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tdr1213
June 28th, 2005, 11:30
Here's is a blurb from the jeep jamboree coming up July 7-10 in the Naches area. I'm participating in the jamboree and want to attempt the shoestring trail. However, I noticed it's "definitely not recommended for cherokee sized vehichles." (see below). Have any of you XJ'ers taken this trail? What is your opinion?

SHOESTRING/UPPER KANER-WESTBOUND (Rated 8-9; width restriction-74 inches.) This trip offers virtually everything in driving characteristics, from rocks, mud, side hill, tightness to challenging hill climbs. There are also several small creek crossings. Very scenic, extremely popular, but challenging. Definitely not recommended for Cherokee-sized vehicles, or for any vehicle with stock-sized or non-aggressive tires. CJs with oversized tires can negotiate the trail in this direction, even with open, non-locking differentials. Driving time is generally at least eight hours round trip.

Dingo509
June 28th, 2005, 11:51
I have never been on it that i know of. :dunno: But those guys that set the trails up are usually wrong about size limitations. according to them i can't run Naches pass, im too wide. Yet i've run it almost every year in both directions. Usually the issue on the trails the dedicate as CJ only the issue is the height of the XJ's. If you have roof sliders or don't car about the quarter glass go for it. The wheelbsae is usually not an issue, a CJ-7/Wrangler is 97" XJ's are 101" but most XJ's will out turn a CJ-7 or YJ.

Now that I've said that im going to cover my butt, :moon: If you run that trail you MAY recieve body damage, you MAY destroy your XJ, you MAY get pulled through and imitate a pinball. And the fleas from a thousand camels MAY infest your armpits.

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED, have a nice day. :lecture:

Dingo

XJourney
June 28th, 2005, 12:03
We did Shoestring on June 18th with 7 cherokees. Ranging for 3.5"lift and 30"tires(open/open) to 6" and 33"tires(locked/locked). Only one person recieved body damage and he was locked front and rear. The trees will try to reach out and touch your drip rails, so drive carefully and you should be ok.

Here is a link of our trip. Goto page 6 for the trail reports

http://www.naxja.org/forum/showthread.php?t=56757&page=1&pp=15

Hans

verrive
June 28th, 2005, 22:13
Hey, I'm only locked rear and I was in 2 wheel drive when it happend :D You can get through, just drive carefully ;)

XJourney
June 28th, 2005, 22:48
Don't you have an ARB in the front?? Speaking of that, $250 is my offer on you know what.

Hans

verrive
June 28th, 2005, 22:48
I might have an ARB in the front but it has a pipe plug on top :P

XJourney
June 28th, 2005, 22:55
Between the ARB with the plug on top and the taillight that is duct taped in I am starting to think the Adjustor should total that heep. Maybe I could buy it in salvage :repair: :laugh3:

verrive
June 29th, 2005, 02:18
Hey now, I bought a new taillight and washed the Jeep :D The adjuster didn't say anything wierd about it being a lifted Jeep, in fact, he only took pictures of the rails so for all they know its stock :D

tdr1213
June 30th, 2005, 08:31
Thanks much for the info. I'm gonna give it a go - my friends with TJ's think it's crazy to take a cherokee up there. So far I've been able to everywhere they go.

tim

theslacker
July 8th, 2005, 18:22
XJ's are underestimated by all except those who wheel them.

Dingo509
July 8th, 2005, 19:20
Amen to that. and do it in climate controlled comfort.

Dingo

black89xj
July 9th, 2005, 08:41
XJ's are underestimated by all except those who wheel them.

Ditto.

--Karl