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Old 05-17-2015, 06:22 PM
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Finally took my 3 week old JK out on the trails, first battle scars...

So I finally had a chance to hit some trails and, like everyone before me, I am incredibly impressed with the Jeep's abilities. It handled the terrain without breaking a sweat like a mountain goat, very cool.

However, I did manage to pick up a few scars along the way so I wanted to get some opinions from the pros since I am a complete offroad newbie. There was a spot in the trail that had a tall sharp rock on the right, a narrow pass in the middle and a high smooth rock on the opposite side. My best guess was to avoid the sharp rock completely and go over the smooth one with the left side/wheels. This was all good until the rock got between the wheels and caught me gently. I was able to get through without much effort, but the rock left its mark.

I checked afterward and the following had scars on it:
1) Rear Lower Control Arm Bracket
2) Fuel Tank Skid Plate - From the same pass on the way back.
3) I think the Crossmember bar right in the middle going across. Its the lowest point aside from the differentials.

I'm a little hesitant to raise the Jeep as my wife uses it with the kids, so the question for the pros: Will frame mounted side rock rails help in getting over tall rocks like this? Or is the only solution is to get a lift for more clearance?

Thanks.

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Old 05-17-2015, 07:09 PM   #2
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Sliders won't do much to help there. I'm of the school of thought that it makes more sense to buy a complete skid plate set before lifting the Jeep, especially if it is a daily driver. The skids will provide a fairly smooth surface so you're less likely to get hung up on things.
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