New to the off-road community and events? This page will give you a breakdown of some of the terminology used. Hopefully, you won't be as lost in conversations or confused by things you read on this site.

If you have recommendations for terms to include please see the Board of Directors page and send the request to the I.T. email.

35's, 37's, 40's? What are those?

Typically these terms are used to reference tire size; specifically the diameter of the tire. The number represents the diameter of the tire in inches.

I keep hearing people refer to things like JK, JKU, JL, XJ,TJ, TJU. I have no idea what's going on.

These are the Jeep Model Generation designations.

  • CJ - The Civilian Jeep the first Jeep Wranglers from the 1940's, through the 1980's. The CJ series often includes a number designation. If you want a complete break down check out the Wikipedia page.

  • TJ, TJU, LJ - Jeep Wrangler model years 1997 - 2006. TJU and LJ are interchangeable (according to some internet sources) and is the long-wheelbase model introduced in 2004. This was the introduction of the Unlimited moniker.

  • JK, JKU - Wrangler Models made from 2007 - 2017 model years. The U refers to the Unlimited models which have 4 doors.

  • XJ - Cherokee Model years 1983 - 2001. Sometimes cheep and economical, often made fun of. These are great off road vehicles. Don't let the nay Sayers get you down, it's still a Jeep, and you will still rock it on the trails.

  • JL, JLU - Wranglers model years 2018 - Present

  • JT - Jeep Gladiator model years 2020 - Present

Winch??? Is that a witch with a bad vowel movement?

According to Wikipedia - "A winch is a mechanical device that is used to pull in (wind up) or let out (wind out) or otherwise adjust the tension of a rope or wire rope (also called "cable" or "wire cable"). In its simplest form, it consists of a spool (or drum) attached to a hand crank."

Though what's usually attached to our vehicles is and electric powered winch. If you want to learn more take an off road recovery class with Morrison's Outdoor Adventures there is a listing on our Places page.