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Old 12-05-2012, 03:05 PM   #31
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Dont get me wrong, Im a staunch 2A supporter, and I have several out of state licenses. That said, I dont consider my firearms a "must have packed" item for any offroading I do, and the thread itself was geared towards tips and techniques for those new to offroading! How to hold a zero with a 308, or having a 45 vs a 9 just didnt enter my mind here
It was not about shooting it was about being cations of people. Not everyone is a nice guy. It can be a deadly rookie mistake. For the most part everyone is great. But all it takes is that one character and you can pay with your life.

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Old 12-07-2012, 10:44 AM   #32
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The advanced life saving i'm good on i'm a paramedic got my first aid kit lol, working on getting my other stuff right now

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Old 12-07-2012, 09:04 PM   #33
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Go with experienced friends and have at least one good tow strap between you.

Don't do anything your gut tells you is stupid.

have a CB or FRS radio to talk to the others with you. The radio makes it both safer and more fun.

Your Wrangler is plenty capable as is. Just take it easy, enjoy the ride & be amazed at where your Jeep will take you.
Great advise for someone new to the game, but after you have been doing it a while you might end up doing somethings that your gut is screaming and hollering NOOO!!!! the first time you try them. This is when the real fun starts. ;-)

Now to get this thread back on track. Learn to use your brakes as little as possible, they can make you slide somewhere you dont want to go, lose your line, and even swap ends on slippery hills. Neve, never, never stomp on the brakes if you find yourself in a position that you think you are going to flip backwards or forwards. If you think you are going over you need to go to reverse if the front end is coming up (or press the clutch and roll back) or stomp on the gas if the back is going to go over.

Yeah you might smack into a tree or something but it beats the hell out of fliping your jeep.
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Old 12-08-2012, 12:38 AM   #34
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I dont know if this is the same on the jk but in my tj the steering wheel adjustment lever thing on the left side of the colum is great for smacking your kneecap against when youre on a bouncy trail, it really hurts so keep that in mind. Also, big flat looking areas with medium to tall grass can hide ditches and holes and things so dont assume its flat just because it looks it, be wary of what the grass can hide. Before you go down something think about whether or not youll be able to get back up. Get out and look at stuff before you drive over it. Most places ive gotten stuck I never expected to get stuck in because they looked relatively dry and I had been through them before but, once youre stuck and cant undo it youll really want a cellphone (if noones with you) bug repellant, heavy gloves and spare clean towels etc. these are just things I didnt see mentioned in other recovery/survival/tool kit posts
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Old 12-09-2012, 02:49 PM   #35
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Great question, awesome advice.

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Old 12-10-2012, 12:10 AM   #36
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Thanks to all sharing their experience from yet another upcoming noob...
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The best advice I can give you right now is to buy a High-Lift jack, the 48" model will fit underneath the backseat of your JKU. After having 2 60" jacks stolen I opted to keep them inside (buy the vinyl cover!), the 48" can do just as much as a 60". On the high-lift website they have videos and manuals that explain almost all of the applications of the jack. Your imagination is your best friend with this machine, I have used it to get stumps out of my yard!

Even if you do have a winch, these things are priceless in the field. Oh, the handle is a very good weapon if things really go to caca.
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:05 AM   #38
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I forgot to add that in my experience running a 12.5" wide tire on a full size vehicle in sand there have been a couple of instances where I have needed to go below 18 psi in the tires. A couple of weeks ago I got stuck in a little sand in my stock JKU Sport with the 275/75R17's and "aired down" to 20 psi to get out. The worst part was digging out to get to the valve stem.
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Went wheeling yesterday with very experrienced jeepers and had a blast. There were many times at first I saw a spot and thought hell no until the jeep ahead took it easily and then I was all for it. I think trail guides are more valuable than any equipment you can buy but now I'm intimidated into into not going into the unknown without one.

I'm glad I had a winch, snatchblock, tow strap and big tires, too. I got to use them all to help others out. Told people it felt better to be an asset than a liability. Not sure if the terrain arround here warrrents a hi-lift but I'll ask around.

Thanks again, keep it coming!
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Plan for the absolute worst and have a way out of it. Never be the first up or down a hole or hill. Always walk the course first. Get line of sight. Work in groups with your fellow Jeepers. Take it slow. 4 Low is your friend. If you're stuck, try to back out of it.
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Plan for the absolute worst and have a way out of it. Never be the first up or down a hole or hill. Always walk the course first. Get line of sight. Work in groups with your fellow Jeepers. Take it slow. 4 Low is your friend. If you're stuck, try to back out of it.
LOL I love the "never be first advice"... advice that I follow myself! Bad news is... someones got to be first
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LOL I love the "never be first advice"... advice that I follow myself! Bad news is... someones got to be first
Let the showboats and experts take the plunge. I've had several "Oh, hell, I can make this!" moments where I was the first up/down/in and regretted it later.

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Let the showboats and experts take the plunge. I've had several "Oh, hell, I can make this!" moments where I was the first up/down/in and regretted it later.

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Let the showboats and experts take the plunge. I've had several "Oh, hell, I can make this!" moments where I was the first up/down/in and regretted it later.

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I like going up first!! And uselessly dont walk it first since we tend to go up things that you cant walk up. As far as mud holes go I avoid them like the plague.
Another pointer is allways try to keep one end of the jeep pointed somewhere that it can be tied onto for recovery. It sucks trying to get a jeep back that has the front ageist a wall and the rear is on a tree or something that wont move.
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I'm still a noob myself - but learn to use your tools before you head out. You don't want the first time using them be on the trail.

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