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Re: 2014 JGC Overland Off-road mod suggestions

Thanks all, I ordered Rocky Road 3-kit skid plates and their Super rock rails. I know rock rails aren't necessary for my style but they will give extra protection just in case plus these one's look good.

As far as tires, I am still thinking of these options:
1. get 18" AT's that are very good for hwy
2. get different 20's that are better for off road
3. keep 20"s and get second set of 18"s as back up (set on crags list here for $500)

Recovery, thinking a lot about this, most expensive is wench setup but not sure I need that. May go with Hilift, Maxtrax, Bubbarope, anchor and necessary revive accessories. If I go with Matrix do I really need 4, thinking two should cover it since I have Quadra Trac II system. There are a lot of recovery options available.

BTW - I will probably blow out my $2k budget

I can use hilt as hand winch in a pinch but not sure if I can pull out of sticky mud.

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Re: 2014 JGC Overland Off-road mod suggestions

The maxtrax are pretty awesome looking. Never used them before but watched a bunch of videos on their site the other day. I think you'd pretty much need a roof rack just to store them. They're pretty big!

I think for starters some good AT tires, skid plates, a snatch strap, and another 4x4 buddy and you're set until you determine just how far down the rabbit hole you wanna go!
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Re: 2014 JGC Overland Off-road mod suggestions

As far as an air compressor recommendation, I just got this VIAIR 300P Portable Compressor from Amazon a few months ago and have put it to the test a couple of times since. I'm most pleased with its compactness and price point. Also the build quality seems worth the extra $ over some of the cheaper options in a similar size.

+1 that it fits in my spare tire area with the rest of my gear too.



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Re: 2014 JGC Overland Off-road mod suggestions

I purchased the other Australian product, TRED. They are equally well rated and half as expensive.

I bought 4 and if you look up videos on line, people actually buy 4 (2 sets). Besides, I am of the opinion that I should make it as easy as possible on the car. Having 4 also allows someone on foot, beside the car, to advance the second set in front of the wheels to ensure traction until the driver clears the mud/sand/snow patch.
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Re: 2014 JGC Overland Off-road mod suggestions

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Thanks Mike.

I do have tow hooks, would a wench be advisable, or do people do without?

I was looking at Rocky Road skid plates, any thoughts on these or better?

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I avoid wenches whenever possible :-)

A CB radio is a cheap thing to have with you in case you're stuck and out of cell phone coverage areas.
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A CB radio is a cheap thing to have with you in case you're stuck and out of cell phone coverage areas.
While CB may work in some situations, unless you're within eyesight and on flat land, you'd be hard pressed to find anyone who would respond for help with CB in a remote location.

A little HAM radio or better yet, a mobile mounted HAM, is really the best option and it's not that much work to get up and running.

That's the route I went, just for emergencies for now.
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Re: 2014 JGC Overland Off-road mod suggestions

Most people with radios in the local/immediate area would have a UHF not a HAM radio. UHF doesn't need a licence either.
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Most people with radios in the local/immediate area would have a UHF not a HAM radio. UHF doesn't need a licence either.

If someone wants full use of the UHF band, then actually a license is required to use it legally. And my little ham radio covers UHF and VHF frequencies in the 2 meter/70 cm band.

A ham makes way more sense in my area too. Mountains will cut off a CB connection in no time and they're worthless for emergencies if I really needed help.


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If someone wants full use of the UHF band, then actually a license is required to use it legally. And my little ham radio covers UHF and VHF frequencies in the 2 meter/70 cm band.

A ham makes way more sense in my area too. Mountains will cut off a CB connection in no time and they're worthless for emergencies if I really needed help.


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Here's a link for mine although I did upgrade to a 18" flexible antenna for better reception/transmission:
http://www.kenwoodusa.com/Communicat...tables/TH-D72A

It's a little pricey at about $475.00 but more basic portable ham radios can be had for $25 - $40 too.

I have the CB for between vehicle comms within the group I'm wheeling with and the portable dual band ham when I need to reach out and touch somebody and also monitor in case others need assistance. It also has APRS which is basically digital breadcrumbs that can be tracked at home or by other hams to know who and where you are. I can even send and receive email and text messages, or relay and connect to a cell phone or landline.

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Re: 2014 JGC Overland Off-road mod suggestions

I see you already touched on the Maxtraxx/Tred item which would be my suggestion if you aren't ready to tear up your front bumper to make room for a winch.

In addition to a form of audio communication, I would also suggest either a SPOT or PLB (or both).

With these units you can summon search and rescue -- a helicopter extraction if you need it.

The SPOT system utilizes the private GEOS response network and is available with $50,000 / event of insurance to pay for extraction. It can also be set to track your location online so your loved ones know where you are at. You can also send "I'm Okay" or "Crap Honey, I Got In Over My Head" messages to preset text message recipients. There is an annual subscription fee.

The PLB systems rely on the COSPAS-SARSAT system. As far as I know there isn't associated insurance plan with these and there is no subscription fee. There is no check in or tracking feature. Many pilots carry a PLB on board their personal aircraft.
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From my Wilderness SAR days I still have a Yaesu VX-170 handheld but truthfully cell works most places I would be.
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Maxtrax/TREDs are big, I can fit them in the back diagonally, but if they get dirty, you really want them on the roof.

You can buy these for mounting the maxtrax, or just get the pins and mount them flat on the roof racks.







I'd get 4, they stack together anyway, so won't take up much more space.
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