David Firebaugh

Mapping Crew - Arizona

My name is David Firebaugh and I'm married to an awesome woman who loves to run the trails as much as I do. I retired from the U.S. Coast Guard in 1998 and started hitting the back country of Wyoming. I grew up mostly in Wyoming and loved the outdoors. I currently work as a construction superintendent for a company that owns and rents homes. My first Jeep was a 1959 Willy's pickup. Over the years I wanted another Jeep but there was always something stopping me. In 2007 I moved to Arizona and married my current wife. In 2011 I finally decided it was time to buy a Jeep. I purchased a 2008 stock Wrangler X, I hit a few trails and found that I needed to do some mods to get to the trails I wanted.Thus began the emptying of my wallet.Owning a Jeep leads to great adventures off the beaten path, but it comes at a great expense.We joined a local Jeep club and the Host told me to add Rubicon springs and shocks to gain some clearance. This added 2" of clearance. He then took us on a real trail told me that we could do it. On a scale of 1-5 it was a 4 for a stock Jeep. We made it to almost the end before getting hung up on a shelf, split a sidewall and had to be strapped nearly ripping my rear bumper off cause it was hooked on a rock ledge. I did not finish the last 200 yards since I had no spare and was on street tires. We were hooked and since then we have been slowly adding more mods and will continue to add, there is always something you want to change. I signed up with another club and run with them on occasion. I have since become a host for the original club and lead runs for them. I recently had the opportunity to join Trailsoffroad to bring the latest updates on trails available to the website. I look forward to the opportunity to bring these trails to life in Arizona for those of you that are searching for an off road adventure.

My Builds

Jeep build

2008 Jeep Wrangler X, Trail rated

I started out by replacing the stock coils and shocks from a Rubicon; this gave me a 2-inch lift. I then replaced the stock tires with Goodyear MTR’s; I went just about anywhere a Jeep with rear positraction could go. I added a Trail Master 2.5 Inch Lift Kit with Shock Extension Brackets. I also added disconnects for the front sway bar. I cut the fenders to prevent the tires from rubbing in anticipation of upgrading to 35" tires. I decided that I didn't like the bumpers so I started out by buying the front bumper which is a Rock Crawler with a Tube Guard and Built-In LED lights. I then decided that it was time for the tires. I purchased Goodyear Fierce Attitudes and new aluminum wheels, unfortunately, the spare would not fit with the stock bumper so I had to purchase a Tuff Stuff bumper with tire carrier and D-rings. I installed a 12,000-pound winch with rope. Once you add 35's you start putting stress on the ball joints and other components so I replaced the tie rod with an aluminum one with 1 ton ends from RPMFAB, I also added a Synergy drag link; of course this caused more problems since I didn't have enough offset on the wheels so the tie rod ends hit the wheels. I added ECCPP 1.25" Hubcentric Wheel Spacers and gained the clearance that I needed. Other items inside are the CB, tow strap, fire extinguisher, compact shovel and various tools.There are future mods in the works. The latest addition has been an ARB rear locker. Just replaced the Rubicon shocks with Fox 2.0 performance.

Recent Trip Reports

Doran Canyon 11-03-2016

First, run on this trail and what a treat. First stop was on the bypass around the gatekeeper. You can see how deep this wash is with the guy in red standing in the bottom below us. This is a challenge for even the best-built rig, would recommend a buggy because you are sure to do some body damage. Another photo shows the upper ledge of gatekeeper. The challenges of this trail brings the recommendation of at least 1 locker, skid plates, lift, at least 33's, winch and experience. The trail is loose rock, sand, small to large boulders, narrow canyon, and waterfalls. The waterfalls can be difficult to climb so the need for a winch or strap may come into play. This is a great trail but has the potential for damage. After the fun section of this trail, you'll find the mine (stay on the roads there are multiple tunnels running under you) the mine has multiple openings and if you're adventurous enough you can enter them, use caution and have a rope or something to assist in getting back out of the deeper ones. If you look close enough you might find some silver in the walls.

Odessa Canyon 11-06-2016

Even though this was my first run on Odessa it did not fail to meet up to the challenge. This is a difficult trail for a vehicle that is not lifted and at least 33" tires. I would recommend at least 1 locker, skid plates, a winch, and experience. The trail conditions can change with the weather and the current conditions provide loose rock, sand, small to large boulders, a difficult waterfall that may require stacking depending on your vehicle. This trail has a steep off-camber narrow canyon that if you don't pick the right line can cause damage to the driver's side of your vehicle, hug the right side if you can. The last obstacle is a washout that is rock but has some loose stuff on top that if not cautious can lead to slipping off the trail and rolling into the wash below; narrow vehicles will make it. 1 picture provided shows the front of a Jeep that tried to climb up from the wash in the washed out area and can show how narrow the trail is between him and the wall.


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