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04-16-2012 06:43 PM
CaliRubicon Depends on where you are. Nor cal is a large geographical area. If you are in the sierras there are a lot of great spots and I'll be able to help. I wish I knew the coastal range better. It's on the list. There is cow mountain and stony ford out there but other than that I don't know. Gold lake and most of plumas county is great as well as the rubicon but there are lots of smaller trails to be had as well. Have fun and tread lightly.
04-14-2012 11:30 AM
Rocky Bar
Nor-Cal Trails

For trails, check out the Gold Lake area off Hwy49 just past Sierra City in Tahoe National Forest. You can get trail maps at the Ranger Station just out of Nevada City on Hwy49. Plan to spend a few nights in the area (Packer Saddle, Gold Lake campgrounds). Late June or early July the snow should be gone for most trails. There are easy to hard trails in the area, but don't go alone, as there is some big country up there.
04-14-2012 12:01 AM
werubiblue06
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Originally Posted by suicideking
Agree with Lorrie again:

Assuming you got a new one (JK), then a 2.5" lift is all you need, that's what I got. With 2.5" you can fit up to a 35" tire, 37" if you get flat fenders.

I got 33's because I didn't think I was going to lift. Regret not getting 35's though.

33's will fit without the lift, but will have minor rubbing off road. 35's are obviously better if you're going to wheel it, but that is a can of worms going above 33". With 35", you MUST lift (or flat fenders), will need a new spare carrier (or reinforce), and depending on the model you have, will probably need a gear change.

You will also get better gas mileage with 33's, better for a daily driver.

4 door automatic -- you will probably need a front driveshaft if you go above 2", won't if you have a manual.

Let us know what year and model you got.
I agree with both you and Lorie. I would only add that if you keep it at 33" tires you will still be able to do a lot of difficult wheeling, yet it may keep you from doing things you may later regret if it will be your DD. Like breaking or damaging stuff. Perhaps with 35" tires you will feel you could gets a little more carefree and you'll see yourself in more difficult spots with greater risks.

I run on 33" PRO COMP MT tires and they do quite well. If you would like to do some rock crawling I can't emphasize enough to get yourself some underbody skids to protect your vitals like oil pans and gas tank. Eventually you may want to upgrade your control arms. Rock slides are also a must in my opinion, mine have saved my body from damage more than I care to admit.

As a newbie myself (wheeling only since 11/2011) the most important thing I think I could advise you to do is follow the line of someone with experience. When going through tricky obstacles go slow and don't hesitate to ask for a spot when you don't fell comfortable with what is ahead of you. Oh and learn to listen and trust your spotter. This is something that I still need some work on; I've been accused of creating "interesting" lines when wheeling with my friends.

But perhaps the most useful advice is to go out wheeling as often as you can to gain as much experience as possible out on the trails. This will teach you both your and your Jeeps limits.
04-13-2012 11:47 PM
whiteyj Learn to drive the heck out of your stock rig. Once you are proficient with the stock rig you can decide how big you need to go for what you want to use if for. No need for a big lift and 35's if it's really a DD and occasional weekend wheeler.
04-13-2012 11:46 PM
I H8RDS You're up there by one of the most famous trails in Ca. The Rubicon....but I don't think the wife would appreciate that one. You're Jeep definitely would need upgrades before you hit that one. We are planning a Rubicon run in July

There's threads with a lot of people from Norcal...or, start your own thread

Rick (suicideking) and I are Socal peeps!
04-13-2012 11:41 PM
suicideking Ya, 2.5" or 3". Any more than that and it will look funny (the roller skate look).

Also, keep in mind that 2.5" is somewhat misleading -- Most will give you more in the front to make up for the rake. If you look at it now, the front sits lower. Most lifts level it out. So I got a 2.5" lift, but got 4" in front, 2" in back.
04-13-2012 11:41 PM
pnewman43 Manuals are the best! and ill start looking into lift kits and stuff. anybody got any recommendations on great trails in Nor Cal?
04-13-2012 11:21 PM
I H8RDS
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Originally Posted by pnewman43 View Post
Mines a 2012 Sport, manual 6-speed with 33 inch tires, i dont know if i can afford bigger tires so would only a 2.5" lift work?

Nice choice on the manual!!

You'll be fine with 33's, (I have many friends who wheel with them; myself included), and if you're going do Some rock crawling, go with a 3" lift.
04-13-2012 11:17 PM
pnewman43 Mines a 2012 Sport, manual 6-speed with 33 inch tires, i dont know if i can afford bigger tires so would only a 2.5" lift work?
04-13-2012 10:55 PM
suicideking Agree with Lorrie again:

Assuming you got a new one (JK), then a 2.5" lift is all you need, that's what I got. With 2.5" you can fit up to a 35" tire, 37" if you get flat fenders.

I got 33's because I didn't think I was going to lift. Regret not getting 35's though.

33's will fit without the lift, but will have minor rubbing off road. 35's are obviously better if you're going to wheel it, but that is a can of worms going above 33". With 35", you MUST lift (or flat fenders), will need a new spare carrier (or reinforce), and depending on the model you have, will probably need a gear change.

You will also get better gas mileage with 33's, better for a daily driver.

4 door automatic -- you will probably need a front driveshaft if you go above 2", won't if you have a manual.

Let us know what year and model you got.
04-13-2012 10:37 PM
I H8RDS
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Originally Posted by pnewman43 View Post
Thanks for everything so far! and i have been looking into rock rails, i think ill be buying a pair soon. And one thing that im conflicted with is that i still need my jeep for a lot of just driving around town. It is kinda a family car, but dont get me wrong we no doubt bought it for all the stuff you can do with it (we cant wait to take it up to our cabin). With this being said, i dont think the rest of my family would welcome a crazy lift on it. How much of a lift would you recommend for this situation? And im up in the Dublin/Pleasanton area
Hiya!

What you do to your Jeep depends on what you Really plan on doing with it in the future. Mine is a daily driver, but I wheel it like it's not. She's upgraded big time...and only b/c I don't want her breaking on me while I'm wheeling the rocks. I'm a crawler, and happiest in 4 LO. If you think you're going to keep it on fire road type trails, you're not going to need a lift and bigger tires etc. If you plan on doing moderate trails, some rocks, rutted uneven tippy-steep trails, consider some armor, a 2-3 inch lift and 33 inch tires. If you plan on crawling, you'll need more....

I've been wheeling a pretty long time. My Jeep was stock when I bought her. She's a 2.5L, lifted, locked, re-geared and A LOT more... specs are listed in my profile..

It really depends on what you plan on doing with your Jeep Hope that helps!
04-13-2012 10:26 PM
pnewman43 Thanks for everything so far! and i have been looking into rock rails, i think ill be buying a pair soon. And one thing that im conflicted with is that i still need my jeep for a lot of just driving around town. It is kinda a family car, but dont get me wrong we no doubt bought it for all the stuff you can do with it (we cant wait to take it up to our cabin). With this being said, i dont think the rest of my family would welcome a crazy lift on it. How much of a lift would you recommend for this situation? And im up in the Dublin/Pleasanton area
04-13-2012 09:58 PM
Rocky Bar
Nor-Cal

Also welcome to the Jeeping World. First off look around for a 4x4 club to go wheeling with. Most clubs have very experienced wheeling members with tons of knowledge about wheeling and mods to do to your Jeep. Check CA4WDC site for active clubs in your area.(www.cal4wheel.com). Probally will need a CB radio set-up, winch, hi-lift jack, tow strap, airing up and down methods. Later will come lockers, lift, rims/tires, bumpers, armor, etc. If your Jeep is a Rubicon model, your well on your way. Where in Nor-Cal are you? Cheers.
04-13-2012 09:24 PM
suicideking
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Originally Posted by I H8RDS View Post
Congrats on your Jeep!

Lift, tires and armor!

Be prepared to spend all your money and be hysterically happy doing it!


Lorie
x2 and welcome to the site!

Most people get wheels first. I say get rock rails first. Probably the most essential protection.

I have Ace rock rails which are $400 shipped for a 4 door, less for the 2 door. They're easy to put on.

You can also try to find a set of the Rubi take off rails for around $100 - $150. Not as much protection, but much less expensive than anything else.
04-13-2012 09:18 PM
I H8RDS Congrats on your Jeep!

Lift, tires and armor!

Be prepared to spend all your money and be hysterically happy doing it!


Lorie
04-13-2012 09:12 PM
pnewman43
Trail ideas?

I just recently got my first jeep a sport, and im in love with it! Im wondering if anybody knows any good trails to ride in Northern California, ive gone off roading a few times before but not too often so nothing too difficult. Also, the whole thing is stock right now, as i havent gotten a change to make any mods. Are there any modifications i absolutely should make for the future?

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