It’s hard to imagine that the Jeep JK Wrangler as we know it today originated from the humble little Willys CJ or “Civilian Jeep” way back in the 1940’s. Born out of necessity, the Jeep has over the years grown in size, has become more capable and more comfortable and is without question, a lot safer to drive. Of course, this is to say nothing about all the new aftermarket products that are now available to help make them even more then they are right off the showroom floor. Thinking about all this, Cindy and I thought it would be fun to highlight just how far we’ve come and did so by taking a few face off photos between Rubicat, our highly modified 2012 Jeep JK Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited sitting on coil overs and 40×15.50 tires and Pappy, our bone stock 1954 Willys CJ3B sitting on factory leaf springs and 600×16 tires. See more pics by clicking on the link below:No comments
While it wasn’t our original plan to run the Fordyce Jeep Trail, it wouldn’t have been the first time that we’ve gone off script and on a whim. Of course, it’s in times like these that you can really find yourself on an adventure of a lifetime and not always because things go according to plan. If anything, this particular weekend run with our good friends Doug, his friend John, Jeff, Don, Lori, Ray and Mel quickly turned out to be a fateful one that was plagued with problem after problem. In so many ways, our rolling of the dice came up with a pair of snake eyes and if something could go wrong, it did. Still, in a crazy kind of way, this is one of those crazy trips that we always end up talking about around the campfire and always have a good laugh.
This is a project that Cindy and I started a while back but had to shelve due to other commitments. We’ve recently dug it up from the archives and revisited it because we felt that it was still a great story and one that was worth sharing. We hope this trailer will inspire you to come back and watch the full length film that is scheduled to be released this month.No comments
As some of you may recall, Cindy and I took Moby’s old 40×15.50 Nitto Mud Grapplers mounted on 20″ ATX Slab and painted the rings Dozer Yellow so that we could run them on Rubicat, our 2012 Jeep JK Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out as well as we would have wanted and quickly found that 3 of the 5 tires suffered from severe leaks. After breaking down the wheels again and doing a thorough inspection of the beads, we found that the problematic tires were installed improperly and had beads that were folded over in multiple locations. It would take multiple attempts (literally breaking the bead locks down about half a dozen times and reinstalling them) to mitigate these problem spots but, as of today, we now have a complete set of 5 tires all holding air! It’s a bit dark out but, here are a few shots that we just took of what Rubicat looks like with her new shoes. Of course, with the sunset being so pretty again tonight, most of them are kind of redundant only taken with different lighting and from slightly different angles.No comments
It was such a beautiful morning today that Cindy and I decided to get the family out and take a family portrait… well, maybe a few of them From left to right, you have Renny - our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, Rubicat - our 2012 Jeep Wrangler JK Rubicon Unlimited, Moby - our 2007 Jeep JK Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited, Plan-C - our 1997 Jeep XJ Cherokee, Rusty - our 1972 Jeep J2000 Pick-Up Truck and last but not least, Emma - our 1969 Jeepster Commando C101.No comments
If you’re tired of getting hung up and dragging your super low hanging rear axle lower control arm mounts on rocks and other obstacles out on the trail, there is a simple and cost effective solution available for your Jeep JK Wrangler and it’s known as an EVO Rock Star. Made by EVO MFG, the Rock Stars are essentially lower control arm mount skids that allow you to chop the bottom of your factory control arm axle mounts and raise the lowest point 1.5″ higher off the ground. I should note that in doing this, your sway bar links and lower shock mounts will also get raised up about 2″ and if you choose to do this mod, you’ll want to make sure that your shocks are short enough to accommodate the decrease in their up travel. With that in mind, this is a great mod that everyone who wheels their Jeep should consider and this write-up will show you what all is involved to get them installed.No comments
Even though it had been a long standing tradition of ours to end our summer with a camping trip up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, it had literally been 5 years since the last time Cindy and I have had a chance to do it. Needless to say, it was great to get back to what is most important to us and for 2015, we chose to spend our Labor Day weekend relaxing around a campfire and of course, with our good friends. Here are some photos from our trip, we hope you enjoy.No comments
For most of the parts on your Jeep that require a gasket, the use of traditional RTV is more than adequate if not what would be actually be recommended for the job. However, when you start working with aftermarket components like an Atlas Transfer Case, you might find that a old school paper or what is sometimes referred to as a rubber fiber gasket is what you’ll need. And, if you’re in a pinch for time or just looking to save some money, here’s a write-up that will help you to make your own.No comments
If you’re running a lift on your Jeep JK Wrangler and flex out the suspension on a regular basis, you may find that your rear sway bar had a tendency to shift to one side or the other. For the most part, this is no big deal but in some cases, the sway bar can shift enough to where the arms and or link ends catch on the frame causing a loud noise or sometimes even your brakes hard and/or soft lines causing damage to them. Fortunately, there is a cheap easy fix for this and this write-up should be able to help you out.No comments
As some of you may know, Barrett Lake is a fun trail located about 35 miles east of Placerville and north of Highway 50. For years, this 4 mile one way in and one way out Jeep trail had been know for being one of the toughest in the Eldorado National Forest and even had a 72″ gate at the entrance to prevent full size rigs from accessing it. On July 30, 2012, the trail was officially closed along with 41 other trails in the area due to a law suit filed against the U.S. Forest Service by the Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation regarding motorized routes that intersects meadows. Fortunately, this was order was fought and with the help of the Hi-Landers Four Wheel Drive Club, the issues which lead to the trail closure were addressed and the trail has been re-opened. In addition to a bridge over the Jones Fork Silver Creek, rolling dips were constructed around two meadows, stream channels were stabilized and the old sections of trail that were eliminated were restored back to nature.
For the first time since it was closed over 3 years ago, Cindy and I got a chance to run the Barrett Lake Jeep Trail and thanks to the new gate at the trailhead which now measures 86″, we were able to do it in Moby. Here are a few pics from our recent first run of this newly re-opened trail - I hope you enjoy.No comments
Back in the mid-1800’s, a stage route was established across the Jacumba Mountains which are located along the Mexican border and just south of the Anza Borrego Desert State Park. Its purpose was to connect the growing towns of San Diego, California and Yuma, Arizona and while improvements were made to help accommodate the very first automobiles back in the early 1900’s, the route was abandoned after the completion of U.S. Highway 80 and the subsequent Interstate 8. Thanks to a major storm in the 1970’s, a portion of the route that cut through Devil’s Canyon was washed away and for the most part, all but lost to history.
Cindy and I first heard about Devil’s Canyon about 10 years ago after reading about a few guys who went looking for this old stage route and to see if it could still be run. Soon after its rediscovery, it became one of the hottest trails to run in the San Diego and Imperial County area and because of it, the BLM quickly shut it down as the area was home to endangered Big Horn Sheep. Since that time, we had all but forgotten about this trail but after getting recent word that people were running it again and legally, we knew it was something we had to look into.
After doing some research, I found that the BLM was in fact allowing LIMITED access to Devil’s Canyon but ONLY WITH A PERMIT. And, what I can tell you is that unless you’re planning to run this trail with Tierra del Sol or another club that has access to it, you might as well still consider this trail to be CLOSED! Not only do you have to apply for a $100 permit 180 days in advance, you are only allowed to run the trail on one of seven Saturday’s between October 1st and April 30th and it cannot be on a Saturday following a previous run. In addition to that, you are limited in the amount of vehicles that can participate, you will need to fill out a 27 page application that requires you to include plans for medical emergencies and evacuation routes which, really is all fair and reasonable enough but, what will ultimately stump most people and almost stumped us as well is the proof of liability insurance the BLM requires for $500,000 per occurrence and a $1,000,000 aggregate! I should note that just about every insurance company I called with the hopes of obtaining a one day policy like this laughed at me and told me that the BLM is effectively telling people that they don’t want anyone on the trail! 7 months after I had applied for our permit and with any hopes of getting an an insurance policy starting to run out, Off Road Evolution stepped up to the plate and offered to let us ride on their policy. Needless to say, a BIG THANK YOU needs to go out to them for making this run and this film possible.
Unfortunately for us, by the time we got everything in order, the only Saturday left for us to run the trail was the last one of April. Needless to say, summer was already in full force down in the Yuha Desert and daytime temps were already well within the triple digits. Also, our 2007 Jeep JK Wrangler known as Moby was out of commission and so we would have to run it in our newer 2012 JK known as Rubicat. While this wouldn’t normally be a problem, it had a blown power steering pump and we wouldn’t be able to get a replacement until after the run. Of course, being that this was the only chance we might ever have at running this amazing trail, Cindy and I decided we needed to just do it regardless of having to do it handicapped.
Along for the ride on this epic trek, we had Doug, his daughter Jessa, her boyfriend Jim, Moochie, Don, Et, Tony, Stephanie, Derek, Ray, his son Kevin and tagging along as a support photographer, we had our friends Dave and Laura joining us as well. In all, we had a total of 8 Jeep JK Wrangler in our group and most of which were just running 37″ tires. As far as lift kits go, a few in our group were running EVO Bolt-On coil overs, a couple had EVO DTD with EVO Levers and one was running a Full-Traction long arm kit. Aside from Doug who was running Dyantrac ProRock 60’s front and rear, just about everyone else was running factory axles. Essentially, we were just a group of regular people in moderate to semi-well built rigs.
The Devil’s Canyon trail is approximately 3 miles long and roughly parallels the westbound lanes of Interstate 8. If you run the trail east to west like we did, it’s an uphill climb to the top, over large granite boulders more bodacious than Kim Kardashian’s ass and with deep soft sand in between just to kick things up a notch. While it did ultimately take us 15 hours to run and required us to do some unintended night wheeling, it should be noted that EVERYONE in our group was encouraged to take on ALL the biggest obstacles and be individually filmed doing it as well. This slowed thing down for us tremendously and we really need to thank all our friends for their patience and understanding for what we were trying to do. If this was the only time we would ever get to run this trail, we wanted to make sure we documented everything as carefully as possible and we hope that you enjoy this film we made from it.
Ladies and gentlemen… BEDEVILED!
WAYALIFE EPIC TREX ADVENTURES are off-road films created by Cindy and I. We have been responsible for producing the JK-Experience (also known as the JKX) video series “KEEP IT TIGHT” which was made in 2011, the 2012 series “HEARTLAND”, the 2013 series “WILD WILD WEST” and the 2014 “PACIFIC NORTHWEST”. Our films are produced and paid for entirely by us and we receive absolutely NO funding from manufacturers or vendors to help subsidize our work.No comments
Down by the Mexican border, there lies a historic stage route that once connected the towns of San Diego, California and Yuma, Arizona. Replaced by the modern Interstate 8, it has since all but become lost to time and nature. Today, Devil’s Canyon continues to stand as a rugged off-road Jeep trail that can ONLY be run legally on 7 Saturdays a year and ONLY with a permit that’s near impossible to get. This is the story of 15 regular guys and gals who worked hard to obtain a permit and ultimately took on this formidable trail in 8 of their Jeep JK Wranglers.
This is the official trailer for BEDEVILED and we hope it’ll inspire you to watch the full length film that is scheduled to be released this August.No comments
Without question, the WAYALIFE EPIC TREX Rockin Rubicon Runs are always a great time but with almost 30 Jeeps and well over 50 amazing people coming from as far away as Idaho, Ohio, New York and Massachusetts, I’d have to say that this was by far one of the best ones ever! Everyone was so much fun and I still can’t stop laughing every time I think about the crazy good times we had at camp. Of course, Andrew proposing to Julie on the trail and her accepting was truly icing on the cake.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take as many pics as I would have preferred but, below are a few that I was able to grab with my phone. It is my hope that others were able to snap a few as well and will add them to this thread.No comments
A year ago, 9 Jeeps and 15 members of WAYALIFE made our way back to Independence, Missouri, to embark on an epic trek back to California, in our modern day prairie schooners and by following the original Emigrant Trail and closely as possible. As was the case for so many of the emigrants 150 years ago, our journey west ended in a bust after one of the Jeeps in our caravan suffered a terrible accident crossing the Nevada desert.
On June 13, 2015, a handful of the original party and a few new members headed back out to the Nevada desert, to pick up where we left off and with the purpose of finishing what we started. Over the course of 4 days, we headed east to the town of Ely and along the way, made a stop over at Grimes Point, the Stokes Castle, Toquima Cave and Diana’s Punch Bowl. From there, we headed north, visited the ghost town of Metropolis and then got back on the California Emigrant Trail and headed west. After a stop over at the California Trail Interpretive center before setting up camp at the Rye Patch Reservoir. The following day, we officially picked up where we left off the year before and crossed what most emigrants considered the most difficult length of the Carson Route - “the 40 mile desert” and then pulled into Virginia City to spend the night in the oldest and longest running hotel in the state of Nevada - The Gold Hill. To complete our trip, we crossed the Sierra Nevada Mountains along a historic route connecting Virginia City, NV to Marysville, CA known as the Henness Pass Trail and along the way, stayed the night in the old mining town of Downeyville.
This thread highlights all the fun we had with our good friends and I hope you enjoy the photos.No comments
Close to the end of the Wentworth Springs length of the Rubicon Trail, there’s a big ledge that you can take on if you’re running a big set of tires. Here’s a short clip of Cindy rockin it in Moby, our big white Jeep JK Wrangler.No comments
Here’s a short clip of Cindy taking on the Rubicon Trail Buck Island Lake Double Bumps in our Jeep JK Wrangler known as Moby. With wet tires and slick granite, this can prove to be a real challenge but as you can see in this clip, Cindy floats Moby right up and over them.No comments
Not as many people run the Rubicon Trail from Wentworth Springs anymore but, there are still a few obstacles on it that are a lot of fun to take on including the Wentworth Sluice. In this short video, Adam tries to take on a big line in his 2-door Jeep JK Wrangler running 35″ tires.No comments
Climbing out of Buck Island Lake on the Rubicon Trail, there’s a point where there are three different lines you can take. The one down the middle can be a bit tricky as the rocky face can push your Jeep into a tree on the driver side but, in this clip, you will see Garrett take his JK up with ease.No comments
In spite of the lack of snow we’ve had up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains this year, there was still a good amount of water to be found on the Rubicon Trail. In fact, crossing the river in our Jeep JK Wranglers, guys with 37″ tires were getting sinking their tires all the way under and those with 35’s actually took on a bit of water. Check it out.No comments
This is a short clip of Chris Kelly taking on the Rubicon Trail Buck Island Lake Double Bumps in his Jeep JK Wrangler which can be tricky not only because of the slick granite you have to climb but also because you have to hit them with your tires wet! As you will see in this clip, there’s more then one way to get to the top but if you’re the one doing the filming, you had better stand clear or be quick on your feet!No comments
Russ had to wait two years to take on the Rubicon Trail Old Sluice but, as you can see in this short clip, he descended the last and toughest section in his Jeep JK Wrangler like a champ. Check it out!No comments