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Old 05-10-2015, 05:29 PM
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Off Road Basics

I am about to order a brand new Unlimited Hard Rock this week. I know nearly nothing about off roading, but I'm positive my fiance and I will get addicted. I think we will especially enjoy light trails that we can cruise at least 35 or 40 mph on, but I can also see us enjoying some crawling. I want to be careful to not damage too much of the brand new Jeep, and I especially don't want to tip or rollover. I can't find a good youtube video of 4x4 basics. Anybody have any links?

Has anybody on here bought brand new, damaged it, and wished they had bought an older model? This is primarily DD, which is why I want new with leather, alpine speakers, etc...

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35Mph to 40mph? Honestly the wrangler is not the best vehicle for high speed off road.

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Old 05-10-2015, 05:41 PM
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35Mph to 40mph? Honestly the wrangler is not the best vehicle for high speed off road.
Yeah, I've heard that before. I guess I didn't consider 35 "high speed." Like I said, I think light trails will be fun. Just to cruise. Thanks for the input. I am pretty set on the Wrangler. Nothing else I test drove felt right after I tried a JKU.
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The best advice I ever got was to never go alone until your confident you can handle the route on your own.
When picking partners for a trip I like to see a few dings but no major damage on their rig.
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The best advice I ever got was to never go alone until your confident you can handle the route on your own.
When picking partners for a trip I like to see a few dings but no major damage on their rig.
That's sound advice. Thank you.
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Those speeds are probably OK for improved dirt roads, but even that could get sketchy if the roads are wet or heavily wash-boarded.

And I really don't consider that off road...just a different type of road.

For true off-roading, forest service and two-tracks, you want to slow down a lot and take your time until you figure out what to look for when approaching an obstacle.
Don't try to straddle large rocks or you will hit the underside of the vehicle. Most times you will want to go over them with the tires instead.

For more technical trails it's best to get some guidance from someone with experience.

But, don't be afraid to get out and explore, that's the fun of a Wrangler. Just take it slow and use your head before running blindly into a difficult situation.
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Find a local Jeep club to run with. They will help you learn. And 35-40 is pavement lol.
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Okay, Okay... Maybe my 35-40mph estimate was a bit high

I'm just overly excited about getting bit by the Jeep bug, so I'm gonna be picking everybody's brain for the next few months. I appreciate the overall patience of this forum.
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The best advice I ever got was to never go alone.
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Fixed this for you.
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I found a guy who is I4WDTA certified to train me. When I was young and dumb I just went for it, without much concern about technique or skill. Now that I'm older, my jeep is a lot more expensive and I often bring my family, I want to do it right. I want to develop skills, techniques and be safe. Before I spend a bunch on the Jeep, I'll spend it on me and building skills. That's more important than lights or a lift in my opinion.
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As far as videos, haven't seen many but look for jeep offroad 101 vids on youtube. Depending on what area your in I think some of the off road parks and/or clubs offer a 101 day to help newbies learn the basics. Good luck.
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Great learning experience if you can do this. I have done the Cumberlands for years. With that said, my best advice to someone wanting to learn "Off Road Behavior" I would have to say look carefully around for a Jeep Club to join.

" Maybe my 35-40mph estimate was a bit high " and yes it is for any dirt or gravel roads most likely encountered in the great outdoors. BUT more importantly is that you learn when and why we use 4 Low so not to damage the surrounding when needed.

Much of the information you need is already here on this site for reading. Getting outdoors is fun. But sharing your new experience and learning the right attitude while riding with others is a friend for life making deal. You can find yourself in many different situations where another Jeep is going to be what you need to recover.

Always go prepared. One hour trips can quickly turn into all night affairs even though you thought it was going to be just a quickie...

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