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Old 05-20-2011, 12:34 PM   #1
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Got some mud on the new Jeep

I am so happy that I finally got some mud on the new Jeep. I was scouting aroudn this morning looking for somewhere and found a couple short routes that will get my 8 year old son grinning ear to ear.

Found out a few positive things in the process:
  1. I really like it
  2. 4w-Low is awesome in a manual
  3. I really like my new Jeep
  4. Mud really looks great on natural green
  5. The turning radius on a Jeep is amazing
  6. I need to find more trails around Charleston SC.
  7. I need to find a buddy to go with in tandem (see more about this below).
  8. Did I say I really likel my new Jeep?
Also, found out some areas I need to improve:
  1. I really need better off road tires than what comes stock. Can anyone recommend a good tire that will fit the stock Sahara 2011 wheels but still provide better traction in mud?
  2. Some holes are deeper than they look. I almost got stuck even in 4-Low and had to do some rocking to get out.
    Note: This is where the tight turning radius came in. Between two holes not much further apart than my Jeep and on a trail barely wider than my jeep is long I did a complete 180. Was forced to as I got through the first in forward but could not get through the second - could also not back through the first. So I did a 180 in the small dry patch I had and got some decent speed to get me back through the first hole that I had dug a little deeper in reverse.
  3. I need to get some decent trail tools on board and possibly a winch (see number 2).
  4. I need a buddy to go with in tandem (see 7 in top list and 2 above).
Here is pic. Not much mud, but enough to get me hooked.

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Old 05-20-2011, 12:55 PM   #2
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Old 05-20-2011, 01:55 PM   #3
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18" tires cost a bundle. You might find that a new set of 17" wheels and tires costs the same as a new set of 18" tires. Checkout Discount Tire. Sponsor with a good rep for price and service.

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Old 05-20-2011, 02:37 PM   #4
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Yep if you're on a budget pick up some Rubi takeoffs... Much better tires for mud.
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Old 05-20-2011, 02:59 PM   #5
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Yep if you're on a budget pick up some Rubi takeoffs... Much better tires for mud.
You mean stock Rubi wheels AND tires in place of what I have on the Sahara or are you saying stock Rubi tires on my stock Sahara wheels?

I guess what I am getting at is if there are just tire options or if I need to look at a wheel change as well.

Thanks!
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Old 05-20-2011, 03:17 PM   #6
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I am so happy that I finally got some mud on the new Jeep. I was scouting aroudn this morning looking for somewhere and found a couple short routes that will get my 8 year old son grinning ear to ear.
Looks like you had some fun! I'm jealous! I haven't found any place yet to get mine in the dirt. Cool that your son had fun!
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Old 05-20-2011, 03:45 PM   #7
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Rubi tires will not fit on the Sahara wheels. Rubis have 17" wheels and a more aggressive tire.
Nice job on the muddin'. I'd recommend the Rubi wheel/tire combo as well. Enjoy that Jeep!
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yes, tires make a world of difference. Seen a couple vehicles stuck that should not have been bacause of that. With the right tires, the only time you should be stuck is if you end up not having any tires on the ground!
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Old 05-20-2011, 05:31 PM   #9
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I would say get a set of 16 inch rims and either go with mickey Thompson baja atz for moderate off road and the baja mtz if u plan on doin some good mud runs...


I choose the mtz and the only time I ever get bogged is if I bottom out and great on road for a muddy as well...


And tyres and rims will cost heaps less then just 18 inch tyres and will look sick..
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Old 05-20-2011, 06:37 PM   #10
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4 HI will do a little better in mud. You will be able to turn the tires faster allowing them to clean the tread out some.

Like everyone said tread design makes a lot of difference.
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Old 05-20-2011, 07:50 PM   #11
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You can compare tires for 16, 17, and 18" wheels. You will probably find that the best buys on tires will be for the 16" wheels. I got a set of pull off 16" steel wheels from a guy for $125.00 and put winter studded tires on em. Can't tell you how much I enjoyed driving this winter. Man, those tires are sic at keeping the jeep straight on ice. Doesn't mean you can drive at any speed though, physics still applies....same in mud.

Currently I still have the stock MT Rubicon wheels and tires. The dealer promised to put new sneakers on the jeep when these wear out. When they break their promise, I'm tempted to fetch me up another set of steel 16" pulloffs and get me some decent rubber for a good price. That's my plan anyway. I really don't care what the wheels look like, I'm more into what they can do. I prefer steel over aluminum. Can always take a hammer and bang out a dented steel wheel...can't do that with aluminum. The stock steel wheels can always be painted to make them purdy again once they start looking rusted. Yep, lots of pluses with steel. Good ole steel.
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Old 05-20-2011, 08:42 PM   #12
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You need more mudd!!!
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