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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 05-04-2008, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
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Went for a nice ride today with several JKs.


The trail is Santa Ynez Peak - up and over the mountains from Lake Cachuma to the Santa Barbara coast. It was supposed to be all smooth fire road.


My buddy's JK, he organized the ride. He's the original owner of the tires and rims on my Commander.


We did find some challenging areas.


They wanted me to stay at the bottom while they tried a climb (all had lifts, and there was a huge rock at the start of the climb)

Now Gone: TJ 00 4 liter, 2" RE Lift and shocks, a few extra skidplates, and not much else, 'cause all the money goes to:

Now HIS: XK 07 Limited Hemi, 2" RR lift and shocks, JK Rubicon wheels (255/75 r17 BFG MT), 1.5" Spidertrax spacers, Rocky Road Supersliders, Mopar heavy-duty rails and roof rack. Get Lost 4x4 Rear Tire Carrier. 4xGuard Belly Skid. Oh, and a spiffy dash mat.
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They got some suspension flex


But I found a really steep line that bypassed the rock. I love the hemi! They were surprised when I showed up behind them on the trail


After that I was included in everything. The JK folks kept raving about the capabilities of the Commander. My passengers were happy too.


Happiness is Rubicons in your rear mirror


The final bonus? 2 weeks from today the baby is due. So I guess this counts as her first off-road trip.

Now Gone: TJ 00 4 liter, 2" RE Lift and shocks, a few extra skidplates, and not much else, 'cause all the money goes to:

Now HIS: XK 07 Limited Hemi, 2" RR lift and shocks, JK Rubicon wheels (255/75 r17 BFG MT), 1.5" Spidertrax spacers, Rocky Road Supersliders, Mopar heavy-duty rails and roof rack. Get Lost 4x4 Rear Tire Carrier. 4xGuard Belly Skid. Oh, and a spiffy dash mat.
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nice pictures. looks like a good trail!

i wish the snow would melt so i could hit some trails. they are still buried under 5 feet of snow.
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Very nice pics!!!
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Love the pics. More please.

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The trail runs along the backbone ridge separating the coast from the first inland valley. Unfortunately, the fog never fully burned off today. We would go from sun


to heavy fog


to drifting right at the edge


back to fog


to great views of the inland lake Cachuma


But it never burned off enough to show a picture of the ocean

Now Gone: TJ 00 4 liter, 2" RE Lift and shocks, a few extra skidplates, and not much else, 'cause all the money goes to:

Now HIS: XK 07 Limited Hemi, 2" RR lift and shocks, JK Rubicon wheels (255/75 r17 BFG MT), 1.5" Spidertrax spacers, Rocky Road Supersliders, Mopar heavy-duty rails and roof rack. Get Lost 4x4 Rear Tire Carrier. 4xGuard Belly Skid. Oh, and a spiffy dash mat.
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here's an old beach pic of the same area

Now Gone: TJ 00 4 liter, 2" RE Lift and shocks, a few extra skidplates, and not much else, 'cause all the money goes to:

Now HIS: XK 07 Limited Hemi, 2" RR lift and shocks, JK Rubicon wheels (255/75 r17 BFG MT), 1.5" Spidertrax spacers, Rocky Road Supersliders, Mopar heavy-duty rails and roof rack. Get Lost 4x4 Rear Tire Carrier. 4xGuard Belly Skid. Oh, and a spiffy dash mat.
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Great Photos. Glad to see you didn't let the JK's out perform the Commander!

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Nice pics. Glad to hear that the XK was able to hang with the JKs. Your friend sure does have one nice looking JK. Looks like your family had a good time also. That is what it's all about.

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So, any chance a stock Commander with QT1 could make it?

Looks like a great ride. How long did it take to get to the end?

Love the photo shopped license plate too!


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