Tag Archives: trail rig

Locked Jeep Cherokee XJ Climbing tree

My buddy James was playing around at some local trails one afternoon and decided to try out his new lockers on this tree near the top of a hill. I actually recorded him the second time he tried it and he didn’t make it as far due to already spinning some ruts on the first go around but still very cool to watch and shows the advantage of having locked differentials.

One ton Jeep XJ jumps into tree, doesn’t break!

Bruce Wiles, the original owner and builder of this awesome XJ on one ton axles, takes it for a rough ride up the speed bounty hill at Dirty Turtle Offroad Park in Bedford, Kentucky. The first two attempts are unsuccessful as you can see a good size ledge at the bottom of the hill causes his front wheels to become airborne and not able to steer. The jeep bounces into a pretty good size tree and the Jeep seems to take the hit without damage. A well built rig and good exo-cage allow him a third attempt in which he makes it to the top! The low quality iphone video doesn’t do this monster hill justice but it’s certainly still entertaining to watch.

Epic Jeep Fail

So a friend picked up a new Jeep ZJ that was already mostly built, or so it seemed. After trying to remove a log from the trail in reverse with a strap attached to the front bumper his control arms snapped and allowed the entire front axle to roll forward. So far forward in fact that the front differential cover and tie rod was facing the ground and the jeep now steered side to side rather than left to right. This was a first for me to see and we all got a good laugh out of it. Now someone hand me a wrench…