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post #1 of 68 Old 08-29-2012, 09:01 AM Thread Starter
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First Time Going Off Road....Advice?

Hey guys

So my friend is taking me to a beginner / moderate area to go off roading locally
tomorrow and I am a little worried where as I have never done this before

I am looking for any advice and tips to get myself a little more mentally comfortable with the idea


I drive an 07 Wrangler X
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It's basically stock from what I can tell.
(Bought it used and found a few small things that the previous owner added on)
Example shock absorber is not stock on the front end of the Jeep and there is an "High Performance Off Roading Clutch" installed
According to the garage I took it to....

I am a total N00b and hope that the community here can give me tips tricks
Do's / Dont's

Thanks in Advance

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post #2 of 68 Old 08-29-2012, 09:08 AM
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Relax and have fun.

Depending on terrain, the tires might be a concern...but just enjoy yourself. Have some recovery gear handy.

Did I say have fun, yet?
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post #3 of 68 Old 08-29-2012, 09:36 AM Thread Starter
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No matter what I'm gonna have fun lol

But I'm worried about the technical crap like when to switch **** off or if I should keep it in 4WD the whole time or not....

Have full gas for Weight etc..........


Tips?
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post #4 of 68 Old 08-29-2012, 09:40 AM
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I always fill up...but that's b/c I always want to get home

Just keep it in 4wd...you'll know if you need 4lo. I usually drop it into 2wd if it's a long, easy stretch between "obstacles" Most easier trails will be that way...as you progress into tougher areas, you'll stay in 4wd the whole time.
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What about that electronic switch turn off next to the passenger airbag off light?
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Dont shift while in deep water if you have a manual transmission.
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post #7 of 68 Old 08-29-2012, 10:05 AM
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Based on my last experience try to test water level f you can. I almost wrote off my jeep lol.

That plastic skid plate thing will most likely get ripped off at some point lol. 4hi will be good if it's really steep incline use 4lo.

I'm not a pro so I can't provide technical advice for ya. Just have fun and make sure you have a change of clothes and shoes. Keep it in a plastic bag tight. And have your windshield washer fluid topped up.

There's the plastic thing. At some point if you're having a lot of fun you'll prob notice it's missing lol. that so far is my best and favorite mod
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post #8 of 68 Old 08-29-2012, 10:09 AM
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Not only don't shift, don't press the clutch pedal if you are in deep water. The jeep should start in 4-low with out pressing the clutch if you happen to stall.

Take recovery gear, doesn't matter how easy the trail is, if you are stuck you are stuck. It happens to the best of everyone. Don't do anything your not comfortable with, remember they are not paying for your car you are. The trail will be there when you are ready to come back and try it. Don't try to straddle tall rocks, get a wheel up on it and go over it that way, the last thing you need is being high centered on it, or puncturing something important like an oil pan.

I heard this once before and I feel it needs repeating. If this is your first Jeep and you are new to wheeling, the only limiting factor you will encounter is your puckered ***.
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post #9 of 68 Old 08-29-2012, 10:15 AM Thread Starter
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Some good advice so far

I would have never known about shifting

Yes it's a 6 speed manual trans.

I think its mostly gonna be driven over bumpy trails

Not much rain the past few days to worry about

How far can you submerge your jeep before you ruin the mechanics?

As for rocks and stuff I have no lift and 36" tires so not gonna push it with 0 experience on that front...
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By the looks of your picture those are the stock 32s.

As far as water depth, I believe I recall something stating 19" stock. I wouldn't push it unless you have to, I would keep it bumper level or lower.

Nope, Jeeps website says 30"

http://www.jeep.com/en/jeep_capabilities/trail_rated/
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Keep the manual tips coming guys, I have wheeled by auto Cherokee for awhile, but now the 6 spd rubi im driving I feel like a newb as well.

I also did not know not to shift in high water. What classifies high water? if the tranny is submerged?
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I also did not know not to shift in high water. What classifies high water? if the tranny is submerged?
Same here. I'm sure I have shifted at some point while in water, or even pushed the clutch in. Still a lot to learn. Also didnt know that I could restart after a stall in 4wd without pushing the clutch in. I thought there was a sensor that stopped you from doing that. Still more to learn.

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Same here. I'm sure I have shifted at some point while in water, or even pushed the clutch in. Still a lot to learn. Also didnt know that I could restart after a stall in 4wd without pushing the clutch in. I thought there was a sensor that stopped you from doing that. Still more to learn.
You can start it in gear when in 4lo, 4hi still requires the clutch to be pressed in.
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post #14 of 68 Old 08-29-2012, 10:58 AM
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...there is an "High Performance Off Roading Clutch" installed According to the garage I took it to...
What is a "High Performance Off Roading Clutch"? Did this garage install it for you? If they didn't, how do they know what clutch is in it?

You've gotten some good tips so far. The only thing I'll add is don't be afraid to say no. Don't let anyone talk you into something that you don't feel comfortable with. It's your rig. You are paying for it and you will have to pay for anything that breaks. As you do more you will develop confidence in what your rig will do and have a better understanding about what it won't do.

Keep in mind that free advice can frequently be worth less than you pay for it.
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Same here. I'm sure I have shifted at some point while in water, or even pushed the clutch in. Still a lot to learn. Also didnt know that I could restart after a stall in 4wd without pushing the clutch in. I thought there was a sensor that stopped you from doing that. Still more to learn.

4wd low only. It is a darn handy feature.

If you do plan on doing good water crossings extend your axle breather tubes, you don't want water or silt in there either.

A few other key things.
Wear your seat belt, if you have a CB radio take it, take garbage bags and toilet paper, be sure you have the tools to throw your spare on if you pop a tire, and most importantly tred lightly. The trails are marked, follow them. Blazing your own path is what gets trails and parks shut down.
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