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Old 09-06-2011, 12:01 AM   #1
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Hey all,
I just got my first wrangler and couldnt wait to get it off road. I went out this past weekend for my first time and had a blast breaking in my new jeep. I went in the Otay Mountin Truck Trails in the San Diego area of SoCal. I figured I'd post a couple lessons learned so the experienced members can have a laugh and new members can learn from my errors. =)

1. Put sun screen on before the ride...i now have a left arm that is much more red than my right arm!

2. At least keep my doors on.....It was a very dusty and dry area, i put the soft top up to block some sun but had the doors, sides and rear panel off.....my ENTIRE jeep was completely covered inside with dust and dirt!! Its taken me hours to detail it all out...and still need a few more hours

Feel free to share any other lessons you've learned the hard way us newbies can learn!

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Old 09-06-2011, 12:35 AM   #2
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Old 09-06-2011, 12:59 AM   #3
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Jeeps can be detailed?
Hmmm didn't know that....
I did hose off the engine, so I could see it again... Does that count as detailing?
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Hey all,
I just got my first wrangler and couldnt wait to get it off road. I went out this past weekend for my first time and had a blast breaking in my new jeep. I went in the Otay Mountin Truck Trails in the San Diego area of SoCal. I figured I'd post a couple lessons learned so the experienced members can have a laugh and new members can learn from my errors. =)

1. Put sun screen on before the ride...i now have a left arm that is much more red than my right arm!

2. At least keep my doors on.....It was a very dusty and dry area, i put the soft top up to block some sun but had the doors, sides and rear panel off.....my ENTIRE jeep was completely covered inside with dust and dirt!! Its taken me hours to detail it all out...and still need a few more hours

Feel free to share any other lessons you've learned the hard way us newbies can learn!
If ur worried about getting dirty, maybe u should consider staying on the streets?
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Old 09-06-2011, 10:10 AM   #5
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1. take top down and doors off to make the rest of your body match your left arm.

2. pull carpet out and bed line the interior so you don't have to worry about the dust and dirt.

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Old 09-06-2011, 02:02 PM   #6
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1. take top down and doors off to make the rest of your body match your left arm.

2. pull carpet out and bed line the interior so you don't have to worry about the dust and dirt.

+1. Maybe get yourself a Cherokee so you can keep windows up and A/C on.
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Old 09-06-2011, 02:06 PM   #7
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It's his Jeep, he can wheel anyway he wants. cut him some slack. I also hit the trails with the top and doors on. I have better things to do than to constantly be cleaning the inside of my DD.
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Old 09-06-2011, 02:11 PM   #8
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2. pull carpet out and bed line the interior so you don't have to worry about the dust and dirt.

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Old 09-06-2011, 02:16 PM   #9
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just suck it up and be a man bro!!
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Old 09-06-2011, 02:28 PM   #10
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People know when I plan on wheeling because my top and doors are on. If I'm not planning to wheel for a while, I remove the top and go doorless . Sounds like it should be the opposite but I can't stand not being able to breathe clearly due to excessive dust and I refuse to wear a dust mask .
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Old 09-06-2011, 03:23 PM   #11
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Hey all,

1. Put sun screen on before the ride...i now have a left arm that is much more red than my right arm!

2. At least keep my doors on.....It was a very dusty and dry area, i put the soft top up to block some sun but had the doors, sides and rear panel off.....my ENTIRE jeep was completely covered inside with dust and dirt!! Its taken me hours to detail it all out...and still need a few more hours
Yes, indeed. Valuable lessons. Thank you for sharing. I learned both lessons the hard way, as well.

I was fortunate as a kid not to get too many bad sunburns. When younger, I really didn't care. It just never happened much. Now that I've passed the half-century mark and get annual skin cancer checks, I realize how lucky I've been.

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Old 09-06-2011, 06:55 PM   #12
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just suck it up and be a man bro!!
HAHA i knew i'd catch some comments for my detailing and cleaning. I didnt mean to complain about the dirt, i dont mind it after all that is why i got the wrangler and not the cherokee.

That being said its still brand new so i'm still beign a bit anal in cleaning it i know....i'm sure that will wear off once the newness wears off.

Still had a blast with it and cant wait to do it again. Thanks for the comments everyone, as a newbie I welcome the wise crack comments too!! hahah
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Old 09-06-2011, 08:10 PM   #13
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I keep sunblock in the console so that I can put it on my ears. Truly, when I pull my hair up, my ears burn, and I don't want to put the top up. Covered it in dust couple weeks ago, went by the car wash and vacumed it the other day, but only cause I do have to drive it to church. Realized today it still has mud in the back. Oh well, I clean my house, my kids, my husband. Gonna get the Jeep dirty, and leave her that way .

Mine looked the same- some armor all wipes cleaned the dust off the dashboard area great, simple and quick too.

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