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Roy Armale last won the day on June 14 2021

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  1. Sorry Everyone, car situation again, hearing some strange noises when i put it into 4-wheel mode and don't want to take risks. Gonna miss this one.
  2. @Ale Vallecchi I broke my driver side sway bar link this morning so I can't make tomorrow anymore since it's Friday and my mechanic is off. Sorry about the last minute drop out... Which I could still make it!
  3. Interested in that test! I've got Fox 2.0 shocks right now and am switching to bypass by the end of the month, so I can do a pre-post, but it will have my bias (and my need not to regret spending more) so a side by side would be awesome.
  4. Hey @Anoop Nair I don't know how people feel about links to products and suppliers here and I haven't figured out how to DM! Generally: LSD = 2-3K AED, e-locker 3-4K AED, Air Locker 5-8K AED (big gap due to compressor, etc.. and manual labor)
  5. Hey @Anoop Nair I’d rather not give any advice till I’ve got more experience and trial. What I did: Have a 2014 sport with a clutch-based LSD that wore out (some models have it, you can check yours with your VIN, it’s called trac-lok, different from BLD which is on most Wranglers) Considered Yukon LSD, ARB Air Locker, and Eaton-Style E-locker rather than replacing it with another trac-lok. Saw that Air Lockers work best, but need a big and expensive setup, so decided against it because I’d rather put the money in bypass shocks. Saw that e-lockers have the issue you mentioned, but has been reduced with the new models. Also, in the sand the effect of the half spin is not as impactful as when you’re stuck on a rock. Plus, I’m a believer in locking when you begin the challenging section, not when you get stuck. Spoke to some wrangler enthusiasts and ex-racers who agreed on e-locking. Installed it and now testing with/without in different situations to see how it feels. Did not put a locker on the front because the Dana 30 diff has a chance failing with a locker when you push it and I don’t find that a risk worth taking. Keep in mind, this is all research-based and theory. I’m not the right person to give advice, I’m just outlining my process. More experienced Wrangler desert drivers would be better suited to advise.
  6. Hey @Frederic Lift: The lift kit is better than larger tires. The main benefits of the lift are approach angle, break-over angle, departure angle, and clearance. With an independent suspension, all that applies evenly. However, with a fixed axle, the clearance part does not apply to your differential because it is “under” the springs, so it does not get lifted. For rock-crawling, this is less of an issue because you manage it through articulation, line, avoiding rocks under you where the differential is located. On sand, especially when cross-crossing, you don’t have that option, so wranglers can face differential drag on the sand. Larger tires help with that one aspect. LSD: nothing against it! My comment was on clutch-based LSD (does not apply to plate or torsion, which are better for desert) because our tires spin a lot in the sand and the LSD will kick in very often and at high speed (anytime the tire speed is not aligned). It will work, but its clutch pack will wear out quickly and affect your diff oil over time. It doesn’t affect your driving experience negatively, just your wallet. I had the option of repairing mine, putting a plate LSD (Yukon) or an e-locker. I decided to experiment with the e-locker. E-Locker: Helpful on larger dune climbs when you want uninterrupted evenly distributed torque to the tires during the climb. My experience is limited here, but I’ll keep trying out the different options and report back on the “real world” effect.
  7. I've researched this stuff to death and am simply writing the info and experience of others, I am not experienced enough to give a personal view. The lift kit helps a wrangler, but is a little misleading because the lift happens above the differential because we are on fixed axels. That means the tire size is the lift (ground to differential) I regret my Fox 2.0 shocks. Yes, monotube is good, but if you're spending the money on shocks, get a bypass, even if it's a cheaper brand. The desert is all about multiple small/medium vibrations, which is the opposite of rock crawling and a tuned bypass outperforms the big brands. Larger tires means less power. If you get 35s with anything less than 4.11 (default Rubicon) you will struggle a lot. There are plenty of guides online about that to check (changes by engine and transmission) Those are just things to keep in mind while you do your research.
  8. Hi Everyone, Reviving this thread after a long period of travel and then a return to Dubai! I got my gearing and differentials checked, 2 things popped up: I'm on a 3.71 (not great for 33 inch tires) I have a clutch-based LSD (wears out in the desert and was causing some of the issues) So, I've re-geared to 4.56 and swapped the clutch LSD with an e-locker. This has helped a lot with desert driving. @Frederic the consensus from the Wrangler drivers that I've been talking to around tires is that larger ones help reduce the drag from our differential since the only way to get clearance for that is tire size and not a lift. With the re-gearing, the tire size seems to work and is aligned with the chart that I shared. I'll write back once I have more experience and am talking less theoretically!
  9. @Veedooshee your calmness and ability to deliver prompt and useful instructions is a skill I want to learn from you. Thank you. Also, thanks a lot for posting this @M.Seidam because it brings up a very important conversation around a topic that @Brette and I had that day and think might benefit a few people: Gearing Ratios Apologies in advance for the long post. @Frederic your input would be very appreciated as a seasoned manual Wrangler driver To begin, I drive a manual 2014 JK (3.6L Pentastar) with the worst gear ratio (XXXXX Auto said it might be a 3.2) I bought it used 4 months ago with approximately 33 inch tires on it that I don't want to pay to change till they are worn out. This means that I am completely out of the "effective off-roading combination", see attached chart or this site: https://prodigyperformance.com/blog/jeep-wrangler-gear-ratio-calculator/ If you watch the video, you'll notice a lag between the first attempt (jolty, too much engine) and the last as I went into 4-Lo (smooth recovery) I know that recovery should happen in 4-Lo, no discussion there, but that affects a lot of other things. Look at how easily I was able to follow instructions when the power was "effective" rather jolt the car around. It also affects my clutch. @Veedooshee you might remember the smell of the clutch from my 4-Hi attempt. This gearing caused me to lose power several times when the convoy lost momentum in soft sand. I would have to switch to 4-Lo every time to get through areas that should be relatively easy. I never thought much of it because most my off-roading has been on rocks and I'm in 4-Lo for all that. When we got to the last area and went up the steep hill, the same loss of power happened during my first attempt. I did another attempt in 4-Lo and was able go further easily by starting in 3rd gear and moving up as I gathered speed. THIS IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS OR CARS THAT HAS AUTOMATIC LOCKERS IN 4-LO. @Brette and I debated even trying, but I had read that it is ok on enough forums and we were relatively close to the road. I spoke to a few garages about re-gearing (which I think I will do) and a few told me not to re-gear, but to start off-roading in the sand on 4-Lo while using higher gears (4-6) instead of 4-Hi in lower gears (mostly 1and 2). Both options remove the strain from the clutch and enables better management of dune inclines and soft sand, but the second option takes much more attention to the drive-shaft. I am still of the opinion that I should re-gear. If you have reached the end of this post, thank you for your patience. If it is in the wrong place, I can move it to the Wrangler threads. However, I would appreciate any experience or feedback on the situation.
  10. The yellow wrangler club! I didn't get the memo to paint mine before heading out
  11. Thanks a lot for the drive lead @Brette and for the great advice throughout @M.Seidam. @Veedooshee thank you for the report, but mostly for the support when I was stuck the many times and for everyone's patience while it happened! Learned a lot on this drive, including what "not" to do on etiquette from our uninvited guests on the ride, as well as a lot about my car and the clutch/power situation at lower speeds. @Brette can you remind me who are the manual (stick shift) wrangler drivers so that I mention them in the thread we talked about relating to the gearing and 4Hi Vs Low for the hill climbs? @Clay Neddo good to see you again, @Paolo Pellegrini thanks for the patience being behind me, and @Simon Ducos I'll send you a few videos I got of you since I was chasing you. Best, Roy
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