X3 -- join LSJC and start reading. The best thing you can do is put your lift on yourself. Most lifts are something you can do in your garage, and these forums will provide you information and potentially extra hands if you supply food and beer. The more you learn while modding your Jeep, the better off you will be if something goes awry on the trail.
As for places to wheel, there's the red river, Bridgeport, and a great spot in east Texas. Those are the closest
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