I couldn't do without a 4x4 of some kind - it's a great stress reliever. It's nice to be able to get away from 99% of the people - on most of the trails I run, I seldom see anyone else besides those in my group.
Jim - I actually started out with a VW Baja, which was very capable (it even pulled a full size Bronco out of the sand...boy was he embarassed:D). Rails are a lot of fun, but I like being able to crawl over obstacles instead of having to hit them at speed.:eek: I tried a dirt bike once, and an ATC a few times...I think I'll stick to my Jeep.
Tim - My first 4X4 was an '82 Cherokee Chief. I really like the FS Jeeps, and thought about buying a Grand Wagoneer a few years ago. I've seen a few around town recently, one was really clean and going for around $3000. I really miss having all that extra room, and with the Cherokee I didn't even need a tent for camping - just take the back seat out and throw the sleeping bag down. Can't do that with the TJ - I'm short, but not that short!:D
I've had nothing but 4x's for the last 25 years, but haven't been wheeling much lately. I hate that first ding on a new truck, and I never go wheeling that I don't come back with one. I need to pick up an old CJ or something to play with. Looks like you have fun with the T. Just keep that shiny blue side up.
I've been pretty fortunate so far - the only dent I have is from a shopping cart.:fmad: Can't even claim that as trail damage.:( I do have lots of "Arizona Pinstriping," most of which is too deep to buff out. Oh well, when I bought the Jeep, I knew it would get scratched and dinged up...in fact, I almost "removed" the stock rear bumper the first weekend.:D
I've installed skids, heavier bumpers (made the front one myself), and rocker guards to kind of protect things. The rockers have really saved serious body damage on many occasions - like in the first pic.:eek:
Now, if you crawl under the Jeep, it looks like someone took a BFH and a grinder to it.:WH:
Originally posted by MazdaSOHC Just keep that shiny blue side up.
It looks blue to me, too. In fact, when I bought it, I didn't realize that it wasn't until looking at the paperwork...and seeing that it's "Bright Jade." My color vision sucks, but hey, I don't feel too bad now.:D:D:D:D
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