Removable REARS!? Haven't seen those--quick disconnects for the front are available from a number of vendors and are on my list of items to acquire as funds allow. As I said above, even towing a trailer on mountainous, bumpy, twisty roads, the lack of a rear swaybar seems to have no undesirable on-road effect but really frees up the rear to flex off road.
I didn't buy much--got a receiver mounted D ring for the new front receiver and a "handle keeper" for my Hi Lift jack.
The Tough Trucks event was pretty cool--the first guy to run it in the Stock class nose-dived into the double jump they had set up and endoed his pickup--pretty much flattened it--no roll cage The took him away on a stretcher, though he was conscious. Then, two XJs did the run and just flew right over the jumps with no problem--really cool!
The new radiator kept things pretty cool--I was running right at 210 at 75 in OD pulling the trailer with the Jeep full of people and camping gear--it was fully loaded for sure. The only time it got up to 215-220 was on one really long up hill grade on the Kangcamangus--2nd gear all the way for that hill! I will def be going to 4.11s when I get the 31s on!
I think we have decided to go ahead with the axle upgrade, so I'll probably swap the D35 Aussie I got for another. We're planning a junkyard trip (hopefully this week) to scout out an 8.8 out of an Explorer. After pricing disc brake conversions for the 8.25/D44, the 8.8 with factory discs (not to mention, a 31 spline axle shaft and massive 8.8" ring gear) starts to look like a pretty good deal. I'll be looking for one with 4.10/4.11s so all I'll have to do is drop in the correct Aussie and re-gear the front to match (and probably a selectable locking in the front at the same time to save having to set up the gears again at a later day).
Yeah, I got the Geo Post thing--guess I misunderstood about folks downloading--they were talking about actually *viewing* the PP, I take it (granted, downloading a 300 MB file would take awhile, even on cable!)
We need to get some trucks together soon for a trail ride (some caches along the way would make it even more interesting)!