Ok, so its my first Jeep. I want to enjoy it for all its worth, but have never had one, or any 4wd for that matter. Just looking for rookie mistakes to avoid. Anything from useless modifications to off road driving mistakes. Just looking for some knowledge from those that have already traveled this road. Thanks folks
Location: 20 minutes from everywhere in cape may county,NJ
Throttle body spacers are hype for the fuel injection these motors have. If you wanna run synthetic, use true German synthetic. Buy American whenever possible. And if it sounds too good to be true, read around, bc it probably is.. (ex: dramatic mpg increase for your jeep)
Anything from useless modifications to off road driving mistakes.
- don't install "nerf tubes" thinking they will protect your tub from damage. They will not.
- don't install tube bumpers thinking they are stronger than stock bumpers. They are not.
- don't install a 3" body lift thinking it is a better way to clear tall tires. It is not.
- DON'T ride the brakes descending steep hills, especially on loose surfaces. Use 4LO and first gear instead.
- DON'T floor the throttle to overcome obstacles. Be gentle. Heavy throttle will only snap u-joints, axles, etc when a spinning tire suddenly gets grip.
- never, ever, ever, never go Jeeping with only one vehicle. Ever. The more remote your location, the more friends you ought to have with you.
Those are just a few tips off the top of my head. I'm sure others will chime in with more. Welcome to the family!
__________________ Dempsey Bowling
My fleet: 91 Miata, 98 Wrangler Sport, 01 Suburban 8.1L, 14 Impreza, 03 Protege
Jeep mods: 4" longarm + 1" BL, 35" KM2s, 4.56s with dual ARBs... and lots of scratched armor
Know how DEEP the water/mud you are about to enter before driving in.
Use 2wd to get into trouble, 4wd to get you out.
Keep good tires on your jeep.
Use 4wd on pavement unless it is snowy/icy.
Expect great fuel mileage.
It's not that they're b@$$t@rds. It's that they're such STUPID b@$$t@rds. -- James Ward (my great grandfather)
dont listen to your friends that say "yeah yeah you can make that all day", unless they own a jeep turn your ass around. thats all ive got, everyone else has already pretty much hit the nail on the head. ive been jeepin for 2 years now. fun stuff. enjoy it.
if you break something dont go back stock. upgrade.
I got a few off road tips
1. Always have recovery gear you just never know.
2. Keep a tool box with common tools needed to do almost any type of repairs.
3. If your going to roll over try to turn into it and lean away from it.
4. Know the limits of your jeep. Sometimes takes pushing it to the edge.
5. Helps to keep your right foot resting against the tranny hump and pressing the skinny peddle with the tip of your foot. Keeps your foot steady when bumping around.
Ok that's all I got for now.
93 YJ I6 5spd
My YJ Build +1.5 inch SOA ,37 12.50 15R Swamper M16's, 5.22:1/2.97:1 Stak Tcase with 92 Crawl Ratio--------SOLD...
Always ask the forum members first - No matter how stupid you think you may appear (it was probably already asked and answered). These guys and gals know there s**t and there are enough of them to steer you in the right direction.
There are numerous things I've learned just by searching and numerous repairs I was able to make that I would never have known how to fix if it wasn't already posted on here.
Most recent example: Blower fan for Heater/AC only worked on "High." I wouldn't have known there was a resistor module inside the passenger kick panel (screwed into the blower housing) that was the problem. Simple $21 feeBay part that took 15 mins. to fix.
My Jeep is new to me, as well. Had it for over 6 months, but only recently was able to start making major and minor repairs.
Don't be afraid to ask anything but always check the FAQ and use the search chances are many others have experienced the same problem or had the same concerns anyway congrats and good luck
Yes. I should have made that clear. Check the FAQ first and do a search if it isn't under FAQ. Everyone is helpful, but nothing aggravates members more than 100 threads on the same question when a simple search would have provided an answer.
Using 4WD does NOT mean you can go faster (or even the speed limit) on dirt/gravel/snowy/icy roads than 2WD. As was posted above, use 2WD to get stuck and 4WD to get unstuck. If you get stuck in 4WD, you will need recovery gear and probably some friends... :-p
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Im new as well, only had my Jeep for a year. The guys are right about the forums, don't be afraid to ask. The search doesn't always work because sometimes us newbies are calling something by a different name than everyone else .....so you may have to try it with different wording. The people here are great, and very willing tohelp and steer you in the right direction. Enjoy your Jeep!
2010 Rubicon 2 Door 6 spd, heated seats, Stern light kit, Poison Spyder grab handles, evap skid, diff covers, Evo sleeves C gussets, rock stars, mini skids, Rock Krawler 2.5 MT, Fox shocks, Nitto 37" M/T, Level 8 ZX wheels...Cobra 75WXST