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Old 05-10-2011, 02:35 PM   #1
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Off road jitters

I've probably taken my Jeep off road only 3 times. And it was just over VERY minor stuff. Even running a 4 inch lift, 33x12.5 tires with factory gears, I'm very nervous taking it off road. Plus it's my Daily Driver.

I'm sure with all the guys on here who go over obstacles like it's nothing, you don't get nervous at all. How do you do it? What made you start off roading?

I'd like to really get my feet wet, but I can't shake the jitters. And I get unsure if going off road is really the smartest thing...

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Old 05-10-2011, 02:43 PM   #2
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Find a club in your area. Always good to have experienced spotters to help you out and show you what your rig can really do. Mine was my only vehicle for years

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Old 05-10-2011, 02:45 PM   #3
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Just start off small & advance to bigger things as you get more comfortable with it. It takes a little while & going with someone else who is experienced would help a lot, especially if they go in front. A lot of the people on here have been doing it for years, I have been doing it for about 30 years so now I know my limits. Just go as often as you can & you will know when you are ready to try harder stuff. Remember ,if you aren't enjoying it then it's not fun so don't do it that day, IT'S NO BIG DEAL TO SAY YOU DON'T WANT TO DO SOMETHING
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Old 05-10-2011, 04:25 PM   #4
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last year i was a newbe, i started off slow, not much gets in my way any more,go out and have fun and take it slow real slow,
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Old 05-10-2011, 05:27 PM   #5
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I started when I was in high school, I am 37 now and love to get muddy. Start on some unpaved city roads and move up to stump jumping in muddy fields, just get dirty...on your own schedule. Jeeps are more durable than you think.
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Old 05-10-2011, 05:43 PM   #6
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X2 on finding a local club.

My Jeep is still stock with the exception of the 31 inch tires and this past weekend I did some stuff I never thought my stock Jeep could have done. When I am wheeling with a group I always try to be half way back in the line of Jeeps, this gives me a chance to watch a couple of other Jeeps go over the obstacle then gives me a chance to do the same. I still feel a bit nervous anytime I am taking on a new trail especially if it looks intimidating. Just be sure to take your time and do anything you do not feel comfortable with. I love wheeling with the club; I always learn so much more when I am with them.
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Old 05-10-2011, 05:57 PM   #7
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^ all good advice, especially clubs, they'll really help you. I would add, go real easy on the gas pedal. Your jeep will crawl over most stuff by itself. Just a little gas when needed to get through something or up a hill. Too many newbies think you have to blast through everything. Have fun
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Old 05-10-2011, 06:18 PM   #8
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Sometimes the jitters do come back on difficult obstacles, especially when it's your daily driver like mine. If you can find other people with similar rigs, you might be able to pick up some tips by watching them do an obstacle first. If you pushed your Jeep to its limits right now, it would scare you. Start small and remember that every dent and scratch can be a good story. Most of us have a few.
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Old 05-14-2011, 01:14 PM   #9
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Biggest thing that helps any concerns I have, is when wheeling my YJ I know I have a trailer to get me home with. I've wheeled DDs all the time, but when I was younger concerns of breaking down never seemed to cross my mind.

But yes as many have mentioned if you can find a local club, that would help a lot. Don't be afraid to back down, just because a lot of people made it up obstacle X, and you tried a few times, don't worry, we all have to give up on an obstacle eventually. Get to know your rig, and flex it out a few times, just too see how far it can go. A lot of times when you are in the rig, it feels like its ready to tip over, but when you see a pic you can see it wasn't that bad.

Eventually if you wheel enough your jeep with get battle scars, but wear em with pride. It's only metal / plastic / glass and can be replaced if you want too. Just go out and make the best of it, and have fun....

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