I just bought a 2000 wrangler sport. It's pretty much right off the lot stock. I want to get out and try running some trails. What are the capabilities of a stock jeep with no mods? I don't want to get out somewhere and realize I'm in over my head.
Dirt roads, hill climbs (be careful), some mild crawling over small rocks, logs, etc. Bascally whatever you feel comfortable doing with your vehicle. The stock 2012 is going to have better capabilities than the stock 2000 because of newer/better accesories jeep is now producing the Jeeps with.
This biggest thing out on the trail is to use your brain. When you are out there, your ego shuts off, your emotions have to shut off. Think. Can I do this? If so, how? Is this beyond my capability? Can my jeep do this with me driving? I understand you are new to this and you want to learn. You should be safe AS LONG AS YOU KEEP IT SIMPLE. Don't push yourself nor your vehicle. Start off slow and work your up. Use your sense and you will come back alive. Go with somebody who has "wheeled" before BUT DO NOT LET THEM TALK YOU INTO GOING BEYOND YOUR CAPABILITIES. Remember, know your personal weaknesses and strengths FIRST, then learn your jeeps. Do it right and you will never look back. Rush it and you will have problems.
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Couple years ago we got several feet of snow in 18 hours. People became stranded in their cars on the ridgeline and stayed there for 24 hours and more in some cases. The national gaurd was called out, and they came equipped with hum-vees. At least 4 of them that I know of became stuck, while other civilians were still able to move about, and ultimately they were the ones that pulled & dug the NG units out.
The vehicle does not get you to the other side. The driver does. Know how to read a trail, and stock becomes very capable.
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Agree with all above!
NOW - your Jeep can handle trails and placesd you can not.
Worry about you getting caught where YOU should not be!
Find a club or group that know the trails and follow someone you know is not a hotshot! You'll know when your abilities catch up with your Jeep..... than the decision is do I build more Jeep or not?
Where in TX? Strong club north of Dallas in McKinney...... Read HERE
Experienced off-roaders can tackle amazingly difficult trails with stock Jeeps and do well!
Best rule to follow when new.....
1- never spin.... CRAWL over obsticals and up hills!
2- On long or steep hill climbs.... never get cross ways to the hill
Stay strait up or strait down hill.
this is my 2012 bone stock...I had almost zero experience 4-wheeling when these were shot. I went iwht a buddy who has a lot of experience and just had him walk me through different "obstacles". Take the advice giving by others above. I'll bet for what you have in mind your jeep is more than capable as is.
And watch puddles. They are often much deeper than they appear.
Thanks for all the input guys. I'm looking forward to getting out in the wild. I knew that a jeep is pretty tough as is and I've done a bit of 4 wheeling, nothing to brag about really. I just didn't want to be that newb who thinks they are able to do anything cause my ride says "jeep" on it. I don't think where ill be going that ill be getting into anything beyond what my ride can do.
i have a further question about stocks... i've read a lot of different posts about "trail rated" and how they shouldn't be rated so if the jeep couldn't do it sort of thing. i get the basics of what the stock can handle (pretty awesome) but is there a big difference between the 2 door and 4 door models for their capabilities?
i'm guessing you would just have to worry about the longer span and going over hills and getting stuck but.. if anyone could further advise? i'm super new to the off roading thing and hopefully will take my baby out more next summer (only have had it for 2 months and the snow is already starting), might take it out a bit still but... any advice would be much appreciated =)
The trails in the areas we wheel have signs and ratings at the entrance. Green should be fine and many of the blue trails are doable. When the blue trails get slick and or rutted you may have issues. The black diamond trails, single, double, and triple should not be attempted out of respect for others. Make sure you have recovery points in the front and rear. The nice thing is you can only get so stuck with a stock Jeep.
Don't go alone!