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post #1 of 4 Old 08-02-2012, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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New jeep owner looking for tips and hints

I recently purchased a 2012 wrangler and absolutely love it. Just looking for some tips from some veteran jeepers or anyone with some words of wisdom. I am definitely a jeep owner for life. I live on 80 acres of forest playground!

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post #2 of 4 Old 08-02-2012, 07:34 PM
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you need protection: oil pan,diffs etc.

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post #3 of 4 Old 08-02-2012, 09:38 PM
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Armor is nice to have, but you need off-road wits too.
  • Always safety check your vehicle before heading out on the trail. Even new vehicles can break down.
  • Whenever possible, don't wheel alone - a second vehicle is always preferred especially when in more remote areas.
  • Always leave an itinerary (your planned route and return time) with someone you trust; don't rely solely on a cell phone to have coverage to get you out of a jam. Be prepared to hoof it out or wait for help if you're alone.
  • Carry recovery gear - basic tools, spare fuses, recovery strap, shovel, first aid, fire extinguisher.
  • Make sure your spare is good, and aired up - have a usable jack.
  • If you aren't sure how deep a water crossing is, get out and walk across it first.
  • If you aren't sure what's over a ridge you are about to crest, get out and check.
  • Be cautious when you cannot clearly see the ground in front of you - rocks, debris or crevices could be hiding under vegetation.
  • Don't make a u-turn on a steep slope - drive directly up/down.
  • Air down tires for a softer ride off road - be sure you have a portable air source to refill them before getting back on the road.
  • 4WD isn't true 4WD unless you have lockers.

Probably lots of other things I can't think of right now.
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post #4 of 4 Old 08-04-2012, 09:05 AM
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Here's a tip: beware the pentastar, it goes through belts like Rosie O'Donnell.

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