Last night I went to the Lakeland Mud-Bogs. I just went to watch, not to participate since all I brought was the Comanche. The mud bog was wicked, you couldn't tell how big the trucks were that were stuck because only the bumpers and above stuck out through the mud. Not until some poor soul sloshed his way through waist-deep goo to hook up a snatch strap anyhow. Only when a big-block Ford running 44x22" tires on 2.5-ton axles would send four gysers into the air and pull that truck out would you notice he'd been running 36-38" Boggers.... Definately not something I wanted to take the stock MJ with 215/70 Dueler APTs into....
There is a smaller mudhole section though, but last night I didn't try that either. I'm not a fan of getting stuck and waiting an hour for someone to pull me out...
One of the 'roads' around the 'bog, right on the South side of it I think, had turned into a small 'bog itself, but only axle-deep or so to those running 31s. My friend's 98 Dodge 2500 2wd with 33" ATs got stuck twice just trying to cruise through, and thats with V-8 power. I saw almost a dozen 4x4s with (some with V-8s) running either street tires, all-terrains or semi-bald mud tires get stuck in there too.
Not me! No-way, I know how to play in this stuff. Its full-throttle, dont slow down, and aim for the center if you can. A running head-start can really help too While I tried to go straight through, its not always possible. Usually there is a stuck truck, or a slower vehicle (3-wheeler or something) in the way and you've got to dodge around them. This left me negotiating the 'hole in a zig-zag pattern and left me crossing ruts very often. Damn these trucks ride nice! Bouncing through the ruts, maxing up the upper and lower end of suspension travel, with no seriouly jarring motions like I was used to in the Wrangler, and we made it right on through just as fast as we could. I never left first gear, as I doubt the engine has the balls to spin up like that in second. It held pretty steady in first at 3k rpms with very little bogging.
On the way home around midnight me and friends from town in 2 other trucks all headed out together. We did the 70 miles back at speeds ranging from 75 to 85 (my speedo maxed out for a while, it could have been around 100 mph or so in 4th gear turning 4k...) and the MJ never missed a beat. It was a wide road with fairly little traffic so when we could we'd line up side-by-side and compare speedometer readings. The Ford Ranger was reading 80 while the Dodge and I read only 75 or so. We got into town and split up, but Ryan and I decided to go watch Street Races, so he called his friend to find out where they were at the moment. We pulled off the side of the road while he called, and I noticed my oil pressure gauge reading 20psi, when I took off it dropped to almost nothing It had been reading 60 on the way there... but on the way back I'd been watching the temp guage more. We eased over to the Hess station and put 4 quarts (!) of 10w40 into it, and the pressure came back up. This engine doesn't leak oil, so I must have burnt it off somehow (Its only been 1500 miles since the last oil change too).
The street races weren't very spectacular, although they did get the most consecutive runs without being broken up by police that I've seen so far by the time I left. There were only a couple muscle cars an a dozen or so jap-jobs. Some poor soul in a slow Camaro lost about 4 times before he decided to go home. I think it was getting totally wasted by an RX-7 that did it to him. When the RX-7 hit 2nd gear he must have been turning 7-8k rpms- that car took off ahead of the Camaro and he hit the flashers for the rest of the run just to rub it in a little. They slowed down and turned the corner to circle the industrial park and come back to the races, but only the RX-7 came back, hehehe.
As an aside, yesterday I finally got the Wrangler running again for the first time in a year. Its going to be some strange wiring job mix-matching Grand-Wagoneer and Wrangler parts to get it all working again. We got power into the dash, and are working out wiring up a Grand-Wagoneer starter solenoid to the Grand-Wagoneer starter from some chopped wires coming out of the Wranglers firewall.... Ryan's pretty good at this stuff, he can rig up about anything, even if he does an ugly job of it. He'll get it working, and then I'll re-do it to make it pretty and more reliable.... With any luck I can trailer the Wrangler out to Lakeland tonight or next weekend and beat it 'till the axles snap
Make it up as you go.