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Moab 2005- Statistics

 

  • Days traveling West- 2.5

  • Days Jeeping and Skiing-9

  • Days traveling East- 2.5

  • Total trip in days-15

  • Days Jeeping vs. traveling equals fun ratio- 100%

  • 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee stats- 6 inch Rubicon lift-modified, 33 inch Goodyear MTR's, 20 psi front, 18 psi rear, 4:88 Superior gearsets, EZ-Locker rear diff, Newer engine 100,000 miles (original 204,213 miles), Valve job complete, Transmission also replaced with 100,000 mile unit, Shift improvement kit added, Complete refurbishing of all mounts/control arms/bushings, NP231 trans case, ARB front bumper, 8500lb Warn Winch, Dana 35 rear axle with disks, dual batteries with switch.

  • Items broken on trip- 1 brake line had a slow leak and had to have a section replaced. Transfer case needed new fluid and some Lucas Oil Treatment added. LR wheel loosened up and fell off at 45mph. Rim damaged, but OK as spare now. Replaced brake rotor, brake pads, 5 lug bolts and lug nuts. 1 scrape on the pass side on Poison Spider Trail. Flattened resonator on tail pipe at Golden Crack.

  • 1983 Jeep CJ-7 stats- Chevy 383 stroker conversion 1000 miles, Rebuilt T-177 4 speed transmission complete, Dana 300 transfer case resealed, HD long spline front and rear drive shafts, 4:56 gearsets, EZ-Locker rear diff, EZ-Locker front diff, Holly 2bbl. throttle body fuel injection, Rear disk brake conversion, Front Dana 35 axle with Warn Super Axles and axle truss/skid plate, Rear axle AMC 20 with Superior 1 piece axles and axle truss/skid plate, 9 inch double diaphragm brake booster, 6 inch Superlift, 1 inch body lift, 35 inch Conti MTR's, Rancho 9000 long travel shocks, ARB high approach angle rear bumper, Smitty-Bilt high approach angle tube front bumper, Warn 9000i front winch, ACR 13:1 Superbox off-road steering box, ACR Super pump, Summit Hi-Flow aluminum water pump, Dual batteries with switch, 90 amp alternator, no mechanical cooling fan, dual Flex-O-lite cooling fans with variable speed control. 

  • Items broken on trip- One Flex-O-Lite cooling fan seized up. Finished day 10-20F hotter (190F) than normal. Ordered from Summit Racing Next Day Air, replaced 9:00 am next morning. Emergency brake cable trunion kept jumping out of holder. I finally took the time (30 sec.) to squeeze the holder together with a pair of water pump pliers. Hit the bottom of rear bumper on the Golden Crack.

  • Total oil changes- 3. Each vehicle, including the Suburban.

  • Total lines we waited in- 0 (zero)

  • Total times the trailer swayed badly while traveling cross-country-1

  • Total miles traveled- 5200 miles (2340 miles Winnisquam, NH to Moab, UT)

  • Average MPG- 7.2 mpg Same as our Wyoming trip

  • Total arguments- 0 (zero)

  • Total obstacles Ed bypassed with the CJ was- 2

  • Total times the Grand winched an obstacle-1

  • Total horrible trails Ryan took Ed and Chris on at Alta-1

  • Total times Chris wet his pants looking down narrow steep chutes at Alta-2

  • The best parts store in Moab, UT: Car-Quest

  • Best bar in Moab- Eddie McStiffs. $1 drafts. $6.95 Mexican special plate every nite. More than you can eat.

  • Best Motel in Moab- Canyonlands Best Western. $59.95 nite for a suite. 2 kings, pullout, kitchen. They let us park our Suburban and a 31ft. enclosed trailer sideways in the parking lot. They also had no problem with us plugging in the trailer 110 volt to the room. Free breakfast too, waffles even.

  • Best "non fast food" restaurant on I-80 cross-country- Crackerbarrel.

  • Total times stopped at- McDonalds, Wendys or Burger King- 0 (zero)

  • Total snow storms that slowed us down- 2

 

We want to thank Joe McMenamen of Tilton Trailer Sales who really saved the day (and our trip) in getting our custom enclosed trailer in on time. He went way beyond what a regular salesperson typically does just to help us out. His prices were the best and the product was great. Please call him at 603-524-8008. Tell him Ed and Ryan sent you.

 

Thanks for checking out Moab 2005

 

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