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Old 10-05-2011, 02:33 PM
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Re: Basic Off-Roading Questings

The Off road II is harsh however you should only need it in the most extreme situations. I would also guess that it will feel a little less harsh w/18 inch rims.. more side wall more shock absorption? maybe
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Re: Basic Off-Roading Questings

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My experience is this. The Overland is a highly capable Jeep from the factory with one exception. Tires. I took my Overland summit up Rollins pass with only a grand on the odometer. Anybody in Colorado can tell you it is not a difficult trail by any means.
Hey, JRoll, I'm glad you got out alive. Back in the 70's, before eye-of-the-needle tunnel had collapsed, I crossed Rollins Pass twice in a Ford Pinto. It still scared the hell out of me, and I never tried it when there was snow on the top. Your experience might have turned me off from off-roading. I have nightmares sometimes similar to what you described.

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It shouldn't turn you off from offroading. It should inspire you to know that the offroading community is so willing to help out when even a veteran wheeler has a case of dumbassites.

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It shouldn't turn you off from offroading. It should inspire you to know that the offroading community is so willing to help out when even a veteran wheeler has a case of dumbassitis
Thanks for the encouragement, JR. Speaking of dumbassitis, my favorite motto is "If you're dumb, you gotta be tough."

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Old 10-16-2011, 11:32 AM
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Re: Basic Off-Roading Questings

ok .. I would recomend
1.Rock rails ... they will pay dividends when you miss judge or have to bounce off a rock.
2. Skid plates any protection that you can get is a must
3. Tow strap
4. Air compressor -- I have a ViAir--dont worry about Nitrogen ... its the biggest ripoff around.
5. Tools -- Socket wrenches, screw drivers (anything you can think of) and a wrap or multiple wraps --keeps the tools from knocking around.
6. Plug kit -- for thoes nasty screws left on the trail.
7. Owners Man. never know when you need to find out how to do something.
8. First Aid kit
9. I bring my cell phone and my HAM radio just in case.
10. Water and food.
11. water and mud proof floor mats

and of course change of clothes ... (mud and stuff)
and you augment as you go ... you decide that you do need more stuff or less. But that is my basic list.
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Good for you for getting out there! I did Ouray, CO this summer and it was amazing. Amongst the FJs and Wranglers were WK2s, Rovers, and the amazing V10 Touaregs.

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-Shoes for the occasion! Personally, I wouldn't go anywhere near a trail with 20s. 18" max, as others have stated.

-Go with a buddy or small group with experienced 4x4 folks. You and your wife will learn a lot and they'll be prepared to help you if necessary.

-Your Overland is loaded with gizmos. Let them do the work. Like piloting a plane, trust your instruments. Your rig is more than capable to handle most of the stuff out there.

-Do not go alone.

-The higher the setting with air suspension, the more compromised the ride will be. Highest setting is for extreme situations, not necessary for most of the trail. Use only when necessary.

-Be prepared for an overnight, just in case. Plan for the worst, hope for the best.

-Be sure to check your spare. Never assume it's fully functional from the factory. Also, know how to remove and use the jack. I'm always amazed at how many people don't know where their jack and spare are.

-Take your time in the rough stuff. You'll get tossed around a bit, that's normal. Your body may even ache after a long day of ORing. You'll be tense, try to relax and, again, take your time.

-Wave/nod/acknowledge other 4x4s. In case you go missing, someone may remember you.

-UPHILL has right of way. However, there are exceptions. Use common courtesy.

Enjoy!
There's some great advice all over this thread, but this particular post was particularly good - props to seanster.

I will add one little thing - here in Arizona, it is especially important to "air down" on rocky desert trails. (I learned the hard way, OK?)
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Re: Basic Off-Roading Questings

Having lived and 4 wheeled in Arizona most of my life, one other thing you're going to want to consider with your new Grand Cherokee is, scratches! In the southwest, Arizona is hands down the worst state for scratching up your new vehicle. Every Mesquite, Palo Verde, and Cat Claw bush is out to get you. Every off road vehicle in the state has the unavoidable 'desert pinstipes'. Nothing like having the trail close down on you and Screeeeeeech, nice stripe down the side of your $40k clear coat. I've got an '05 Wrangler Unlimited that I use for the rough stuff. I'm going to try to keep my new GC reasonably free of the heavy scratches.
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