6th Annual JeepsUnlimited Moab Run 6AJUMR

By Jeep Experts

The first entry within the 6AJUMR thread was posted by Trina on August 8, 2005…..it was the beginning of the planning part that will lead as much as our all coming collectively in Moab, Utah for one more nice week of wheelin’.  9 months and 25 pages of posts later, we have been all heading to Moab to benefit from the trails, the surroundings, and every others firm.  The week of May 7-13, 2006, was fairly the week….certainly, I’ve by no means seen so many path repairs….in reality, it may be secure to say that every one the path repairs I can bear in mind from the earlier JUMR occasions didn’t add as much as what all occurred this previous week.  The excellent news is that nobody in our group rolled (or in the event that they did, they didn’t inform anybody!). 

But earlier than I get into the paths and photographs and tales, I have to thank the very gracious distributors who contributed door prizes that have been awarded throughout our Wednesday night time pot luck.  It is nice to have the ability to sit down with your pals and share some good meals, however getting an opportunity to win some actually nice 4WD stuff is the spotlight of the night.  An enormous Jeeper because of all of you that helped make this years run one to recollect! 

The following corporations contributed gadgets that spanned the hole from t-shirts to a 12,000 pound winch (and many stuff in between). 


4 Wheel Drive Hardware
Crawl Magazine
Kilby Enterprises
Northridge 4×4
Tom Wood Custom Drive Shaft
Tough Stuff Products
Toys by Troy
Tuffy Products
Warn Industries


Here are some photographs of a few of the cool prizes.  Again, an enormous because of the distributors who helped make this such an incredible night.

Tire deflators, flashlights, binoculars, t-shirts, LED lights


Ball caps, flashlights, skids, coolers, present certificates

Winch rope, diff covers, LED tail lights


This 12 months, for the primary time, we took up a set for the BlueRibbon Coalition.  It was type of a final minute factor that a few us steered shortly earlier than all of us obtained to Moab.  The generosity of our group was very coronary heart warming.  We collected $660 for the BRC.  The BRC is a crucial group that champions accountable use of our public lands.  They assist combat the anti-recreationists who strive so laborious to shut down the 4×4 trails and ban motorized vehicle journey on public lands.  If you don’t routinely contribute to the BRC to allow them to assist hold YOUR trails open, I strongly recommend you think about doing so.  It could be top-of-the-line mods you are able to do in your Jeep and your future in off-roading.  Thanks once more to the entire people that contributed to this very worthy trigger. 

UPDATE:  On June 2, 2006, I obtained a really good thanks letter from the BlueRibbon Coalition.  It was signed by Greg Mumm, BRC Executive Director, and thanked the group for “this beneficiant contribution”.

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And a number of photographs of some VERY joyful prize winners!

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Tire deflator

Fog lights

Air tank

Leather jacket

Beverage/meals cooler

Magnetic flashlight

CD case

This 12 months, we had a “grand prize” drawing on the very finish of the night.  The prize was a 12,000 pound winch donated by 4 Wheel Drive Hardware.  The tickets have been positioned right into a tin.  With the lid in place, the tin was shaken to combine up the tickets.  Jay, an nearly 7 12 months outdated Jeeper, chosen the profitable ticket.  It was Donna’s, my spouse.

She considered it for a number of seconds after which reached into the tin and drew one other ticket which she introduced because the profitable ticket.  Donna smiled and mentioned there was no manner the winch would match on her Kia Optima.  I used to be fairly happy with her…..she is an actual Jeeper, surely.  Donna believes in what goes round, comes round…..and so do I.

6th Annual JeepsUnlimited Moab Run 6AJUMR

Everyone introduced some further meals to share.  Pot lucks often deliver out fairly quite a lot of great things to eat and this one was no exception.  I missed getting some pizza however Robert’s Italian sausage greater than made up for it.  In reality, we had “manifold sausage” the subsequent day on the path for lunch.  Thanks Robert! 

Here are a few photographs of a few of the people getting a few of the tasty meals.

Finger lickin’ good! 

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No JU Moab run is full with no flag.  Josh (a.ok.a., Schlingdawg) made the primary flag for 1AJUMR.  Since then, a flag has at all times been made and offered by somebody within the group.  Donna (my spouse) volunteered to make flags for this 12 months’s run.  Since this was her second time for offering flags, I believed I might provide you with a behind the scenes take a look at simply what all goes into making flags for 30 some Jeepers.

Donna’s IBM laptop computer is used to “drive” her stitching machine.  This was her first embroidery challenge, aside from stitching my identify on a t-shirt.  She discovered a off-road automobile design in one of many folders that got here together with her stitching machine software program.


Donna used 5 completely different thread colours on every the flag.  This meant every flag required 5 thread adjustments whereas it was being made.  It took about 1 hour per flag to sew the automobile and add the lettering.


Here are a few flags, scorching off the stitching machine.  Each nonetheless requires one other quarter-hour of labor which incorporates ending the perimeters and stitching within the antenna pocket and tie-downs.  Donna used quite a lot of colours within the design so

Donna on the stitching machine, doing one thing or the opposite (OK, so I do know my manner round a TJ fairly nicely however I certain as heck don’t declare to know something about stitching). 

So…..I wish to go alongside an enormous thanks to my loving spouse who spent a variety of her time making the flags for this 12 months’s Moab run.  Your laborious work and expertise may be very a lot appreciated.

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We ran a number of of our favourite trails and likewise added a brand new one to the GPS assortment, Elephant Hill.  It was not overly laborious however the surroundings was wonderful.  It was our first journey into the Canyonlands Park.  A really good a part of the nation for certain.

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Donna and I additionally managed to hit Moab Rim, Hell’s Revenge, the 2nd half of Fins & Things, Cliff Hanger, Gold Bar Rim, and a part of the Golden Spike.

Here are some pics that I pulled from the pile we took (and some I grabbed from Jason too).

Our journey began the night time earlier than we hit the highway on Saturday AM.  The TJ was nearly packed to the roof….some baggage, some meals, and a bunch of vendor gadgets for the door prizes. 

Robert catches some air on the Devil’s Crack on Moab Rim Trail.  Just a number of ft off of the motive force’s rear tire is a cliff edge that can present you a really fast path to the freeway under (about 100′ at this level).  This is without doubt one of the trails in Moab {that a} flop/roll may rapidly escalate into one thing way more severe. 


Trina’s TJ sitting off to the aspect of the primary path (on Moab Rim).  Just earlier than climbing down the Z-Turn, she seen that one in all her rear higher body finish management arm brackets had ripped free from the body.  Notice the 2 Optima batteries sitting by the entrance tire.  Robert welded the bracket again onto the body utilizing his Ready Welder II moveable mig welder (therefore the necessity for 2 batteries). 


The fringe of the overlook on the finish of Gold Bar Rim path.  Yes, that little white blob on the freeway down there’s a tractor trailer.  There is a automobile about one electrical pole in entrance of it, however it’s just about just a little white speck on the freeway at this decision.  Yes, it’s a LONG manner down.  You can see the railroad observe that runs between the freeway and the aspect of the cliff.

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I’m working my manner as much as the Devil’s Crack on Moab Rim.  Lady was working fairly good this journey.  It was the primary main highway journey for the not too long ago put in AW-4 automatic transmission.  It was additionally the primary Moab for it.  Moab is all about traction and being easy/fluid within the off-camber conditions.  I discovered the TJ a lot simpler to deal with on account of the graceful operation of the auto tranny.  No jerky unloading of the drive practice when the clutch was depressed, and many others.  Having ran the 5 velocity for the previous 8 years, I can actually say I just like the auto tranny higher.


This was a difficult impediment for Trina.  I used to be recognizing her and we tried 3 barely completely different strains (one in all which was the identical line I had simply pushed via with out lifting a tire).  Each try ended together with her carrying her left entrance tire fairly excessive into the air.  A few rocks fastened the issue.

What I discovered attention-grabbing is that Robert and I each did the impediment with out the massive air that Trina was experiencing.  We have been all working TJs, 35″ tires, lengthy arm lifts, and selectable lockers (each locked).  I used to be working a SwayLOC and Robert was working an Anti-Rock.  Trina was working fast disconnects.  Having ran disconnected for years…..after which working with an off-road sway bar for a lot of extra years, you’ll by no means persuade me that working disconnected improves a automobile’s dealing with off-road (in comparison with working an off-road swaybar).  I watched it clearly demonstrated on this impediment. 

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Trina, Tricia, and Donna pose for a photograph on the overlook on the high of the Nasty Mile on Moab Rim.  We needed to keep watch over Tricia as she was always mixing in with the wildlife.  As such, it was straightforward to run over her when making an attempt for the candy line on an impediment.

Robert, Trina, and myself choose our manner down the Nasty Mile throughout mid-afternoon.  Unfortunately, we caught up with a CJ-7 that had beforehand handed us on the path.  The CJ-7 was the wrong way up on the backside of the Z-Turn.  The aged driver was fairly lucky to don’t have any severe accidents since he was not sporting his seat belt.  I nonetheless cannot comprehend why individuals take probabilities like that.  I’m sorry, however I see it as simply being silly….silly…..silly.

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The confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers, as seen from the overlook on the Elephant Hill Trail.  You can see the 2 completely different colours of river water and the road that’s fashioned the place the meet.

Larry and is sort of succesful Unlimited descend one of many many fins on the Hell’s Revenge path.  An older TJ sheared a decrease management arm bracket on the D30 axle housing throughout our run on this path.  Larry’s Ready Welder II was pressed into service to reattach the bracket to the axle housing.

T.Dome and his son Jay slide down a ledge on Gold Bar Rim.  We ran the path as much as the place it joins the Golden Spike Trail after which proceeded right down to the Golden Crack the place we had lunch.  We had initially deliberate to cross the crack after which re-cross it to double again on ourselves.  Crossing the crack in the other way was a bit greater than I wished my D30 axle to get examined at, so we turned again and left the Golden Crack for subsequent 12 months once we run it from the Poison Spider course.

Larry turned 50 years outdated the week previous to our get collectively at Moab.  He awoke one morning to search out his Unlimited very nicely adorned….welcoming him into his fiftieth 12 months of residing.  As you possibly can see, somebody positioned a number of necessities that any 50 12 months outdated might very nicely want as he begins the second half of his century.  There have been quite a lot of different issues rigorously planted all through the Jeep….for sure, it took Larry a short while to search out all of them. 

That about wraps up this path report for the 6th Annual JeepsUnlimited Moab Run.  No one in our group rolled this 12 months, so all in all, it was an incredible 12 months.  As I discussed earlier, there have been path repairs far above any earlier years.  I believe a few of our Jeeps are beginning to present their age (Lady didn’t have any issues).  It occurs and it will likely be one thing that can want extra consideration within the upcoming years.

Hope to see you at subsequent 12 months’s JeepsUnlimted Moab Run!

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