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Old 07-09-2013, 11:38 PM   #91
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most the places I've gone, the branches were high enough that they only scraped on the windows and the plastic of the hardtop

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I hit the trails with little concern and have managed to keep it damage free since I bought it in January. but in the last two weeks I've collapsed in my back bumper and front bumper from a pole in my parking garage. the guy in the spot next to me likes to park over the line forcing me to squeeze into my spot

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Old 07-10-2013, 12:01 AM   #93
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I was scared to offroad mine as well, especially with my rig being black. Itll scratch if you blow on it lmao. However the best advice anyone ever gave me was this. Go slow. Simple as that. Its only when you go barreling through trails that the big damage happens. 4Lo is my best friend as it forces me to go slow. Granted 4Lo isnt the best thing for every situation but still. Slow slow slow slow! And youll be alright!
Great advice. Ever since I got the 3.5 AEV lift and 35's I've been finding myself going much faster at times. I know that will catch up with me.
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Old 07-10-2013, 06:53 AM   #94
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I am the exact same way. Kevlar paint was the #n Priority 1 Mod for us. Look into a Kevlar paint. Have a 2013 with 600 miles now and been offroad 5 times. Branches trees all running down the sides. Not a single scratch.
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Old 07-10-2013, 07:42 AM   #95
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I love my ace sliders as well, but the powder coat wont last. If i knew then what I know now I would have gotten bare metal and have line-x put on. 4 trips so far and I bet the end of summer they will be pulled off and sprayed. just my .02
Ain't that the truth. They make a incredible product but their powdercoat is garbage to say the least. My sliders are coming down this year and need to repair rust on the welds and bedline them. They've only seen 1 winter. I've already had to touch up the Pro Series Rear from rust and it's only been on 2 months.

I feel the same, if I knew then I'd order bare metal too.

I put 33's on my Jeep right away and went wheeling. First trip out drove over a broken log and I must have hit it just right and it broke and thumped the driver side rocker. No metal damage but did put a nice scuff in the paint. Came home and ordered the Ace Rock Sliders that night. Paint has a couple hairline scratches in it, but it seems the paint can take a pretty good beating before it shows scratches. I still don't like hearing that squeak of branches dragging down the body but it doesn't bother me like it used to. I avoid it if possible.

Stock suspension and 33's I was still dragging my skids around the whole day. 2.5" later that's not as much of a problem.
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:45 AM   #96
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I am the exact same way. Kevlar paint was the #n Priority 1 Mod for us. Look into a Kevlar paint. Have a 2013 with 600 miles now and been offroad 5 times. Branches trees all running down the sides. Not a single scratch.
How much does that cost?
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Old 07-10-2013, 12:43 PM   #97
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ruff it up!

hi, i have a new jeep 2012, and i also have had more fun with my older jeeps, i do understand how u feel, i think of selling my jeep and get a older tj for about 10k , life is full of fun problems!!oh what ta do....
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Old 10-08-2013, 06:18 PM   #98
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I got my white JK Sahara about a month and a half ago. I have literally been out wiping off bug splats and random dirty spots almost daily, trying to keep her absolutely spotless. Now, with the weather finally turning cooler (I'm in N Tx), this weekend I'm considering busting her cherry and heading up to the Red River area and take her off road into the river basin (it's dry as a bone) and do some camping and metal detecting. Sand, random mud, and scrubby mesquite trees lie ahead. And beer around a campfire. Can't beat that.
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Old 10-08-2013, 07:58 PM   #99
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So I will be getting my unlimited very soon.. An was wonder if anyone else feels like I do. This will be a daily driver but I also want to do light off roading an trails but I'm anal about my vehicles an keep them in mint shape an always clean. I'm nervous to mess up my daily driver an scratch it all up or what not. I don't want to be just a mall crawler though an wanna have some fun too any advice ? Or am I just being paranoid? I don't really care about it getting dirty an all cuz obviously I can wash it.. Just don't want it all dented an scratched up.. Are you guys that offload always breaking parts ?
And has a d in it. Just saying you made the same mistake three times. And again in another post

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Old 10-08-2013, 08:14 PM   #100
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I bought my Jeep to have FUN. If I get scratches, dings or so on when I do go off road-I will wear my scars proudly. The dings I despise are the idiots who can't park between two lines in a parking lot and sort of miss that huge hunk of metal sitting next to them when they open their doors/back out/etc-now THOSE tick me off.
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Old 10-08-2013, 08:17 PM   #101
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If your OCD then thats just how your wired. But you can still have a lot of fun and never do anything that a great detail can't fix. Glad you bought a Jeep and hope your having fun in it. Mine got striped the 3rd day off the showroom floor.
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Old 10-08-2013, 08:26 PM   #102
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Can you do beach runs? How about logging trails? You don't have to tear up your rig to have fun, but you will get dirty every time. Put some lopper shears in your kit and if there is a limb sticking out that will scratch your rig, get out and cut it off. Drive and learn what your Jeep can't do before upgrading.
Great idea...

My plan is to go around obstacles, not over them.

Your advise about seeing what they can't do, is good advise.
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Old 10-08-2013, 08:43 PM   #103
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It's amazing how fast your level of concern will change. When i crumpled my first fender into a tree i felt sick for half the day. When i recently crumpled the other fender into a tree (jumped right out infront of me, i swear), i though "Oh good, now they match!"...
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It's amazing how fast your level of concern will change. When i crumpled my first fender into a tree i felt sick for half the day. When i recently crumpled the other fender into a tree (jumped right out infront of me, i swear), i though "Oh good, now they match!"...
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I hate to be negative about this post because I understand the spirit in which the OP posted it. *BUT* I'm going to lose it if I'm on a trail, looking to go up, over, or through something and one more time, the guy in front of me says "Well, it's my daily driver..." IT'S MY DAILY DRIVER TOO!!! If you are THAT paranoid about messing up your Jeep then why are you out there? Why push your Jeep to the absolute limit and then start hedging and holding people up while you decide if your rig can make it any further without scratches?. There are plenty of trails that my Jeep can't handle, but I stay off of those trails. I don't ride on them as far as I can go and then start saying "I don't know guys... This is my daily driver." Maybe I'm way off base on this one, but dammit. It seems like this happens this every weekend and I just feel like screaming when I hear it.

Whew. Sorry. Rant over.
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Old 10-08-2013, 09:31 PM   #106
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So I will be getting my unlimited very soon.. An was wonder if anyone else feels like I do. This will be a daily driver but I also want to do light off roading an trails but I'm anal about my vehicles an keep them in mint shape an always clean. I'm nervous to mess up my daily driver an scratch it all up or what not. I don't want to be just a mall crawler though an wanna have some fun too any advice ? Or am I just being paranoid? I don't really care about it getting dirty an all cuz obviously I can wash it.. Just don't want it all dented an scratched up.. Are you guys that offload always breaking parts ?
I just came back from a trip to Colorado. Most trails we went on where great trails to cut our teeth on...then we hit Mt Antero south of Buena Vista. The rocks from the beginning of the trail were about the size of volleyballs to basketballs. I got maybe 3/4 of a mile and turned around. It's not that the Jeep couldn't take the punishment, but no protection and being about 400 miles from home changed my mind. The rocks were hitting the floorboards, and I was scared of tearing a hole in the transmission or oil pan. After I get skid plates to cover those vital areas we'll go back. It's amazing what these Jeep will handle. Get out and explore. You don't have to hit the hardest trails to have fun. We hit shelf roads, trails with fun obstacles, and traveled to amazing heights on mountain passes. It was awesome.
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I bought a 2014 JKUR 32 days ago, on day 22 this happend. Click image for larger version

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ID:	415769 I bought it so I could enjoy it and take it off road. I am not saying I am happy about it, but it is what it is. I of course got ace sliders the next week to keep the other doors safer. I sure wish I invested 10 days before I did. KCCO

It started to rain and I slid right into a rock, scratched my door, rubicon sliders and the rear fender.

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A pic about a hour before the small bit of damage.
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The second week after getting my jeep I went out with with a friend on some trails I mapped in google earth. All was well until we got far into one of the sections and it turned into a narrow wash with creosote bushes lining each side. The bushes were maybe a couple feet apart from each other on opposing banks. I thought it would be over in a few feet, after a couple miles it was too late to turn around (and no room) so onward. This lasted a whole and after getting passed it I stopped and could tell my buddy was pi**ed off (89 4runner) but held back as he know I was fuming. But I cooled down and we finished the day. I ended up with a years supply of Az pin striping and am in no way happy about that, but it's going to happen unless you mall crawl. A couple weeks later I put the doors and top back on and had to go on another tight run so the pin striping would sorta match!

I've also learned that enjoying the weather, even if it's just windows down and not top and doors off, means lots of dust buildup inside. Especially here in the southwest. This part really does annoy me. I like a clean interior. After the above mentioned bush whacking, I probably had 20 lbs of live creatures and plant material to remove. Still find twigs and such from that day.

Here she is stock (with ace sliders of course) going through Three Feathers on the Chiva Falls trail. This is about a month after I bought her.



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I bought a 2014 JKUR 32 days ago, on day 22 this happend. I bought it so I could enjoy it and take it off road. I am not saying I am happy about it, but it is what it is. I of course got ace sliders the next week to keep the other doors safer. I sure wish I invested 10 days before I did. KCCO It started to rain and I slid right into a rock, scratched my door, rubicon sliders and the rear fender. A pic about a hour before the small bit of damage.
This makes me want to get ace rails.....
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That's why I bought a used one with two dents in it. No worries now.
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I had the pleasure of taking my rig out for her maiden run on some pretty awesome trails near Algonquin National Park. I have put a ton of hands on work into my jeep as well, so with all the tree's and rocks and creeks, I can honestly say that I WASN'T EVEN THINKING ABOUT IT!!! Lol...seriously it was fricken brilliant! I had never been...I went wheelin with just my wife, and she sh*t her pants laughing and having a blast the whole time. You now own a Jeep...just go for it bro. I suggest taking the doors off whenever possible too. Rain or shine.
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I just bought a 2007 X. PO lifted 4" with nice new 35" Duratrax on 17" rims.

Thankfully, he put a few scratches on her and a nice ding in the cowl.

I didn't hesitate to run through 4' deep mud hole and scrape a few cypress branches.

I washed her after and she looks just as gorgeous as the day I bought her!
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I defiantly don't share the OPs mind set. My jeep was on its side in two months and now it does not have one piece of sheet metal that is not bent (well the doors are still good at least) and you can't find a 2 square inch spot that does not have a scratch.
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They are not scratches, they are character. Be smart about where you go, do you research in advance, learn how to use a buffer and compound.

Oh and listen to baytownbert...particularly liked the bring looper shears

Drive it like you stole it! Woot!
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I don't even have 1000 miles on my JKUR and I've managed to scuff up all of my factory skids and even scuffed the exhaust on the drivers side up front...

I do want to ask, I scraped that metal bar that connects to each side of the frame ( left to right). Is that ok? It's about where the drivers and passenger seats are.
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Newbie question. Do the Ace Sliders really protect against A-holes with shopping carts, and slamming doors into your rig, as well as protect while you're off road?
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Newbie question. Do the Ace Sliders really protect against A-holes with shopping carts, and slamming doors into your rig, as well as protect while you're off road?
If you pair them with enough lift (at least 2.5" suspension + bigger tires). That should get the sliders high enough to protect against other doors.
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If you pair them with enough lift (at least 2.5" + tires). That should get the sliders high enough to protect against other doors.
Thanks for the answer. Do they offer any protection for a stock Rubi in parking lots? It sucks where I have to park. I expect it to get messed up off road, its the lot damage that pisses me off! Does it make it easier for people who complain about the height of a Jeep to get in and out of?
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I've also learned that enjoying the weather, even if it's just windows down and not top and doors off, means lots of dust buildup inside. Especially here in the southwest. This part really does annoy me. I like a clean interior.
I agree, and apparently my wife does also. I cought myself cleaning out the interior of the Jeep on our vacation. Happy wife=happy life!
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I'm one of those OCD guys who likes to keep their stuff clean and perfect. However, I do love to get out on the trials. A couple months ago I got my 2013 JKU (paid cash) and boy was I conflicted about wheeling my first brand new vehicle in many years. I love to be out on the trails, but every time all I could think of was f'ing up my $32k investment… that's also my daily driver. Even with that I still like to crawl over a rock or two.

Here's a little story about our first time out in the JKU with a group.

Day at Wooly’s Off Road Park | Tennessee 4x4

I decided that at least for now, I can stay away from some of the more hardcore trails and still enjoy my Jeep. In fact, we've found some really nice areas that are off road but pretty mild. The roads and trails takes us by swimming holes, waterfalls, streams, water crossings and other beautiful scenery. Very relaxing and lots of photo ops.

Pop the top and the doors and go exploring. You can have just as much fun (for me anyway) as doing some of the more hardcore trails. Heck, I don't even have to go off road at all to enjoy my Jeep. Sometimes we just pile in, peel the top back and see where the country roads lead us. You'd be surprised how much cool stuff you can find and fun people you meet along the way.

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