Off road general.
2x4s, 4x4s and even 6x6s are welcomed.
Straight axle vs IFS arguments should be ignored and their posters hung off a bridge.
Starting with some pictures of today's little adventure.
A little flex action by a buddy I just met
Amazing pictures. Where exactly did you get lost in?
A winch is always great for recoveries, whether you recover someone else or just yourself.
Also, get. FB account an look for local clubs on there. Be social.
>inb4 reeeeeeeeeee normie shit
If you can't socialize online, how do you expect to socialize in person?
>Might be getting a Subaru
>Will probably be giving my sister-in-law my XJ
I'm in quite a quandary. I have the absolutely perfect SUV to take offroading, but dammit this thing is just way too clean to screw up. I mostly just use it to go camping and haul dogs and canoes, although there was an incident last summer when I had to get home after some serious overnight thunderstorms, made for some dramatic water crossings, put a few dings in the skid plates crawling over some washed out sections we didn't see through muddy water.
I'd love to scoop up a beater Sidekick or XJ, or 1st gen Pathfinder. Something to actually take to an offroad park and genuinely enjoy beating on it without sitting on pins and needles.
Why not keep both?
You'll get over it. Here's what mine looked like when I bought it
Just do it. Enjoy your car and use it for what it's capable to be used for.
We were going to get her a car anyway because she's doing well in school and will start driving soon. Instead of buying something else for her figured we could give her the XJ since it's reliable and somewhat cheap to run etc.
Also if I kept both I'd have 5 cars, and I don't have room for that many and don't feel like paying insurance for all of them
Just got back from a little trip.
My Jeep, buddys hummer
You can still tastefully mod your truck offroad it and not destroy it. 90% of the time if there is something you cant get through or over you can go around. You dont always have to take the hardest way, but it can be fun.
Jeez. Well, I hope she takes care of it and uses it to off road at least once a year
I was thinking of getting a gift card for like Jiffy Lube so she at least does oil changes and such. Not ideal I know, I'd maintain it myself but I don't live close enough to do that. I'll teach her how to do sikk skidz in it.
2 people is all you need. Spotter and Driver.
I might not be as hard core as some guys but when i go out i rely on my vehicle to get me there and back again. If it looks hairy i have someone spot me. If i dont have one i dont do it. But i tend to walk any trail i think i have a chance of rolling or getting seriously stuck on, so i usually have a good idea what to expect when i go forward.
Where's all the people with mud on their trucks? Or flexing on a rock?
currently in the garage in with the head off while i investigate the source of some bent push rods :/
theres so much snow i could be playing in.....
Sorry to hear about your predicament.
Snow is pretty fun though. Don't get it often in southern California but when I did go to it I had a lot of fun.
You guys are definitely right. I'm going to make an honest effort to get out to an offroad park this summer, it'll coincide nicely with replacing the worn General Grabber HTS highway rubber with some flavor of A/T. My other biggest impediment is the factory hitch, I don't want to take it off because I tow and haul a bike rack on it pretty regularly. Totally ruins departure angle, you can hear it scrape in the video as well.
My most interesting 'unintended' offroad adventure to date:
My apologies in advance for the crappy dashcam setup.
It was all good fun just blasting through some little streams that welled up from the hard rain, but then that big crossing where we scraped is basically a big concrete slab laid across a dry creek bed. The current washed away the approach on the other end, digging a surprisingly deep trench. Lesson for the future, always walk a water crossing before just going for it, it could have ended up much worse than simply a little ding in my front skid plate (pic related). I pussied out on that last crossing, it was deeper and siltier. With 3 other people in the car that just wanted to get home in one piece, and without another vehicle to help out with a recovery, I turned tail and found a different way out of the forest.
Like the whole receiver/bar part? I'm not just talking about the ball end or anything. This one is bolted to the frame, it wouldn't be the end of the world to take it off once and put back on just for a weekend offroading trip. But boy those bolts are gonna be a bear to get off.
Haha well I already carry my full toolset, recovery gear, and even some spares (coil, injector, rear driveshaft). That and some extra fluids. I think a spare front axle would round things out nicely. The only reason I carry around a whole rear shaft is I have a spare (experimenting with solving a driveline vibration), and I figure it's quicker and easier than a u joint replacement.
I see 6x6 is now welcome. This is about as much flex as we've gotten out of the old girl so far. Haven't taken it anywhere wild yet. It's a shame she is too big for crown king.
I ride the bike, and let my buddy drive the truck. I have to scout ahead to make sure it fits some places. We're out by Wickenburg, AZ in this.
You've got what? an 8 inch lift for 37's, a foot lift for 40's? Sitting on 50's stock... 250 pounds without wheel, 350 with wheel. That's 2 in my shittruck.