I think we all know that going off road risks the possibility of something breaking which can cost you lots of money very quickly. With a little knowledge preparation at home, and while on the trail, you could possibly save yourself hundreds, even thousands of dollars (and a ruined day).
This thread is for tips, techniques, and any other knowledge you may have that can save us all money.
Things to check at home, regular maintenance, how to reduce risk on the trail, techniques in different situations- and anything else that you think might help is welcomed here!
Oil and filter
Tire valve stems with core
Water (5 gallons)
Power steering and brake fluid
Various sized hose clamps
Assorted nuts, bolts, washers, lug nuts, cotter pins
Extra gas and a funnel
3 inch recovery strap
D-Rings x 4
Leather faced gloves
Hand cleaner wipes
I have a question. Going to be a bit before I get a new front bumper and winch.
So, instead, I will need some manual recovery items.
Suggestions would me most welcome.
MaxTrax (my choice) or other sand type of sand ladder (MaxTrax work well in sand, snow, mud (if not too bad)) They also work as a bridge for narrow gully crossings...
Friends that can use a recovery strap (have a vehicle that's capable and know how)
Hi Lift (get yourself off a boulder or whatever... jack your jeep up... shove it off the lift... repeat until off obstacle) And a base to put your jack on.
I also carry a bottle jack and the original scissor jack. For the base, I bought a piece of scrap metal 14x14, and slide it under the floor mat in the rear for storage. It's stainless steal, so it won't rust and get all mucky...
Tire plugs/tire gauge/air compressor/Jack
Recovery straps/snatch block/D-rings
torxs set(T-55)/socket set/screwdrivers/hammer
Duck Tape, Electrical Tape, Tie Wraps, Wire lugs
Electrical tools, strippers and crimps
Old Jacket and poncho
Rope, and Bungees
Small Shovel, Hatchet, and saw
First Aid Kit
Flashlight, Lighter, and Knife
Pair leather gloves
Water and some emergency snacks(something feeling like fiber one bars)
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There is some good stuff here already, some of it is a bit over the top.
There are three things I never wheel without:
(1) Someone else
(2) Common sense
A lot of the spare parts are unnecessary if you use your head when wheeling.(Having them is good though, just in case)
I've seen pride and ignorance break drive shafts, smash bodywork, leave transfer cases in pieces on the ground, and even flip vehicles.
There is no shame in getting stuck! (If you're with another vehicle) Resist the urge to pour on the power if your momentum stops, this is when most parts break. Instead try a different line if one's available without widening the trail. If you're truly stuck, take a pull from another vehicle instead of beating your rig up trying to break free.
And lastly, NEVER mix alcohol and motor sports of any kind! Save it for the campfire later.
I have some good advice I learned the hard way. DRIVE SLOW while offroading, unless you are playing in the mud out in the open or something like that. I got a little excited once in my lifted 2001 dodge ram and was hauling arse through tight trails and over some medium sized rocks. I blew a seal on the front axle (passenger side). Cost about $350 labor/parts to fix. Could have saved money by easing up on the gas.
Also, I later sold the truck to my 16 year old cousin, he pulled a similar stunt and now the rear differential is leaking where the driveshaft connects to it.
If you use common sense, you can solve or avoid almost all problems.
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There's so much, but below are some basics I've seen a lot of people miss over the last 20 yrs (including myself early on):
Vehicle in good working order
Know your vehicle ... Where are your diffs located (offset, center, both?), what is your wheelbase, how tall is your rig?, etc ...
Have recovery points front and rear rated at 2x GVW plus
Buy a good snatch strap (as opposed to a tow strap) with a minimum break strength of 2-3x your loaded vehicle weight. (This is one time where higher weight rating IS NOT better. When conducting an extraction, snatch straps stretch and increase the force of the pull between vehicles while lessening the impact on the vehicles. If you get too high a rating, you risk the strap not stretching and, thus, decrease the effectiveness of the strap and increase the risk of damage on the vehicles, particularly the lighter of the two. For something like a JK, a 17,500lb strap is fine. Always use a strap rated to the lighter of the 2 vehicles.)
Depending on the type of recovery points you have (hook v. Jate ring v. Dixon Bate v. shackle mount), you may need a couple of recovery shackles (at least 3/4") to attach your recovery strap.
Keep your thumbs out of the center of the steering wheel
Don't use differential lockers or brakes on muddy downhills - 1st gear, lo range, foot off the gas .... But, keep in mind, you may have to accelerate if you start to slide sideways.
On rocky trails ... Drive your tires ON the rocks, not between them.
Use spotters YOU trust when necessary ... And only use one at a time. The last thing anyone needs is 3 people yelling directions ----- and, as a point of trail etiquette, don't offer advise unless asked - unless someone is about to roll. LOL
Keep your thumbs out of the center of the steering wheel
Originally Posted by JKralph
That's one I wouldn't have thought of, did you see something happen that makes you say that?
That was first told to me back in the mid to late 90s by Bill Burke (a military vehicle recovery specialist, 1991 Camel Trophy competitor, 4WD instructor and owner of 4-wheeling America ... And one of the best offroad drivers I've ever met) ... It's also my understanding that it's taught in the land rover driving schools.
That said, I've personally sprained my thumb rockcrawling when I had a momentary lapse and had my thumb inside the wheel and the wheel kicked back around on me. I have 'heard' of people breaking thumbs that way.
My son is taking his 2009 JKU on a 9 day expedition through Tunisia next week with a 4-wheel group from the Naval Air Station where he works in Sicily.
Here is the list of items they suggest trekkers need to have:
Front and Rear Tow Points [not a problem for JKs]
Extra Air Filter
Extra Fan Belt
Fuel Containers if your vehicle's range is 400KM or less
Pretty short list!
There probably won't be many rocks on that trip, so the chances of breaking things are a lot lower. I know the JK has a stated range higher than 400km, but that's highway. If I were going to be offroad for that kind of distance I'd carry at least an extra 10gal of gas with me.
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