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:
I really like it
4w-Low is awesome in a manual
I really like my new Jeep
Mud really looks great on natural green
The turning radius on a Jeep is amazing
I need to find more trails around Charleston SC.
I need to find a buddy to go with in tandem (see more about this below).
Did I say I really likel my new Jeep?
Also, found out some areas I need to improve:
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?
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.
I need to get some decent trail tools on board and possibly a winch (see number 2).
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.
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!
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..
__________________ 2007 Jeep Wrangler 2DR Sport
33x12.5x16 Mickey Thompson MTZ
3 Inch Lift-Synergy Springs, Fox Shocks, Teraflex Lower Control Arms, Fox steering dampener
Arb Winch Bullbar with 9500lb Winch(dynamo rope)
Synergy chromolly tie rod and panhard rod
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.
Participate in life....Keep movin'....Go there....JK'n it.........Do it! Jeep #1: Red Rock 08 JK Rubicon 4dr, 6 sp manual, Stock Mud Tires, MyGIG Upgrade, Hard Top, after sale BestTop SunRider Soft Top, Congo Cage Rack, Mopar slush mats Jeep #2 Black 08 JK Rubicon 2dr, 6 sp manual, both tops, some chrome...uggg (my wife's jeep) Jeep #3 White 92 YJ (my son's jeep) A great quote from a good friend: "All hail click clack and master jk'n." Click and clack are my idols!