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Unread 11-20-2013, 05:51 PM   #1
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Question 4x4 Trails near elgin

Does anybody know any trails around here that you would be willing to share? I've been to cliffs but thats too far and I don't think my new jeep would be able to handle it. Any little muddy spots or anything?

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Unread 11-25-2013, 06:42 AM   #2
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Unread 11-25-2013, 04:42 PM   #3
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Unread 11-25-2013, 05:07 PM   #4
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Darnit, I thought I had a fellow Texan close to me I might be able to wheel with......Where I'm at in TX is also near a town named Elgin. But I bet you pronounce it differently.....My Elgin is pronounced Ehl-Gin (with a hard G like Goat). Yours is probably with a soft g like Gin the drink.

Anyway, nothing to see here.....Good hunting!
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Unread 12-14-2013, 02:02 PM   #5
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Lets use that 4wheel drive
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Lets use that 4wheel drive
Where you located by? Im close to elgin too
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Unread 12-16-2013, 04:37 PM   #7
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Unread 12-28-2013, 12:28 PM   #8
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There is nothing legal in this area. Cliffs is the closest park. You might be able to find a landowner who would give you permission, but I don't know of any who have an open invite to people.

People used to go to the DMV off of 31/20, but they issue tickets there now. There used to be a place in Spring Grove, but that is off-limits now too.

I grew up around here, and live near Elgin still.
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Unread 12-28-2013, 02:33 PM   #9
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I found one, but the guy said dirt bikes only... so we go at night. The one behind the dmv was funny. We took a Taurus down there once. Did you ever go to the one by the old walmart on Randal? That was a great spot. The police watch that like a hawk now.
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Unread 12-28-2013, 07:49 PM   #10
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I found one, but the guy said dirt bikes only... so we go at night. The one behind the dmv was funny. We took a Taurus down there once. Did you ever go to the one by the old walmart on Randal? That was a great spot. The police watch that like a hawk now.
I've actually never tried any of them, I just know about them. I see police at the Wal-Mart almost daily, that is on my daily commute route.

I would suggest sticking to legal options. Finding illegal spots doesn't help the hobby. It makes things worse going forward. Even the dirt bike guy will notice and tell the police. Stay legal and avoid the hassle.
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Stay legal and avoid the hassle.


Illegal wheeling could lead to the death of the hobby, so don't do it, especially in Illinois, it'll just give the legislators reason to outlaw modified Jeeps, and don't think they wouldn't.

The Cliffs is okay, the Badlands is better (make a weekend out of it), and Moab tops them both....make a week out that.
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Unread 12-29-2013, 05:56 AM   #12
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It just sucks taking your DD to places like that. Been to the cliffs once, everyone in my convoy broke something except me and that was back when I had my Wrangler. I done think my XJ would make it out alive.
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It just sucks taking your DD to places like that. Been to the cliffs once, everyone in my convoy broke something except me and that was back when I had my Wrangler. I done think my XJ would make it out alive.
I've been to the Cliffs many times, I always make it out alive, and I DD mine too. I try not to go after it's rained for a few days, because it's just a mud fest and mud is evil.
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Rokmen Trail Corners Metalcloak Overlines Kentrol Hood Latches JK Turn Signals Xenon 4" Flat Flares Hood Decal Duratracs
Derale Tranny Cooler DieHard Factor 55 Thimble Ten Factory Front Chromo Shafts

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Unread 12-29-2013, 06:52 PM   #14
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It just sucks taking your DD to places like that. Been to the cliffs once, everyone in my convoy broke something except me and that was back when I had my Wrangler. I done think my XJ would make it out alive.
That's better than a trespassing ticket and possible impound of your vehicle. Find legit places to go. The pickings are slim around Elgin though.

Badlands has some real easy sections where you won't run a risk of breaking much (if anything). Camping down there is plentiful.
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Unread 12-31-2013, 07:58 AM   #15
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I didn't know you can camp there ill have to check it out.
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