Trying to keep it perfect and new is just to stressful. You bought it to enjoy it. Take it off road and have some fun. If you are really worried, put a belly pan and some diff and shock mount skids on it and maybe some beefed up rock rails. Given how crazy traffic is these days, it is probably safer on a rocky trail than an intersection in town anyway. You are probably not going to harm anything too serious - think of it more as accelerated wear of a component that was eventually going to wear out anyway. Besides, unlike a fender bender, at least the bangs and scrapes off road are all on the underside and not visible in daily use.I’ve had people say I’m crazy for taking a $50K Jeep off-roading. I get where they’re coming from but hell, it’s a freakin Jeep! Plus I’ve only done some trails in the 3-5 difficulty range. I’m not that experienced yet. anyways, that’s my strategy. Have some fun off-road but nothing too crazy. It’s my daily driver.
Just curious as to what others are doing...
Yep.... like a 4Runner.Mine went off road the day I got it and has every weekend since then. It is my daily and my wheelin' rig. I've started the process of modding and upgrading and will continue to do so for the life of the Jeep. I just don't understand why people would spend 50K on a Jeep if they are not wheelin' it. There are so many other vehicles that would be better suited to have at the price tag to drive to the mall.
Are those my new to me rocksliders?Off road within 10 days! (first Jeep) pin-striping, crushed cross members, sheared a bolt off the front diff (replaced) used skid plates extensively... exactly what I bought it for. Have since put on a lift and 35's. Stuff I never thought I'd do.