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08-09-2012 11:35 AM
jebby keep in mind jeeps are sad when they dont get to go offroad. Its never a good idea to let you jeep get upset.
08-09-2012 09:23 AM
jeff_in_rc
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Originally Posted by iluvshoes View Post
I might be better off sticking to mall crawling and burning rubber in the parking lots and damaging my bank account! So many rules and so subjective.
Now don't give up completely on the idea of off-roading as it is so much fun, look into joining a club as suggested. The first thing I did was look up our club, the Gear Grinders, here in Ridgecrest. I have attended every meeting since March and I have met some great people and what really impressed me was their basic motto, "no one left behind". I was told that no matter what happens they will make sure I get help in any form needed, a spot, a tug, a tow, or a ride home. Hell I even met a guy I used to ride bikes with and lost touch with and we have been wheeling a few times since, it's all good in my book.

I have gone on 2 runs with them so far, one easy and one that was a total OMG! And with some spotting, encouragement, and yes 1 tug they made the run a total blast!

A new Jeep owner in town and I hooked up here and went on a little run and another club member that I had not met yet joined us. We had a blast until we were on the way home, the other members Jeep started overheating badly so we towed him most of the way home, no big deal. it's just what you do.

Won't you at least think about it?
08-09-2012 06:18 AM
Gama26b

ohh god my belly hurts
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Originally Posted by jeff_in_rc View Post


I loved you answer, I am still .

And yes you should remove all of that!
08-09-2012 06:07 AM
jebby tow strap has almost no stretch and usually big metal hooks. they snap and horrible things happen

recovery (snatch) straps will stretch so you can give a good yank. also they have looped ends no metal.

oh and its ok to charge pics...... rule of thumb in my club is we will pull u out as long as you have safe tow points and u let us take pics.........

check out a local club. newbies are always welcome and you will learn a ton
08-09-2012 01:30 AM
Redsand Don't climb a hill if the person in front of you is still going up it
The person going up hill has the right of way
Don't charge money to pull someone out
Don't litter
Just to name a few
08-09-2012 01:06 AM
Brew
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Originally Posted by tj00wrangler
I would recommend a recovery strap for getting unstuck and a tow strap for flat towing such as on gravel roads or pavement. NEVER use a tow strap to pull someone who is stuck. They are not designed for that purpose.

Have a way to contact the outside world. Cell phone, CB, SPOT, satillite phone or HAM radio. Let some one at home know when you'll be back and the area you will be. That way they can call for help if they don't hear from you within that time.
There is nothing wrong with a tow strap if used correctly. As long as you aren't trying to yank someone out with a tow strap they are fine. Just go slow, take all the slack out, then pull slow and steady. Ideally, a recovery strap and a tow strap should be in a recovery bag. Different methods for different situations. Just don't use a tow strap with metal hooks, those are weak and can be very dangerous.
08-09-2012 12:09 AM
CESwartz The elasticity. And a static load capacity is different from its kinetic capacity. Just like breaking strength is not the same as working load.
08-08-2012 11:54 PM
Shauna
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Originally Posted by tj00wrangler View Post
I would recommend a recovery strap for getting unstuck and a tow strap for flat towing such as on gravel roads or pavement. NEVER use a tow strap to pull someone who is stuck. They are not designed for that purpose.
Oh...what's the difference if lb capacity is the same?
08-08-2012 11:33 PM
tj00wrangler
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Originally Posted by Shauna View Post
Oh yeah, buy a tow strap too
I would recommend a recovery strap for getting unstuck and a tow strap for flat towing such as on gravel roads or pavement. NEVER use a tow strap to pull someone who is stuck. They are not designed for that purpose.

Have a way to contact the outside world. Cell phone, CB, SPOT, satillite phone or HAM radio. Let some one at home know when you'll be back and the area you will be. That way they can call for help if they don't hear from you within that time.
08-08-2012 11:02 PM
WatchThis!
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Originally Posted by LilYeller
good stuff, how about if you have to stack a few rocks to get over an obsticle, should you clear them after you complete it or just leave them? I guess Im looking for common courtesies also. So post up what you have and anything you can think of on the subject. Thanks again!
Lots of people will leave rocks when they have to stack them. When I HAVE to use a rock or two I have my passanger kick them off to the side when I get past them. If the next jeep wants them they will be close by but not in the way.
08-08-2012 10:12 PM
50Johnbob
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Originally Posted by daggo66 View Post
The polite thing to do is whoever has the room to do so should be the one to pull over. If there is more than one in your party, let them know how many are following you.
Yes ^^^^^
Also, when two vehicles meet on a grade and there isn't a safe place to pull over, the vehicle traveling uphill has the right of way.
08-08-2012 10:09 PM
LilYeller good stuff, how about if you have to stack a few rocks to get over an obsticle, should you clear them after you complete it or just leave them? I guess Im looking for common courtesies also. So post up what you have and anything you can think of on the subject. Thanks again!
08-08-2012 09:55 PM
JKRookie
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Originally Posted by Jonny Mitch
Great thread so far. I am probably the ultimate rookie on this thread as I do not have a Jeep yet, but I still have a question. What kind of off-roading can you do with a stock JKU Sport? I plan on giving it a try once I make a purchase and will definitely go with others, but how do I know what the Jeep can and cannot handle?

Mitch


Look at the window sticker...find out the type of 4WD system your sport will have (that's what I did on my sahara) and I learned I have the Command-Trac 4WD system and then I found the above video on my specific system and learned what it could do..

Jeeps are known for their off road capabilities...it's hard to say what one can or cannot handle without seeing the obstacle itself and ultimately making the decision on whether you and your jeep can handle it or not...for instance making sure you know when and how to use your 4WD as opposed to just gunning it through a mud puddle and hoping for the best lol I did that a week after i got mine and luckily I managed to get out, but I had no idea what I was doing and it just seemed like an innocent little mud puddle waiting for me to tear through it, after almost getting stuck in 2WD I realized I had a lot to learn even for the little stuff lol
08-08-2012 09:44 PM
daggo66
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Originally Posted by LilYeller View Post
So it basically comes down to respecting the land. How about if you meet a group of people on the same trail going the opposite way?
The polite thing to do is whoever has the room to do so should be the one to pull over. If there is more than one in your party, let them know how many are following you.
08-08-2012 09:41 PM
Jonny Mitch Great thread so far. I am probably the ultimate rookie on this thread as I do not have a Jeep yet, but I still have a question. What kind of off-roading can you do with a stock JKU Sport? I plan on giving it a try once I make a purchase and will definitely go with others, but how do I know what the Jeep can and cannot handle?

Mitch
08-08-2012 09:13 PM
JKRookie Im also an off road rookie and found this video for my Jeep SUPER helpful with understanding the awesomeness that is 4WD (for when to shift into 4H and 4L and all that jazz) definitely a must watch for rookies including myself!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxHQe...e_gdata_player
08-08-2012 08:31 PM
Shauna Oh yeah, buy a tow strap too
08-08-2012 08:28 PM
Shauna Seen a lot of that too....those are my favorite
08-08-2012 08:24 PM
WatchThis!
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Originally Posted by Shauna View Post
Everyone is your friend on the trails (from my experience, anyway)....there's a lot of courtesy and people are in no hurry. Whoever can pull over the easiest or find a spot to climb into will generally do so
It might have something to do with me being a bit of a show off, but I will allways pull to the side of the trail and let someone go by if I can. Even if it means pushing a front tire 7 foot up a tree or ledge to get out of the way.
08-08-2012 07:59 PM
Shauna
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Originally Posted by LilYeller View Post
So it basically comes down to respecting the land. How about if you meet a group of people on the same trail going the opposite way?
Everyone is your friend on the trails (from my experience, anyway)....there's a lot of courtesy and people are in no hurry. Whoever can pull over the easiest or find a spot to climb into will generally do so
08-08-2012 07:53 PM
Shauna Google your state's OHV laws. Always go with at least one other vehicle...preferably a mechanic who has an air compressor and knows how to fix stuff (look into local jeep clubs where you can make new friends). Buy some tire deflators and an air pressure gauge. Tread lightly, meaning: don't leak oil, don't drive off the trail, don't drive through creeks/rivers unless necessary, don't litter. Bring fire extinguisher, shovel, extra gas, tools, trash bags. If camping, tie everything down and pack cans instead of glass
08-08-2012 07:35 PM
WatchThis! Trail damage is when some idit pulls up to something, puts it on the floor, spins the tires for two mins in the same spot and digs a huge rut that makes it harder for everone else to get up said spot. This is okay if you are wheeling on your own land, but it is a huge problem in an ORV park
08-08-2012 07:27 PM
LilYeller So it basically comes down to respecting the land. How about if you meet a group of people on the same trail going the opposite way?
08-08-2012 03:57 PM
Tadpoles Don't forget to bring a towel!.... and a gun!
08-08-2012 03:49 PM
iluvshoes
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Originally Posted by jebby View Post
Originally Posted by jebby
DONT GO ALONE
make sure u have proper recovery gear...what is recovery gear other than a winch?
dont leave a mess...do you mean littering?
tread lightly...explain please
stay legal...explain this one too

i dont think a winch in necessary (although its a great thing to have) i think a snatch strap and proper tow points are essential. a high lift is a great hobo substitute for a winch and can do wonders in the right hands as well

people love to litter and it gets us kicked out of so many places. bring out what you brought in

tread lightly (google it lots to read) in short be careful not to damage the trail

also people love to explore but if you dont own the property and your not welcome on it stay off of it
I might be better off sticking to mall crawling and burning rubber in the parking lots and damaging my bank account! So many rules and so subjective. For example, what is considered damaging the trails. I mean to me off-roading is kicking up dirt and moving piles of mud and you are maybe going to bump into a bush or two. Unless I see Jeep parts laying all over the place, I would think, that it is just part of the trail and the advanture of the off-roading.
08-08-2012 03:31 PM
jebby
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Originally Posted by iluvshoes View Post
I am a person who has NEVER been off roading. And as of right now, I don't plan on it but I have questions. And please remember...this is my first Jeep and I am pretty much Jeep/off-roading stupid...thanks!
Originally Posted by jebby
DONT GO ALONE
make sure u have proper recovery gear...what is recovery gear other than a winch?
dont leave a mess...do you mean littering?
tread lightly...explain please
stay legal...explain this one too


i dont think a winch in necessary (although its a great thing to have) i think a snatch strap and proper tow points are essential. a high lift is a great hobo substitute for a winch and can do wonders in the right hands as well

people love to litter and it gets us kicked out of so many places. bring out what you brought in

tread lightly (google it lots to read) in short be careful not to damage the trail

also people love to explore but if you dont own the property and your not welcome on it stay off of it
08-08-2012 01:17 PM
Ianbeaulieu
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Originally Posted by iluvshoes View Post
Thanks! It sounds like the normal stuff you should have in your trunk...well maybe not the air compressor but the rest seems common sense. So to become a rock crawler from a mall crawler I should...take out the extra shopping bags, 20 pairs of sunglasses, extra pair of shoes, my bingo bag, sewing kit and garment hangers and replace with the items you listed. This is going to be a big change...
Keep the Sewing Kit! your shorts may snag and get ripped
08-08-2012 01:07 PM
jeff_in_rc
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Originally Posted by iluvshoes View Post
Thanks! It sounds like the normal stuff you should have in your trunk...well maybe not the air compressor but the rest seems common sense. So to become a rock crawler from a mall crawler I should...take out the extra shopping bags, 20 pairs of sunglasses, extra pair of shoes, my bingo bag, sewing kit and garment hangers and replace with the items you listed. This is going to be a big change...


I loved you answer, I am still .

And yes you should remove all of that!
08-08-2012 01:04 PM
iluvshoes
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Originally Posted by jeff_in_rc View Post
Hey no problems there, we all have to learn sometime. Hell I've only had my Jeep since March so I am still a newbie! And it's my first Jeep ever.

Originally Posted by jeff_in_rc
X2 on the don't go alone
take tools, don't rely on others and be self sufficient...what if you don't have tools and what kind of tools?
listen to help when offered, don't be stubborn
take a tire repair kit, you never know...my spare tires isn't good enough?
ALWAYS take food and water
enjoy yourself and have fun

As far as tools go make sure you have what you need to change a tire, fix a loose hose, and tape something back together. So a small tool box with a set of wrenches, some screwdrivers, some wire and some duct tape.

Your spare will be good enough as long as you don't pickup another nail etc. A tire repair kit with plugs and a small air compressor will get you going again. I have a SureFlow compressor and it works great.

I hope this helps iluvshoes.
Thanks! It sounds like the normal stuff you should have in your trunk...well maybe not the air compressor but the rest seems common sense. So to become a rock crawler from a mall crawler I should...take out the extra shopping bags, 20 pairs of sunglasses, extra pair of shoes, my bingo bag, sewing kit and garment hangers and replace with the items you listed. This is going to be a big change...
08-08-2012 12:53 PM
jeff_in_rc
My 0.02

Quote:
Originally Posted by iluvshoes View Post
I am a person who has NEVER been off roading. And as of right now, I don't plan on it but I have questions. And please remember...this is my first Jeep and I am pretty much Jeep/off-roading stupid...thanks!
Hey no problems there, we all have to learn sometime. Hell I've only had my Jeep since March so I am still a newbie! And it's my first Jeep ever.

Originally Posted by jeff_in_rc
X2 on the don't go alone
take tools, don't rely on others and be self sufficient...what if you don't have tools and what kind of tools?
listen to help when offered, don't be stubborn
take a tire repair kit, you never know...my spare tires isn't good enough?
ALWAYS take food and water
enjoy yourself and have fun


As far as tools go make sure you have what you need to change a tire, fix a loose hose, and tape something back together. So a small tool box with a set of wrenches, some screwdrivers, some wire and some duct tape.

Your spare will be good enough as long as you don't pickup another nail etc. A tire repair kit with plugs and a small air compressor will get you going again. I have a SureFlow compressor and it works great.

I hope this helps iluvshoes.
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