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  1. I raced a Taco this morning

    Coming from my 2007 Wrangler, which weighs close to 7,000 pounds fully loaded (I'm an addicted overlander; please don't judge me) on 35s with 4.88 gears and the 3.8L minivan motor to the Gladiator with the same 35s and 4.10 gears and significantly smaller increases in mod weight, I was quite...
  2. Swapping the Mojave plastic bumper with the Mopar steel bumper

    You removed a steel bumper to replace it with another steel bumper? Or did you mean something else? Pardon my ignorance, but doesn't the Mojave come with a decent steel bumper (at least as an option)? Regardless, if you intend to install a winch, I'd ensure that every bolt is installed and...
  3. Where did you WHEEL your Gladiator today?

    That's a nice drive. We came into the park over Medano Pass.
  4. Where did you WHEEL your Gladiator today?

    Cool! Mind sharing where? You need not be exact if it's something you wish to keep private. But a county or city would be nice. That's what this thread is about. :)
  5. You can, potentially, lock yourself out

    This reminds me, I need to make an extra key. I like to keep a key around my neck on a lanyard when overlanding. Solves the lockout situation, and in the event something should happen during the night in the dark (think of microburst blowing tent over), I could retreat to the safety of the rig...
  6. First Punk'n Gladiators have rolled off assembly line

    Yes. But a good friend of mine bought one off a dealer lot two weeks ago. It has a manual transmission, which is what he wanted, and is a pretty loaded Rubi otherwise. IOW, have your dealer search around. You won't be able to order, but you may find your dream rig on a lot somewhere.
  7. Where did you WHEEL your Gladiator today?

    Did you have the front swaybar disconnected? That would let your front tire droop more. While rocking is part of the challenge, it is safer to keep all four tires in contact with the ground. That is the primary reason Jeep does not go with an IFS. Since you don't have a Rubi with an e-disco...
  8. How hard is it offroading in a manual transmission?

    First and foremost, stall happens. Get over it and don't let your friends rag on you too much. But, as you likely learned when growing into driving an MT, shifting gears sort of becomes automatic. You don't put much thought into it--the hands and feet work together with your senses. and...
  9. How hard is it offroading in a manual transmission?

    Push start. When you're 276 miles from the nearest help in the Arctic and your starter blows, it's nice to know you can still push start your rig.
  10. How hard is it offroading in a manual transmission?

    Yeah, I'm a photographer and let me talk about that manual shifting of ATs. I hate to get still shots of people with their brake lights on because it makes the shot look posed. So I do my best to avoid that. And I can pick out an AT driver in a heartbeat because instead of downshifting...
  11. 2H on overland

    Basically agree with the answers above. Even if overlanding, it's worth running whatever parts of the route you can in 2H to save gas--range can become critical much more often than you realize. Closed gas stations, broken pumps, GPS mistakes on gas station locations, closed roads, etc, can...
  12. Door Limiters

    There, I fixed that for you. I made that mistake inadvertently on one door the first time I removed them. Thought I'd never get it back out. Ended up putting the door on, then working a tool in with the door mostly closed so I could get the tip of a longer bolt through the door limiter into...
  13. Uses for the Aux Switch

    Here you go ... https://www.jeepgladiatorforum.com/forum/threads/aux-switches-what-are-you-putting-on-them.29018/
  14. Uses for the Aux Switch

    I'm actually not sure why they recommend going direct to the battery. The only thing I can think of is they are concerned that you might wire to something and overload existing wiring. I have a great deal of experience in maintaining and designing complex comm systems and we never worried...
  15. Planning first trip to Moab

    Fins and Things is a blast. My concern about a stock non-Rubi would be the departure angle and no protection for the bottom of the bed. What size tires are you running, Mike? Looking at your useID image, they ook pretty large. To OP, I'd suggest Gemini Bridges Trail, White Rim Trail and...
  16. Uses for the Aux Switch

    ARB compressor, bumper off-road lights and power for comm rack (CB, GMRS and ham radios all located on it). Last one will be used to power off the engine fan during water fords (once I ever get around to doing it). There is another thread on this, BTW, with many more answers.
  17. Where did you WHEEL your Gladiator today?

    Ophir, huh? Surprised I didn't recognize that. Drove it a couple years ago when running the TransAmerica Trail. You can see it again here, if interested (9:04 if not forwarded) ...
  18. Where did you WHEEL your Gladiator today?

    I recognize Black Bear, Imogene and Schnebly Hill. Anything else? Did you drive Black Bear Pass, or just up from the bottom to the one-way section?
  19. Portable Cooking

    Cook Partner stove. It is not stamped sheetmetal. You'll pay for it. But worth every penny if you can afford it...
  20. Jeep Expands Badge of Honor Mobile App With 7 New Trails

    So, what are the seven new trails? Mostly curious, since it's not something I've personally chased. While running the El Camino del Diablo in Arizona in February, I did see a JKU that had completed all of the trails. Pretty neat accomplishment. Here is a list that hasn't been updated with...
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