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Old 05-13-2013, 09:31 PM   #1
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Simple question complex answer.

How much offroading should I safely be able to do with my stock 97 TJ suspension?

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Old 05-13-2013, 09:35 PM   #2
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Depends on how hard of offroading your doing, what your going through, if any unforeseen accidents happen, if you have any aftermarket mods or coil spacers. You should be able to wheel it for years if properly maintained and wisely wheeled on a stock setup.

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Old 05-14-2013, 10:41 AM   #3
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I've taken my stock TJ to Moab on several occasions, and had a great time. The most difficult trail I did was Top Of The World, or maybe some parts of 3D. Just take your time, place your wheels carefully, and don't be afraid to stop, get out, and figure out the best path forward.
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:24 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies. That all makes sense. So basically keep it slow and pay close attention to what's going on.

I definitely would go with a buddy as well. Wouldn't wanna get stuck without someone nearby to pull me out.
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Keep it slow. I wheeled with mine stock for 3 years. The best thing I did was go with people that knew what they are doing. I am still learning.
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:47 PM   #7
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IMO, 90% of wheeling ability is driver skills and experience.

Here in the Pacific NW, most all the mountain trails here where all built by guys with stock CJs and Willys back in the 50's. Small skinny tires, no flexy suspensions, or selectable lockers. A few had an old PTO winch, but that's about it.

I've watched a lot of amazing old videos. The thing they always had was a group to help get themselves out of trouble.
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Drive as slow as you can, and only as fast as you need to..
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:31 AM   #9
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Keep it slow. I wheeled with mine stock for 3 years. The best thing I did was go with people that knew what they are doing. I am still learning.
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Yeah I'd definitely go with folks who know what they're doing
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I'm wheeling with a stock jeep right now, as I'm waiting for funds to permit me to upgrade a bit. One of the biggest things I've learned is, NEVER WHEEL ALONE! If you do, your basically sitting your self up for failure. My number one is I always make sure I go with someone I know can pull me out if I get hung up. Sadly around where I am, most of the trails around here were made by people with buggys. So everything is pretty big, from the hills, to the mud holes, to the dug out ruts and rocks. Besides making sure you don't go alone, is just making sure you pick the best and safest line for you and stock jeep, it may not be the most impressive, but your still wheeling, having fun, and most of all your jeep will most likely come out in one piece!
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I go alone quite a bit but having a winch is what allows that. I take 3 snatch blocks so if I must, I can winch backwards!
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I go alone quite a bit but having a winch is what allows that. I take 3 snatch blocks so if I must, I can winch backwards!
Agreed,, we go alone, long and often, always have.. 50 ft of winch line, 100ft of extensions, 2 20 ft straps, tree hugger, 2 snatch blocks, and 4 or 5 shackles... If that doesn't get us out, then good old fashioned ingenuity will ... ( ie, shovel, pick, ball peen, and axe ). been there done that !!

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