What did you do WITH your Gladiator today?

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Jeep adventure academy in Uwharrie. I can’t recommend this highly enough. I learned a lot about my Jeep and had a blast. There were a lot of Gladiators there, in fact about as many as Wranglers. Met some nice people and at least one who is on this forum. I didn’t take many pictures or videos but got a few. Video file sizes are too large to upload from my phone but I’ll work on them later.
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I highly recommend a hitch skid for us Gladiator folks. I put mine on about halfway through and it helped a ton. For stuff like this the folks in the 2 door Wranglers had the easiest time. I learned that there are some benefits to the long wheel base in other applications, though.
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I have some deep cleaning to do on the underside especially. Having mud flaps made a huge difference in how much got up on the sides and windows in mine vs those without them.

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Hitch skids are a must! I used mine this am! Fins and Things Trail, Moab

That spot is definitely one that gets shown a lot… even the TFL guys make a big stink about it… lol… how was mob overall? I’ll be there on Sunday!
 

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That spot is definitely one that gets shown a lot… even the TFL guys make a big stink about it… lol… how was mob overall? I’ll be there on Sunday!
Honestly that spot kind of sneaks up on ya.
I’m on the mopar 2” + 1/2” spacer up front.
35” tires.

Fins was no issue, hells revenge was also no prob, but there are a few spots on the exit to plan your line. I did it without a spotter and it was no prob.

I’m considering steel bender tomorrow.
 

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Honestly that spot kind of sneaks up on ya.
I’m on the mopar 2” + 1/2” spacer up front.
35” tires.

Fins was no issue, hells revenge was also no prob, but there are a few spots on the exit to plan your line. I did it without a spotter and it was no prob.

I’m considering steel bender tomorrow.
Good to hear… first day we there gonna be doing metal masher and top of the world… hoping to do a few more while there
 

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That spot is definitely one that gets shown a lot… even the TFL guys make a big stink about it… lol… how was mob overall? I’ll be there on Sunday!
From the sound of it, you used your hitch as a rock plow…..
 

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From the sound of it, you used your hitch as a rock plow…..
Maybe not yet but I have added protection … I know it’s definitely gonna scrape at moab lol

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Jeep adventure academy in Uwharrie. I can’t recommend this highly enough. I learned a lot about my Jeep and had a blast. There were a lot of Gladiators there, in fact about as many as Wranglers. Met some nice people and at least one who is on this forum. I didn’t take many pictures or videos but got a few. Video file sizes are too large to upload from my phone but I’ll work on them later.
I highly recommend a hitch skid for us Gladiator folks. I put mine on about halfway through and it helped a ton. For stuff like this the folks in the 2 door Wranglers had the easiest time. I learned that there are some benefits to the long wheel base in other applications, though.


I have some deep cleaning to do on the underside especially. Having mud flaps made a huge difference in how much got up on the sides and windows in mine vs those without them.
do they take you out on trails or just within a certain area ? Any pinstriping areas that were unavoidable? I’ve always wanted to do the academy but … still want to avoid damage if I can. What mud flaps were you running… I have weathertec on mine now with Rokblokz on order … I like the weathertec figment and look but afraid they will scrape off-road and get ripped off. Thanks for any insight
 

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The first half of the day is hills and an abstacle course of sorts to get you used to the angles you need to take, speed (or lack thereof), using the manual setting in 4 low and so forth. The 2nd half after a nice smoked pork lunch is the trail ride. There are some hairy areas, but they have guides set up at all of them to keep you on the trail. I didn't get any pinstripes, and at least in Uwharrie you'd have to veer pretty far off the sides of the trails to get into brush. It's a military training area and their humvees and such clear a wide path. I have Weathertechs as well and they stayed on the vehicle. Getting all the mud out of every nook and cranny is going to take a while though. I spent 20 minutes rinsing at the car wash yesterday and the red clay just kept coming out.
 

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The first half of the day is hills and an abstacle course of sorts to get you used to the angles you need to take, speed (or lack thereof), using the manual setting in 4 low and so forth. The 2nd half after a nice smoked pork lunch is the trail ride. There are some hairy areas, but they have guides set up at all of them to keep you on the trail. I didn't get any pinstripes, and at least in Uwharrie you'd have to veer pretty far off the sides of the trails to get into brush. It's a military training area and their humvees and such clear a wide path. I have Weathertechs as well and they stayed on the vehicle. Getting all the mud out of every nook and cranny is going to take a while though. I spent 20 minutes rinsing at the car wash yesterday and the red clay just kept coming out.
LOL welcome to Uwharrie!
My son and I did some of the trails at Grand Overland during Trailfest a few weeks ago. It was a cool place, but very different obstacles and trail design than the National Forest area. If you go into the NF plan on getting your belly rubbed on the water diversion mounds. Skid plates and rocker rails are definitely required!

 

 
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