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Default Off-Road Trip with my Jeep - Lots of pics...

I know we have some JEEPers here, I believe, so just wanted to post up some pics of mine and my first real offroading trip. I definitely know I am addicting, getting more mods, and returning to this park a few more times this year... anyway...

So me and the 6-month old JK finally made our maiden voyage to Rausch Creek offroad park in Tremont, PA. It never hit me that it is only a 30 mile trek from home, but that was a pleasant surprise since I plan on going back! In fact, this was my first “real” offroad experience ever. I went with my brother and a friend who were also first timers at Rausch.

My JK is pretty much “stock” although I’ve outfitted by X model with Rubicon mud terrains, Rubicon sliders, sway bar quick discos, some extra skids (including evap etc) and a 1” leveling lift. I have a 2.5” lift in the basement and plan to go to 34s or 35s with some better gears someday in the next year. My brother has offroaded some before (4” lift and 31s on his YJ, but fully outfitted with armor, winch, etc. so he was set despite smallest tire size). My other buddy Nate had never had his TJ Rubicon offroad either since purchasing it maybe a year ago. He is stock other than some 32” mud terrains (no lift).

As for Rausch we hit mostly green trails (most of them actually in our 8 hours) with a blue or two thrown in by accident - I led most of the morning (figuring I'd be the first to turn my new jeep back if things got hairy) and then the other guys took over for the afternoon. Despite the various models and setups we had (more heavily modded YJ, stockish TJ Rubi, and stockish/Rubiish [no lockers but wouldnt have needed em] JK) we ran well together... Some of the trails were a cakewalk for all of us, but some of the greens I thought posed an ample challenge for our lesser modded rigs as well. I recall the 101 trail being a bit rocky and challenging but maybe that’s b/c it was like the 2nd trail we hit (I was thinking Offroad 101 would be simple – LOL).

Noone got stuck and needed rescued and noone broke anything serious (just some skid plate scratches and dings, etc.) although my brother had his clutch smoking on 101 trail. I think the rigs performed pretty well (and the drivers) for what they were and it was a blast!

Onto the pics!

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Most of these were on trails B, C, E – easy green trails with little mud holes and some smallish rocks:






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Poser shot on the 101 trail – I had to sneak around that rock on the left between it and a tree with about





Waterhole on D was pretty fun the first couple times through…

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Then my brother drove all the water out plowing through it… lol.


This one was pretty deep too…


Getting ready to head up powerline:


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More rocky powerlines:




Near the top:


Final shot of the day right above the comp course overlooking the valley – a little dirty but all in one piece:

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awesome pics thanks i have had a jeep in one form or another for 20 + years i have a 2000 wrangler to play with now and just went to look at a 2010 Rubicon for the mrs may pick it up next week thanks again for the pics

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Looks like great fun!

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Wheeling pics are always welcome Looks like you guys had a good time.

I used to be pretty big into jeeping myself, but unfortunately my TJ has been parked in the garage for about 4 years and hasn't moved an inch After my t-case exploded doing 75mph on the freeway it just hasn't seen any action.

This is the only pic I can find on my computer of it, but this is at least 6 years old. It has grown a few inches since then, received a warn front bumper, borla header and a few other items since then. I sure do miss it... makes me want to head to the garage and start working on getting her running again

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This is the only pic I can find on my computer of it, but this is at least 6 years old. It has grown a few inches since then, received a warn front bumper, borla header and a few other items since then. I sure do miss it... makes me want to head to the garage and start working on getting her running again

Nice looking TJ! I think I have those exact tires - LOL.

I can't wait until mine "grows up" a little also - I have the lift in the basement (2.5" lift plenty for me on a JK - might do 1" BL if I go with 35s and need room), just waiting to wear out these tires so that I can justify the purchase of 34s or 35s and gears.
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awesome pics thanks i have had a jeep in one form or another for 20 + years i have a 2000 wrangler to play with now and just went to look at a 2010 Rubicon for the mrs may pick it up next week thanks again for the pics
Good luck with the 2010 Rubi - you will love it. I kind of regret not getting the Rubi but I have mostly everything it has anyway except lockers - and I may add a rear locker at re-gear time anyway. We didn't even need lockers on any trails we hit the other day and I don't anticipate doing much tougher trails at least until I get other mods - heck I only hit 4L a few spots where I wanted to crawl down rocky hills slowly and/or over larger obstacles, etc.

Are you getting an auto or manual tranny in the 2010? My *only* complaint about my JK is the stock gearing sucks... has hard enough time turning stock 32s and maintaining speed on a hilly highway. I wouldn't put bigger tires on without gears - probably not even "little" 33s.
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