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    Jim drove to my place and hopped in with me and we headed to Wheeler lake this morning. We got to the trailhead on time and aired down but after waiting 30+ minutes and driving out to the highway to check the forum to see if we were going to have another rig to wheel with or if we would be doing todays trail solo or not in the Jeep. Turns out we were not going to have someone to wheel with and decided letís do it anyway!
    It turned out great, at just just 3.6 miles to the end itís not long but it is a slow going crawler! From the start of the trail itís 4Lo and climbing rock obstacles. There are 3-4 obstacles that are definitely not easy and I scraped a bit here and there and needed the lockers a few times. However most of the trail is moderate rock crawling that my big tires just rolled over easily. 35Ē tires wouldnít have much issues either but 33ís or smaller would certainly be challenging on this trail!
    Jim helped spot me a few times and it was great to be able to chat and catch up and enjoy this amazing trail with him. He also was able to take more pictures and stuff so Iím excited to see what he came up with!

    Hereís a few pictures I tookÖ. What a fun trail!!
            
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    One more
         
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    10:15 - I'm home!

    Thanks for the ride-along Matt. Dinner was well enjoyed.

    The snow touched peaks were a treat. Some snow flurries / slush flakes. Some ominous cloud cover and some wonderful blue sky (and warm sun).

    I got out to spot twice and the first event had my phone fell to the ground. I didn't notice it missing until we were packed to leave the lake. I walked the second spot - no phone. Traffic was empty but there were three hikers. Between my two spot locations two SXS's were rolling up trail and Matt asked if they found a phone - YES. Bonus - phone delivered - done!

    We saw a group of four in a photo shoot somewhere between the first two obstacles. Near the mill two other vehicles were heading in. A light day.
              

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    Inspected my under carriage this morning. Both rear shock mounts had scrapes, t-case and engine/trans skid plate also had scrapes. All was expected 😁
    I did notice that I damaged my steering stabilizer slightly. Dented the stabilizer tube just a little so I ordered a new one just to be safe as it was pretty cheap and looks very easy to replace. Hereís a picture of it, do you think itís fine or should be replaced asap? I didnít notice anything driving home last night so Iím thinking itís totally fine as is but ordered a new one anyways.
         
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    Dented stabilizer: I'm thinking of the seal that has to pass the dented section. It's dented enough that I think the seal might get compromised with enough passes over the area. Go ahead and replace it.

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    some of those the area that is dented is just a cover. Might see if you can see in the opening.
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    I noticed this morning the plastic ďdust coverĒ was loose and after seeing if I could connect again (which I could not) I cut it off completely so the metal rod is visible now. Nothing is bent and the metal rod goes into the body and there is no oil or anything there. It looks mechanically intact and fine but just in case I ordered a new one since it was just $105
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    I completed the web page for the remaining photos, if you wish...

    www.JimWilliamson.net/automobile/2022-09-16--trail--wheeler-lake-ride-along/
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    Jim previously posted:
    "I completed the web page for the remaining photos, if you wish...

    www.JimWilliamson.net/automobile/2022-09-16--trail--wheeler-lake-ride-along/
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    Nice Jim!
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    There are a couple scenic images of Mt. Democrat (in the pile of'm).

    Having HDR capability on the next camera would be nice.

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    Nice pics Jim! I wonít soon forget that day!
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    `twas a nice day out! Thanks for the ride.

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    RockyMtRebel previously posted:
    "Dented the stabilizer tube just a little so I ordered a new one just to be safe as it was pretty cheap and looks very easy to replace. Hereís a picture of it, do you think itís fine or should be replaced asap?"

    Another one who thinks its fine....its hard to tell from the pic, but guessing its a twin tube design and the outer shock body only has some fluid behind it, The piston rides up and down inside the inner tube - so it would have to be a pretty big indentation to dent the outer tube into the inner tube and deform the inner tube. In theory, the dent will affect how fluid flows around the dent in the outer reservoir from the inner reservoir, but that affect is really, really minor - and even moreso on a steering stabilizer shock as compared to a suspension shock. I just replaced the twin tube shocks on my cj - due to clearance issues, I get dents bigger than that in the shock body the first day it goes wheeling, and I've never had a significant problem. I also usually run without the rubber boot - its not a huge issues, although grit and grime that sticks to the exposed piston will cause the seal to fail sooner as it slides in and out. As long as there is no fluid seeping out of the seal, it should be good to go for awhile.
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    great pics, Jim! I've always wanted to do that trail.

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    Here are what my front shocks look like after a few years wheeling....these are the standard twin tube design seen many places. It was just starting to cause some issues with the piston not traveling smoothly along the inside of the inner tube. You can beat up on twin tube shock bodies pretty hard before it causes much issue....


    After a couple sets of shocks like this, I am trying new, smaller diameter mono-tube shocks....the have more clearance from the axle etc, but with only a single tube, damage to the shock body will affect the smooth piston movement with much less damage. We'll see....
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    I hadn't known of twin tube design until you mentioned it. Can one look at a shock and know if it's twin or mono?

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    Jim previously posted:
    "I hadn't known of twin tube design until you mentioned it. Can one look at a shock and know if it's twin or mono?"

    hmmm....not sure. If the shock body is not perfectly cylindrical (see the small reduction in diameter near the top of the shock body in the pic I posted?) then I think it will always be twin tube and not monotube. BUT, there are twin tubes that are perfectly cylindrical, so differentiating monotube from those is not obvious to me. Price is probably the best bet! - monotubes are expensive, and typically considered a better, more modern design - especially for situations like washboard as the fluid doesn't heat up as much.
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    Interesting, mine isnít dented nearly as much as your picture James! This is the cheap stock damper so likely twin tube (also has the reduction in size at the end). I have a slightly used one on the way from eBay, $60. New ones are back ordered everywhere. Iíll probably install the one on order and keep the slightly dented one as a back up for *when this happens again 🤣
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    Matt I'm on the second steering stabilizer on my JL as well. I didn't even notice that my first stabilizer was dented... the dealership just replaced it for free while my jeep had a warranty repair. That plastic mud cover got loose on both of them pretty quickly. Not a good design.

    I was going to join you guys on this trail but my job got in the way. Not sure I would have made it to the top with my 33" tires, but I would like to try (again).

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