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Old 06-15-2011, 09:37 AM   #1
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Any tips before I go offroading?

So my cousin lives kinda in the country and there's some woods in his back yard. We've been clearing a path of any potential risks like stumps, bad dips and small trees. Once you get up there, there are some old paths that were made several years ago for loggers so that work is done!

I have a 98 with 31x10.5s and no lift, 4 banger and my sway bar will be disconnected for it

I wouldn't consider it to be very risky but I don't have offroading experience, I'm definitely not going to do any rock crawling or anything crazy, just want to take my jeep where no car can go! And there's nothing public around here to go offroading on

Anyone have some tips and pointers for me before I go? Should I deflate my tires and how much (50psi on road)? I don't have money for any expensive repairs if I screw something up, yeah I know, "don't go offroading then"...but I have a jeep finally after waiting 6 years!

And how do people break axels and stuff? Like I said, it doesn't seem risky at all but a broken axel seems like the most exp repair

Also, anything else we come across that seems like a risk we will modify...like adding more dirt to a ditch or something

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Old 06-15-2011, 09:55 AM   #2
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Go slow(use 4low). Watch out for stumps also. They can put a hurting on oil pan if you dont watch out or are traveling to fast. Not cheap fix either. Just creap until you build confidence.

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Have fun! Don't worry so much. Stock Jeeps are absolutely amazingly capable vehicles.

- yes, a little air out of those overinflated tires won't hurt.
- axles break from big drops, but mostly from people who refuse to back down and keep pressing the gas pedal. The odds of you doing this where you describe, with a four cylinder, are very small. These are NOT fragile machines. Yes, you can break them. But you've got to really try.

This will break axles and other stuff:


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Old 06-15-2011, 11:11 AM   #4
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- yes, a little air out of those overinflated tires won't hurt.

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Old 06-15-2011, 11:31 AM   #5
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don't freak out if you hear creaking. you'll be flexing and moving parts where they don't usually get moved. it's normal to hear some noises at first. and yea 50 is probably too much even for the road on those tires. i'd put them around 30 on road and air down to 15 or 20 for what you want to do. how wide is your wheel? a narrower wheel will let you air down more. that's why i like 15x8 over 15x10.
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Make sure you check your fluids before leaving and it doesn't hurt to bring some along for the ride aswell bring a basic set of tools, just in case. air down your tires. Make sure you have recovery points and recovery equipment incase someone gets stuck. If there are obsticles in your way just remember where your diffs are so you don't hit them. Your front diff is offset to your drivers side, the rear is directly in the middle. . Bring plenty of food and water.
Broken axles are usually a result of careless offroading, OR having larger tires ( 35's) on stock axles and being hard on them or engaging lockers and putting too much pressure on them. . You shouldnt have to worry about broken axles at all. Take it slow aswell, if its just a dirt road fairly flat you can use 2hi or if it feels like its bogging down then 4hi, if there are steep hills,step ups, or rocks you can use 4lo. Remember to have a blast too, I'm sure that won't be hard at all, and bring a camera so you can show us where you went.

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Old 06-15-2011, 11:39 AM   #7
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oh yea and don't remove those obstacles like you said, that's what makes it fun seeing if you can overcome them. if you don't think you can then just go around.
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Old 06-16-2011, 06:40 AM   #8
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oh yea and don't remove those obstacles like you said, that's what makes it fun seeing if you can overcome them. if you don't think you can then just go around.
Yeah I'll just go slow and be careful, idk what I'd do if I messed up the body
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Old 06-16-2011, 07:12 AM   #9
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50 psi for 31's???
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My TJ is my only vehicle. I'm not a "Hard Core" Off Roader, however I do do some Off Roading. If you never off road, then you'll never learn.

- If you can, go with at least one more vehicle. If it can do the same area, then great. If it needs to be left behind at some point, then at least it'll be that much closer if the Jeep gets stuck.
- Take some kind of recovery equiptment: HiLift Jack/Winch and straps/chains. Other items which could come in handy may be a shovel, a jerry can of extra gas, gloves. I also keep a small hand saw in my hiking backpack which also has a first aid kit and a towl.
- Take some extra food.
- Don't go too fast; driving speed or biting off more than you can chew (baby steps). I'm not saying don't try anything, just don't go overboard.
- You'll probably want to go into at least 4-Hi and possibly 4-Lo.
- I've never deflated my tires for ride, but I know I should. I would suggest that also.
- Pick your path well. Be aware of where your tires are and will be, but also be aware of what will be between your tires. Deep ruts, and obsticals between your tires can high center you or damage your undercarriage (differentials/gas tank).
- One of the most important things from the WF perspective is to take a camera and take pics. We love pics. You know you'll want to take a poser pic while flexing. If you get stuck, then it's mandatory to display for all to enjoy.
- The most important thing is to have fun. It's good to be a little anal when prepping for a ride, but the ride should be enjoyable.

When the ride is done:
- Remember to go back into 2-Hi for solid surface driving.
- Since we've been informed of an impending ride, it is mandatory to post a story of the ride. Pics are strongly suggested!

I got stuck once. Getting stuck with no other vehicles around is not fun. My HiLift Jack may have been able to get me out, but my friend had placed a tow call, so we waited for the Destroyer to come get me out. It didn't take much for the truck to pop me out, but it had a heck of a time getting itself back up the 30 degree hill that it came down to get me. It cost me just under $300 for the entire process. I later bought a winch for $300. If I ever have to pull myself out again, then it will have paid for itself.
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Have fun! Don't worry so much. Stock Jeeps are absolutely amazingly capable vehicles.

- yes, a little air out of those overinflated tires won't hurt.
- axles break from big drops, but mostly from people who refuse to back down and keep pressing the gas pedal. The odds of you doing this where you describe, with a four cylinder, are very small. These are NOT fragile machines. Yes, you can break them. But you've got to really try.

This will break axles and other stuff:


This will not:
YouTube - ‪BestopTeam's Channel‬‏
Thanks for those examples! I've done some offroading and HEARD of axles breaking, but hearing is not the same as seeing.
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Old 06-16-2011, 08:06 AM   #13
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I learned at my brothers in Colorado with a dedicated off road truck, when I got my jeep totally different. I usually do dirt hill climbs and some downed trees for fun. First rule if you don't have a winch get a heavy duty tow strap like 30ft (autozone $30) and a friend with a 4x4.
I went to a spot I Airsoft at all the time. What I didn't realize is how deep some areas get after snow and rain. Needless to say I spent 1.5 hours waiting for a friend to come pull me out cause I was stuck to just above the door bottom in mud. Now when I go I have a friend and carry a 6 ft bamboo stick to check before I cross. Soon ill have a winch since he is moving a few hours away and my kids like to go on impromptu outings.

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