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10-14-2013 02:56 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 07:59 PM
Joeyfoster8 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 05:35 PM
jadmt 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 05:08 PM
geckoandmud or do as my son did. Run from the start and have lots of friends with rescue vehicles!
09-17-2013 05:07 PM
geckoandmud Crawl, walk, then run
09-17-2013 05:03 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.
09-17-2013 04:57 PM
jadmt
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Originally Posted by AverageJK View Post
That's why I went with white, doesn't show any of the pin striping.
I am amazed at how well the bright white holds up, get home and you swear you are going to be scratched all up and wash it and not a single mark. I have never seen paint like it before and I have owned more than 25 vehicles and about 30 motorcycles in all different colors but this has been the best finish to date.
09-17-2013 04:56 PM
10to10
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Originally Posted by DominicanGus View Post
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.
A built TJ or LJ Is still awesome, and a built one can still cost ya as much as your stock JK. I offered to buy my wife a JK and she refused it and got the LJ...we will have 10K into hers when done if she gets her way, not counting the 15k we paid... glad your liking the Jeep, and if your talking about getting a 2nd...welcome to the addiction!
09-17-2013 04:48 PM
AverageJK That's why I went with white, doesn't show any of the pin striping.
09-17-2013 04:45 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 03:37 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 03:28 PM
bsimon187
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Originally Posted by Moonrider View Post
Had the same feel after my first off road trip. I have 35" with 2.5" and rock sliders lift so i didn't have problems from underneeth, only thing that bothered me and stil does are the bushes and branches. I got some minor scratches on my black hardtop and barely seen on the body. I had fun and everything, but i should ve been more careful not getting off the main road
I had the same issue the first time I took my Jeep out. Next mod was LineX'ing the entire hard top. Best thing i did- now i don't worry about anything scratching the top. Also makes me worry less about the freedom panels getting scratched when i take them out.
09-17-2013 03:21 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 01:39 PM
JKJeepit 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 01:15 PM
Cozmik 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 12:58 PM
KP50 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 10:38 PM
RRTRI
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Originally Posted by jadmt View Post
things sound way worse then they are. click on the photo and watch. I spent 12 hours in this stuff and no damage other then paint scratched off the stock skid plates. I would have swore it was going to be dinged up from one end to the other but nada


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 10:26 PM
legitposter 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.
09-16-2013 10:03 PM
jadmt
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Originally Posted by 2resa View Post
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.
for minute I thought you wrote more fun the orgasm lol
09-16-2013 09:17 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 09:12 PM
JKJeepit 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...

happy jeepin.

tranny line pic
09-16-2013 09:02 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 08:56 PM
302
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Originally Posted by jadmt View Post
somebody had to take the photos lol. I see at least one other vehicle.
Yea my bad, skimmed through. See it now in pic#3. As far as taking pictures, that's why I wheel with my wife. "Hey, get out and take a picture of me doing something cool". heh

She needs the exercise anyway.
09-16-2013 08:32 PM
jadmt
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Originally Posted by 302 View Post
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.
somebody had to take the photos lol. I see at least one other vehicle.
09-16-2013 08:30 PM
Txrdstr
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Originally Posted by Joeyfoster8 View Post
So, yesterday took my stock 4 door wrangler sport off-road with 33's for the first time. Lets just say the trail turned into more then stock friendly rocks. As the day went on, it went from being a fun trip out on the trail to a stressful "when the hell" is this gonna end. Deep water holes filled with huge rocks that you didn't know where there until you hit them underneath somewhere.
I heard about a dozen boulders smack my undercarriage. My only thought was, this frigging jeep is wayyy to expensive to be doing this.
Now i'm nervous taking it out again, my alignment is more then likely out now and going to chew up my tires. My passenger plastic step-bar is completely broken underneath (i knew that was coming).
How do you get back out on the trails after a day like this? I know jeeps are built for off road, but the second i break something im up shits creek because i doubt warranty will cover me.
Any encouragement would be greatly appreciated.
If worry about the cost to play, you shouldn't, maybe should get a sports car to zip around on the pavement, will be less stressful for ya... Or say f it and have fun, if it breaks, fix it.
09-16-2013 08:28 PM
jadmt
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Originally Posted by Joeyfoster8 View Post
One of the best parts about my new jeep is the "jeep community" thanks for all the advice. Im sure everyones first time with there new jeep was gut wrenching. The sound of those rocks bashing underneath did not sound good.
things sound way worse then they are. click on the photo and watch. I spent 12 hours in this stuff and no damage other then paint scratched off the stock skid plates. I would have swore it was going to be dinged up from one end to the other but nada

09-16-2013 08:26 PM
peanut09
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Originally Posted by 302 View Post
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.
X2 and check your fluids now that you went through deep water
09-16-2013 08:22 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 08:17 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 08:05 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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