How capable (sp?) is a stock zj of doing some trail blazing? I was out today with some buddies trying to find a good swimming hole and stumble into a trail i went for a while on it and had no trouble woulda gone more but one of my buddies was freaking out lol. So what im asking is how far is to far when wheeling stock?
I am in 4-low until I am back at the trail head for the most part.
And as for how far a stock ZJ will go the vehicle will go pretty far in my opinion, but driver skill really takes a hold for the more difficult stuff. Keep your speed down, think about what you're going over, and don't drive off trail
I don't put it in 4lo at all until I get stuck, otherwise just the regular 4wd full time.
My stock ZJ has performed well with nothing but all terrain tires, however I didn't go through anything more then a foot or so deep since I go alone and getting stuck is not an option. I did get into a swamp type area marshy area. went slow, didn't stop, did just fine
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I use 4-low when working engine/transmission or when 4wd is required. When crawling, on grades, in mud and snow, etc. The reason I use low in these conditions is to take the load off of the transmission because the extra 2.72:1 gearing takes alot of strain off of it. This should help keep transmission cool and increase it's life... I hope.
When I am wheeling I pretty much always leave it in 4LO... Unless it is just a two-track or something.
Becarefull about where you drive. You say you just "found" a trail make sure it is not private property.
im pretty sure it isnt private cause when i turned into it there was a sign that said welcome to willamette national forest and there were no signs posted around. Also when i was in 4lo i didnt go over 15 - 20 i remember the sales guy told me not to go fast.