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post #1 of 17 Old 08-06-2009, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone in NW Indiana?

I'm in Valpo.
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post #2 of 17 Old 08-09-2009, 03:15 PM
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Go Indiana !

Well, I'm pretty close to you, I'm in LaPorte, about 20 minutes east of Valpo. I just Got my forst Jeep in June and I've been hoping to get to a Jeep Jamboree or somewhere to learn how to properly drive it offroad, without hurting it. It's completely stock and will probably stay that way for a while.
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Check out that post for the badlands just below this one if you're looking for something nearby. Attica isn't that bad a drive from LaPorte, and you'd have all morning to make it!

Our family buys most of our vehicles from Magnusson at the dealer up in LaPorte. Father-in-just grabbed a Dodge Ram from him last week, in fact.

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post #4 of 17 Old 08-11-2009, 03:18 AM
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Wow, it's a small world. Yeah I was told about Attica, I was just hoping to find a beginners course somewhere, so somone could show me the ropes a little, so I don't do something stupid and hurt the Jeep. All, I'm looking for, is to go off road and learn and have some fun, I don't think I'll ever be into hard core stuff, it just costs too much momey to repair things.
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Wow, it's a small world. Yeah I was told about Attica, I was just hoping to find a beginners course somewhere, so somone could show me the ropes a little, so I don't do something stupid and hurt the Jeep. All, I'm looking for, is to go off road and learn and have some fun, I don't think I'll ever be into hard core stuff, it just costs too much momey to repair things.
Come down on the 15th to the Badlands with Jeeps Gone Wild. They took me in when I had never been off road and taught me quite a bit.
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I got a feeling the badlands trip is about what you're looking for. 5Cents here says they have bypasses for all the real rough stuff. I'm hoping for the same, since my X is without mods and I'd rather not keep putting dents in the bumpers trying things on my own.

Just hope the badlands doesn't mind me bringing a little southern Indiana dirt along with me...

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I might be able to make it on the 15th, how do I get in touch with the group ? I'm a complete beginner at off roading. It sounds like alot of fun, any ideas what kind of costs I should expect ?
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I might be able to make it on the 15th, how do I get in touch with the group ? I'm a complete beginner at off roading. It sounds like alot of fun, any ideas what kind of costs I should expect ?
Here is a link to the thread on the get together on Jeep forum. http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=829997 If you have any questions outside of what is posted feel free to ask on there or PM me here if you want. I am heading to work. Sorry for the not so detailed response.
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Thanks for the information and link. I'll check it out.
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alright mansland, my wife and I are planning on making the badlands trip, so I need another newbie to get in trouble with...or avoid, whichever takes the best picture.

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alright mansland, my wife and I are planning on making the badlands trip, so I need another newbie to get in trouble with...or avoid, whichever takes the best picture.
I almost forgot. You will need an orange flag. You can buy it there for $15 or you can get a bicycle flag from walmart for like $3 in the bike section. However you want to do it. They both work the same. Just run the flag pole down through the spare tire and zip tie to the third brake light. (I will show you when you get there)
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I saw they wanted you to have an orange flag...but thanks. Good to know I can save gas money by buying at Walmart.

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post #13 of 17 Old 08-20-2009, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I'm pretty close to you, I'm in LaPorte, about 20 minutes east of Valpo. I just Got my forst Jeep in June and I've been hoping to get to a Jeep Jamboree or somewhere to learn how to properly drive it offroad, without hurting it. It's completely stock and will probably stay that way for a while.
I go down to the badlands now and then. It's great. Lots of bypasses if there is something you don't want to do. They have different trails with different diffuculty levels. The green trail is probably the easiest. The orange is a little harder. They also have a red trail. I haven't done it yet. I work at Sacred Choa tattoos in Valpo. Stop in sometime. You can tag along with us the next time we go if you want.

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I might be able to make it on the 15th, how do I get in touch with the group ? I'm a complete beginner at off roading. It sounds like alot of fun, any ideas what kind of costs I should expect ?
It is $20 for the vehicle and driver for one day and $5 for each additional passenger.

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Rubi D44 up front with chromo shafts, riddler cover, and CTM u-joints
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(custom chopped into a stubby)
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The green trail is probably the easiest.
I don't know what part of green you were running but without a lift there is a long section on green that will easily get you damage without sliders.
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You'd have to ask Eddie what trails we hit, 5cents....

Finally get to pick up my Jeep today. Time to find some Rubi shocks/springs/wheels and tires, which should get me through most of what I didn't feel comfortable with last time.

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post #17 of 17 Old 08-27-2009, 12:31 PM Thread Starter
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I don't know what part of green you were running but without a lift there is a long section on green that will easily get you damage without sliders.
There are a lot of high center obstacles on the green trail. I ran it several times with out a lift and I have an unlimited. All I had was 33" tires and chopped fenders. I did get high centered on the frame rails a few times and needed a tug. No damage really...unless you count some good scratches on the stock skids. I didn't have any sliders then either. There is a section that is commonly called the rock garden that you would want some sort of sliders and evap protection for. I'm not sure if it is part of the green trail or not though. I've ran the red and orange trails both with out a lift or any sliders and didn't have much trouble at all other then getting high centered. No damage though.

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