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j.e.b. 10-19-2012 12:14 PM

What can i do in my jeep?
I just bought a 2000 wrangler sport. It's pretty much right off the lot stock. I want to get out and try running some trails. What are the capabilities of a stock jeep with no mods? I don't want to get out somewhere and realize I'm in over my head.

MackInBlack 10-19-2012 12:26 PM

^^x2 except mines 2012 stock

SpencerS25 10-19-2012 12:51 PM

Dirt roads, hill climbs (be careful), some mild crawling over small rocks, logs, etc. Bascally whatever you feel comfortable doing with your vehicle. The stock 2012 is going to have better capabilities than the stock 2000 because of newer/better accesories jeep is now producing the Jeeps with.

meili34 10-19-2012 12:57 PM

Find a trail near you and call them up. Often they'll have stocker trails that are designed for vehicles that haven't been modified.

Don't discount a stock jeep... They're naturally capable offroad. I have a 97 stock and I'm always impressed by what she can do.

srwatersh20 10-19-2012 06:42 PM

You will be surprised with what you can do with stock... Jeeps are VERY capable.

1SAS 10-19-2012 07:28 PM


This biggest thing out on the trail is to use your brain. When you are out there, your ego shuts off, your emotions have to shut off. Think. Can I do this? If so, how? Is this beyond my capability? Can my jeep do this with me driving? I understand you are new to this and you want to learn. You should be safe AS LONG AS YOU KEEP IT SIMPLE. Don't push yourself nor your vehicle. Start off slow and work your up. Use your sense and you will come back alive. Go with somebody who has "wheeled" before BUT DO NOT LET THEM TALK YOU INTO GOING BEYOND YOUR CAPABILITIES. Remember, know your personal weaknesses and strengths FIRST, then learn your jeeps. Do it right and you will never look back. Rush it and you will have problems.

Take care,

BlueRidgeYJ 10-21-2012 04:06 PM

^ Good advice.

Couple years ago we got several feet of snow in 18 hours. People became stranded in their cars on the ridgeline and stayed there for 24 hours and more in some cases. The national gaurd was called out, and they came equipped with hum-vees. At least 4 of them that I know of became stuck, while other civilians were still able to move about, and ultimately they were the ones that pulled & dug the NG units out.

The vehicle does not get you to the other side. The driver does. Know how to read a trail, and stock becomes very capable.

RowJ 10-22-2012 12:29 PM

Agree with all above!
NOW - your Jeep can handle trails and placesd you can not.
Worry about you getting caught where YOU should not be!

Find a club or group that know the trails and follow someone you know is not a hotshot! You'll know when your abilities catch up with your Jeep..... than the decision is do I build more Jeep or not?
Where in TX? Strong club north of Dallas in McKinney...... Read HERE
Experienced off-roaders can tackle amazingly difficult trails with stock Jeeps and do well!

Best rule to follow when new.....
1- never spin.... CRAWL over obsticals and up hills!
2- On long or steep hill climbs.... never get cross ways to the hill
Stay strait up or strait down hill.

MackInBlack 10-22-2012 01:23 PM

:thumb:Thanks for all the advice guys!

Potts 10-22-2012 03:12 PM

this is my 2012 bone stock...I had almost zero experience 4-wheeling when these were shot. I went iwht a buddy who has a lot of experience and just had him walk me through different "obstacles". Take the advice giving by others above. I'll bet for what you have in mind your jeep is more than capable as is.

And watch puddles. They are often much deeper than they appear.

2012 JK Stock Offroad - Climbing Small Hill - YouTube

Stock JK Off-Road - YouTube

2012 Jeep JK Off-Road - Going across small washout - YouTube

sevenservices 10-22-2012 03:28 PM

you could do this, but I would not suggest it lol. At least its another yellow jeep anyways...

Jeep Jump - Bumblebee Madness - YouTube

bamagirl 10-22-2012 06:31 PM

Poor Bumblebee

j.e.b. 10-22-2012 09:44 PM

Thanks for all the input guys. I'm looking forward to getting out in the wild. I knew that a jeep is pretty tough as is and I've done a bit of 4 wheeling, nothing to brag about really. I just didn't want to be that newb who thinks they are able to do anything cause my ride says "jeep" on it. I don't think where ill be going that ill be getting into anything beyond what my ride can do.

charslo 10-26-2012 09:38 AM

i have a further question about stocks... i've read a lot of different posts about "trail rated" and how they shouldn't be rated so if the jeep couldn't do it sort of thing. i get the basics of what the stock can handle (pretty awesome) but is there a big difference between the 2 door and 4 door models for their capabilities?
i'm guessing you would just have to worry about the longer span and going over hills and getting stuck but.. if anyone could further advise? i'm super new to the off roading thing and hopefully will take my baby out more next summer (only have had it for 2 months and the snow is already starting), might take it out a bit still but... any advice would be much appreciated =)

PDXJeeper 10-26-2012 07:50 PM

The trails in the areas we wheel have signs and ratings at the entrance. Green should be fine and many of the blue trails are doable. When the blue trails get slick and or rutted you may have issues. The black diamond trails, single, double, and triple should not be attempted out of respect for others. Make sure you have recovery points in the front and rear. The nice thing is you can only get so stuck with a stock Jeep.
Don't go alone!

tacojeep 11-11-2012 11:53 AM

I did 1/2 of the rubicon trail... Tahoe side...this summer in my '12 Rubi... one week after I bought it had the paper dealer plates on it... lol...

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