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Unread 05-07-2012, 02:05 AM   #1
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Exclamation Never Been Wheeling...

I am newbie when it comes to wheeling Where is a good place to get the jist and hanging of it? I've wheeled some dirt mounts and what not, but nothing like the Badlands. Just need some practice before I go out with a group of people and look like an idiot..

My Jeep is mostly for the most part.. Running 31" brand new Duratracs, 2" BB lift and that's about it.

But at home I have a bunch of parts that I need to install, I made a thread in this section couple days ago.

How would a relitivley stock GC do? Anyone up for some beginners/intermediate wheeling??

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Unread 05-07-2012, 04:41 PM   #2
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The Badlands isnt all that bad.. nor is the Cliffs.. dont let people scare you away. Now keep in mind.. when you wheel.. its not a matter of if you break something.. its a matter of when. Little things will always go wrong.. just be prepared for it. You should come out to the badlands on the 19th. its National Jeep Go Topless day and we have a big event out there Big rock crawlers to stock jeeps will be there. it will giv eyou a chance to meet a lot of people into wheeling and you will learn a lot in one day.
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Unread 05-08-2012, 06:50 AM   #3
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I went to the cliffs in my gc with 2"bb. I was surprised at all the places I got in to. You have to take in to consideration the longer wheelbase when trying to follow a yj.
I came home with a black eye(knocked out my fog light) and some trail rash but nothing major.
I'm planning a trip to badlands in mid June to check it out. It looks more friendly to stockers. More open areas as opposed to the ruts at the cliffs.
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Unread 05-08-2012, 07:20 AM   #4
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The club I'm in (ddoffroad.com) was at the Cliff's two weeks ago. In semi-dry conditions their trail 1 is accessible by most any 4wd vehicle. If there has been rain it gets more challenging but is still do-able. We had a stock range rover in our group that did fine. I have a stock Wrangler LJ with the same Duratracs and it did fine too. It slipped a bit in the morning in the goo but as it firmed up some in the afternoon it did better. What was a royal pain was all the cleaning I had to do the next day. The rear brakes and springs were completely encased in mud. If you are going to the Cliff's I'd advise to go when there has not been rain for a week. The dirt in that area has a lot of clay in it.

Regarding the Badlands I'd say their trails can be just as tight as Cliff's. There are some wide open trails too but many of the trails are as tight if not tigher than Cliff's. The Badlands mud is less clay-like the Cliff's so it does clean up easier.

DDO will be at the Cliffs again on May 26.



I took 3 of these off the Jeep afterwards.

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Unread 05-08-2012, 07:09 PM   #5
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I might have to take a trip out to the Badlands.. Where is it located? Is there a fee to go wheeling there?

Is there some sort of checklist that someone has put together for a first time wheeler>
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Unread 05-08-2012, 09:24 PM   #6
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Unread 05-10-2012, 01:38 AM   #7
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same here, my jeep is stock and never been off road. soon it will have banks exhaust and new spicer axle u joints since one is bad. I have been debating on going since i dont have the cash to fix things and i hate scratching my truck lol
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Unread 05-10-2012, 04:15 AM   #8
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same here, my jeep is stock and never been off road. soon it will have banks exhaust and new spicer axle u joints since one is bad. I have been debating on going since i dont have the cash to fix things and i hate scratching my truck lol
Same with me, I don't like my Jeep gettign scratched up.

I have a bunch of things I need to do.

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Unread 05-10-2012, 07:16 AM   #9
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Same with me, I don't like my Jeep gettign scratched up.

I have a bunch of things I need to do.

99+ intake
header
exhaust
V8 tie rod swap - drag link
tow hooks
front skid plate
If you want to get into wheeling, especially at the cliffs i know is notorious for body damage. i got a couple scratches from my first trip, and rolled in on the more difficult trails my second time. its something you will get use to. If your really like wheeling you eventally just stop caring and go all out.
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Unread 05-10-2012, 07:19 AM   #10
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Sorry im not trying to scare you ether. all wheeling is not like that just be ready for it if it happends.
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Unread 05-10-2012, 07:52 AM   #11
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I would say that scratches are going to happen if you're around trees. I wouldn't expect to roll over if you're not doing anything too extreme.
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Unread 05-10-2012, 09:33 AM   #12
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yea i should not care about scratches since i own a black jeep( means the paint sucks any way lol) just dont want body damage. i got stock rocker panel guards but thats it.
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Unread 05-11-2012, 09:05 PM   #13
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If you dont want to get scratched try Silver Lake sand Dunes in Michigan. About 3 hours from Chicago.
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Unread 05-11-2012, 09:17 PM   #14
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so who's down for some wheeling? I'm off every other weekend. Let's plan something. I want to see what my Jeep can do
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Unread 05-11-2012, 10:47 PM   #15
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Moparboy on the forum is in ddo and will be at the cliffs tomorrow. IM him here. He also has a GC. Also the club is having an outing there the end of the month.
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