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I got my Bronco the last week of August 2022. I did the Off-Rodeo Labor day weekend September 2021. I loved the Off-Rodeo experience and was looking for a refresher. I found a good one. I did a 2 hour guided tour with Hot Springs off-road park. It was just me and the guide Tony (with a Bronco) and he took me over some pretty challenging stuff for a beginner (only experience was off-rodeo). It was the first time my wife ever went 4 wheeling, so there were a lot of oh s#%t moments. It was definitely an adrenaline type experience for us beginners and we want to do more now.

2 things I learned: 1. If you think you might need lockers, go ahead and turn them on before the challenge. 2. A front camera is on my need list. I didn't like the blind drops. I made a video to show some of the challenges and terrain (sorry no music).



https://hotspringsoffroadpark.com/

As a side bonus, if you are into seeing National Parks, Hot springs NP is about 10 minutes away so we made a long weekend of it. Only NP with a brewery in the park.
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That was awesome. How long did it take to unpucker?

If you had done the Off-Rodeo (I assume Austin?) weren't you pretty well versed on what the Bronco could do?
 

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2. A front camera is on my need list. I didn't like the blind drops.
I just wired up an aux switch to a cheap $45 camera+display from Amazon. I’m sure there are better options with bigger displays and more cameras, but I’m impressed with the quality especially for the money. Solves the problem of knowing what’s on the other side of the hill
 
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I just wired up an aux switch to a cheap $45 camera+display from Amazon. I’m sure there are better options with bigger displays and more cameras, but I’m impressed with the quality especially for the money. Solves the problem of knowing what’s on the other side of the hill
Which one did you get?
 
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That was awesome. How long did it take to unpucker?

If you had done the Off-Rodeo (I assume Austin?) weren't you pretty well versed on what the Bronco could do?
Yes but experience and confidence is what I didn’t have. At the off rodeo, we were told when to put lockers on. This guide let you figure it out and then helped if you needed it. Similar experience though. I found it helpful.
 

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Yes but experience and confidence is what I didn’t have. At the off rodeo, we were told when to put lockers on. This guide let you figure it out and then helped if you needed it. Similar experience though. I found it helpful.
You still did just fine. Wife had some colorful commentary at times. :p
 

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Yes but experience and confidence is what I didn’t have. At the off rodeo, we were told when to put lockers on. This guide let you figure it out and then helped if you needed it. Similar experience though. I found it helpful.
Nice video! Glad you enjoyed your visit! :)

“Holy fucking shit, Eric!“ 🙅‍♀️

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“That was easy!”💁‍♂️

Well done! 🤪:cool:
 

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It was just me and the guide Tony (with a Bronco) and he took me over some pretty challenging stuff for a beginner (only experience was off-rodeo). It was the first time my wife ever went 4 wheeling, so there were a lot of oh s#%t moments. It was definitely an adrenaline type experience for us beginners and we want to do more now.
Is your guide, Tony, a member of this forum?
 

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Turning on lockers in slick terrain before you need them is terrible
You have limited steering if any with a front on and with the back in it can override the steering as well
Added bonus is side tracking through ruts

great way to tear up the sides of your vehicle

I have limited experience in the rocks out west, but traction was not an issue
 
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Turning on lockers in slick terrain before you need them is terrible
You have limited steering if any with a front on and with the back in it can override the steering as well
Added bonus is side tracking through ruts

great way to tear up the sides of your vehicle

I have limited experience in the rocks out west, but traction was not an issue
I was just using the rear lockers. At the off-roadeo, I got the impression front lockers were only used when rear lockers weren’t doing the trick. They also mentioned that steering with front lockers on isn’t advised. Best for straight shots.
 

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All 4 on the entire vehicle will crabwalk
It’s going where it wants
Usually in slick terrain it goes into your doors and fenders
Getting unstuck is generally cheaper than body repairs
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