Most of mine are not really Carnage, but dings and marks one gets on a trail.
So, little background on the exhaust system I built. The Magnaflow muffler was a HUGE mistake. Jeep sounded like a Honda Civic with a fart can on it.
Droned really bad. I also had the tail pipe back in line with the back end of the rear bumper, which was also a mistake, it was really vulnerable there. During Crusher, I kept flattening the tailpipe between rocks and the rear bumper. BUT, the jeep sounded better.
It was quieter with the tailpipe crimped off. One of the North Nova guys, Cooter, had a battery operated recip saw and offered to cut off the tip. Since it was quieter, I thought I would leave it. Third mistake. Going up the rock face on Crusher, I did not make it on the first try, backed down, tailpipe dug in the ground, and I ripped the pipe off and ran over it. 3 times.
So, had to remove it on the trail.
This picture is in FRONT of the right rear tire
Pulled the rear hanger apart
Field fix later at the campground. 3 wraps of wire and 2 zipties. Thanks again to Cooter for the wire.
Pulled tailpipe out of band clamp and stretched it out. Not Reusable. I has a spare one of these with me.
Even opened up and cracked the V-band clamp at the forward end of the middle section of exhaust. It wouldn't seat back together so it leaked rest of weekend.
Garage near the campground, called 'The Garage' funny enough, helped me fix up the tailpipe. Some heat, a vise, a hammer, recip saw and zipwheel on a grinder got it good enough to reuse, all for about $40. Not bad. they even gave me the mechanic's number in case we had more problems later. Nice people.
Didn't notice it until I washed the jeep off and got it home, but I managed to hit the brakeline on the rear axle, luckily the clamp took most of the hit. It was careless of me to keep trying the rock face even though I could hear that something was wrong. I figured the damage was already done, never thought about all the other stuff I could rip off.
Dented rear shock, probably at the same time.
At the first obstacle on the Crusher, came down into a rock, hit pretty hard, bent the mount for the tow hooks. Going to redo that whole mount/hook thing on the bumper.
New wrinkle for the collection
Didn't realize that I had front and rear flares pushed hard into a rock, people behind us said I had them pushed straight in to half their normal width, like an accordian, and they just popped right back out when I came off the rock. I like these flares even more now.
Few scratches in them both.
Dent in shimmy shock
All four control arm mounts on my new long arm kit are sort of flat on the bottom, and one of the reinforcing plates has a nice dent in it.
Tailpipe even managed to get up and scratch the floor. Glad it did not rip the cables off.
A little rock rash on the rear yoke.
Managed to flatten the tailpipe even more on Cranfield's Revenge. I didn't know mud was that hard.
Little tweak in the back bumper too, but from Crusher.
And Thanks to the two guys who stopped to see how I was doing in town when I had the hood up on the way home. Couple driving the jeep called 'The Tank' and guy in the huge Red YJ.
Having some electrical problems, jeep running weird, and no power to the dash, no gauges, no cooling fan. We figured out it was a ground issue. Thought we had it fixed and they left. Still issues. I was adding another ground wire when I found the problem was I forgot to tighten up the main ground wire on the engine block when I put the tub back on the frame. One more loose nut in the Jeep.
I used to complain about jeep (dodge) wiring before but can't now after the jeep ran all the way to Jamboree, and ran two rough trails, to only start giving problems on the way home after the jamboree.
It must be a jeep thing.
Can't wait to do it all again.