Somehow the emergency brake cable and housing came loose and wrecked a bunch of stuff on one side of the axle...not sure how that happens but that's what they're telling me. He told me its similar to a chain on a tire falling off and wrapping around and ruining everything. This comes shocking as I would think that would be a major deal right when it happens and I noticed nothing until I backed it into the garage. Maybe it only got wrapped when I backed it in and then pulled it back forward the next morning...I don't know.
Both sides are still squabbling over who foots the bill, but I was reassured someone would and that it would all be new parts not refurbished. SMBW is having a rep from their axle shop check it out on Monday since they're saying they don't touch the mounting plate for the e-brake. So meanwhile I get a rental car and it's still dumping in Tahoe.
Thanks for all the comments on the color, definitely knew it would be hard to keep clean but it looks great so I'm stoked.
Phil- lets do it! I'd be interested in hearing what trails you're able to get in and out of.