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I hear that. My 10 yr old daughter freaked out on Mineral Creek when I got a bit of wheel spin with wet tires on a rock outcropping. That has totally ruined off roading for her. She is already worried about "the roads" that we will encounter in two weeks.


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Re: WK2 Trip - San Juan Mountains

Thanks for the memories. We ran the San Juan Mountains in one of the rented Jeeps which prompted me to buy my own WK2 when we got back. A friend and I camped in YBB and climbed Sneffels. Really like that that area! Great pics.
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Old 12-02-2012, 07:46 PM
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Re: WK2 Trip - San Juan Mountains

Hey Meso, I love your tire/wheel combo. Could you please post the exact tires and wheels that your running on your jeep? Thanks
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Re: WK2 Trip - San Juan Mountains

Those are Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 2 tires. P265/60R18. They have 24,000 miles on them now. They've been pretty good both on and off road, not a very aggressive tread pattern so they have been really quiet for a AT tire. Very even wear so far.
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Re: WK2 Trip - San Juan Mountains

Bump.

So you did:
Last Dollar Road near Telluride: not on traildamage.com
Yankee Boy Basin (Ouray): 2/3 on traildamage.com
Mineral Creek: 4/4 on traildamage.com
Engineer Pass (Ouray): 2/3 on traildamage.com
Imogene Pass/Upper Camp Bird Trail: 4/5 on Traildamage.com
Ophir Pass: 2/3 on traildamage.com


Nothing your Jeep couldn't handle? Could you rank each based on what was your favorite? Favorite could be best scenery, how technical, etc.

I want to make a trip out there this summer, and would like recommendations on which trails to hit or avoid in my WK2.

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Re: WK2 Trip - San Juan Mountains

Turbospartan:

I drove my WK2 on Mineral Creek, Imogene Pass and Engineer Pass.
My favorite was Mineral Creek as it was relatively more difficult than the other 2. I did hit the skid plates in one section but that was due to bad placement of the tires.

We did Imogene pass starting from Telluride side and coming down on Ouray was fun! some parts was very steep and gave us a good thrill.

Scenery was great in all the trails... If I were to do those trails, I would definitely do Mineral Creek again... Most trilling trail... for me at least.

Good luck and bring us back some good pictures!

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Re: WK2 Trip - San Juan Mountains

Been a while, but bump.


Aiyer - do you recall what PSI you were running while on those trails? I know every tire is different, but I've actually never lowered my tire pressure for any off roading (though I haven't done anything like Mineral Creek / Imogene).
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Re: WK2 Trip - San Juan Mountains

I was probably at 34 psi. I did not lower it since I thought it might lower my ground clearance (I could be wrong). The Jeep felt a bit bouncy (lot of rocking) due to this I think.

Also, since I did not carry a air pump with me and drove on the highways right before and after, I did not want to lower the air pressure.

Are you planning running these trails during the long weekend? If so, start early in the morning since they get crowded. You do not want to be stuck passing other Jeeps on those trails. ;-)

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Re: WK2 Trip - San Juan Mountains

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Bump.

So you did:
Last Dollar Road near Telluride: not on traildamage.com
Yankee Boy Basin (Ouray): 2/3 on traildamage.com
Mineral Creek: 4/4 on traildamage.com
Engineer Pass (Ouray): 2/3 on traildamage.com
Imogene Pass/Upper Camp Bird Trail: 4/5 on Traildamage.com
Ophir Pass: 2/3 on traildamage.com


Nothing your Jeep couldn't handle? Could you rank each based on what was your favorite? Favorite could be best scenery, how technical, etc.

I want to make a trip out there this summer, and would like recommendations on which trails to hit or avoid in my WK2.

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I would add Black Bear Road to that list and the only two trails I would avoid with a stock WK2 would be Stony Pass out of Silverton and Pougkeepsi(sp?) Glutch on the Alpine Loop. When I ran the Telluride Rotary Club 4X4 Tour, Enterprise would allow their rental Wranglers to participate on all of the trails, including Black Bear. FYI: Black Bear Backwards was our signature run and we'd start at 7:00 am to get everbody to the top before the tour guides showed up from Ouray and Silverton with their Suburbans.

It took me a while to figure out that I could do every trail in SW Colorado and most of the trails in Moab with a stock Wrangler or Cherokee with good tires and a winch to rescue the other guy! Knowing how to drive is more important than a lift kit in my opinion.
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Re: WK2 Trip - San Juan Mountains

Beautiful trails and great pictures! Thank you for sharing.
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Those are Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 2 tires. P265/60R18. They have 24,000 miles on them now. They've been pretty good both on and off road, not a very aggressive tread pattern so they have been really quiet for a AT tire. Very even wear so far.
I really like the Revo A/Ts. I've run both the original A/Ts and the newer A/T 2 on our WJ and even on my wifes's RDX. They perform good in the wet which is important here in the NW. Really decent all around tire IMO.

Great pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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Re: WK2 Trip - San Juan Mountains

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I was probably at 34 psi. I did not lower it since I thought it might lower my ground clearance (I could be wrong). The Jeep felt a bit bouncy (lot of rocking) due to this I think.

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I just got back from Ouray in the last couple of weeks and did most of the Alpine Loop, Ouray to Telluride via Imogene again, etc. Didn't do Mineral Creek, we hit Engineer from Silverton, went to Lake City and back via Cinnamon Pass. I never lowered my tire pressure from 38, probably should have in a couple of areas as I do carry a compressor. Really no problems but a couple of turns high up on Imogene and one on Engineer which were really steep and rutted out I could feel the QDII doing its thing, ELSD kicking in. Probably wouldn't have happened at a lower pressure. My Revo 2s have 37K on them now.

I have the 2011 WK2 and like I have said, very impressed with it. We were following two nice couples we met on Yankee Boy Basin up Imogene. There were are a couple of spots, one a sharp, steep left turn up a switchback that is rutted out on the left side where the couple right in front of me in a 98ish Cherokee had to take a couple of attempts at the climbing turn. His left rear tire kept spinning as it nearly lost contact with the ground. The articulation on that model is much better than the WK2 and I know my left rear tire must have come off the ground, but I didn't really even feel any wheel spin, that QDII just made that turn and climb on the same track he did with no problem.

The next day we were coming back to Ouray via 550 from Corkscrew and we made a turn too early and went down some dead end trail. Corkscrew when dry is a steep, but easy, easy trail. I had not been down it before, but knew the rating. After a short while on the wrong trail I was thinking this isn't easy, it's clearly a moderate trail. Well the last 1/4 mile before it dead ends at at an old mining camp is a steep, rutted and rocky path. Scratched a steel skid plate nicely and gouged that carbon fiber, plastic plate right in front of the steel plate. I stopped, went from OR1 to OR2 and went down with no more bangs. On the way out, that tire pressure thing came in to play. I was climbing and just spinning tires slowly, slowly climbing out of the steep rocky rutted mess. Spinning tires, but made it on the first try.

The Jeep Sahara we were with could not climb that. Not sure what the Sahara's drive was, Command Trac? Not sure if it has ELSD or not. But, he was running his normal highway tire pressure. He lowered it to 28 or so and was able to climb out. He did not have a very aggressive tire tread pattern, not sure what he was running.

Bottom line, tire pressure can make a difference, but your tire type and 4WD System is a big factor too.
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