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post #1 of 5 Old 05-17-2013, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
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General JK Unlimited Advice

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I'm headed to Moab in my brand new JKUR in a couple weeks ,and I'm just looking for some advice on types of obstacles to watch out for. After playing around with a rental 2 door and my brother's FJ last year, it became apparent that every vehicle is inherently weak on certain types of obstacles. So what should I be looking out for to avoid giving myself too hard of a time? Any help is appreciated!

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post #2 of 5 Old 05-17-2013, 01:07 PM
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Buy Chuck Wells book on Moab trails. Available from or your local shop. Tells all you need to know for a first timer.

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Thanks! I picked that one up last year, definitely lots of good info. Any obvious Wrangler weaknesses you can think of?
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post #4 of 5 Old 05-20-2013, 03:50 PM
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in moab as long as you do not drive past your ability the Jeep is way more ready than you are. I mean there is a guy on youtube that does many trails in a Crown Vic.
Moab has more danger on sometrails with driver error than most places. you get high up on things. If you do something FUBAR it can be a real "Houston we have a problem". fall of of hells gate at thetop your in a real S>H. same on escollater. There are not real hard just a matter of where you place tires. Compared to trails like Rubicon and others you get FUBAR might just flop on its side or bash a quater panel.

Wells books tend to be on the lighter side of trails and wont include the real hard stuff. For good reasons. Liabilty.

If you are new to offroad I hope you are going with people or a club? Not that spotters are the end all too. I have seen spotters giving the wrong info and it never ends well if that happens. If the spotter has a beer and cig might want to rethink the information.

My fav bad spotter video at Moab. If you plan to run it do not show this to your wife. this is not a hard thing to run BUT......

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post #5 of 5 Old 05-21-2013, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks 222Doc! That's good to hear about the Jeeps abilities! I've been going down to Moab for a lot of years mountain biking, so I've seen a ton of Jeeps do most trails and learned from what they're up to. I'm also used to stopping and picking my own lines before going after things from biking. I'm going with my family, not a club, but I can trust my dad as a spotter. We both have Mechanical Engineering backgrounds, so lots of thinking through the problems and an understanding of what the physics of the vehicle are. And my brother has an 07 FJ with a 3" lift and 33's, so I figure I should be able to keep up to that pretty well!
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