Boy these tires are sooo much better on the road. I got them up to 80 and the noise was fine. I mean, the wind noise was way worse, but it was super smooth for a mud tire.
So, I got to the Outpost a bit before 9, met up with some other folks on the ride. We were all running the 35x12.50/17. There were 4 or 5 JK's (surprise surprise), a full size diesel Ram with a sweet pop up in bed camper, and your's truly, the token beater. The first trail we hit is rocky mountain loop, heading right for the gnarliest section. The RAM can't make it that far up the trail, but they get some footage of it just kinda rolling through the trail.
I try tackling all the hardest lines, seeing how the tires do. They did fantastic. My rear shock mount, not so much. It was starting to break off the frame before the trip, and I'm not sure exactly when it happened, but eventually it broke free. Probably what all that noise was. A few times coming down some gnarly sections of trail, the damn thing cut off on me, and it was probably the busted shock and mount pushing on the fuel pump wiring. Eventually, it managed to pull a wire completely free and stopped me in my tracks. When I stopped to figure out what the trouble was, the pass side tire was stuffed and I couldn't see the broken shock. I thought it might have been the MSD coil again, but I wasn't getting fuel.
A JEEP towed me back to the outpost, for SHAME!!! how embarassing. I demanded no photos be taken
Once I got there, I saw that the mount was broken free from the frame and the wiring mess. Didn't turn out to be as bad as it looked. One wire in the plug, a little tape, badda boom badda bing, she's fired up and ready to roll.
I also had my exhaust break off of a mount after the muffler, and it was rattling on the frame. Good ol' baling wire to the rescue!
The pics sorta show the progression of events. Drove home fine, no worries. Although I did forget to air back up! 3 out of 4 shocks and 15 psi was a pretty soft ride! Also my shocks must be pure ---- now since I couldn't tell much of a difference after pulling the busted one out.
Path forward is patch the frame, and re-cajigger the shock mounts and bumpstops. The shocks must have been bottoming out before the bumpstops came into play, which is why the mount was getting pushed off the frame.
I'm sure there are a few of us who have had the pleasure of laying in this gravel pit to tinker (at the Eldorado Outpost) :
Home sweet home:
If my rig ends up in some promo material (which was the point of all this) it will be worth the temporary inconveniences. And hell, free tires