Die Hard

By Jeep Experts

My mobile phone rang Wednesday night.  Troy needed to know if I needed to hitch him and a few associates for some rock crawling on Saturday morning.  He mentioned they have been operating Die Hard and that he had invited a bunch of wheelers.  Having not ran the path and being a barely loopy frame of mind, I agreed to go.  5:00 AM on the air down spot…..geez….that meant I needed to be up a bit earlier than 3:00 AM (what was I pondering?). 

I bought to the air down spot a bit earlier than 5:00 AM.  The solar wasn’t up but however you would see it was making an attempt.  Troy rolled up along with his buggy on the trailer.  Soon adopted Chad (along with his rear steer buggy on the trailer).  Bob rolled in along with his TJ (D60s and 38″ tires) as did Brandon (D60s and 38″ tires).  Brad rolled in along with his TJ on 37″ tires (Ford 8.8 and D44) driving on a trailer.  Doc confirmed up along with his properly constructed Bronco which ended up having alternator issues quickly into the path so he rotated and went house.

And there I sat….no trailer and 35″ tires.  Hmmm…..possibly I used to be on the incorrect air down spot?  Well, I had no intention of throwing the towel in at this level.  Die Hard it was! 

Die Hard has three main obstacles (that was what Troy mentioned) however there’s a bunch of stuff between these obstacles, together with the mine subject that runs from the final waterfall all the way in which to the tip of the path.  Sitting in the beginning of the path, I didn’t know that….and if I had….effectively….who is aware of.

We labored our method to the primary impediment.  While not paying shut sufficient consideration, I discovered the primary diff hanger on the path and determined there that I had higher concentrate on the path and depart the digital camera and flicks to these instances once I was not transferring.  DOH!

At the primary impediment (I used to be about fifth in line), I opted to skip this one (the one one which has a go round).  I watched Troy work it along with his buggy and it nearly bought him.  Doc’s Bronco bought wedged in it and we needed to winch him out.  Chad ran it each instructions in his rear-steer buggy (candy watching him do it).

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Here is Brandon on the primary impediment.  Troy is recognizing.  The unhealthy half about it’s that you’ll want to monitor a line together with your driver’s rear tire that’s about 4′ up the wall…..and its arduous to maintain it there.  If you slip that tire……

……that is what occurs.  You drop the motive force’s aspect down into the impediment.  Now it’s a must to perceive that the physique on Brandon’s TJ was folded, stapled, bent, twisted, and mutilated a LONG time in the past.  So he actually doesn’t have a lot to lose within the physique panel division.  (discover he doesn’t actually have a windshield any extra)  Props to Brandon for sustaining his cool after he dropped in. 



This one took a little bit of time to get everybody by way of.  The trick was to maintain the automobile far sufficient to the motive force’s aspect in order to keep away from a giant gap with the passenger rear tire.  Of course, stepping into that line was the arduous half….you enter this by climbing by way of some rocks and exiting with a tough left flip….doing a few three level turns on the base of this isn’t the best factor if you don’t have ram help steering (so I came upon).  Bob is up on high watching (he had gone by way of) and Troy is down under giving me verbal abuse (oops, I imply route). 


This was the primary SOB path I had ran since placing in my auto tranny.  There have been sections of it that have been merely no enjoyable in any respect….however it could have been worse, a lot worse, if I nonetheless had a guide tranny.  The management provided by the auto tranny, 4:1 t-case, and hydroboost brakes was superior.  It was all wanted right here for positive as I labored my means by way of this impediment.  I’m not even positive what you name this one.

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Waiting to work my means as much as the following impediment.  Brad is within the TJ forward of me.  Bob is leaning in opposition to the rock discussing one thing with Brad.  Troy’s buggy destroyed a rear diff a while again on the path.  He was taking a loopy line on a waterfall and the Detroit let go.  You can see his winch line coming off my TJ.  He used me as a winch level when he couldn’t recover from the rocks.  (Why have they got to winch off of the smallest Jeep?)


Another impediment on the path.  Bob is sitting on a rock…..proper about the place his toes are is the place I’ll monitor the passenger aspect of my TJ.  Brad, the TJ in entrance of me, simply sliced a sidewall and they’re pulling the spare off of the tire provider to swap onto the rear axle.


The exit from the above impediment.  Yes, it will get a bit tippy coming off of it.  Troy was telling me that somebody went off of the passenger aspect of that impediment and actually tousled there experience.  It is a good drop onto the rocks under. 

Die Hard

Troy misplaced his rear locker on a waterfall….these insane traces include a value.  We are close to the tip of the path when this photograph was taken.  Push, pull, tug, or tow…..we have been all coming off of the path collectively.


I had my driver’s entrance tire on a giant rock….making an attempt to get round a rock at my rear passenger nook.  Then….BAM….out of nowhere, this rock lets go and slides down into the entrance of the TJ.  It is true up in opposition to the entrance axle….simply becoming beneath my entrance bumper.  Peeled the steering field brace off of the steering field (however the field was OK).  The TBT steering survived simply fantastic….flexed some to remain out of harms means and got here again into place as soon as I backed away from the rock slide. 

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Yet one other rock squeeze to climb over/by way of.  The rocker guards actually bought a piece out, as did the aspect sliders on the taller rocks.  I left my doorways in Troy’s truck however I don’t recall a state of affairs the place they could have been hit.  Regardless, it was a superb choice to depart them behind as I used to be out and in of the automobile loads….most likely would have worn out the hinge pins. 


Gotta all the time have one in every of these pictures within the run.  Brandon and I had got here by way of an impediment utilizing two totally different traces and so ended up on both aspect of this rock.  He was parked on it once I got here up and popped a tire up on it.  He thought I used to be going to push him off as he had throttle by way of a earlier impediment when Bob mentioned “Stu is on the road….simply purpose for him a go!”.  When he did, I rotated and ran to get out of the way in which.  We all bought a chuckle out of it. 

Well, that’s about it.  One heck of a run….one heck of a path.  I received’t be again for some time….35″ tires and D30/D44 axles aren’t actually the proper mixture for it.  There have been too many instances I used to be ready for a hub, u-joint, or axle shaft to blow as I made climbs that I most likely shouldn’t have.  An enormous due to Warn, Spicer, and particularly Alloy USA.   It was your components that stored my axles turning the tires….and I’ve little doubt that the auto tranny’s potential to easily apply and launch the ability stored these components blissful and me on the road up the waterfall.

Die Hard….unsure if that applies to the path or the autos that run it.  Either means, all of us made it out and headed into New River for some burgers and cokes.  It was a superb day and I loved the heck out of sharing it with my associates.

Good trails and keep in mind to TREADLightly!

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