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    Quote Originally Posted by buckstopshere View Post
    I have always wanted a Jeep Wrangler and finally pulled the trigger on one back in April. I had so much fun driving naked all summer long. Itís just a fun ride and something just for tooling around.

    Its a 97 TJ i6 just under 150k lifted with 33s.

    When I bought it the owner told me there was a minor exhaust leak. Figure Iíd rather take care of this now and Iím thinking I should just go ahead and have the exhaust manifold replaced.

    So, my question to my fellow firearms and Jeep enthusiasts, do you know have any recommendations for a good shop that does work on Wranglers near Greenwood preferably?
    I'd check out For Fox Sake Offroad. The owner is Sean Fox. He's in Franklin and is a great guy and really knows Jeeps. He's got a pretty badass TJ, himself. He'll treat you well and do the work right. 2512 W State Road 144, Franklin, 46131, 317-204-8776. Tell him Dan Wilson from Indy Jeep Junkies sent you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deo62 View Post
    Shiny!!
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    Great looking ride, Hopper! I'll wait for the mud pic soon.
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    Very nice looking ride indeed!
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    Darned nice looking Jeep right there!!
    Thank you fellas. This was a long time coming. After 6 years of hearing my son call my Subaru Outback a "man purse car" (pretty sure he was afraid he'd inherit it someday), it was time to nut up a little bit this time. I gotta be honest... that Outback was a swiss army knife, it did absolutely everything I asked of it including passing plenty of much more expensive SUVs in the ditch while I was plowing through snow like a tractor. And it was perfectly (almost insanely) reliable. But hey, you can't live your WHOLE life being practical ALL the time, and with the year 2020 turned out to be it's high time for some fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Principal Skinr View Post
    I'd check out For Fox Sake Offroad. The owner is Sean Fox. He's in Franklin and is a great guy and really knows Jeeps. He's got a pretty badass TJ, himself. He'll treat you well and do the work right. 2512 W State Road 144, Franklin, 46131, 317-204-8776. Tell him Dan Wilson from Indy Jeep Junkies sent you.
    Thank you very much PS. I really appreciate that. Iíll get with him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eldirector View Post
    I'll watch for your report on the Appalachian Byway. I've been entertaining a trip out that way.

    We'll FINALLY be up in Michigan this next weekend. The Silver Lake Jeep Invasion was cancelled (thanks, Michigan Government). We are invading anyway. At the very least, we can hit the dunes, explore a little, and relax a LOT.

    Also planning a trip back down to Kentucky and the KAT for November. We ran the KAT in several sections west of I-75 earlier in the summer. I'm trying to convince my wife to run a bit of it to the east this time.
    Didnít know they canceled the invasion! I did notice there were still plenty of hotels available and thought it was odd. My oldest son and I are heading up for a Sunday/Monday (his days off) dune trip on Oct 11. I expect the dunes to not be packed like they were on our last trip. Post some pics when you get back!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grogmister View Post
    Didnít know they canceled the invasion! I did notice there were still plenty of hotels available and thought it was odd. My oldest son and I are heading up for a Sunday/Monday (his days off) dune trip on Oct 11. I expect the dunes to not be packed like they were on our last trip. Post some pics when you get back!
    Check out the camp site along the KAT about halfway through this video. At about the 12:05 mark, in the morning, the fog moving through the valley is captured in time lapse. It looks like a cloud river! AMAZING! I think if you become a Patreon for this guy, he'll share that location, but I'm not 100% sure of that. I'm sure if you reach out to him he'd let you know.

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    Does anyone have a Curry/Rock Jock Antirock front sway bar/torsion system on a 4 door JK? If so, let me know your impressions on it.

    My JKUR's swaybar disconnect has gotten to where it struggles to lock or unlock and when locked, I feel like it is worn out and just has too much play in it. I'm looking for a low-miles replacement, or one from a Rubi that has done little off-roading, with or without the electronic actuator. (I have an EVO manual actuator, so the electronic one is not necessary). The best price I've found on a new one is $1400. That's a bit painful for a Jeep that so seldom sees trails anymore. I still want the capability, but just not at that price.

    So the Antirock is about 500 bucks, which I can swallow. I just don't want there to be too much body roll on the road. So how does it compare on-road to the stock locked sway bar or stock solid sway bar for non-Rubicons? I do think it would give me what I want off-road. It is the on-road part that concerns me as my wife and 17yo son will be driving it on occasion.
    Last edited by Principal Skinr; 09-27-2020 at 08:58.
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    Sadly at the moment I am jeepless but Iíve owned many a TJ in my life. Iíll always wish I had another. Hope to get a gladiator someday. Plus I hear jeeps considering putting out a pretty robust overlanding jeep called the Far Out edition. Supposed to be a pretty capable long distance backcountry travel rig complete with built in RTT or habitat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buckstopshere View Post
    I have always wanted a Jeep Wrangler and finally pulled the trigger on one back in April. I had so much fun driving naked all summer long. Itís just a fun ride and something just for tooling around.

    Its a 97 TJ i6 just under 150k lifted with 33s.

    When I bought it the owner told me there was a minor exhaust leak. Figure Iíd rather take care of this now and Iím thinking I should just go ahead and have the exhaust manifold replaced.

    So, my question to my fellow firearms and Jeep enthusiasts, do you know have any recommendations for a good shop that does work on Wranglers near Greenwood preferably?
    FWIW, I have a 3 part video series on my YouTube channel of the exhaust manifold replacement I did on my 4.0 TJ last summer. It's not a terrible job to do yourself.

    They're in this playlist if you want to have a look. There will be a boatload more TJ videos coming soon too. I'm just wrapping up filming a complete root-to-toot fluid flush on the entire Jeep.

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    I found a Rubi disconnecting sway bar, including the actuator. I pick it up Friday It is off a 2015 that was totalled when it had only 1500 miles on it, so it is in new condition. Driving out Friday night to pick it up and install it.
    "God will have the last word, and it will be good!" --Dr. Robert H. Schuller

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    Successfully invaded Silver Lake! Chilly, and a bit wet, but a great weekend. I think my wife has a lot more pics on her phone. Here are a few I took:




    We also spent a day exploring the local "unimproved county roads". There is some really pretty scenery in Michigan.

    The Gladiator did fantastic. No troubles at all. Didn't do anything nutty this trip. Just bounced around the sand for a day and a half, explored the area, visited Pentwater, and relaxed around the fire pit in the evenings.

    My wife is already planning the next trip up. Literally. Was looking at other rentals before we even left! Need to get the 2021 Jeep Invasion dates. We stayed an extra day this time. I think we will try to stay a week next year. If they have decent internet, I can work for a day or so while the girls goof off.

    Wouldn't mind organizing a trip up with a group next spring/summer. We've been enough to know the ins-and-outs.
    Ryan "ElDirector"


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