Discussion in 'OT Driven' started by Trinidad, Jul 28, 2006.
let's hear what your guys best advice is for beginning off-roaders
what kind of terrain? It makes a huge difference. Also, what vehicle?
when going up a steep hill that you are unsure of. . .DO NOT LET OFF THE GAS! always stay on it until you reach the top.
that is the most common mistake in newb off roaders.
Respect nature and the outdoors. (no littering)
have fun and don't be a a jackass, if someones stuck lend a hand!
Don't go alone... i.e. make sure there are other vehicles there to drag your ass out when you're stuck or break something.
Chose your lines wisely. Always have a spotter in tricky terrain, and never go off-roading by yourself.
When going through deep mud or water go at a steady pace... try not to accelerate or slow down, or you will loose it...
Don't go unless you have enough money to repair everything.
Know your truck...its weak points, where the skid plates are, just awareness of everything that is around you. Also like many above have stated, keep a constant speed when doing most terrains. Such as mud you cannot stop or else you most likely will not get going again, or hill/rock climbing you will most likely lose all momentum to get you up that hill or you could even flip back over.
depending on your rig... sometimes things feel worse than what they are. Just pucker your butt and keep driving
dont be a pussy.
be prepared to spend $ on repairs.
the first scratch hurts...the rest are merely battle wounds.
chicks dig body damage.
sheet metal cuts easily with a sawzall. the first cut is the hardest.
air down your tires....even if they are 235/75 r15's thats the best free traction you can get...though if they are smaller tires stay around 15-18 psi so not to loose a bead.
wear a helmet?
Momentum is your best friend in the world when offroading, especially mud. Slam her in 4-low, hit it with a little speed, once your in put the pedal to the floor and dont let up until you're either out of it, buried axle-deep, or brake something.
I disagree in mud, 4 high will work, you don't need the reduction in gearing if you wanna hit mud, you want wheel spin...
Drink a crap load of beers and drive really fast.... Dont stop
agreed. i went wheelin in my XJ before i lifted it, tried to go over some humps that i clearly did not have clearance for. caught either my tranny crossmember or rear diff... something thudded like hell behind the driver seat...
sounded god awful, but got thru the section and checked it out.. nothing bent/broken/ect... thank god.
just go out and learn. This is something that cant really be taught. Learn how to feather the clutch, and stay out of the throttle... The throttle is what breaks shit. If you are going to do something where you might get stuck, make sure you have a friend to pull you out. Just go out and see what works and what doesnt. Some situations require a little speed, some require torque. If your tires dig a hole, dont give it gas, that will just dig you deeper. Back up and try again.
Again, just go out and try stuff out on simple trials.
stay high of the very deep ruts!
Terrain makes all the difference...
Go with friends and off road clubs and learn from the people that are used to playing in your neck of the woods.
when all else fails...neutral drop it at 5k
my rule is ... If it's not broken ... it will be soon
Keep your thumbs outside of the steering wheel. Buy a locker. Or two. It is the single most effective modification you make make to a vehicle. I mostly rock-crawl, and speed is not the most important thing. It's called Rock-crawling after all. That being said, don't let off the gas once you get on it. That goes for uphill and downhill.
Good thread! I remembered the airing down tip this past weekend. I run 31's and I usually never air down. I couldn't get up this one hill that was kind of slippery and muddy. I tried 4 times! The last time I tried aired down I made it on the first try!