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post #1 of 29 Old 05-18-2008, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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Question Badlands trail recomendations

Hello, I'm looking for a bit of advice. My TJ is nearly finished and I need to check it out. I caught the bug out in Moab last year and set it up with advice from a few friends that live in Utah, but the closest place to wheel around here is Attica. I'm basically looking for a trail you would recommend for a shakedown run or two, nothing to crazy, until I see what works and if anything needs to be changed. I'm eyeing a trip out to Moab maybe this fall after it cools down a bit there. My setup should be in my profile. No locker in the front yet, still trying to justify the cost since I have wedding coming up.
I've spent some time there on dirtbikes and quads but haven't seen the jeep trails. I saw the announcement for the JeepsGoneWild run but I'm not quite ready to go with a big group since I may break something 5 minutes out and hold everyone up....
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post #2 of 29 Old 05-18-2008, 04:19 PM
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In order of ease. Play in the rock quarry, check out the creek run, and if it's been dry for a few days try the orange trail. I've done all three with my stock TJ on 31's.

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post #4 of 29 Old 05-18-2008, 05:39 PM
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With your setup listed in your profile I would go on and just do the orange trail; it will test all of the components that you have. Be sure to take along a buddy for recovery and of course any breakage. Depending on rain the orange trail will test your articulation with a few good sized mud holes too boot. I see no real issues with you being able to test your setup on that trail. Never been to Moab but the quarry will help see how the rig performs on rocks and rock walls. Being locked in the rear will help greatly. I have been on runs where stock tj's, xj's and yj's have made it thru the orange trail with limited bypasses. Oh yea with road terrain tires.
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Sorry forgot to add if you don't have any I would add armor to the underbody of that jeep along with rock sliders.
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Thanks for the advice. I'm trying to convince my cousin to go, he's had his TJ lifted for several years, even has a winch. Makes me sick really, he bought the Warn 9.5TI and has never even used it, never been offroad. I've been trying to bribe him with free replacement parts for his D35 since mine is just taking up space on the garage floor.
Was really wanting the Aussie for the front end but think I'll spend the money on a engine/oil skid instead.
It's been a few years since I was there, but I assume its generally less busy during the week? My schedule rotates so I was going to try and go when it wasn't so crowded. I'm really gonna take it easy and check the articulation and locker function as much as I can. Don't want to be in people's way if I can avoid it.
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Dont forget this place http://www.thecliffsinsaneterrain.com/

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Dont forget this place http://www.thecliffsinsaneterrain.com/

and hanibal rocks
I'm not sure (from what I've heard anyway) that I would go to the Cliffs to test out a new set up. There's penty of stuff in the quarry, and just around the edge, to test a new set up, at the Badlands....meaning if you do happen to break something, recovery would be easy.

I have plans to go to the Badlands this Friday with one other Jeeper, as long as it doesn't rain all week. You're more than welcom to join us. He'll be testing out a bunch of new mods too.

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post #9 of 29 Old 05-19-2008, 12:15 AM
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X2 Stay away from the cliffs. I've seen people escape without damage, but they are few and far between.

The prior recommendations are good ones. (orange,creek,quarry) Hitting the dunes is alot of fun too though. That will give you an idea of where you stand as far as a tire/gear combo. Just be sure to watch out for bikes/quads.
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Thanks again for the advice. As far as Friday I'm not sure yet, I have the day off but I work Thursday night until 6 am Friday morning so I may be too tired. I hafta drive from Aurora so by the time I got some sleep and drove over there they would be closed...
Theeddie you may have seen my cousin around there, he grew up in Minooka, he has a blue TJ with about 4 inches of lift and MT baja claws. He's around there alot helping my aunt as she still lives in the area. If you see him cruising call him a poser for me..he's afraid to take his rig off the highway.
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Hey you're from Aurora?
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yeah southeast end. not too far from 59/95th. came up down by champaign so the traffic here drives me right out of my tree.
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Theeddie you may have seen my cousin around there, he grew up in Minooka, he has a blue TJ with about 4 inches of lift and MT baja claws. He's around there alot helping my aunt as she still lives in the area. If you see him cruising call him a poser for me..he's afraid to take his rig off the highway.
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What other trails are there? Can some one name them all and their demands?

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yeah southeast end. not too far from 59/95th. came up down by champaign so the traffic here drives me right out of my tree.
Hey I frequent that area alot, my girlfriend lives around there. You've prolly seen my rig around...


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