Who actually takes their JL offroad?

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If you have already done a green guided at Rausch, I have to assume that the 101 course would be very similar. The 201 maybe a little more intense, but I would assume the 101 and the guy that are similar. Did they explain many things to you prior to your departure? Understand, there was Zero classroom time it was all in the field. However, the instructor did explain a lot over the radio. Again, she was cautious, but I don't think any of them want to have a wreck under their watch. I can't say I blame them.
Our guide at Rausch did not explain much or give any tips. The guide at Aoaa was much more involved. I get that the instructions say no teaching. Like he never told us there were often two paths to take up the same path, an easy way and a more difficult way. After lunch he did describe things more.





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I have a 2019 4 door Rubicon that I got last year for the family to enjoy on the weekends. We gone to a few state parks but mainly rider around town. I have a 2 door 13 Rubicon on 37" that is setup as a pretty legit rock crawler. I've met a group of guys that go to a Jeep "badge trail" once a month or so and actually ride. We've scuffed up some paint, hardtops, bent a driveshaft or 2 and for sure scraped up some wheels. I've noticed their 4 doors go up steep, wet rocky inclines better than my short bus and that's got me looking for a 4 door to wheel. My question is, how do yall feel about actually off-roading your 1 year old 50K JL?

I know I can take the top off, get some skids and go to town, but I know I will eventually back up into a tree. Slide off a wet rock and scratch up/ dent some stuff. Just curious how many actually do this or am I nuts?
As you can see from the 32 pages of replies - HELL YHEA! WE"RE GONNA BEAT THE S OUT OF IT!!!! Pinstriping and rusty scratches on the undercarriage are a badge of honor. Just GET OUT ON THE TRAIL ... your stock machine is already WAY capable. Start off on the park road, then go for a 2 -- just try it. Don't forget to have a full tank of gas, lots of water, a buddy and sunscreen. Your build list/order will be driven by your time on the trail. Get involved in a local club so you can learn by doing ... One thing I can say - prioritize the rock rails and underarmor before all that interior cosmetic stuff, lights, etc. I now have growing pile of OEM and cosmetic parts that I've taken off. I just want bigger tires, tougher axles and more time on the trails to improve my driving ability and learn how to fix broken stuff (hopefully on other people's Jeeps). So, yhea, stop thining about it and just go do it!
 

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not my work, taken and retouched by a talented young lady fron a recent trip to Rausch.
I am headed to Rausch Creek next week.
 

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I'm not into rock crawling or mud slinging. I know beach driving is not typically what comes to mind when the term off roading is mentioned. But, just give me a 4x4 accessible beach to explore and some fishing gear any day and I'll enjoy it just as much. It's off roading and a fishing trip combined! Maybe a little swimming mixed in there too.
 

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I'm not into rock crawling or mud slinging. I know beach driving is not typically what comes to mind when the term off roading is mentioned. But, just give me a 4x4 accessible beach to explore and some fishing gear any day and I'll enjoy it just as much. It's off roading and a fishing trip combined! Maybe a little swimming mixed in there too.
I am with you brother.

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I've done a couple jeep jamborees (big horn mtns and drummond island) but I primarily use my jeep to launch a drift boat at our snowed in ramps (michigan).

I also use it as an overlander. Spent a lot of time car camping in it in remote Canada (Labrador, Northwest Territories, etc). My thumbnail is from the Yukon.

Nothing for miles and miles the farther north you get...this is the tundra in Alaska.

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Yes, I like to offroad my JL quite a bit. If you look super super close, you may find it here.

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Overlander here, got rock crawling out of my veins long ago. Nice 800-1000 miles or more trips that last a week or longer. Have done all of the BDRs, Heart of West Trail and many more. Figure I do an average of 4000 or more miles a year off road.
 

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I've taken the JL 2-3 times and stayed on 2's and 3's ( on a 5 point system). You know how it goes, you see a group do a trail and you wana go.... I don't want to be nervous the whole time that I'm going to tear something up. My JK already has scratches and bruises so it doesn't bother me. I can't decide whether just to do it and get over it or not ;-).
We call them scratches here in Arizona, "Arizona Pinstripes.."
 

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