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Friday, July 31, 2015

Post #10 "wheeling alone"

Wheeling alone. I'm sure a lot of guys do it and are fine, but if you're going to do it then at least be safe about it. Before we even begin to discuss your vehicle capabilities, I don't care if you have a KOH buggy or a stock XJ; TELL SOMEONE WHERE YOU'RE GOING. And make sure that someone has a vehicle that can get out to you or at least knows someone who is willing to come get you if something happens. Besides letting someone know where you're going, you should know where YOU are going too. Don't go exploring new trails/areas by yourself, and if you don't know the trail, chances are you probably gave your buddy very vague details about that trail/area which will just make it that much harder to locate you. You might be in for a long night...

Pic-1. we came across this loner in Keene, NH. Prime example of what not to do
 Be prepared, again, a fully built buggy or a stock jeep, shit happens. Even if you do tell someone where you're going it may take them a couple of hours or more just to find you if something happens. Bring food, water, a blanket, change of clothes, maybe something to start a fire, like I said, you could be in for a long night, be ready for it. Even if it's 100 degrees during the day, that can plummet real quick once the sun goes down, and the last thing you need after breaking down alone is to freeze and starve overnight. You should also consider reception in the area you're in, even if you let someone know where you're going, if you can't send out your SOS you're screwed unless the person starts to wonder why you missed dinner plans or something. I'm sure some guys carry around satellite phones or some sort of GPS so people know where they are, I honestly don't know anything about them so I can't give any details.

About two years ago I went wheeling with the Long Island Offroad Club in Keene, NH. On our way out of the trails we came across this ZJ stuck in a mud pit up to his tires. This kid was the prime example of what not to do when wheeling alone. Bald tires, no winch, no brain and too much teenage hormones, the closest thing he had to being prepared for wheeling alone was a bunch of teenage girls in his backseat which probably didn't help with getting stuck. We have no idea how long he was there, but when we showed up he was bouncing off the rev limiter trying to move. It ended up taking two trucks winching him to get unstuck. Who knows how long he would have been there for if we didn't show up.
Another angle of the genius

Being prepared also means make sure your vehicle is prepared too. At the very least, if you plan on going wheeling alone, get a winch and proper equipment to recover yourself if you need to, that includes snatch blocks, shackles, tree saves, etc...and learn how to use them, this includes learning how to winch yourself backwards. The worst time to learn how to recover yourself is when you're by yourself in the middle of the woods when the sun is setting. Aside from winches and all that crap, make sure your vehicle is reliable. If your vehicle has a history of shutting off and not starting back up, you may have a bad time. You don't need a built rig to go wheeling by yourself, you just need to know your limit and stay well below it.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Post #9 "dont be a douche"

I don't care if you have a buggy or a mildly built daily driven Jeep, everyone was a newby at one point or another. And as long as you're into wheeling and part of clubs, you will meet others who never have wheeled before or have very little experience and will want to join your group on a trail ride; given that the trails are at a level they can wheel. When you are wheeling with guys and know they dont have, or have little experience, don't be a douche. I know I sound like that douchey guy when you guys read my posts, but I would never make a new guy do stuff I feel he/she cant or speed through a rocky area I know they may have trouble with. Whenever I lead I always make sure no one is having trouble, and always make sure everyone is through an obstacle before I move, almost seems like common courtesy. Don't be that cocky guy that needs to show the new guys that you can out do them at something they've never done, that's not how wheeling works.

I was invited by one of my buddies once to go wheeling in Jersey and we were to meet up with locals that were familiar with the spot. At this point I'd still consider myself fairly new and a cautious wheeler. Long story short, the lead guy ended up being a jersey redneck wannabe douche. Of course he had the most built rig out of everyone and he would just speed along as fast as he could, with no regard for anyone behind him. At one point I radio'd over for them to wait up because I was falling behind uncomfortably far, and he just said "for what?" addition to that, in the middle of the day after a few hours of wheeling, suddenly the line up stopped in the middle of the trail, out of curiosity I radio'd on the CB asking why we were stopped, his answer was "what do you wanna know?". Turns out he was stopping to eat, of course not telling anyone. So yea, don't be a douche. Guy never said a word to anyone the entire day except for his passenger.

note the douchy deer skull tattoo and douchy camo attire
Funny, I was looking through my pictures on my computer and found a picture of that trip, which is what sparked this article. The guy is the text book jeep douche bag. He even had a big "REDNECK" decal on his hood where "Rubicon" is supposed to be written. You know what, if he were a nice trail guide I really wouldn't give a shit about what sticker is on his jeep or how retarded he looks in kids size camo shorts with his deer skull tattoo. Being a douche and thinking you're a big shot in front of newer guys is stupid.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Post #8 "know your rig

Know your vehicle.

 I'm not telling you to be able to piece together your rig blind folded. But you should know the basics of your vehicle, like I said, nothing crazy. Even if you're not mechanically inclined, you should know the parts of your vehicle so if things go south, at least you know WHAT is wrong, and if you can't fix it someone else can.

On a recent trip, one of the guys started complaining that his ABS light and traction-control lights were on because his steering wheel wasn't centered after wheeling. I told him how to recenter the wheel so the lights would go off which was to just loosen the two 15mm nuts on the draglink turn buckle and adjust it until the wheel was straight. His response to that was "oh I can't do that, I'll just bring it to ******"...really? You would rather drive 4 hours like that from Rausch back to NYC with a crooked steering wheel and trouble lights on your dash instead of trying to fix the problem? For all those that own Jeeps with stock draglinks, you know how simple that procedure is.

 Earlier in the day in the parking lot, this was the same guy using a lump hammer to try to disconnect his swaybar links. I watched him for a couple of seconds trying to make a clean swing at the link behind his tire until I offered to let him use my prybar, he responded "no I got it"...of course I watched the cave man-like attempt for a couple of seconds again until I went and just got my bar. One, two, both links off with the pry bar...very simple, very the way; after prying this guys swaybar loose I turn around and see another person in the group make failed attempts at hammering off his links...brings me to my next tip...or rant.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Post #7 "wheeling 102 continued..."

Spotters. Actually, not really the spotters specifically. Were you ever in a tight spot on a trail and while you're trying to listen to you spotter, there are two or three more people trying to spot you to? Yea, don't be those people. One spotter at a time, if you feel the spotter isn't seeing what you're seeing, let him/her know. There is no need to try to spot and confuse the person driving, it's annoying as shit. Imagine looking for parking and you have three passengers all pointing out different parking spot yelling over each other...yeah it's like that.

Keen, NH
Drivers, listen to your fuckin' spotter. He sees what you don't.

here's an example. I was just looking at the rig behind me though
The head-pokers/quarter drivers. The guys who stick their head out the window and stare at their front drivers side tire as they are navigating an obstacle. Put your damn head back in the window, first of all, you're only looking at 1 of 4 tires, so that whole method is a bust. Second, you can't see whats in front of you; and if you can, it's just whatever is on your left. What's even worse? When someone is spotting you and you stick your head out the window and don't listen to a word the spotter says because according to your quarter-field of vision you're fine. I'm not saying you cant stick your head out the window to see whats going on, just dont do it and think you can be your own spotter because you can see your drivers side tire.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Post #6 "wheeling 102"

On my most recent wheeling trip; which was during winter time, I was the the trailguide for the group since I knew the trail system well and had the most experience (I'm not a veteran or anything I just happened to have the most experience out of the group) wheeling. There were 2 or 3 guys that have never been wheeling before and the rest of them have maybe 3 or less trips under their belt, no big deal. We did a lot of blues that had bypasses or were easy enough to get through for a first timer given a spotter...Anyway, I'm not going to bore you with details about the trip, I'm writing this post to give tips to first timers and/or guys with less experience...

First off, skid plates. Use them, even if you dont want to, you will, whether you like it or not. Reason I say this; at one point during the trip I was spotting the 2 first timers through the toughest part of the trail. I later heard that the guy in the first Jeep wasn't happy with my spotting because he hit a rock after I was done spotting him through the hard part because I moved my attention to the 2nd first-timer so he can get through the tough part. Rocks happen, you're offroading, you can't expect the spotter to spot you all the way down the rest of the trail that's dirt and gravel with one large rock that could've easily been avoided. So yeah, skid plates, that's what they are there for, don't be afraid to use them...stay tune until next time

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Post #5 Car-girls

This may be an extremely unpopular opinion, but I never understood the fascination of girls who are into cars. I've been in the car scene long enough to see my fair share of car-girls...and the groups of guys behind them with their wangs out drooling, metaphorically speaking. Fantastic, you're into cars, shes into cars, you probably think you have a chance to get laid; but you dont...okay, moving on.

I do not dislike car-girl and I'm not sexist, calm down. Of all the car-girls I've met, maybe only 1% actually had the slightest real clue about whats going on with their vehicle. The other 99% have the same amount of mechanical knowledge as that 17 year old boy down the block painting his stock wheels black. And if you took away the boobs, butt, and cute face you'll realize it's just another clueless person who claims that they are into cars and the deepest knowledge of their vehicles would be what brand rock-rails they want (jeep ref.). Whenever I see a girl (no names will be mentioned) post on facebook about her car/truck, I see a million guys jump on to comment saying how great her vehicle is and her ideas on her mods should get her a Nobel Prize; even though whatever she writes is completely retarded with no foundation of knowledge (I dont hold back, I say it as it is). Hell, if a guy wrote that we'd make sure he knows how retarded he is because he thinks his 3.73 gears and 35's are fine in his JK; which they are not, and if you think that then you should be treated with equal insults, man or woman.

Ever see a girl make a list of the parts she wants for her Jeep? It goes something like this;
  • Poison Spyder this
  • Poison Spyder that
  • Poison Spyder thinga-ma-bob
  • Shittybilt bumper with obnoxious stinger
  • Shittybilts shitty tire carrier
  • Some over-priced fender flairs
  • A lift that may or may not be shitty depending who she listened to
  • A 35"-37"mud-terrain; it wont be shitty because she just looks at what everyone uses already (MTR)
  • Expensive Aluminum wheels that look cool
  • Overpriced Fox Steering Stabilizer that she will eventually get rid of when she finds out the Jeep pulls to the left.
  • Rigid LED bar...or 2...or 3

Pretty much everything is cosmetic; lift and tires are arguable, but that's the "look". Anyway, total disregard about how the vehicle is going to move the Jeep on those tires, or how it's going to even steer. If that were a guy, we'd be making fun of him day in and day out about how he has no idea what he is doing; but if it's a girl, suddenly that thing is ride-of-the-month on some forum. So, no, I'm not sexist; whether you're a dude or a chick, if you have no clue what you're doing, then you have no clue. No excuses.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Post #4 "Build threads"

Like most of you, I frequent Jeep forums; mainly for information on certain things i'm not sure of or to get ideas.

Then you have the "build thread" whores. They know nothing, listen to nothing, and love their smittybilt fenders. They post a build thread with a stupid name like "The Punisher Build" or...hold on, let me look..."ROCK CRAWLER JK BUILD!". Usually when you look at these build threads you see the list of parts that the person got which usually consist of; titanic sized front and rear bumpers, Fox steering stabilizer (if you know, then you know), 1 or 2...or 3 Rigid LED bars (you know, gotta make sure you can see at night), some cheesey aluminum wheels, spacers (because they dont know wtf backspacing is) and the most aggressive mud tires you can find...oh yeah, and a Rough Country, or Skycrapper lift. Need to make sure you have everything you need to be a rock crawler!...oh, and don't forget to paint your suspension parts some obnoxious color.

I've noticed a very consistent pattern with build thread names, the ones that have a crazy name like "Punisher JK build" or have the word "rockcrawler" anywhere in the title never live up to the 30+ page build thread of nothingness...then you have the build threads titled "junkyard JK build"...THAT one you want to click on, because I guarantee that guy knows what he wants/needs and it'll be a sick build. It takes a veteran with knowledge to put junkyard 60 and V8 into another vehicle...

...and up next, girls who are into jeeps!...or cars in general

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

post #3

Here's a little info for all the idiots in JK Wranglers that go on the beach. Specifically the guys who have the 3.8L (2007-2011) mated with the 42RLE tranny. I'm sure most of you; not knowing any better, cruise around the beach in 4Hi thinking everything is fine and dandy, occasionally seeing that your engine temp is rising and think it's normal because it's the summer and the sand is hot.

I've argued with people many times that they should be in 4Lo when on the beach; of course they never believe me. So to save my own breath, here is the mathematical reason...

 63360" x 5 miles = 316,800"

316,800inch/60 minutes = 5280" per minute

5280/109.9 = 48.04 tire rotations per minute

48.04 x 3.73 *axle ratio in most Saharas* = 179.18 driveshaft rotations/minute

179.18 x 2.84 *1st gear in the 42RLE* = 508 rpm (not accounting for the difference between the torque converter and input shaft)

 508RPM, if you cant understand what is wrong with that number then you're an idiot and I hope your vehicle catches on fire on the beach because you're a dumbass. This can be applied to many motors, depending on how much power the engine makes; for some engines like high powered V8's it wont matter as much, because even at low RPM's they can still make enough power to move the vehicle along without working at 100%. But for little V6 engines like JK's, you're going to have a bad time

sorry for the rant, there's more to come.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

post #2

So today on the way home I stopped by Home Depot to pick up a few tools for work. Amongst the tools I picked up, one of them was a 6" Crecent adjustable wrench (AC26CVS) which I bought to replace my Raptor adjustable wrench (RAP18007).

Here's the picture of the wrenches, top is the Crecent, bottom is the Raptor. Yes, these are the chinese Crescents that are on shelves now. As for the Raptor, it was a gift and I'm actually not sure where  it's made.

Long story short. My god, the Crescent is garbage. The whole wrench rattles, the knob isn't centered and the knob keeps getting jammed. The Raptor is about 7 years old and I use it at least twice a week and has worked like butter since day one, and still does.

Would I ever purchase another Crescent product? NOPE. Next time I want a new wrench I will just spend the extra dollar and get one from Wright Tools.

post #1

New to this blogging thing. This blog will consist of stories and rants aimed at the four-wheeling community of NYC and other crap that has to do with it. May or may not be photo intensive and I will try not to stray too far from the point. enjoy...or go away, either one.