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Re: rubicon must haves and parts list?

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I believe you are right good sir. Some more mods and more time on the rocks will get me where I want to be. Any other good suggestions on the west cost? I live in washington but still want to make a good trip. Depending on what I get ordered for mods while I'm gone I may still go. But for now I may push it off until the summer of 2016 when my rig is 100% ready.
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Sounds like you have a good plan. The more ready you and your rig are, the more fun you'll have on this trail.

Wish I could give you more suggestions on trails out in your area but my home turf is the Colorado Rockies so I'm far from knowledgable on what's available to you.
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Re: rubicon must haves and parts list?

Well I like I said before I'm deploying and won't be back until some time in september. If you go to the naches after I get back I'm totally in. Thanks for all the input! I will be getting 35s. And after my list of parts I made in the beginning I will be gear down to 4.88s unless you have other suggestions. I may try to go to browns camp this weekend in oregon. Lots of good terrain there.
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Here's a list of trails in the Tahoe National Forest, with descriptions and difficulty ratings:

You will probably want the winch and Hi-Lift. Bigger tires mandatory. Steer horns optional.
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Re: rubicon must haves and parts list?

Here is a thought. Plan on going with the TLCA Rubithon event. As a part of the event there is a lot of support along the trail to ensure everyone makes it safe. There is usually a group of FJCs so you have experts that are familiar with how it will behave as they spot you through the boulders that never end from start to finish. (think 7 miles of Tillamook Forrest Fire Break 5 ... and sometimes that is the bypass) You do not get much of a chance to relax, you are always on high alert with Rubicon.

The Rubithon is a late spring event and pushes you out an extra 9 months but it gives you time make any mods, become more familiar with how your rig behaves with the new mods and gain a little seat time on trails with rock gardens or some rocky stretches.

A Rubicon Trail off-road adventure is bucklist item that you should enjoy and respect, not fear. The trail changes year to year and is never the same. I've been twice and both times were great but you and your rig need to be prepared for what you'll face.

Safe travels to you.
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Re: rubicon must haves and parts list?

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Here's me:

I will take my pickup or my Land Cruiser on the Rubicon.

I will not take my not-yet-paid-for, IFS front FJ Cruiser on the Rubicon (I did run Cadillac out to the lake, but that's not the tough part).

I would take some other trails first, like:
Signal Peak
Poker Flat
Hell Hole
Long Canyon
Strawberry Pass
Plummer Ridge
Deer Valley
Barney Riley
Slick Rock
Niagara Rim
Budweiser Canyon
Bronco Canyon
Swamp Lake

The toughest trails in California are:
I agree with starting with the moderate trails first. When I lived in NORCAL back in the 80s, I ran Barney Riley in my locked Suzuki (about as big as a 4wheeler these days) and it was fun, but some steep rocky climbs put you to the test. We camped at the Carson River and crossed over to the hot springs. Don't think you can drive across the river now.

4x4TrailMaps - Barney Riley Trail

I then went with my friend with a CJ5 as a passenger on the Rubicon and that was way beyond my off road skills and the capability of my vehicle at that time in my life. I then moved with my parents out of Cali and had never a chance to get back to Tahoe with a vehicle that could go off road. One day I will....

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Re: rubicon must haves and parts list?

Sorry for the long wait on the reply. I'm currently deployed and have a lot of parts waiting for me. After ready what you guys have posted I decided to get a little more seat time before attempting the Rubicon. I may get the change to make some good trips when I get back. I appreciate the guidance!
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