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Unread 07-31-2013, 12:02 PM   #1
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Moab in a stock Sport?

Putting this in JK Tech because I'm curious about JK capabilities. Mod, please move if this is the wrong place.

Headed to Moab in a month for a mountain biking trip and I want to do some wheeling while I'm there. The only wheeling I've done there was Fins N Things in a rental Rubicon - which handled it quite nicely.

I'm trying to decide if I'm better off driving the Jeep out there (13 JKS) or driving the truck with much better MPG and cargo capacity and then renting.

The only upgrade on my Jeep is 33" BFG MTs. No lockers or lift. Will I be disappointed with it's performance on the rock after having driven the Rubi?

Also, what trails would be comparable to Fins N Things? That one was fun without requiring a change of underwear.

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Unread 07-31-2013, 12:11 PM   #2
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You have an opportunity to drive your Jeep around Moab, why wouldn't you take it? It will give you an opportunity to find out what kind of mods will help you to handle the obstacles in the future. Of course you will not have as easy a time in a Sport as you did in a Rubicon, but a little challenge makes offroading more fun.
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Unread 07-31-2013, 12:50 PM   #3
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Plenty of trails a sport can handle in Moab. Get the book Guide to Moab by charles Wells
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As mentioned, there is plenty to do out there with a stock Jeep. No way I would drive a truck out there. How much better mileage could it get?
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Unread 07-31-2013, 01:35 PM   #5
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OK, truth is, there are 2 other guys going with me and they don't want to ride in the Jeep for 18 hrs. I was thinking I'd take the Jeep with a trailer for the bikes and gear and they could fly - but they want to road trip just not in the Jeep.

I guess I'll push for 2 vehicles - because you're all right, the Jeep needs to go.

And Beast - thanks for the book recommendation, it'll be here on Friday.
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Unread 07-31-2013, 01:55 PM   #6
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Sounds like their problem. Yeah, definitely their problem.

If you have the means to take a trailer, there should be plenty of room in the Jeep for 3 people.
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That guide book is awesome. Check out Seven Mile Rim, nothing much worse than Fins' on there. A few larger ledges but most those can be avoided
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Unread 07-31-2013, 08:27 PM   #8
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I vote for renting a Jeep in Moab, if money is no object. It saves wear and tear on your jeep, you get better gas milage on the trip up, and you get to play around Moab with a Rubicon, This gives you the option of going on some more difficult trails and seeing the advantages/disadvantages of a jeep with different equipment. You already know how your jeep drives, handles, and it's limitations.

There are plenty of cool trails that don't need a lift or lockers, but it sure is fun to have them there.

Let us the decision. Inquiring minds want to know...
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I vote for renting a Jeep in Moab, if money is no object. It saves wear and tear on your jeep, you get better gas milage on the trip up, and you get to play around Moab with a Rubicon, This gives you the option of going on some more difficult trails and seeing the advantages/disadvantages of a jeep with different equipment. You already know how your jeep drives, handles, and it's limitations.

There are plenty of cool trails that don't need a lift or lockers, but it sure is fun to have them there.

Let us the decision. Inquiring minds want to know...
You may want to read that rental agreement.
You could do 90% of the trails in Moab with a stock Jeep.
We are planning on going back to Moab next year. I have already told my wife I will not be taking my YJ unless we get a new truck. My truck has alot of miles on it and I am not really sure it will make it up over the Rockies towing my Jeep.
So we are thinking about taking the Commander.
I am certain we will be able to run Hells Revenge. though we will pass on the obsticles.
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Unread 07-31-2013, 11:32 PM   #10
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As mentioned Get the Charles Wells Book most of Us Utah Residents have a copy of it .

Your Jeep should be fine doing Hell's Revenge, Fins N Things, Poision Spider , Tower Arch Trail, Eye of Whale is Impassable this late in the season (Sand is too soft)
and there are a bunch more .
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Unread 08-01-2013, 08:38 AM   #11
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I was there 2 weeks ago in my stock Sport on 32s. it was great.
Most trails have bypasses for anything too difficult for a stock rig.

Is Eye of the Whale the one through Arches? Cause I ran that with no problem and the women I was with say it was their favorite run (less bouncing I assume).
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I was there 2 weeks ago in my stock Sport on 32s. it was great.
Most trails have bypasses for anything too difficult for a stock rig.

Is Eye of the Whale the one through Arches? Cause I ran that with no problem and the women I was with say it was their favorite run (less bouncing I assume).
Yes it is in arches national park you make a left onto the dirt road across from the balance rocks parking lot follow that for .8 mile then make. Right. There are signs posted on it stating impassable in summer due to the soft sand. And that trail is about 9 miles long and comes to a t at the end on to tower arch trail.
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