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post #1 of 28 Old 10-25-2009, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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What seperates the "Weekend Warrior" from the "Trail Truck"

Ok its like this....

Went wheeling today (here are pictures for good measure; I forgot my camera)

Anyways, my Jeep is my DD. I drive it everyday, 80 miles a day to college. We dont have much serious off roading here but we have more trails then we know what to do with. They can get pretty gnarly actually. Today I loosened one shock, and the front driver shock bottom pin came undone out of the eye, loose rear sway bar bolt, and loose track bar. Also ripped off my exhaust. This is my first ever 4 wheel run I have ever had any issues. But I always wheel hard.

My friends have always said if they had a Jeep as nice as mine that they wouldnt rail it as hard as I do. Well I feel that I have a good idea of how much my Jeep can take an I wont break it too bad.

Anyways, today I kinda limped away from the trail after we got done because I never had anything break before and I didnt know what else was loose and any more problems I may have; I also got a damn wicked death wobble. I have some stuff to work on because today was rough, and its not drivable for my 80 miles tomorrow. Granted I could fix it in an hour or two thats not the point.

The point is I drive away from the trail not fully functional, and it needs work before I take a long drive. So for now its not my DD. So what am I? I always had the idea that the weekend warrior was someone that went out and had fun, never worried about their rig because they werent that intense. But with what my friends are saying I get the feeling i'm to hard on my Jeep for it being a DD.

Should I calm it down a bit?

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Get a sticker that's says "daily driver..if I break it on Sunday I'm ****ed" and keep doing what you're doing.

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Well that makes sense...
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post #5 of 28 Old 01-20-2010, 10:04 PM
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mine is my daily driver too. i do not drive as far as you do (more like 60 to and from college) but i wheel pretty hard and when its not deer season i have some pretty knarly trails on the family farm i can hit. i have broken more things than i can count and i always fix it and some of my friends don't understand (ricers)

all and all if you don't mind staying up till 3 or 4 am to get her back running go for it and don't look back

its not the biggest baddest rig on the trail, but i beat the hell out of it and have a good time.
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My YJ's my DD as well. I only wheel it as hard as I need to. If it breaks, fix it.

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My LJ is my DD. And I tend to wheel in places that are 3-5 (last trip was 8) hours away from home. If I break it too bad, I've got to fix it before I can even go home.

Wheel it to a point that YOU are comfortable with, carry lots of spare parts, and the necessary tools.

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^^^ true i don't go anywhere without my tool box. luckily it barely fits behind the back seat and if i lock the tail gait you can't get it out

its not the biggest baddest rig on the trail, but i beat the hell out of it and have a good time.
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My jeep is my DD and trail vehicle as well, but I have an old 91 explorer as a back up vehicle for getting parts and driving if can't fix it before work or college. The reason I have the explorer is I used to own a 02 Ford Focus and it was worthless in the winter so about half the winter I ended driving the explorer, and then finally I said screw it got rid of the Focus for a 4wd, and the explorer isn't worth anything to sell, so I figured I would just keep it.


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keep wheel'n the ***** out of your DD if you want pick up another cheep car or truck go for it... my jeeps my DD but i have a 86 chevy that i got for $1000 that runs great now when i break i can take some time to think about want i want to do with my jeep like when i bent a rear leaf i was able to do a lot of research about links and coils and what it costs but that ended up not being in my price range

also it nice knowing you can beat the crap out of your jeep and still have a ride to work the next day

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DD as well,

although 2 years ago i bought a bike that is a great parts runner when the jeep is torn apart in the summer.

also, all the "trails" in seacoast NH seem to have been gated so i don't even wheel that much anymore. I would like to get back into it after mud season, but i know i will be driving hours to the trail...

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My YJ was still my DD when I started Grad School. Between work, school, and home, and wheeling, I just couldn't keep doing it. I bought a cheap Honda. Parked the Jeep, drove that damm car everywhere. Didn't care where I parked it, didn't worry about it, didn't wash it, concentrated 100% on school. When school was over, I washed the car, and sold it to the next guy. Then I bought a TJ for a DD, and wheel the YJ.

Weekend warriors become trail trucks when you have too many more important things in life to do than fixing Jeeps.


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My yj is my dd and wheeler, i keep lots of spair parts....

but most of the crap that breaks on DD jeeps is crap that can be fixed on the side of a 2 track durring lunch..

keep doing what your comfortable with, in the end its your jeep.

Dont be so quick to let your friends hastle you because they cant keeep up \

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My rig is a DD but I beat on it because I take the bus to work

I'm frequently out of action for a couple of days until I get the u-joint/control arm/driveshaft/axle etc fixed. If we need to get groceries we use the Maxima.

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one time I snapped the control arm off my DD

I had to stay up that night welding to get to work on monday
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