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Old 02-27-2012, 07:05 PM   #1
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Wheelin not worth it???

I love hitting the trails but after yesterdays I ride I question is it worth it. It seems everytime I go I come home with a new scratch. Well after I got er cleaned up, I found about a half dozen new scratches at least a foot long. My Jeep has a beautiful paint job and I am a stickler for cleanliness, scratches almost make me want to stick to the blacktop. I went on a new to me trail that was awesome, but was overgown with limbs and branches that made it impossible to traverse without getting scratched. Just a rant, but I don't see how people who are hardcore wheelers can stand all the scratches and damage that comes with it. It needs to be said that my Jeep is my only vehicle, so my DD needs to stay looking good.

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Old 02-27-2012, 07:11 PM   #2
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If u are woried about a scratch u own the wrong ride u need a toyata

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Old 02-27-2012, 07:12 PM   #3
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Take a machete and clear the trail next time if you plan on goin back. I have a few too many scratches too but it comes with the game. Good wax will help buff them out. Also any type of none paint eating lubricant will fill in the scratches. I use silicone sometimes in a few tht are real bad. Just spray it on and it stays for weeks.
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:12 PM   #4
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Hardcore wheelers don't give a damn about dents and scratches. I can do body work and paint so I ain't worried about it. "if it ain't scratched or dented, it ain't used right"
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:13 PM   #5
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"It's a Jeep thing"

I see where you are coming from, I look at it this way. Nothing lasts forever, its not a show car, and every mark tells a story weather it be good or bad.
It ads character to your vehicle. If you don't like scratches don't go wheeling! If your that crazy about your paint cover it with some kind of vinyl.

It's almost like people with the Iphone, They have a amazing display only to ruin it with a cover, by the time they get scratches on it a new iphone is out and there trading in there old one. I dunno lol
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:15 PM   #6
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Hardcore wheelers don't give a damn about dents and scratches. I can do body work and paint so I ain't worried about it. "if it ain't scratched or dented, it ain't used right"
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:17 PM   #7
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You could always go get a lot of magnetic sheets and cut them to fit your Jeep, then just slap them on when you take it out on a trail and when you get off the trail just peel them off and store them. Just a thought.
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:20 PM   #8
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most hardcore wheelers arnt driving there rig as a daily driver either so they dont care
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:23 PM   #9
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I used to care about the paint. But once over half the Jeep was covered in steel or aluminum armor and painted with a rattle can, I painted the rest of the Jeep with a rattle can. Scratches no longer matter because it's just spray paint....and the only area not covered in armor is the hood and doors. And it only looks better.....you be the judge.

Pretty, new, stock


Some trails under its belt, mild on 31's




On 35's, built axles, some armor


Corner armor--pivoting around that rock without doing body damage


Fenders--still looks good, right?


Fully armored--still wheeling, still looks good....right?


As of last summer after the rattle cans came out


Even after a cage, fuel cell, offroad seats--what would you rather have? Stock and pretty or that?


I still keep it clean and pretty


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A well-built, well-armored rig can do this without getting any damage other than some scratched paint (remember, just rattle can) and drive 5 hours home


Hopefully that super long post allows you to see that you can wheel hard and look great at the same time. BTW, I DD that almost all of the time.
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[A well-built, well-armored rig can do this without getting any damage other than some scratched paint (remember, just rattle can) and drive 5 hours home


Hopefully that super long post allows you to see that you can wheel hard and look great at the same time. BTW, I DD that almost all of the time.[/QUOTE]


Shit'll buff out, ha ha
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:25 PM   #11
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If u are woried about a scratch u own the wrong ride u need a toyata
I don't care what it is, I don't want it scratched up. I love my Jeep and takin it offroad, just can't stand it lookin bad. That's also why I always clean it up right after a wheelin trip. Some people like to ride around in a muddy Jeep and think its a badge of honor, I think a muddy Jeep is just laziness. If you are still offroad, no big deal, but I will not keep my Jeep dirty more than a few hours after gettin back.
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Some people like to ride around in a muddy Jeep and think its a badge of honor, I think a muddy Jeep is just laziness. If you are still offroad, no big deal, but I will not keep my Jeep dirty more than a few hours after gettin back.
I absolutely agree....ask anyone, when my Jeep is off the trails, it's spotless inside and out. Again, you can wheel hard and look good at the same time.
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^ Its practically his DD other then the Danger Ranger lol.
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I'm not gonna stop by any means, just pissed at all the new scratches on my near flawless paint. Guess a good buff is in order....
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Scratches and dents don't bother me in the least, but everyone has their own opinion on that kind of stuff. As Imped's post shows, you can definitely still look good and wheel hard. Hopefully soon I'll have body armor to the degree he does, but not having it yet doesn't keep me from having fun wheeling.
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:31 PM   #16
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If your that anal you will prolly lose interest in the sport and your poor Jeep will be reduced to a mall crawler. Sry, just sayin'.
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Scratches and dents don't bother me in the least, but everyone has their own opinion on that kind of stuff. As Imped's post shows, you can definitely still look good and wheel hard. Hopefully soon I'll have body armor to the degree he does, but not having it yet doesn't keep me from having fun wheeling.
Geiman, pics of your rig?

And once you get over the scratches youll love it. I dont like mud, ill go through it if its on the trail but I dont go looking for it. And once its home its clean as a whistle!
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:35 PM   #18
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And if you love your Tj you won't "wear" mud. It will only cause premature rust. I do not go through mud on purpose and if it is muddy it gets a bath in short order. My Tj needs to last me a life time because I will never buy any Wrangler new again. They done got stupid and ugly LOL.
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:41 PM   #19
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Great paint is hard to see messed up, but it is so fun.....
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:45 PM   #20
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Jeeps still look good with trail scratches. Nothing like a good bush car wash to clean off the dirt!
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:46 PM   #21
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Black is the worst....the hairlines on the hood show up so easily.

I guess the best way to get around it is to just think like this: It's only PAINT. Whatever paint comes off can be re-applied. The most important part is keeping rust at bay, which isn't difficult or a big deal. A badass Jeep will ALWAYS look awesome, regardless of the condition of the paint.
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Jeeps still look good with trail scratches. Nothing like a good bush car wash to clean off the dirt!
No that was a before with great unscratched paint pic. I didn't take one with the new scratches....
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:50 PM   #23
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You should either paint it a lighter color so that you don't see the scratches so much, or just keep it on the streets and not on the off-roads. but dude, you drive a jeep, if it was a show jeep then I would understand...
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And if you love your Tj you won't "wear" mud. It will only cause premature rust. I do not go through mud on purpose and if it is muddy it gets a bath in short order. My Tj needs to last me a life time because I will never buy any Wrangler new again. They done got stupid and ugly LOL.
Same here; unfortunately going through at least some mud is unavoidable around here, but I stay away from it as much as possible.

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Geiman, pics of your rig?
Don't have many pics of my current Jeep; I'm always taking pictures of everyone else, I need to start getting more of mine. My old white TJ had taken more of a beating than my black one (thus far anyways). These are the only two I've got and their a bit old:





I've got a few new dings on the rocker panels from this last weekend. Kind of inevitable when you play in the rocks. The paint on the black one is much nicer than my white one. It was garage kept by the previous owner and was almost never out in the rain or snow (he was older) so it's in great condition. I'd like to keep it that way if possible, so some aluminum body armor is high on the list of wants. It's my DD so I try and keep it as clean as possible.
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No that was a before with great unscratched paint pic. I didn't take one with the new scratches....
put a coat of wax on it and it will still look fine. Have a couple beers before you go out next time and you wont care as much or better yet, have a couple beers when you get home so you don't care. You'd be horrified on what we did in a friends 2011 f250 4 door when we ended up on a skinny jeep trail that was 2' too skinny. It looked like you dragged a rake down both sides of the body. He didn't stress it because its a truck.
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There are different kinds of wheeling. There's the kind about a half mile from my house where someone flops pretty much every weekend.

Example of the trails by my house:



Us local guys were taught to drive around things like that
The offroading I grew up with isn't about trying to find the hardest way around an obstacle, it's about finding the easiest. Some of the old roads in the mountains around here have been abandoned for years. You'll encounter washouts knee deep or deeper, overhanging tree limbs, end mudholes from hell. The tree limbs don't bother me that much, but if they are bad, I'll clear em out a little with a machete or chainsaw. That's my kind of wheeling. I don't think badly of the guys who come here for the harder wheeling. That's their thing. My advice is to not worry what anyone else does, and enjoy yourself doing what you like. Buy a machete to carry with you. If the limbs are thick, trim them a little. Take your time and you can miss a lot of them. You're not in a race are you? Above all, have fun.
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I dunno, I like to keep the jeep clean and looking good, and at the end of summer I prep for winter by buffing out all the scratches and giving a nice wax. All in all most scratches buff out. I got some touch up paint from quadratec but i'm too lazy to use it yet. The way I think about it is the Jeep is such a great machine for me that I'll probably never sell it or give it away. It'll always be with me, period. So it'll look how I want and I'll never have to worry about selling. In the end I'll just part it out, hopefully 20 or so years from now lol
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lots of posts to read.. love the pictures... so I'll just go with this.. My jeep wore every dent and scrach with pride.. I smiled when looking at everyone cause it ment I was taking my jeep where it was happiest.. And I had fun doing so.. Nothing wrong with some custom pinstriping

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My Jeep is my DD, and I wear the dents scratches and mud with pride. I do wash it occasionally just for maintenance, but then try to find just a little mud to get rid of the shine. I touch up scratches just to prevent rust. Whenever I see a super shiny Jeep, I instantly think "Mall crawler"... clearly based on some of these posts, that's not always the case, but I still think it.
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My Jeep is my DD, and I wear the dents scratches and mud with pride. I do wash it occasionally just for maintenance, but then try to find just a little mud to get rid of the shine. I touch up scratches just to prevent rust. Whenever I see a super shiny Jeep, I instantly think "Mall crawler"... clearly based on some of these posts, that's not always the case, but I still think it.
Yep we all have different perspective it seems. Whenever I see a super dirty Jeep, I instantly think "too lazy to wash his ride"... Not slamming anyone, I like everything including my home super clean. You could visit at anytime and we would never have to say "forgive the mess"....

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