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Old 04-04-2012, 03:36 PM   #1
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Hi Guys.

I need a little help so I came here. I was always an avid out doors type and wanted to get a capable 4wd to do some offroading. In Washington state there are a ton of 4x4 trails rated easy to very difficult.

I want to get out to a lake that is on an easy trail but I am kinda itching to do some challenging stuff. However, I am totally new to offroading so I am not going to take any chances until I get my wings...

Anyway. I bought a 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. I am a little concerned with how long the jeep is. Nimble is certainly not a word to describe it. However, I am not exactly sure what I can safely do in a stock jeep. Can anyone give me some pointers of things I need especially if I am going solo places? Also, what can I do safely with a stock jeep..

I figure a winch is pretty high on that list and a CB. Do I need to get better tires? Do I need to protect the undercarriage with aftermarket up grades?

This is where I plan to do my first outing - Easy

Fortune Creek Trail

But I hope the stock jeep could take me here - More Difficult

Surprise Lake Trail


Any input would be extremely awesome... Thanks and I look forward to reading this forum...

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Old 04-04-2012, 04:42 PM   #2
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Welcome from a fellow outdoors man.

That first outing looks like fun, shouldn't be too much for a stock unlimited. However, top two mods would be a good set of AT or MT tires and since you'll be alone a winch is a must. Here is a good site for a CB radio, they sell a complete kit for $200.

Cool Tech LLC. CB All-in-One Kit

Remember tires are the only part of the jeep that is going to give you traction. I would say a good set of AT's (Goodyear Duratracs/ Falkin Rocky Mountain) if it is a daily driver if not then maybe a MT look at goodyear and hankook. I am sure more members will chime in. But if you are going to buy new tires you mite as well get a small lift to fit 33's. Look at TeraFlex's leveling kit or 2.5" lift kit.

As far a winch goes, I am going to buy this one: IF you have the 4door the 1100 winch is suggested. Q-Series Winches by Quadratec - Quadratec

but I do not have much experience with winches, more people will say get a warn, to each his own. If you ever plan on doing stuff like that 2nd trail, get a new bumper while getting the winch. I would defiantly suggest some armor for that 2nd trail dont go there stock and alone.

By no means am I an expert but just wanted to get the ball rolling.

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Old 04-04-2012, 04:58 PM   #3
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agree with getting some better tires to suit your needs. as far as a stock jeep, it can pretty much do a lot more than most think. rode in a stock TJ from 2004 through a rock trail and some mud and was capable even up hill on slicker surfaces. rocks shouldn't be too big of an issue as long as you make good angles. if you're worried about armor for the undercarriage check out this thread:

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/lis...-145114-4.html

maybe upgrade those tires to some 33" which should give you more clearance over those rocks and better traction in most cases with the trails you'll be wanting to ride through.

no idea about winches besides a few good reads I was recommended:

Winch Tech - The Guide to choosing a Winch
http://www.jeepreviews.com/jeep-part...winch-reviews/

oh, and welcome to wf and congrats on the new jeep! happy modding and wheeling.

more will chime in.
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Old 04-04-2012, 05:15 PM   #4
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a stock JK will go through any "easy to moderate" trail depending on the driver.

I had issues with my stock tires getting flattened by twigs, rocks, etc., and that mandated tires as my first upgrade. Personally, I'd say that how you wheel has more to do with what you need to upgrade than anything else, and you won't know how you wheel until you get out there...

go try a trail or two with it stock, err on the side of caution, don't do anything you aren't comfortable with, and don't wheel without another vehicle handy

what you should mod will very likely make itself apparent before too long.
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Old 04-04-2012, 05:29 PM   #5
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Wow..

Thanks alot guys!
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Old 04-04-2012, 05:29 PM   #6
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Heres a link to your local forum, I'm sure you will be able to hook up with some people in your area. I'm hooking up with a few guys here in Florida this weekend. My JKU has a very basic setup, leveling kit, and 285/70/17's and we'll see how well it works Sat.

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I'd make sure you got somebody to wheel with, someone with their own vehicle (with recovery points and a tow strap). Like previously stated, a stock Jeep is very capable. Careful, when shifting the transfer case, don't force it. The cable is held in place by a plastic grommet.
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a stock JK will go through any "easy to moderate" trail depending on the driver.

I had issues with my stock tires getting flattened by twigs, rocks, etc., and that mandated tires as my first upgrade. Personally, I'd say that how you wheel has more to do with what you need to upgrade than anything else, and you won't know how you wheel until you get out there...

go try a trail or two with it stock, err on the side of caution, don't do anything you aren't comfortable with, and don't wheel without another vehicle handy

what you should mod will very likely make itself apparent before too long.
This is so true. The first time I went wheeling in my stock 12 Sahara I was total impressed. Coming from the old ZJ the JK just eats trails alive. Wait till you put it in 4LO. Just take it easy at first.

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