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ddjeeper 11-03-2012 12:52 PM

My first time wheeling
 
My jeep isn't anything special only thing not stock are wheels and street tires ( put on from PO) and bushwhacker fender flares that I installed. Even though almost stock with a six speed I was very impressed. I was getting though some trails easier than most of the Cherokees with lift kits and mud tires.

Trevor C 98tj 11-03-2012 12:55 PM

Looks great! My advice is taking the things on the out side of your front bumper off.

ddjeeper 11-03-2012 01:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Trevor C 98tj
Looks great! My advice is taking the things on the out side of your front bumper off.

Haha yeah actually the night before I was pondering while trying to sleep if I should take them off. I was like naa they will be fine, sure enough I went over a small tree trunk it snapped upward and broke the rear passenger one almost off lol. Oh well next time I will know better :)

02tj-clayton 11-03-2012 01:03 PM

ditch the jugs all they do is end up doing is holding dirt
Great lookin jeep though

02tj-clayton 11-03-2012 01:05 PM

i trashed the back passenger jug when i back into a tree

ddjeeper 11-03-2012 01:11 PM

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Originally Posted by 02tj-clayton
i trashed the back passenger jug when i back into a tree

Thanks, I've been saving my money for almost a year and I think I'm about ready to buy a zone 3" lift, some 33" tires, and ACE brand TJ rock sliders. My brain is telling me to just buy them already but my pocket thinks the opposite lol

02tj-clayton 11-03-2012 01:15 PM

33s are nice
I wantto go back to 35s but my mpg would drop worse than a old caddy
if u have a welder you can/should make your own sliders/steps
thats next in my long list of mods

Rubicondon53 11-03-2012 01:16 PM

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Originally Posted by ddjeeper
My jeep isn't anything special only thing not stock are wheels and street tires ( put on from PO) and bushwhacker fender flares that I installed. Even though almost stock with a six speed I was very impressed. I was getting though some trails easier than most of the Cherokees with lift kits and mud tires.

Good for you!! You will discover that 90% of successful off road driving is about driver skill, and not the equipment.. However, the single best mod, (in my opinion), is to install a selectable rear locker.. They are about the same cost as a moderately priced 4" lift kit, ( properly installed) but will get you way down the trail, up, over, and out of unimaginable places.. That single mod, when you're ready to do it, will make your jeep, easily twice as capable off road as it is now..
That's not R/C park,, where is that? Good luck and have fun ..

ddjeeper 11-03-2012 01:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Rubicondon53 (Post 2956744)
Good for you!! You will discover that 90% of successful off road driving is about driver skill, and not the equipment.. However, the single best mod, (in my opinion), is to install a selectable rear locker.. They are about the same cost as a moderately priced 4" lift kit, ( properly installed) but will get you way down the trail, up, over, and out of unimaginable places.. That single mod, when you're ready to do it, will make your jeep, easily twice as capable off road as it is now..
That's not R/C park,, where is that? Good luck and have fun ..

yeah I've been told to get lockers, I haven't done much research into them but they are on my list. And this park is Bundy Hill in Jerome Michigan.

ddjeeper 11-03-2012 01:35 PM

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Originally Posted by 02tj-clayton (Post 2956740)
33s are nice
I wantto go back to 35s but my mpg would drop worse than a old caddy
if u have a welder you can/should make your own sliders/steps
thats next in my long list of mods

Id like to go to 35s but i was told that the stock axles cant handle them, but I'm not sure. And getting rails welded up is a great idea but ACE is a michigan born company, I'm from michigan and I would like to help out local businesses :)

Rolf 11-03-2012 01:40 PM

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Originally Posted by Rubicondon53

Good for you!! You will discover that 90% of successful off road driving is about driver skill, and not the equipment.. However, the single best mod, (in my opinion), is to install a selectable rear locker.. They are about the same cost as a moderately priced 4" lift kit, ( properly installed) but will get you way down the trail, up, over, and out of unimaginable places.. That single mod, when you're ready to do it, will make your jeep, easily twice as capable off road as it is now..
That's not R/C park,, where is that? Good luck and have fun ..

I agree on the locker but I'd rather fit one to the front.

ddjeeper 11-03-2012 03:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Rolf
I agree on the locker but I'd rather fit one to the front.

What would the difference be between front and rear lockers? Just curious

matt88-8 11-03-2012 04:34 PM

What axles do you have? dana 35's are not great for lockers.

ddjeeper 11-03-2012 05:18 PM

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Originally Posted by matt88-8
What axles do you have? dana 35's are not great for lockers.

To be honest I'm not sure, what ever comes stock on the 2006 sport x

CMA_Rider 11-03-2012 05:21 PM

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Originally Posted by ddjeeper (Post 2957243)
To be honest I'm not sure, what ever comes stock on the 2006 sport x

30/35 for x model

sport has a rear d44 option

Rubicondon53 11-03-2012 05:56 PM

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Originally Posted by ddjeeper

What would the difference be between front and rear lockers? Just curious

I actually have front and rear lockers, and the one in front is used very rarely, ( rocks and heavy mud ) and only when my straight line has been selected, it can be very difficult to steer around a tight corner when the front locker is engaged, whereas when the rear is locked up, steering in not impeded.. Others like the locker action up front. If lots of heavy rock crawling is the order of the day, then yes, front locker 1st,, trail riding, with occasional stretches of difficult obstacles, rear locker..

ddjeeper 11-03-2012 05:59 PM

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Originally Posted by Rubicondon53

I actually have front and rear lockers, and the one in front is used very rarely, ( rocks and heavy mud ) and only when my straight line has been selected, it can be very difficult to steer around a tight corner when the front locker is engaged, whereas when the rear is locked up, steering in not impeded.. Others like the locker action up front. If lots of heavy rock crawling is the order of the day, then yes, front locker 1st,, trail riding, with occasional stretches of difficult obstacles, rear locker..

Oh okay good to know thanks guys

UgaTyler 11-03-2012 06:04 PM

Looks Good!

Philmycrackin 11-03-2012 06:06 PM

i too just went for my first time. 2in lift on 31s new front and rear bumpers and winch. thats all i did to it. was very impressed with its capability. started getting very confident and got it stuck in a mud pit i had no buisness driving through. thank goodness i got the winch.

ddjeeper 11-03-2012 08:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Philmycrackin
i too just went for my first time. 2in lift on 31s new front and rear bumpers and winch. thats all i did to it. was very impressed with its capability. started getting very confident and got it stuck in a mud pit i had no buisness driving through. thank goodness i got the winch.

Yeah I want to get bumpers and a winch bad but I don't have the money lol and I've the same thing went into a mud hole I shouldn't have and had to call some friends to get me out lol

tj00wrangler 11-03-2012 09:39 PM

I think that a winch would be more useful than lockers. Lockers can get you into trouble but, a winch can always get you out of trouble. I had a winch before lockers and lift. Comes in useful when your friends are stuck when you are not.

ddjeeper 11-03-2012 09:53 PM

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Originally Posted by tj00wrangler
I think that a winch would be more useful than lockers. Lockers can get you into trouble but, a winch can always get you out of trouble. I had a winch before lockers and lift. Comes in useful when your friends are stuck when you are not.

Yeah I've looked at some winches but I decided I don't really need one. Everyone I wheel with either has a winch or tow straps if I needed it. For now I'm sticking with tires and a lift that I'm buying soon and next year bumpers then winch ect. If only I had all the money I would ever need lol

Rubicondon53 11-03-2012 10:00 PM

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Originally Posted by tj00wrangler
I think that a winch would be more useful than lockers. Lockers can get you into trouble but, a winch can always get you out of trouble. I had a winch before lockers and lift. Comes in useful when your friends are stuck when you are not.

That might be true, however, I've wheeled for over 30 years, ( off but mostly on ) without a winch. I just recently got one 4 years ago, it was the very last mod for my TJ.. To each his own.. ;)

Rolf 11-04-2012 12:33 AM

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Originally Posted by Rubicondon53

That might be true, however, I've wheeled for over 30 years, ( off but mostly on ) without a winch. I just recently got one 4 years ago, it was the very last mod for my TJ.. To each his own.. ;)

I also have a winch but never use it. If you don't wheel alone then a winch should not be at the top of the list.

jeepwayoflife 11-04-2012 03:55 AM

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Originally Posted by Rolf

I also have a winch but never use it. If you don't wheel alone then a winch should not be at the top of the list.

While not the most important, me having one did help a buddy of mine. He got stuck in some slick mud, and even with a 30' tow strap I couldn't get enough traction to pull him the several feet he needed to get out. I was able to drive up to a tree, and use the tree to push against my bumper as I winched him out. Without a winch there, it would have been a long night! Although I would put a lift, good tires, and lockers ahead of a winch.

Philmycrackin 11-04-2012 09:43 AM

Winch before lockers or lockers before winch.....what came first, the chicken or the egg? I went with the winch mainly because it's easier for me since I don't know how to install lockers. I just got jeep a few months ago and I figure if I break something I will try and fix it, can't break it any more well I guess I could. But i dont wanna go digging around the drive train if it is not broke.The mud pit I got stuck in I prob could have got out with lockers but the winch did a great job also.

tj00wrangler 11-04-2012 11:27 PM

I had the winch from the previous truck so it wasn't really any extra cost. Other than the cost of the mount. I've gone a few times with friends that didn't have a winch so it was handy.

ddjeeper 11-05-2012 01:42 PM

I don't think there's really an order of what you should get. It depends on how you plan in running your rig and what you will be running it through. Mostly preference if you ask me.

obidya 11-05-2012 03:24 PM

more importantly....

are you now permanently addicted?

ddjeeper 11-05-2012 03:58 PM

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Originally Posted by obidya
more importantly....

are you now permanently addicted?

Haha yes I am I can not wait to go again. The next the we plan on going as a big group is not till next fall... But I think I'll get a couple people together to go sooner. I had a couple scary moments but that's part of the fun


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