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Old 06-29-2011, 01:34 PM   #1
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Do's and dont's

Just got my first jeep on Saturday and I'm curious if anyone has some wisdom to share and crucial Do's or dont's on the trail or in general as a jeep owner

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Do have fun, Don't roll it. JK. Welcome to the forum.
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Old 06-29-2011, 02:08 PM   #4
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Old 06-29-2011, 02:11 PM   #5
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It's a 2011
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Old 06-29-2011, 02:14 PM   #6
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Do: Go where ever you want
Dont: Get stuck without someone/something to pull you out. rofl

In all seriousness treat your jeep like a toy cause thats what it is.
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Old 06-29-2011, 02:16 PM   #7
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Jeep has a nice section on their web site that talks about this stuff.
Jeep - Capability - Capability Tour

Great for understanding low range, crawling techniques. When not to push in your clutch, etc.

But for the most part yeah, I agree: Relax, and have fun. It's just driving. With more bumps.

Don't be like the skiier who goes on an double black run when they should be on blue, just to hang with the crowd.
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Old 06-29-2011, 02:49 PM   #8
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Got cha.. And it's a 6 spd 2 dr.. I went on a little trail but 4H didn't seem to do that great, granted it was my first time, and I'm still trying to get used to the clutch. Is 4lo only for like a creep?
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Honestly, I use 4 LO most of the time when I need to be in 4WD. I like to go slower over obstacles as not to beat my jeep, you are going to do a lot less damage if you case out or something creeping. I think the only time I've used 4 High is when it's muddy and I want to spring up some nice rooster tails. Also in 4LO you will not need to clutch much while creeping up a rocky trail.

Start slow and get to know your wheelbase and clearance. And when you start to build confidence go with a friend because you will eventually get stuck.
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Oh yeah and turn off ESP if you have it as my friend stalled his Jk a few times because of this.
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Do know your capabilities & don't let anyone make you do something your not sure about. Do go out with experienced wheelers & don't guess, if you aren't sure,get out & look or walk the obsticle unless you have a spotter that you trust. It's to late if you roll it because the left side looked ok but you didn't see the 300 ft' cliff on the right that you dropped into
Most of all take it slow & do small climbs at first to get the feel of your Jeep, good luck
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NEVER WHEEL ALONE! ask me how I learned that lesson.

have front and rear recovery points and a good tow strap no hooks. then go out and have fun learn as you go
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Old 06-29-2011, 09:28 PM   #14
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Alright great advice thanks! And another question is... You're not supposed to depress the clutch if you are
In water correct? But if you stall in the mud how do you put it back in first? Hope I'm not asking really stupid questions
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Alright great advice thanks! And another question is... You're not supposed to depress the clutch if you are
In water correct? But if you stall in the mud how do you put it back in first? Hope I'm not asking really stupid questions
No stupid questions here!

Like everyone else had said, be safe, go with someone and have fun. More likely then not the first time you go out your Jeep will be more capable then yourself We were all that way at one time, but do what you feel comfortable with, the Jeep will most likely be willing to go up anything you want.

Also on the clutch ordeal, I do not drive a stick. But from knowing people and reading it is advised not to depress or engage the clutch because it allows water inside of the clutch and will burn up the clutch over time. You will def. smell it quick. Just be light on the foot and stay vigilent, air down the tires to 15-18 and have fun! Take pictures too... Cause if not, well... it didnt happen!
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Is 4lo only for like a creep?
No, other people use 4lo also.

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Always leave the trail cleaner than you found it.
Stay on the trails.
Do not destroy.
When crossing rivers and streams, go slowly and try not to create a wake.
In other words, don't give the p&r guys any reason to want to shut down a trail.
We are losing orv areas way too fast.
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Always leave the trail cleaner than you found it.
Stay on the trails.
Do not destroy.
When crossing rivers and streams, go slowly and try not to create a wake.
In other words, don't give the p&r guys any reason to want to shut down a trail.
We are losing orv areas way too fast.
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Do listen to these guys, lots of experience here.

Don't miss any trail rides if you can help it.

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When using a winch to recover a stuck vehicle, NEVER gun the accelerator to take up the winch line slack.



Yes, I have seen this done.
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When in the mud, keep a steady foot. Any sudden drop or increase in acceleration can cause you you to either sink or spin your wheels.
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When in the mud, keep a steady foot. Any sudden drop or increase in acceleration can cause you you to either sink or spin your wheels.
being steady will also make us sink.... i thin better is to give a full acceleration..

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