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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
New to this, so what is general plan of attack in slick terrain?
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New to this, so what is general plan of attack in slick terrain?
Pick a good line. Stay on top of ruts
Up hill you can probably do most of what you need without any lockers

around here trails are narrow and windy for the little hilly stuff we have

I only use lockers if it starts digging and only to keep momentum. I’ve put my share of stuff into trees. I’ve wheeled a good bit (not in rocks)
Everything I’ve built as an adult I added lockers

as a young man it was all open
I couldn’t afford lockers

also getting stuck with lockers front and rear? You’re gonna be really stuck
 

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New to this, so what is general plan of attack in slick terrain?
If you can determine which wheels are slipping then lock those. Then turn off lockers as soon as is safe.
 

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This is a terrific off road park. You need to attend the OCBR event next September. I just got back from there a couple of weeks ago with my Badlands non-SAS. I went on some trails I probably shouldn't have (it's supposed to be my wife's Bronco) but escaped with only some really bad rock rash on my wheels. The rock skis saved me from body damage.
Ford Bronco Off-Rodeo type experience at Hot Springs off-road park IMG_1225[1].JPG
 

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My off-road club has run down there in a couple of weeks, I can't wait.

A couple of things here:

First, the Off-Roadeo is pretty tame, it is literally a beginner's crash course. You're doing EXACTLY what you should do to build experience and confidence. As an experienced off-roader, I wouldn't expect many people to go out and tackle an off-road park like Hot Springs by themselves right out of the Off-Roadeo.

Second, lockers are hugely beneficial in a park like Hot Springs. I would generally agree that I would leave them off until you came to an obstacle (like a rock ledge) then turn them on. On slick trails I would leave the front off and the rear on. I keep the rear on so that I can maintain traction on the slick trail. You can get into a lot of trouble losing traction and momentum on an uphill.
 

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Pucker up as you start down the Rubicon trail at Hot Springs. It's a steep downhill and all loose rock.
 

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My off-road club has run down there in a couple of weeks, I can't wait.

A couple of things here:

First, the Off-Roadeo is pretty tame, it is literally a beginner's crash course. You're doing EXACTLY what you should do to build experience and confidence. As an experienced off-roader, I wouldn't expect many people to go out and tackle an off-road park like Hot Springs by themselves right out of the Off-Roadeo.

Second, lockers are hugely beneficial in a park like Hot Springs. I would generally agree that I would leave them off until you came to an obstacle (like a rock ledge) then turn them on. On slick trails I would leave the front off and the rear on. I keep the rear on so that I can maintain traction on the slick trail. You can get into a lot of trouble losing traction and momentum on an uphill.
When is your club going to HS? We have a group going and will be there 10/21 and 10/22
 

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