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Old 06-06-2014, 10:18 PM   #1
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Shopping Jeeps - need resident CO opinions

Specifically, "How to start thinking about a Jeep for a month long trails trip in 2016?"

Assuming the world has not ended, in 2016 and as a retirement gift to ourselves, a long-time friend and I want to repeat a motorcycle trip we made in 2010.

But this time we want to do it in a Jeep.

Perhaps it was our wine-bibbing at dinner each night, but we spent three weeks in New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming riding dual sport bikes, and for the life of me I look back on that and don't exactly recall what vehicles I saw people driving. But my recollection is that most of what I saw was basically stock.

Is that an accurate description for those of you who do week-end trails in CO?

Thinking back on it I believe all of what we rode on bikes could be done in the average 4wd, but unless one asks he never knows.

So should I look for (i.e., and pay for) a bunch of mods to a Jeep, or can I buy a stock vehicle and make this trip?

Experience, wisdom and insight, informed opinion and even speculation will be welcomed!

Thanks in advance,
Rick (in Alabama)

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Old 06-06-2014, 10:40 PM   #2
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It completely depends on what trails you want to do, and the areas you want to explore. The beauty of Colorado 4x4 trails is the diversity - there are bumpy dirt roads that lead to amazing views, or there are extreme rock crawling trails that you wouldn't make it past the first obstacle with anything less than 35" tires.

Check out Trail Damage for an excellent run down of most of Colorado's trails. If I was wheeling solo in a stock Wrangler, the most I would do is a 3 rated trail. Look some trails up and decide which ones you want to do, then decide if a stock wrangler will get you there (and back) safely.

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2011 sport stock.
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Old 06-06-2014, 11:07 PM   #4

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Hi Rick,

There are plenty of trails you can do with a Stock Jeep. The real question is, "Do you want to be "limited" to those trails?" If yes then a stock Jeep will suit your needs just fine. If you want to be able to do "more difficult" trail, which of course you have to define what you consider as difficult, then some mods will be necessary.
Check out, look at the trails see what interest you and then look at the modifications required or suggested to do the trail safely. Some trails require a lot of armor ,others clearance, others require lockers and then there are the extreme trails that require all of the above. If you see a trail that interest you there's a very good chance that there's probably a YouTube video of it also. Remember trails morph over the winter, heavy rains, snow etc, so what a trail looks like two or three years ago may have turned into a completely different trail by 2016.
In the end it really comes down to what you want to be able to do with your jeep. Would I spend the money for a one-month trip on a ton of modifications I probably won't use again probably not, however, if you see yourself using Jeep then yes buy or build one. Good luck!
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