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post #1 of 7 Old 08-29-2010, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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First time out with the JK

Well, after 4 years I finally got to go wheelin' again. It was great! We went out to the George Washington National Forest on the VA side, along Rt 33 and around that area.

My Jeep is bone stock and the trails around that area are level 1 and 2 on avg. So, I figured that would be a nice place to start. I was really impressed with what these rigs do off the showroom floor.

I pulled my sway bar links to get some extra travel which really paid off big time when we hit some climbs comparable to level 3 trail obstacles. L3 stuff really pushed the limits of these rigs. I tested the skid plates a lot! The AT tires (even at 12 psi) slipped a lot while going up and down near vertical 2.5'-3' climbs as well as on some 30*-40* climbs. I wouldn't recommend any L3 stuff in a stocker unless you have 5 years or more under your belt. Even then, I came pretty close to a few trees on a slide or two. LOL

I heard lots of reports that Harrisonburg closed all of the trails along Rt 33 to protect watershed areas for public/city water supply. When we got to the Dry River Ranger District, we actually found that all of the trails in the park are still open. However, any trails on Harrisonburg property south of Rt 33 and crosses Dry River, were gated or had some hard core tank traps.

Anyway, we were having so much fun, that we really didn't take too many pictures or videos, but I figured I would share a couple we did take.

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Good to see you out getin' her dirty. Don't wait so long before you go again!
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Dude, if you get the Poison Spyder or soon to come Metal Cloak fenders you should be able to fit 35's with no lift. Then the L3 stuff should be even easier.
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Dude, if you get the Poison Spyder or soon to come Metal Cloak fenders you should be able to fit 35's with no lift. Then the L3 stuff should be even easier.
Seriously? A fender swap with my rig and 35" tire fit? I would assume I will still need the wheel spacers, right?

One of the reasons I bought this JK is because it was trail rated and it sits a lot higher than the regular JK. It is the same hight as far as ground clearance goes, compared to my 2000 XJ with a 6" lift and 31"s If I could pop 35's in there as is, that would be awesome...
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Nice couple of pics. Glad that you got to see what your JK could do

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Seriously? A fender swap with my rig and 35" tire fit? I would assume I will still need the wheel spacers, right?

One of the reasons I bought this JK is because it was trail rated and it sits a lot higher than the regular JK. It is the same hight as far as ground clearance goes, compared to my 2000 XJ with a 6" lift and 31"s If I could pop 35's in there as is, that would be awesome...
Yeah you could run 35" tires with just a fender swap. I am running 35's with a 3" lift and poision spyder fenders, and it looks good but I know I could fit 37" easy.

Oh and yes you would need spacers.
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Awesome... I appreciate the feedback. I am excited about making some mods. I am disabled and it is a little tuff to get in and out as it is. I want some nice aggressive tires and have it look ... non-stock... I guess is the only way to put it. LOL

I think I am going to hit up one of the cultured parks around PA and get some more trail time in. I just need to spend some time installing my radio ad a couple fire extinguishers.

I am so happy I bought this rig. I should have bought a Wrangler a long time ago.
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