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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-18-2017, 03:53 AM Thread Starter
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I am going to be moving to phoenix in October and I was wondering if there are any groups out there that ride regularly. I found the AZoffroad.net page and there is a lot of great info, but I am a little skeptical to set out on my own. Any info would be great.
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-18-2017, 10:11 AM
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Welcome to the forum--sorry, not from Phoenix, but a lot of members on this forum so maybe someone from Phoenix will see this post.

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Welcome to AZ.
Perfect time of year to move in. 118F today. 120F tomorrow. 119F Wednesday... just lovely weather


There's 5 or 6 relatively active guys on here from Arizona. No formal groups though. Just the occasional random trails.

AZoffroad.net is a great place to learn where to go.
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Welcome! I try to get a group together about once a month. Keep your eyes peeled here for upcoming plans!

If you're ever going out trail riding and need a buddy, hit me up.

Azoffroad is a good resource. Another newer one with extreme updates information is trailsoffroad.com



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It's great to hear from you guys. I'm from the East coast so the Desert environment is new but I'm looking forward to it. My TH is pretty much stock but that will be changing soon. Once I get out there I will be getting in contact with you guys for sure. Are there any must haves that need to be on my list of upgrades?
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Having sidewalls blown out of a pair of them, I would suggest that you lose the Firestones in favor of Toyos or some other LT grade tire with solid sidewalls. A good set of rockrails are also essential. The terrain in the west is a lot rockier than what I have seen in the east coast videos and you will certainly put both skid plates and rockrails to the test.

Even with all that steel below you still need to be careful or you will mangle your lower control arms. I'm having my second set replaced right now to the tune of many hundreds of $$$s.
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It's great to hear from you guys. I'm from the East coast so the Desert environment is new but I'm looking forward to it. My TH is pretty much stock but that will be changing soon. Once I get out there I will be getting in contact with you guys for sure. Are there any must haves that need to be on my list of upgrades?

Haha, the only "must have" is window tint that blocks as much infrared as you can get. It was 119 today.

While there are plenty of trails that don't require them, rock rails are excellent insurance on the rocky terrain here, saved my doors a few times now.

Beefier tires were a necessary upgrade for me personally due to some sidewall damage I experienced. The Firestones are notoriously thin on the sides. I miss the fuel economy though, still netting 21-23 on the highway with KO2's and a roof rack.

Other than that, you're pretty much good to go. The TH is unbelievably impressive. I haven't lifted yet, stock skid plates have been fantastic. I've got the MFC lift in order now as part of a group buy.


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Tires are on my list (probably a pair of duratac's) as well as some rock rails from RRO. Did you guys go with the regular rails or the step rails? I'm not a fan of the way the step rails look but if they are functional than I may be persuaded. Did you pick the MFC lift for any particular reason? Hope this doesn't start a war, but it seems as though the MFC and hazard sky lifts resemble each other a lot.
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Tires are on my list (probably a pair of duratac's) as well as some rock rails from RRO. Did you guys go with the regular rails or the step rails? I'm not a fan of the way the step rails look but if they are functional than I may be persuaded. Did you pick the MFC lift for any particular reason? Hope this doesn't start a war, but it seems as though the MFC and hazard sky lifts resemble each other a lot.
There are times the steprails being out wider can potentially save your door, but in most situations they aren't going to protect any better than the standard rock rails. I can tell you that the steprails come in extremely handy if you ever plan on using a roof rack though.

As far as the lifts, you probably aren't going to go wrong whatever you choose. Don't think a single person has reported issues with either lift method. I went with MFC when the Aussie/Hazard Sky method was just being introduced and it sounded sketchy to me. It's since been proven to handle everything people throw at it though.
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