Next day, I walk over to the dealership, have they did the inspection, and we found out the clutch is shot. Like as you can see the friction fibers coming out of the inspection hole, kind of shot. Man I want to see what the whole clutch looks like, but I need to wait another day. We are planning on replacing the clutch and flywheel (since we have it apart might as well when it is this bad) and hit the road tomorrow. The dealership has been super helpful, know I am stuck mid transit, pushed to get parts overnighted, and are making sure to take care me which is nice. Not often you have a dealership trying to find ways to make it cheaper and quicker. Highly appreciated! I asked if I could help with the swap, but I am not allowed in the garage during the process. Dang! I really wanted to see/relearn how to replace a clutch. Oh well next time! I'm very please their their service and will leave it to the pros. Heck they even told me to do my own cable/bracket on the transfer case back home because it is an easy fix. The guy working on my Jeep was so excited to see a Jeep that actually makes it out Jeeping. He Jeeps and races. So we had a lot to talk about while he showed me the fibers coming out of the inspection hole. We will see where the adventure takes me tomorrow.
This is exactly why I always call things an adventure. You never really know what you are getting yourself into until you do it. Keeping in mind it can go off without a issue or it can be a shit storm. Just goes to show how being ready for anything truly helps. This includes knowing if you push your gear you will break things. Important things. Things that can prevent you from getting home. So I have a choice to make. I can either get all pissed off about having to replace parts, wasting two days, and all the money involved OR take it as it is, learn from it, replace/upgrade it, and continue on the adventure with a smile on your face. I know thing are going to break on my Jeep. I expect them to. Yeah timing wise it sucks, but better in this situation compared to alternatives.
Sure does makes me excited to get to my full time adventure mode, which I'll explain more at a different time :)