Joining a 4×4 club…am I trail/mud ready?

I’m thinking about joining a local 4×4 club. Do you think my 2000 Jeep Wrangler would stand above the rest? Here’s the mods I’ve added.

Flowmaster exhaust
K&N cold air intake
Hypertech Power Programmer
Rough Country Series II 4" lift with upgraded 2.2 shocks and steering stabilizer
33×12.5 Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs
Front and rear Powertrax No-Slip Lockers

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6 Responses to Joining a 4×4 club…am I trail/mud ready?

  1. Ashlee June 16, 2010 at 10:26 am #

    I agree with Carol, when dealing with mud and rough trails tow straps and a CB are a MUST, actually that goes for any type of wheeling. Having said that I don’t want to burst your bubble but no matter how much you spend and how many options you bolt onto your rig there is going to be some that will be one step higher. Just build your rig the way you want it and learn how to wheel it. I have seen a stock jeep make it places a lifted and rear locked Jeep get stuck because the dude driving the Jeep had no clue how to wheel.

    Just to give you an idea of what you might run into if your on a mud trail…
    http://www.4x4offroads.com/image-files/1986-jeep-cj-dsc01552.jpg
    http://a43.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/84/l_bc9aca7b2c303ac942a41086dd7ba15a.jpg
    http://jp.automotive.com/82176/154-0805-1997-jeep-grand-cherokee-turd-chaser/photos0-0.html
    http://api.ning.com/files/6hPfuYfkzH6sfEKnITJryNxCT1abIJ12cPGr0YFrXd01*Mnh7-
    http://www.timberview.com/mudfestgallery/Mudfest%20PHotos%20059.jpg

    The following pics are from a mud run that we did in Florida
    http://api.ning.com/files/uvilscSDxx8cIi1rh7YsQZJJTKKvenTJLTtWp4ZZqcnu5eaXGXuL2HkUT40oGw5bR3U*DuSumpaEf0ckh0tYXDG3TL-csf*a/DSC04461.jpg

  2. idontgivafork June 16, 2010 at 10:26 am #

    locate all vents, 1 for front axle, 1 for rear, 1 for brakes, 1 for fuel system,1 for transfer case, and if you have a manual trans, 1 for that.locate them high in the engine compartment on the firewall.now you are closer to being ready

  3. captain cool June 16, 2010 at 10:26 am #

    Yea lockers and 33’s is good for almost any trail. My Cherokee is on 31’s and open and does alot of trails and rocks easily. get some skids though

  4. Carol June 16, 2010 at 10:26 am #

    You need tow points front and rear, a tow strap with strap ends (not metal hooks) and a cb is always a good idea and a fire extinguisher.

    The rest is just gravy.. you can wheel a stock Jeep with 29" tires and no lift. Who cares about standing above the rest, its all about having fun!!

    BTW I hope you are not running those tires and a locker on your stock Dana 35 axle!! That is not always a good thing.

  5. charles June 16, 2010 at 10:26 am #

    its sounds like you have a good start. Just be careful with those 33’s. I wouldn’t do any steep grades in fear or damaging your axle. Otherwise I agree with everyone else. A CB Radio would be very nice to have. Tow points are a must (tow hooks on the stock front bumper will work, but you need to get something in the back.) Always carry a recovery strap, and make sure it is rated to pull loads that are heavier than your jeep weighs (cable, chains, tow strap). Maybe even think about upgrading the front bumper to one that will accept a winch and some trail lights.

    With what you have already you are more than capable of hitting some trails. Stock Jeeps do it all the time. These are just suggestions. Have fun!

  6. JAGTA June 16, 2010 at 10:26 am #

    I thought I answered this the other day but …. Everyone else one here is right , alot of clubs have mandatory equipment like , tow points , straps ,fire extinguiser . You hear it all the time safety !! Even if you have a bomb truck that never gets stuck and never breaks , it shows the people in your club your in it to win it , and you can help the other guys in the club , and get brownie points . jeepforum will help along the way , and check out militaryjeepers club . Your jeep sounds great so far , good luck!!