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post #1 of 5 Old 06-28-2012, 12:35 AM Thread Starter
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FNG looking for help

So I'm 19, I have a 98 ZJ, I don't really know much about off roading, or rock climbing, but I am really interested in finding out more, and getting my jeep to its full potential.
So what I'm asking is if somebody wouldn't mind getting together sometime and showing me the ropes essentially? and maybe help me with my rig?

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post #2 of 5 Old 06-28-2012, 12:27 PM
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You can try to hook up with some clubs down your way or hop on over to NW-Wheelers and check that place out. Lots of locals there. Also try PNW4WDA It can be a good resource for runs and meeting people.

God grant me the serenity to accept the impossible trails I cannot crawl, courage to crawl the twisted trails I can, and the wisdom to keep the rubber side down.
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post #3 of 5 Old 07-09-2012, 06:07 PM
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If you're new to the scene my recommendation would be to get your feet wet on the "easier" trails and progress up from there, modding your rig as needed once you have realworld experience.

I'd be up for hitting the trails with you but my summer is pretty much booked up wheel'n wise with the groups I'm running with and they are somewhat private groups. Otherwise . . .

I would recommend checking out the North Cle Elum trails, parts of Liberty / Table Mountain, Durr Rd / Umtanum Ridge and other such places. Maybe Naches Trail, too. Check the sticky at the top of the Washington subforum here. Oh and never go out alone. Always travel with another rig.

I don't know a ton about the Grand Cherokee or your budget situation so pardon my butting in but . . . from what I know I think you'll hit a limit where to bump up to a certain tire size will require a substantial lift and other expensive modifications. The wheel wells on the GCs aren't that big so to fit larger tire requires a taller lift. Its doable but there is cost involved.

If you are looking forsomething that would probably work without getting crazy I thinnk ~2 - 3" lift and 31" tires would work well. OME is a good solid brand. However the best bet is to comb through the GC forums.

Sorry I can't be more help.

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post #4 of 5 Old 07-17-2012, 11:06 PM
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Im in tacoma man wouldnt mind helping im building a 2004 grand myself
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post #5 of 5 Old 07-17-2012, 11:20 PM
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The guy in Everett, google the club "Timber Tamers". They are up in your area.
Really the only area up your way is Walker Valley. That is up in Mt Vernon. Great trails out there.

The in Tacoma, the best place for you to start is Tahuya. Real nice and easy trails and a couple challenging hill climbs.

Good luck guys. My only other advice would be to sell the ZJ and buy something with a frame. LOL
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