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Yesterday 07:35 AM
ESP Looks good. The weather is cooling a bit, I'm sure those evenings camping are nice.
Yesterday 04:36 AM
Jeep.chick
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Originally Posted by WesterM3 View Post
Uwharrie was great this weekend!
Very nice!
07-28-2014 08:53 PM
WesterM3 Uwharrie was great this weekend!













07-27-2014 08:52 PM
packpride
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Originally Posted by SCHLEPPN02 View Post
Any recommendations for a tire shop in Raleigh/Garner? I need 5 tires dismounted and mounted on new wheels.
Murray's tire off Saunders near ray price
07-27-2014 01:08 PM
DJL2 My local Thomas Tire did mine for 100...I didn't have the time to go an hour up and back to a Discount Tire to get mine mounted and balanced, sadly.
07-25-2014 01:39 PM
ESP Discount tires is $16 per tire to mount and balance.

$80 total.
07-25-2014 10:37 AM
brandon.
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Originally Posted by johnwj View Post

Thanks. Ill look into it too
I have a Napa battery and it has been great. Never had a problem winching on just battery power. I usually winch with the engine on and my hand throttle set to around 2k rpm though
07-25-2014 08:44 AM
drspec
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Originally Posted by SCHLEPPN02 View Post

Where is that?
PM me
07-25-2014 08:29 AM
SCHLEPPN02
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Originally Posted by drspec View Post
I have a shop near me that's going to do 5 wheels for me for $80.
Where is that?
07-25-2014 07:19 AM
drspec
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Originally Posted by SCHLEPPN02 View Post
Any recommendations for a tire shop in Raleigh/Garner? I need 5 tires dismounted and mounted on new wheels.
I have a shop near me that's going to do 5 wheels for me for $80.
07-25-2014 07:10 AM
Ljcrawler05
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Originally Posted by SCHLEPPN02 View Post
Any recommendations for a tire shop in Raleigh/Garner? I need 5 tires dismounted and mounted on new wheels.
I use just tires... typically the one in cary but they've got one right by the Crabtree mall as well
07-25-2014 07:00 AM
SCHLEPPN02 Any recommendations for a tire shop in Raleigh/Garner? I need 5 tires dismounted and mounted on new wheels.
07-24-2014 04:32 AM
johnwj
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Originally Posted by Ljcrawler05 View Post
If you're gonna spend that kind of money on a battery I'd go with a diehard platinum... from what I've heard the optimas just aren't what they used to be(been running one the last 7 years)
Thanks. Ill look into it too
07-24-2014 02:25 AM
Ljcrawler05
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Originally Posted by johnwj View Post

I ran an optima red top when I had my winch. I never had a problem with too much draw, just left the jeep running if I was using the winch. I have heard people have had warranty issues since the red top is not a deep cycle and not meant for things like winches, but I'm not too sure about that. Either way, I never had a problem.

Back then, a red top cost me $110. For the jk, I will probably just save up and buy a yellow top, even though it seems the price of those things doubled.
If you're gonna spend that kind of money on a battery I'd go with a diehard platinum... from what I've heard the optimas just aren't what they used to be(been running one the last 7 years)
07-23-2014 08:22 PM
johnwj
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Originally Posted by thopki01 View Post
Appreciate the discussion about winches.. All good points. I recently purchased a winch for my jk. My intro to this forum was getting stuck in a nasty mud hole on Thanksgiving day. A local member that only knew me from my desperate posts for help drove almost an hour to pull me out. I learned a lot that day about wheeling alone & about the good people on this forum. Anyway, I got a winch in part so I would be available to repay the favor for another jeeper one day.

Quick question about battery issues for those that have winches: did you upgrade the battery when you purchased the winch or are you still running stock?
I ran an optima red top when I had my winch. I never had a problem with too much draw, just left the jeep running if I was using the winch. I have heard people have had warranty issues since the red top is not a deep cycle and not meant for things like winches, but I'm not too sure about that. Either way, I never had a problem.

Back then, a red top cost me $110. For the jk, I will probably just save up and buy a yellow top, even though it seems the price of those things doubled.
07-23-2014 07:59 PM
gel04tj Anybody hitting trails this weekend?
07-23-2014 01:10 PM
thopki01
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Originally Posted by Mojeaux View Post
As stated... a can of worms.
Appreciate the discussion about winches.. All good points. I recently purchased a winch for my jk. My intro to this forum was getting stuck in a nasty mud hole on Thanksgiving day. A local member that only knew me from my desperate posts for help drove almost an hour to pull me out. I learned a lot that day about wheeling alone & about the good people on this forum. Anyway, I got a winch in part so I would be available to repay the favor for another jeeper one day.

Quick question about battery issues for those that have winches: did you upgrade the battery when you purchased the winch or are you still running stock?
07-22-2014 12:17 PM
Mojeaux As stated... a can of worms.
07-22-2014 12:13 PM
Ljcrawler05 It's actually left me stranded a few times here lately before I figured out the solenoid is bad in it... Therefore draining my jeep after 15 mins to 20 mins... unhooked all my lights, rewired the fan, and then got to the winch and discovered it was the problem. So it's not always the best 70lbs to have hanging off the front of your jeep haha
07-22-2014 11:54 AM
eton Gotta say I really like having the winch...worth its weight!
07-22-2014 10:09 AM
brandon. You guys that say you don't need a winch bc you have other people just haven't hit the right situation. I know of trails around here where I've had to winch myself out bc the vehicle I was with couldn't maneuver to pull me out and I've had to anchor to trees and use the winch to pull someone else out bc I couldn't safely do it with a strap. I don't mind the front weight either, helps to prevent the front end from unloading on steep climbs and counter balances the tire and all the crap I have in the back.
07-22-2014 08:49 AM
Raiders1901
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Originally Posted by DirtyRob View Post
I agree. I am in no way a guru or any authority on Jeeps, It is strictly opinion.
I would like to note that My $300 winch is much more valuable than any tire combo. I take my stock XJ (daily driver) with 235/75/15 tires with front locker and winch, places heavily modified Jeeps have a tough time going. (I have 18 acres of muddy trails here)

I was commenting due to some of the pics in previous pages where people were stuck in ruts with stock looking Jeeps. I always try to offer advice to new wheelers, that is my only intent
I have no desire to offend or open any can of worms
I really want a winch, but feel as if the front of my Jeep is already unbalanced and leaning towards the front (front passenger side is really where it is leaning, thanks gas can). In a perfect world I would get my bumpers, winch, then a lift, and then tires, but those all cost a pretty penny (for what I want to get at least). Since I go off-roading with this fine group at WranglerForum I never go it alone and feel like that expense wouldn't be justified as much as a lift and tires. A lift and tires benefits are three fold, they help you not get stuck as easily in mud (you definitely will still get stuck), they increase your approach, departure, and break-over angle so you can get over larger obstacles, and they make your jeep look pretty bad ass.

That being said, I will probably end up getting bumpers and a winch before a lift since it wont affect my warranty and I can go wheeling whenever I want without having to worry so much about getting stuck (between a winch and a hi-lift jack, I should be able to get out of almost anything)
07-22-2014 08:27 AM
Raiders1901
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Originally Posted by Kimano View Post
Morrisville. Raiders, was that you in front of me at the Sheets car wash an hour or two ago?
HAHA, yeah that was me. I was on my way to a Bachelor Party and was trying to get a little more mud stains off the Jeep before I went. Not gonna lie, I was a little jealous of your muddy Jeep after I pulled in. Made me feel like a mall crawler for getting a carwash on a non muddy jeep haha (there is still plenty of mud under it though that I desperately need to go power wash out)
07-21-2014 08:27 PM
ESP It's probably a swamp.
07-21-2014 06:37 PM
johnwj if anyone really likes mud, i bet breckenridge is a blast right now after the monsoon that came through morrisville today
07-21-2014 06:17 PM
DJL2 Anyone going out this week to enjoy the rain and what not? I have a few days off and might be able to link up for something.
07-21-2014 04:45 PM
DirtyRob
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Originally Posted by Mojeaux View Post
I think this is another one of those "can of worms" issues, but I'll add some pennies to the well.
{Comments below this line are strictly my opinion}
Unless you are an avid or hardcore off-road goer, I cannot justify the price of winch, nor the unnecessary added weight to the front end (especially if it is a DD). If you wheel alone, yeah, you should probably look at investing in one. In most situations around here (as John noted), a winch isn't really necessary, as a tow strap is enough. I see way too many people that buy these strictly for the looks and nothing more, zero intent to ever use it.
As for many going straight to a lift/tire combo, that is one of the easiest ways to get a more aggressive look on your Jeep, as well as tackle some trails. Experience does come into play here, and someone that has been wheeling for a long time would probably get a recovery mechanism as their first mod. But with the rise in Jeep purchases lately (JKs), there's a newer generation to off-roading now, and also that lack of experience.

Me personally, I would say that if you're planning on getting a winch and replacing the front bumper, do that first before you install your lift. It is much easier to adjust the rake with the weight already there. That is, of course, if you want your Jeep level or not. Hundreds of variables to this scenario, and everyone will have their own advice and opinions.
I agree. I am in no way a guru or any authority on Jeeps, It is strictly opinion.
I would like to note that My $300 winch is much more valuable than any tire combo. I take my stock XJ (daily driver) with 235/75/15 tires with front locker and winch, places heavily modified Jeeps have a tough time going. (I have 18 acres of muddy trails here)

I was commenting due to some of the pics in previous pages where people were stuck in ruts with stock looking Jeeps. I always try to offer advice to new wheelers, that is my only intent
I have no desire to offend or open any can of worms
07-21-2014 11:33 AM
packpride
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Originally Posted by mojeaux View Post
i think this is another one of those "can of worms" issues, but i'll add some pennies to the well. {comments below this line are strictly my opinion} unless you are an avid or hardcore off-road goer, i cannot justify the price of winch, nor the unnecessary added weight to the front end (especially if it is a dd). If you wheel alone, yeah, you should probably look at investing in one. In most situations around here (as john noted), a winch isn't really necessary, as a tow strap is enough. I see way too many people that buy these strictly for the looks and nothing more, zero intent to ever use it. As for many going straight to a lift/tire combo, that is one of the easiest ways to get a more aggressive look on your jeep, as well as tackle some trails. Experience does come into play here, and someone that has been wheeling for a long time would probably get a recovery mechanism as their first mod. But with the rise in jeep purchases lately (jks), there's a newer generation to off-roading now, and also that lack of experience. Me personally, i would say that if you're planning on getting a winch and replacing the front bumper, do that first before you install your lift. It is much easier to adjust the rake with the weight already there. That is, of course, if you want your jeep level or not. Hundreds of variables to this scenario, and everyone will have their own advice and opinions.
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07-21-2014 07:24 AM
Mojeaux
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Originally Posted by DirtyRob View Post
Count me in for the next get together east of Raleigh.
I do have one question on the pics I keep seeing in this thread.....Why is there so many people that neglect to buy a winch?

I am not trying to start anything, I just know that there are a lot of people that read these forums that have no experience
I build custom parts and install/build lifts for people all the time and I always recommend that they buy a winch before tires and lift as the first mod.
Maybe I say this because I got a phone call from two "friends" at 2am today that were barely stuck with big lifts and tires and no winches. I got them out easily with my small winch. just my .02
I think this is another one of those "can of worms" issues, but I'll add some pennies to the well.
{Comments below this line are strictly my opinion}
Unless you are an avid or hardcore off-road goer, I cannot justify the price of winch, nor the unnecessary added weight to the front end (especially if it is a DD). If you wheel alone, yeah, you should probably look at investing in one. In most situations around here (as John noted), a winch isn't really necessary, as a tow strap is enough. I see way too many people that buy these strictly for the looks and nothing more, zero intent to ever use it.
As for many going straight to a lift/tire combo, that is one of the easiest ways to get a more aggressive look on your Jeep, as well as tackle some trails. Experience does come into play here, and someone that has been wheeling for a long time would probably get a recovery mechanism as their first mod. But with the rise in Jeep purchases lately (JKs), there's a newer generation to off-roading now, and also that lack of experience.

Me personally, I would say that if you're planning on getting a winch and replacing the front bumper, do that first before you install your lift. It is much easier to adjust the rake with the weight already there. That is, of course, if you want your Jeep level or not. Hundreds of variables to this scenario, and everyone will have their own advice and opinions.
07-20-2014 06:32 PM
johnwj
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Originally Posted by DirtyRob View Post
Count me in for the next get together east of Raleigh.
I do have one question on the pics I keep seeing in this thread.....Why is there so many people that neglect to buy a winch?

I am not trying to start anything, I just know that there are a lot of people that read these forums that have no experience
I build custom parts and install/build lifts for people all the time and I always recommend that they buy a winch before tires and lift as the first mod.
Maybe I say this because I got a phone call from two "friends" at 2am today that were barely stuck with big lifts and tires and no winches. I got them out easily with my small winch. just my .02
I will run a winch later on. I ran one on my tj and in all honesty probably used it three times. Two of the times, the jeeps I was trying to pull were two stuck for me to get with the winch alone. The other time, we probably could have pulled it with three guys on a tow strap but I wanted to use my winch since I never had before.

I typically don't wheel alone and I feel that the driver is more important than the vehicle when it comes to offroading and I feel fine in my skill level. But one day, I will get one, if for nothing else than because it's a safety net.
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