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Unread 01-25-2012, 01:54 PM   #16
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Plenty of DDs on here that are very capable offroad.
Why risk breaking something on your DD, when a job or school could be at risk of attendance.

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Unread 01-25-2012, 01:57 PM   #17
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Why risk breaking something on your DD, when a job or school could be at risk of attendance.


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Unread 01-25-2012, 01:59 PM   #18
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Why risk breaking something on your DD, when a job or school could be at risk of attendance.
So...your saying go out and buy another vehicle for off road use only? Then buy a trailer to haul it? -oh and then get a truck that can haul the trailer and jeep?

There are plenty of DDs that are very capable off road. Mine is a DD and on 36s..and a D60.. and a spool..and... etc etc. all depends on what you want to do, but it never stops, and you keep upgrading.
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Unread 01-25-2012, 02:20 PM   #19
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So...your saying go out and buy another vehicle for off road use only? Then buy a trailer to haul it? -oh and then get a truck that can haul the trailer and jeep?

There are plenty of DDs that are very capable off road. Mine is a DD and on 36s..and a D60.. and a spool..and... etc etc. all depends on what you want to do, but it never stops, and you keep upgrading.
I couldn't agree more. I would want to spend that much on a vehicle only to drive it 1-2 times a month then trailer it the rest of the time. Why even own a jeep at that point. why not go and buy a buggy.
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Unread 01-25-2012, 02:30 PM   #20
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Why even own a jeep at that point.
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Unread 01-25-2012, 03:37 PM   #21
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op said mud so i say mud terrains and a power washer
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Unread 01-25-2012, 03:59 PM   #22
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I wheeled my 97 TJ stock on 31 Mud Dawgs for years untill this year when i paid it off. I agree with everyone saying that it is quite capable. I invested about $700 in A Kolak lift. Which is a 2.5" Old Man Emu set of springs and Bilstein 5100 shocks. It was a breeze to install and it's smooth as all getout on the road. Then i got 33x10.5 r15 BFG KM2s 5 for about 1350. They fit on stock rims, perform amazingly on and offroad, and on a lesser note look GREAT.

Wheeling your DD is one of the best ways to get to know your vehicle. If and when you break something, get in there, learn how to fix it and be a more well rounded person from the experience.
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Unread 01-26-2012, 11:44 AM   #23
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You could throw in a lunchbox locker like a lock rite pretty cheap and easily too.
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Unread 01-26-2012, 01:09 PM   #24
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I drove a WJ locked for quite a while...got irritating after awhile of driving through town. I'd spend the extra dough on selectable lockers...they're well worth every penny. On a budget I'd look for an LSD since it's invisible on road. I'm figuring the OP will be DD'ing this Jeep 95% of the time so speaking from experience a lunch box auto locker gets annoying (personal opinion only).

Also, as this thread originally says "MUD" I would suggest the OP get into a regular routine of cleaning all braking components on the Jeep. Especially if he's running older calipers; I don't know if it was just the WJ or not but once I started submerging the axles into muck my rotors/calipers started giving me a ton of issues.

Mods that will add up to performance for the OP; 31" mud tires, LSD and if needed BB with good shocks to ease the on road ride.
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Unread 01-26-2012, 01:19 PM   #25
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I wheel my DD....I've got another option if I need it but I choose to drive the Jeep as often as possible and don't trailer it. I love hard trails and rocks. The sketchier the better. I do it that way because I like the challenge and I like the fact that it really shows confidence in the rig and the parts used. It's not hard to build a rig that is point-and-shoot off the road, drives great on the road at any speed, and durable/reliable enough to be able to do both in one day. It's not cheap, either. You can't just slap some cheap arms, coils, shocks, and some good tires on it and call it good. It takes way, way, way more.
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Unread 01-26-2012, 01:28 PM   #26
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^And finding all of this out the hard way sucks...been there done that and won't do it again.
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Unread 01-26-2012, 03:07 PM   #27
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I just have a 2" BB on mine and KM2's. I was doing good yesterday until I went into a big mud hole, and a stick got rammed up beside my t-case and disconnected my novak shifter and shifted my t-case to neutral. I was stuck in the water, literally.

This was after I had been pulled out of the hole some.



This was after we were done for the day. I only got stuck once. But after I fixed it, I went back through it.

I get around fine in mine. Just get some good tires that clean out the mud as they spin, and make sure you have the right gears for the size of tire you're running. That way, the engine won't bog down in the lower RPM's.

And like said above: Get a pressure washer. Most cars washes won't let you wash this much mud off your Jeep.
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Unread 01-26-2012, 03:08 PM   #28
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I drove a WJ locked for quite a while...got irritating after awhile of driving through town.
I assume maximus1000 meant a lunchbox up front, where it is invisible unless you're in 4WD.

I agree that front & rear selectables are better if you have the $, but as far as bang for your buck, the $250 to add an Aussie up front made a night-and-day difference in the performance of my Jeep. (Works nicely with the LSD I already had in the rear.)
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Get some better tires and some recovery gear. A half decent winch would run you around 400 bucks but if you know how to use it properly you can start with just a good ol hi lift jack. Typically off road performance and on road performance are inverse of each other, so just find the right balance for your needs.
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Unread 01-27-2012, 12:05 AM   #30
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Get some better tires and some recovery gear. A half decent winch would run you around 400 bucks but if you know how to use it properly you can start with just a good ol hi lift jack. Typically off road performance and on road performance are inverse of each other, so just find the right balance for your needs.
They don't have to be. Maybe if you're talking about buying cheap lift kits but if you build it right you can have a just as or even better on road experience.

Recovery gear does go a long way though. A cheap strap served me well for a year but I then bought a Warn under $500.
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