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Old 08-15-2012, 11:30 AM   #1
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Rausch Creek PA, 8/18/12

Hello everyone! Quick question, can a stock 2012 JKU Sport be ok doing green and blue trails? I really dont want to break anything and havent really had a any time or $ to do some light mods.. Im going with about 7 jeeps and some are worked to the bone and others are lightly modified. Again mine is super stock with the 17 inch wheels and 255/75/17 tires. thx for your input!!

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You should be fine on the greens as long as you air down, worst case scenario is some knocks to your side steps. Stock wranglers are very capable vehicles!

The thing with Rausch is that there is a lot of variability on the blues- some are easy/moderate and some can be quite tough. Take the time to walk it a bit first and you will prevent any damage!

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Old 08-15-2012, 12:03 PM   #3
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Thx for the info. Thing is that i will be with several other vehicles that may do the blues so i may not have a choice if i will be wheeling with them! Hopefully i dont screw anything up.... Thx again for your input!!
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Even if you are with some other vehicles- its always a good idea to take it slow and trust your spotter if you need one.
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Do u think its a good idea to take off my running boards prior to going for a little extra clearance?
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Do u think its a good idea to take off my running boards prior to going for a little extra clearance?
i would play it safe and leave them on. you gotta remember that there are other things hanging down even more than the steps, so you dont want to feel over confident thinking you have more clearance, when other more expensive things are just as unprotected
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Old 08-15-2012, 02:29 PM   #7
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Do u think its a good idea to take off my running boards prior to going for a little extra clearance?
I would recommend taking them off, I have seen several get damaged by the rocks/trees, they are ment to be steps and were not designed to take an accidental hit. On blues you can make it through without much problem but be prepared for some minor scraping on the shock mounts, control arms and any other low hanging componets. Remember to try and stay up on top of the bigger rocks and if you have a spotter you trust don't be too proud to use them if needed and you should be fine.
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Old 08-15-2012, 02:54 PM   #8
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Hey guys thx for the input! I feel like if i take them off i may scrape or damage the body since i dont have those protective rails. If i leave them on then i can sort of protect the body if the sides scrape! The running boards are relatively inexpensive to replace if damaged. The body can be costly to fix if i scrape! Wish i was more prepared for saturday! I will take it easy then since my Jeep is my only car and gotta take care of my baby l!!
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That place is kind of grimy (like coal dust), so plan accordingly. I would remove the side steps and just take it easy. Plenty of rocks to crack them on out there. (or take tools to remove them if they get broken).
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If you come down hard on one of those side steps it could cause some extra damage to the body, more so then if they weren't there. Also, you have a trail rated jeep that is still under warranty! So rock the hell out of that thing and if you break anything bring it back to the dealership and they will fix it
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Another option could be to find some rubi rails quick and slap em on!! plenty on craigslist and even here on the for sale boards- youd be far from the first person doing a few last minute mods before a wheelin trip
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ps- i vote to leave em on.... you will end up replacing them soon anyways, so the extra protection cant really hurt in my opinion. you wont be running blacks or anything bad enough to really tweak your frame
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RC is fun i wish i could go with you. when we went my friend ran his stock JK in 31s and he made it thru some of the blue no damage. dont remember which ones but we where very careful using a spotter every time. slow but sure!
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Everyone said I could do blues with no problems with a stock JKU. What they failed to mention is that I would be beating the shit out of my Jeep in the process. The whole trip depended on whether or not I could get rock rails on and fotunately I managed to get the ACE rails delivered and installed in time. If it wasn't for those I'd probably have some messed up pinch welds. My skid plates were pretty abused as well. I made it through but they were pretty tough on a stock jeep.

I'm going to have my lift and new wheels and tires installed here soon, so I may be making the WF RC meet in October if I end up not having other obligations on that date. I'll be ready for the blues then.
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Everyone said I could do blues with no problems with a stock JKU. What they failed to mention is that I would be beating the shit out of my Jeep in the process. The whole trip depended on whether or not I could get rock rails on and fotunately I managed to get the ACE rails delivered and installed in time. If it wasn't for those I'd probably have some messed up pinch welds. My skid plates were pretty abused as well. I made it through but they were pretty tough on a stock jeep.

I'm going to have my lift and new wheels and tires installed here soon, so I may be making the WF RC meet in October if I end up not having other obligations on that date. I'll be ready for the blues then.
Well you should'a been able to with minimum strain on your jeep. I used to up there a few times a year with my basically stocker on 33s, on most all the blues, and lots of the blacks, and never felt like I beat anything. check oout my vid for the digital evidence..

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Well you should'a been able to with minimum strain on your jeep. I used to up there a few times a year with my basically stocker on 33s, on most all the blues, and lots of the blacks, and never felt like I beat anything. check oout my vid for the digital evidence..

That video makes me want to hop in my Jeep and drive up there today.
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That video makes me want to hop in my Jeep and drive up there today.
Yep it used to be fun, that vid was from quite a while back, haven't been back since we started heading west .. Now I save all my wheelin up for our yearly excursions..

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