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January 2012 run on Barracks Trail from Coral Pink Sand Dunes to Mt. Carmel Junction. 2005 Jeep Liberty KJ and 2008 Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited.
Here is a link http://www.lostjeeps.com/forum/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=61556 to the lostjeeps forum that shows details of the Liberty build.
Here’s another video of the trail on 1/21/2013. I also had the Liberty on this trip, but refused to subject it to this punishment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRTms3nUhFA
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  1. Honor the MB, wheel a 2 door!
    Honor the MB, wheel a 2 door! says:

    My first Jeep was an '06 KJ with 31" Duratracs with a 1.5" body lift. It was great in over a foot of snow in Cooperstown, NY. The KJ overall never got any respect but I abused mine on the trails and it never let me down. I was always able to keep up with all the other 4×4's. My KJ earned the respect of the other off-roaders upstate NY. Most were shocked I was able to go anywhere their rigs went. After seeing this video, makes me wish I still had it. I would have given it to my wife. In all honesty, nothing compares to a 2 door Wrangler. I wouldn't trade my JK for any other Jeep because I built it exactly how I wanted. And it's an animal. It does everything I throw at it. Your KJ is the best I've seen. Great work.

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  2. Ahoohi
    Ahoohi says:

    I traded my lifted liberty in for a wrangler.I love the wrangler an get a lot of compliments,but to be honest I miss the libby.Small,great gas mileage and it could almost go through anything.Just needed to much money to put back in it to keep it road worthy

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  3. Ken Ballard
    Ken Ballard says:

    That trail was CRAZY this year. I have done this trail a number of times but this year will be the one to remember. I was in the group you mentioned. The first crossings were tough but not impassable like in your video. We were ready to turn around but unfortunately the river flooded (even though it was below freezing) and it ended up just as your video. DEEP water crossings. We had damage and couldn't go up or down after the flood.

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  4. William Waddy
    William Waddy says:

    I added a link in the video description that takes you to lostjeeps (a liberty forum) and shows the buildup of the Liberty and has closeup pics of the fender cuts. To get 33" on the front I had to cut into the floor boards (very carefully) and push them back.

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  5. aaron augason
    aaron augason says:

    im having rubbing problems on my kj liberty 2005 renegede 2.5 inch lift toyo MT Tires. i would love a close up video on the bumper cuts you have made and some pointers on how to do it as well. (other mods jet stage 2 performance chip, spectre cold air intake, class 3 hitch, painted rims, painted calipers, painted runner bars, sony stereo with 2 12" subs/ 1000 WATT amp) smashed pinched welds for no rub on front tires except bumper touches a little on sharp turns…..

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  6. William Waddy
    William Waddy says:

    I added another video to this video description. It shows the Barracks Trail on 1/21/2013. The ice forms dams on the river. This is why the trail was cancelled from the 2013 WOTR Jeep event. Two weeks earlier a group of vehicles got themselves stranded on this trail. I think I'll try again in March 🙂

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  7. William Waddy
    William Waddy says:

    It has not been announced yet, but this trail has been cancelled for WOTR this year. I pre-ran the trail yesterday and the river is impassable. The super cold weather over the last few weeks has formed a solid ice cover over much of the river. This means that in most spots you fall through the ice into as much as 4-5 feet of ice water, with large chunks that make it impossible to cross. With over 20 river crossings on this trail it is just not practical to tackle this trail now.

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  8. William Waddy
    William Waddy says:

    thanks. only thing I still want to do is to replace stock transfer case with a two-speed 3:1 Atlas. The transfer case broke on me once and so I believe it is the weak spot in the drive train and also like the 2 low capability of the Atlas. Just a few thousand away 😉

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