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Old 02-20-2011, 09:04 PM   #1
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Ok. Just bought my bone stock 10 2dr sahara (DD) about a month ago and having 75+ degree weather so Im getting the itch to try it off road. There are some ORV parks around I have found online. I have ZERO off road experience in a vehicle other than atv's. I have a couple of friends who also have jeeps as their DD and we all want to plan a weekend to go and off road, maybe camp out, and get some good ole fresh air. These being our DD's, we dont want to do anything crazy and snap an axle or destroy our jeeps. All that said, none of us are familiar with trail ratings and what to expect. Obviously 1's are the easiest but any one with experience and could enlighten me as to what to expect with each rating, what my jeep can handle stock, and what will be safe but good learning experience also. I would greatly appreciate any information, tips, etc.

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Old 02-20-2011, 09:13 PM   #2
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The ratings are subjective and each park will be different. Usually they give some description with the rating to help explain it. The most diffcult one will sometimes be upfront and tell you that body damage WILL occur. Many parks will be able to give a guided tour or even some lessons that will help. You might also want to look into the Jeep Jamboree to see if there's one in your area.

Also check out the trail ride section and the local area sections for help.

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Old 02-20-2011, 09:30 PM   #3
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There is a Superlift ORV park just a few miles away in Hot Springs, AR. Here is a link on how they rate their trails. Make note of the tire size and body damage comments as guidelines. Level 3 and above require better than stock equipment or advanced 4WD skills.

Trails | Superlift ORV Park
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Old 02-21-2011, 11:28 AM   #4
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Great, thanks for the info.
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Old 02-21-2011, 12:52 PM   #5
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I went to my first park yesterday and being by myself I decided to take it easy...so, I stayed on the Green trails, and most of them I didn't even need 4H or 4L. I would recommend sticking with that until you get use to the Jeep's capabilities and gain some confidence in it. There were a couple of spots yesterday where I was somewhat nervous and being there was no way to turn around I had to go for it...the Jeep went up and over and through stuff with no problems at all. Now I look at things a little differently and KNOW what the Jeep can go over pretty easy. It's all about taking it easy until you gain confidence in your ability and the Jeep's. At this point, the Jeep has more capability than I do. Hell, there was on hill yesterday that looked like it was pretty straight up, or you could take the other hill at a lesser grade, I decided to take the steep one, yeah I was a little nervous, but lined it up, eased off the clutch and up I went with no problem at all. So for me, I need to catch up to what my Jeep can do...but I will do that slowly for sure.
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Old 02-21-2011, 01:13 PM   #6
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Ok. Just bought my bone stock 10 2dr sahara (DD) about a month ago and having 75+ degree weather so Im getting the itch to try it off road. There are some ORV parks around I have found online. I have ZERO off road experience in a vehicle other than atv's. I have a couple of friends who also have jeeps as their DD and we all want to plan a weekend to go and off road, maybe camp out, and get some good ole fresh air. These being our DD's, we dont want to do anything crazy and snap an axle or destroy our jeeps. All that said, none of us are familiar with trail ratings and what to expect. Obviously 1's are the easiest but any one with experience and could enlighten me as to what to expect with each rating, what my jeep can handle stock, and what will be safe but good learning experience also. I would greatly appreciate any information, tips, etc.
Where are you located? If you are near Supelift, then are you in AR? There are a lot of ORV parks in the area. Besides Superlift, there is Byrds over near Cass, and WWO up by Eureka Springs. For state parks there is Devils Den in AR, Disney in OK (which is in a league of its own), and Mark Twain up in MO; and an ORV park up in near Fort Scott called Kansas Rocks. not to mention D-Day and SMORR. Lots of wheelin goin on in the Ozarks.

There are also some good jeep clubs in the area. I believe the Arkansas Crawlers are having their new member run on 3/5 in Superlift, and my club, the Christian Crawlers, will be at Cass this weekend 2/26. If you are in the area let me know. You are more then welcome and we would be happy to show you the trails.

The Big Meat is going on at Disney I believe 3/12, and you can go see some serious buggies play. Also the JK Jamboree is 3/18-3/20 at Superlift, and my club will be there as well. If you are anywhere in the area let me know and I will help.
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Like others have said, just start on the basic easy trails, you can usually tell and the lighter colors blue green purple are "usually" lighter trails with red, yellow, orange and black being the hardest.

But start where you can wheel without worrying about breaking things and learn what the Jeep does as it sways, or moves over objects and take your time. Never do something you arent comfortable with! You need to always be in a good state of mind before tackling a good trail. Unless of course you don't care if you damage anything. But don't be afraid of the trail just take it in stride, Jeep developers spent millions to design the Wrangler for off-road capabilities and it does them very well. You will be surprised!
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Ok. Just bought my bone stock 10 2dr sahara (DD) about a month ago and having 75+ degree weather so Im getting the itch to try it off road. There are some ORV parks around I have found online. I have ZERO off road experience in a vehicle other than atv's. I have a couple of friends who also have jeeps as their DD and we all want to plan a weekend to go and off road, maybe camp out, and get some good ole fresh air. These being our DD's, we dont want to do anything crazy and snap an axle or destroy our jeeps. All that said, none of us are familiar with trail ratings and what to expect. Obviously 1's are the easiest but any one with experience and could enlighten me as to what to expect with each rating, what my jeep can handle stock, and what will be safe but good learning experience also. I would greatly appreciate any information, tips, etc.
Id stick to 2 and some 3s at superlift. You will get over your head on 4s real quick in a stock jeep.
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Like others have said, just start on the basic easy trails, you can usually tell and the lighter colors blue green purple are "usually" lighter trails with red, yellow, orange and black being the hardest.

But start where you can wheel without worrying about breaking things and learn what the Jeep does as it sways, or moves over objects and take your time. Never do something you arent comfortable with! You need to always be in a good state of mind before tackling a good trail. Unless of course you don't care if you damage anything. But don't be afraid of the trail just take it in stride, Jeep developers spent millions to design the Wrangler for off-road capabilities and it does them very well. You will be surprised!
Absolutely! I am totally surprised at its' capabilities...like I said above, the Jeep's capabilities are greater than mine.
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Old 02-21-2011, 04:01 PM   #10
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Good tips and advice. Thanks to all. I definately think my jeep is way more capable than me also! Keep it coming. And to answer Grog, LA,AR,MS,TN,AL are my areas to go. Looking for places to go in a weekend. And as i get more familiar and more Brave, (and more money invested) I plan to do more. Still have to baby it a little because it has to last me a while (per the wife) But i didnt buy a Jeep wrangler to get groceries in either! Thanks again for all the input. I'm always open for more.
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There was one hill yesterday that I was like, oh hell...it was pretty steep, to the left was a drop off of about 40 feet, to the right was the side of the mountain and I had about 2 ft clearance on each side, it was muddy, really rocky, lots of ruts, and in some places the rocks were pretty tall...put it in 4H and just walked it up the hill, I don't think I had a single tire spin, it just walked up the hill about as good as I could have done on foot. It was totally at home...the very top of the hill had rocks across the top and they over hung a good 6", I was like, ok, here is where I'm going to spin, and I can't afford to go backwards, as I was waiting for the issues to begin I was already sitting on the top of the hill looking down on it. That moment for me was where I realized just what this thing could do...what I saw as an uh-oh, wasn't a problem at all. I was so happy, I pulled over, got out and looked down, lit up my cigar and smiled feeling quiet accomplished. (and this was in the 05 Sport with All-Terrains on it).

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