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Old 02-20-2007, 09:14 AM   #1
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I'm still new at this off road stuff and need some advise. I am usually by myself while trail riding. I ride power lines, logging trails and gravel pits. My question is about techniques of driving through mud. I haven't been stuck yet but have come real close. oh yeah, I'm not a "get a running start and just bust it!' type of guy so any advise would be helpful or possibly recommendations for reading.

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Old 02-20-2007, 09:29 AM   #2
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Old 02-20-2007, 09:30 AM   #3
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The best advice would definitely be to always take a wheeling partner with you, if you get stuck or broken you can always catch a ride out and get parts/help if you have another truck there.

Don't have a lot of experience with mud, but when you feel yourself slowing, steer your front tires back and forth to find solid ground (or at least traction). Other than that, I got nothin'.

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If you insist on going alone then build a good emergency kit, well stocked medical kit, food and water for several days, blankets, tent, backpack, comunications gear...

Then think about a comealong at the very minimum for recovery, better if you can get a winch. Get some tow straps and or chains. Shovel, hi lift jack, axe or hatchet, some boards to put under tha tires...

As for actually driving in it, there are just as many types of mud as there are types of snow and you need to adjust your driving to meet conditions, it's just something you learn by doing, I don't know if it could be taught over the internet, I know I don't have the words.
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don't ride alone
definitely...if you do, at least make sure you have a winch
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With mud it can be hard. That hole that looks 3" deep could be 2 feet deep. You never know what's in the bottom of the pit that could hang your jeep up. Same go's with water crossings. As already said, don't go alone.

Now some things you can do to better your odds
1. have mud tires vs street or AT's
2. Look for tire tracks on the other side of the mud hole.. if you see some going in , but none coming out, don't attempt it. (of course if the trail is both ways it may be look okay to head into it)
3. If you can carry a big stick and see if you can see how deep the hole is or find a mid size rock on the trail and toss it in the hole and see what happens.
4. Most of the deep mud trails/holes I'vd gone through need wheel speed, this not only propels you but also allow the lugs of your tires to clean out.

Here are some pic's of some: water/ mud trails.
Trail 39 windrock TN.. deep water/mud hole, but had a hard bottom.

SnowShoe WV trail.. lots of mud check how caked the tires are.

And here is a video (if it works) of a small water/mud hole that a bit deeper as my jeep went along.

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if you're gonna go along. get a come along or winch for sure. like some else mentioned, theres more types of mud than you can count on fingers and toes. if you're not sure about a hole, test it with a sitck first.... i always wear rubber boots and will often times walk a hole as deep as i can, this way you can feel for depth, ruts, and see how soft it is. if you feel you're starting to get stuck, turning the tires back and forth is a good idea.if your start spinning be careful, you'll dig yourself out more (if on tire is spinning but your still moving its fine, but spinning and not moving, let off the gas) if your engine cuts off, dont try and restart it. its mainly just learn by expierence. id find a buddy to ride with that way if you get stuck, he can pull you out, and you'll no what not to do
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1) dont go alone

2) depends on the mud as stated

3)dont go alone

4) if you start to lose momentum, saw your wheels left to right while throttling out to cut through the mud (wheel speed will clean the lugs of the tires out, too)

and you are intelligent not to get a runiing start ... great way to hydrolock ....

the best technique for me (if i know the mud hole) is to creep in slowly and when the front tires start to sink, gag the hell out of it at about 4k .... but it doesnt work for the really think stuff, that takes more momentum ... you really have to learn by experience, not by being told over the internet

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Old 02-20-2007, 09:50 PM   #9
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i agree with affende, I crashed a suburban years ago and had to walk for 3 hours

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