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Old 12-04-2010, 06:54 PM   #1
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How much can my TJ pull?

I don't mean towing trailers, i mean like pulling somebody out of a ditch or mud?
I was driving on the road today and i saw my friend stuck on the side of the road in a ditch. his front to wheels were in the ditch and his back to were still over the road, but off the black top by two feet in the air. his under carriage bottomed out. It is a Ford explorer.
I didn't try to pull him out because i didn't want to bend my frame or bumper or something.
If i did try to pull him out, would everything be ok, would i break anything in 4low?
As you can tell i am trying to find the limitations of my Jeep so next time i could hopefully help him out.
And I am soon getting a 8,000lb to 10,000lb winch with the ARB stubby bull bumper, would i be able to pull somebody out of a ditch with that set up?
Thanks for any input!

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Old 12-04-2010, 06:59 PM   #2
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You could pull people out like that without problem so long as you had frame mounted tow hooks.

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Old 12-04-2010, 07:01 PM   #3
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You could probably do it...but if your Jeep is lighter than the other vehicle, you're going to need to anchor it to either another vehicle or a tree or something or it's just gonna pull you toward the person you're towing. You're really not limited to your pulling power...you're more limited by the weight difference (you being too light to budge them), lack of traction on a snow covered road, the pulling power of your winch, etc.
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A week or so ago I pulled the front end of a full size pickup sideways (using 4lo) when his steering column broke. He was in the middle of the road and pulling or pushing forward or back wasn't getting him off the road.
Only option was to pull from his front tire, dragging the truck off the road enough to then be able to push him off the road.
But.... I have an Unlimited, which is a little heavier and has a D44 limited slip rear.
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