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Unread 08-23-2009, 10:48 AM   #1
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I am new to the world of wheelin and recently purchased my first Jeep Wrangler TJ - 2002. I have always had an interest in wheelin but never had a chance to get into it until now.

My TJ is pretty much stock except a 2.25 BB + 1 BL with 15x8 soft 8's wrapped with 33" goodyear duratracs. I have a dana 35 rear. I had to purchase new tires when I bought it so I could not see spending money on 30" so I went straight to 33's with the least amount of money I could spend.

Any suggestions on what to do, where to go, to ease me into this new world and lose my wheelin newbness? would it be safe for me to go to the cliffs alone and just see what I can do?

thanks for any help

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Unread 08-23-2009, 06:37 PM   #2
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check out, we r a new offroad club to illinois and have been looking for new members, we will be at the Cliff's on the 29th or check out our website for out next meeting, hope to see you there
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Unread 08-23-2009, 08:09 PM   #3
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Never go out wheeling by yourself. Bad idea. Could always join up with the Jeeps Gone Wild group and head over to Badlands.
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Unread 08-23-2009, 08:29 PM   #4
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I agree, never ever go wheeling alone, but you can sometimes get away with going to an offroad park alone, as there are always other jeepers there to lend a hand, or tag a long with.

If you can hit The Cliffs with DD offroad, do it, you won't regret it, fun place.

My club, Jeeps Gone Wild, is having an open run at The Badlands on September 19th, if you can make it, come on out. You can probably even hook up for the caravan down, depending on where exactly you are coming from.
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Unread 08-23-2009, 08:30 PM   #5
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Badlands is ~3 hours away but well worth the trip. The cliffs is closer but I've heard it's not as good as badlands. Check this section out periodically for people posting when they go on trips to the cliffs/badlands and see if you've got that day(s) free.
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Unread 08-24-2009, 07:41 PM   #6
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I will also be going to the Cliffs Saturday the 29th. First time going there and it will just be my 14 year old son and I in our '05 Rubicon. Would enjoy anyone joining us.
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Unread 08-24-2009, 09:21 PM   #7
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I will be there as well .. no club membership yet... along with my 11 yr. old son. I will be looking for ya.
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Unread 08-24-2009, 09:42 PM   #8
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Well guys, Ben and I will be there around 9 or 10 and we have a bright red Rubicon that will be on a trailer pulled by a gray Yukon. Jeep has Iowa plates, Yukon has Illinois plates. We just bought the Jeep last fall and put a lift kit on and 33 inch tires with the stock Moab wheels. We took it to Phoenix and Zion National Park last winter but have not done much serious wheeling yet so will probably stay on the easy trails Saturday. We have spent every weekend on the river this summer and need to have a change of pace for a weekend. My wife and daughter will be along but will take the Yukon and go shopping or whatever for the day.
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Unread 08-24-2009, 11:27 PM   #9
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Cool..looks like you have a good spotter. I may be down there Saturday or Sunday. Depends on a few things. Hopefully it isnt as sloppy as last weekend!! I will have my black TJ there...look for the Punisher skull on the hood. Trying to get my friend with a stock 04 TJ to join.
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Unread 08-25-2009, 08:33 AM   #10
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I am going to try to make it down there as well on the 29th since there will be others that are new to this. I have a khaki 2002 with 33" on soft 8's. I will look for you guys. I would like to meet you guys from DDOffroad and the others going.
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