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I'll start off with the videos!

First two videos are of my friends WJ... it's lifted a few inches and modded, but unfortunately for him, the reason im posting his videos is to give a perspective of how slippery/difficult these climbs really are!

I don't make it to the top until the last video. In my first two i just dont have enough traction to make it up the last final incline... the frozen ground/ice might have something to do with that though...

Pictures will follow

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrWj7SX4k1I

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=La5bmCkrYVw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVmXJIG_ufI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fa7mO2CvJpQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOLPanqObF4
 

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That looks pretty sweet. More my type of trail rides. The rocky stuff near me is getting old. Bet you wouldn't have had nearly as much spinning with a more agressive tire.
 

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The ground was so frozen, i don't think the tires would have helped much. There wasn't anything to "grab" into... basically a sheet of ice.

If this was summer time with some looser soil I think i wouldve made it up that climb on my first attempt.

.... You couldn't even walk on it without slipping down. Watch that 4th video I posted carefully; check out how fast i start sliding backwards.
 

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Nice place. Thanks for the pics and vids. You can tell when you are still sliding backwards and your tires are not spinning, it is steep and slippery.

Did one of you have a snatch strap or winch?
 

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We definitely had recovery straps. Neither of us are new to offloading.

No winch yet. You'll notice he doesn't have a front bumper... he's in the process of welding together a custom bumper with winch mount. I plan on running a 4xguard with 2" receiver for a winch.

Nothing we did today would have required a winch. We know that park very well and stayed away from the areas that "sink" trucks. It was basically an "on the whim" playing in the snow.
 

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great vids and shots!!!
 

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Awsome videos. Did you air down your tires at all?
 

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Thanks everyone. I captured a few pics from the videos... plan on uploading them later.

Did you air down your tires at all?
Nope. That was with 35 psi in them. I don't have my skid plates on so I didn't want to sacrifice ground clearance. Airing down would have helped..... but I doubt I would've made it up that first hill regardless; the ground was basically a wet sheet of ice.
 

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Exactly. Airing down wouldn't have helped much in that situation and would have decreased my already limited ground clearance..... so they con's outweighed the pro's.

:lol: as soon as we got home my buddy ordered a lockrite. Probably will still need some more aggressive tires too since the front diff will be open..... but its a start!

The advantage we have with the QDII system is on the verge of unfair! I've been offroading for a loooong time now (well as long as a 27 year old could be anyways) and I'm still amazed how this almost "stock" vehicle performed. I spent a lot of time and money modding/offroading an explorer sport, TJ, XJ and silverado 1500 and NONE of them could hold a candle to how this commander climbed (the explorer was close with the short wheelbase, 35" tires, locker, manual tcase and strong 4.0)
 

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Great videos! Nice to see the XK getting some use out in the snow!
 

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what kind of tires are you running?
 
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