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Yes, you read that right- I finally took the Trooper off road!
It was actually a few weeks ago, I just haven't had the time to post
And it was...
AWESOME!!!!!

Let me start by saying that I have never had as much love for Jenny (for that is her newly-christened name, pronounce "Jen-nay", Forrest Gump-style) as I did during that trip! And that love has not diminished...
She did so, so, so well! I was completely blown away by the capabilities of her! Two of my buddies and I went to Rausch Creek Offroad Park in Pennsylvania. My buddy has a 2005 TJ, lifted, with mudders, as seen in some of the pics. Let's just make it clear that man of the trails there are quite challenging, and are labeled as such- green, red, black, etc, ranging from easiest-hardest, respectively. While we didn't stray from the green (easy) trails, many of them were quite dificult, and not to mention small! The Jeep did well, due to its small wheelbase and lift, but here's the thing- There were no trails the Jeep did that Jenny couldn't do! Despite her lack of as much low-end torque, and much heftier proportions, she made it through without a scratch! (Or at least, without too many 8) )
She clambered over rocks, around trees, and through mud, and while I was worried the entire time about puncturing the oil pan (which is STUPIDLY uncovered by the skid plate- why?), never once did I doubt she could make it over, around, or through something. I am so proud of this car and this trip only increased my desire to keep her forever and continue to improve her!

So, without further ado, I give you...

Rausch Creek, October 2011
The Emergence of a True Off Road Machine

Here we are, having just arrived at the campsite


My buddy Jake and his TJ, disconnecting the sway bars


In the beginning, when I stopped every 5 seconds to take some pretty weak pics :blah5:






This was a SICK trail!














This trail was kinda challenging, very skinny in some spots!












FLEXIN', BABY!




Look how far she tucks!


And stretches!


All stock susp


This is a lot scarier when you're driving on it :D


Going up the trail from earlier














This was a very steep hill












At the end of the trip


And my favorite pic, even if the Jeep is first :D


I think I left with more crap than I came with!


SO that was it! All told, Rausch Creek is an awesome place, I recommend it to everyone in the Northeast
We hit a lot of trails, all were amazing (some were quite challenging!), but there's a huge amount we didn't do (the park is 3,000 acres), so we plan to go back often.
One of the best times of my life!!!
 

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Looks like a good time.

:D

That 'trail' looks like the road to my house.

Probably the same for *******, as well. LOL

And the 'road' I used to bring my parts truck back down from the mountain, was even worse. And I did THAT in the snow !

So the fact that your trooper was capable, is no surprise to me.

:D :D :D
 

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Lol I know, my pics are really weak
But I was alone in the car and my buddies didnt stop often to take pics so I was left to my uncreativity! I swear many parts were harder than they look!
 

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Nice pics man, I really wish I had a place like that closer to where I live so I could off-road more.
 

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Yeah I know what you mean. The place I went to isn't that close really, it's over 3 hours away, and that was the closest place
But it was well worth the drive!
 

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Looks like fun trails! I can't wait to get back on the trail :)
 

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Looks like fun! How did you like wheeling with the TOD 4WD?
 

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94Rodayo4x4 said:
Looks like fun! How did you like wheeling with the TOD 4WD?
I don't have TOD, my trooper's a manual

It was a lot of fun!
 

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Cool...

Now that your comfortable in your Trooper maybe try some of the tougher trails next time, everything pictured above is very easily within it's capabilities, probably didn't even need 4wd. I used to drive stuff worse then that in my 90 Ford Escort (and it has the JB welded oil pan to prove it). Don't do anything your not comfortable with (that's how people panic and screw up) but as you go more and more, you'll learn exactly how far you can push your rig safely, and it will probably continue to surprise you what it can do.

P.S. Slightly off topic... I'm always amused by those people who think they need a 4x4 for everything but smooth asphalt. I loved the Top Gear episode to that effect where they took 2wd sedans across Africa, while pointing out the ridiculous people back in the UK countryside who think they need a Range Rover because a few leaves fall on their drive, or they have gravel shoulders.
 

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Yeah I know my pictures are weak, I SWEAR it was more challenging than it looked!
I know thats a hard statement to prove...
It's hard to take pics and drive lol
Next time I go I'll take better pics
There was one trail that was seriously challenging for the jeep and me...
Very small trail, with a lot o rocks, we hadda go one at a time and my buddy hadda guide me through it
That was a tough trail! But she made it through, like a trooper! In both name and definition of the word lol
 

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yes your trooper is very capable, you have a better suspension then I do and I was very impressed with my trooper's ability this past weekend. Granted I was locked up front but it did very very well. Your rear will flex like crazy, better then some aftermarket kits for jeeps and yours is stock.
 

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Now you just need to come down to GWNF and do trails like that for 30-50 miles at a time!
 

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Awesome!!! Glad to hear you had a good time. I will vouch for you on the "weak" picture thing. Most of the pics from Hallowharie look "weak" also but, there are pictures in some places where somebody (remaining nameless to protect the guilty lol) almost rolled their vehicle but, the pics make it look easy. It's hard to get pictures that truly give a sense of the trails difficulty. Just remember, it's not how tough or easy the trails are, it's the perma-smile attatched to your face while doing them thet makes it all worth it!!!
 

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Ekholm1997 said:
Awesome!!! Glad to hear you had a good time. I will vouch for you on the "weak" picture thing. Most of the pics from Hallowharie look "weak" also but, there are pictures in some places where somebody (remaining nameless to protect the guilty lol) almost rolled their vehicle but, the pics make it look easy. It's hard to get pictures that truly give a sense of the trails difficulty. Just remember, it's not how tough or easy the trails are, it's the perma-smile attatched to your face while doing them thet makes it all worth it!!!
Thanks Ekholm!
That's exactly what I was trying to get across
And believe me, that smile was glued to my face for awhile after the trip, and returns every time I think about it!
PS I know I'm also a beginner, so the trails I think are difficult are really not so bad for some
But who cares! I had a great time :)
 

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I have to pipe in here on the camera making things look easier than they really are.

VERY true.

It is all but impossible to capture the true nature of an incline, size of the obstacles, or gaping hole, etc, in a picture. It would take a lot of time, and a ton of staging, to even come close.

I didn't mean to impune anyone's truck. Nor their abilities.
 

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I agree!
This is why I love this forum. Rather than having everyone expressing their doubt that I actually did anything impressive on my trip, y'all are backing me up!
It is much appreciated.
 

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That looks like an awesome trip! I´m glad the Trooper did great :thumbright:
 
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