Not finishing the course? Ah… this one will only get a participation award. Oddly enough this does illustrates two important points in wheeling.
XJ attempts to clear US-Mexicon Fence at Imperial Dunes CA. Image released by the US Customs and Border Protection (USCBP)
1. Know your vehicles capabilities. In this case the breakover angle, a measure typically in degrees that describes the maximum angle from horizontal at front & back wheels for the rise & fall of the ground where the body or frame will still not touch the ground (AKA center over high, or high center).
For the stock XJ pictured breakover is 21.7 degrees (less if heavily loaded). For the ramp to achieve that shallow an angle, it would have to be made a lot longer. The better approach would be to lift the hell out of the Cherokee (With Jeeps, always the right answer… right?)
2. Never-Ever-Freaking-Ever Wheel Alone . Alone? Got stuck? Congratz! N’uff said.
Shown in this diagram is the breakover angle of, as well as approach and departure angles.
We all know Jeep makes some of the most capable vehicles in the world but be smart and know the capabilities before putting them to the challenge and avoid the stuck or even worst (gasp! breakage)
Just one more obstacle lending unquestionable rational for a lift, bigger tires, winch and a buddy on the trail with the same.
As reported from Business Insider
Give the card reader and gas pump a good looking over before putting your card in it. Recent investigations have found skimming devices in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.
Details including effected stations available at:
Gas Station Credit Card Skimmers
If you have filled at any of these locations in the last few months, you’ll want to keep an eye on the credit or debit card account used.
Just wanted to thank Natsko Nakahara for bringing the Black Dragon down to Flossie’s last night for the Sugar Shaker’s Meetup. Awesome jeep, clean or dirty!
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With available Off Road trails disappearing every year, we at Jeep Off-Road Adventures feel it is important to make timely and valuable information on permitted trail riding available to the Jeeping community.
Jeeps from The South Florida Jeep Club and Caloosa Jeepers enjoying the trails at Bear Island Unit
And while these trails represent a place we can drive our Jeeps, this is also a place where we need to be responsible and show respect for the privileged access. After all these are valuable and cherished environments not to be spoiled.
So, to this end we have setup an index page to keep track of access and land management issues for Big Cypress Preserve and Bear Island Unit. Brief updates will be posted directly to the blog while detailed reports and useful reference material will be added and updated regularly to the index page.
Our hope is the information will make wheeling more enjoyable by making access and compliance to the trails easier to understand.
Happy Fourth of July!
For photos of past SFJC 4th of July Parades check out the Motive Photo Album
Organized by Trail Rated Events, the Jeep Meetup at the Quiet Waters Food Truck Invasion is a great opportunity to grab a unique culinary creation and check out some unique Jeep creations. Organizers have conveniently carved out a spot up front right next to the food trucks, reserved just for Jeeps!
Meetups are great a way to check out the tricked out, get an issue all figured out, and to find out when a trail ride is setting out.
Click here for the Motive Image photo album for this event