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wayoflife
02-23-2018, 07:05 PM
JL JOURNAL : STOCK on the ROCKS - Jeep JL Wrangler Rubicon on Last Chance Canyon Trail

Although we have had a chance to take JET Li, our brand new 2018 Jeep JL Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited, out on dirt and even up some rocks down the street from us, what Cindy and I have been really dying to do, is put him to the test and out on one of our all time favorite trails, Last Chance Canyon. Located in the El Paso Mountains near the town of Ridgecrest, Last Chance Canyon is a relatively short but beautiful trail that's filled with tons of great history and of course, plenty of rocks that are just small enough for a bone stock Jeep to take on but still big enough for a built up Jeep to have fun on. In fact, it's because of this reason that we typically like to take people who are new to Jeeps, out on this trail and to give them their very first taste of wheeling.

In this episode of the JL Journal, you get to see totally raw and unscripted footage of JET Li taking on the rocks, out in Last Chance Canyon and totally bone stock. Clearly, what you'll see is far far from hardcore rock crawling but we think it'll give you some idea of what an JL Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited is capable of and right off the showroom floor. We will have to apologize ahead of time for the quality of this video as we were using a back-up camera the day this was filmed and it isn't exactly the best. We hope that you'll enjoy the video just the same.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cACIvKnpKT0&feature=youtu.be

TrainWreck618
02-23-2018, 07:39 PM
Cool trail, looked like Jet Li handled it very well. How often was the fan kicking on? Thought I heard it a couple times in the video


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wayoflife
02-23-2018, 07:44 PM
Cool trail, looked like Jet Li handled it very well. How often was the fan kicking on? Thought I heard it a couple times in the video


It only came on those 2 times and both times after turning off the engine and starting it up again. I can only assume that the computer was trying to preemptively cool things down because a quick look at the gauges showed that things were running at a safe temp. Sure, they were on the warm side but nothing even close to being critical. I should note that the fan is crazy powerful too - you can almost feel the air sucking into the engine standing next to the grill.

DMF
02-23-2018, 07:55 PM
drooooooool. I want one now! And yes, that fan is crazy loud!

jeeeep
02-23-2018, 08:01 PM
pretty impressive!

the rear license plate holder looked like it was hinged so it wouldn't rip off?

Did you notice a difference in steering ease?

I need to move!!! lol

wayoflife
02-23-2018, 08:02 PM
drooooooool. I want one now! And yes, that fan is crazy loud!

Not just crazy loud but crazy powerful. I felt like I might get sucked in :crazyeyes:

wayoflife
02-23-2018, 08:03 PM
pretty impressive!

the rear license plate holder looked like it was hinged so it wouldn't rip off?

Did you notice a difference in steering ease?

I need to move!!! lol

I don't know if the license plate holder was hinged but it was clearly made to pull away and snap back into place. As you can see in the video, all I did was push it back on and all was good. :yup:

Regarding the steering, the electric assist did great. Granted, we were just on stock wheels. :crazyeyes:

Land Guru 1
02-23-2018, 08:08 PM
Pretty capable bone-stock - but when do the serious mods begin???

Maineiac
02-23-2018, 08:09 PM
Yea pretty impressive :) looking forward to more!

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wayoflife
02-23-2018, 08:17 PM
Pretty capable bone-stock - but when do the serious mods begin???

LOL!! You only have a stock Jeep once. We've got plenty on order already but we want to have as much experience wheeling our JL stock as possible to help us to understand what we really need or don't and to have a reference point for the future :yup:

Sharkey
02-23-2018, 08:41 PM
I'm not going to lie, you look as giddy as a school girl. It's nice to see and hear the excitement in your voice getting to start back at square one with something new/stock.

Now that you have put some freeway miles on him, what are your general thoughts about the subtle changes to the body, grill, windshield rake, etc.? Does the JL still feel like a brick (albeit refined) going through wind at freeway speeds?

wayoflife
02-23-2018, 09:42 PM
I'm not going to lie, you look as giddy as a school girl. It's nice to see and hear the excitement in your voice getting to start back at square one with something new/stock.

Now that you have put some freeway miles on him, what are your general thoughts about the subtle changes to the body, grill, windshield rake, etc.? Does the JL still feel like a brick (albeit refined) going through wind at freeway speeds?

:cheesy: It's been way too long since we've had a chance to start from square one and with something totally new. It really is exciting.

The subtle changes you speak of make the JL feel like a luxury SUV on the highway. Even in windy conditions, it feels great. Where I might make a negative note is in the electric steering on long straight drives like on 395. Every little movement you makes in the steering wheel translates into a movement in the Jeep so it feels like you're always making micro corrections. Now, this is no big deal to me being that I drive 2 JK's with sensitive ram assists but I do understand that this may be a new thing for a lot of people.

JKJKJKJLJL
02-23-2018, 10:27 PM
Amazing! Itís nice to see what that dude can do on the rocks! I canít wait to get mine out. Itís similarly specíd as Jet Li but in granite crystal and matching top. No name yet.


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BaddestCross
02-23-2018, 10:57 PM
I was looking forward to watching a stock JL going through the V-notch. So disappointed. 😎

Looks like you guys are enjoying starting from scratch! 🍻

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Jeepin' Rob
02-23-2018, 11:18 PM
So how do you like wheeling with the automatic vs. the manual transmission? Have a 5 speed manual now and thinking of the JL but uncertain whether to switch to the auto or not.

rumblebee3
02-24-2018, 12:13 AM
As always awesome video! Love that you guys are putting out so many of these! And the type of video you're doing... Meaning not all cut and edited and fine-tuned for perfection. Really brings a personability to them. Looks like you guys had plenty of fun! Just wait till you guys get bigger tires and some armor and sounds like Jet Li will be unstoppable!

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JeepFan
02-24-2018, 12:53 AM
That looked like so much fun. I was so close but yet so far from being able to join you guys that day. Great video!

wayoflife
02-24-2018, 01:32 AM
Amazing! Itís nice to see what that dude can do on the rocks! I canít wait to get mine out. Itís similarly specíd as Jet Li but in granite crystal and matching top. No name yet.

No need to rush a name, it'll come all on its own :)


I was looking forward to watching a stock JL going through the V-notch. So disappointed. 😎

Looks like you guys are enjoying starting from scratch! 🍻

LOL! Maybe next time. And yes, loving staring all over again. So much fun :yup:


So how do you like wheeling with the automatic vs. the manual transmission? Have a 5 speed manual now and thinking of the JL but uncertain whether to switch to the auto or not.

Truth be told, manuals are what I grew up with and what I know best. That being said, autos are simply superior on the rocks.

wayoflife
02-24-2018, 01:34 AM
As always awesome video! Love that you guys are putting out so many of these! And the type of video you're doing... Meaning not all cut and edited and fine-tuned for perfection. Really brings a personability to them. Looks like you guys had plenty of fun! Just wait till you guys get bigger tires and some armor and sounds like Jet Li will be unstoppable!

We're glad to hear you're enjoying the raw format of our JL Journals. Stripping everything down is the only way we can crank them out as quickly as we have been and using music costs a lot of money. As far as JET Li goes, he's almost unstoppable now :crazyeyes:


That looked like so much fun. I was so close but yet so far from being able to join you guys that day. Great video!

We'll just have to do it again :yup:

TrailHunter
02-24-2018, 02:12 AM
Great Journal! A little ďGoofyĒ, but still great. [emoji1360]

RockingK
02-24-2018, 02:15 AM
Another incredible chapter in the Jet Liís baby book, love it! I have mentioned before the raw video element and that it brings life to an unscripted adventure...well done guys and thank you for putting this out there, itís great entertainment and education all wrapped neatly in a package us Wayalifers appreciate:rock:

JAGS
02-24-2018, 02:19 AM
That's such a fun trail. [emoji106] You weren't kidding about the fan. I'm guessing over the weekend Tony's was doing the same thing?

aggrex
02-24-2018, 03:15 AM
Nice video showing the capability of your stock JL Rubi. A bit cringe-worthy when scraping or sliding off the rocks but they are trail badge worthy. Even the opening scene had the license plate flexing but that was easily fixed. FCA should be reachng out to you as your videos are demonstrating the awesome capability of the JL.

wayoflife
02-24-2018, 03:31 AM
Great Journal! A little ďGoofyĒ, but still great. [emoji1360]

:cheesy: Nice to have a foreigner here on the forum :thumb:


Another incredible chapter in the Jet Liís baby book, love it! I have mentioned before the raw video element and that it brings life to an unscripted adventure...well done guys and thank you for putting this out there, itís great entertainment and education all wrapped neatly in a package us Wayalifers appreciate:rock:

We knew it would be a risk to put out videos like this and we're glad to hear that people like you are okay with it :)


That's such a fun trail. [emoji106] You weren't kidding about the fan. I'm guessing over the weekend Tony's was doing the same thing?

Nope, Tony's JL was silent the whole time. Only happens with rock crawling it would seem. Shifting out of drive and picking gears manually helps.


Nice video showing the capability of your stock JL Rubi. A bit cringe-worthy when scraping or sliding off the rocks but they are trail badge worthy. Even the opening scene had the license plate flexing but that was easily fixed. FCA should be reachng out to you as your videos are demonstrating the awesome capability of the JL.

LOL! You're too kind. But, if you know anyone over at FCA, we appreciate the plug :D

longarmwj
02-24-2018, 03:37 AM
Crazy how capable the JL is stock!!! I can only imagine what a 2.5-3 inch lift and 37s would do for the capability


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RESURECTIONJK
02-24-2018, 03:40 AM
Really enjoying the raw production. I have always loved the videos, and these have a new feel to them, very organic and they make us feel like weíre the ones behind the camera. Thanks for bringing us along and for keeping our addiction fed.

notnalc68
02-24-2018, 03:45 AM
That fan sounds angry! If it keeps it cool, thatís great, though. It looked like you had a lot of fun, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.


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wayoflife
02-24-2018, 03:57 AM
Crazy how capable the JL is stock!!! I can only imagine what a 2.5-3 inch lift and 37s would do for the capability

Well, the lift and 37's are coming very soon. Guess we'll be finding out soon :cool:


Really enjoying the raw production. I have always loved the videos, and these have a new feel to them, very organic and they make us feel like weíre the ones behind the camera. Thanks for bringing us along and for keeping our addiction fed.

Thank you. This is the first time we've done anything like this and it's been really really hard. The rawness of them leaves us wide open to scrutiny and we're glad that you enjoy them.


That fan sounds angry! If it keeps it cool, thatís great, though. It looked like you had a lot of fun, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Always a good time when we're out on the trail :yup:

JAGS
02-24-2018, 04:37 AM
I wonder how the plastic rear bumper will hold up? That license plate scene was kind of funny.

I didn't order steel. Figured I'd be upgrading the front and removing the rear before too long.

Maybe I can can find a way to stubby the plastic one??

OSV
02-24-2018, 05:15 AM
the sound of fresh new metal screeching on hard rock was like fingernails on a chalkboard :shock:

i'll be following the buildup on this one, thx

wayoflife
02-24-2018, 05:28 AM
I wonder how the plastic rear bumper will hold up? That license plate scene was kind of funny.

I didn't order steel. Figured I'd be upgrading the front and removing the rear before too long.

Maybe I can can find a way to stubby the plastic one??

LOL!! Cindy and I were talking about this and yeah, if we had plastic bumpers, they probably would be looking like shit :crazyeyes:


the sound of fresh new metal screeching on hard rock was like fingernails on a chalkboard :shock:

i'll be following the buildup on this one, thx

LOL!! It's been a while since we've wheeled a stock Jeep and yes, it was tough to listen to :crazyeyes:

JAGS
02-24-2018, 05:44 AM
LOL!! Cindy and I were talking about this and yeah, if we had plastic bumpers, they probably would be looking like shit :crazyeyes:

Well, guess I'll need to "upgrade" all that much more sooner. Bummer. [emoji6] lol.

I don't even have mine yet, and I'm already trying to figure out how to go 37s.

From everything I've read and seen, it seems the perfect set up. Maybe a couple concerns here or there.

RocknJK
02-24-2018, 07:08 AM
Great video! Thatís a fun trail to run been there many times.


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Jeepin' Rob
02-24-2018, 02:35 PM
Maybe I can
find a way to stubby the plastic one??

Sawzall :)

FCA need to show the video to their dealers so they truly understand the JL Rubicon's capability. Keep the videos coming

frenchjk
02-24-2018, 02:54 PM
Point and shoot on 37's and a few doodads.....watch those temps though (strange but not surprising)

Start Stop: we have the s/s feature on the JK (U) 2.8 diesels since they were released, yes the option defaults to off in 4L (in fact often defaults to off and just stays that way until next flash in dealership:doh:....but its better for the starter and flywheel)

Paws
02-24-2018, 02:58 PM
Nice video guys! It does show a little on what it can do bone stock. Very capable bone stock for sure.

When you go 37s, do the pinch seams in the rear need to be cut or did they fix that? Along with that will the Rubicon slider need cut too? For the new JL axels, Iím curious if they will support 37s with the abuse you put them through?

Cheers!


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Linebacker
02-24-2018, 03:27 PM
Really enjoying the journal and wondering where your plan will take Jet Li. There is a plan, right?

wayoflife
02-24-2018, 03:44 PM
Well, guess I'll need to "upgrade" all that much more sooner. Bummer. [emoji6] lol.

I don't even have mine yet, and I'm already trying to figure out how to go 37s.

From everything I've read and seen, it seems the perfect set up. Maybe a couple concerns here or there.

37's is what we're shooting for. It was the perfect setup on a JK and I think it'll be even more so on a JL. :yup:


Great video! Thatís a fun trail to run been there many times.

Glad you liked it :)


Sawzall :)

FCA need to show the video to their dealers so they truly understand the JL Rubicon's capability. Keep the videos coming

Thank you and you can be sure we'll keep the videos coming :yup:

wayoflife
02-24-2018, 03:48 PM
Point and shoot on 37's and a few doodads.....watch those temps though (strange but not surprising)

Start Stop: we have the s/s feature on the JK (U) 2.8 diesels since they were released, yes the option defaults to off in 4L (in fact often defaults to off and just stays that way until next flash in dealership:doh:....but its better for the starter and flywheel)

Really? I had no idea that the 2.8L diesels came with start stop.


Nice video guys! It does show a little on what it can do bone stock. Very capable bone stock for sure.

What you go 37s, Do the pinch seams in the rear need to be cut or did they fix that? Along with that will the Rubicon slider need cut too? For the new JL axels, Iím curious if they will support 37s with the abuse you put them through?

Cheers!

The fender openings on the JL Rubicons are bigger than what the Sport and Sahara have and are considerably bigger than what the JK had. The pinch seam has been addressed and the rocker guard terminates at the same point. As far as the axles go, we'll put them to the test and let you know. :yup:


Really enjoying the journal and wondering where your plan will take Jet Li. There is a plan, right?

Oh yeah, there is a plan. We've already got parts coming - stay tuned :yup:

Andy5160
02-24-2018, 04:50 PM
Great video guys keep them coming and my straggle is getting real
Doug did good on his 40ís [emoji12][emoji12][emoji12]
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wayoflife
02-24-2018, 04:57 PM
Great video guys keep them coming and my straggle is getting real
Doug did good on his 40ís [emoji12][emoji12][emoji12]
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:cheesy: Yeah, the 40's were a handicap for sure but he did okay :D

FallonJeeper
02-24-2018, 06:09 PM
That was fun. Enjoyed the video.

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cocokrispes
02-24-2018, 06:30 PM
Good video. Reminded me the 1st time I took my stock jk out. All the scraping made my cringe.

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longarmwj
02-24-2018, 09:28 PM
Just watched this again! Itís been great for passing the time while in the hospital [emoji23]


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jesse3638
02-24-2018, 11:40 PM
Just watched this again! Itís been great for passing the time while in the hospital [emoji23]


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Hospital?

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longarmwj
02-25-2018, 02:39 AM
Hospital?

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Yup. Iím septic


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OliverBoots
02-09-2020, 07:21 PM
JL JOURNAL : STOCK on the ROCKS - Jeep JL Wrangler Rubicon on Last Chance Canyon Trail


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cACIvKnpKT0&feature=youtu.be

Hi Eddie,

Just signed up to your website and started watching all your JL journal videos starting from the oldest. I have to say man, I cringed and hands to head when your new JL License plate flexed followed by some of the underbody contact to the rocks. I'm liking it and honestly thinking of getting myself a JL. Its a long way for me on this side of the 4 wheel drive world. You have now one life time subscriber :) I will watch all of your journals and will slowly weed and lurk through the rest of your forums and website content. Great stuff and thank you so much from my heart to bring this wealth of knowledge in one place. Much appreciated. God bless!

wayoflife
02-10-2020, 03:59 PM
Hi Eddie,

Just signed up to your website and started watching all your JL journal videos starting from the oldest. I have to say man, I cringed and hands to head when your new JL License plate flexed followed by some of the underbody contact to the rocks. I'm liking it and honestly thinking of getting myself a JL. Its a long way for me on this side of the 4 wheel drive world. You have now one life time subscriber :) I will watch all of your journals and will slowly weed and lurk through the rest of your forums and website content. Great stuff and thank you so much from my heart to bring this wealth of knowledge in one place. Much appreciated. God bless!

Awesome, so glad to hear you enjoy our videos and it's good to have you here :yup:

Ddays
02-10-2020, 04:14 PM
Hi Eddie,

Just signed up to your website and started watching all your JL journal videos starting from the oldest. I have to say man, I cringed and hands to head when your new JL License plate flexed followed by some of the underbody contact to the rocks. I'm liking it and honestly thinking of getting myself a JL. Its a long way for me on this side of the 4 wheel drive world. You have now one life time subscriber :) I will watch all of your journals and will slowly weed and lurk through the rest of your forums and website content. Great stuff and thank you so much from my heart to bring this wealth of knowledge in one place. Much appreciated. God bless!


LOL, look out - this is where and how it starts - videos suck you in, you make a bunch of friends here, and the next thing you know you're looking UP from the rabbit hole! :crazyeyes:

OliverBoots
02-11-2020, 01:41 AM
I went to configure and build a 2020 JL :shock: close to 53K

https://www.jeep.com/bmo.wrangler.2020.html#/build/exterior/75035/CUJ202010JLJS74A/2TR/ERC,DFT,DMF,Z1F,SDD,TT4,WGM,D5,UAQ,AEK,AD6,ADH,RC4 ,HT1,MM3,XBM,CK5,CWA,X9,PW7,24R,APA

Clutch
02-11-2020, 02:02 AM
I went to configure and build a 2020 JL :shock: close to 53K

https://www.jeep.com/bmo.wrangler.2020.html#/build/exterior/75035/CUJ202010JLJS74A/2TR/ERC,DFT,DMF,Z1F,SDD,TT4,WGM,D5,UAQ,AEK,AD6,ADH,RC4 ,HT1,MM3,XBM,CK5,CWA,X9,PW7,24R,APA

Welcome! You gotta pay to play!


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