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justice1987wrangler 03-22-2012 07:32 AM

Newb to Offroad
 
Ok, So I am in a new stage of my life since i know own a wrangler. And I want to go offroading... BAD. But I do not know what my YJ is best cut out for. I have 33x12.5 Procomp XTerrain tires, and a 3 inch rough country suspension lift. So what am I best cut out for? I don't want to ask whats better, (mud, sand or rock crawlin) because I am sure that everyone has their opinions. If I could do all three, with the set up I have, or with some modifications. I'm all for it. I just don't know

Thanks for reading

The Toolman 03-22-2012 07:35 AM

Well, it depends of course, lol. Do you have a pic of your Jeep to post up, that helps a lot. There are tons of threads about how to offroad in here, but post up a few pics of your Jeep & name off any mods you have done & we can help you better from there as far as what your Jeep may be able to handle :thumb:

Mitchness 03-22-2012 12:12 PM

3+33s is a very common setup. Frankly you should be able to tackle most trails/obstacles, but it's really going to come down to your own judgment when you're facing a challenge. It's hard to just TELL you what you can and cannot do. I've seen people wheel a stocker on 31s through $#!+ that others on 33s couldn't. :/

Renaissance_Redneck 03-22-2012 12:28 PM

Just go somewhere and drive it offroad. In my opinion, experience trumps modifications without question. What you need is to gain experience by driving places, trying new things, learning to pick your lines, push the Jeep to its limits (so that you know what those limits are). My dad had the opinion that unless you get stuck, you're not really 4-wheeling.

As for mods, I'd say that vehicle protection (such as skids where needed), personal safety (communications, etc.) and recovery (such as a winch, or HiLift, need to learn how to use those things) are far more important than tires and lifts and the like. Over the years, we've tackled some of the most technically difficult trails around (such as the Rubicon and the Dusy-Ershim) with bone-stock CJ5's. And I'd say that Jeeps have only improved since the days of the CJ (though there are still a few advantages to CJ's over various Wranglers, but that's another discussion!!!).

That said, be safe. Go with somebody else who is more experienced. Get it stuck, but don't roll it. Go slow. Have fun. Just go somewhere. No time like the present!!!

justice1987wrangler 03-22-2012 01:06 PM

Thanks all for the tips. I'm working on getting some pictures up. Can't wait to take it out and go 4 wheelin. As far as skid plates, theres alot out there, whats most vulnerable on a jeep? I'm looking to do more modifications to it. And skid plates were one of them. Along with a recovery wench. Any suggestions?

Thanks again for the quick feedback. Still amazes me how fast y'all reply on here. Other forums take FOREVER to get replies.

Renaissance_Redneck 03-22-2012 01:24 PM

I don't know YJ's, so I don't have any opinions on skids. I'd get underneath your rig, and look around and see where the vulnerabilities are. That was a pretty easy job on my JK.

And let me know when you find that recovery wench..... I'd love to have one of those!!! :punk: (Just funnin' with you; not bustin' your balls or anything. It's all good fun around here....mostly).

justice1987wrangler 03-22-2012 10:31 PM

I will go under and take a peak. And I understand. Its nice to be on a forum site where people can actually joke without being taken seriously. :dance:

Pontiackid87 03-22-2012 11:10 PM

any wrangler is good for the mudd...

justice1987wrangler 03-24-2012 06:05 PM

Also, what about a snorkel kit? Are they worth the money and somewhat goofy look?

Militaryman4455 03-25-2012 12:57 AM

Check out our group on FB. We are all over MD and have many very experienced wheelers and have a wheeling trip pretty much every other weekend if not every weekend. We have quite a few trips to Rausch Creek Planned this year as well as Big dogs offroad and some other places. We have a small group going wheeling tomorrow. Just get on there and hook up with some folks and go wheelin man. Let me know if you have any questions. Names Jon.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/marylandjeeps/

justice1987wrangler 03-25-2012 10:26 AM

Thanks a million Jon, gonna go check it out right now.

Dznyana 03-25-2012 11:47 AM

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Originally Posted by Renaissance_Redneck (Post 2168697)
Just go somewhere and drive it offroad. In my opinion, experience trumps modifications without question. What you need is to gain experience by driving places, trying new things, learning to pick your lines, push the Jeep to its limits (so that you know what those limits are). My dad had the opinion that unless you get stuck, you're not really 4-wheeling.

As for mods, I'd say that vehicle protection (such as skids where needed), personal safety (communications, etc.) and recovery (such as a winch, or HiLift, need to learn how to use those things) are far more important than tires and lifts and the like. Over the years, we've tackled some of the most technically difficult trails around (such as the Rubicon and the Dusy-Ershim) with bone-stock CJ5's. And I'd say that Jeeps have only improved since the days of the CJ (though there are still a few advantages to CJ's over various Wranglers, but that's another discussion!!!).

That said, be safe. Go with somebody else who is more experienced. Get it stuck, but don't roll it. Go slow. Have fun. Just go somewhere. No time like the present!!!

Well said!! Makes me want to run right out and try something fun!! :D


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