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Old 03-05-2012, 10:20 PM   #1
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New to off roading

So I went off roading for the first time and I'm now hooked but have only a set of decent off road tires. What would be the first/most essential thing to buy as a beginner to off roading? My buddy who is really into dirt bikes and knows a lot about it said to get a 4 point harness but idk how much he knows about off roading in a vehicle. Just wanted to know what your opinion is?

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Old 03-05-2012, 10:45 PM   #2
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Good off-road tires. If you are currently running street tires, a set of mud terrain tires will do wonders for you in the dirt.

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Old 03-05-2012, 11:02 PM   #3
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I don't have street tires. They are Firestone destination a/t 31x10.50.
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Old 03-06-2012, 02:20 AM   #4
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If your tires are up to the task then in my opinion it comes down to a winch or a locker.

A winch will get you out of all those places that you manage to get yourself into.

The locker will help get you into those places.

So I guess both.
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Old 03-06-2012, 03:02 AM   #7
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As a beginner, like myself, im just going stock until I find out what I need. Not doing crazy stuff yet nut I would just go a few times and see what you need to go other places. Don't want to get in over you're head
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I'd invest in a lift n bigger tires n gears. Then winch lockers n chromoly accessories later on down the road once you really get the jeep bug!!!
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Old 03-06-2012, 03:15 AM   #9
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Before you invest in Jeep parts, you should invest in Jeep friends. Find someone that can teach you how to conquer the terrain you are interested in. Find out if you want to do rock crawling, trail riding, mud bogging, or others. IMO knowledge is more important than parts. The beer cooler addition is helpful in attracting the friends -- not the knowledge.
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Before you invest in Jeep parts, you should invest in Jeep friends. Find someone that can teach you how to conquer the terrain you are interested in. Find out if you want to do rock crawling, trail riding, mud bogging, or others. IMO knowledge is more important than parts. The beer cooler addition is helpful in attracting the friends -- not the knowledge.
^^this!

I run a mostly stock rig (for now...) with 30x9.5 a/t's and can still keep up with the more built rigs in most cases. On my wish list are a lift and larger tires, then all the other fun stuff that goes along.
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Before you invest in Jeep parts, you should invest in Jeep friends. Find someone that can teach you how to conquer the terrain you are interested in. Find out if you want to do rock crawling, trail riding, mud bogging, or others. IMO knowledge is more important than parts. The beer cooler addition is helpful in attracting the friends -- not the knowledge.
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^^this!

I run a mostly stock rig (for now...) with 30x9.5 a/t's and can still keep up with the more built rigs in most cases. On my wish list are a lift and larger tires, then all the other fun stuff that goes along.

^^ Listen to these guys. A stock Jeep will go places few other off-road vehicles can handle. Better to learn the ins and outs of wheeling, and spend your $$ based on knowledge, than to blindly buy a bunch of stuff you don't fully know how to use.
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Old 03-06-2012, 07:43 AM   #12
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recovery points!
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Old 03-07-2012, 12:35 AM   #13
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Common sense isn't so common now days is it? It you see a cliff or 8 ft boulders with stock jeep r u gonna try to conquer it? Not exactly! Nor would i try to run off a cliff! "INVEST IN PARTS"! You gain experience,knowledge, and "common sense" by off roading I would hope!! Lol
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Old 03-07-2012, 09:38 AM   #14
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Skid plates, recovery points, and upgrade your tie rod with something like the ZJ V8 upgrade (ZJ Tie Rod Conversion).

Then, find a local club and hit the trails while you're still stock. You'll quickly find out what needs upgrading, and in the meantime you can figure out exactly what you want to do with your Jeep and start researching appropriately.
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Before you invest in Jeep parts, you should invest in Jeep friends. Find someone that can teach you how to conquer the terrain you are interested in. Find out if you want to do rock crawling, trail riding, mud bogging, or others. IMO knowledge is more important than parts. The beer cooler addition is helpful in attracting the friends -- not the knowledge.
I totally agree with this statement. Since joining this forum, I have met tons of great people who are always looking to go wheeling. I have been out every weekend for over a month now, an every time I have been blown away by the capability of a stock jeep. And if one gets stuck, we are all there to help pull them out.

Cheapest upgrades to get you started would be a body lift and larger tires. The larger tires would increase your ground clearance at the differentials and the body lift will give you more clearance for the bigger tires. Once you get hooked, the list will grow.

That's just my opinion, and you know what people say about those.... Good luck and safe journey
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Skid plates, recovery points, and upgrade your tie rod with something like the ZJ V8 upgrade (ZJ Tie Rod Conversion).

Then, find a local club and hit the trails while you're still stock. You'll quickly find out what needs upgrading, and in the meantime you can figure out exactly what you want to do with your Jeep and start researching appropriately.
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Old 03-07-2012, 10:50 AM   #17
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As a novice your Jeep has more capability than you do right now. A rock can reach up and put a hole in your oil pan weather you are 10" clearance or 15" that will ruin your day guaranteed. Never go alone, get some hooks front and back so you can be pulled out. As an investment under armor is good and you will use it no matter what type of offroading you end up doing the most of (oil pan skid, gas tank skid, tranny skid, steering box skid...etc). Recovery gear, a good 30 foot strap (no metal hooks), maybe a tree saver strap. You don't have to run out and buy it all at once, get with a local club and go a few times you will learn what you need. I have seen newb's lifted,locked, huge tires, and rolled and trashed because the Jeep could do things the driver couldn't get out of. Be safe and enjoy it while it's cheap and the little things your Jeep can do still thrill you to death it won't be long before you'll want the expensive things to keep up the thrill.
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The first thing I bought for my jeep was tires and a BB lift because the rubber that was on it was toasted. Even though they are only 31x10.50s, they gave it a more badass look and was definitely worth IMO.

I think you should find a friend and then drop a few bucks on a recovery strap (2") and just go do what that jeep was really meant to be doing!

In my situation, i only found one guy that I wheel with so my next investment is a new front bumper and a winch, cause i've got some lame tube bumpers the previous owner installed...

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