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Old 01-21-2011, 10:32 PM
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Hi everyone! I just got myself a Wrangler Sport Unlimited. Never had one or anything like it before. I'm planing on using it for everyday use as well as to go trailing from time to time. I'm a bit worried of not knowing exactly what I need, the real basics, on my Jeep to go trailing. For example, what parts or upgrades should I get before attempting it.

My plans for trailing are moderate. What I mean with this is that I won't be doing anything hardcore like river crossing where the jeep gets submerged into water. I'm thinking on going to trails that have moderate mud, rocks, mountain hills and ponds or little rivers. If I get my jeep into a pond or little river I don't want water to go past the top of my tires.

So, can anyone give me any advise on recommended parts for this kind of trail riding fun. Any other advise as far as security and what NOT TO DO will be really appreciated. Thank you!!

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You don't need anything (yet). Your new Jeep is a very capable machine as is. Start out easy, you'll soon learn what type of things you like to do, which will then lead you into the mods you may want.

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If you're looking at fording deep waters, keep in mind that the breathers are situated at about 19 inches (if I remember correctly). They'll let water into your axles and transmission. There are threads instructing how to move these up higher. (This is on my list of things-to-do, just waiting for the shop to thaw out, lol!
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Old 01-22-2011, 07:07 AM
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Thank you for your help. Question, what are the breathers???? Sounds like I rather take care of that as soon as I can! Do you know where can I find pictures so that I can identify them on the 2011 wrangler? I did a bit of a search on Google but all I found was pictures for older models and the quality of the pictures weren't that good.
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Welcome to the Forum-A stock Wrangler is a very capable vehicle-more so than a lot of people realize. biggest issue in my opinion is tires-make sure they are at least all terrains-mud terrains may be a better choice if it is usually wet/muddy where you are wheeling. The Duratrecs are bragged about very strongly on this forum. I myself run BFG All Terrains but do a lot of road driving and they are less costly than Duratracs, and have always worked well for me. Am on my 3rd set. Get about 50-60k out of a set.

The "breathers" are for your axles and do just that-allow air in and out of the axles. They are not very large openings but if your axles are under water, without the breathers having been raised, obviously the axles will get water inside. I myself have not raised or extended my breathers as I don't drive in that much water-if you stay out of ponds/river crossings and just stay to trails or mud may not need to be a first priority. Happy wheeling.

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Old 01-23-2011, 09:26 AM
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It's so nice to see replies with great info on it. About the tires, I honestly haven't check which ones I got now, I just took a peek from the window and they are Goodyear Wrangler SR-A. So I'll have to check it out online and find out what are they good for as I would like to use them for at least a year before replacing.

As for the breather tubes, I found this picture on another post. The owner raised them to the top of the engine. But I guess I have to get me the service manual to find where they are.

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