Rough Roads?

cornshank

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Never been on an Oregon road, heck even had to check the spelling.
With that said I'v put a few miles on Wyoming roads and two tracks. The old 2 wheel drive chevys worked alright if its dry and cheaper to maintain, chains and comalongs were always onbord.
The 3/4 Duramax and the gen 4 Dodge duelly have proven way to rough riding for any 2 tracking but surprisingly the 01 7.3 250 Ford did well for itself till the gremlins set in. When the Ford got sold the funds went to a 450 Polaris atv. It works good enough for what I paid for it used but not ideal
Have used a buddies Can am Comander a few times and its the bees knees IF the wind aint blowin to hard or too cold as it lacks a windshield . Big enough to haul an elk out whole and man can a guy cover a LOT of ground! Its too cost prohibitive for me to justify a new Camander with all the needed assesorries or thats what I'd be running!
How true and if I’m hunting on foot and see a Can Am , I just cuss at it anyway.😂
 

xsn10s

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Trucks are fine out here, selective lockers is an awesome feature to have especially in the winter. The only problem with trucks is if or when they get stuck. Pretty heavy rig to get unstuck. Rocks aren't the only issue out here. Mud, sand, sinkholes all can be a pretty bad situation. I ran a truck for a long time. Jeeps or lighter rigs is what I run now. An XJ Cherokke with Old Man Emu springs or lift kit would be good. Side by sides are pretty popular. I just don't care for getting dusty after running APC's and Hummers in the Army lol. We have a lot of "poof powder" out here.
 

xsn10s

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Side by side with doors and a/c
My XJ set up with the life and 33" Pro Comps cost me about 1500 bucks. Today's price would be $2500 to $7500 depending on the condition. You could get used Rubicon for what a side by side goes for. But either way it's a personal choice. I've even considered an old Subaru due to the gas prices.
 

xsn10s

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That's true. I think my fully loaded with gear XJ on 33's weighs around 3080 lbs, it's probably even be more. But I got a lot of gear including tools in there.
 

Ridgereaper338

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I hunt that white horse unit now few times. Lighter helps or heavy side wall tires. That lava rock plays hell on tires. Side by side wins though on comfort
 

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xns10s has the right idea, tires with larger side walls, not 22" rims, tires aired down to ~16lbs(or whatever that tire can handle without blowing the bead out) will give you a pretty smooth ride. The older Cherokee XJ's ('96-'99) are among the best vehicles for capability, very light and plenty of power, solid front axle. I opted for the gen three 4runner('96-'00) at $1,300 and rebuilt everything it needed, added front & rear lockers, winch, big tires, and on board air with a tank so I can reinflate my tires in 5 minutes. I don't need to tow it around like a side by side, it's plenty quiet and has heat and AC, has oxidized paint so I can drive thur thick brush and not sweat it like a $40k truck, I actually have deep scratches on my roof rack from bitter brush, I got it so I don't worry about cosmetic stuff. I can also sleep in it if I need to. I also have a forester for the "easy" stuff , it can hold 4 medium sized pig on the roof. LOL
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