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08-06-2013 10:04 PM
motrctyman Carry a fire extinguisher & first aid kit.
Have SECURE tow points (front & rear) meaning make sure they can't be pulled off.
Don't use a tow strap with metal hooks.
Always keep the jeep behind you within sight.
Join a local club.
Tread Lightly!
Respect private property. Don't ruin it for the rest of us.
08-09-2011 01:05 AM
Buddah wow this thread was very informative so far, keep it coming!
08-08-2011 12:13 PM
Dirt Diver If you go out, make sure you have enough recovery gear. Not just straps and chains, but all the shackles, D-rings to go with it. Also bring the basic tools, some spare rope, and a good deal of fluids. I went out mudding one time, and completely clogged my radiator with mud...which ended in no cooling....which ended up overheating my engine and blowing coolant. Had to remove my thermostat on trail to be able to limp back to town. I still blew about 4 extra gallons of fluids because of overheating. Definitely read up on how to make it back to town when an axle breaks.
08-08-2011 10:19 AM
wwch99tj
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Originally Posted by ratherbedirty

Well, one good thing that I can say about livin in Michigan: dont have to worry about no TIDE!
Why you don't have any rivers?
08-08-2011 12:49 AM
ratherbedirty
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Originally Posted by wwch99tj View Post
Tide came in. That jeep was there a while to get covered like that. I had a buddy driving on the beach here in Delaware in his brand new truck he went out a little to far got stuck by the time he got back tide had come in truck was almost completely under. The waves busted every window out needless to say insurance didn't cover it either
Well, one good thing that I can say about livin in Michigan: dont have to worry about no TIDE!
08-03-2011 09:00 AM
wwch99tj
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Originally Posted by ratherbedirty

HOLY SH*T! how did that even happen? looks like something you could drive on
Tide came in. That jeep was there a while to get covered like that. I had a buddy driving on the beach here in Delaware in his brand new truck he went out a little to far got stuck by the time he got back tide had come in truck was almost completely under. The waves busted every window out needless to say insurance didn't cover it either
08-03-2011 08:02 AM
GREEN-MACHINE trees avoid them, both on and off road.
tree stumps,, the under water ones,,,, they should be avoided to.



getting my L.O.D. mid width saturday.
08-03-2011 01:46 AM
ratherbedirty
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Originally Posted by stimpy View Post
Be careful around water


And the Beach
HOLY SH*T! how did that even happen? looks like something you could drive on
08-02-2011 07:38 PM
cbguns If you dont know ASK
There is a whole bunch of smart people on this board
08-02-2011 07:30 PM
stimpy Be careful around water


And the Beach
08-02-2011 07:19 PM
computeruser
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Originally Posted by MattD View Post
Always ask the forum members first - No matter how stupid you think you may appear (it was probably already asked and answered). These guys and gals know there s**t and there are enough of them to steer you in the right direction.
Good advice here! There's nothing new under the sun in Jeeps, and they're pretty simple vehicles, so if you have a problem, somebody already knows the solution.

Other advice would be to find a good 4x4 mechanic for repairs you can't/won't do yourself. Not the dealer, not the Sears AutoCenter, but someone who knows Jeeps - it will cut diagnostic times and will prevent your jeep from having the same shitty parts that just failed on ya put back on when other (or different) aftermarket ones tend to hold up better.

Lastly, STAY ON TOP OF YOUR PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE! Replace things BEFORE they crap out, on your terms, and in the comfort of your driveway or garage.
08-02-2011 06:54 PM
rjpark36
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Originally Posted by hgesell View Post
You can do a lot stock, play around before you upgrade so you know what you want to improve before you spend money on upgrades you don't need.
Great advice! No sense in spending money that's not doing anything for you!!
07-26-2011 10:43 PM
tj00wrangler If you can take up welding. Maybe even have friends that know how show you. To save money I have made my own rock sliders, tire carrier and bought a DIY rear bumper. You could even make friends with a fabricator.
07-26-2011 10:19 PM
Sherpa
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Originally Posted by GamecockBobby View Post
Ok, gonna consult you now..... Body Armor. Some of it looks really good, some of it doesn't. What are the thoughts of the forum on that?
I'll chime in here because I am a big fan of body armor. A few quick rules of thumb:

1) plastic is NOT body armor, even if it has a pretty diamond plate pattern molded into it.
2) don't cheap out when buying armor; it is designed to prevent more expensive repairs/damage.
3) you can never have too much armor (IMO).

I frequently call my Jeep a low-rider because it only has a 2" lift and wears 31" tires. I like to play on the rocks. As a result, I have added quite a bit of armor. My current list includes:

-Rock Hard rocker guards with tubing
-ProComp front bumper
-Smittybilt rear bumper
-Mopar front diff cover
-Fabtech steering box skid plate
(next on my list is an upgraded gas tank skid plate)

Now the question is, why did I choose each of the above items? Here are the answers:

Rock Hard: I wanted sliders that bolted to the body so as to not lose any ground clearance, and I wanted the extra tubing to help me pivot around large rocks (they really work) and to prevent door dings in parking lots.

ProComp: it has a simple, angled design and is 1/4" thick steel--it has already withstood repeated rock bashing. As an added bonus, it was very affordable.

Smittybilt: I wanted a rear bumper that matched the look of my front ProComp but with a 2" integrated receiver that was actually rated to tow. Incredibly, this one is rated for Class III towing.

Mopar: I wanted a front diff cover and a friend gave this one to me new in the box. There may be better ones out there, but so far this one is holding up well.

Fabtech: all TJ steering box skid plates are the same general design, but this was the only one I could find that is 1/4" thick. I value my steering box and want it to survive.

The thing I like most about my armor is the confidence it gives me. Some of my fellow Jeepers are amazed at the challenges I will attempt. My attitude is that it won't cause serious damage; worst case, I'll just scrape/drag some armor. This has allowed me to navigate through/over/around some boulders which were larger than I ever would have attempted unarmored, and it makes my Jeep very satisfying to me as a result.

Look carefully at this photo and you can see rock scrapes on my front bumper (at the driver's end), on the steering box skid plate and on the bottom of my diff cover.



So armor up, everybody!
07-26-2011 12:33 PM
RubiKing
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Originally Posted by hgesell View Post
Learn to fix it yourself. A lot cheaper and makes you more confident with your Jeep. (good bonding time).

Buy good tools the first time, the cheap ones break and you will spend a lot more replacing the junk tools.

Jeeps live to be nekkid. Get the doors and top off so she can enjoy herself. (Or himself if your jeep is male)

Expect to get rained on. Usually when there is little to no chance of rain. (weathermen have the best jobs because they still get paid when they are wrong.)

Any work you do will usually take twice as long as you think it will.

In most states you need a driver side mirror to be legal when the doors are off. An "Add a mirror" for towing can be modified to work.

Wear your seatbelt, but especially when the doors are off.

If you need to get somewhere in a hurry, take the wife's car. Jeeps aren't built for speed.

You can do a lot stock, play around before you upgrade so you know what you want to improve before you spend money on upgrades you don't need.

Buy a torque wrench and use it. Bolts snap when you give them that little bit more of a turn to make sure they are tight.

Way to think outside the box. Great advice! Don't forget to do your research also before modding your Jeep. Just because your buddy has something doesn't make it a good/great product
07-26-2011 11:18 AM
desertgoose When cresting a hill, always know where you are going. If you can't see from the seat, park it and get out to look for the best lines.
Hills are meant to go up or down, if you think you may roll over driving sideways on a hill don't even try it.
When done mudding, do not use gas station window squeegee to clean door mirrors unless you like the scratched look. Just look over your shoulder until you get to a hose.
Search youtube for Jeep crashes or roll overs, don't do what they did!
07-26-2011 11:04 AM
hgesell Learn to fix it yourself. A lot cheaper and makes you more confident with your Jeep. (good bonding time).

Buy good tools the first time, the cheap ones break and you will spend a lot more replacing the junk tools.

Jeeps live to be nekkid. Get the doors and top off so she can enjoy herself. (Or himself if your jeep is male)

Expect to get rained on. Usually when there is little to no chance of rain. (weathermen have the best jobs because they still get paid when they are wrong.)

Any work you do will usually take twice as long as you think it will.

In most states you need a driver side mirror to be legal when the doors are off. An "Add a mirror" for towing can be modified to work.

Wear your seatbelt, but especially when the doors are off.

If you need to get somewhere in a hurry, take the wife's car. Jeeps aren't built for speed.

You can do a lot stock, play around before you upgrade so you know what you want to improve before you spend money on upgrades you don't need.

Buy a torque wrench and use it. Bolts snap when you give them that little bit more of a turn to make sure they are tight.
07-26-2011 10:39 AM
hgesell Bagging Hummers means to take cell phone pics of them and posting to the forum on the bagging hummers thread.
07-26-2011 10:31 AM
RubiKing I haven't seen to many cons on Body Armor from my buddies. But then again, they're all slighty retarded. Becareful with anything powder coated. It tends to chip off and start to rust.
07-26-2011 10:18 AM
GamecockBobby Ok, gonna consult you now..... Body Armor. Some of it looks really good, some of it doesn't. What are the thoughts of the forum on that?
07-26-2011 09:50 AM
RubiKing Ditto all of these posts. Wealth of knowledge on here. Don't do anything before consulting the forum.
07-26-2011 09:27 AM
Drakea94
07-26-2011 09:23 AM
GamecockBobby
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Originally Posted by jebby View Post
ALWAYS bag hummers when you see them posing in the parking lots. try not to get high centered its easier than it appears

What do you mean "BAG HUMMERS" ?
07-26-2011 09:06 AM
jebby oh and use a spotter
07-26-2011 09:05 AM
jebby ALWAYS bag hummers when you see them posing in the parking lots. try not to get high centered its easier than it appears
07-26-2011 08:07 AM
monkers Im new as well, only had my Jeep for a year. The guys are right about the forums, don't be afraid to ask. The search doesn't always work because sometimes us newbies are calling something by a different name than everyone else .....so you may have to try it with different wording. The people here are great, and very willing tohelp and steer you in the right direction. Enjoy your Jeep!
07-26-2011 07:33 AM
OlYellerTJ OP,

Using 4WD does NOT mean you can go faster (or even the speed limit) on dirt/gravel/snowy/icy roads than 2WD. As was posted above, use 2WD to get stuck and 4WD to get unstuck. If you get stuck in 4WD, you will need recovery gear and probably some friends... :-p
07-26-2011 07:15 AM
MattD
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Originally Posted by wwch99tj View Post
Don't be afraid to ask anything but always check the FAQ and use the search chances are many others have experienced the same problem or had the same concerns anyway congrats and good luck
Yes. I should have made that clear. Check the FAQ first and do a search if it isn't under FAQ. Everyone is helpful, but nothing aggravates members more than 100 threads on the same question when a simple search would have provided an answer.
07-26-2011 07:05 AM
wwch99tj Don't be afraid to ask anything but always check the FAQ and use the search chances are many others have experienced the same problem or had the same concerns anyway congrats and good luck
07-26-2011 06:48 AM
MattD Always ask the forum members first - No matter how stupid you think you may appear (it was probably already asked and answered). These guys and gals know there s**t and there are enough of them to steer you in the right direction.

There are numerous things I've learned just by searching and numerous repairs I was able to make that I would never have known how to fix if it wasn't already posted on here.

Most recent example: Blower fan for Heater/AC only worked on "High." I wouldn't have known there was a resistor module inside the passenger kick panel (screwed into the blower housing) that was the problem. Simple $21 feeBay part that took 15 mins. to fix.

My Jeep is new to me, as well. Had it for over 6 months, but only recently was able to start making major and minor repairs.
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