Sorry I'm so late to the show. Wow! I just read the whole thing. Great write up as always. I always love reading your trip reports and seeing the AWESOME photos you take. I liked your comment about all (you, Dan and Mike) being 6 year old boys when you were driving thru the mud puddles...haha.
I also appreciate your sense of adventure and willingness to adapt and change plans. I would love to meet you on the trail some day.
Sorry to hear Frankenstein got 'injured'. The LBJ bolts that broke, were they OEM or aftermarket. I'm asking cause I do a fair amount of remote solo trips and I don't carry back up LBJ. Makes me wonder if I need to?
Thanks for taking the time to post.
Thanks for reading and posting!
The Bolts were not OEM. But they didn't break because they were inferior bolts. I think they just weren't torqued right and I didn't locktite them. When I put the new OEM ones in I was working off site most the time and had very limited time to work on the truck. I bolted things back together with the notion I'd go back and locktite them and torque them properly as I was in a rush and had to get he truck in and out of the shop. Of course I forgot. So really my own doing.
Id strongly suggest carrying spare LBJs. You don't need new ones for this. Next time you swap a pair out, just keep the old ones for trail spares. They will get you home at least. Id keep some spare bolts as well. This is the 5th incident with LBJ problems for me and 3 of them have been purely bolt related.
Thanks for reading! I need to get photos edited..seems i just don't have as much time as I used too..but did two more trips last fall and about to leave for another!