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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-08-2003, 05:38 PM
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Hello, I have been off-roading sport quads for 5 years. Last year I bought a 95 Dodge Ram 1/2 ton 4x4. I wheeled it for a year but during that time the dirt took it's toll. I had to replace all the U-joints, the ball joints, right front axle, both from axle seals, and the complete rear end. I did not work it that hard. The travel increase at my job required that I had to sell it and buy something more reliable. I love 4x4's so for my daily driver I bought a 2000 wrangler.

Because of my past experinces and the condition of my new truck (mint with 23K miles) I am afraid to take it off the asphalt.

Is the amount of damage that my Dodge incured normal for moderate wheeling once a month? Can I safley wheel my new ride and will it stay on good condition? I am getting married in one month after which I can save for a older wrangler to wheel but until then I am sick of looking at the blacktop.

Any advice would be helpful.

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Re: New Guy, Need Advice

If you drive a full size anything like you probably drive a quad, yes, that wear and tear is normal or even minimal. Carefull wheeling with the thought of preservation vs annilation, the jeep should be able to sustain wheeling fairly well. You need to remember, any type of wheeling creates a need for improved upkeep/preventive maintenace. I didn't look at your profile, so I am not aware of how your jeep is outfitted. The lighter duty it is, the more a cautous approach needs to be taken, or expect failures. Since it is a jeep, Expect failures period. I consider jeeps a sound idea, just a poor execution.

Good luck, and happy wheeling.
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Re: New Guy, Need Advice

And if you wheel in the woods you're going to get scratches on the sides.

Jeeps want to crawl over obstacles, not run and jump like a quad.
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