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Old 07-04-2009, 11:18 PM   #1
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stock rock crawling

Hey guys,

I was wondering if it is possible to do any rock crawling with a stock TJ sport without breaking anything. The only places I know of to wheel near me are George Washington National Forest and Rausch Creek. I really want to try out some rock crawling but I don't want to break anything and seeing as I'm still in school I can't afford to put lockers and a lift on my Jeep yet. If the stock TJ just isn't enough for the job would the lift and lockers be all I would need to do some rock crawling? I've never been to either of these places or done any rock crawling. I've driven up/down very steep and uneven inclines and through mud/sand/creeks. How hard is rock crawling compared to this type of driving. I've never really seen it done in person and just don't know what to expect. Me and a couple friends are planning a camping trip to Rausch this fall. One has a stock Rubicon and the other has a Ranger with 32 inch tires. The guy in the Rubicon said we probably should stay away from the rocks but I just wanted your opinions as some of you have been there and actually seen the trails.

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Old 07-04-2009, 11:30 PM   #2
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I Have never been to Rausch but most parks
will have at least 3 different hardest of trails

I would go with what you have already and
what is required by park to run
and have fun
A stock jeep can do alot
but I have never done vertical rock or waterfalls
so

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Old 07-05-2009, 09:34 AM   #3
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come meet us at rausch next weekend. I went there stock and didnt have any problems.
Forget about lockers for now. First get a lift and some nice tires. You dont "need" lockers.
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Old 07-05-2009, 01:05 PM   #4
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stock jeeps are a blast. but for rocks you will want to get lockers sooner than later. I've run rocky trails here in AZ without lockers when my locker switches had broken. but i couldnt take the fun challenging lines. I would actually recomend the opposite of KBR97 (not trying to start an argument ) and say lockers BEFORE lift and big tires. you can make it through alot more stuff with just lockers and a mild 1.75" budget boost lift and 31" tires versus having a 4" lift and 33"-35" tires without lockers.

but if lockers are outside your budget for now then i say just go for it and run those trails bring a strap and have tow hooks front and back.
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Old 07-05-2009, 06:09 PM   #5
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Thanks for the input guys. At work I may actually become full time rather than an intern in August and that will help me pay for these two things . Would a 3" suspension lift be enough? With the stock wheels what size tires can I fit with a 3" lift? Also what kind of lockers are best? Someone at work told me to get a compressor and air lockers.

I can't goto Rausch next weekend because I'm leaving to goto the Outer Banks for a week on Saturday but thank you very much for the invite. Like I was saying me and some friends are planning on going to Rausch later this fall/winter. We are also thinking about camping at the cove which is another really cool place but most of the trails aren't too challenging. Thanks for the input guys.
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Old 07-05-2009, 08:32 PM   #6
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There was a guy I used to ride with at Rausch Creek stock with a Rubicon and he would do Black trails cause I guess he had lockers. I had a 2" lift back then and did not do what he did. This a personal preference but why don't you go to a 4" lift from the start. Just asking, I am not saying the 3" is not good.

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