A buddy went with me Saturday, camera in hand, for a little bit of Jeep testing. The sun finally came out after we ate a big bífast at our favorite greasy spoon. We put the XKís traction control to the test on a stair-stepped gully hill.
Other 4x4ís have created dig holes with spinning tires, making for 30 inch foot deep 'stair steps.' The Jeep rocks backwards into an uncomfortable zone as well as two wheel teeters as she climbs up and out. But, unlike others out there who have to go balls-to-the-wall up the same hill, the XK just walks up and out at 50% of walking speed. The gully is about 40 feet deep.
In one youtube video, I stopped half way up because I didnít know that Mike was already filming. Then I just start moviní on up again, then up and over. (Yawn)
Interestingly enough, after Iíd climbed it a few times, we noticed thereís very little moved earth. We could see where a tire moved a little dirt before it lifted away into a two wheel teetering position. There was NO flinging dirt everywhere, it just crawled up and out like it had tank tracks.
There is another, more challenging place in the same gully, but father east. There was a group of people parked at the top, and since Iím driving blind with a windshield aimed skywards, we didnít try that one. Next time out weíll take more video, and try that place.
My only annoyance is that the videos looked okay in the viewfinder during on-the-spot reviews, but the hill looks as tame as a sidewalk's driveway cut on a bigger screen. I looked at the hill from the bottom before going up, then after we topped out, I got out and looked. It looked semi-impossible to drive up while standing there seeing it.
Note: a couple are still processing, so they might not work yet.