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You should really post a picture of your rig so others can see how clean and stock it is.
IMO the major difference is the relentless nature of Rubicon. There are not many places where you can "take a break". It felt like a continous level 5-6 with the occasional 7-8 level obstacle. (Wore me out...)
Alvaro and his 80's friends do the Rubicon all the time. In a 40 you could do it on 33's, if you are careful and pick your lines.Let me drive your 40 and I'll take lots of pics of your 45.5 for you.
BTW, you're supposed to talk me into it, or out of it.
I'm thinking of getting some 2" springs from MustardFJ40 to help solve my locker clearance issue.
If you don't know me and don't want to read my mile-long ROTW, my rig has a good-running 2f, h41, 3-speed t-case with savers, 4:11s, lock-rite in the rear and e-locker in the front, with 33" ATs. It's been through Deer Valley a couple times with some minor body-thrashing that I would like to avoid repeating if possible. I've got some rocker protection, and I'll probably augment that before the summer.
I have run Deer valley in my bone stock Ford F250 4x4. (N-S)I have a solution for you Eddy: If your worried about making it: follow behind my mini truck and i'll strap you through!
And the con is a lot harder than deer valley, but I think you can do it without any problem.
Pighead went so far as to find his ROTW thread...
So, Fast Eddy, leave the running boards at home, you say you have rocker protection now? Good. Maybe trim the trailing edge of the front fenders, they find rocks in stock length and it's never pretty. Maybe add some taillight protection. Or take off the lenses before the trail. Take off the pretty hubcaps. Pack light. Expect more dents and scrapes.