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Old 02-13-2011, 12:04 PM   #1
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Newbie Offroad questions

Folks,

Got my Rubicon about a month ago. I have 900 miles on it. I want to do some eay offroading to start. I live about 2 hours from Green Ridge State Forest in MD and 2.5 hours from Rausch Creek. HEre are some questions I have:

1) Id like to change my front bumper and add a winch but I dont like the idea of driving around with that extra weight of the winch all the time and reality is I may only use it once every now and then if at all. Do they make a winch that is easily removable? Install it when going off road and remove it when not.

2) Do I need to wait till my JK is "Broken In" before going off road? Any certain # of miles? # of oil changes etc.. or should I just go.

3) Do you have to be concerned about air bags going off when off roading? Do you pull the fuse for the airbag system? what if I hit something? Tree rock etc, isn't there a possiblity the air bags could go off?

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I enjoy my "MOBILE" winch, so

--google jeep mobile winch-- and you'll get tons of ideas-

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I've never heard of anyone pulling airbag fuses. I don't myself, and have never heard of one deploying when offroad.
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1) Id like to change my front bumper and add a winch but I dont like the idea of driving around with that extra weight of the winch all the time and reality is I may only use it once every now and then if at all. Do they make a winch that is easily removable? Install it when going off road and remove it when not.

I agree adding that extra weight right where the jeep doesn't need it. The weight distribution is 54% front 46% rear on a 2 dr. I think the portable might be the way to go for the infrequent user. I was thinking of getting rid of the spare (save 72 pounds) and relocating the battery to the back. I would just get a patch kit and a mini compressor for emergencys. Rear mounted winch with that setup would probably get the rig pretty well balanced. There is just no room in the 2 door for the battery relocation though. Extra weight would help with the traction in 2wd.
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1. There may be a winch that you could so this with but that would still be a pain to take it off everytime your not using it. Most just mount it and live with the weight. If your going to put one on, you may want to consider a leveling kit so that your Jeep does not sit lower in the front.

2. No break in necessary but be careful off roading for the first time as you get more experience. The jeep doesn't need a break in time, it's more driver break in than it.

3. If you hit a tree front on hard enough it's always possible they may deploy but rarely have I heard of this or known anyone it has occurred too.
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If you hit something and your air bag deploys, it's because you needed it. If that happens on the trail make sure your friend is holding your beer.

You don't "need" a winch to go off-road. Make sure you have the proper recovery straps. You can't wheel alone at RC so you don't need a winch.

Go to Greenridge first to get your feet wet. There is zero chance of your Rubicon getting stuck there. (Unless of course you are running into trees hard enough for your airbag to deploy )

Another place to check out is Assateague Island. I go there all the time and have a great time there.
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Cool guys! Thanks

So it sounds like Ineed no break in period for the Jeep, just myself.
No need to worry about airbags

Mobile winch: I like the idea of this. I can use my receiver hitch on the rear in an emergency or maybe also get a receiver for the front. I guess what I was looking for would have been a winch mounting plate that had an easy disconnect feature so the winch could be slipped on and off with ease (with a lock of course).

Funny thing is I hit some parking lots today with snow mounds and had the passenger side about 2 feet up in the air and almost s**t in my pants. I will definitly need a break in period for the driver@


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Funny thing is I hit some parking lots today with snow mounds and had the passenger side about 2 feet up in the air and almost s**t in my pants. I will definitly need a break in period for the driver@


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I've never heard of anyone pulling airbag fuses. I don't myself, and have never heard of one deploying when offroad.
I've not heard of that either. At any rate, I can tell the OP that I don't think these airbags are that "sensitive." In my old TJ I slid into a stump on a trail one time pretty hard and no deployment. I also had a severe head on collision that totalled it and the airbags still didn't deploy. Can't comment on how the JK's airbag system works (hope not to test it), but if it is like the TJ's you don't have much to worry about in regards to it going off "unintentionally."
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Get an INCLINOMETER and keep it below 20 degrees, untill you get some experience with your jeep-



After you learn your load/cargo securing/passengers--the sky's the limit-

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Do you have a microwave in your Jeep yet Jim?
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YUP, but it's portable-


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Do you have a microwave in your Jeep yet Jim?
I only useit when I take the off-road jeep and solar charging !!

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P.S.--just kidding, but I do have electric coffee makers !
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Get an INCLINOMETER and keep it below 20 degrees, untill you get some experience with your jeep-

After you learn your load/cargo securing/passengers--the sky's the limit-

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Surprised how inexpensive these are but they all have horrible reviews on Amazon. I will definitely shop for one! Thanks
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Heh Heh, yea there are a lot of choices, but


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Surprised how inexpensive these are but they all have horrible reviews on Amazon. I will definitely shop for one! Thanks
You don't want to spend much money on one, because it's just a ref. point-cause your actual roll angle changes every time your cargo shits (shouldn't) and you climb over rocks/ruts/slide--it's just a learning instrument !!

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Heh Heh, yea there are a lot of choices, but




You don't want to spend much money on one, because it's just a ref. point-cause your actual roll angle changes every time your cargo shits (shouldn't) and you climb over rocks/ruts/slide--it's just a learning instrument !!

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Another place to check out is Assateague Island. I go there all the time and have a great time there.
I hit Assateague the week I bought my Rubi with my boys. Sure hope there's not supposed to be a break-in. I was there again yesterday with my family for an hour or so. Didn't deflate the stock tires just to test things out. Did fine for several miles, stop & go until I tried turning around, started digging a little then so I deflated to about 25 lbs and marched right out of there. I'll pick up some tire deflaters I saw at a local baitshop. Tax-free in DE.
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Snax,

I have a 2010 and the first thing I did was switch to 32" tires, a front bumper (Rugged Ridge Modular) and a Winch (Smittybilt XRC-8) then went straight Rausch Creek and had a blast. I'm from the philly area and there is a local jeep shop that conducts guided tours based on your level. It was a blast and getting stuck and using the winch was just as fun. You can go to RC and not get stuck and if you have the right straps and no winch you can still get out. I guess what I'm trying to say is do what works for your budget go with someone who knows what their doing and u'll survive and have fun. Good Luck

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