View Full Version : 2011 Grand Slam Rubicon

05-31-2011, 12:53 PM
Sept. 9-11, 2011

We will be entering the Rubicon trail on Friday Sept. 9th and coming out on Sun. Sept. 11th 2011. This is the weekend after Labor Day.
More details later or you can check past GSR posts for more info.

Hope to see ya on the trail,

05-31-2011, 01:01 PM
I'll be there pending no breakage on Labor Day haha! And run the entire trail with you guys this time hopefully :D

05-31-2011, 04:11 PM
I will be there as long as business stays good.

05-31-2011, 07:17 PM
is 2011 my year? hmmm

06-01-2011, 03:41 AM
I'm down to go this year again... :mrgreen:

Fred R.

06-01-2011, 11:14 AM
Perfect, Thank Ron.

Funny we were just scheduling trips this weekend, and I was trying to figure out when GSR would be. We scheduled a Downieville trip for the week after this, so I'm in...

06-04-2011, 12:13 PM
passed a major hurdle, got the green light from the wife

starting to get psyched and it's still months away - fingers crossed i can pull this off, need to start serious planning including getting time off from work

i'm considering mounting (2) 4-gallon RotopaX up top for piece of mind

vendor on pirate is currently running a sale - http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=981546

RotopaX site: http://www.rotopax.com/gasoline

06-05-2011, 12:18 PM
Hellz yeah man! Looks like we have the start to a nice, larger group this year :D

06-08-2011, 12:20 AM
Damn, would be really nice to go again this year. Hope you guys have a great crew and a great run!


06-15-2011, 04:09 PM
This sounds like fun. I'll throw it on the calendar but it's tentative.

06-16-2011, 02:47 PM

I should be able to make this. Have not been up there in almost 10 years. Do any of you go to Fordyce? I have not been on that trail yet.

06-16-2011, 10:44 PM
I am going to try to make this one !! I also finally got hydro assist and new tires so that should help with my problems from last years GSW:D

07-15-2011, 12:25 PM
this white stuff gonna be gone by fall? :rolleyes:



08-18-2011, 12:28 PM
Hello all,

I am still planning on going on this trip, what about you? My schedule might be adjusted a little, if the plan is the same from last year. I MUST be back at work in Ventura Monday. It would normally not be a problem to add a day off if I had problems with the jeep and needed an extra day to get home, but not this time.

I am thinking about doing this;
Wednesday morning, leave house and camp at Loon.
Thursday morning, head into the trail and camp between Loon and the springs.
Friday morning, move from Thursday camp to the springs and see if you all show up.
Saturday morning, head out of the trail via Tahoe and head home.
This would give me a little cushion to get back home by Sunday evening.

Camp at Loon Thursday night
Enter the trail Friday morning and camp at the springs
Saturday morning get up and head off the trail via Tahoe side and head home.

What are you guys planning?


08-18-2011, 04:53 PM
Still planning on going here... I might camp at loon Thursday night depending on the weather as last year I just ended up at a hotel cause it was pretty cold but this year doesn't seem too bad at night up there. I'm going to play it by ear.

Fred R.

08-22-2011, 10:34 PM
Same dates as the 14th annual Rubicon Scramble.

08-24-2011, 09:58 PM
We are still on, who is still in?

08-25-2011, 02:23 PM
I’ll know for sure after this weekend if I'll be taking the 2,816 mile drive west

08-27-2011, 12:14 AM
I'm still planning it, and definitely need the escape!

08-27-2011, 01:37 AM
I can't make it, work has got me by the balls. :( but sudz your still welcome to store your trailer and truck at my place.

08-27-2011, 10:04 AM
Much appreciated Kanin.

Right now the wife and I are battening down the hatches. Forecast: Sustained 40 to 50 mph winds with gusts to 70 mph throughout Sat night into Sunday morn – Sunday 30 ~ 40 mph winds all day till 5 p.m.

I have a LARGE maple tree out front less than ten feet from my porch – fingers crossed

09-05-2011, 11:53 PM
Bump, hows everyone lookin? I have a lot of work to do on my jeep, but I should be able to get it all done here in the next couple days. I'm lookin to actually run the whole thing with you guys this year :D

09-06-2011, 04:14 PM
I'm out for this one. Jeep needs a tranny rebuild and I'm still finishing my rear long arms. Have fun and take pics!!

09-07-2011, 03:11 AM
Well Greg, so far its you, me & Shawn. Anybody else coming ???

09-07-2011, 07:04 PM
I am out. Work is crazy and with a big project kicking off Monday I can not leave for the weekend. Hope you all have a great time. Hope to make Moab in June.

09-08-2011, 12:08 AM
Too bad we've got a small crowd again, but I'm ready. Been working 14+ HR days so I can't wait to get out of phone range.

Jeep is loaded, I'm planning to throw it on the trailer and head for camino tomorrow night, then drive up from there Friday. See you around 9?

09-08-2011, 12:23 AM
Speaking of meeting up, considering I wasn't able to start with you guys last time I'm not familiar!

Where and whenish do you guys meet up?

09-08-2011, 12:31 AM
Usually we meet at the spillway at loon lake at 9:00 I believe. I'll be rolling up from 50 on ice house.

I'm sure Ron will check in and confirm time.

09-08-2011, 12:36 AM
Coolio, and just to make sure, that's PM right?

09-08-2011, 12:41 AM
No, it's Friday AM

09-08-2011, 12:44 AM
Ah! Haha ok glad I asked, I'll make it happen. I'm still going to have a few unfinished projects, but she'll be running like a top though :D

09-08-2011, 01:55 AM
More like 7:00-8:00 am Friday morning at the loon lake overspill. I would like to get a early start because there is a group going in that morning. Shawn- is the girlfriend going?

09-08-2011, 02:54 AM
Well seems like I'm going to be adding to the list of people not going... The in-laws were supposed to watch our daughter this weekend but apparently they forgot and booked them selves up doing something else. We were considering bringing her (wife is still trying to convince me it's a good idea) but at 10 months old she won't do well with camping aspect of the trip being that she is just beginning to walk but mostly crawls so we would have to carry her 100 percent of the time while at the camp which gets old VERY quickly based on our past camping trips. We have wheeled with her on several occasions all day long and she either had a blast and laughed/giggled all the time or just slept through most stuff, but seems like we'll have to wait until next year when she's a toddler. Can't bail on the wife as she REALLY wanted to go... oh well have fun and take a lot of pictures!

Fred R.

09-08-2011, 08:44 AM
Ron, yes she is going, we'll shoot for 7 or so

Fred, too bad y guys couldn't make it, see you next year.

09-08-2011, 10:43 AM
Much appreciated Kanin.

Right now the wife and I are battening down the hatches. Forecast: Sustained 40 to 50 mph winds with gusts to 70 mph throughout Sat night into Sunday morn – Sunday 30 ~ 40 mph winds all day till 5 p.m.

I have a LARGE maple tree out front less than ten feet from my porch – fingers crossed

Ok tomorrow is the big day kicking off GSR 2011 are you there Ron? Wish I could have made it, but going back to work to pay for a Motorhome put a crimp in my plans and I was torn between GSR and the Ultra 4 Race this same weekend in Reno with some local guys I know racing there.

You all have a good time, be safe and I will hope I can make it next year with a new ZJ as the existing one is for sale.

09-09-2011, 01:40 AM
See you guys tomorrow! I'm shooting for 7:15ish? See how it pans out :D

http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/296751_10150313581017612_502627611_8011414_5966585 21_n.jpg

09-09-2011, 02:19 AM
Oh and I don't know if I've mentioned it but I'll have a passenger as well, my cousin is riding along!

09-09-2011, 02:34 AM
That front end looks sweet, very nice work.

See you guys tomorrow! I'm shooting for 7:15ish? See how it pans out :D

http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/296751_10150313581017612_502627611_8011414_5966585 21_n.jpg

09-10-2011, 03:12 PM
Holy small group Batman!
Wish we could have made it again this year. We decided to take a year off from wheelin and do lots of MTBing.
Maybe next year. We'll have to decide between GSR or Jeepers Jambo.
Post lots of pics guys.
I'll have new rubber and some beadlocks.


09-12-2011, 01:08 PM
Ok it is Monday, where are the photos guys?

09-12-2011, 01:32 PM
Hope you can make it next year Brett, Kanin, Fred and everyone I haven't met! It was a small group, but it turned out awesome. We didn't have any issues with any of our trucks, and we didn't even have to break out the tow strap. It was a really nice trip at our own pace without any big suprises. We started at Loon around 8:30ish and got to our camp site in the springs between 4 and 5. That includes us spending a little time at Soupbowl so I could give it hell! Unfortunately I was getting rejected and wasn't going to risk breaking with our plan to run to the springs which was still almost half the trails length away from us haha. We only ran into traffic once between Big Sluice and Rubicon Springs, and on the way up Cadillac Hill heading out yesterday morning. We got the same spot on the slabs as last year, and were able to kick back and do whatever we wanted all Saturday, then packed up and cruised on out Sunday morning. Thanks again Ron and Shawn for the awesome trip!

Our camera didn't get brought out until camp, but we have a lot of video footage to go through!

09-12-2011, 02:10 PM
That's awesome Greg. Can't wait to see pics and vid.
Your dovenosed front looks crazy. Probably have a nice view of the front tires now?


09-12-2011, 09:42 PM
I LOVE how the dovenose came out, and I never have to worry about bumping the headlights and fenders any more :D. Unfortunately my view of the front tire sucks until I do something other than full doors, I just cant poke my head out far enough to see whats goin on

Here are a lot of the pics we had, Kyle put them together on this cool site:


09-21-2011, 12:53 AM
A bit delayed, but Ron/Greg thanks for another great run through. It's always great to make it through without any real wrenching, and I had a blast going thru Old Big Sluice for the first time.

Well, I finally got a chance to do a once over on the Jeep and to download some pics.

First off, I didn't make it through totally unscathed. I did end up with some new body damage to the side of the jeep heading through Old Big Sluice, and as we were getting ready to break camp on Sunday, I found that I had finally broken the stock rear swaybar. This wasn't much of an issue as I had previously installed an old set of quick disconnects, so it was a quick pull and we were off.

This weekend, I had a chance to roll around and survey, and found something new. Somehow, I managed to break the caps on a U-joint, but somehow it stayed together and didn't explode. It did wallow out the ears on the shaft, but at least we didn't have to deal with an axle change on the trail. Here's my damage:


And for the trail pics, we did end up with a few good ones:


09-21-2011, 09:54 AM
Nice pics Shawn. Wish we could have been there!

09-22-2011, 01:47 PM
Those are some great pics. That pinched WJ looks mean!

09-25-2011, 06:32 PM
Nice pics, looks like a blast.