Okay. I am not the guy who's folks give a Jimmy or Blazer or Bronco or 4Runner. My folks gave a 84 Toyota Tercel 4wd Stationwagon. Please don't laugh. A family friend took me 4-Wheeling in his insane Suzuki Samurai (HOW DOES IT STAY UPRIGHT??) and we got in some crazy spots (perched on a 3 foot boulder with a 20 foot cliff on the other side comes to mind?), but it turned out to be one incredible experience. Since then, I've wanted to be able to do this stuff for myself. Well, as I said above, I don't exactly have a beast to start out with. In fact, I don't have much of anything. Sure, the thing pushes through snow like a champ and handles mud with no stress, but I'm a little hazy on the real offroading experience. I still want to try something minor to get something under my belt. Anyone know of anyone know of any toddler-trails in northern Colorado, specifically the Fort Collins region? I have been up through the many gates of the Red Stone Canyon in the snow and mud if anyone is familiar with the area, so I'm familiar with rut-filled steep roads covered in mud and snow. Everyone has to start somewhere right? I'm hoping to be able to get my "Beast" lifted 2 inches (it has independant front suspension so its hard to get higher) and stuff some 26's under there, or some 22's with "big" travel. Aside from the trail stuff.... I have some other questions. What are some vital places to protect? Oil pan and gas tank come to mind first.. Anyone have any input? What are the best skidplate/pan materials and in what thicknesses? I've been told heavy duty plastics are fine, but I doubt heavy duty plastic is going to stand for 1000lbs bearing down on a sharp object. Anyone know of any good methods to get more travel out of the suspension? This thing has a 5-link rear solid live axle. Panhard rod being one link. I know its important to keep all 4 wheels on the ground as much as possible to start with at least... I don't think this thing is Limited Slip either, so that just makes it all the more important. This model has 3.53 diff gears, but I'm able to pull 4.10's out of the one I smashed. I'm betting I'll see a few of these- Oh well. I could be some guy coming on here with a WRX STi asking how to make it into a rock climber though lol.