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Old 03-03-2011, 11:11 AM   #1
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Preparing for off road

Hello all,

I am about to plan an off road trip to the Indiana Badlands(multiple levels of trail difficulty). I ride a stock 98 tj sport setup. I would like to know how i should prepare? Is there any modifactions I should really consider before I venture out? What parts can I expect may break? Also what is the best way to prepare vehicle what should I inspect?
I will have 235/75 R15 Geolander AT/S when riding, will this be ok?
I heard that even stock tj's can do impressive things, car seems to be running perfect.
Plans for upgrades include(when finances are in order): Coil spacer lift with shocks, and all terrain tires 31" or bigger.

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Old 03-03-2011, 12:02 PM   #2
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tow straps and a friend with a bigger rig. i love not being the biggest one out. cuz if he gets stuck hes screwed. but if i got stuck hes right there to pull me out

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Tow Straps, Fire Extinguisher, First Aid kit, a basic tool kit (wrenches, socket set, etc), a cb radio is nice if you are in a group but not necessarily a must.
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Old 03-03-2011, 12:08 PM   #4
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air down to 13 psi and bring a decent pump to air back up. Airing down makes EVERYTHING better! Smoother ride, and way better traction.
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Stock Jeeps are very capable, I wheeled my Jeep stock for about 8 years before I could afford to mod it. Here's what I encountered when I was stock:

Extraction:
You will get stuck, as such you will need a means to extract yourself. Make sure you have adequate recovery points in the front and rear of your Jeep. Also, it's good to have recovery equipment on hand:
  • Straps
  • Snatch Strap
  • D Rings
  • Gloves
  • 2'-3' length of chain
  • Tree saver
  • Shovel
  • Come-a-long
  • Winch

Protection:
Your underside will take a beating. Some armor considerations:
  • Gas tank skid (if your Jeep is between 1997 - 2000)
  • Rocker panel sliders
  • Engine skid
  • Steering box skid

Repair:
A nice tool set is always handy on the trail. These should also be included in your Jeep:
  • Zip ties
  • Rope
  • Duct tape
  • Electrical tape
  • Wire (or wire coat hanger)
  • Carburetor cleaner
  • WD-40
  • Spark plug
  • U Joints for drive shaft and axle
  • Saw or ax
  • Large garbage bag
  • Bar soap
  • Spare fluids/oil

Communication:
Many times you won't be able receive a cell signal. Many Jeepers communicate via CB. Some via FRS.

Lastly, you should always have a fire extinguisher and first aid kit in the Jeep. Spare clothing, blankets, food and water prove to be helpful too.
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Old 03-03-2011, 12:26 PM   #6
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All great answers, thanks guys

anyone have any suggestions of inspectons i should perform on the vehicle or what else i may break on trail? U joints have been mentioned

Thanks guys
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tow straps and a friend with a bigger rig. i love not being the biggest one out. cuz if he gets stuck hes screwed. but if i got stuck hes right there to pull me out
Not true.... My girl pulled an LJ on 35's out New Years day.... Just gotta know what to do... You don't have to be bigger to pull others out if they're in a bind.
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Not true.... My girl pulled an LJ on 35's out New Years day.... Just gotta know what to do... You don't have to be bigger to pull others out if they're in a bind.
And just because you have a bigger rig, doesnt make you a better driver
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Not true.... My girl pulled an LJ on 35's out New Years day.... Just gotta know what to do... You don't have to be bigger to pull others out if they're in a bind.
Also true if you're smaller but have a capable winch .
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Bring lunch and a camera. Have fun.
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Old 03-03-2011, 02:44 PM   #11
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I didnt say a smaller rig cant pull a big one out, its just a bigger (or better should i say) can pull you out even better.

friend got a chevy 2500 stuck (6.0L) and my jeep tried hard but could not get the traction in the snow. so my buddy with his 94 f-150 with 38 inch tires and the works got him out.

but the other way around would have been a mess.

its just nice knowing theres friends with better equipment to back you up.
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I didnt say a smaller rig cant pull a big one out, its just a bigger (or better should i say) can pull you out even better.

friend got a chevy 2500 stuck (6.0L) and my jeep tried hard but could not get the traction in the snow. so my buddy with his 94 f-150 with 38 inch tires and the works got him out.

but the other way around would have been a mess.

its just nice knowing theres friends with better equipment to back you up.
I know, I was just so proud of my baby pulling out our buddy.... She's just a little thing, and she works so hard....
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Make sure you go out there with an open mind, but limits set in place! Only do what you are comfortable with!

On June 11-12 there will be 13 of us going to the badlands if you want to tag along. Ive got about 2 years of experience out there, and so do some of the others. It'll be a great time to learn and you wont have to bring as much lol.

Its a fun place, and there are plenty of easy trails and ones thatll take you down.
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One good, cheap, and easy thing you can do is order some sway bar disconnects. This way you can get the most out of your suspension travel. It will help big time and you could probably pick up a pair for less than 50 bucks.
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i like these ideas. i asked my buddy for a short list and he said, in this order:
1. hi-lift jack (emphasis on this one)
2. 15,000 rated tow straps
3. tires (AT or MT) he had a blast with his BFG AT's but crappy in mud
4. sway bar disconnects
5. axe
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Make sure you go out there with an open mind, but limits set in place! Only do what you are comfortable with!

On June 11-12 there will be 13 of us going to the badlands if you want to tag along. Ive got about 2 years of experience out there, and so do some of the others. It'll be a great time to learn and you wont have to bring as much lol.

Its a fun place, and there are plenty of easy trails and ones thatll take you down.
That actually sounds awsome man. Are you a group, or just you and buddies??
I've been looking for clubs man. All jeppers get along, and should travel in packs.

PM me when you have plans finalized with a time man. Thanks
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