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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
For some, it is easier to kill the light inside of themselves than it is to fight the darkness all around them.
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.
Jeeps are like Lego: Make it any way you want it, break it and start over again.
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.