Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Temecula, CA
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Re: now I\'ve done it
Had a similar recovery this past weekend.
My buddy Carl ate his front gears halfway through a Hammers trail, and we had to relay-winch him the rest of the way out. At the last big waterfall, Chris blew his d44 shaft, which in turn took out the ARB seal, which in turn made the front ARB worthless since it couldn't seal in the rear, effectively reducing his TJ to 1-wheel drive.
On the big waterfall, Carl blew out the rear t-case yoke trying to help the winch, and his day was done. We had to dead-winch him the rest of the way off the trail. What fun THAT was. From that point on, I'd drive about 50 feet, Chris would winch off me, then Carl would winch off him, with 6 guys pushing on the Jeep. That worked for another 15 minutes until Chris burned out the motor on his ancient Warn 8000i, and then I'd have to go to the next obstacle, climb it, find a place to turn around, winch Chris over it, turn around again and go to the next one, and repeat while Carl winched over the obstacle off Chris.
While this fun was happening, it got dark, and the temps dropped into the mid-teens.
But, we got it done, and then I tow-strapped Carl back to camp. Chris made it under his own power. For myself, I blew up a Warn premium hub, bent my tie rod, and blew a front ball joint. Not too bad, all other things considered.
My winch sure got a helluva workout.