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Old 06-21-2011, 12:59 AM   #1
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Any Muddin Tips?

Newbie going muddin soon so I was wondering if there was any general tips people have that I should know. I know it probably depends on the area where you're going but if you have any tips or things you wished you had known before you learned the hard way, post them please
Stories and pics are welcomed as well

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Old 06-21-2011, 01:11 AM   #2
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Never wheel alone, Find another Jeep equal to yours and follow and learn from them. Never enter a mud hole your not sure about. When in doubt get out and check the depth. My 1st time I didn't know better and hit a water puddle at around 30 and found it was a huge crater and blew everything up. That mistake cost me $2,500. I wont do that again. Just use your head and be safe out there and you'll have a great time. I hope this helped a little. Good luck!

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Make sure you have proper tow points too! And clean out your brakes as soon as you can.
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If you don't like breaking things/wearing things out/tearing stuff up...don't do it. If you're okay with any of the previously mentioned happening, have fun!

I love mudding...don't do it a lot cuz my Jeep is my DD, but mud is extremely hard on a vehicle. Promotes rust, wears out bearings and seals, etc...just something to know before getting involved, but like I mentioned, if you're ok with the effects of the mud on the vehicle, then enjoy it, cuz it's definitely a blast too. lol

Oh and if your Jeep is your DD... definitely clean all that mud off asap so it doesn't start to rust out. I hear sticking a water sprinkler (one that goes up and down in an arc) underneath your Jeep for half an hour or so is a great way to rinse off the underside. I used to think it was cool to leave my Jeep muddy and cruise around town for a week or so...but now that I'm in the process of repairing rust damage (due to the previous owner), I'm not gonna keep doing that. haha

Oh yeah...and never hit mud/water at high speed. You can shoot it up into your intake and hydrolock your engine. Depending on what tranny you have, you may also want to limit how deep into water you get...I think the auto tranny (or at least one of them) has it's vent RIGHT on top the tranny and will take in water if it gets up to about your doors whereas some trannys can handle water up to about the fenders before they start sucking in water.
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Old 06-21-2011, 02:10 AM   #5
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Rain x the wind shield. Side windows too if you have full doors.
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Old 06-21-2011, 03:03 AM   #6
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Don't be afraid to spin your tires. Once nut deep in mud te only wu to get traction is to sling mud out of the lugs in between the time they leave the ground and rotate over to make contact again. As long as your still making forward progress. Heavy on the skinny thing to the right. Once you stop moving forward through, you'll be burying yourself so careful. And remove carpets prior to the act.
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be prepared to spend hours hosing your jeep off. mud gets EVERYWHERE!!!! lol i think i spent almost more time hosing her down then i did actually mudding. still worth it
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If you have a manual transmission, DON"T shift or put the clutch in if the water/mud is up to the transmission.

Make sure you have clothes you are willing to destroy if you get stuck.
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fill up your windhield washer container before you go and take an extra gallong with you. what typer of mud ? I have been stuck in clay type mud and spent about 3 hours to get out. cleaning after that takes between 1 to 3 years, no matter how much time you spend at the car wash, you 'll still find mud many moons after that. definetly go with 1 person. a jack and some wood couold be usefull. tow rope / winch for sure

this doesnt look to bad, right ?...



wrong....LOL we both got stuck...lol











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Really? Why do you say that?
LOL, I remember the pictures...LOL
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If you have a manual transmission, DON"T shift or put the clutch in if the water/mud is up to the transmission.

Make sure you have clothes you are willing to destroy if you get stuck.
What do you do when you get completely stuck then? I am genuinely curious because I really don't want to screw up my clutch.
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fill up your windhield washer container before you go and take an extra gallong with you. what typer of mud ? I have been stuck in clay type mud and spent about 3 hours to get out. cleaning after that takes between 1 to 3 years, no matter how much time you spend at the car wash, you 'll still find mud many moons after that. definetly go with 1 person. a jack and some wood couold be usefull. tow rope / winch for sure

this doesnt look to bad, right ?...
That looks like so much fun haha even if it did take 3 hours to get out. Yea, we don't have clay around here luckily. It's just the usual brown soil dirt I guess you would call it.
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That looks like so much fun haha even if it did take 3 hours to get out. Yea, we don't have clay around here luckily. It's just the usual brown soil dirt I guess you would call it.
oh..it was fun !!!! so slippery, just walking on it was like walking on ice but so much fun.
the only thing is that it doesn't take much to get stuck and the mud stick to the tire, the cherokee couldnt pull me out, we had to lift each corner of the jeep and put a bunch or rocks...lol but that was after we got the cherokee out of is mud hole..
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How long did it take to clean that up? It looks like it was a blast!
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If your friend says my four wheeler can go places your jeep can't then don't challenge him. You will break something. Wouldn't know though haha
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What do you do when you get completely stuck then? I am genuinely curious because I really don't want to screw up my clutch.
Well, I know that if you push the clutch in, you can get water/mud in between the friction plate and the flywheel, which can cause it to slip. And I think someone on here had said that you can damage your slave cylinder, but I don't know, my truck has an external slave, so I'm safe there. Although your pilot bearing will be exposed to the gunk and could be damaged. If you have to shift, then do it, but it can be hard on the clutch. That's why when in mud, autos are almost better. Hopefully someone will chime in with more information than what I know.

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I have been stuck in clay type mud and spent about 3 hours to get out. cleaning after that takes between 1 to 3 years, no matter how much time you spend at the car wash, you 'll still find mud many moons after that. definetly go with 1 person. a jack and some wood couold be usefull. tow rope / winch for sure

this doesnt look to bad, right ?...
wrong....LOL we both got stuck...lol
What type of tires do you have, they look pretty mudded up and just look like slicks now. A set of mud tires might've helped there.
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Heres a tip i learned the hard way in my mud truck (no mud for my jeep he was bought for climbing up ond on things) If you have to go through a hole that you have no clue about check it with the back end first. In other words if you think it might be to deep back into it first. This will save you a lot of money and truble if you are playing around in ponds and creaks.
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oh..it was fun !!!! so slippery, just walking on it was like walking on ice but so much fun.
the only thing is...
That sounds pretty rough but have you went out mudding on that clay-mud since then?

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If your friend says my four wheeler can go places your jeep can't then don't challenge him. You will break something. Wouldn't know though haha
Great to know since I would totally take that challenge haha what happened anyways?

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Heres a tip i learned the hard way in my mud truck (no mud for my jeep he was bought for climbing up ond on things) If you have to go through a hole that you have no clue....
Good idea cause actually my jeep only has back mud tires, the front two are street.
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That sounds pretty rough but have you went out mudding on that clay-mud since then?

the very next week end... I went 5 or 6 times this year then I got tired of cleaning the Jeep..lol
it almost never rain here, so when I see some nice dark cloud and forecast say 50% chance of rain I go to the dry lake hoping it had rained there. one time I drove over 120 miles chasing the clouds and hoping I could find a wet stop, couldnt find one one that day...
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always plan for getting stuck....check for areas that another vehicle (your buddy) can pull you out from. that way you dont dive in, get stuck, then wonder how your going to get out. i made this mistake once however my buddy went in first...needless to say his jeep stayed there all night and into the next afternoon before we were able to get a tractor back there...there was no place for another jeep,truck, or suv to get to him to pull him out....
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Bama, I just saw the bit about muds on the back and street tires on the front.

Make absolutely 10000% they are identical in diameter. If not when you throw it in 4WD you could end up tearing up the drive train. You could have one set trying to spin at a different rate then the others, and the Tcase won't like that.

Plus your fronts are going to be worthless to you in the mud.
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That looks like such fun!!! I will definately need to remove all my carpet and get seat covers first... ;-) Then to find a good area in Ohio to go... Can't wait!!
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Tip: Make sure you have hours to wash it, and get mud out of the drain holes in the frame. took me 4 hours to wash it all off and it's still not even clean yet!
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^^thats awesome!

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