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finally did some real off roading!

I have a 2012 with 20 inch wheels, no electronic locker on the rear and terra graps, had to add the skids and hooks myself with this package.. Was in CO and took my family off road for some distance. Was the hairiest trails I've seen in a WK2 (my '97 TJ does fine!) I was really impressed with the TC kicking in on steep ups in the very dry dusty rocks and the downhill assist coming down. Probably about 10-12% grade. For an SUV weighing probably 6K # with cargo, it did a nice job not ruining my marriage or making my kids cry (daughter fell asleep ).

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Old 06-26-2016, 12:21 AM
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Re: finally did some real off roading!

Sounds like you guys had a great time. Some of those roads are just hanging off the side of the mountain and you can look straight down for what looks like a 1000 ft. Hairy is right. We gotta get your wife a camera for trips like that. Or was she too busy with both hands on the "oh, shit" handles to take pictures? Love to hear more about your trip. Apparently it's ok to exaggerate, all these other guys do.
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Re: finally did some real off roading!

Sorry...but if no pics it never happened...

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Sounds like you guys had a great time. Some of those roads are just hanging off the side of the mountain and you can look straight down for what looks like a 1000 ft. Hairy is right. We gotta get your wife a camera for trips like that. Or was she too busy with both hands on the "oh, shit" handles to take pictures? Love to hear more about your trip. Apparently it's ok to exaggerate, all these other guys do.
Not ME ! I'd like to see some fun pics also . . .
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Sorry...but if no pics it never happened...

(we want to see pics)
Oh, Victor . . . you got the mold & mildew out of your carpet yet . . .

ps; in reference to those great "undersea" videos with water up to the rafters, hee hee . . . kidding of course !
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Old 06-27-2016, 07:31 PM
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Oh, Victor . . . you got the mold & mildew out of your carpet yet . . .

ps; in reference to those great "undersea" videos with water up to the rafters, hee hee . . . kidding of course !
Hi, here are a few pics from a recent trip to Cape York, the most northern point of Australia. Flooded in at the Pascoe River for 4 days and finally got across. 150m wide and .9m at the centre. Not a drop of water inside the Jeep.

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Re: finally did some real off roading!

Wow, that's sick awesome!
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Re: finally did some real off roading!

That's amazing no water in the jeep how did the trailer do? Is that a simple tarp in front of your grill? How is it possible no water got into your cab? Fantastic!


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That's amazing no water in the jeep how did the trailer do? Is that a simple tarp in front of your grill? How is it possible no water got into your cab? Fantastic!


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The Caravan is water tight to 1.2m. Yes I didn't have a snorkel and so a tarp taped over the grill and hood edge with 100mph tape stopped any water getting in to the air intake. The door seals are remarkable and no water got in at all. We also had three Toyota 200 series with the same 20' Bushtracker vans on the trip. Two of the Toyotas' got a little water in through the door seals but nothing that didn't dry out quickly.

There is a little more to this story and I will add here as per a post I put on another forum.

"On the way back we went into Lochardt River and spent the first night at Chilli Beach. During the night a storm brewed up and delivered around 50mm of rain. We decided to leave early the next morning as the rivers have a habit of rising quickly. Our first crossing of West Claudie was Ok but rising and we got to the next crossing of the same river it was up about 1.5m. We stayed on the road that night and were able to get across the next day, only about .5m by that time.

We arrived at the Pascoe and it was up around 1.7m and not showing much sign of dropping. Two days later we were still there camped in a quarry and the river had started to fall. That night it rained again, around 12mm and of course the Pascoe rose again.

On the fourth day we decided to cross, it was around .8m and well within the capabilities of our vehicles and vans. We all crossed but on reaching the other side I was unable to get out of 4WD Low Range 2nd gear. I could move from Drive to Park etc but the gears would not change.

We drove about 5 km like that but it was impossible to keep going. I had a fault code from my Ultra Gauge but without phone contact I could not find out what it was related to. Fortunately, one of our party had a Satellite Phone so I used it to phone Mark at Sunco ( my dealer) and he told me the code indicated no communication from the Transmission Control Module to the main computer.

Where was the TCM, under the passenger seat where I had installed the second battery. Lifted up the cover and there was about 70mm of water covering the TCM. So I pulled the battery out, disconnected the TCM, took the metal back off it and used a hair dryer in the van to dry it and the connectors out. I also found the hole in the floor that I had neglected/forgot to seal when I installed the battery.

Plugged the TCM back in and away we went. I can’t stress enough how important it is to have a scan tool and a friendly dealer when doing a trip like this as if we could not have fixed it on the spot the costs and inconvenience would have been monumental.

The Jeep did everything that was expected of it and I cannot praise its performance highly enough. Also a big thanks to Mark at Sunco, his knowledge and assistance was invaluable"
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Great stuff PeterT!
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The Caravan is water tight to 1.2m. Yes I didn't have a snorkel and so a tarp taped over the grill and hood edge with 100mph tape stopped any water getting in to the air intake. The door seals are remarkable and no water got in at all. We also had three Toyota 200 series with the same 20' Bushtracker vans on the trip. Two of the Toyotas' got a little water in through the door seals but nothing that didn't dry out quickly.

There is a little more to this story and I will add here as per a post I put on another forum.

"On the way back we went into Lochardt River and spent the first night at Chilli Beach. During the night a storm brewed up and delivered around 50mm of rain. We decided to leave early the next morning as the rivers have a habit of rising quickly. Our first crossing of West Claudie was Ok but rising and we got to the next crossing of the same river it was up about 1.5m. We stayed on the road that night and were able to get across the next day, only about .5m by that time.

We arrived at the Pascoe and it was up around 1.7m and not showing much sign of dropping. Two days later we were still there camped in a quarry and the river had started to fall. That night it rained again, around 12mm and of course the Pascoe rose again.

On the fourth day we decided to cross, it was around .8m and well within the capabilities of our vehicles and vans. We all crossed but on reaching the other side I was unable to get out of 4WD Low Range 2nd gear. I could move from Drive to Park etc but the gears would not change.

We drove about 5 km like that but it was impossible to keep going. I had a fault code from my Ultra Gauge but without phone contact I could not find out what it was related to. Fortunately, one of our party had a Satellite Phone so I used it to phone Mark at Sunco ( my dealer) and he told me the code indicated no communication from the Transmission Control Module to the main computer.

Where was the TCM, under the passenger seat where I had installed the second battery. Lifted up the cover and there was about 70mm of water covering the TCM. So I pulled the battery out, disconnected the TCM, took the metal back off it and used a hair dryer in the van to dry it and the connectors out. I also found the hole in the floor that I had neglected/forgot to seal when I installed the battery.

Plugged the TCM back in and away we went. I canít stress enough how important it is to have a scan tool and a friendly dealer when doing a trip like this as if we could not have fixed it on the spot the costs and inconvenience would have been monumental.

The Jeep did everything that was expected of it and I cannot praise its performance highly enough. Also a big thanks to Mark at Sunco, his knowledge and assistance was invaluable"
Now you know THIS STUFF - Especially any of the Camping PICS. should be on MY "SHOW & TELL WK2 . . ." Thread ! ! !
It is Exactly where folks with like G.C. interests would Look ! ! !

The previous stuff was Crazy Awesome, as is This Wacky Wild Insaneness YOU apparently see as "normal behavior"
? ? ? The Other Forum ? ? ? Blasphemy ! Just Kidding, !

ps; If I may, You are THE "balls-iest" Jeeper indeed ! Said with the Upmost Respect and a weird sense of admiration . . .
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Where did you get those towing mirrors? Do they work with Jeeps controls to aim them and/or have heaters to work with the defroster?



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Hi, here are a few pics from a recent trip to Cape York, the most northern point of Australia. Flooded in at the Pascoe River for 4 days and finally got across. 150m wide and .9m at the centre. Not a drop of water inside the Jeep.

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