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Old 08-25-2015, 10:18 AM
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First Time Offroading

So I want to go offroading for the first time. I have a friend who is a former wrangler owner and has done a decent amount of offroading. I'm hoping for some advice for a first timer and what types of equipment I will need to keep it safe for me and my vehicle. Thanks!

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Old 08-25-2015, 10:22 AM   #2
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What kind of offroading? Rocks, mud, trails etc.

With any kind of mud/puddles etc. if you are alone you'll want a winch. You need a way out in case you get stuck. I've never done rocks, but I wouldn't recommend it for a n00b from all the things I have heard from serious rock crawlers....unless they are tame. What model Wrangler?

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Most important piece of gear you could ever acquire for offroading in your Jeep, is the grey matter between your ears. Use common sense, and for when that is in short supply as it is sometimes in all of us, just get some basic recovery gear. A few long straps of sufficient capacity, always with a friend if it's anything other than graded dirt roads, and a means of communication that isn't just your cell phone. Worst case, the friend with a Jeep is the best, because you can always get towed to someplace you can have your Jeep worked on if you break it. Hence, the reason for the straps.

Go out with a group doing some beginner stuff, too, so you can sneak up on the limits and get some very specific advice from more experienced off roaders.
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Follow the link below. Print it, read it, and follow it's recommendations.

http://www.jeep4x4center.com/jeepjam...boreeGuide.pdf
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Thanks guys. Dust Devil, how can I find groups doing beginner stuff?
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Kadonny, it's a JK and it would likely be trails and mud, not rocks. I too have heard scary stories and I want to work my way there haha
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Good stuff to have:
Kinetic Recovery Ropes : 7/8" x 30' Kinetic Recovery Rope | Southeast Overland
Traction Device : MAXTRAX MKII | Southeast Overland
two of these: Recovery Hitches / Shackles : 3/4" Van Beest Green Pin Shackle | Southeast Overland


CB or HAM radio is a great safety measure, fire extinguisher, compact air compressor, tire repair kit, food/water, toilet paper...

Remember ---- go as slow as possible over an obstacle but as fast as necessary.
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Follow the link below. Print it, read it, and follow it's recommendations.

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This is great! Thanks!
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Go to meetup dot com and search your area for 4X4 or Jeep clubs.
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Go to meetup dot com and search your area for 4X4 or Jeep clubs.
ExPo is good for regional fun too:
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Well, a few others beat me to it, but there is good advice in these comments. Your Jeep is probably more capable than you think it is, but that is no reason to be bold. People wad Jeeps almost every day due to boldness without being too long on experience. Even experienced 4 wheelers wreck em once in a while. Watch more experienced Jeepers navigate obstacles first, before trying them yourself. There are some youtube vids that are helpful for beginners, too. Some people laugh at them, but everyone has to start somewhere.

Just remember: Some people learn by reading books. Some learn through the mistakes of other people. But a few have to pee on the electrified fence for themselves. Peeing on electrified fences is no way to go through life, LOL!
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OH, and right here on the Wrangler Forum, there are categories for your state or your region. You might find some interesting groups there, and more information on runs scheduled in your area. Most of the time, you'll find people willing to help with advice, and leave it up to the organizer of the run whether they will work with beginners. Usually, somewhere in the description they will mention the difficulty, especially if it's a tough one. Don't jump into those too early, as mistakes can be expensive. Experienced 4 wheelers sometimes lead beginner runs, and those are best if you can find them. You might even consider organizing one in a local spot, and inviting others in the area to help lend their experience.

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