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post #1 of 15 Old 03-03-2002, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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OFF ROADING TIPS?

I've just realized my dream of owning a Jeep, is there a site that can give me any info on off roading driving techniques?

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post #2 of 15 Old 03-03-2002, 06:25 PM
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well.. ther are several.. but here's the main keys ingredients to a successful off-road excursion

1. have recovery equipment (strap, come-along, winch(optional), gloves, shovel, etc..)
2. be aware of where your differentials are in relation to large trail rocks you are going over.
3. if you do not have lockers or quick disconnnects, be aware that lifting more than one tire off the ground at a time will more than likely get you stuck, (even if you have a positrac/limited slip).
4. going slow (in 4 low) over rocky terrain is better than Ironman Stewarting them..

there are many more, but it's pretty much common sense stuff that you will learn along the way. the gloves and the shovel come in handy for when you will ineveitably high-side your vehicle for digging it out and rolling large rocks into its path so you can get moving.

A hi-Lift jack is worth its weight in gold.

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So he wants to go OFF-ROAD does he????

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Thanx for the info!!
one thing I wanted to know,
while i was off roading in the mud and rocks, i noticed that while riding through areally rocky patch i was playing with the clutch alot ( in and out constantly) in order to go slow enough not to shread my tires yet fast enough not to stall
how are the clutches in a stock TYs? can they handle that? or will I burn it?
is there a better method?
hey thanks again for your insight...
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Have you stalled your jeep in 1st gear, 4-low? it can be quite torquey at low speeds, even idle. Try it if you haven't already. If your jeep still isn't slow enough, maybe a regear or a slower transmission or transfercase should be investigated. Although a little clutch work is alright, feathering is bad for any clutch's life expectancey. If you can smell the clutch burning, you're doing something wrong.
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Yeah i gotta get the feel for it i guess- i was in 4 wheel high- i havent stalled yet i guess its the fear of stalling the had me feathering the clutch-
when should i use low as opposed to high?
i can feel the obvious diff but the manual said something about not using low for offroading use?
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post #6 of 15 Old 03-04-2002, 07:58 AM
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whats really interesting is stalling while on a steep grade pointing up.
(gotta get my park brake fixed or grow another foot)
one safety tip is keep your thumbs out of the inside of the steering wheel.
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(gotta get my park brake fixed or grow another foot)
Check this article out... its not Jeep specific, but applys to anyone with a manual tranny.

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get a BIG front bumper and hit anything that gets in your way or you cant turn around...Rob? Agree?
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hmm.. i've done that to get me to the fuel station after running out of gas. my wife thought i was nuts. but it kept her from having to push me, hehe.
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get a BIG front bumper and hit anything that gets in your way or you cant turn around...Rob? Agree?
I definitely agree Nothing helps cover up bad driving better than 1/4" plate steel bolted to the front of your rig I've even used mine to move the occasional Honda out of my parking spot or remove wandering animals from our state roads

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Let remind our new friend that, if you can't make it up a steep hill, TURNING AROUND is NOT usually the right thing to do. Back it down slowly, or you might be roll'n, roll'n, roll'n . . . and break off those nice sideview mirrors.

Also, anytime 4-high is too fast at idle, use 4-low. Even on pavement, 1st gear idle would take a long time to mess up your x-case.

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Thanx Brudduhas
Thats all really great info that i'll take to heart, i know that experience is the best teacher, but im stoked to know that i have some brothers in mud out there if i get stuck..
thanks again!!
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Brothers in mud? Is that all? Don't forget brothers in rocks, roots, snow, asphalt, sand, gravel, and wherever else your jeep might try to take you. Then there are the jeepchicks too-sisters in mud??? I dunno
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here is a link

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THANKS FOR THE LINK
IT HAS SOME GREAT INFORMATION
THANKS AGAIN BRUDDAHS
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