|10-14-2013 03:56 PM|
|Unbroken1||This was after our first time out in our 10A with only 1800kms. We were completely covered in mud (both us and the Jeep) went right back out the next weekend!|
|09-17-2013 08:59 PM|
A lot of great advice and stories here! I swear its a magic paint they use, after i wheeled it and washed it, no scratches from the branches scraping down the sides of the jeep.
Could be the dozen coats of waxed i've put on it though haha.
|09-17-2013 06:35 PM|
I did 12 hours of this stuff and much of it much worse and no scratches on the paint anywhere. The fender flares and rear bumper got some scuffs but that is it. click on photo to view
|09-17-2013 06:08 PM|
|geckoandmud||or do as my son did. Run from the start and have lots of friends with rescue vehicles!|
|09-17-2013 06:07 PM|
|geckoandmud||Crawl, walk, then run|
|09-17-2013 06:03 PM|
|donmeca2020||Myself personally i'm going to have to argee with what someone else posted.... i really won't feel comfortable trying the whole off roading on a brand spanking new $30k plus vehicle when i take delivery of my 2014 next month. i might just end up buying a old YJ and play with that for my off roading needs.|
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|09-17-2013 05:48 PM|
|AverageJK||That's why I went with white, doesn't show any of the pin striping.|
|09-17-2013 05:45 PM|
|DominicanGus||Man, I love my jeep! I 've only had it for 2 months and i'm not scratching it...on purpose. When i decide to go off roading, I will buy another one...older and about 2002-3.|
|09-17-2013 04:37 PM|
|JKjingle||Feeling a little regret is normal I know I did on the first couple scratches, knocked off fenders, dented rear bumper. Most of us are still paying the thing off to be damaging it haha but it's all fun. I love conquering terrain no other average person could do. I just keep telling myself that one day my jeep will be 15 years old and it won't be new and shiny anymore and that's when it will be even more fun. And like others said there's an aftermarket part for almost anything you break.|
|09-17-2013 04:28 PM|
|09-17-2013 04:21 PM|
|Jtyson||I've only had the chance to go on light trials which haven't caused any damage. Except for my skid plate coming loose and me tearing it off as soon as I got my after market bumper. I'm sure when the day comes that I hit a couple rocks I will cringe, but I bought my jeep to have fun in. So after reading all the advice ill make sure to get some covers for that extra piece of mind|
|09-17-2013 02:39 PM|
A few pics of my 2011 JK which saw a ton of wheeling before I sold it.
Skills plates are a must if you do rock crawling.
|09-17-2013 02:15 PM|
Before I took my '13 Rubi out for the first time (with a whopping 2000km on it) I had installed ACE rails under the Rubi rails, a Rock Hard engine/tranny skid and a Rock Krawler 2.5" lift. Also had my Rough Country bumper and Runva winch on. Fortunately I had all of this from my '07. It made taking a brand new $45k vehicle out into the wilderness with plenty of rocks far easier on the mind.
A little lift, a little armor and some recovery goes a long way. Enjoy the Jeep and build as you need it.
|09-17-2013 01:58 PM|
First time out I hung up the gas tank skid on a large rock and got quite a few pinstripes along the side of a brand new black '13. Main thing I was concerned about was getting off that rock or walking a few miles on a 90 degree day to find someone to help. So my next mod was a winch
Kind of upset me bit to scratch up a new 30K Jeep but I bought it to have some fun with the kids off road and let them install some mods so they wont be car-illiterate when they start driving. Plus no one will point at mine and say 'mall crawler' so I guess thats a good thing lol.
|09-16-2013 11:38 PM|
That sure looks like a rock side waiting to happen. I would have been more nervous about than any minor damage to my rig. Looks like a cool trail though.
Of course it appears driving on a paved road isn't much safer: Taiwan: giant boulder falls near car / Se salva de ser aplastado por una roca. Keelung, 31 Aug 2013 - YouTube
|09-16-2013 11:26 PM|
I went off roading for the first time a few weeks ago. Very light trails... It was addictive from the first moment and for the first time ever I didn't care about dust, possible scratches, dents, etc.
I have a rule though: Ill never go in water that gets up to even halfway up the axles. I'll turn around. These modern vehicles simply cannot handle water and modern engines and transmissions are like little princesses compared to the old days.
Anyways, thanks for posting this. You clearly had fun.
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|09-16-2013 10:17 PM|
|2resa||Ahhh, the sound of metal on rock - only in a Jeep. If you break something, you get to replace it with something better. Not the cheapest hobby but more fun than oragami.|
|09-16-2013 10:12 PM|
I would add a few items...
if you haven't yet, crawl under your jeep and look for items that aren't protected by skid plates. stock skids do a good job but there are several areas that need skid plated.. depending on the yr 2012-and up have a transmission lines that runs below the tranny pan and can be snagged by rocks easily..
the oil pan isn't protected...
the diff cover are very thin... and if rocks are common you might want to upgrade the covers..
mud and water holes.... they always present possible hidden issues, deeper holes, rocks, tree branches.... etc... unless I know the area and am pretty sure at whats under the water I now try to avoid them... plus mud on the suspension can cause issues if not cleaned off and allowed to dry and harden ...
A few skids would work wonders...
tranny line pic
|09-16-2013 10:02 PM|
|d_rehmann||Didn't have the time luxury of reading all the posts but just remember. The first scratch is always the hardest. Many more will come if you wheel. If you can detail your ride every 6 months (to keep it looking new) and keep up with maintenance, I think you should be fine.|
|09-16-2013 09:56 PM|
She needs the exercise anyway.
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|09-16-2013 09:22 PM|
|302||Your biggest mistake was wheeling by yourself. Always wheel with experienced jeepers... Learn from them, and if/when you mess up they will assist you.|
|09-16-2013 09:17 PM|
|jadmt||unless you were really going at too fast of speed I doubt your alignment will be off. slow and smooth in the rocks.|
|09-16-2013 09:05 PM|
|clull05rubi||I love the scratches and gouges on my jeep. It wasn't new wen i bought it but it sure looked like it and i scratch it up all the time. It gives it character and chance for a good story/memory|
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