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Old 08-30-2012, 09:42 AM   #1
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Do you wheel your daily driver?

So I'm seeing a ton of these very cool shots of TJ's in the woods, water crossing, mudding, crawling, etc, and I can't help but wonder if your TJ is your only, or primary transportation, or if it's just a weekend warrior you take out to play.

Is it your daily commuter Mon-Fri turned trail rig on weekends?

Is it a second vehicle that you occasional commute with, but have as a toy?

Is it purely a toy that only sees the pavement going to/from whatever off-road excursion you have planned?



I'm curious because in just a few days I'll be picking up my '03 TJ from the dealer and retiring my Mazda Protege after 7+ years of trusty service. The TJ will be my daily driver and I'm debating if I should have a little fun with it off the pavement, or wait a few years until I can retire it to pure off-road fun.

I have a '00 Dakota (4.7L V8, 5-spd, 4x4, Reg.Cab Short Bed, 9.25" rear end) lifted on 33's which just sits in my driveway waiting for the need for me to go to Home Depot, or the dump, or a really shitty snowy day. It was treated to the lift and 33's so I can bring it off road when/if I wanted to, and hopefully be somewhat competent off road.

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while not a TJ, this still holds true..

up until i bought my bike back in april, my montero was both my DD and my trail toy.
those who wheeled with my last month have seen i do not baby it while offroad. now i do have limits, but i still will miss treat it a bit, whether it is making sure my skid plates work, or going through water/mud that was a bit deeper then i should have been in.
when the montero is retired for a wrangler, it will be treated the same.
as long as it gets me home(closest offroad park is 3 hours away) then i am happy.

now it sits most the time cause i prefer commuting on my bike, and the 80mpg it gets is pretty nice too.

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Old 08-30-2012, 10:05 AM   #3
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I will call my Jeep my fair weather commuter. I drive it every day if the weather is not going to be horrendous. Afternoon showers are common this year and I don't worry about them, but monsoon rains all day keep it under the shelter. I have a truck to pull my boat and drive when I don't take the Jeep, so I don't worry when I go offroading I do not have to worry about getting to work if I break something. I am still learning so I am careful to not get myself in too deep, although I do way more in my Jeep than I have ever done in any of my previous trucks because it is so capable.
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Old 08-30-2012, 10:24 AM   #4
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Mine is my only transportation, and that kinda dictates how I treat it offroading.
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Old 08-30-2012, 10:27 AM   #5
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Yep my weekend trailride is also my DD and only vehicle. That's why just mild trails and mud, nothing hardcore. If I break something, I'm bumming rides to work.
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Old 08-30-2012, 10:50 AM   #6
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Yep my weekend trailride is also my DD and only vehicle. That's why just mild trails and mud, nothing hardcore. If I break something, I'm bumming rides to work.
same. wife always throws a fit when I have to steal her car.
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Old 08-30-2012, 10:53 AM   #7
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I drive my TJ everyday and offroad as much as I can as well. I have a mild lift and two sets of tires one for street one for offroading. Nothing like burning threw gears with the manual off and on road.
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:02 AM   #8
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Yup! My TJ is my DD. I depend on it everyday and I take it wheeling. In about 2 weeks I'll be in ouray colorado to wheel my TJ at the Jeep Jamboree event. Its gonna take us all the way up there and back and continue as my DD.
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:22 AM   #9
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Is it a second vehicle that you occasional commute with, but have as a toy?
That would be me, but has more to do with the price of gas overhere then the ability of the TJ to do both.
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:31 AM   #10
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Build it strong with good parts and it'll hold up just fine so you can drive it work on Monday....and it'll drive well. I wheel mine hard and DD it when it's not down for surgery but I have another vehicle for when I need it.

Did this 400 miles from home and drove home just fine that night. Damage was a dent in the hood and some missing paint on the windshield frame.....all rattle can so no big deal.


Drove it another ~350 miles to Tennesse less than a month later to hit some trails with a bud.
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:33 AM   #11
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So I'm seeing a ton of these very cool shots of TJ's in the woods, water crossing, mudding, crawling, etc, and I can't help but wonder if your TJ is your only, or primary transportation, or if it's just a weekend warrior you take out to play.

Is it your daily commuter Mon-Fri turned trail rig on weekends?

Is it a second vehicle that you occasional commute with, but have as a toy?

Is it purely a toy that only sees the pavement going to/from whatever off-road excursion you have planned?
My TJ is my daily commuter Mon-Fri and a trail rig when ever the "Need" calls for it, but I do have a motorcycle to help out if somthing breaks and to help with gas
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:40 AM   #12
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My TJ is my DD and I wheel it all the time. I just got back from A 4 day trip to The Rubicon
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:41 AM   #13
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My TJ as well is a Daily Mon - Fri driver but i try enjoy having fun with here. Unfortunately I don't get alot of chances to wheel but when I do I mildly wheel and just have fun. I don't do anything dumb so I know I can get home. But this is also why I'm doing what i can to build her right, not skip corners and as much protection as possible, which I'm working on. I figure if you build it right keep some extra parts handy and don't wheel crazy or dumb you can still have fun with it as a daily or a light trail rig.
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:53 AM   #14
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It's my DD, the worst it sees are forest service roads. Which out west here can be tricky in spots. It's for getting from A to B without concern. I'd much rather hike a lick then drive over some rocks and through some trenches.
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Old 08-30-2012, 12:06 PM   #15
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After gettin rid of my black TJ...as it was pure toy....i had too many projects. My truck is my true love but its strictly offroad, driving it to work can cost upwards of 40 bucks in gas a day. I bought my bike thinking it would save me alot of money, which it did, but in the rainy season here in florida; well if you've never been caught in the rain on a bike..you wouldn't understand painful. I came across this 06 tj and was going to just use it as a daily driver rig..maybe a couple mods here and there. But of course that dam Jeep fever kicked in again...and its turned into a monster. I shoulda known better, but its a sickness to just keep moddin things. I drive mine to work and back and any obstacle i can find. But its nice to know if i do destroy something, ive got the bike to fall back on, and the truck to trailer it home lol. Stealing the wife's truck is a wrath i'de rather not face
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Old 08-30-2012, 01:24 PM   #16
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I bought my bike thinking it would save me alot of money, which it did, but in the rainy season here in florida; well if you've never been caught in the rain on a bike..you wouldn't understand painful.
Trust me I know how much rain and hail hurts on a bike
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Old 08-30-2012, 01:32 PM   #17
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Mine is my only vehicle. I though I would get another vehicle for the week, but all my money goes to the Jeep.
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Old 08-30-2012, 01:41 PM   #18
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Trust me I know how much rain and hail hurts on a bike
i hear you there. I absolutely refuse to put a windshield on my v-rod because I think it'll ruin the look, but I certainly pay the price by not having something other than my face being the first line of defense.

I could not imagine running around FL in this season on a regular basis. I just came back from a stint out near Ft.Myers and witnessed my cousin getting absolutely blasted with t-storm rain. Nights have got to blow if you get one of those monster grasshoppers across the grill.

Anyway, back to the TJ, thanks to everyone for their input on this so far. Keep 'em coming.
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Old 08-30-2012, 03:39 PM   #19
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#1 for now. I'm looking to buy a beater car to save on gas.
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Old 08-30-2012, 04:51 PM   #20
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My TJ is my dd. My wife told me I can't wheel it til it's paid for. What she doesn't know won't hurt...much...


Besides, I can always drive hers if necessary, and still drive a Jeep!
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i hear you there. I absolutely refuse to put a windshield on my v-rod because I think it'll ruin the look, but I certainly pay the price by not having something other than my face being the first line of defense.

I could not imagine running around FL in this season on a regular basis. I just came back from a stint out near Ft.Myers and witnessed my cousin getting absolutely blasted with t-storm rain. Nights have got to blow if you get one of those monster grasshoppers across the grill.

Anyway, back to the TJ, thanks to everyone for their input on this so far. Keep 'em coming.

June bug making a direct hit to the adams apple ain't no great shakes either!
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i hear you there. I absolutely refuse to put a windshield on my v-rod because I think it'll ruin the look, but I certainly pay the price by not having something other than my face being the first line of defense.

I could not imagine running around FL in this season on a regular basis. I just came back from a stint out near Ft.Myers and witnessed my cousin getting absolutely blasted with t-storm rain. Nights have got to blow if you get one of those monster grasshoppers across the grill.

Anyway, back to the TJ, thanks to everyone for their input on this so far. Keep 'em coming.
Whats even worse is riding thru a flash flood and cloud to ground lightning not even 200ft away
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Yes it is my daily driver. I also drive it 315 miles to Moab then beat on it for the weekend and then drive it home. It has never let me down. My wife has a car so if I needed something I would have something to drive, but it is not as fun as the Jeep.
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Old 08-30-2012, 05:14 PM   #24
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I wheel my TJ on level 3 trails at the Superlift Offroad park and drive it when i need too. I have a company truck i take home so work is not an issue. But i can only use the work truck for work and my TJ is my only other transportation. Go Have fun. Just not to much fun
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some times i can't help having to get on the road on my way to work but the pavement is not to hard on my Jeep
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Old 08-30-2012, 06:29 PM   #26
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My Jeep is my DD. My rolling office. My workhorse. My lawn tractor. AND My ATV.
I just try to keep in the back of my mind where my Jeep has to go after the weekend, so that I don't break stuff LoL!
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Old 08-30-2012, 06:52 PM   #27
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Jeep is my DD most of the year, but when salt hits the road i switch to my silverado. I live in maine so salt/rust is a jeeps number one enemy. But i also "commute" about 1/4 mile a day lol, i spend more on gas warming up my vehicles in the winter time, than i do driving. And before some smarty asks why i even drive that short of a distance. Two reasons, in the summer i get to drive my jeep and in the winter with snowbanks there is no where to walk and playing chicken with a plow truck while on foot is not a game i'm good at.
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my rubi is my DD. I go wheelin every chance i get, I cut her no slack but i also have a back up vehicle in case i break something.
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Yep. Could not afford it any other way. I do however trailer it behind my wife's suburban on trips we take that are more than a few hours from home. Just in case we brake it on the trail. We regularly (about once a month) do level 3 and some level 4 trails. We love it.
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Old 10-16-2012, 02:36 PM   #30
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My TJ is my only vehicle. I daily drive it to work and wherever, and I also off road it at the local ORV park(Superlift). I'd never get rid of it either!

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