Originally Posted by talmage
If I wanted to protect my 4WD B12 wagon from damage in a soft roading adventure trip, what could I do?
I'm not handy at all with a welder, so couldn't, for example fix a damaged control arm myself like blownb310 can. Is that a clue that I shouldn't take my car off road?
Good to hear from you Talmage. It depends on the terrain you might be traversing. If you go slow enough and look carefully, you'll probably be fine. But if there are big rocks on the trail that you might bottom out on, you'll have to either remove them or turn around. Here's an example of what I did before the event I organized to help insure that the other's cars wouldn't be damaged.
I brought a sledge hammer and a pry bar to remove the rocks that threaten oil pans and suspension bits. This is the one that got my rear control arm the week before. It was easily missed in all of the leaves - especially if you get too comfortable and stop paying attention for a moment.
It was much larger than it appeared.
There were a few others that I removed the hard way.
I always bring a come-a-long and a tow strap with me as well. Haven't needed them yet, but it's good to have a back up plan.