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post #11 of 35 (permalink) Old 05-02-2017, 11:37 AM
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Sorry, one of the joys of being in the car industry is i'm signed up for working saturdays until the world burns down.

also, i've spent a decent amount of money upgrading my wheels and tires. the last time i went wheeling i did some fair amount of damage to my old wheels that required them to be resurfaced. well, the polished trailhawk wheels present a re-finishing problem. i'm rethinking focusing on more dirt and beach trips than rocky trails (which may impact the trip that i proposed for Chaos in the summer). i just don't like having damage i can't repair, and that's one of the bad parts about having polished wheels. my wife curbed the car hard a few months ago, and i wound up buying a whole new wheel because i couldn't stand staring at it.

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I have equal parts of understanding and lack of understanding when it comes to rock rash on a Jeep. I respect everyone concerns when it comes to rock rash and trail damage. This is also why I brought it up. I want everyone to be prepared and not bummed if/when it happens.

To that point... this can happen anywhere. In my part of Ohio there are not many rocks. Trails are largely dirt/mud. Still, this is where I have separated more tire beads from the wheel and wheel damage is still common when pebbles or sticks in the muddy rut drag along the tire or slider. It is also a muddy and other wise rock free trail where I slid sideways on the slime into a tree. At least in the rocks traction is plentiful and the lines are more predictable.

I guess what I'm saying is it's hard to do any offroading without taking on some damage. In a weird sort of way, I like it and have a "Tow Mater" view (hopefully you catch the reference). I find value in some of the dents and scratches as they represent all the fun and explorations we have had. A true tell all to how a Jeep is used is in the wheels. If they are pristine, the Jeep doesn't see trail time. Granted our JKU sees a very different type of offroading and use, but I like that the picture below is of our good wheel That Jeep has taken us across the country and back twice. We have wheeled in the west on the Rubicon and Fordyce, been to Texas to wheel with Mel Wade and a bunch of sponsored rigs for Jeep Experience, to the north for a Jeep Jamboree on Drummond Island, and we are regularly in KY, TN, IN, PA, and VA....

Now, I'm not knocking anyone... Use you e Jeep how you wish. But if I can offer a suggestion to a fellow Jeeper, embrace a bit of trail "beauty marks". When you can let go a bit, you may find a whole new level of love for your Jeep and where it will take you and your family.


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As for this trip... I don't WANT any damage and will be looking to avois as much as we can (we always do). But there is always risk. I would guess that there is less than a 50% chance of wheel damage (damage being a deep scratch). But these are not great odds so I wanted to mention it. My goal was certainly not to scare anyone off and I fear I have done this.
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My goal was certainly not to scare anyone off and I fear I have done this.
Don't kick yourself. This is something that i have been kicking around in my head ever since i proposed my own off-road trip last week. when i got back from chaos, i needed to have all four of my latitude rims resurfaced. luckily, i have a wheel vender that did them for free, so that wasn't a huge issue. however, polished wheels cannot be easily repaired. why jeep put polished wheels on an off-road model and an aluminum alloy on the non-off-road i'll never know. but it wasn't your post that made me decline due to wheel rash, that's likely a decision i would have made on my own for the same reasons.
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I think i'll have to stick to assateaugue
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We just went as a group last weekend. That place is breathtaking. Hopefully you'll see more ponies than we did, Mrs. @gravitywell was not very pleased with me that we only saw one up close
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We just went as a group last weekend. That place is breathtaking. Hopefully you'll see more ponies than we did, Mrs. @gravitywell was not very pleased with me that we only saw one up close
Once she got to drive the beach on the way back to the visitors center, she forgot all about that.

Besides, we also saw a couple on the way out

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I'm not seeing much interest here.... If I don't have two interested (and leaning toward a heavy yes). I will look to move to Kentucky or TN for something. I have some local fiends that will not make the trip east but will south.
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I'm not seeing much interest here.... If I don't have two interested (and leaning toward a heavy yes). I will look to move to Kentucky or TN for something. I have some local fiends that will not make the trip east but will south.
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If you want to do the same weekend closer to me, I'd be much more likely!

PS, I hear Uwharrie and Windrock are nice this time of year! (And they are both about 3 hours from me!)

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If you want to do the same weekend closer to me, I'd be much more likely!

PS, I hear Uwharrie and Windrock are nice this time of year! (And they are both about 3 hours from me!)
I'm going to hold off and see, but that may work... Uwharrie is an okay place, there is lots of sand in the soil so going through mud or water is can be hard on the brakes if some get's stuck. Same for Windrock which is by far not my favorite place. It is really a Side-by-side/ATV park that allows full sized rigs in places. The result is fairly tight trails where "pin-striping" is pretty common. We drove through so much brush last time there that I had to replace several of our top seals that got destroyed.

I'm also considering Slade, KY but this would be more sight seeing. Slade has lots of nice trails but they go from dirt roads to gnarly crawls pretty quick without much in between.

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