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Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Kansas City Mo
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Yeah I'm a gun guy. I'm all about shooting. I think I still have a membership at the bullet hole on Shawnee Mission Parkway. Or I live on property if you want to get rifles and such involved.
Had a couple good snows now and you aren't kidding. I did manage to get my jeep stuck once but that was only with open differentials and my FL and RR corners weren't touching the ground. I stradled a ditch at just the wrong angle and it was square in a 3 ft drift.
The night the snow was the worst I was one of the few vehicles still on the road. Tow trucks weren't able to move. Everyone was 1st-gear crawling down the roads. I was still able to do 65 on the interstate and change lanes etc with no problem at all. It literally grips so well, it's scary. I think I pulled a total of 5 cars out of the median/ditch that night. Almost never had to use 4wd. I could stop on a steep hill that was completely iced over with no snow and take off again in 2wd.
The thing that has surprised me the most though, is I've already put close to 5k miles on the tires and the tungsten carbide studs still have the little nubs on the end to make them sharper. Almost 0 wear at all. All this being said, I still ordered a 10.5k winch for it.
As for suspension work. I'm sorry to say, I haven't really touched it. I've had it since Feb of 08 and it's just done so well that I haven't been motivated enough to crawl under it and throw a few grand at making it better.
I have a lifted '74 Chevy sitting on 35x12.50 BFG Mt's if things get really crazy. I still think I'll lift the Jeep some, put some 33's or 35's under it and maybe lockers in the spring. Except if I do that I'll probably want upgraded axles too. So I'm probably looking at a Ford 8.8 in the rear and dunno what in the front. I've been watching the KCjeepclub to see if I can find someone selling them, preferably with the correct leef perches and all, already installed. We'll see. I wanna ESS-SC and clutch the M5 and maybe get into a Ducati too so I gotta get some priorities in line. Everytime I drive my car, I can't wait to put time and money into it but then I drive my jeep and the $+simplicity make it an easy upgrade target too. I'll probably make the jeep my priority for now. I'll throw a clutch and tires at the M5 in the spring and save the upgrades for later. The car hasn't come close to getting spanked by anything and it's just so close to being perfect as-is, I don't see a big need to upgrade yet. The jeep on the other hand needs a little help before it gets around off road like my truck.
Then I face the option of maybe selling my jeep as it sits and buying one someone else has upgraded. I'm sure I'd be time and $$ ahead going that route and my jeep does so well on the road, I hate to lose it's ride, top end, fuel economy, reliability. I don't know, we'll see where spring finds me financially.
As I mentioned, I'm not driving my car much these days. As a result, I don't think to get on here much. If you or the other guys come up with a time you'd like to get together, cars or not, let me know. My work cell is 913-927-2715. Might shoot a text instead of call. The office phones go to the Supervisor on duty after office hours and we occasionally wind up forwarding calls from our work cells to eachother when we're off shift. Texts still go to the right phone though.