Project VehiCross Goes Gambling
VehiCross Beasts The Big Hill
A few seconds later, the VehiCross was at the top, not even breaking a sweat. The guys in the Jeep switched to their bravest driver. Their low range didn’t work, so they would have to hit it in 4Hi, with all open diffs.
JP Jeep Stuck on the Big Hill
Even with a good running start, they kept getting hung up on the snow. All the power of the Jeep would go to the right front tire and it would stop dead in its tracks (if you look closely you can see it spinning uselessly while the left front is stopped dead). Keep in mind even with 4Hi engaged, the center diff works as an open diff, so you can actually have one wheel spinning! This is why 4WD and AWD don’t save you in the snow!!!
JP Jeep Tackles the Big Hill
We offered to give them a tow up the last little built, but they gave it one more go and were able to make it through the ice and to the top.
Muddy VX Wheel
Once we made it back onto the main road, the VehiCross experienced its first bit of real trouble. We started getting a nasty vibration at around 40 MPH. I suspected we had knocked off a wheel weight at some point. Fortunately when we pulled over the problem was even better: the left front wheel was packed up with mud.
Roadside Fixes
I spent a few minutes with a screwdriver knocking the caked in mud and sand off the wheel and we were soon on our way. If only all breakdowns were this easy!


  1. Those ZJs came with a shitty full time 4WD transfer case with a viscous center section that eventually failed. The NP231s that came in base models were true 4WD (locked front to rear with no differential). Still open diffs front/rear though…

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