insight on that?

DA RUNT
06-06-2012, 06:15 PM
Enjoy your trip, i'm sure your gonna have a blast. :2thumbsup:

SoCalDozer
06-06-2012, 06:49 PM
That's really awesome, congrats!

Question about Rubicon.. Is it really a 10/10 as far as difficulty goes? It's just that I've seen trails rated lower than a 10 where a stock rubicon couldn't make it (for instance, a step that would require bigger tires and a lift to clear.). However the Trail Rated jeeps acquired their badge because they were able to clear the rubicon straight from the factory (according to the jeep website.) any insight on that?

well even a jeep liberty can get a trail rated badge if its 4 wheel drive and I can assure you that it wont make it through the rubicon.

piginajeep
06-06-2012, 07:26 PM
well even a jeep liberty can get a trail rated badge if its 4 wheel drive and I can assure you that it wont make it through the rubicon.

it would make it with stacking of rocks and not giving a shit about body damage

Serg5000
06-07-2012, 01:30 PM
Oh yeah! Morning in Placerville.

MTG
06-07-2012, 01:47 PM
Oh yeah! Morning in Placerville.

Nice! Are you going to post updates here or start a new thread when done?

jktubby
06-07-2012, 02:15 PM
waiting for the updates, have fun :thumb:

JKRay
06-07-2012, 04:02 PM
Sweet!! Waiting for the updates! :thumb:

alpa
06-08-2012, 02:20 PM
Have a great time. Take a lot of pictures. I'm plannig to do Rubicon next month.

Serg5000
06-11-2012, 10:36 PM
A few months ago a group of friends invited me on the wild adventure. The Rubicon to be exact. It took me all of a few minutes to say yes I'm in. I took the time off from work and began to ponder. What should I do to prepare my Jk for this trip. Like all of you, I have heard many stories of this awesome trail and what one should do to prepare for it. As the months went by, I didn't do anything to my Jk. Let me tell you what setup I have. Not sure if you can even call it a setup.

2.5" Rough Country lift. With their shock.
35" BFG's MT's
And a Smittybuilt winch. That's it man. Nothing more nothing less.

As you can imagine, once I had my Jk loaded down I was at about 1.5"
Of lift in the rear. So off I go to meet up with my friends. Most of them have pretty sweet setups. 4" lifts with 35's or 37's. Bumpers winches you name it.
Off we go and after 450 miles of driving later, we get to the hotel to rest up for the trip of a life time. The next morning, off we go. We get to the staging area and air down. A few minutes later we are off to conquer the trail. Or so I thought.

The Gate Keeper had other plans for me. As I tried to make my way through it I peel the bottom of my diff cover up and began leaking fluid. A fella behind me seen it and ran up with a oil pad. I thought to myself, I'm done. One of the guys I was with says just take a hammer and beat it back in place and re fill it. So let the banging begin. I got it back and it held. By the second day it was dripping again. So I banged some more and added more juice. Lol.
I was glad I didn't turn around just for that. This place was amazing. More of my adventure to come.

Serg5000
06-11-2012, 10:43 PM
This trip provided us with some of natures best she has to offer. I found myself paying more attention to the surrounding mountains then I was the trail. A big ass rock right in front reminded me to stop that. So I backed up and up and over it I went. Our first day we made it to Buck Island as the sun began to set. I jumped out of my Jk and fired up my chain saw and began cutting fire wood. Once that was done, off I went to setup my tent in the dark. No problem there. Then I fixed myself a ribeye steak and green beans. Damn was I hungry.

The next morning I was the first one up. Boy was it beautiful.

Serg5000
06-11-2012, 10:55 PM
I could sit here and tell you about every inch of my adventure. But why do that. You guys can see from the pictures I posted and those others have posted that this is an amazing place. I am very thankful to have been a part of this trip. I learned a lot of things on this trip. 1. To be better prepared for damage. 2. Tools. Tools. Tools. Oh and hose clamps. Bring frickin hose clamps. You will know why soon enough. 3. Fluids. Bring coolant and oils that you may need. Trust me.

I want to add, I was with very nice people. They helped me when I needed it without. Linking an eye. I am very lucky to have friends like that.

In closing. I have only one regret. I was sitting on a boulder enjoying a cup of fresh brewed coffee when I seen the sun was beginning to rise. My regret is I had no family with me. My beautiful wife could. It come. My son did not get permission from the military to come either. At that very moment I realized I would never do an adventure like this without one of them ever again. Friends are one thing. But family is the most important. At least it is to me.
Her is the picture I took when the tear left my eye. Enjoy friends.

Serg5000
06-11-2012, 11:03 PM
More pics.

MikeLisa
06-12-2012, 12:03 AM
My wife's my best friend and I'm the same way, I wouldn't want to go on the trails without her.

john_mora
06-12-2012, 03:17 AM
Beautiful pictures, thank you for sharing.

ZERO LIMITZ
06-12-2012, 03:27 AM
Awesome pictures. Glad you had a great time, I understand about having the family with ya it means alot more getting to share the experience with them..... Thanks for sharing

CALIJK
06-12-2012, 04:12 AM
Serg, I'm very happy that you got the opportunity to experience the Rubicon - your pics are amazing - thank you! There's nothing better than a cup of coffee and seeing the sunrise at Buck Island Lake - except having your family with you at that moment, so I understand!

Serg5000
06-13-2012, 12:40 AM
Here are some pics I took at Rubicon Springs and just before Cadillac hill.

Serg5000
06-13-2012, 12:41 AM
Check this out. We got to see a bear as we made our way to Cadillac hill.

Serg5000
06-13-2012, 12:43 AM
A few more shots.

nmwranglerx
06-13-2012, 04:19 AM
Man, kudos to you for sticking it out. Many, myself included, would have had some serious doubts about continuing after ripping up diff cover at the start but I suppose that's part of jeeping. I hear you about the family. My wife is my best friend and she goes on all the four-wheeling adventures with me. Wouldn't want it any other way. Someday I will do this trail. I hope that when I do I'm with nice folks like you ran with. It makes all the difference. Nice pics, thanks for sharing. Congrats on doing the trail.

JandSJK
06-14-2012, 04:42 AM
looks like an amazing adventure! This is on my bucket list of trails which after joining here and the JK-Forum i'm in need of a bigger bucket:driving:

Serg5000
06-14-2012, 11:24 AM
looks like an amazing adventure! This is on my bucket list of trails which after joining here and the JK-Forum i'm in need of a bigger bucket:driving:

Bigger bucket. Lol. I hear ya.