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Old 07-13-2007, 12:36 PM   #1
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Another newb in GA

Hello all.. I'm jase (or jason) and live in Alpharetta, GA (~20mi N of ATL). I picked up a 2007 Rubicon a week ago and have since been reading posts here. I have never wheeled before, but believe I picked up the right rig to learn how.

Are there any informative sites that can give me the basics of off-roading.. e.g. when to go fast, when to crawl, etc? Something like a Dummy's Guide? I have no idea what my rig can do. Where is the best place to learn its (and my own) capabilities?

I'm thinking my first purchase will be grab handles for the fiancee since she wants a step. I told her steps would lower my ground clearance or could hang me up offroad. She said she would be riding in it more than I'd be hanging it up.. so I may end up with side steps. Other than that, recovery gear seems like it is the most often listed item to get first.

I think I'll want a new bumper/winch combo and maybe a cargo rack.

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Old 07-13-2007, 12:51 PM   #2
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welcome Jason and congrats on the new Jeep....you're gonna love it!!!

Try to hook up with a club in your area to get some valuable "on the trail" training. You'll learn how your Jeep works, how you can make it better (if you choose) by the vetrans in a club.

As far as side step.... you can always look into side protection with a step bar.....with that and the grab handles, she'll be able to get in w/o a problem.

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Old 07-13-2007, 01:43 PM   #3
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Hi Jason,
I live east of Atl. in Conyers. Congradulations on your purchase. Joining a club would be a great step because most of the places to off road are in North Ga, Tennesee, N.C.. One local club that I have heard alot of good things about is Southern Jeeps, I am not a member, but considering it. I definately think sense your new to off roading, a club is the way to go.
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Old 07-13-2007, 02:46 PM   #4
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http://www.treadlightly.org/page.php...uidebooks.html

these are small little pamphlets but will help

i think they have something on utube as well

but clubs will definitly help you learn the most!! and if something does happen then you wil have tons of experts there to help you

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Old 07-13-2007, 03:09 PM   #5
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Experience it the best way to go, take it slow and learn the basics. Dont be afriad to say your new and have little experience off-roading, most will be more then happy to help you out.

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Old 07-14-2007, 11:04 AM   #6
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Thank you everyone for the warm welcome. I will start looking around for clubs. Hopefully, I can find some good people who enjoy going off-road and not a bunch of kids out to destroy the land and their vehicles.

debruins.. thank you for the link. I have it in my favs and will check it out.

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not a bunch of kids out to destroy the land and their vehicles. :
hehe, no joke.

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Old 07-14-2007, 05:24 PM   #8
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welcome aboard. i'm down in columbus
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Old 07-18-2007, 03:50 PM   #9
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Welcome to the forum and the sickness called Jeep. I also live in the Atlanta area and I am part of a 4X4 club that is not just Jeep focused. The club is called Georgia Bounty Runners and if you are intrested in checking them out, just let me know and I can get you in touch with the right people. We go on trail rides once a month and most of the rides are very local. send me a Private Message if you want to know more.

You will be amazed what a stock Jeep can do given the right direction.

Here is a picture of mine on one of our trail rides..this what a rock garden that i was dared to cross.

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Old 07-18-2007, 04:28 PM   #10
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welcome to WF!

some useful reading: http://4wheeldrive.about.com/cs/offr.../aa020401a.htm
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Old 07-19-2007, 09:26 AM   #11
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some useful reading: http://4wheeldrive.about.com/cs/offr.../aa020401a.htm
Excellent link.. thank you. I'll read through that before heading out.

Tazmann, where is that rock garden? That looks like fun! I would definitely like more info on your club. As soon as I get all the gear needed, I want to start wheeling my rig.
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Old 07-19-2007, 09:46 AM   #12
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Jase -
Someone gave me this suggestion once and it worked out well. Wheel your rig stock and then start deciding what you need. Learing your rig is the best thing you can do and a stock Jeep is very capable. Plus if you get into a club, everyone will have an opinion on what you should do with your jeep... Let me know if you want to come check out our club.

I sent you some more information on the club via PM.
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Old 07-19-2007, 09:48 AM   #13
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howdy Jase and welcome. You've already seen what a friendly helpful bunch of folks there are here. You'll enjoy your time that's for sure
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Old 07-19-2007, 06:05 PM   #14
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Welcome to WF. It seems like there are a lot of Jeep owners in GA and Texas. Maybe its just me but I always feel like every forum I go to has a large number of people from those states.
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i guess due to the weather they are just good states to own a convertable type vehicle
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Old 07-20-2007, 07:02 AM   #16
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Jase -
Someone gave me this suggestion once and it worked out well. Wheel your rig stock and then start deciding what you need. Learing your rig is the best thing you can do and a stock Jeep is very capable. Plus if you get into a club, everyone will have an opinion on what you should do with your jeep... Let me know if you want to come check out our club.

I sent you some more information on the club via PM.
Mine will be close to stock. And many people have stated a Rubi is a very capable machine from the factory. I'm just lining up necessities to hit some parks.. CB, recovery gear, fire extinguisher, etc. I just couldnt turn down the winch for sale by a vendor here. So once I have a new bumper, I'll be sporting a winch too.

I appreciate the info on the club. I would definitely like to meet up with all of you soon. I am in the process of selling my boat and tow vehicle as well as all of the mods I did to my T.V. and trying to take some time away. Once things settle down, I know I will want to go to a meeting/ride.
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Old 07-20-2007, 07:03 AM   #17
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howdy Jase and welcome. You've already seen what a friendly helpful bunch of folks there are here. You'll enjoy your time that's for sure
Thank you for the welcome, bob. Having a forum with friendly people is a must. When it comes time for modding my rig, or when I break something, this place will be invaluable.
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Welcome to WF. It seems like there are a lot of Jeep owners in GA and Texas. Maybe its just me but I always feel like every forum I go to has a large number of people from those states.
This is my first forum with quite a few GA members. It does feel nice though. Seeing how nice some people are here, I would bet if I needed help with something, I could probably call upon my neighbors to lend a hand.

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i guess due to the weather they are just good states to own a convertable type vehicle
rebel, that's kind of hard to say when it seems like it has rained every day for the past 2 weeks. I would like to get my doors off before winter. When is the rain going to let up?
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rebel, that's kind of hard to say when it seems like it has rained every day for the past 2 weeks. I would like to get my doors off before winter. When is the rain going to let up?
I hear ya on that one, I have not had my Jeep's top of in weeks because of all the afternoon rain storms. I think this weekend will be the weekend to take the doors and top off.
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I've been running mine stripped for the past two weeks and just dodging the drops. FYI - Banks, gas stations, and sonics have good awnings to pull under. Lol.
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Old 07-20-2007, 11:18 AM   #21
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I have had my top and doors off for the psat month and a half. Although I have been vaught in some slight drizzeles here and there but nothing too bad.
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welcome to WF!
the first time I got my Jeep, I took it on some simple, easy little dirt trails. and I have slowly progressed since.
now i need new tires

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