February 15, 2004Well i'm getting a tool box ready with all this stuff i need for off roading and every time i go out its gonna be in the bed. Wut kinds of stuff should i get for when i go? Like tools, chains, tow straps, food...... ya know wut i mean wut kinds of stuff does every one else bring when they go?
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February 15, 2004Join a 4 wheel club, or go to a 4 wheeling park. Get stuck there a few times, when someone can pull you out. That will help answer all your questions. You'll get to see how the gear is used, you'll get to see what gear everybody else uses, and you'll get an idea of what your truck can do. As pointed out, watch the other 4wheelers. See what their trucks can do, then take small bites. Eventually you will take off a bite more then you can chew. That's learning.
February 15, 2004Here's 2 sites you might want to check out to get some ideas.
February 15, 2004A few MRE's would be a good [Can't go rotten]
as for recovery equipment here's a starting list just modify it to suit your needs
- 3 Strong Tow Straps [Min 15K Test]
- Shackles about 6
If you have a Winch
- Tree Saver
- Pull Pal
February 15, 2004never use a chain~!!!!!!!!!1dont ever ever do that!!!! i broke a p*ssy sized snatch rope and i dented a friends cab, shattered his rear window and sent shards of glass in his face and neck, if that had been a chain it would have gone right thround the cab and killed him.
in a word, dont use chains
February 15, 2004I still think the most important tip is not having loose articles in the cab, that can come up and smack you, when your vehicle takes a jolt..
February 15, 2004I think i will do that.....Me and bronco23 are going out to mounds orv park this summer and i plan on getting stuck!!! The only thing i dont want is when i get stuck i dont want stuff to break in the process of getting me out!!!!! Another thing is that while off roading Wut happens if sumthin breaks and i can't fix it right there or cant drive my truck home? Should i invest in another truck to off road in or just use my truck as everything like i'm doing now? Another thing is i would join a 4wheeler club but i dont know of any around here.
February 15, 2004After getting the blue bronco stuck last year Ill always keep spare belts just incase. I thought it was starting to run hot because of the mud on the radiator, but somehow all the belts slipped off when they hit the mud. Changing belts on a 86 muddy bronco aint easy when the only tools you have are a screwdriver and an adjustable wrench.
February 23, 2004I like the join a club, ive been wheelin for 5 months now, had my license for about 9, and have learned so much from just doing stuff. If i jack it up i have to fix it, and if i jack it up i know i did something wrong. Know your limitations, but dont be afraid of stuff, listen to people talk, and just do your thing. Ive learned more from reading, and have learned more from the club guys than i thought i could possibly retain. Go slow is important, dont bust out your heavy right foot before you need to.
March 3, 2004Loose items in the cab. That reminds me of a story my younger brother told me. I'll try to keep it short. One year at Christmas time we decided to rent snowmobiles while at our mom's house. She lives about as far north as you can go in Wisconsin. He was cruising up I39 in a snow storm. Passing most of the cars on the road. Hit a slick spot and ended up going head first into and through a snow bank a plow left by the exit ramp. Finally came to rest at the bottom, all the helmets and Christmas presents in the cab had bounced all over the place. Most ended up in his lap. Fortunately he had the sense to finsih up his cup of coffee as he was headed for the bank. Saved him from wearing it also. Once he moved everything outta the way, he dropped his truck into 4wd and punched it. His truck is lifted high enough to fit 35" tires. After watching the snow fly for a minute or so he finally saw some grass and dirt fly, then he started forward progress. The funniest part is the expression on the car drivers as he pulled up otta the ditch with dirt and snow flying every where. All their mouths were hanging open, like damn, how did that guy survive that hit and yet he just drove out of that ditch in 2 feet of snow. He waved at em all and kept on going. No one passed him for a long time. Only reason he told me the story was because I noticed all the snow covering his head lights, and one of them was******eyed. I laughed my a55 off, I don't think mom knows. Somethings you just don't tell mom, he was 36 at the time. I still laugh when ever I think of it.
March 3, 2004Had another tip too add. Reason I checked out the thread in the first place, then got side tracked.
Two tips that have served me well.
Try lightly appling your brakes when you are hung up. Keeps the one wheel from free spining and puts power to the wheels that have traction.
Sometimes it is best to cross obsticals at an angle, rather then head on. Object is to get one tire through the obstical (ditch) at a time. That way the other tires provide traction. IF you go head on you might get hung up and then two wheels will do notta.
May 13, 2004First and most Cardinal rule: DO NOT STOP UNLESS IT SOMETHING IS IN YOUR WAY
The biggest mistake I have seen people make is to slow down or stop in slick or muddy spots needlessly.
Second: Seal anything that you don't want water in AKA clutch covers(Chevy at least usually has a vent) your distributor.
Third: Add additional battery covers and restraints ESPECIALLY if you have an open battery compartment. Take and old radiator hose cut it in hlaf and slice to cover the tops and sides of your battery post and place a thick rubber "bungie" strap around your battery. this will add to your battery's rigidity and help prevent arching of your battery posts onto the body panels of your truck.
Fourth: If you want to do it at night (My personal favorite) add additional lights (in front of grill is best) and hook through a relay and switch arrangement. If you wanna drop some bucks on H3 halogens I recomend either upgrading your electrical or use only your parking lights when you have them on. Also ALWAYS use a new and separate wiring system for your accesories REMEMBER wire and fuse are cheap over heating wires will burn your truuck to the ground or at best leave you afoot.
Fifth: carry 2 spares seems ridiculous but if you popped a tire going in you probably will going out.
Sixth:If your truck does not have a top feeding aircleaner. Either hook up with a cowl or build a snokel. If your not worried about looks, a couple of oilfunnels jammed into 3/4 inch heater hose(or garden hose) taped/glued/etc to a top aircleaner will only put you back at most $15
Seventh and best used: Pray before you start!
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