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    Default Newbie 4x4 : Learning the hardway!!

    Took my unmodded Suzuki Jimny on it's first serious trial run at a place called Dirt and Dust in Durbanville. Here's my list of things I learned on my fist ever true 4x4 trip:
    1. 4x4 is the second most enjoyable thing you can do alone.
    2. The unmodified Jimny is truly like a mountain goat, goes anywhere with relative ease. Even for a novice like me. RESPECT is due!!!
    3. Maybe don't go alone like I did on your first trip
    4. Hills and 45 degree inclines is nothing, but mud is like your mother-in-law+sister-in-law+wife on PMS. = a true B!tch
    5. Do take the number of the local rescue team/guy/ toll booth dude, so that once you get stuck you don't have to hike 3 km. (See where this is going)
    6. Pack some water and food for your 3 year old son, and maybe even inform the wife when you plan to go play. Just in case you get stuck for 3 hours.
    7. Oh, don't forget suntan lotion. I've got sunburn in unholy places.
    8. Even better, take some basic rescue equipment with you just in case, a VW caddy with a 3 meter little chain might, just might not be able to pull you out.
    9. Most important lesson in regards to mud, WHEN YOU TAKE A WALK THROUGH THE INNOCENT LOOKING CRACKED SAND, MAYBE DON't WALK IN THE CENTER, RATHER LOOK AT THE AREA YOUR WHEELS WILL BE GOING. Else, like me, you find a nice hard center, but surprise surprise, the area where youe wheels go is 1 meter thick mud!!!
    10. Lastly, my life lesson, there's people in this world who will offer up their afternoon's, in 30 degree sun, feeding you beer and cigs, while they with their bare hands scoop out mud and crap, for 3.5 hours, for complete strangers like me. Respect and heartfelt thanks to Eben, Kobus and "ICE", all three from Dirt And Dust, for spending half their saterday on a newbie like me.
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    Last edited by Kappie; 2010/11/01 at 03:48 PM. Reason: bad spelling
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    Hi buddy - you're gonna take shots for going alone - but ignore them!! As long as you had fun!
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    Alls well that ends well
    Hope you enjoyed it, next time take a couple of buddies along
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    If you dont get stuck you are not trying. I love mud.

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    just remeber the sunscreen...like the song say's

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    @Uys, fun=Yes, had lots of fun. Going alone? Maybe not next time haha
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    No go wash your car. We're still waiting for propper mud.

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    @MadMax : washed my car 3 times already!! In 2 days!!. Had to actually take the front wheels off just to get the mud off the breakpads. Wife thinks I'm going crazy haha.
    Driveway looks like offroad terrain at this point, but what the hell, was still worth it. Even if I had to re-attach my whole front bumper. Tore off 2 of the 3 mountings.
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    This is the kind of outing that will stay in your memory for along time!

    (remove your email addy from your signature, spambots just love those......)

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    Dirk , He is passed out , Finished , Moeg geploeg !! Maybe today he will have recovered and remove the email
    Nice one Kappie ! At least you enjoyed
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    @Dirk+Johannes14: You're right, I'm sore in places I forgot I had, that's for sure.
    Thanks for the tip, removed my email.
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    Common Kappie reveal all, what is the best thing to do on your own .

    As for the rest, well you have found out the hard way.

    Hook up with Ore and he will show you what to do with that front bumper.
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    Alex, welkom!

    As jy weer gaan speel by D&D, gee my 'n bel, ek is net om die draai.

    Cheers,

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    WELCOME to the forum.

    CONGRATS on the Jimny. As you discovered it is VERY capable .... and YES, those HT tires and wet clay aint buddies ....

    DO get yourself the very basic recovery equipment, and make SURE it fits !! The standard shackles WONT fit on your Jimny !!!!!! (learnt that the hard way as well)


    PS - you dont mention tire pressures .... softer tires might have just allowed you to get away with it .....

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    Ha Ha this is funny.

    Brings back memories of the late 70`s when i thought a Beach Buggy could go everywhere.

    Only i had to walk more than 10km on beach sand to get help
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    @ChrisF : Well, I took the tire pressure down to 0.9 bar, but by that point I was stuck good. Next time I'll know better and do it in advance haha
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    Mooi man! Hehehe dit laat my dink aan `n ou VW Polo advertensie... "You'll think you can"

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    Great read!
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    Lessons are meant to be learnt the hard way. Maybe just PM some Cape Town members before your next adventure, since we all love to go out and get dirty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kappie View Post
    Took my unmodded Suzuki Jimny on it's first serious trial run at a place called Dirt and Dust in Durbanville. Here's my list of things I learned on my fist ever true 4x4 trip:
    1. 4x4 is the second most enjoyable thing you can do alone.
    2. The unmodified Jimny is truly like a mountain goat, goes anywhere with relative ease. Even for a novice like me. RESPECT is due!!!
    3. Maybe don't go alone like I did on your first trip
    4. Hills and 45 degree inclines is nothing, but mud is like your mother-in-law+sister-in-law+wife on PMS. = a true B!tch
    5. Do take the number of the local rescue team/guy/ toll booth dude, so that once you get stuck you don't have to hike 3 km. (See where this is going)
    6. Pack some water and food for your 3 year old son, and maybe even inform the wife when you plan to go play. Just in case you get stuck for 3 hours.
    7. Oh, don't forget suntan lotion. I've got sunburn in unholy places.
    8. Even better, take some basic rescue equipment with you just in case, a VW caddy with a 3 meter little chain might, just might not be able to pull you out.
    9. Most important lesson in regards to mud, WHEN YOU TAKE A WALK THROUGH THE INNOCENT LOOKING CRACKED SAND, MAYBE DON't WALK IN THE CENTER, RATHER LOOK AT THE AREA YOUR WHEELS WILL BE GOING. Else, like me, you find a nice hard center, but surprise surprise, the area where youe wheels go is 1 meter thick mud!!!
    10. Lastly, my life lesson, there's people in this world who will offer up their afternoon's, in 30 degree sun, feeding you beer and cigs, while they with their bare hands scoop out mud and crap, for 3.5 hours, for complete strangers like me. Respect and heartfelt thanks to Eben, Kobus and "ICE", all three from Dirt And Dust, for spending half their saterday on a newbie like me.
    That last photo is the coolest of the lot...
    There is only one...


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