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post #1 of 5 Old 06-28-2003, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
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Jeep vs. Truck

Jeep vs. Truck. What one is better in the mud if equipped the same? What are the pros and cons of a 6cylinder Jeep vs. a V8 4x4? Thanks, Ryan

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post #2 of 5 Old 06-28-2003, 10:29 PM
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For mud, a truck will generally be superior when properly equipped, largely because it is easier to get bigger tires on a fullsize than a jeep. For real wheeling, though, I have found that a fullsize simply won't fit on many of the trails around here, or gets hung up on stuff because of the longer wheelbase. That's why I'm going to get rid of my Ram. I love it, but it just doesn't cut it offroad.
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The short wheel base and tight turning radius on a Jeep make it the right choice for most tight trails. If you're just mud boggin' who knows, but to get there, you'll have less problems in the Jeep. I used to have a long wheelbase Dodge Power Wagon. You couldn't turn it around in a ten acre field.

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My last ride was a 99 Dodge Ram w/360 ci lifted 4". It had decent power, but both of my TJ's would eat it alive when it came to offroad manuvers. I am extreamly happy about switching to Jeep.


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hehe.....I have extensive experience

For open field mud running, as much as it pains me to say, you can't touch a big beefy long wheel based truck with 38inch or better tires.

For super tight wooded trails, you can beat a little 4 banger jeep with 31-33 inch tires. Its light, leaves little foot prints and is highly manuverable around the trees and stumps.

For more used trails, rocks, stream beds, etc...a nicely setup jeep with a 6 (or 8 conversion) and 35 inch tires is hard to top. Not too much lift to make it overly top heavy, plenty of grip, lotsa torque, and the short wheel base makes steep embankments dissappear. I ran my truck up a steep embankment from an old crick once and literally put the rear bumper on the ground (dragged it for a good 12-16 inches before the whole truck was on the hill and scooped up about 50 pounds worth of sand/pebbles/dirt), put an air bubble in my fuel lines, and bent an exhaust pipe, the same slope was nothing to the jeep.

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