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Old 12-09-2011, 09:44 AM   #1
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Advice: My first time off road

Sorry if there are a million threads on this already, this will be my first time off road heading to URE. Really nervous about breaking stuff as it is my daily driver. Any advice would be great!

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Old 12-09-2011, 09:50 AM   #2
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Take your time and don't go fast, you never know what's under your jeep or what hole/rut you'll fall into.

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Old 12-09-2011, 10:04 AM   #3
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slow and steady wins the race while fast and hasty makes mistakes.
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Old 12-09-2011, 10:23 AM   #4
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slow and steady wins the race while fast and hasty makes mistakes.
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Slow like a pro, fast like an a$$!
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Old 12-09-2011, 11:33 AM   #6
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First tip, don't be the only vehicle.

Second tip, make the other vehicle "go first", watch them closely and learn from their success and/or mess ups.
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Old 12-09-2011, 11:46 AM   #7
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First tip, don't be the only vehicle.

Second tip, make the other vehicle "go first", watch them closely and learn from their success and/or mess ups.
Good advice. Last time I went out, as a bit of a noob, it was quickly decided that I should go first as to set a comfortable pace. I think it was less of that and more of "let the guy with lockers try it first."
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Old 12-09-2011, 12:01 PM   #8
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Don't get too confident on the way out and mess up
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Old 12-09-2011, 12:43 PM   #9
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I'm not sure exactly what your terrain will be like but when I'm in the mountains and on rocky terrain I always like spotters. Don't know how new you are to all this but having someone ahead of you who can give you direction on how to get through an obstacle is invaluable. Let them guide you through tough areas.

My only other tip is, watch for branches when in the woods. People get caught up hanging their head out the window looking down at the ground and either catch a branch to the face or have a limb get their windshield...damn windshields...break so easy
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Learn your Jeep!!!!

Take it slow and don't hit anything too crazy to start. It won't take long, but get to know how your vehicle will operate in 4 wheel drive before you try harder obstacles.

Don't do anything you are not comfortable with. Don't sell yourself or your Jeep short, but be conscious of what you are capable of doing right now. Figuring out exactly what your Jeep is capable of comes with practice and experience on the trail. Consider multiple outtings rather than trying to stuff everything into one day.

I'm not saying to take the pansy approach, because you never know what you can do until you try, but when dealing with a motor vehicle...take the time to figure out what it can do before you hurt something.
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Old 12-09-2011, 01:05 PM   #11
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The above recommendations to go slow on the tough or tricky stuff are right on. The faster you go on such parts of the trail, the more likely it is you'll have trouble or break something. And when it's too difficult to drive in 4Hi due to excessive speed, shift into 4Lo which will slow your Jeep down at the same time it gives you more low-end power. I spend most of my offroad time, when I need 4x4 that is, in 4Lo.

And don't forget to air your tires down for difficult or soft/sandy/muddy trails. 12-13 psi is fine, don't even consider anything above that to be airing down. Air your tires back up before hitting the highway, driving at highway speeds on aired down tires will heat them up and possibly cause a tire failure.
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Old 12-10-2011, 09:59 AM   #13
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If you're from that area, I'd HIGHLY recommend you get in touch with Durty Rok Jeep Club out of the Rock Hill area ( DURTYROK.com ). Bunch of really good guys and they know the area very well. They're also very newb friendly.
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The above recommendations to go slow on the tough or tricky stuff are right on. The faster you go on such parts of the trail, the more likely it is you'll have trouble or break something. And when it's too difficult to drive in 4Hi due to excessive speed, shift into 4Lo which will slow your Jeep down at the same time it gives you more low-end power. I spend most of my offroad time, when I need 4x4 that is, in 4Lo.

And don't forget to air your tires down for difficult or soft/sandy/muddy trails. 12-13 psi is fine, don't even consider anything above that to be airing down. Air your tires back up before hitting the highway, driving at highway speeds on aired down tires will heat them up and possibly cause a tire failure.
X100 - My first few times offroad I acted like 4lo was only for the most extreme circumstances, boy was I wrong...it only makes life easier. It helps you maintain a good speed (up and down hill), if you drive a manual it helps prevent the vehicle from stalling, and overall just gives you a better control. Just don't be afraid to use it.
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X100 - My first few times offroad I acted like 4lo was only for the most extreme circumstances, boy was I wrong...it only makes life easier. It helps you maintain a good speed (up and down hill), if you drive a manual it helps prevent the vehicle from stalling, and overall just gives you a better control. Just don't be afraid to use it.
x1000. It is nearly impossible to stall in 1rst and 4lo. Most of the technical stuff I just idle over
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Old 12-12-2011, 07:47 AM   #16
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So, went out on Saturday, it was truly amazing how capable my stock jeep was. I am very grateful for the skid plates. I mat not have needed them so much in the beginning but my technique was terrible. That got better through the day. I should have taken your advice on 4lo, with a manual transmission off roading with automatics, I was on an off the clutch all day. Not the best for it I'm sure. Thanks for the advice everyone.

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