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Old 09-14-2010, 12:08 AM   #31
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I find mine is a bit fast to, but if you just touch the brake to slow it , works. Some transfer cases go a bit slower than others. Don't stand on the brake to hard or the wheels may start to skid & then you will have all sorts of fun
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I find mine is a bit fast to, but if you just touch the brake to slow it , works. Some transfer cases go a bit slower than others. Don't stand on the brake to hard or the wheels may start to skid & then you will have all sorts of fun
I'm going give compression braking a try again this Saturday.
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You'll get the hang of it
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You'll get the hang of it
Nothing to it, if you can stand the noise it makes.
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Old 09-14-2010, 11:05 AM   #35
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Ok. I want to comment on this thread because I find it very interesting, and because I have apparently been doing it wrong.

I wheel my Jeep (at Turkey Bay at least) in 4lo. But when going down a pretty steep hill I usually clutch and use brakes. I tried compression braking the last time I was up there on a very loose gravel hill at the recommendation of another jeeper (Gate53). I didn't like it that time because I built too much speed coming down. (Wheel speed and ground speed were not equal.) I traversed the same hill several more times using brakes only and was happier with the results. I guess I should probably start getting used to using compression braking, huh?
If you're not used to it , instinct does tell you to clutch and brake, but you need to resist the temptation and let the engine and gears do their thing. The Jeeps are made to do it, and do it well.

One of the most important things besides no clutch and LIGHT braking if necessary is STEER STRAIGHT down the hill. Walk the trail and pick your line, and stick with it. DON'T WORRY ABOUT BANGING UP YOUR UNDERCARRIAGE, STEER STRAIGHT. Remember, if you pick a good line, the only way you are going to roll is if you try to start steering away from ruts, etc.. DON'T. It may be a bit bumpy , but when you get to the bottom you can say. WOW. That was gnarly.
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Old 09-18-2010, 01:55 PM   #36
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4LO is the ony way to go.

I will say that I have had my RZR and Jeep on the exact same trails. You will need to use the accelerator and light brakes on the RZR to keep under control on steep descent. I MUCH prefer the manual jeep on steep grades for this reason. The RZR needs the down hill assist feature found on their ATV's.

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Nothing to it, if you can stand the noise it makes.
Shift into 4Lo and stay in 1st gear, you'll be amazed how slowly you will descend. The gears only get loud if you shift out of 1st gear or perhaps 2nd gear. Never shift into 3rd or 4th when in 4Lo as the planetary gears don't like being spun that fast which is when it gets loud enough to bother people. That loudness is the gearing protesting being spun too fast in any gear but 1st (or maybe 2nd once every great while).

Even with my automatic, I have to nearly give it gas to even keep moving fast enough on a steep downhill descent when in 4Lo and 1st gear so those behind me don't run into me from the rear.

Of course the 4:1 and 4.88 gearing helps.
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