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Old 02-06-2012, 02:26 PM   #1
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First real wheeling...Southington Off Road Park - Ohio

A buddy and I met up early Sunday and took a couple of our kids along for some wheeling just south of Cleveland. Weather was awesome (upper 30's and lots of sun). We were first on the trail so wound up having to deal with just a little ice but not much. This was my first time really seeing what my Jeep could do and my daughter and I had an absolute blast. To be brutally honest, there were a couple spots where I was a bit worried that I needed a bigger Jeep and/or bigger, well, you know. After wheeling all morning, I realized that the Jeep was plenty big enough...'nuf said there. Damn that is one capable vehicle!

I definitely have a new level of appreciation for some of the images I've seen posted here since things are almost always steeper than they look in photos. Here's a few from the day that my buddy snapped. I plan on taking some of my camera gear the next time out and doing some shooting along with driving. Can't wait!

this was actually an Iphone shot I took prior to going out just to make sure my brakes lines were going to be long enough if flexed a little. Discos and longer lines are next up


at the top of my first real downhill. without discos, the back end got some hang time in a few of the holes...


on the way down


my buddy in his JKU climbing


me on the same climb


right after this drop in, it got real steep, real fast


just playing around


in the sand


my buddy exiting the deep stuff, very happy that you can get water half up your door and still stay dry

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Very cool. I've been wanting to go but wasn't sure how extreme it was. I have a stock tj , but I think it will be capable . Nice pics just what I was looking for !

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Very cool. I've been wanting to go but wasn't sure how extreme it was. I have a stock tj , but I think it will be capable . Nice pics just what I was looking for !
drop me a note if you want to put something together. I definitely did things that I wouldnt have imagined and if it werent for my buddy Jason, probably wouldnt have. There are a couple other guys that I know want to go as well so we are tentatively planning on the first weekend of March to head back down.
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drop me a note if you want to put something together. I definitely did things that I wouldnt have imagined and if it werent for my buddy Jason, probably wouldnt have. There are a couple other guys that I know want to go as well so we are tentatively planning on the first weekend of March to head back down.
Sounds good. Maybe I can get some people to go as well. If you want to start a thread in the Ohio section, or I can later, we can rally some people up.
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Sounds good. Maybe I can get some people to go as well. If you want to start a thread in the Ohio section, or I can later, we can rally some people up.
absolutely, hope we can get a nice group together AND some more great weather.
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absolutely, hope we can get a nice group together AND some more great weather.
I hear you on the weather! I really wanted it to snow, but if it stays like this it might be like spring in a week. So I'm kinda hoping for no snow at all.
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I hear you on the weather! I really wanted it to snow, but if it stays like this it might be like spring in a week. So I'm kinda hoping for no snow at all.
NO SNOW!!!! At this point it would just be a PITA to have snow so it might as well get nice!
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NO SNOW!!!! At this point it would just be a PITA to have snow so it might as well get nice!
Couldn't agree more.
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Scott, (aka namasste),

Hopefully, I will be in the group. Glad you had fun, how did your daughter like riding shotgun? What are you planning as far as a CB setup?

Awesome pics, btw.
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Scott, (aka namasste),

Hopefully, I will be in the group. Glad you had fun, how did your daughter like riding shotgun? What are you planning as far as a CB setup?

Awesome pics, btw.
Intrested as well. I will post the setup I want to buy when I get on a computer as it is too hard to do it from my phone.
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Scott, (aka namasste),

Hopefully, I will be in the group. Glad you had fun, how did your daughter like riding shotgun? What are you planning as far as a CB setup?

Awesome pics, btw.
She loved it Mark and you better be in the group! Actually let her drive a little in the sand pits which she loved.

CB setup is going to be happening this week or next. I'm planning on simply mounting a 3' Firestik to my spare tire carrier by drilling a hole and using a stud mount. I'll run the coax through the rear gate grommet run it up to the front. For the unit,I am thinking Im going with the Midland 75-822 since it can be used externally as well and I can throw it in the center console when not in use. I'll get less grief from the wife about me being a hillbilly if she doesn't see it mounted to my dash too!
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Cool, I am more undecided about this than I was about wheels/tires

LOL. I'm thinking about basically the same, except possibly a Uniden 520, so I can put a PA in, maybe, possibly, .

What # stud mount works with the 3' firestik? I see conflicting numbers and want to get the right thing. I will probably mount just like you, on the spare carrier. Will just have to make sure to have a good ground to it, as well.

Also, do you think I should pull off those mudguards? Looks like I would lose them, for sure. Could use as an excuse for the same flares that JIMBOX has, lol.

Will be in touch, gotta get ready to go to work.
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LOL. I'm thinking about basically the same, except possibly a Uniden 520, so I can put a PA in, maybe, possibly, .

What # stud mount works with the 3' firestik? I see conflicting numbers and want to get the right thing. I will probably mount just like you, on the spare carrier. Will just have to make sure to have a good ground to it, as well.

Also, do you think I should pull off those mudguards? Looks like I would lose them, for sure. Could use as an excuse for the same flares that JIMBOX has, lol.

Will be in touch, gotta get ready to go to work.
I have to check on what # but I think/thought they are pretty universal. My buddy runs the Firestik on the spare mount and didn't have to ground or anything. Works great so that's my plan. KISS principle applies for me.

Hmmm mudguards. How much do you like them? I ask since they probably won't be attached by the end of the run. The only thing I really hung up at all was my front air dam (stayed in place although I went in thinking I might lose it). I did get on my fuel tank skid a few times but that's about it. They might make it but then again...

While not totally necessary, I would like to trim my fenders as I did get a little rub and would for sure if disconnected (which is my other mod want right now).
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Its like a black hole of goodness!
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Yea that place has a variety of terrain, from stock, to modified and some harder trails.
I usually go during the spring/summer months. Last time I was there was Sept and some of the trail were not marked and can be very misleading as to the trail rating. I remember pulling a couple jeeps out that went down a trail and got stuck and when I went farther down the same trail, my 42's sank in pretty good.

I heard they were supposed to be updating the marking for the trail system out there.
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Here's from when I was out there in June this past summer
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Yea that place has a variety of terrain, from stock, to modified and some harder trails.
I usually go during the spring/summer months. Last time I was there was Sept and some of the trail were not marked and can be very misleading as to the trail rating. I remember pulling a couple jeeps out that went down a trail and got stuck and when I went farther down the same trail, my 42's sank in pretty good.

I heard they were supposed to be updating the marking for the trail system out there.
That's some good info. I'll be sure to check out that link !
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That is one SERIOUS Jeep Chris! And here I am worried about relocating brakelines just so I can disco my 2" lift...
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Your jeep makes mine look like a prius . Your not still running the I6 are you ?
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The beast is awesome Chris. Where in NE Ohio are you?

I could swear I've seen that Jeep on RT 20 in Ashtabula.

Scott, need to do a write-up of your buddies CB install, (or have him do it if he's a member) to make it easier on CB newbs like me.

As for the mud guards, they will be off, but I sure wouldn't mind having some of those Bushwackers.

Also, where did you get your top, Scott? I know you switched from hard to soft top, forgot where you said you picked up the top.
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I could swear I've seen that Jeep on RT 20 in Ashtabula.

Scott, need to do a write-up of your buddies CB install, (or have him do it if he's a member) to make it easier on CB newbs like me.

As for the mud guards, they will be off, but I sure wouldn't mind having some of those Bushwackers.

Also, where did you get your top, Scott? I know you switched from hard to soft top, forgot where you said you picked up the top.
I will do a write up. Should be picking up some stuff tomorrow. To answer your earlier question, the stud I'll probably use is the K4-R which made for the Fire-ring connection. The K4A is for the PL259 connection type. There's also the K4 for non PL 259 types but I probably consider that given the other two connection types.

Soft top wise, I traded a local guy. The soft top is the cable style and I love it. Light years easier than my old TJ soft tops!
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I could swear I've seen that Jeep on RT 20 in Ashtabula.
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Thanks alot on the Jeep

Yea your correct... does that mean your from there or in that area.
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Your jeep makes mine look like a prius . Your not still running the I6 are you ?
Yep, still running the stock 6cyl, tranny and T-case for now.
With the 5.13 gears it wheels and crawls pretty good. I'm looking at either getting a D300 or the 241 T-Case.
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Yeah, Chris, I grew up in Ashtabula

and currently live out in Monroe, just outside of Kelloggsville. I see your Jeep every time I go down 20, which is quite a bit.

Scott, thanks for the info, will watch for your write-up.
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Yeah I actually went there Sunday around 2pm at Southington Offroad. It was my first time out there with my stock sport and my first time offroading ever!!! It was a good time none the less. Granted I had to worry a little about my oil pan because I dont have a skid plate to cover it yet. But, I had a good time any actually went in a group with a few of my buddies and had a good time. We all may go back the first weekend of March. Only checked out a few trails because of time and because they dont give you a map when you get in so I had no idea where to go. But, thankfully, I talked to another Jeeper to give me a hand in where I could go so it turned out ok. I didnt even recgignise the place where the first few pictures were taken. But the last picture of the jeep going through the water, is that the trail that leads to the left right before you get to the road to go to the gun range and would that be the first water crossing? If so I think thats the first water crossing that I went through with my jeep because there was a rocky bottom and I took it in 2wd all the way!! Needless to say the jeep preformed well and wow it was very capable being only on 30inch tires and stock with no sway bar discos.
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Yeah I actually went there Sunday around 2pm at Southington Offroad. It was my first time out there with my stock sport and my first time offroading ever!!! It was a good time none the less. Granted I had to worry a little about my oil pan because I dont have a skid plate to cover it yet. But, I had a good time any actually went in a group with a few of my buddies and had a good time. We all may go back the first weekend of March. Only checked out a few trails because of time and because they dont give you a map when you get in so I had no idea where to go. But, thankfully, I talked to another Jeeper to give me a hand in where I could go so it turned out ok. I didnt even recgignise the place where the first few pictures were taken. But the last picture of the jeep going through the water, is that the trail that leads to the left right before you get to the road to go to the gun range and would that be the first water crossing? If so I think thats the first water crossing that I went through with my jeep because there was a rocky bottom and I took it in 2wd all the way!! Needless to say the jeep preformed well and wow it was very capable being only on 30inch tires and stock with no sway bar discos.
That's what I wanted to hear! Makes me more confident with my stock tj.
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That's what I wanted to hear! Makes me more confident with my stock tj.
Yeah plus it looks like you have a Rubicon from your profile picture. Which means you have front and rear dana 44 axles, front and rear factory air locker, limited slip differental when locker is not in in guage and your in 2wd, and i think 1 inch wider fender flaires than me not that that really matteers though. Correct me if Im wrong though. But needless to say your better off than me. You should go it will surprise you and I only got to check out a few trails at Southington this month and plan on trying to find more for my setup the first weekend of March!!! Let me know if your planning on going out and I will try and meet up with you out there and we can check out some trails for our stock jeeps!!!
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Yeah plus it looks like you have a Rubicon from your profile picture. Which means you have front and rear dana 44 axles, front and rear factory air locker, limited slip differental when locker is not in in guage and your in 2wd, and i think 1 inch wider fender flaires than me not that that really matteers though. Correct me if Im wrong though. But needless to say your better off than me. You should go it will surprise you and I only got to check out a few trails at Southington this month and plan on trying to find more for my setup the first weekend of March!!! Let me know if your planning on going out and I will try and meet up with you out there and we can check out some trails for our stock jeeps!!!
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