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post #1 of 6 Old 03-22-2012, 07:33 AM Thread Starter
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Question Newbie needs advice and education!

School me. Is it stupid to take a brand new 2012 Rubicon off roading? Is it going to get all banged up or just dirty? Never been off road ever other than on a quad. Very excited and eager to learn and participate. Obviously i need to start on basic, easy trails first and learn. Probably need to go on guided tours.
Who wants to show me the way?
I live in Shiawassee County but have a place in Roscommon County too.

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post #2 of 6 Old 03-22-2012, 11:23 AM
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Yes.. expect to get damage. Is it a guarantee that you will do damage? No. But you have to pay to play. Sure you can do easy open trails.. but eventually you will get bored with those and try more difficult stuff. There are a lot of people who buy brand new offroad vehicles just for the purpose of taking them offroad. I currently only have one vehicle and I take it offroading. I expect something to break at some point. But, youre on the right track. Go with someone who knows what they are doing first.. perhaps in their rig.. so you will know what to expect. Prepare to get hooked on it though.
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post #3 of 6 Old 03-22-2012, 03:15 PM
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I found this book helpful.
If you don't have a winch, make sure you have a Hi-lift jack and some chains and a rescue strap. Make sure to bring a friend in a second vehicle in case you break down. Keep in mind that your Jeep is new, there may be a defective part or 2 on it that could break without you doing anything wrong.

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post #4 of 6 Old 03-22-2012, 03:19 PM
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Silver Lake State Park is a great place to get the feel for your new Jeep. The sand can take a bit of getting used to. The first time I went there I thought airing down my tires meant dropping from 40psi to 25psi, and after I struggled for a while a passerby showed me how to use automatic deflators. Once I got over the shock of looking at my nearly flat tires we had a blast the rest of the day.

There will be a group of us heading there Sunday 4-22-12 if you want to tag along. More details at

Paul - 2005 Wrangler Unlimited
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post #5 of 6 Old 03-28-2012, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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thanks much. very interesting. I will keep that in mind.
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