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Old 01-01-2013, 09:38 PM   #1
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Any advice on pulling out my jeep?

I drove down a dead end (wanted to check on the bridge there fixing, a 3 month jobs lasted 9 months) and to turn around I used the dirt road off to the side. Like an idiot I forgot that it had been raining all day and the road had turned to thick thick mud. The front end is in a rut, sunken to about three inches from the front bumper. The rear end is on fairly good ground though. Oh, forgot to mention, I have to pull forward to get her out, the rivers close by behind her, although where I am it slants away form the river, but I would feel safer going forwards. I'm thinking of the ground dries outa little, I have some concrete blocks I can put under the rear to get traction, and maybe dig the front out some although nothing but the tires are touching. Also, if that fails i have a truck to help pull me out and my dad and grandpa to help. Anything to watch for? All advice is welcome.

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Old 01-01-2013, 10:08 PM   #2
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Friend and winch. Lol... Good luck.

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Old 01-01-2013, 10:10 PM   #3
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Friend and winch. Lol... Good luck.
I wish I just had another friend with a jeep. Much less a winch! Although I know what I want next!
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:17 PM   #4
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4lo al the way lol but just get a friend with a 4x4 and a tow strap
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:23 PM   #5
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4lo al the way lol but just get a friend with a 4x4 and a tow strap
I actually got stuck twice. I was in 2wd at first and started slideing to the left. Put her in 4lo and she didn't have a problem, until that rut came out of owners and I sunk up to my front bumper!
Side note, anyone have any advice on how to avoid breaking/bending something during a recovery?
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:23 PM   #6
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Let air out of the tires to 8 lbs, and drive it out of there.
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:25 PM   #7
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Let air out of the tires to 8 lbs, and drive it out of there.
Didn't even think to try that, might just do it, with the help from those concrete blocks.
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:28 PM   #8
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if its cold where u at you can wait for ground to freeze and easier to drive over mud
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:29 PM   #9
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Didn't even think to try that, might just do it, with the help from those concrete blocks.
Carpet, or rubber mats works good. Try the air first, then use your floor mats if you need a little extra.
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if its cold where u at you can wait for ground to freeze and easier to drive over mud
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:31 PM   #11
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if its cold where u at you can wait for ground to freeze and easier to drive over mud
It was like 70 today and will be like 60 tomorrow. Thanks for the idea though.
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:32 PM   #12
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Carpet, or rubber mats works good. Try the air first, then use your floor mats if you need a little extra.
I actually still have the floor mats that came with it.
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:36 PM   #13
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It was like 70 today and will be like 60 tomorrow. Thanks for the idea though.
Nice, it got up to 40 here
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Nice, it got up to 40 here
It was 80+ and rainy on Christmas day. It's been getting colder though, so at least it doesn't feel like summer anymore.
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:23 PM   #15
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It was 80+ and rainy on Christmas day. It's been getting colder though, so at least it doesn't feel like summer anymore.
I don't think we get winter here any more. I'm in Kenner about 2 miles from the air port...... been running a/c all day.
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:43 PM   #16
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if you don't have tow hooks on the front the most solid place to put a recovery strap is the axle. But I still wouldn't pull it from there though, if the thing is more stuck than you think you still run the risk of messing up the axle. While not likely if it did happen that'd be a costly fix. Personally I'd take the strap and wrap it around that stock bumper. If it gets ruined you can pick one up cheaply, plus you could always buy that bumper you wanted!
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:58 PM   #17
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Get a short (8-10ft) strap with the normal hooks on the end like you would find on a chain. There's a hole on either side of your front bumper that they will just barely fit in. Before you hook it on both sides, be sure to feed it through the loop on the end of a stretchy tow strap. Then hook the tow strap up to another vehicle. It works great and gives you two solid attachment points on the stock bumper. I learned this from another member here on the forum.
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:45 AM   #18
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Gooey slick clay mud + gravel = asphalt

I'm not an expert for sure, been a long time since I've been stuck in anything and it wasn't mud. Those tires don't look to be very useful though. The air down tip was on, just don't pop the bead off and/or fill the insides with mud. Good luck.
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:15 AM   #19
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If there is a local Jeep club in your area they would probably help you if you post something on their message board.
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:19 AM   #20
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lower air pressure+shovel+2x4's+4low and you will climb out!
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Old 01-02-2013, 07:26 AM   #21
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You don't look in very deep. You said they are repairing the bridge. Is there some gravel around? A pile for construction or in the river. A couple pails of gravel looks like it would do wonders for you.
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Old 01-02-2013, 07:42 AM   #22
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Use common sense.. That will get you out.
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Old 01-02-2013, 07:48 AM   #23
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Thanks guys, the main problem was the thick clay filled mud turned my a/T's to slicks. I'll let y'all know how it goes.
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Old 01-02-2013, 07:53 AM   #24
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If you've got access to another truck and a good tow strap, I wouldn't even mess with airing down, throwing gravel under the tires, etc. Just pull it out............
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:25 AM   #25
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Whatever you do DO NOT snatch it out. Take a small chain with "pig knuckles" on it and run it from frame rail to frame rail so it makes a hooking point. Park your recovery vehicle on a solid purchase and run a tow strap between the two and connect them then slowly PULL your jeep out. I repeat again, DO NOT snatch it out.
I am a tow and recovery driver and see the most damage done when a vehicle is being snatched out. If this doesn't work then call a tow company that has a vehicle with a winch and straps, tell them what's going on so they know how to proceed if they end up stuck it will not be good.
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:39 AM   #26
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Ask one of the construction workers to pull you out. Sounds like they don't have anything better to do since its taken them an extra 6 months on the bridge!
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I was in Baton Rouge last week should of stayed 1 more day
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:49 AM   #28
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just so you know kitty litter works great in snow, and mud.
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:54 AM   #29
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DeepSouthJeeper,

We do have a local 4x4 club, several actually, and we have plenty of guys that would be more than happy to pull a rig out of the mud.

Check Louisiana Offroad, sign up, start meeting some locals. And we do have an emergency board on there.

And get couple of tow hooks. Harbor Freight sells them cheap. $8
10,000 Lb. Capacity Tow Hook Kit
They will mount right to the top of the stock bumper. (you may need slightly longer grade 8 bolts)
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:24 AM   #30
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sometimes in mud you will have to really spin the tires to clean them, if the mud stays within the tread there is little to no bite. As long as the bite is forward and not down you will come out.

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