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Old 11-26-2012, 10:28 PM   #1
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Major Do's and Don'ts while 4 wheeling

Hey guys I just bought my jeep a few months ago and have ben cleaning it up and replacing parts ever since so i havent got a chance to wheel it. Also Im only 15 (almost 16) and go 4x4ing with my friends but dont do any driving so if i can get some tricks and tips, do's and dont's, ext.... especially in snow!!!!
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Old 11-26-2012, 10:35 PM   #2
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First one is go with a friend always easiest. Once u get going and learn what not to do sure go by yourself and second dont do anything Ur bot comfortable doing. Use Ur jeep dont abuse it 3rd be prepared I have enough warn clothes for 3 people in ny jeep I have lots of tools water snacks an axe shovel chains tow strap hi lift pretty much everything haha just be smart is the biggest one

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Old 11-26-2012, 10:56 PM   #3
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Sweet thanks for the advise! Really all I need to do it get out there with some people who know what they're doing like you said!
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If it looks like a bad idea or dumb thing to do, it probably is....
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If it looks like a bad idea or dumb thing to do, it probably is....

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Old 11-27-2012, 08:41 AM   #6
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If you or a friend has to look at a trail twice, or if you have to ask yourself "How bad could it be" or "You think I can make it up there?" .. I'd advise against it, at least until you're comfortable and experienced in what you're doing.

I watched a friend drive into a puddle hood deep that ended up being pure mud the consistency of glue and get more stuck than I have ever seen after asking that question. Also, watched a brand new JK try and make it up a trail and flip himself over backwards.

Just don't try to show off and take care of your Jeep.
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:37 AM   #7
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Hey guys I just bought my jeep a few months ago and have ben cleaning it up and replacing parts ever since so i havent got a chance to wheel it. Also Im only 15 (almost 16) and go 4x4ing with my friends but dont do any driving so if i can get some tricks and tips, do's and dont's, ext.... especially in snow!!!!
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I defiantly agree with if it looks like a bad idea it probably is. Nothing good usually comes out of trying to show off to your friends. The famous last words are always "hey watch this!" Stay out of deep water. Be easy in the skinny pedal when wheeling. There is a time for the "bump" but that takes practice. Use spotters you can trust. Always bring plenty of tools and gear with you even if its going to be a "short trip". And most important have fun and learn your rig.
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Do...
1. Carry a CB for easier/more effective communications.
2. Ensure proper recovery gear is available (snatch straps, shackles, NO CHAINS)
3. Ensure you go with somebody who knows the area if going somewhere new.
4. Have tools/parts available for common trail repairs.
5. Let people know where you're going.
6. Tread Lightly! Not all problems require throttle. Some require brains and thought.
7. Look for options to go around if tackling a new obstacle, and plan your route through/over it beforehand.
8. Prepare for the weather and wear/bring clothing accordingly.
9. Bring plenty to eat/drink. If you get stuck, you'll be glad you did.

DONT...
1. Feel like you have to tear things up on the trail (on the rig or the trail itself)
2. Leave the trail to create a new one.
3. Abandon your group. If somebody breaks down, stay together.
4. Let other pressure you into trying something you are not comfortable doing.
5. Use your arms/legs/body to try and stop a flop or rollover. You'll break more than the Jeep.
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Thanks guys! Also, could I get some advice on the more technical things like shifting up hills, what gear I should be in in some different situations.. Ext.. Thanks
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Thanks guys! Also, could I get some advice on the more technical things like shifting up hills, what gear I should be in in some different situations.. Ext.. Thanks
Much of that will be just getting to know your Jeep and giving it what it wants to get it to do what you expect it to. Much of it will be trial and error.

DON'T LET YOUR FRIENDS TALK YOU INTO SITUATIONS! You have to be able to say "NO!". Your friends will try to convince you to "go first" or to push you into something that they can sit back and watch for carnage. Do you think they are going to pay for the repairs or the helicopter tow out of the bottom of the canyon?

Learn to say, "I will follow you!" while you are learning.
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:55 PM   #12
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Aside from the good advice already given above, maybe these will help too...

Air your tires down enough. Many are afraid to go below 20 psi but your tires need to be at least <15 psi for the airing down to actually help. Airing down enough substantially improves offroad traction and makes the ride better as well. Even a factory size tire is fine offroad when 11-13 psi. Air back up before driving faster than 20-25 mph, driving faster than that on an aired-down tire will heat it up and possibly cause a tire failure.

When on a tough offroad trail, slower is better than faster 90% of the time. If you're having trouble, make sure you're in 4Lo and slow down to give yourself better power, better control, and less likelihood of damage.

Buy & carry a tire plug kit like the Safety Seal kit you can find all over the internet. Pick up a box of spare tire plugs to carry along with it. Mine gets regular use with all my cars & Jeep plus it has saved the bacon of many I've been offroad with.

Use something besides a knife blade tip or nail to push the tire valve stem in to air down with. That method becomes agonizing after a while. Currie's & the identical ARB tire deflator is EXCELLENT and significantly speeds up the airing down process.

Watch & study the line the driver in front of you took over a tough part of a trail. If it worked for him, it likely will for you too. If the line he took didn't work all that well, look for a better alternative and take it.

Carry larger size tools, like you'd find in a 1/2" drive ratchet tool set. Our Jeeps don't use small size nuts & bolts in areas likely to break. You'll need both metric and SAE, both are found in equal numbers on our Wranglers. The drivetrain is especially likely to use SAE size hardware.

A plastic tarp is handy for use if you need to stop to fix something. Not just to keep you clean... you're less likely to lose small parts & tools if they're placed on a vinyl tarp instead of the dirt.

Spare tire valves & stems.

If you ever replace your serpentine belt, radiator hoses, etc. before they fail, carry the old parts as spares.

This list could easily be 100X as long but this short list is what comes to mind as a few of the most basic of the basics.
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Old 11-27-2012, 01:52 PM   #13
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1. Have a good spotter in your passenger seat (someone who knows how to go about getting up/through the hard parts) iv been driving on trails since I was 8. And even now I like have some one to watch the passenger side. But it's a good idea until you get more expierence on the trail.

2. It's also nice to have atleast one other rig to follow and watch the route they take. And also to pull you out if needed

3. Bring supplies as if your camping out.
FOOD AND DRINKS, A LIGHTER, warm clothes, etc. can't tell you how many times iv ended up sleeping on the trail or being on the trail really late waiting on someone to bring a part. A good fire Is always nice.

4. Bring recovery equipment AND TOOLS!
Plenty of straps a good pull rope. And atleast a basic set of tools. And also some basic fluids are always good to bring. Oil, power steering fluid, etc.

5. Check your rig before heading on the trail. Check all your fluids, oil pressure, temperature, running gear, stuff like that.

That would be my top 5 things. As for driving on the trail. You just have to learn and get the feel for things. Through experience you will learn the capabilities of you and your jeep
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:31 PM   #14
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Never, Ever drink (alcohol) and wheel...
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:16 PM   #15
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I know it has been said, but: Rule #1 is to always ALWAYS ALWAYS take more than one vehicle. This can mean the difference between an inconvenient situation (stuck, breakage, etc) and a disaster that makes the evening news ("some bozo in a lone Jeep died today after getting stranded...").

Something that hasn't been mentioned yet: hills should only be traversed perpendicularly. Whether you're going up or down, only do so straight on--never at an angle. On a related note, when descending a steep hill only do so in 4LO and 1st gear (or reverse). Never NEVER NEVER go down a steep hill (forward or backward) in neutral while only using the brake to control your speed--it will be very easy to briefly lock one more wheels, causing the Jeep to slide sideways and then roll the remaining way down the hill.

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