Indian Arm Snow Wheeling


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My friend Ron (rubichronic) and I decided to check if we could make it to Indian Arm last sunday. The road was mostly ok and some sections were a little scatchy. Midway through the tire tracks finished and we started braking trail. The snow was 2′ deep in certain areas but it was powder and soft. When we started decending down towards the arm, snow disappeared. On the way back we were also able to do some night wheeling on the snow. It was an amazing trip that one I will always remember 🙂

Jan 1st 2016 snow wheeling

As our new tradition, we hit the road on Jan 1st for a new adventure. Picking a location was a little tricky this time because my daughter and her friend was coming with me. Plus the jeep was not feeling well either. So I couldnt go anywhere technical. Thanks my friend Dave, he suggested Ross Lake which none of us has been there before. It turn out to be a perfect destination for a snow wheeling day. We had lots of fun. There were lots of kids on this trip and laughters and screams will stay in my head for a while. It is amazing to watch them having so much fun.

Moab 2015 Adventure – BFE and Kane Creek

Last day in Moab, we decided to do a scenic trail and take it easy. We also didn’t want to break any jeeps before we head back. What we didn’t know was the surprises waiting for us. My jeep was going to be ready around noon. So we decided that we would go and play around area BFE in the morning. Area BFE is a private land where you could play around with optional donation. It was a wet day and none of us knew what to expect on a wet, snowy and muddy day in Moab. It was ok to play on the rocks with less traction. We are used to that from BC anyways. But Moab mud proved itself to be an extreme challenge. Driving on Moab Mud was like driving on ice. It is a very fine soupy and sticky mud. If you walk in it, you start carrying 10lbs of mud under each feet after a few steps. If you drive on it, it is so fine and soupy that you get no traction. Once you get it on your tires, good luck trying to crawl over rocks. So we all experienced a different kind of wheeling that day.

After we picked my jeep, we started heading towards Kane Creek. The muddy road was a bitch. We weren’t having fun at all. But then we started heading down to flat area that put us on one of the most fun trails of my life. It was a combination of zig zaging across Kane creek with sandy and curvy bits in between. It was like a roller coaster ride. Curve to the left and curve to the right and down into creek and up on the road. It goes on and on. 50 something creek crossings on a fun trail. Just where it ends, we started climbing up this slippery road with 5 feet ledges on it. One side of the road was a wall cliff around 2000ft drop. The pucker factor was on highest level when the safe passes of some these ledges was on the cliff side. So in one day, our feelings changed from anger, hate, frustration, fun, extreme fun, scared to diaper needing. I must admit this was one of a kind day and possibly the best day of our trip.

Moab 2015 Adventure – Rusty Nail

This is an extreme trail which departs from Golden Bar Rim and passes by Jeep Arch and connects to Golden Spike near the Golden Crack. My jeep was in the shop getting repaired this day. This gave me an opportunity better plan my videos and I was able to walk away from the group for some long shots. It was definitly a fun day even without my jeep.

Overland Journal – Beyond The Edge Of The World

After our trip to Poison Mountain and Mud Lake, we decided to go beyond the edge of the world. Total distance we did on dirt road was 1010 kms. There were sections which hasnt been traveled yet this year. So we had to clear more than 20 dead fallen trees. But the reward was priceless. The scenery we discovered was second to none. I cant believe how beautiful British Columbia is. There was a section where we stopped to go over a off camber road. Thats where we have seen a grizzly bear. Luckily he stayed around long enugh that Hai pulled his 600mm canon and shoot an awesome shot of this hard to see in the wild animal. I am definitely looking forward to going back to this area to explore more. For the first time in this trip, I also tried some aerial videos. I will get better at it in time 🙂

Overland Journal – Edge of the World – The Video

My friend Hai, Cam and Monthy were up in Chilcotin area in BC. We were exploring around Poison mountain and Mud lake area. The area was above tree level and scenery was spectacular. On the way back, we were checking out the off shoots from main road as we always do. Just to see where they go. One of these roads just kept going and getting higher and higher. At sections we had to dig trenches on the mountain side to make the road wide enough. At 6000 ft the road got really sketchy so we we had make a decision to turn around or to continue. Out of 4 jeeps, 3 of my friends voted to turn around and I voted to continue. But Hai said if I continue, he would hope into my jeep. Monthy and Cam decided to wait at where we were and watch the scenery. After that is all in the video 🙂 I wouldn’t recommend this road to anybody. It is highly dangerous and possible to roll your vehicle into a 6000ft down tumble. There are sections where the earth is really loose where it makes your vehicle slide sideways as if it is on snow.

Thanks to my friends Hai of overlandphotounlimited.com, Monty of tigersrevengeoffroad on facebook and talented photographer Cam on instagram @delguidice.

Install Video – JKU Max Roof Rack by Sharpwrax

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Additional Gear Required
DRY LUBE or similar – ESSENTIAL for stainless steel bolts
Wire coat hanger – To assist chasing cables if optioned

Tools Needed
13MM SOCKET/WRENCH OR RATCHET RING SPANNER
6MM + 5MM ALLEN KEY and RUBBER HAMMER. Note that it is best to use a ball head allen tool.

NOTE
Rack is 90% put together off the Jeep then lifted into place.

TIPS
1. ALWAYS USE DRILUBE ON STAINLESS BOLTS. It’s a waxy type stick.
2. All bolts and nuts should have a washer. Some have a spring washer.
3. FINGER TIGHTEN FIRST. DOG UP TIGHT AFTER RACK IS ON JEEP.
4. Always tighten the nut and hold the bolt head firmly
5. Layout a blanket or soft fabric for working on powdered parts
6. Be careful not to scratch your Sharpwrax logo!
7. GO SLOW
8. IF AN ANY ACETAL HOLES DON’T MATCH UP to allow a bolt thru (The tolerance is very very small!), DRILL OUT ACETAL TO 9MM, 9.5MM OR 10MM… WHATEVER IS THE MIN YOUR NEED. DON’T DRILL THE ALUMINIUM. BEST TO PROTECT YOUR POWDER COAT.

INSTALL STEPS
1. Rear frame. The frame has two sections. The sloping arm is at the rear of the Jeep.
2. Place blanket down. Fit acetal rods into tubes on one of the frames with slotted groove downward. Use 60mm socket head bolts. Nyloc nuts on hidden inside of frame. Always fit an M8 washer to all M8 nuts and bolts. Always apply Drylube to bolt thread.
3. Fit the second frame. Finger tighten bolts.
4. Turn frame over upside down on blanket with legs facing upward.
5. Bolt on REAR soft top mounts.
6. If rear mounts are optioned with hinges use included hardware and bolt together as picture A and B. This shows the rear mounts as correctly positioned right and left looking from the rear. Note 1. The under dual nut plates have the welded nuts slightly off set being closer to one side of the nut plate than the other. This narrower side fits on the inner tub edge. Note 2. There are very thin nylon washers installed. These are important to the smooth operation of the hinge. Note 3. The acorn head nut on the INSIDE of mount.
7. Fit front mounts to front frame arms.
8. Turn frame over.
9. Place tray on to. Note the tray is designed to have holes all line up one way. There is a front and back.
10. Put a twist of Drilube into all the counter sunk holes.
11. Bolt tray in place using 5mm allen key with flat washer and nylok nut.
12. JEEP INSTALL
13. Remove windows. Release rear soft top quarter panels.
14. Be sure you have removed the mount nut plates!
15. Carefully lift rack onto Jeep.
16. This should be a no drill install. Align the rearmost hole on the tub to the rear nut plate hole. If hinges are fitted this will also be the most rear hole.
17. Front mount hole should align to existing tub holes.
18. When your all bolted up to the tub pull each arm firmly outward and firmly tighten up tub bolts. This pulls the inner mount edge snug up to the inner edge of the tub. Consequently the outer mount will sit 5mm – 8mm away from the outer Jeep panel.
19. Tighten all frame and tray nuts.
20. WINDOW TRIM.

View the window trim video on the youtube Sharpwrax channel

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3Bzpjg-s9I)

There is a link to the channel on the web site home page bottom right on the bully spike pic! This video show the marking and drilling required. I have found though that I can obtain a tighter and neater fit completing the trimming. Note that the diagonal cut is inward TOWARDS the mount.
21. Don’t stress on trimming your tub strips. During my years of testing I replaced my nylon strips replaced by a motor trimmer. Cheap and good as new if you wish to return your window trim to stock.
22. For really dusty conditions optional full dust seals will be available soon.

Thank you for purchasing Sharpwrax. Stay in touch. Hope to see pics of you wheeling with your Sharpwrax loaded up. Please send them!
Keep Jeepin,
Steve

Moab ’15 Adventure – Metalmasher

Second day, we got to the Metalmasher Trail. It was a dusty 22 mile drive from highway to trailhead. Thats why we had to use our bandanas to cover our mouth and nose. This is a hardcore trail for high clearance, locked and loaded rigs. 2 main obstacles are Rock Chucker and Widow Maker. I tried Rock Chucker and failed. I decided I definitely need more lift and 40s 🙂 Widow Maker was easy with the winch anchor bolted on the rocks. Just tie your line and go 🙂 There are a few scenic areas where you could see the highway down below or watch the million year old mountains. When we got to the overlook, Dillon and I decided to climb on the rock on the left which looks like an eagles head. I wanted to stand on the eagles beak. Dave took a picture of me and Dillon. I think this might be the most craziest and adventurous pictures I got taken in my life.

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