As some of you may know, we’ve been looking for and photographing these 50 ft. arrows and on occasion, towers as well for over two years now and on this trip, it was our hope to find a few located all the way out on the eastern edge of the state.
With all the snow that we just got up in the Reno/Carson City area, Cindy and I were just itchin to get out and play in it. So, after taking care of some work, we packed up Rubicat and made our way over to a trail that starts on the west end of Reno and climbs up the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
As was the case last year, the show was absolutely packed full of vehicles and I’d have to say that SEMA is really starting to look and feel like it had about 10 years ago. In fact, there were so many Jeeps at the show that I have no doubts that there were more than a few we missed in spite of our best efforts to capture all of them.
WOO-HOO!!! It’s SEMA time again and as always, we Cindy and I will be covering the show LIVE from Las Vegas, Nevada! In fact, this will be our 11th year doing this and we invite all of you yet again to attend this amazing show virtually by following us here on this thread.
Last week, Cindy I got a call from our good friends Chris and Jen and they wanted know if we might want to hook up with them to do some ghost town exploring in the Northern Nevada desert.
Starting Sunday, November 1st, Cindy and I will be covering the 2015 SEMA Show LIVE and invite you to join us virtually by following us here on WAYALIFE.com! You can be sure we’ll be covering EVERYTHING Jeep related and more with TONS of detailed Hi-Res photos. Of course, if there’s anything in particular you’d like to see, please let us know and we’ll be sure keep an eye out for it.
Okay, been meaning to take Rubicat out for a while now and do some flex tests now that we’ve got her back on 40×15.50 Nitto Mud Grapplers.
Outside of the Rubicon and the Dusy Ershim, Fordyce is without question one of toughest trails in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and depending on who you talk to, the hardest of the three. While it wasn’t our original plan to run this trail, it wouldn’t be the first time we’ve gone off script, on a whim and really, that’s the kind of thing that makes an epic trek like this so much fun.
Just 2 more days till the release of SNAKE EYES : A fateful Trip across the Fordyce Jeep Trail! To keep your juices flowing, here’s another short teaser clip from the film and this time, it’s of Moby taking on the infamous Winch Hill #1.
In this short teaser video from our upcoming SNAKE EYES film, you’ll get to see our good friend Jeff fording his way through Water Crossing #1.
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.
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.
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 was such a beautiful morning today that Cindy and I decided to get the family out and take a family portrait
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.
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.
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.
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 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.