A very fast Jeep added to the fleet…

For those who are counting, this makes the fourth Jeep I currently own and that only ties a previous record. But this time, all four run, drive and are registered &insured.

The latest is a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. Metallic Steel, black and tan interior. 475 horse power!

All of my other vehicles are basically two seaters even though I have back seats for all the Jeeps (TJ, TJ & CJ) and the Chevy Colorado is an extended cab with back seats, only suitable for kids. This one qualifies for date night and I can even take another couple along.

Those three letters on the lower right corner of the hatch are all that really matter: SRT!


Rubicon Ronin

The Tahoma Market is OPEN!

After several years of being closed, the Tahoma Market and Deli reopened earlier this week with a ‘soft’ opening. There’s not even an “open” sign displayed. No date set for any kind of ‘Grand Opening’.

Below, new product finally being restocked at the market. And workers still putting on the finishing touches.

The entire building has been remodeled. I think they took it back to the studs and started over. It has a very cllen, modern look and feel inside. The Deli is ready to start serving what I call the best sandwiches in the Lake Tahoe Basin. They make their own bread and it just melts in your mouth.

Stopping here on your way to or from the Rubicon is a no-brainer. They do hot breakfast items ready to grab and go. I mentioned the sandwiches. And plenty of last minutes items on your way in, as it is a fully supplied grocery store.

This was the look back in 2018!

Their website is quite basic right now but it has the basic contact info:

Home | Tahoma Market & Deli

This store has been a go to place for West Shore locals for a very long time. Let’s keep them busy.


Rubicon Ronin

New Toy, Jeep not Toyota

So, I wasn’t looking for another Jeep.

After a strange set of communications, I finally got in touch with my neighbor at Tahoe. He had a Jeep he wanted to sell and was looking for help with pricing it and where to advertise it.

I tried to tell him it was worth more than he thought and to start high with a price. You can always negotiate down but not up. Before I had time to find him some local comps, he had put it up for sale on Craigslist. He started low.

When I finally got on the phone with him, I said if it’s still available on Friday, I’ll pay your asking price. This was Tuesday. It was priced WAY low and I had no reason to think it would still be available.

He started getting calls and email from all over. The first one was a scam from the east coast. They even sent a bad check for him to cash.

On Wednesday afternoon, he called me and told me all these stories. He said he didn’t want to bother with returning the calls and emails. If I still wanted the Jeep for his asking price, he would hold it for me. I had to say yes.

Okay, I needed a third, yes third, Jeep like I needed a hole in my head. I mean look at it. It’s a toy. It’s tiny. A sagging stock suspension and 28″ tires! I was embarrassed to drive it in public. The previous two Jeep are in the background. The trail TJ and the project CJ.

In comes Extreme Terrain. A 2.5″ Rough County lift kit. It’s only eight pieces, how hard can it be?

Like any other Jeep project, it fought back. I figured a 2.5″ lift wouldn’t need a spring compressor. I had a coil compressor if needed. Well, I needed it. But mine was an internal coil spring compressor. A quick trip to Harbor Freight and I had a spring compressor.

With the help of a good friend and fellow Lake Tahoe Hi-Lo, we got the lift kit installed.

I had a set of 33×10.5 BFG All Terrains on steel rims on hand so we drove around the block on those and called it good for now.

When I finally got around to installing the BFG Mud Terrain tires on the stock alloy rims, I noticed the lift kit had shifted the rear axle a little too much to the right. It happens with the lift and a stock track bar. No problem, I’ll find an adjustable track bar and throw it in.

Well, I lucked in to a deal on a Rough County adjustable track bar, but the install was not straight forward.

The first bolt I went for was holding the track bar in the bracket on the axle. It takes a Torx bit, but the socket I had it on was so long I could not get a wrench in it because the gas tank was in the way! Another example why every automotive designer should spend three years working as a mechanic before being allowed to design a car.

With a 10mm box end wrench around the Torx bit itself, and a rather long cheater, I got the bolt loose. Upon assembly, I put in a grade eight hex head bolt.

Without instructions, I had it in backwards the first time and upside down the second time. But I finally won.

The stock front bumper was replaced with an aftermarket one that came with the Jeep and matches the rear bumper. Both have a 2″ receiver built in.

The carpets were removed, tub cleaned, carpets vacuumed and reinstalled. New radio, seat covers and shifter boot. Then the cleaning of the exterior.

Everything looks great except for the hood. The previous owner had some kind of chemical spill on the hood and had to repaint it. He used not only a spray can but he chose FLAT black instead of gloss.

Although I will repaint the hood, someday, the flat black does reduce the glare you usually get off the gloss paint.

What’s your next project?


Rubicon Ronin

Tahoma Market & Deli

The Tahoma Market & Deli has posted a November re-opening date!

The market has undergone a huge remodel, inside and out. (Please note, this is a old photo.) This is a local market just south of the turn to the Rubicon Trail on Highway 89. It’s a great place to stop and pick-up final supplies on your way to the trail.

In my opinion, they make the best sandwiches in the entire Lake Tahoe Basin. I hope they return with the same great sandwiches and service.


The website is a little basic right now but if you need a job, they’re hiring.

Another Rubicon Area Fire


Fire resources are responding to the Point Incident north of Elliott Bridge. Initially reported at 6:30 AM the fire is estimated to be at 20 acres, the response includes 7 engines, 3 water tenders, 3 hand crews, overhead resources and additional aircraft on order. For more Point fire information call 530-303-2455. From Inciweb

The Point Fire is on 20 acres but there are winds in the area.

Link below to Bald Mountain camera.


The Bunker Hill camera is sometimes pointed in the right direction.