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Old 08-19-2013, 02:34 AM   #1
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Badlands - Attica, IN

This was my first time wheeling my Jeep. It's no excuse, but it was a last minute decision/trip so I was ill prepared. There were several trails and mud holes that I almost wussed out on, but took them head on and the Jeep handled them no problem. That being said, I was getting a little cocky. I decided to try some more mud, thinking that if I kept some momentum I'd be in good shape. I was wrong. I ended up burying the front end beyond hope.

Being a Sunday afternoon I had only seen a few quads and side by sides, and very few trucks or Jeeps. Should have been a hint to keep myself out of trouble, but what's the fun in that? Once buried with no cell service, I was happy to see a few quads show up. 3 guys from just outside Champaign, IL jumped right in the mud to try and help, and went to find help when we were unsuccessful.

While they were gone, my guardian angel Jeeps arrived on scene. Chad and Tom from Indianapolis are two true badasses. Having just got unstuck themselves, they went right to work at getting me out. Very lucky these guys came along, as the quads showed back up to let me know that they found nobody capable of getting me out.

For the next couple of hours Chad and Tom were nice enough to let me tag along with them. Following these guys led me to pushing my Jeep far beyond what I ever would have by myself. Although somewhat terrified at times, I was impressed with how it handled what I threw at it. That being said, there's a long list of mods lined up before I go back.

Getting stuck was actually the best thing that could have happened. I've seen and read about the "Jeep thing", but only now do I understand it.

Started out with a clean Jeep









Stuck. Could be much worse, but was feeling pretty helpless at this point! Couldn't open my door, had to take the Spiderweb shade partially down to climb out the top









TJ that saved me





The orange YJ already has rims/tires...but still has temp tags on it lol



Blind spot? Time for my first Jeep clean up.



Made it to my driveway and was telling my neighbor that after all of the punishment I put the Jeep through I was just happy to make it home. The Jeep heard me. Cheap plastic bushing on the tranny linkage had broken and had to be zip tied to get it from this spot in to the garage


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Old 08-20-2013, 03:15 AM   #2
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If a mod can move this to Trail Pics I'd appreciate it, my bad!

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Old 08-20-2013, 01:24 PM   #3
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Nice pics! I also broke my Jeep in at Badlands. I've got family in Indianapolis and try to make it out to Attica for a day whenever I visit.

If it makes you feel better, I've managed to bury my Jeep each time out there. You'd think I'd learn, but they've got some deceptively deep mud troughs Winch and bumper were the first upgrades.
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Old 09-05-2013, 02:11 PM   #4
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My buddy got stuck in the same spot haha then my other bud got stuck right behind me so I had to reverse the entire way out of a trail and found a monster modded jeep that did exactly as your new found Friends did. Weird.

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Old 09-05-2013, 02:30 PM   #5
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Looks like a great time! I have been trying to get to the badlands but something always comes up.
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Old 09-05-2013, 10:53 PM   #6
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I'm from Elkhart up on the MI border, never heard of Attics. Where's it at??
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Old 09-05-2013, 11:56 PM   #7
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According to Google it's approx 149 miles from you, which will be a quick trip once the entire Hoosier Heartland opens up.
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Thanks and don't you remember Mellenxps Great mid west. , everything moves slower. Here
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Old 09-08-2013, 11:12 PM   #9
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Took a buddy to the Badlands for his first time today. Pic of the Jeep is the exact same spot I got stuck a couple of weeks ago. It's been filled and grated, kind of crazy. The Jeep killed it again today. My buddy is sold, stopped and looked at an 05 TJ on the way home.

The Tracker was rolled over on purpose. Some guys from a tow company had a vehicle that didn't get picked up apparently...









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Old 09-10-2013, 10:43 AM   #10
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Is that some sort of home-made snorkel sticking out of the hood on the tracker?

If you want some company next time you head out, let me know. I'm in Ohio but frequently visit family not too far from Attica.
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Old 09-23-2013, 09:10 PM   #11
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I just made my first trip there a couple of Sundays ago. Bought the jeep on Tuesday and took it down on Sunday. I bought a more modified YJ though and we trailered it to be safe.

I was shocked at what it could handle, it's my 1st Jeep. I live in Chicago but parents and in-laws live 90 miles North of Attica. I'm hoping to head back down the weekend of Oct 14th.

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