VIDEO : Moby Tackles a Big Ledge on the
Rubicon Trail Wentworth Springs

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.

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VIDEO : Moby Floating Over the Rubicon Trail
Buck Island Double Bumps

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.

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VIDEO : 2-Door Jeep Wrangler Takes on the
Rubicon Trail Wentworth Sluice

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.

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VIDEO : Jeep Climbing out of Buck Island Lake
on the Rubicon Trail

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.

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VIDEO : Jeeps Fording a Deep Water Crossing
on the Rubicon Trail

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.

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VIDEO : Chris Taking on the Buck Island Double Bumps

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!

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VIDEO : Russ Descending the Rubicon Trail Old Sluice

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!

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VIDEO : Moby Takes on the Rubicon Trail Soup Bowl

On our recent trip across the world famous Rubicon Trail, Cindy and spent a lot of time filming our adventures and this thread was started to highlight some of our best clips. This first video is of Cindy taking Moby, our big white JK up the ever challenging Rubicon Trail Soup Bowl. I hope you enjoy.

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From Beginning to End and Everything in Between
Rubicon Trail Run 2015


It’s been a real long time since Cindy and I have had a chance to run the Rubicon with a small group and felt fortunate when Adam (Overlander JK) asked if we could lead a trip across it with a few of his friends. Of course, as luck would have it, his friends Chris (Irish JK) and Kristen, Garrett (SDG), Russ (ttfhell) and Doug (Trail Bud) just happen to be our friends as well and all of them have built up rigs running ProRock axles and EVO coil overs. With this in mind, we decided to run the trail all the way from the Wentworth Springs end and take on some of the big boy lines along the way - or at least, whoever was willing to chance some carnage. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to take anywhere as near as many pics as we normally do but are hoping some of the others who joined us can add a few of theirs to fill in the gaps. We did shoot a lot of video though and if we can, we’ll try to post up some short clips as soon as possible. For now, here are just a handful of pics from our recent Rubicon run. I hope you enjoy.

From Beginning to End and Everything in Between - Rubicon Trail Run 2015 Photos

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WAYALIFE Memorial Weekend Kick-Off to Summer Camping Trip Report 2015

Being a major holiday weekend at the tail end of spring, Cindy and I have always used Memorial Day Weekend as way to kick off summer and get back up into the mountains and do some camping. Ironically, the last few years had been more of a “winter finale” than anything and unfortunately, this year was pretty much more of the same or at least, for the first part of our trip. In spite of the fact that we decided to head out into the middle of Nevada where it should have been warm, we instead found ourselves in a storm that left the desert soggy and filled with mud. Still, we were able to have a ton of fun and the rest of the weekend ended up being nice, sunny and relaxing. Here are some photos from our trip, I hope you enjoy.

WAYALIFE Memorial Weekend Kick-Off to Summer Camping Trip Report 2015

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A Bucking Run Up Bronco Canyon

The last run we got to do with our good friend Adam while he was visiting us here in Northern Nevada, was one up a trail just east of Reno and known as, Bronco Canyon. As luck would have it, Trail Bud and getoverit (Russ and Naomi) were both able to join us as well as an unexpected guest all the way from Oregon, JK_b/c_yolo (Bobbie). Here are just a few pics from all the fun we had out on the trail. I would have taken more but I was doing most of the driving this day and Cindy was doing some filming. Still, I hope you enjoy what I was able to take.

A Bucking Run Up Bronco Canyon Trip Report

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SHHH - It’s a Secret…

Secret Canyon is just one of the many awesome trails that we have up here in Northern Nevada and really, it’s trails like this that make us love living here. Close to town, short enough to do in a day and yet, hard enough to be a real challenge and of course, a ton of fun. While our good friend Adam was up here visiting us earlier in the week, we decided to do a run up this awesome trail and if you click on the link below, you can see some photos from our day out on this Secret trail.

SHHH - It’s a Secret…

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Rock Krawler Triple Rate vs. TeraFlex Coil Test

Over the weekend, our good friend Adam (OverlanderJK) came up to Camp WAYALIFE to get away from the hustle and bustle of SoCal living and spend a few days relaxing and wheeling with us up here in beautiful Northern Nevada. While he was up here, he agreed to let us use his 2-door JK to install a set of new Rock Krawler Triple Rate coils that had been sent out to us a while back for testing. To help understand what we would be comparing them to, Adam was running a set of TeraFlex 3″ coils that yielded over 4″ of lift on his 2-door JK and had paired them up with a set of new Rancho RS5000X shocks. For our purposes, we would only be swapping out the coils and keeping everything else exactly the same so that we could get an apples to apples comparison. Our goal was to get a lower ride height, one that would still offer the same amount of droop without unseating a coil and with any luck, obtain a softer ride as well. Click on the link below to see some photos of the initial testing we did with the existing TeraFlex coils, the installation of the new Rock Krawler coils and then some more testing out on Prison Hill.

Rock Krawler Triple Rate vs. TeraFlex Coil Test

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2015 WAYALIFE EPIC TREK to MOAB

For more years that I can remember, Cindy and I have always headed out to Moab to attend the annual Easter Jeep Safari and spend a week there wheeling whatever trails we could. For 2015, we decided to change things up a bit and do something that we’ve been wanting to do for a long time, and that was to make the long journey out to Moab into an EPIC TREK. Essentially, our plan was to take a series of “long cuts” if you will and explore some of the cool places that most people don’t even know they’re missing along the way. For our purpose, our adventures would begin in the town of Laughlin, NV, take us east across the historic Route 66, drop us down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, take us back up to the top of the South Rim, bring us north up through Monument Valley, traverse the historic Hole in the Rock trail and only then deliver us into Moab to wrap up the week and have some fun on the slick rock out there.

Click on the link below to see some of the photos we took of the 14 Jeeps and 27 people that joined us for this epic trip. I hope you enjoy.

2015 WAYALIFE EPIC TREK to MOAB

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WAYALIFE Last Chance Canyon Newbie Run

Because we’ve all been newbies at one point and time and we’ve all had a lot to learn, Cindy and I like to do a newbie run once a year to help teach the basics to people who are new to the world of Jeeps and them out on the trail. Last Chance Canyon is where we typically like to do this as it is short enough and has just the right amount of obstacles to help someone learn how to use their Jeep off-road. Of course, being that there’s so much more to what we consider “the Jeep WAYALIFE” than just driving over stuff, we always make sure to throw in a bit of sightseeing, history and camping out under the stars.

In this short video presentation, you’ll get to see all the fun we have on our most recent WAYALIFE Last Chance Canyon Newbie run. I hope you enjoy what you see and if you’re new to the world of Jeeps, I hope you’ll join us on our next run.

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Bronco Canyon Monday Fun Day Run

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.

Bronco Canyon Monday Fun Day Run

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Rock Hard Jeep JK Wrangler
Front Harness Bar Installation Write-Up

I couldn’t tell you why we hadn’t done this sooner as it was always something we had planed to do but, over the weekend, I finally got around to installing a Rock Hard 4×4 Parts front harness bar to go with the MasterCraft Baja RS seats that we’ve had in Moby for a very long time now. Of course, this allowed me to do a clean install of a MasterCraft Safety 5-point harness and that will help secure us in place as we bomb through the desert. For those of you who are interested in installing one in your Jeep JK Wrangler, this write-up will show you just how easy it is to do.

Rock Hard Jeep JK Wrangler Front Harness Bar Installation Write-Up

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2015 WAYALIFE Last Chance Canyon Newbie Run

For almost 10 years now, Cindy and I have been doing newbie runs up in the El Paso Mountains on a trail called Last Chance Canyon and without question, it is one of our favorite runs that we do each year. Nothing beats seeing the expressions of people who are new to the world of off-roading, take on terrain that seemed otherwise impassible and then conquer it with their Jeep. The smiles and laughter that we see and hear are as sincere as they get and it is in times like these that we truly get to remember what it is about the Jeep WAYALIFE that we love so much.

2015 WAYALIFE Last Chance Canyon Newbie Run Photos

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Jeep JK Wrangler Steering Box Removal
& PSC O-Ring Replacement Write-Up

A few weeks back, I started hearing some belt slipping on our 2012 Jeep JK Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited known to most as, Rubicat. Figuring it was just really cold and wet out, I figured it was nothing and just ignored it or at least, until I started see drip marks from under the engine area. After determining the drips were power steering fluid and coming from all over the place, I did a thorough cleaning of the steering box, power steering pump, reservoir and all the hydraulic lines just so that I can get a better idea of where it was coming from. After everything was dry, I started up the engine but, before I could go for a test drive, I discovered the leak was in fact coming from the Delphi steering box, right where the PSC snout was bolted up to it. Needless to say, I had a bad O-ring and it needed to be replaced.

This step-by-step write-up will show you how to remove the power steering box (or “steering gear” as some like to call it) from your Jeep JK Wrangler as well as show you how to separate the snout and replace the O-Ring inside.

Jeep JK Wrangler Steering Box Removal
& PSC O-Ring Replacement Write-Up

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2015 WAYALIFE Presidents Day Weekend
Lone Pine Run

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.

Below are some photo highlights from our trip and I hope you enjoy them.

2015 WAYALIFE Presidents Day Weekend Lone Pine Run Photo Gallery

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