Off Roading Guidelines
Important Advice From Our Boulder Lift Kit Installation and Off-Road Shop
Avoid going on a trail by yourself
If something happens to you on the trail, what is your backup plan to get back home safely? Going alone is not wise. While there are others on many of the trails during the weekend, we highly recommend the buddy system. A fist indicates no more rigs/riders behind them.
Plan your route in advance
Whether you are doing a day trip or plan to be out for multiple days, plan your trip out. It’s not uncommon to use an off-road GPS app that’s specific for being on unpaved roads. Bring printed maps if you don’t have GPS.
Airing Down & Airing Up
Airing down your tires before getting on a trail allows for greater traction and a smoother ride. Typically, we deflate to 15 psi depending on trail and the rig. You will need to inflate after the trail ride. Do not ride on pavement with deflated tires for any length of time (it's dangerous and wears out the tires). We rent air compressors to allow you to inflate given there aren’t many gas stations near the trails in the Rocky’s.
Your vehicle (rig) should be safe and be set up for the trails you plan to tackle
Thanks goodness you are renting from us. We ensure every jeep rental is ready for the trail! We check all fluids, ensure all equipment is functional, and visually inspect all suspension and steering components before every rental. We also install the highest quality suspension components!
Safety / Recovery Equipment
Safety is a fundamental cornerstone of off-roading. Having the basic safety equipment can get you out of many challenging situations. You should have the following equipment stored away in your rig: a tow rope (with a tow weight capacity that can pull your entire rig and some), snatch block, D ring(s), tree assist tow rope, a winch that is rated for your vehicle weight. The good news is we supply all of this for you. We recommend you bring an extra set of gloves.
It is important you bring lots of water and recommend you bring a stash of food...just in case or if you want to have an awesome picnic on the trail. We recommend you bring a cooler...or we can rent one to you.
Take the Right Line & Be Safe
When approaching a large rock or a dug out rut from the past rainstorm, you MUST think about how your vehicle will respond when it approaches the obstacle. The rule of thumb is this:
- Go around the obstacle if possible
- Go over the obstacle with your tires. Don’t allow the obstacle to potentially damage the undercarriage of your rig (e.g. oil pan, drive shaft, control arms, gas tank, etc.)
- Straddle ruts vs. putting your tire in it. This can result in your rig high centering or possibly flipping.
- Stay on the trail!
- Going up hill - When a rig is going down hill and a rig is going up hill on the same trail, give the rig going uphill the right of way.
- Passing a group of off-road rigs / ATVs / dirt bikes - It’s customary that one group will pull to the side. The group that is passing will use hand gestures to signal how many rigs are behind them.
- If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about renting an off-road Jeep in Boulder, or off-roading in general, please contact John’s 4x4.