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Old 02-25-2012, 06:54 PM   #1
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2010 JK, how far can I push it off road

New Jeep owner here. I have wanted one for years and finally got one. Don't know anyone that also owns one so I turn to the experts. I want to know what kind of mud, dirt, sand, water etc... Can I expect to get into without ruining my dd. I do not do a lot as of now, but am really looking forward to getting at it this spring.

How deep of water can I get into? Mud? Is it true the interior is able to be wet, to a certain extent, and be cleaned? These questions have probably been answered in another thread, sorry if so, just looking for what I can expect, and any tips, tricks or hints to make this new purchase more fun.

Forgot to mention it is stock no mods, lifts and is not a Rubicon, just a standard unlimited.

Thanks for the help

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A JK without the Rubicon package and no lift is still a very capable vehicle. As is, it will outperform most other stock unlocked vehicles.

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New Jeep owner here. I have wanted one for years and finally got one. Don't know anyone that also owns one so I turn to the experts. I want to know what kind of mud, dirt, sand, water etc... Can I expect to get into without ruining my dd. I do not do a lot as of now, but am really looking forward to getting at it this spring.

How deep of water can I get into? Mud? Is it true the interior is able to be wet, to a certain extent, and be cleaned? These questions have probably been answered in another thread, sorry if so, just looking for what I can expect, and any tips, tricks or hints to make this new purchase more fun.

Forgot to mention it is stock no mods, lifts and is not a Rubicon, just a standard unlimited.

Thanks for the help
It's a jeep

Water 30" But:
http://www.offroaders.com/info/tech-...r-crossing.htm

Interior-bedline and remove the drainage plugs

The wrangler in stock form is very capable.
If anything upgrade to a good a/t tire.

Have fun
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Old 02-25-2012, 07:07 PM   #4
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Take it slow. Learn what it will do, and what you can do.

Or you'll wreck it, and be bummin. Not to mention taking the bus to work.
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I posted this in another thread, but think its appropriate here:

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The Jeep Wrangler--in any trim level--is as far as I know the most capable offroad production vehicle available in the US.

Setting aside heavily modified vehicles and Rubicon trim level Wranglers, the chances that you pass anything on your way to work that is more capable offroad than your Wrangler are very, very slim.

However, that does not mean it is invincible. It is a tool like any other, and if you don't know how to use it, you're likely to break something. But by the time you do that, you would've long broken (or gotten stuck) in any other mass production vehicle.
So you do need to hook up with some local Jeepers to really test the waters. Don't be tempted to go offroad on your own so as not to "embarrass" yourself or whatever--the chances of getting stuck without anyone there to help are substantial and can be a real disaster.

A Wrangler is a tool. Like a really good racing bicycle or fancy mountain climbing equipment--it can do amazing things, but you've got to actually know how to use it and you're still fully capable of getting dumped on your a**. You could outfit me head to toe in top-of-the-line mountaineering gear, but I'd be dead before I got to the top of Everest regardless because I have no idea what in doing. Drop me in the driver's seat at a NASCAR race and you'd get the same result--great car, idiot driver.

In the right hands, your wrangler (especially with some good tires) can drive through stuff I expect you wouldn't think can be driven through and be no worse for wear after a good wash. But without proper technique, experience, etc., you'll break something in short order . . . or at least get stuck a lot.
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What MTH said ^^^. I'm new to this too. A few weeks ago I went to a local OHV park (not trails just a big open area with obstacles and rutted/muddy/hilly terrain above Sacramento). I quickly did something stupid and luckily did nothing worse than scraping the underside of the bumper and stressing a few of the plastic "pop rivets" on the air dam. I was by myself.

Two weeks later I go out there with a friend and followed his TJ around. I went through stuff I never would have thought about doing in my stock Sport with the 17" SR-A tires and it handled it like a champ. Some of it way more challening than my screw-up from the previous time. That screw-up was just a combination of not knowing what I was doing, and needing some aftermarket equipment. FWIW my buddy took his TJ through that exact same spot and cleared it. I think the JK's big bumper sticking out and my newbness of using the brakes is what got me.
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I would also add, if you ever get to ride shotgun with an experienced driver, DO IT! Buy him a tank of gas also the knowledge is priceless!
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Old 02-26-2012, 05:27 PM   #8
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Well you shouldn't have to push it off the road unless it runs out of gas. It also depends on how strong you are. I never recommend pushing a vehicle unless it's an emergency.

The above posters have good ideas. Go with an experienced driver or go with a local club on some easy runs. Most runs have ratings so you would know before you go on what to expect. You will also want to have basic recovery and safety gear.
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One small tip...Since it is your DD take it easy...most of the time IMO...people break there Jeep by pushing it too hard when they are trying to impress other people. Most (but not all) of the time you are ahead to go slow...very slow.....that is why people say they are "crawling". It can allow you to realize there is a problem, you "have the wrong line" or the mud is too deep, and this will give you the chance to back out of it. Also always be sure what is on the other side..more mud? a pond? a hole? People get hurt and hurt their Jeep by not using common sense.

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So you do need to hook up with some local Jeepers to really test the waters. Don't be tempted to go offroad on your own so as not to "embarrass" yourself or whatever--the chances of getting stuck without anyone there to help are substantial and can be a real disaster.

A Wrangler is a tool. Like a really good racing bicycle or fancy mountain climbing equipment--it can do amazing things, but you've got to actually know how to use it and you're still fully capable of getting dumped on your a**. You could outfit me head to toe in top-of-the-line mountaineering gear, but I'd be dead before I got to the top of Everest regardless because I have no idea what in doing. Drop me in the driver's seat at a NASCAR race and you'd get the same result--great car, idiot driver.

In the right hands, your wrangler (especially with some good tires) can drive through stuff I expect you wouldn't think can be driven through and be no worse for wear after a good wash. But without proper technique, experience, etc., you'll break something in short order . . . or at least get stuck a lot.
Good info! A healthy dose of common sense helps too!
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Thats great Jeeper, I will keep that in mind. Thank you everyone for your help. I think the first mod I will get is a winch, just in case. Looking forward to learning everything I can and enjoying my new toy.
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Thats great Jeeper, I will keep that in mind. Thank you everyone for your help. I think the first mod I will get is a winch, just in case. Looking forward to learning everything I can and enjoying my new toy.
A winch can be very dangerous if you don't know how to use it properly. You're better off with armor and recovery gear and going out with others who are experienced until you learn what you and your Jeep can handle
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My dad always had a philosophy with the same spirit...... "If you don't get it stuck, you're not 'wheeling!" That way, at least you KNOW what the vehicle is and is not capable of! Then, get good at recovery.

It's sort of like running your gas tank to empty at least once, just to see where your gas gauge REALLY needs to be before you fuel up!
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My dad always had a philosophy with the same spirit...... "If you don't get it stuck, you're not 'wheeling!" That way, at least you KNOW what the vehicle is and is not capable of! Then, get good at recovery.

It's sort of like running your gas tank to empty at least once, just to see where your gas gauge REALLY needs to be before you fuel up!
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