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Old June 27th, 2012, 10:49 AM   #1
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Hey Guys, I am thinking of going down to Bundy hills on Saturday. This would be my first off roading experience. Would like some tips on the to do's and not to do's either way am excited for this adventure

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Old June 27th, 2012, 11:18 AM   #2
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stay away from the mud holes at the pond.
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Stick with a buddy.

Water is not your friend.

Air down.

Make sure you have tow points front and rear - REAL tow points.

Have a strap with NO metal hardware.

Go slow, try different approaches, use your judgement. Don't get talked into doing something you're not comfortable with.

Get used to being off-camber - it feels strange at first.
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Never wheel alone it sucks to get stranded miles away from the nearest road pack a shovel tow strap and basic tools to replace ujoints and carry a jug with water for windshield or radiator
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Thanks guys .. will make sure to stay off water areas ... Need to get the strap without metal hardware
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Old June 27th, 2012, 12:07 PM   #6
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Never wheel alone it sucks to get stranded miles away from the nearest road pack a shovel tow strap and basic tools to replace ujoints and carry a jug with water for windshield or radiator
Will carry the water. I gotta do it alone ..none of my frnds get 4x4. I just got my U-Joints done a month ago so hoping it will work fine.. will shop for a tow strap
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I bought mine at tractor supply it was like 80 but will never brake when using it on a 2000# jeep
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I believe tractor supply has some $20 dollar ones right now...
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Don't get too big of a tow strap. For a jeep, a 30 ft, 20,000, 2" strap is what you want.
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If there's a kid at the gate playing dueling banjos, just turn the fawk around and leave.
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lol.. alright fellas .. placed an order on Amazon for a Smittybilt Smittybilt CC220 2" x 20' Recovery Strap - 20,000 lb Capacity (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o00_s00_i00) for $20 .. I had prime so they ship for free
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Will carry the water. I gotta do it alone ..none of my frnds get 4x4. I just got my U-Joints done a month ago so hoping it will work fine.. will shop for a tow strap
When your strap comes in, pick a date for your first trip to BH and post it in a new thread here. There are like 47 gazillion members here, at least 11% of whom actually own a working 4x4 at any given point in time, sure you can find someone to go with.
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If you plan on wheeling alone often, get a high lift jack. It can be used as a winch or a jack and can be a cheap, usefull tool.

Get a spare tire too, never know if you might ruin one or take off a bead.
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just went there this weekend with a pretty much stock cherokee and went everywhere but warn valley and the tire/rock pit behind there. Just use common sense and you will be fine.
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Your fist time Scout it out try some basic stuff. Try to join up with someone esle. Off roaders are in most a friendly bunch. DONT!! give in to the GO FOR IT / BUMP it guys. at first, If not sure there is no shame in backing out.
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lol.. alright fellas .. placed an order on Amazon for a Smittybilt Smittybilt CC220 2" x 20' Recovery Strap - 20,000 lb Capacity (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o00_s00_i00) for $20 .. I had prime so they ship for free
Support you local offroad shop.
There are able to give you great advice.


(Amazon does not have an advice dept.)
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Don't sit on the rev limiter trying to get through the mud. A lot of people do this, grab traction, and bitch that stock axles are junk while they are picking parts out the mud. Throttle control is important. It's not always a banzai run.

X2 on water, especially if you have an automatic. You will ruin an auto transmission dunking it under water. I'd also recommend following another Jeep that is about your size if you are green. Chances are pretty good on you making it if they do.
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Make sure you have good breather tubes on your axles so you won't have to change fluids everytime you mudd
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Take a hot chick with you. You will have plenty of guys to wheel with then.
Post pic of said hot chick that may help too.
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